Englishtown: Scott Kalitta, Dave Grubnic preview

Team DHL looks to carry winning momentum into Englishtown ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., (June 18, 2008) --This weekend, June 19-22, at the annual running of the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals Scott Kalitta, driver of the DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, and ...

Team DHL looks to carry winning momentum into Englishtown

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., (June 18, 2008) --This weekend, June 19-22, at the annual running of the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals Scott Kalitta, driver of the DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, and native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the DHL Top Fuel dragster, will put their bright yellow and red entries on the famed drag strip at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., in hopes of building upon their recent successes.

At the previous national event in Chicago, Kalitta and the DHL Funny Car team posted a runner-up finish. It was Kalitta's first trip to the final round in a nitro-fueled flopper since 1989. Grubnic, a 45-year old resident of Ennis, Mont., and the 8,000-horsepower DHL dragster also made a strong showing in Chicago with a quarter-final finish.

"The runner-up finish in Chicago has breathed new life into our entire DHL team," Kalitta, a 46-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., "Everyone knows the struggles that our team has been through with our Funny Car. It's been terribly frustrating for all of us not to see the performances that we know we're capable of, so to finally turn a corner in Chicago was the shot in the arm that we needed so badly. Hopefully we'll be able to keep it up this weekend in Englishtown and continue to improve and move forward with our car and the DHL dragster as well."

Grubnic is currently in 10th place in POWERade Top Fuel championship points, while Kalitta is in 18th place in Funny Car points.

-credit: km

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