Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals
Kalitta looking to extend points lead with third consecutive win at Sonoma
This weekend’s Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals has been circled on Kalitta’s calendar since the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series began in February. Kalitta and his Mac Tools team, led by crew chief Rahn Tobler, certainly have an affinity for Infineon Raceway, and they should because they have been to the winner’s circle there a Top Fuel-record five times, including the previous two seasons. They also won in
“We’ve had some really good runs in
“Our main goal now for
Kalitta and his team lead the POWERade Top Fuel championship points by only 40 points over second place holder Melanie Troxel, who had held the lead for the entire 2006 season until Kalitta took over the top spot two weeks ago in
Kalitta and NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon also have a unique tie-in with Infineon Raceway. Each year that Kalitta has won the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals on Infineon’s paved quarter-mile drag strip, Gordon has won his series’ event on the property’s road coarse for the race cars that turn except once. Kalitta is hoping that the winning link regains it strength and continues this year as Gordon won again at Infineon last month.
“That Jeff Gordon thing is cool,” Kalitta said. “Last year he didn’t hold up his end of the bargain though. We won but he didn’t. Hopefully we’ll hold up our end this year and get the streak back on track.”
Kalitta leads Top Fuel, the NHRA’s quickest and fastest racing class, with four wins in 2006 and has climbed from ninth to first place in POWERade points since April. His spot atop the points marks only the third time that he has led the championship points in his career.
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