Las Vegas: Doug Kalitta preview

Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team look to Las Vegas to build winning momentum LAS VEGAS, (April 8, 2008) -- At this weekend's, April 10-13, annual running of the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, just ...

Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team look to Las Vegas to build winning momentum

LAS VEGAS, (April 8, 2008) -- At this weekend's, April 10-13, annual running of the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, just outside of the Las Vegas city limits, Doug Kalitta, driver of the 8,000-horsepower "Big Red" Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, and his team are hoping to improve on their semi-final finish at the previous event and Houston and do some extracurricular "roundy-round" racing.

During the event in Houston, the Mac Tools team also added highly-successful nitro tuner Richard Hogan to their roster as a co-crew chief. The addition of Hogan and their competitive outing in Texas have made Kalitta and his team optimistic about their chances of taking home another trophy from Sin City.

"It's definitely a plus to have Hogan on our team," Kalitta, a 43-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. "He and Jon 'O' (Oberhofer, co-crew chief) have already shown that they can work well together. Having an extra set of eyes is a big help, but having someone with Richard's knowledge and experience is invaluable. Jon and Richard complement each other's strengths, too, so this is an exciting time for the Mac Tools team."

Kalitta will also compete with other NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series stars in Thunder Roadsters Saturday night, April 12, at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a 15-lap charity race, NHRA Stars in Short Track Cars. The experience will not be Kalitta's first with racing around in circles. He was ARCA/WWAR Midget Rookie of the Year in 1990 and USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year in 1991. In 1994, he was crowned the USAC National Sprint Car Champion. He followed his title with runner-up points finishes in 1995 and 1996.

"It should be a lot of fun. I'll probably have a target on my back because the other drivers know I've got a little experience turning left, but that's okay. Hopefully, all they'll see is my back," Kalitta said with a laugh.

-credit: km

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