Seattle: Doug Kalitta preview

Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team set to shine in Seattle KENT, Wash., (July 18, 2007) -- Doug Kalitta, driver of "Big Red", the 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, thinks that this weekend's, July 20-22, NHRA POWERade Drag Racing ...

Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team set to shine in Seattle

KENT, Wash., (July 18, 2007) -- Doug Kalitta, driver of "Big Red", the 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, thinks that this weekend's, July 20-22, NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event, the Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals, at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash., just outside of Seattle, will be a perfect opportunity for him and the Mac Tools dragster team to break through for their first win of 2007.

"Our Mac Tools machine has been getting much more consistent lately," Kalitta, a 42-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. "We've been going down the track with fewer and fewer problems over the past several races. I think this weekend in Seattle may finally be our time to shine this year.

"The weatherman is forecasting some cool temperatures for this weekend, so I'm sure the fans are going to get to see some really good times. We are looking forward to getting there and seeing what our Mac Tools car can do and hopefully put "Big Red" in the winner's circle."

Kalitta has been runner-up for the Top Fuel title in Seattle three times in his 10-year career, 2003, 2000, and 1999. He was a semi-finalist in 2005.

This season the NHRA instituted the new Countdown to the Championship points system. Only the top eight in POWERade points after the first 17 national events will be allowed to vie for the season championship. This weekend's event is the 14th of the season.

Going into this weekend's event at Pacific Raceways, Kalitta is in 12th position in POWERade Top Fuel championship points. He is 88 points shy of 8th place.

-credit: km

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