Seattle: Team Kalitta preview

Team Kalitta looks to build on recent racing success in Seattle KENT, Wash., (July 16, 2009) -- Team Kalitta drivers Doug Kalitta and Jeff Arend are hoping to maintain their nitro-powered momentum this weekend, July 17-19, at the annual running...

Team Kalitta looks to build on recent racing success in Seattle

KENT, Wash., (July 16, 2009) -- Team Kalitta drivers Doug Kalitta and Jeff Arend are hoping to maintain their nitro-powered momentum this weekend, July 17-19, at the annual running of the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash., just a few miles from downtown Seattle.

Kalitta, driver of the No. 50 Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster, scored a runner-up finish at the previous event in Denver last weekend, his third final round showing of the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, after qualifying his 8,000-horsepower dragster in a season-high No. 6 starting spot for eliminations.

"We had a great weekend in Denver, now we have to keep it going," Kalitta, a 12-year NHRA veteran and 44-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. "Our dragster obviously responded the way we wanted to after the changes we made before Denver, so we're pretty happy right now. We'll try to seal the deal with a win this weekend in Seattle."

Kalitta was a runner-up finisher in Seattle in 2003 and 2000.

Kalitta's trip to the winner's circle at the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., in February was his first victory since the fall of 2007. He has 31 career Top Fuel wins in 57 final-round appearances.

Arend, driver of the bright yellow DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, also posted a season-best qualifying effort in Denver, No. 9, and he hopes that he and his DHL team can continue to climb the performance ladder with a more consistent race car.

"Our DHL Toyota is getting more fun to drive with every event that goes by," Arend, a 46-year old resident of San Dimas, Calif., said. "We've made some huge strides this year so far with the consistency and performance of our Funny Car. Our entire is working well together and gaining confidence in our car and ourselves. It's an exciting time on our DHL team right now, but it's going to be really exciting when we start clicking off some wins soon."

-credit: km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Jeff Arend