Doug Kalitta Reaches Norwalk NHRA Final Round

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, Applied Innovation Top Fuel Dragster

Finals Broadcast Replay: 5-8 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2024 on FS2

Qualifying: Doug Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. It was his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season, the 57th of his career and his fifth at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. Kalitta’s best run was a 3.693-second effort at 332.92 mph during the Friday evening qualifying session. During the final round of qualifying on Saturday, Kalitta won the Mission Foods #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge with a 3.703-second run at 337.16 mph to defeat Antron Brown. Kalitta’s speed set the track record.

Eliminations: Kalitta defeated Kyle Wurtzel, Billy Torrence and Steve Torrence before losing to Antron Brown in the final round. Brown’s 3.736-second run defeated Kalitta’s 3.747-second effort. The margin of victory was .0202 seconds. It was Kalitta’s fourth-straight final round and his fifth in last six races. A Team Kalitta dragster raced in nine of the 10 final rounds this season.

Unofficial Point Standings: Kalitta leaves Norwalk in first place in the NHRA Top Fuel point standings. He leads second-place Justin Ashley by 134 points.

Kalitta on Norwalk: “We made it to the final, but it was one of those races you just wish you could have gotten. It’s our home race, and we had Applied Innovation on the car this week. We just needed a little bit more power and a little bit more reaction time. I think we could have pulled it off for Revchem, SealMaster, Mac Tools and Toyota with a little bit better reaction time so that’s one of the things I look at. It was one of those deals so we’ll just be happy with it and press on.”