O’Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Kalitta races to quarterfinals
Kalitta, the No. 3 qualifier, 4.536 seconds, 320.66 mph, got a “free pass” in the opening round of Sunday’s Top Fuel eliminations when his opponent and No. 14 qualifier Todd Paton was shut off due to a mechanical failure after doing his burnout. Kalitta’s single lap down the quarter-mile garnered him a 4.710-second, 308.64-mph time slip.
In the quarterfinals, Kalitta faced Brandon Bernstein. Kalitta’s extreme-horsepower Mac Tools machine had mechanical sufferings of its own after the start of his race with Bernstein. Kalitta charged down his lane as best he could, but it was not enough to catch his opponent, and Bernstein took the victory, 4.810 sec., 280.19 mph to 4.545 sec., 326.71 mph.
The Mac Tools dragster crew won the Full Throttle Pit Crew Award for their extraordinary efforts in
Kalitta remains in 8th place in POWERade Top Fuel championship points
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