Doug Kalitta top NHRA qualifier

Updated: July 6, 2013, 8:28 PM ET
Associated Press

NORWALK, Ohio -- NHRA Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta earned his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 36th of his career on Saturday and will try for his first victory in 2013 at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

No driver improved on Kalitta's pass of 3.767 seconds at 327.74 mph that broke the track record in both categories on Friday.

The 36th No. 1 qualifier of Kalitta's career also moved him to fifth overall in Top Fuel history.

The Ann Arbor, Mich., resident is seeking his first win since 2010 and is only driver in the top five in points in Top Fuel, Funny Car or Pro Stock without a victory. He will meet Troy Buff in the opening round of eliminations.


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