Pomona II: Doug Kalitta preview

Kalitta looking to end the season on a roll. Pomona, Calif., Nov. 5, 2002 - As the 51st NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season comes to a close this weekend at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Doug Kalitta and his Mac...

Kalitta looking to end the season on a roll.

Pomona, Calif., Nov. 5, 2002 - As the 51st NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season comes to a close this weekend at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Doug Kalitta and his Mac Tools Top Fuel team are looking to finish the season on a high note. After a strong second half of the season, Kalitta, 38, has jumped up three positions into the No. 4 spot by winning the last three of five events.

"Our Mac Tools team has really come on strong the latter half of this season and we want set a precedent for our competition to think about during the off-season," said Kalitta. "Although our season started off slow, we have now proven to everyone what we are capable of, it is important to do well in both the Budweiser Shootout and finish the year in the winner's circle on Sunday. I really want to give the guys on the team and our corporate partners who have stuck with us all year a trophy to remember all winter long".

Fans in Southern California usually are treated to excellent racing conditions for the grand finale; this year should be no different. NHRA, the teams, and the fans, are excited to have the first year with POWERade and Coca-Cola be a success.

Although Larry Dixon will be crowned POWERade Top Fuel champion, Jim Oberhofer, team manager and co-crew chief, wants nothing more than to continue to play the role of spoiler at Pomona. "We are fighting hard to keep the #3 on our Mac Tools car for 2003 and will do whatever it takes to defend our position. We are excited to have an opportunity to take home some big money Saturday in the Big Bud Shootout, but our mindset is to focus on Sunday and finish the year on a positive note. The Fairplex is a great facility and our Mac Tools car has done well at Pomona Raceway when conditions are cool".

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Doug Kalitta