Baytown: Doug Kalitta preview

Doug Kalitta is eager to take his "No. 50" dragster back to the winner's circle in Houston BAYTOWN, Texas, (March 25, 2009) -- Doug Kalitta, driver of the bright yellow, 8,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled Kalitta Motorsports "No. 50" Top Fuel ...

Doug Kalitta is eager to take his "No. 50" dragster back to the winner's circle in Houston

BAYTOWN, Texas, (March 25, 2009) -- Doug Kalitta, driver of the bright yellow, 8,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled Kalitta Motorsports "No. 50" Top Fuel dragster, is hoping that this weekend's, March 27-29, trip to the Lone Star State for the annual running of the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, just outside of the Houston city limits, will be an encore of his team's performance at HRP six years ago.

Kalitta collected his only Houston Top Fuel title trophy thus far at the event in 2003 when he defeated Cory McClenathan in Kalitta's only final round appearance at HRP. Since his straight-line racing career began in 1998, Kalitta has also been a four-time semifinalist in Houston, including last year.

"Houston was one of the highlights of our season last year," Kalitta, a 44-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., and 31-time NHRA national event winner, said. "Our car was a little off in Gainesville (Fla., previous event), but we realized what was wrong, and we're all set now. Jim (Oberhofer, crew chief) and the team have the car running great and capable of winning on any given weekend, so we're ready to get going in Texas and see if we can get back in our winning stride."

Kalitta, a 12-year NHRA veteran, and his team won the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., in early February. It was Kalitta's first trip to the winner's circle since the fall of 2007. Kalitta has finished in the top ten in Full Throttle Top Fuel championship points in every season of his drag racing career. He is currently in 4th place (194) in Full Throttle championship points, 65 points behind the leader.

-credit: km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Cory McClenathan