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NHRA Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta ready to resume championship run in Reading READING, Penn., (Sept. 12, 2006) -- Doug Kalitta, driver of "Big Red", the 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools flagship Top Fuel dragster, is hoping that he and his Mac...

NHRA Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta ready to resume championship run in Reading

READING, Penn., (Sept. 12, 2006) -- Doug Kalitta, driver of "Big Red", the 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools flagship Top Fuel dragster, is hoping that he and his Mac Tools team will regain their winning stagger this weekend, Sept. 14-17, at the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at historic Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn.

For only the fourth time this season in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series and for the first time since the NHRA event in Columbus, Ohio, in May, Kalitta was ousted in the first round of final eliminations at the previous event two weeks ago in Indianapolis. Kalitta, who has 34 elimination-round wins in the 18 events contested so far this year, is now looking to rebound from the Indy-opening anomaly in Reading and continue his pursuit of the 2006 NHRA Top Fuel championship.

"That's drag racing for you," Kalitta said. "Sometimes you're on top of the world and the next moment you think you're as low as you can go. This sport is very humbling. We'll move on. Now, the most important thing on our minds is winning as many rounds as possible in the remaining races. Rahn (Tobler, crew chief) and the guys have given me a great race car to drive all year, and I'm sure that will continue in the races we have left beginning this weekend in Reading."

Kalitta holds a 54-point lead in POWERade Top Fuel championship points with five races remaining on the 2006 schedule.

Kalitta won the 2002 Reading event. He was the No. 1 qualifier at Maple Grove Raceway in the 2004 event.

-credit: kalittaracing.com

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