Kalitta Advanced To The Quarterfinals

Sealmaster Dragster

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Qualifying: Doug Kalitta was the No. 3 qualifier at the NHRA Arizona Nationals; it was his best qualifying position of the season. Late Friday afternoon, Kalitta made a 3.697-second pass at 323.66 mph to claim the No. 3 position.

Eliminations: Kalitta defeated Terry Totten before losing to Justin Ashley in the quarterfinals.

When Kalitta advanced to the quarterfinals, he earned a spot in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge at next week’s NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas. During Saturday’s qualifying sessions, the drivers who reached the quarterfinals in Phoenix will re-run the quarterfinals in the 4-Wide format with the four winners advancing to the “finals” earning additional purse and championship bonus points.

Unofficial Point Standings: Kalitta leaves Phoenix in sixth place in the NHRA Top Fuel point standings. He trails fifth-place Antron Brown by one point and leads seventh-place Tony Schumacher by one point.

Kalitta on Phoenix: “That run there in the second round was gonna be really tight. The SealMaster car shot a spark plug out so that kinda messed us up. Justin (Ashley) is on a little bit of a run here, but I hope to get another crack at him soon. All my guys are working hard to get this SealMaster car running the way we all want; thanks to Revchem and Toyota for helping us make this all happen.”

Next Race: Team Kalitta will be back in action April 12-14, 2024 at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas.  For additional information, please visit www.nhra.com.  For additional information on Kalitta Motorsports, please visit www.teamkalitta.com.