NHRA Top Fueler Doug Kalitta goes back-to-back in Bristol to pick up first win of 2006 BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 30, 2006) - Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driver Doug Kalitta was in a win drought. The 24-time NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national...
NHRA Top Fueler Doug Kalitta goes back-to-back in Bristol to pick up first win of 2006
BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 30, 2006) - Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driver Doug Kalitta was in a win drought. The 24-time NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national event winner had not won a Top Fuel title since the Brainerd, Minn., event last August, until today. For the third time in his nine-year drag racing career and for the second consecutive year, Doug won the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn., Sunday to bring his career win total to the quarter-century mark.
Doug, the inaugural winner of the Bristol event in 2001, made the fastest quarter-mile lap of the weekend in the final round of Sunday's final eliminations to easily defeat a traction-losing, tire-smoking Rod Fuller, 4.537 seconds, 331.53 mph to 13.077 sec., 73.32 mph. Doug's speed of 331.53 mph also set a new track record for speed at Bristol Dragway for the Mac Tools team.
"Boy, we needed that one," Doug said. "It's been a while.
"Rahn (Tobler, crew chief) and my guys had our car running great all weekend. We stayed consistent and made good laps in both lanes. Now we're back in the championship hunt and that's the most important thing to us right now."
With his win in Bristol, Doug, who has now been to 48 final rounds, moved up from 6th place in POWERade championship points to 3rd. He is now tied for 7th place on the NHRA all-time Top Fuel wins list.
Doug defeated Scott Weis in round one of eliminations. He sent Brandon Bernstein home early with a holeshot (starting line advantage (.078 sec. to .091 sec.)) win in round two, 4.546 sec., 329.75 mph to 4.537 sec., 329.67 mph. The margin of victory at the finish line was a mere .0043 sec. In the semifinals, Doug and Tobler defeated the Alan Johnson-tuned dragster (4.536 sec., 330.72 mph to 5.579 sec., 173.94 mph) to go to the money round.