Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster raced to the final round of the 21st NHRA Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals grabbing a runner-up finish and jumping up to fourth place in the Camping World Top Fuel point standings. Throughout the weekend Kalitta and the Mac Tools team were at the top of their game. During qualifying they posted some of the quickest times grabbing three qualifying bonus points for running the third quickest run of the second session and the second quickest run during the final qualifying session.
As the No. 3 qualifier Kalitta squared off with teammate Shawn Langdon, Troy Buff and Rob Passey in the first round. The round win was never in jeopardy as he was first off the starting line and first to the finish line with a 3.751 second run.
The next quad featured Kalitta facing Steve Torrence and Leah Pruett along with Langdon. At the finish line it was Kalitta crossing beside Torrence to advance to the final quad. The Mac Tools team kept it consistent and quick with a 3.768 second run.
In the final quad Kalitta, who is celebrating 20 years with primary sponsor Mac Tools, was looking for his first Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals win and first win of the 2021 season. As the starting line Christmas Tree fired the Mac Tools dragster launched hard and was racing to the finish line when it began mixing up cylinders. Kalitta was able to keep it in the groove but he lost power and speed opening the door for Torrence to drive around him for the win.
“A 3.82 won the race out there today and we were running much better than that,” said Kalitta. “It looked like we were ahead, but we dropped a cylinder and threw the rods out before the finish line. We didn’t quite make it to the finish line. We were really hoping to get the win today. We gave it our best. I’m really proud of my guys and the TRD guys did a great job with lane choice. I don’t know why we dropped the cylinder. We’ve been tearing up some parts and that’s got to end pretty quickly and we’ll just keep at it.”
Kalitta and the Mac Tools team will head to Atlanta No. 4 in the Top Fuel point standings.
Doug Kalitta on Vegas Four-Wide Nationals: “There is a lot going on up on the starting line but you just have to do your regular routine. Our Mac Tools dragster was strong all weekend. I am looking forward to getting back on track in Atlanta in a couple weeks.”
Qualified: No. 3 (3.743 sec., 314.83 mph)
Bonus points: +3 (3rd quickest of Q2 and 2nd quickest of Q3)
Doug Kalitta 3 .062 3.751 314.39 (W)
Troy Buff 11 .134 3.839 284.99
Rob Passey 14 .301 5.236 131.29
Steve Torrence 2 .051 3.773 322.04 (W)
Doug Kalitta 3 .058 3.768 325.22 (W)
Shawn Langdon 6 .056 8.558 88.61
Leah Pruett 7 .111 10.921 55.03
Steve Torrence 2 .042 3.823 321.73 (W)
Doug Kalitta 3 .059 3.866 270.75 (R/U)
Clay Millican 4 .070 3.914 290.88
Antron Brown 8 .041 4.728 157.83