Scott Kalitta reaches NHRA Top Fuel final round in Memphis Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 22, 2004 -- Scott Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools/Jesse James Top Fuel dragster, took his 7,000 + horsepower hot rod into the final round at the O'Reilly Mid-South...
Scott Kalitta reaches NHRA Top Fuel final round in Memphis
Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 22, 2004 -- Scott Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools/Jesse James Top Fuel dragster, took his 7,000 + horsepower hot rod into the final round at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park Sunday, but was denied his second victory of the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series by Larry Dixon (7.055 seconds, 121.99 mph to 4.660 sec., 311.70 mph).
The final round appearance in Memphis gives Kalitta Motorsports, which also includes Top Fuel drivers Doug Kalitta and "Aussie Dave" Grubnic, six consecutive final round showings. The streak began with Doug and Grubnic both reaching the final at St. Louis in June.
Scott, 42, defeated Joe Hartley in round one of final eliminations to set up a second round match-up with Brandon Bernstein. In his twelfth career event in Memphis, Scott made it to the semifinals for the first time at Memphis Motorsports Park when he won a close race (4.703 sec., 308.35 mph to 4.731 sec., 305.42 mph) over Bernstein to set up his 33rd career final round appearance.
Scott remains fifth in Top Fuel championship points. He qualified fourth for the event.
Scott's teammate and No. 2 qualifier Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools flagship dragster, was upset in round one by No. 15 qualifier Scott Weis. Doug remains second in points, 141 behind leader Tony Schumacher, who lost in the second round.
"Aussie Dave" Grubnic, driver of the Red Line Oil Top Fuel machine defeated Scott Palmer in round won, but lost by a very narrow margin to Clay Millican in round two.
Grubnic qualified No.1 for the event, his fifth low qualifying performance of 2004. He remains fourth in points.
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