Topeka: Doug Kalitta preview

Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team to try for two Top Fuel titles in Topeka TOPEKA, Kan., (May 28, 2008) -- This weekend, May 30-June 1, Doug Kalitta, driver of the 8,000-horsepower "Big Red" Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, heads to the Heartland...

Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team to try for two Top Fuel titles in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan., (May 28, 2008) -- This weekend, May 30-June 1, Doug Kalitta, driver of the 8,000-horsepower "Big Red" Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, heads to the Heartland for the annual running of the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan., with hopes of holding a title trophy for the first time in the 2008 POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Kalitta visited victory lane at HTP in 2006 with a final-round win over Brandon Bernstein. Kalitta also holds the track record for elapsed time in Topeka, 4.487 seconds (2004).

In the previous five NHRA national events, Kalitta and the Mac Tools team have made three semi-final finishes and one quarter-final finish. Kalitta and his team have moved up six places in the POWERade championship points tally in that span from 14th to 8th.

"We've been steadily improving, and that's always a good thing," Kalitta, a 43-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. "The Mac Tools team stayed to test after Bristol (Tenn., previous event), and we found a few problems that had been plaguing us in the fuel system, so now our car should be even better.

"Topeka has been good to us in the past. Hopefully it will be again, and we can get our first win of the season this weekend."

-credit: km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Brandon Bernstein