Dave Grubnic gets tough with Dan Henderson, Endothil-CR and Oxydrene in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, (Oct. 23, 2007) -- Native Australian Dave Grubnic and his Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel team will have some extra, if not intimidating, incentive to do well at this weekend's, Oct. 25-28, annual running of the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

World-renowned mixed-martial arts champion Dan Henderson will represent Endothil-CR and Oxydrenee at the event in Las Vegas, Oct. 27-28, 2007 and will join "Aussie" Dave and his team at "The Strip" during that time. Henderson owns more major tournament titles than any other athlete in MMA history.

The reigning PRIDE Welterweight world champion and two-time Olympian, Henderson, 37, made MMA history on February 24, 2007, when he knocked out Wanderlei Silva to claim the Middleweight world title. Henderson is the first athlete in major MMA competition history to hold two weight-division crowns simultaneously.

Grubnic will drive the 7,000+ horsepower Endothil-CR/Oxydrene Top Fuel dragster during Saturday and Sunday's races, including the special event Technicoat Top Fuel Shootout on Saturday. The dragster will assume its normal electric blue and black Zantrex-3 colors during Friday's competition.

Grubnic will once again participate in Saturday's special race-within-a-race, the Technicoat Top Fuel Shootout. The lucrative $100,000 winner's paycheck will go to one of eight Top Fuel drivers who qualified for the prestigious and exclusive annual Las Vegas event. Grubnic won the Technicoat Top Fuel Shootout in his first attempt in 2004.

"Wow. What an exciting weekend we have lined up for the great fans of NHRA drag racing," Grubnic, a 45-year old resident of Ennis, Mont., said. "First of all, having Dan Henderson with us and representing the Endothil0x00ae-CR and Oxydrene0x00ae brands is a huge honor for all of us at Kalitta Motorsports. I'm sure all of the race fans will really enjoy this partnership as well.

"Second, we get to run for the big money in the Technicoat Top Fuel Shootout again. Winning the Shootout in 2004 is definitely a highlight of my career. So, hopefully for Dan and Endothil-CR and Oxydrene we can get our second Technicoat Top Fuel Shootout win this year."

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