Seattle: Dave Grubnic preview

NHRA's Dave Grubnic sees Seattle as his chance to shine on the Western Swing KENT, Wash., (July 17, 2006) -- Native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the pink and black, 8,000 horsepower StriVectin-SD Top Fuel dragster, and the rest of the...

NHRA's Dave Grubnic sees Seattle as his chance to shine on the Western Swing

KENT, Wash., (July 17, 2006) -- Native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the pink and black, 8,000 horsepower StriVectin-SD Top Fuel dragster, and the rest of the stars of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series head to Seattle for the mid-point of the much ballyhooed Western Swing at the Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals in Kent, Wash., just outside of the city limits of Seattle, this weekend, July 21-23, at Pacific Raceways.

Grubnic, who currently resides in 6th place in POWERade championship points, is more optimistic than normal swinging into the second of three consecutive race weekends in America's western sector. The always-affable "Aussie" is highly encouraged by his nitromethane-fueled race car's performance at the previous event this past weekend in Denver, and he is eager to see what he and his StriVectin-SD team can do in Seattle.

"Our car ran great in Denver, and we really seem to have a good handle on the tune-up right now," Grubnic said. "We had the second quickest car of eliminations in Denver, unfortunately we had to race the quickest car in the second round. That's just drag racing, but our car is really running great.

"Jon (Oberhofer, crew chief) and my guys have really been working hard to get our StriVectin-SD car running quick and consistent. I really like our chances in Seattle. I'm very encouraged about what happened in Denver. We certainly can go there and get a win and get back up near the top of the points."

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, and he picked up an emotional first NHRA national event win in May, 2005 in Topeka, Kans., to become the first non-native North American to win a Top Fuel trophy. He also won the prestigious Gatornationals Top Fuel title in March in Gainesville, Fla.

The Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals begins Friday, July 21, for the Top Fuel class with two qualifying sessions at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (PT). Two more qualifying sessions follow on Saturday at noon and 3:00 p.m. The top sixteen qualified cars will race Sunday in final eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m.

-Kalitta Motorsports

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