Archive for Monday, May 30, 2005

Australian makes history at Heartland Park Topeka

May 30, 2005


— Australia's Dave Grubnic become the first driver from outside North America to win an NHRA Top Fuel event Sunday, beating Larry Dixon in the final of the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

Grubnic had a quarter-mile run of 4.600 seconds at a top speed of 320.28 mph in his Zantrex-3 dragster.

"Being the first Australian to win an NHRA event is big," Grubnic said. "You don't think about that stuff in the car, but I'm sure it'll be party time down there when word reaches my fans.

"That's what it's all about, but I wouldn't be able to accomplish a thing without my crew, (team owner) Connie Kalitta, and our sponsors."

John Force (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) each raced to their third straight victories. Force, the Funny Car points leader, beat Tommy Johnson Jr. for his NHRA-record 118th career victory and eighth at Heartland Park Topeka. Anderson edged Dave Connolly to pull within 13 points of leader Warren Johnson in the Pro Stock standings.

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