Pomona: Doug Kalitta final report

Doug Kalitta, Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster -- No. 14 qualifier, advanced to round one Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team suffer mechanical problems in Pomona POMONA, Calif., (Feb. 10, 2008) -- Sunday at the season-opening event of the 2008 ...

Doug Kalitta, Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster -- No. 14 qualifier, advanced to round one

Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team suffer mechanical problems in Pomona

POMONA, Calif., (Feb. 10, 2008) -- Sunday at the season-opening event of the 2008 POWERade Drag Racing Series, the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.), Doug Kalitta, driver of the "Big Red" Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, saw his hopes of claiming his first Winternationals title trophy unexpectedly go up in tire smoke in round one because of a mechanical failure.

Kalitta, the No. 14 qualifier (4.615 seconds, 319.67 mph), faced off against his longtime nemesis and No. 3 qualifier Tony Schumacher in the opening stanza of final eliminations. Almost as soon as Kalitta stepped on the throttle of his 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools rail, a lever in the race car's clutch mechanism broke and caused the car to over-rev. That in turn caused the dragster to immediately spin and smoke its big rear tires to give Schumacher an unchallenged win, 30.838 sec., 52.32 mph to 4.508 sec., 328.30 mph.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta