Kalitta gets another No. 1 qualifier
NHRA Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta earned his fifth No. 1
qualifier of the season and 36th of his career on Saturday and will
try for his first victory in 2013 at the Summit Racing Equipment
No driver improved on Kalitta’s pass of 3.767 seconds at 327.74
mph that broke the track record in both categories on Friday.
The 36th No. 1 qualifier of Kalitta’s career also moved him to
fifth overall in Top Fuel history.
The Ann Arbor, Mich., resident is seeking his first win since
2010 and is only driver in the top five in points in Top Fuel,
Funny Car or Pro Stock without a victory. He will meet Troy Buff in
the opening round of eliminations.
”I’ve got a ton of confidence in my guys and we love running
here in Norwalk,” said Kalitta, who considers Norwalk his home
NHRA track. ”We’re real happy to get that No. 1 qualifier and
hopefully we can finally turn it into a win.”
John Force (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Michael
Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories as the
No. 1 qualifiers at the 13th of 24 NHRA Drag Racing Series
Force’s track-record time of 4.021 at 317.72 from Friday wasn’t
matched during Saturday’s two qualifying sessions, giving the
15-time world champion his third No. 1 of the season, second in the
past three weeks and 143rd of his career. Force, who races Blake
Alexander in the first round, has also advanced to the finals at
the past three events.
In Pro Stock, nobody could match Johnson’s run of 6.592 at
209.75 from Friday, giving the defending world champion the No. 1
qualifying spot for the first time in 2013 and 29th time in his
Ray improved on his No. 1 time from Friday, going 6.912 at a
track-record speed of 193.68 to take the top spot in Pro Stock
Motorcycle. Ray, who is the most recent winner in the class, earned
his second No. 1 qualifier in 2013 and will meet Sean Gann in the