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Kalitta Wins Top Fuel at Bristol

April 29, 2001

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) _ Doug Kalitta became the first Top Fuel repeat winner of the season Sunday by capturing the inaugural Mac Tools NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Ron Capps and Greg Anderson also were winners of the $1.9 million event, the sixth of 24 in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.

Kalitta claimed his seventh career victory by clocking a 4.690-second run at 300.75 mph in his Mac Tools dragster to outrun Tony Schumacher, whose U.S. Army dragster lost traction near the finish and posted a 5.056 at 217.14.

Capps scored his 10th career NHRA victory and ninth in Funny Car, edging Al Hofmann in a close final round. Capps powered his Skoal Chevy Camaro to a 5.045 at 288.52 to cross the finish line in front of Hofmann’s Pontiac Firebird, which posted a 5.154 at 283.79.

Anderson earned his first-career Pro Stock victory, using a holeshot start to deny two-time Winston champ Jim Yates in a photo finish. Anderson, a former crew chief for five-time Pro Stock champ Warren Johnson, covered the quarter-mile in 6.993 at 196.85 in a Pontiac Firebird to upset Yates, a 22-time winner who posted a quicker, but losing 6.985 at 197.51 in a Pontiac Grand Am.

The next NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series event is the 21st annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals, May 3-6 at Atlanta Dragway.

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