Gainesville: Dave Grubnic preview

NHRA's Dave Grubnic geared up to grab second straight Top Fuel title in Gainesville Gainesville, Fla., (March 12, 2007) -- Native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the black and electric blue Zantrex-3 Top Fuel dragster, has heard the adage...

NHRA's Dave Grubnic geared up to grab second straight Top Fuel title in Gainesville

Gainesville, Fla., (March 12, 2007) -- Native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the black and electric blue Zantrex-3 Top Fuel dragster, has heard the adage that history often repeats itself. This weekend, March 15-18, at the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at legendary Gainesville Raceway, the fan-favorite and fearless Aussie is hopeful that he finds himself in the winner's circle again this year at one of NHRA's most prestigious events.

"Winning the Gators was a huge thrill for us last season," Grubnic, a 44-year old resident of Ennis, Mont., said. "It's one of the biggest races in our sport to win, and we were fortunate enough to get the trophy last year.

"I'm really eager to get back to Gainesville and try to defend. We stayed to test in Phoenix (previous event) and found several different things that we can adjust and hopefully improve upon to keep our Zantrex-3 dragster quick and consistent. I'm looking forward to a great and hopefully repetitive weekend."

Grubnic enters the event in Gainesville in 7th place in POWERade championship points, just 90 points away from the lead.

In early 2004, Grubnic was hired to drive for Kalitta Motorsports. Since joining the Ypsilanti, Michigan-based multi-car nitro team, Grubnic has posted consecutive top-five championship points finishes. In the fall of 2004, he won the lucrative and coveted Budweiser Shootout in Las Vegas, becoming only the fourth driver in the special event's history to win its $100,000 prize in his first attempt, and he picked up an emotional first NHRA national event win in May, 2005 in Topeka, Kans., to become the first non-native North American to win a Top Fuel trophy.

The ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals begins Friday, March 16, for the Top Fuel class with one qualifying session at 1:00 p.m. (ET), and then another qualifying session at 3:30 p.m. Two more qualifying sessions follow on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The top sixteen qualified cars will race Sunday in final eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m.

-credit: kr

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