Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals
Kalitta suffers short Sunday
Sonoma, Sunday: Sunday during final eliminations of the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Doug Kalitta, driver of the 8,000-horsepower, “Big Red” Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, unfortunately had his chance of winning his 6th title trophy in wine country ended early in the opening round.
Kalitta, the No. 15 qualifier (4.154 seconds, 289.51 mph), faced off against the driver of the Alan Johnson-tuned dragster and No. 2 qualifier (3.813 sec., 314.09 mph) in the first stanza of race day. Kalitta and his nitro-fueled charge made a bold effort, but it was not enough to get the win light over his opponent, 4.299 sec., 284.99 mph to 3.865 sec., 312.42 mph.
Kalitta was inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame on Sunday during pre-event ceremonies. Kalitta has five-career victories on the Infineon Raceway drag strip, including three consecutive (1998-2000) and two back-to-back (2004, 2005). He is one of only two NHRA drivers to ever three-peat at Infineon Raceway, the other being John Force (1990-1992). He is the winningest Top Fuel driver in the
“Well, it was a bad day and a good day,” Kalitta, a 43-year old resident of
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