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NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals
Las Vegas, NV
(April 6-9)

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Scott Kalitta
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Kalitta looks to Las Vegas for turnaround to NHRA season

Las Vegas, prerace: To say that the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series has not turned out how Scott Kalitta, driver of the Kalitta Air nitro Funny Car, had planned after four events so far would be like saying a 7,000 horsepower, 325-mph Funny Car is just kind of fast.

Of the four NHRA national events contested this year, Kalitta and his team have successfully qualified for final eliminations only once (Phoenix). As Kalitta turns his attention now to this weekendís NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas heís not ashamed to admit his disappointment, but he remains resolved to right the carbon fiber ship and contend for wins.

ďWeíre really struggling. Itís easy to see,Ē Kalitta, the son of team owner and drag racing legend Connie Kalitta, said. ďIíve been driving a nitro car for 25 years now and Iíve been through a lot in this sport, but this is certainly one of the worst lows.

ďThe last two qualifying sessions in Houston (previous event) showed us something pretty good. Obviously, it was not good enough to qualify, but itís a step in a positive direction. Las Vegas is all about taking risks and going big, so Iíll go out on a limb and say that Las Vegas will be the race that we look back on at the end of the year and say thatís the race that we turned it all around.Ē



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