Las Vegas: Doug Kalitta Saturday summary

Kalitta is low qualifier in Las Vegas; No. 1 qualifier streak extends to four. Las Vegas, April 5, 2003 -- Doug Kalitta became only the second Top Fuel dragster driver in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series history to qualify No. 1 for the first...

Kalitta is low qualifier in Las Vegas; No. 1 qualifier streak extends to four.

Las Vegas, April 5, 2003 -- Doug Kalitta became only the second Top Fuel dragster driver in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series history to qualify No. 1 for the first four national events of a season. Kalitta's 4.499-second blast down The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the second qualifying session Friday night at the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals set the one-off special Kid Rock-themed Mac Tools dragster atop of the 16-car field for eliminations Sunday.

Kalitta's 4.499-second elapsed time also resets the track's record books for the quickest run for a Top Fuel dragster. Kalitta posted a blistering 332.10 mph speed during qualifying as well; placing him just a few ticks below the national speed record of 332.75 mph.

"Our Mac Tools dragster team is incredible," Kalitta noted. "Connie (Kalitta, crew chief), Jim (Oberhofer, co-crew chief) and our entire crew have given me such a great racecar to drive this year. We have been awesome in qualifying, but we want to get some wins now. We would much rather have four wins, but taking all that low-qualifier, bonus money from Budweiser in the first four races is great too."

Kalitta will face Steven Chrisman in the first round of Top Fuel final eliminations set to begin at 11:00 AM (PST) Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Steven Chrisman