Gainesville: Doug Kalitta Saturday summary

Kalitta makes history at Mac Tools Gatornationals; takes top qualifying spot Saturday. Gainesville, Fla., Mar. 15, 2003 - For the third consecutive national event of 2003, Doug Kalitta overpowered the Top Fuel contingency of the NHRA POWERade...

Kalitta makes history at Mac Tools Gatornationals; takes top qualifying spot Saturday.

Gainesville, Fla., Mar. 15, 2003 - For the third consecutive national event of 2003, Doug Kalitta overpowered the Top Fuel contingency of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series to qualify his Mac Tools/Kalitta Motorsports dragster No. 1 at the Mac Tools Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway. Kalitta's 4.535-second blast down the quarter-mile in the final qualifying session Saturday put him in the top spot.

Kalitta becomes only the fourth Top Fuel driver to be low qualifier at the first three events of a NHRA Drag Racing Series season. The 16-car Top Fuel dragster field at the Mac Tools Gatornationals is the quickest in NHRA history, with Shirley Muldowney's 4.694-seconds effort being the slowest on the elimations ladder.

"Our Mac Tools dragster is making awesome horsepower," Kalitta said. "Connie (Kalitta, crew chief) and Jim (Oberhofer, co-crew chief) have our car running great. To qualify No. 1 at our sponsor's event is incredible. It's great for our whole team. Now, we want to keep our horsepower consistent on Sunday and get a win for all of our fans and all of the great Mac Tools folks that cheer us on."

Kalitta will face Muldowney in the first round of eliminations Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shirley Muldowney , Doug Kalitta