Las Vegas: Dave Grubnic preview

NHRA's Dave Grubnic ready to rebound with round wins in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (April 4, 2006) -- At the previous NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event in Houston last weekend, native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the pink and black ...

NHRA's Dave Grubnic ready to rebound with round wins in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (April 4, 2006) -- At the previous NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event in Houston last weekend, native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the pink and black StriVectin-SD Top Fuel dragster, was unexpectedly ousted in the first round of final eliminations after gaining positive momentum by winning the Top Fuel title at the event previous to Houston in Gainesville, Fla., the second win of his career.

Now, as the stars of the world's quickest and fastest motorsport transcend upon the bright lights of Las Vegas for the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, April 6-9, Grubnic and his StriVectin-SD crew are looking for some big numbers and big money in the city that is famous for often granting both wishes.

"Drag racing is fickle," Grubnic said. "Man, you're on top of the world one second and then out in the first round the next. It's not like we went out and smoked the tires in Houston; we just got out ran, plain and simple.

"Now, we get to go back to Vegas. It's one of the best venues we have in the NHRA. There's always a lot of fans and the weather is almost always perfect. We'll try to get back on the winning side at The Strip and go some rounds into eliminations. A little Vegas luck would be good too. Maybe if we get the win, Connie (Kalitta, team owner, crew chief and drag racing legend) will let us try to double up our winnings in one of the casinos -- Nah, probably not. We better not even ask him that one."

In early 2004, Grubnic, a 43-year old resident of Ennis, Mont., was hired to drive for Kalitta Motorsports after several years of driving for teams with minimal funding. Since joining Team Kalitta, Grubnic, now in his 12th season as a Top Fuel driver, has posted consecutive top-five championship points finishes. In 2004, he won the lucrative and coveted Budweiser Shootout in Las Vegas, becoming only the fourth driver in the special event's 20-year history to win its $100,000 prize in his first attempt, and he picked up an emotional and long overdue first NHRA national event win in May, 2005 in Topeka, Kans., to become the first non-native North American to win a Top Fuel trophy.

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