POMONA, Calif. - Results of final, round 3 eliminations in Top Fuel at the 14th annual Big Bud Shootout at Pomona:
Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed 7 Doug Kalitta 7.000 26.25 Q 5 Eddie Hill 5.000 27.60 (J Amato ) 0.522 4.615 315.78 E1 (M Dunn ) 0.541 4.600 315.12 (C McClenatha) 0.462 4.576 320.85 E2 (G Scelzi ) 0.505 No Time *****WINNER***** 0.439 4.599 313.26 E3 0.485 4.620 307.06
4:55 PM and right on schedule the two engines fire - this is Eddie Hill's eleventh Shootout/Classic, Kalitta's first.
It was a good race, but Kalitta nailed Hill to the tree and then widened the margin, winning by a car length. Neither car faltered at all on the run, both clean and dry as they went through the finish line traps.
Kalitta earns $100,000 for the win and has a shot at a $50,000 bonus if he can also win the Winston Finals tomorrow, which would make it a $200,000 weekend for the strong candidate for Rookie of the Year.
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