"Big D" stands for Disappointing for NHRA's Team Kalitta in Dallas Ennis, Tex., (Oct. 9, 2005) -- At the O'Reilly Fall NHRA Nationals in Ennis, Tex., Kalitta Motorsports' three Top Fuel dragsters suffered early departures in Sunday's 16-car...
"Big D" stands for Disappointing for NHRA's Team Kalitta in Dallas
Ennis, Tex., (Oct. 9, 2005) -- At the O'Reilly Fall NHRA Nationals in Ennis, Tex., Kalitta Motorsports' three Top Fuel dragsters suffered early departures in Sunday's 16-car final eliminations at the Texas Motorplex, just south of downtown Dallas.
Two-time Top Fuel points runner-up (2003-2004) Doug Kalitta, driver of Mac Tools dragster, qualified No. 8 (4.518 seconds, 328.94 mph) and advanced the furthest of Team Kalitta's three nitro-fueled, quarter-mile race cars.
With the second best elapsed time of the first round and his best effort down the drag strip of the weekend, Doug breezed into the quarterfinals by defeating No. 9 qualifier Cory McClenathan, 4.502 sec., 328.30 mph to 5.869 sec., 155.19 mph.
In the quarterfinals, Doug's 7,000 horsepower rail lost valuable traction early in its run and that allowed No. 1 qualifier Doug Herbert to get the win light, 5.663 sec., 190.54 to 4.567 sec., 321.81 mph.
Ann Arbor, Mich., resident Doug, 41, remains in third place in Top Fuel championship points after Dallas. He is only three points behind second place holder Larry Dixon with two events remaining in the 2005 season.
Two-time Top Fuel World Champion (1994-1995), Doug's cousin and Snead Island, Fla., resident Scott Kalitta, 43, driving the specially painted Mac Card/Mac Tools/Jesse James Top Fuel dragster, qualified 10th (4.570 sec., 321.88 mph). Scott was unable to get by Dixon in the opening round in a close drag race, 4.621 sec., 318.84 mph to 4.583 sec., 320.97 mph.
Scott remains eighth in 2005 championship points.
Native Australian "Aussie Dave" Grubnic, 43, driving a specially painted StriVectin-SD Top Fueler, qualified in the No. 13 position (4.774 sec., 287.41 mph) for final eliminations. Grubnic's 500 cu. in. dragster engine had one of its eight cylinders fail immediately after his race started with No. 4 qualifier Rod Fuller, which put Grubnic in a hole that he was unable to race out of. He subsequently lost to Fuller, 5.777 sec., 194.21 mph to 4.580 sec., 316.23 mph.
Grubnic, who resides in Ennis, Mont., is currently in fourth place in championship points.
The O'Reilly Fall NHRA Nationals was the 21st of 23 national events in the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.