TOP FUEL Doug Kalitta, from Ann Arbor, Mich., won his third event of the 2003 season by defeating first-time finalist Scott Weis in the final round. Kalitta powered his Mac Tools dragster to the finish line in 4.602-seconds at 312.35 mph to...
Doug Kalitta, from Ann Arbor, Mich., won his third event of the 2003 season by defeating first-time finalist Scott Weis in the final round. Kalitta powered his Mac Tools dragster to the finish line in 4.602-seconds at 312.35 mph to outrun Weis' Race Girl dragster, which recorded a performance of 4.805 at 298.27. It was the 14th career win for Kalitta and his second at St. Louis (2001).
With the victory, Kalitta remained No. 2 in the Top Fuel point standings, 207 points behind Top Fuel leader Larry Dixon.
Kenny Bernstein was the No. 1 qualifier for the first time in 2003 and 66th time in his career. He drove his Budweiser dragster to a 4.596 run at 323.12 to pace the 16-car field in qualifying.
Dixon lost in the second round to Darrell Russell. It was just the third time in 2003 that Dixon hasn't advanced beyond the second round. He has yet to post a first-round loss this season.
For the first time in 2003, Rhonda Hartman-Smith advanced to the semifinals. She beat husband and teammate John Smith in the second round to move on to the semis. Rhonda and John have faced each other four times in 2003 and Rhonda holds the 3-1 advantage. Rhonda moved into the top 10 for the first time this season.
Over the last two seasons, Dixon has owned the Top Fuel points lead following 34 of 35 races.
Del Worsham, from Chino Hills, Calif., earned his second win of the year in his Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird. Worsham's 13th career victory came with a 4.884 pass at 313.00, beating John Force's 4.936 at 314.09 in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang.
With the victory, Worsham moved up one spot to the No. 3 position in the Funny Car standings, behind leader Tony Pedregon and second-place Whit Bazemore.
Gary Densham earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the second time this season and fifth time of his career. He drove his Auto Club Ford Mustang to a run of 4.858 at a track record speed of 316.97 to take the top spot.
Force, a 12-time champion, was the runner-up for the second consecutive race. He has yet to win an event in 2003.
Pedregon still holds the top spot in the Funny Car standings. Pedregon has been No. 1 following 10 of the 12 NHRA events. Bazemore occupies the No. 2 spot, 143 points out of first. Worsham is third, 305 points from Pedregon.
Ron Krisher, from Warren, Ohio, scored his first victory of the season and fifth of his career by beating Allen Johnson in the final round. Krisher drove his Valvoline Chevy Cavalier to a run of 6.843 at 201.64 to beat Johnson's 6.840 at 201.73 in his Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T.
Krisher's victory was his first in more than a calendar year. Krisher's last win came during the April 2002 race in Las Vegas.
Warren Johnson earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the third time this season and 130th time of his career. He drove his GM Performance Parts Pontiac Grand Am to a track record time run of 6.808 at 202.12 for the No. 1 spot. Greg Anderson set the track record for speed with a 202.85 run, also in a Grand Am.
Allen Johnson earned a $1,000 bonus by earning the Motel 6 'Who Got the Light' award when he defeated Larry Morgan by 0.0033 of-a-second margin of victory in the first round of Pro Stock eliminations.
With the win, Krisher moved up from the No. 7 spot to the No. 5 spot in the standings. Krisher is the first driver in 2003 to win who sits outside of the top three in the point standings.
Greg Anderson has the lead in the POWERade standings. He leads Kurt Johnson by 70 points, and he has a 304-point lead over his former employer, Warren Johnson.
Notable DNQ's: Gene Wilson, Troy Coughlin, V Gaines and Mark Pawuk.
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Geno Scali, from Chicago, scored his second victory of the season and third of his career by beating GT Tonglet in the final round. Scali rode his Craftsman Suzuki to a run of 7.139 at 187.99 to beat Tonglet's 7.177 at 185.46 on his Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.
Tonglet's fourth career final round appearance was a first for the Harley-Davidson program. The Vance & Hines team debuted the Harley V-Rod program in 2001, but failed to qualify for all seven races.
With the win, Scali moved into the No. 1 spot in the standings. Scali bumped Angelle Savoie into second place.
Shawn Gann earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the second time this season and fourth time of his career. He rode his Mac Tools Suzuki to a track record time of 7.136 at 187.31. Andrew Hines set the track record for speed at 191.97 on a Harley-Davidson.