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Thu, 23 Jun 2011, 03:18 PM

Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster Returns with Kalitta in Norwalk
Courtesy of Todd Myers

NORWALK, Ohio --

For the first time since 2008, Mac Tools, an industry-leading hand tools manufacturer, will adorn the speedy sides of a Top Fuel hot rod driven by drag racing superstar Doug Kalitta when the red and black Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster takes to the track to compete in this weekend’s, June 24-26, annual running of the NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

  Mac Tools served as the primary sponsor on Kalitta’s 8,000-horsepower Top Fueler from 2001 to 2008.

  “It’s great to see that big Mac Tools logo on the side of our dragster again,” Kalitta, a 46 year-old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. “The economy has definitely been getting better and Mac Tools is now able to be the primary sponsor for our Team Kalitta dragster again this weekend in Norwalk.

  “For now, it’s just for one event, but we have some big things planned with Mac Tools for later in the season, so stay tuned for that. We are also welcoming 30 of the best Mac Tools Distributors out to the race track this weekend and hopefully we can put their Mac Tools dragster back in the winner’s circle in their home state and our team’s home track.”

  Kalitta Motorsports is based in Ypsilanti, Mich., about 120 miles away from Norwalk.

  The “new” Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster will make its debut on the 1,000-ft drag strip in Norwalk during Friday’s first qualifying session which is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. (ET).

  Kalitta is currently in sixth place in Full Throttle Top Fuel championship points, 260 points away from the lead. He has posted three semi-final showings so far this season in Las Vegas, Houston, and Topeka, Kan.

  Kalitta, a 14-year drag racing veteran in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, has amassed 32 NHRA Top Fuel title trophies in 64 final-round appearances. He has finished in the top ten in Full Throttle championship points in every year of his straight-line career. He was the 1994 USAC National Sprint Car champion.

 Event Schedule
 The NHRA Nationals begin Friday for the nitro-fueled classes with two qualifying sessions at 5:00 p.m. (ET) and 7:30 p.m. Two more qualifying attempts will take place on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The top 16 qualified cars in each pro class will race Sunday in final eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m.  

Times and dates subject to change.

TV Schedule
 6/25/2011 - Qualifying 10:00 PM-12:00 AM (ET) ESPN2
6/26/2011 - Eliminations 8:00 PM-11:00 PM (ET) ESPN2

Times and dates subject to change.


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