Doug Kalitta qualifies No. 13 in Phoenix; Top Fuel teammate Dave Grubnic qualifies No. 15 and Scott Kalitta qualifies No. 15 in Funny Car Chandler, Ariz., (Feb. 24, 2007) -- At the 2nd of 23 national events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing...
Doug Kalitta qualifies No. 13 in Phoenix; Top Fuel teammate Dave Grubnic qualifies No. 15 and Scott Kalitta qualifies No. 15 in Funny Car
Chandler, Ariz., (Feb. 24, 2007) -- At the 2nd of 23 national events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird Int'l Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., just outside of downtown Phoenix, the nitro-fueled, quarter-mile race cars of Kalitta Motorsports struggled in their qualifying efforts but were able to come through in the clutch and make their respective starting fields.
Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, qualified in the No. 13 spot for Sunday's 16-car final eliminations field with a best effort of 4.547 seconds at 327.90 mph. He will race No. 4 qualifier Brandon Bernstein (4.494 sec., 330.31 mph) in the opening round of eliminations. Doug continued his NHRA national event qualifying streak to 162 by getting his bright red dragster qualified for Sunday in the fourth and final qualifying session Saturday.
Doug's teammate Dave Grubnic, driver of the electric blue and black Zantrex-3 Top Fuel dragster, drove his entry into the No. 15 qualifying position (4.589 sec., 322.42 mph). He will face off against No. 2 qualifier Rod Fuller (4.471 sec., 331.61 mph) in round one.
Funny Car pilot and Kalitta Motorsports team driver Scott Kalitta, driver of the Kalitta Air Toyota Solora Funny Car, will begin Funny Car eliminations from the No. 15 qualifying position (4.847 sec., 323.43 mph). He will roll to the starting line to race No. 2 qualifier Tony Pedregon (4.659 sec., 324.44 mph) in the first round tomorrow. Like his cousin Doug, Scott also charged into the final eliminations field in the final qualifying session.