Topeka: Scott Kalitta preview

NHRA Nitro Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta returning to one of his favorite racetracks in Topeka TOPEKA, Kans., (May 23, 2006) -- To say that the quarter-mile drag strip at Heartland Park Topeka is one of NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series veteran...

NHRA Nitro Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta returning to one of his favorite racetracks in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kans., (May 23, 2006) -- To say that the quarter-mile drag strip at Heartland Park Topeka is one of NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series veteran Scott Kalitta's favorite tracks, would be a colossal understatement. When the two-time NHRA Top Fuel World Champion (1994-1995) was still racing in the long, skinny race cars, he won at HTP a record six times, three times more than the next multiple Top Fuel winners Kenny Bernstein and Cory McClenathan with two wins each.

This weekend, May 25-28, Kalitta and his new 7,000 horsepower Kalitta Air Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car head to the annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals event at HTP in Topeka, Kans., but this time Kalitta will be wheeling his new fuel flopper in hopes of beginning a short wheel-based legacy in America's heartland.

"Topeka is just one of those great places for me in my career," Kalitta said. "We've always seemed to find the right combination there.

"It's no secret that we've struggled this year in the Funny Car, but going back to Topeka may just be the boost we need to get everything right."

Scott, a 43-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., and 25-year drag racing veteran, made the switch from Top Fuel to Funny Car this season. Scott has one NHRA national event win in his career in nitro Funny Car and that was at the Houston event in 1989 while driving with a broken left foot. In Top Fuel, Scott scored two world championships (1994-1995) and 17 NHRA national event wins.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Bernstein , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta