SATURDAY - KALITTA RACES TO $100,000 BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT VICTORY AT ACDELCO LAS
NHRA NATIONALS Schumacher, Hight, Line and Gann are No. 1 qualifiers at The
Strip at LVMS
Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta raced to the $100,000 win in the Budweiser Shootout, highlighting Saturday's racing at the
ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals.
Kalitta held off Rod Fuller to claim his third victory in the Budweiser
Shootout, a special race-within-a-race bonus event for the category's
top eight qualifiers from the previous year.
Tony Schumacher, Robert Hight, Jason Line, and Shawn Gann earned No. 1
qualifying honors at the POWERade Drag Racing Series' penultimate
Schumacher (4.445 seconds in Top Fuel) and Hight (4.677 in Funny Car)
neared national record numbers en route to the low qualifier podium.
Line (6.704 in Pro Stock) and Gann (7.090 in Pro Stock Motorcycle) settled for Las Vegas Motor Speedway records.
In the Shootout final, Kalitta and Fuller's cars were side-by-side all
the way down the track until Fuller's David Powers Homes/Valvoline
dragster lost its blower belt just past the 1,000-foot timer and slowed
suddenly. Kalitta's Mac Tools/Von Dutch machine kept charging.