Indy ORP: Kalitta Motorsports Sunday notes

Dave Grubnic leads Team Kalitta qualifying at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indy INDIANAPOLIS, (Sept. 2, 2007) -- At the biggest and most prestigious drag racing event in the world, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at ...

Dave Grubnic leads Team Kalitta qualifying at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, (Sept. 2, 2007) -- At the biggest and most prestigious drag racing event in the world, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the Zantrex-3 Top Fuel dragster, will begin Labor Day Monday's final eliminations in the 53rd annual running of the famed event from the top-half of the starting field in the No. 5 qualifying spot.

Grubnic guided the Zantrex-3 rail to a best qualifying effort of 4.523 seconds at 329.91 mph. He will face off against No. 12 qualifier Brandon Bernstein (4.568 sec., 324.36 mph) when the first round of eliminations begins Monday morning.

Grubnic's Kalitta Motorsports teammate Scott Kalitta, driver of the DHL Toyota Solara Nitro Funny Car, qualified his bright yellow flopper in the No. 14 (4.805 sec., 319.75 mph) slot for final eliminations in the Funny Car class. He will race against No. 3 qualifier Jack Beckman (4.759 sec., 325.85 mph) in the opening round.

Scott's Cousin Doug Kalitta, driver of the special edition Mac Tools/Foose Design Top Fueler, will miss racing in the final eliminations of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals for the first time in his 10-year career as a quarter-mile ace. Doug's best lap down the famed drag strip at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis was 4.597 sec., 307.02 mph. That mark just barely missed making the very competitive 16-car final eliminations cut buy a mere .002 sec., as the "bump" was a 4.595 sec., posting.

"Well, I guess to say we're disappointed would be a huge understatement," Doug said. "The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is the biggest race of the season, and we came so close to making the field, but it didn't happen. All we can do now is put it behind us and cheer for our Kalitta Motorsports teammates. We'll move on to Memphis (next event) and try to defend our Top Fuel title there."

Hillary Will, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports-managed, Ken Black-owned KB Racing LLC Top Fueler, qualified in the No. 10 position for eliminations.

-credit: km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Scott Kalitta , Jack Beckman , Hillary Will , Ken Black