NHRA Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta qualifies No. 3 at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis; Top Fuel teammate Dave Grubnic grabs the No. 8 qualifying spot and Scott Kalitta qualifies No. 14 CLERMONT, Ind., (Sept. 3, 2006) -- Doug ...
NHRA Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta qualifies No. 3 at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis; Top Fuel teammate Dave Grubnic grabs the No. 8 qualifying spot and Scott Kalitta qualifies No. 14
CLERMONT, Ind., (Sept. 3, 2006) -- Doug Kalitta, driver of the special one-off edition, 8,000-horsepower Foose Design/Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, will begin final eliminations at the most prestigious drag racing event in the world, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, from the lofty No. 3 spot on the qualifying ladder in Clermont, Ind., just west of downtown Indianapolis.
Doug, who enters tomorrow's Labor Day eliminations with a 134-point lead in POWERade championship points, posted a best lap of 4.497 seconds at 322.65 mph in five qualifying attempts. He will race No. 14 (4.581 sec., 327.11 mph) qualifier David Baca in the opening round. Doug will have lane choice over Baca.
Doug's Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel teammate Dave Grubnic, driver of the 330-mph, pink and black StriVectin-SD Top Fuel dragster, qualified for eliminations in the No. 8 spot, 4.541 sec., 327.51 mph. He faces off against the No. 9 (4.543 sec., 316.67 mph) qualifier Morgan Lucas in round one. Like his teammate Doug, Grubnic will also get to choose his lane.
Grubnic enters final eliminations in 5th place (999) in POWERade points, 307 points off of his teammate's lead.
Doug's cousin Scott, Kalitta, driver of the special one-off edition, nitro-fueled Foose Design/Mac Tools Funny Car, qualified in the No. 14 (4.790 sec., 322.11 mph) slot for the flopper class. Both the elapsed time and the speed are new career marks for the wily nitro racing veteran. Scott's team debuted their new 2007 Toyota Solara body at the event, but a crack in the carbon fiber shell that was noticed after their final qualifying attempt will sideline the new skin until necessary repairs are made. The team will utilize a backup Chevrolet Monte Carlo-styled body when eliminations begin tomorrow. Scott will race the No. 3 (4.701 sec., 325.14 mph) qualifier Tommy Johnson Jr. In the opening stanza for the Funny Car class.
Rookie Top Fueler Hillary Will, driving the Kalitta Motorsports-managed, Ken Black-owned dragster, qualified in the No. 7 position.
Final eliminations for the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals begin at 11:00 a.m., Monday at ORP with the Top Fuel class leading the way.
The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is the 18th of 23 national events in the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.