NHRA Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta eyes drag racing's ultimate prize in Pomona POMONA, Calif., (Nov. 7, 2006) -- And then there was one, only one event left in the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series to determine this season's Top Fuel...
NHRA Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta eyes drag racing's ultimate prize in Pomona
POMONA, Calif., (Nov. 7, 2006) -- And then there was one, only one event left in the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series to determine this season's Top Fuel dragster world champion. Doug Kalitta, driver of the 8,000-horsepower, bright red Mac Tools flagship Top Fueler enters this season's final drag racing stanza, the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, this weekend, Nov. 9-12, at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona with a slim 45-point lead over second place holder and reigning Top Fuel world champ Tony Schumacher.
"There's no doubt that this is all we're really thinking about right now," Kalitta said. "Our Mac Tools team has worked hard for many years to get to this point, and now we just need to seal the deal. Rahn (Tobler, crew chief) and my guys always give me the best race car they possibly can, and I'm confident that will continue in Pomona. As a driver, I need to keep my focus and do my job. It's really that simple. No matter what happens, I'm sure we'll give our best effort, and that's really all we can do.
"From the fans' perspective, this has to be great. Both Nitro (Funny Car) championships decided at the Finals is really exciting for our sport. I'm just glad we're part of it."
Kalitta has lead the POWERade championship points tally since near the season's mid-point mark in Denver in July.
Kalitta won back-to-back events in Bristol, Tenn., and Atlanta and then consecutively won again at events in Topeka, Kans., and Chicago earlier this season. His last win came in Memphis in August. He leads Top Fuel, the NHRA's quickest and fastest racing class, with five wins in 2006. His five wins this season ties a career-high mark for victories in a season that he set last year.
The Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals begins Thursday, Nov. 9, for the Top Fuel class with one qualifying session at 2:30 p.m. (PT). Another qualifying session follows on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and then two more qualifying sessions follow on Saturday at noon and 3:30 p.m.
The top 16 qualified cars will race Sunday, Nov. 12, in final eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m.
All times and dates subject to change.
The Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals is the final event of 23 national events in the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
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