Reading: Arend, Grubnic preview

Team DHL heads to Reading to conquer the Keystone State READING, Pa. (August 20, 2009) -- This weekend Jeff Arend, driver of the bright yellow, nitro-fueled, 8,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, will revisit the site of his fondest drag...

Team DHL heads to Reading to conquer the Keystone State

READING, Pa. (August 20, 2009) -- This weekend Jeff Arend, driver of the bright yellow, nitro-fueled, 8,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, will revisit the site of his fondest drag racing memory in Reading, Pa., at the annual running of the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

In 1996, Arend went to the Funny Car winner's circle for the first time in his career at Maple Grove. He is hopeful that he and his DHL team can make a repeat performance this year in Reading.

"It's hard to believe it's been 13 years," Arend, a 46-year old resident of San Dimas, Calif., said. "I still remember it like it was yesterday. It would be awesome if our DHL team could make that magic happen again this weekend. I'm sure we'll do everything we can to make it happen."

Arend, a native Canadian, has 24 round-wins in his career. He is married to Windy, and they have a daughter, Jenna, 9.

Native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the DHL-branded Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster, will race with Reading's rail contingent this weekend.

Grubnic, a 46-year old resident of Ennis, Mont., has two NHRA national event wins in 14 final round appearances in his 14-year Top Fuel career. In May, 2005, he became the first racer born outside of North America to win an NHRA Top Fuel event.

Grubnic's 8,000-horspower dragster will serve as a testing vehicle for the team, and will also participate in the event following the event in Reading in Indianapolis.

-credit: km

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