NHRA: Doug Kalitta won the Top Fuel final in the countdown to the Championship opening NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

This win happens to be the 43rd career victories of Kalitta, where the points leader won for the first time at the track, beating Richie Crampton in the final round with a 3.775 second pass at the 318.39 mph.

Doug Kalitta is an American auto racing driver from Michigan. He formerly raced in USAC events and won the 1994 championship in the sprint car category.

Kalitta expressed his happiness over winning at what he calls the great facility.

“Getting this win gives us great momentum with only five races to go,” Kalitta said. “With the team I have with me, I’m full of confidence. It’s huge for me to get my first win at this great facility, because we have been coming here for a lot of years and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”

It was Robert Hight’s third win of the season beating Courtney Force with 3.943 at 328.86 in a Chevrolet Camaro SS. He has 40 career victories, five at zMAX Dragway.

Robert Hight won the Funny Car, Tanner Gray in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Gray, from nearby Mooresville, won for the fifth time in his rookie season, topping Greg Anderson with a 6.614 at 208.07 in a Chevrolet Camaro. Krawiec beat teammate Andrew Hines with a 6.850 at 196.87 on a Harley-Davidson for his fourth victory of the season and 40th overall.


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