Dave Grubnic leads Kalitta Motorsports eliminations efforts in Memphis MILLINGTON, Tenn., (Sept. 16, 2007) -- At Sunday's final eliminations at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington, Tenn., just a few miles...
Dave Grubnic leads Kalitta Motorsports eliminations efforts in Memphis
MILLINGTON, Tenn., (Sept. 16, 2007) -- At Sunday's final eliminations at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington, Tenn., just a few miles north of Memphis, Native Australian Dave Grubnic drove his Zantrex-3 Top Fuel dragster to a quarter-final finish.
Grubnic, the No. 14 qualifier, made his best lap of the weekend in the Mid-South in the opening round of eliminations against No. 3 qualifier Larry Dixon. Grubnic's 4.577-second, 318.62-mph lap down the quarter-mile was more than enough to defeat Dixon's 4.887-second, 280.02-mph losing effort. In the quarterfinals, Grubnic looked to be on his way into the semifinals until his 8,000-horspower rail started losing traction and spinning its big rear tires near the half-track markers against Melanie Troxel. Troxel was then able to drive away from Grubnic to get the win, 5.430 sec., 181.45 mph to 4.772 sec., 292.46 mph.
Grubnic's Top Fuel teammate Doug Kalitta, driver of the "Big Red" Mac Tools dragster, saw his hopes of defending his Top Fuel title in Memphis go up in smoke in the first round against Doug Herbert. Kalitta was away from the starting line first (.043 sec., to .084 sec.), but soon his Mac Tools dragster and Herbert's mount both began experiencing traction problems. Both drivers fought to get their race cars to recover. Kalitta's car then lost the blower belt and became lifeless to let Herbert get around him at the finish line, 6.198 sec., 136.43 mph to 5.188 sec., 260.16 mph.
Doug's Cousin Scott Kalitta, driver of the DHL Toyota Solara Nitro Funny Car, qualified his flopper entry in the No. 8 qualifying position, He raced No. 9 qualifier Tony Bartone in the opening round. Scott, too, experienced traction troubles well before he reached half-track while Bartone had no problems in his lane to get the win, 9.373 sec., 85.34 mph to 4.868 sec., 310.34 mph.