Gainesville: Scott Kalitta final report

Scott Kalitta and the DHL team denied delivery of a win in Gainesville GAINESVILLE, Fla., (March 16, 2008) -- Sunday at the annual running of the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla., Scott Kalitta, ...

Scott Kalitta and the DHL team denied delivery of a win in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla., (March 16, 2008) -- Sunday at the annual running of the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla., Scott Kalitta, driver of the bright yellow and red DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, seemed poised to get their first win of the 2008 POWERade Drag Racing Series during final eliminations.

Kalitta and the DHL team qualified their nitro-fueled flopper in the No. 9 position (4.892 seconds, 325.37 mph) in the 16-car field for final eliminations. Kalitta faced off against No. 8 qualifier Ashley Force in the opening stanza of quarter-mile racing in the Sunshine State. Under clear skies Sunday morning, the wily veteran, Kalitta, and the upstart, Force, rolled to the starting line to race against each for the first time ever. Kalitta's DHL mount suffered traction problems almost instantly after the venerable driver hit the throttle and that allowed Force to get an unchallenged win light, 13.385 sec., 74.88 mph to 4.984 sec., 290.38 mph.

"We're not exactly sure why the DHL car did that," Kalitta, a 46-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., said. "We've looked at all of the data and some things just don't add up, but we're going to stay here tomorrow and test and get it figured out."

Kalitta leaves Gainesville in 10th place in POWERade Funny Car championship points.

-credit: km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Scott Kalitta , Ashley Force