Baytown: Scott Kalitta final report

Scott Kalitta and the DHL team barely miss eliminations in Houston HOUSTON, (March 30, 2008) -- For NHRA veteran Scott Kalitta, driver of the 8,000-horsepower, bright yellow and red DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, his chance of winning the O'Reilly...

Scott Kalitta and the DHL team barely miss eliminations in Houston

HOUSTON, (March 30, 2008) -- For NHRA veteran Scott Kalitta, driver of the 8,000-horsepower, bright yellow and red DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, his chance of winning the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Tex., just a few miles out of the Houston city limits, came up short by less than 0.2 seconds.

Scott and the DHL team posted a best lap of 5.218 sec., 236.55 mph in their four qualifying attempts to make the 16-car Funny Car eliminations field, but they needed to run 5.052 seconds or better to make Sunday's race day.

"We just struggled," Kalitta, a 46-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., said. "The track was tricky, and we had a hard time getting it figured out. Funny Car is so tough these days so you have to be almost perfect all of the time. We'll be fine. Our DHL car continues to show a lot of promise. We'll be ready to go when we get to [Las] Vegas (next event)."

Kalitta is currently in 17th place in 2008 POWERade Funny Car championship points.

-credit: km

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