Kalitta Motorsports News

David GrubnicBRISTOL, Tenn., (June 11, 2013) – For David Grubnic, driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster for Kalitta Motorsports, the goal for this weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in scenic Bristol, Tenn. is to improve after a disappointing outing at the previous NHRA Mello Yello Drag racing Series event in Englishtown, N.J. two weeks ago.

Grubnic and the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts team did not qualify for eliminations in Englishtown ending a 52-event streak of qualifying success. Grubnic missed making the 16-dragster eliminations field by a scant .001 seconds.

"We're all obviously disappointed with our non-qualifying performance in Englishtown however we must find the positives out of this situation,” Grubnic, a 50-year old resident of Bozeman, Mont., said. “The bottom line is there's no room for excuses and we need to be more focused and pay more attention to details. I believe this will help in turning our team around and gaining the performance we need to start going rounds and head us in the direction towards the winner’s circle. Our Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts team has proven we can win in the past, and it's time to prove we can do that again.”

Doug Kalitta BristolThree-Time Bristol Top Fuel Champ Kalitta Has Unfinished Business in Thunder Valley

BRISTOL, Tenn., (June 11, 2013) – Doug Kalitta, driver of the 10,000-horsepower “Big Red” Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster for Kalitta Motorsports, was within .02 seconds last year of claiming his fourth “Wally” trophy in Bristol Dragway’s Thunder Valley. At this season’s annual running of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 14-16, in Bristol, Tenn., Kalitta is determined to return to the final round and finish the job he started a year ago.

In last year’s final round of eliminations in Bristol, Kalitta reached the 1,000-ft. finish line stripe approximately seven feet behind his opponent. It was Kalitta’s best finish in last season’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, but that does not take away the sting of being so close to getting his 33rd visit to the Top Fuel’s winner’s circle.

“Losing in last year’s Bristol’s final was really tough, but I don’t dwell on it,” Kalitta, a 48-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. “We’re very excited and encouraged about the way our Mac Tools dragster is performing this season and that’s what we have to focus on. We’ve had one of the top running cars all season, but we haven’t been able to pick up a win yet. Given our success in Bristol in the past, this weekend offers us a great opportunity to get our first win of 2013. We’re looking forward to it.”

Del Worsham BRISTOL, Tenn., (June 11, 2013) – Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports, knows how to race a 10,000-horsepower nitro-fueled Funny Car to the winner’s circle at Bristol Dragway – He’s done it twice. This weekend Worsham and his DHL “Yella Fellas” team will attempt to break through for their first win of the 2013 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn.

While racing for his family-owned team, Worsham took home the Funny Car “Wally” trophy in 2003 and then again in 2009 with Al-Anabi Racing. Worsham took over the controls of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car at the beginning of this season, and he and his team are looking to build on their semi-final finish momentum from the previous event in Englishtown, N.J. this weekend in “Thunder Valley”.

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Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Leah Pritchett (300)
2. Tony Schumacher (279)
3. Antron Brown (243)
4. Doug Kalitta (220)
5. Brittany Force (202)
6. Steve Torrence (185)
7. Troy Coughlin Jr. (143)
8. Shawn Reed (136)
9. Clay Millican (133)
10. Scott Palmer (116)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Matt Hagan (308)
2. John Force (238)
3. Ron Capps (235)
4. Tommy Johnson Jr (209)
5. Courtney Force (177)
6. Robert Hight (150)
7. Jim Campbell (148)
8. Jack Beckman (144)
9. J.R. Todd (138)
10. Robert Hight (117)
12. Alexis DeJoria (101)