Pomona: Dave Grubnic preview

Dave Grubnic and the Kalitta Motorsports team back in black and set to attack in 2008 POMONA, Calif., (Feb. 5, 2007) -- For native Australian Dave Grubnic, the quest for the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel championship begins with...

Dave Grubnic and the Kalitta Motorsports team back in black and set to attack in 2008

POMONA, Calif., (Feb. 5, 2007) -- For native Australian Dave Grubnic, the quest for the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel championship begins with a blank slate, in more ways than one, this weekend, Feb. 7-10, at the season-opening CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.).

Heading into his fifth season with Kalitta Motorsports, Grubnic finds himself beginning the year without a major sponsor on his predominantly black, 8000-horsepower, nitro-fueled Top Fueler, but that doesn't mean that the team will be, in any way, less of a contender to win the title on any given weekend of straight-line racing.

"Not having a major sponsor will motivate us to race even harder," Grubnic, a 45-year old resident of Ennis, Mont., said. "We think our car is going to be a front-runner for the championship this season, so we want to go out to Pomona and show that to the fans, our competitors and any potential sponsors out there. Our race car put up some incredible numbers in (pre-season) testing. Our entire Kalitta Motorsports team is eager to get on the race track and show everyone what we have."

In early 2004, Grubnic was hired to drive for legendary team owner Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta and Kalitta Motorsports. In the fall of '04, Grubnic won the lucrative and coveted Budweiser Shootout in Las Vegas, becoming only the fourth driver in the special event's history to win its $100,000 prize in his first attempt. Grubnic picked up an emotional first NHRA national event win in May, 2005 in Topeka, Kans., to become the first non-native North American to win a Top Fuel trophy. He has one other event victory to date, the 2006 running of the famed Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.

-credit: km

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