Doug Kalitta qualifies No. 5 in Indy; Teammates Scott Kalitta and "Aussie Dave" Grubnic qualify No. 7 and No. 13 respectively Clermont, Ind., (Sept. 4, 2005) -- After three days of qualifying at the most prestigious drag racing event on Earth,...
Doug Kalitta qualifies No. 5 in Indy; Teammates Scott Kalitta and "Aussie Dave" Grubnic qualify No. 7 and No. 13 respectively
Clermont, Ind., (Sept. 4, 2005) -- After three days of qualifying at the most prestigious drag racing event on Earth, the 51st Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Clermont, Ind., just west of downtown Indianapolis, Mac Tools flagship Top Fuel dragster driver Doug Kalitta led the three-car Team Kalitta Top Fuel qualifying efforts for Labor Day Monday's 16-car field of final eliminations at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Two-time NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel points runner-up (2003-2004) Doug qualified No. 5 with a best lap down the famed drag strip at IRP of 4.510 seconds at 327.51 mph in his bright red nitro rail. He will race No. 12 qualifier Clay Millican in round one of eliminations. Doug is 2-4 versus Millican in his drag racing career. The two quarter-mile veterans have met only once before this season in the first round of the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., in which Millican won.
Doug enters final eliminations Monday tied with the reigning Top Fuel champ Tony Schumacher for the 2005 championship points lead.
Doug is an eight-year Top Fuel veteran and former USAC National Sprint Car Champion (1994). He owns 24 NHRA national event trophies. He has five wins, a career-best, so far in 2005 (Gainesville, Fla., Bristol, Tenn., Atlanta, Sonoma, Calif., and Brainerd, Minn.).
Two-time Top Fuel World Champion (1994-1995) Scott, 43, driver of the Mac Tools/Jesse James Top Fuel dragster, qualified No. 7 with a 4.516-sec., 324.05-mph run. He will race No. 10 qualifier Melanie Troxel in round one of eliminations. Scott is 1-0 versus Troxel in his career. Scott and Troxel met for their first and only match-up in Sonoma, Calif., earlier this season.
Scott, who won the opening event of the 2005 season in Pomona, in February, and again in June in Joliet, Ill., is currently eighth in championship points.
Scott has 18 (17 Top Fuel, 1 Funny Car) NHRA national event victories in his 24-year career.
"Aussie Dave" Grubnic, driver of the Zantrex-3 Top Fueler, took the No. 13 qualifying spot with a 4.613-sec., 324.67-mph qualifying run. He will race No. 4 qualifier Brandon Bernstein in round one. Grubnic is 1-2 versus Bernstein in his career. Grubnic and Bernstein have met once this season in Sonoma where Bernstein won in the opening round of eliminations.
Native Australian Grubnic, 43, the $100,000 Budweiser Shootout special event winner last fall in Las Vegas, made history May 29th in Topeka, Kans., by becoming the first non-North American to win an NHRA Top Fuel national event. The win in Topeka was Grubnic's first in his 11-year career.
Grubnic is currently in fourth place in championship points.
The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is the 18th of 23 national events in the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
Monday's final eliminations begin with the Top Fuel class at 11:00 a.m.