Grubnic looking to capitalize on momentum in Richmond
Richmond, prerace: StriVectin-SD Top Fuel dragster driver and native Australian Dave Grubnic has been to the semi-final round of final eliminations in the previous two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events. This weekend, Oct. 6-8, Grubnic and his team are hoping to build on their round-winning momentum to finish the 2006 season at Virginia Motorsports Park in Petersburg, Va., just a few miles south of Richmond, at the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals.
“It’s certainly been nice to go some rounds lately,” Grubnic said. “In Dallas, we got pretty lucky, but in Reading it was a lot more about the performance of the race car so that’s very encouraging.
“Our goal is to stay in the top five in points. It seems like everyday now that the competition just keeps getting better and better in Top Fuel, plus new cars keep coming into the class that are capable of winning right off of the trailer. The end of this season and all of next season promise to be really exciting for drivers, teams and fans. I’m just very happy to be a part of it.”
At the previous event in Reading, Penn., Grubnic moved up one points position to 5th in the standings. He is now 273 points behind his Kalitta Motorsports teammate and points leader Doug Kalitta.
The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series competed at Virginia Motorsports Park from 1995 to 2000. This weekend marks the return to NHRA national event racing in the commonwealth.
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