Baytown: Dave Grubnic final report

Dave Grubnic, Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster -- No. 6 qualifier, advanced to round one Dave Grubnic and the Kalitta Motorsports team make early exit in Houston eliminations HOUSTON, (March 30, 2008) -- Sunday during eliminations at the...

Dave Grubnic, Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster -- No. 6 qualifier, advanced to round one

Dave Grubnic and the Kalitta Motorsports team make early exit in Houston eliminations

HOUSTON, (March 30, 2008) -- Sunday during eliminations at the annual running of the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals in Baytown, Tex., just a few miles out of the Houston city limits, native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster, was turned away for a chance at his third career event win at the scene of his first ever NHRA final round.

Grubnic, the 1998 Top Fuel runner-up in Houston, qualified his 8,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled dragster in the strong No. 6 position, 4.587 seconds, 322.42 mph. In round one of eliminations, Grubnic contended against No. 11 qualifier Bruce Litton, 4.620 sec., 324.28 mph. Under the warm and humid Texas skies, Grubnic's rail struggled to maintain valuable traction down the paved quarter-mile and that allowed Litton to advance with an upset win, 5.051 sec., 227.34 mph to 4.603 sec., 298.87 mph.

Grubnic is now in 7th place in 2008 POWERade Top Fuel championship points.

In early 2004, Grubnic was hired to drive for legendary team owner Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta and Kalitta Motorsports. In the fall of '04, Grubnic won the lucrative and coveted Budweiser Shootout in Las Vegas, becoming only the fourth driver in the special event's history to win its $100,000 prize in his first attempt. Grubnic picked up an emotional first NHRA national event win in May, 2005 in Topeka, Kans., to become the first non-native North American to win a Top Fuel trophy.

-credit: km

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Drivers Bruce Litton