Pomona II: Dave Grubnic preview

NHRA Top Fueler Dave Grubnic looks to cap off 2006 season with a victory in Pomona POMONA, Calif., (Nov. 7, 2006) -- StriVectin-SD Top Fuel dragster driver and native Australian Dave Grubnic seems to always have a smile on his face. His...

NHRA Top Fueler Dave Grubnic looks to cap off 2006 season with a victory in Pomona

POMONA, Calif., (Nov. 7, 2006) -- StriVectin-SD Top Fuel dragster driver and native Australian Dave Grubnic seems to always have a smile on his face. His infectious smile is a bit bigger in the few days left leading up to this season's final NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event, the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona this weekend, Nov. 9-12.

After a disappointing outing at the previous event in Las Vegas, Grubnic's pink and black-clad team stayed in Sin City to test their 8,000-horsepower race car for two days, and the fruits of that labor have Grubnic and his team extremely enthused going into this year's final NHRA foray.

"We basically overhauled some things on our car," Grubnic said. "From what we saw from our half-tack testing numbers, what we did was definitely the way to go. I'm very encouraged about going to Pomona now. We have a really good shot of going out there and winning the last trophy of the year. I can't think of a better way to finish off our year for StriVectin-SD and all of our sponsors."

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. In May, 2005, in Topeka, Kans., he became the first non-native North American to win an NHRA national event in Top Fuel. He also won the prestigious Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., in March of this year.

The Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals begins Thursday, Nov. 9, for the Top Fuel class with one qualifying session at 2:30 p.m. (PT). Another qualifying session follows on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and then two more qualifying sessions follow on Saturday at noon and 3:30 p.m.

The top 16 qualified cars will race Sunday, Nov. 12, in final eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m.

All times and dates subject to change.

The Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals is the final event of 23 national events in the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

-credit: kalitta motorsports

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