Doug Kalitta and Robert Hight took home Wallys in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, from the prestigious Amalie Motor Oil NHRA GatorNationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville on Sunday. Also picking up wins at Gainesville: Allen Johnson (Pro Stock), Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Mike Castellana (Pro Mod)..
Kalitta took round wins over Brittany Force, David Grubnic and Steve Torrence into his final round match-up against No. 2 qualifier Antron Brown, who beat Sidnei Frigo, Tony Schumacher and Morgan Lucas on his way to the finals.
Hight defeated his boss John Force in the final round in Funny Car after early round wins against Tony Pedregon, Bob Tasca III and Ron Capps. Force, the No. 16 qualifier, took out Cruz Pedregon in the first round before winning match-ups against Del Worsham and daughter Courtney Force, who earned her first round wins of the season.
Allen Johnson debuted his new Dodge Dart Pro Stock with a win over Erica Enders-Stevens in the finals. Johnson took out the Gray brothers, Jonathan and Shane, in rounds one and two before facing Dave Connolly in the semis. Enders-Stevens, who set the national speed record this weekend, earned early round wins against Robert Patrick, V. Gaines and Vincent Nobile.
Steve Johnson, the No. 7 qualifier in PSM, earned wins against Katie Sullivan, Matt Smith and Hector Arana Jr. on his way to the finals against Scotty Pollacheck. Pollacheck defeated Hector Arana, No. 1 qualifier Michael Ray and John Hall on his way to the finals.
Castellana took the Pro Mod Wally with wins over Todd Tutterow, Steven Whiteley and Raymond Commisso on his way to the finals against Rickie Smith.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series gets back on track March 28th through 30th at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, home of the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals. Keep up with the action at www.nhra.com.
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