Doug Kalitta races to Top Fuel win at NHRA Nationals



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NORWALK, Ohio — Doug Kalitta earned his second Top Fuel win of the season Sunday at NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park.

Kalitta secured his 37th career victory by driving his dragster past Antron Brown in the final round. Kalitta had a time of 3.823 seconds at 322.34 mph while Brown's machine lost traction and trailed with a 3.918 at 307.79.

"This is our hometown track and it was great having a lot of family and close friends here, so it doesn't get much better than that," said Kalitta, who is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan. "It was a great team effort today. It's tough to win out here on Sunday and I'm glad we were able to pull it off today. You have to be on your game."

Jack Beckman, Greg Anderson and Karen Stoffer also won at the NHRA stop west of Cleveland.

Beckman beat Courtney Force in the final round for his third Funny Car victory of the season. Beckman's final-round performance of 4.211 seconds at 301.67 mph in a Dodge Charger R/T was enough for his 18th career victory.

Anderson earned his fourth Pro Stock victory of the season and No. 78 for his career by holding off rookie Drew Skillman in the final round. Anderson posted a 6.592 at 212.19 to finish just of front of Skillman, whose Camaro clocked a 6.594 at 211.43.

In the third pro final round featuring a pair of female finalists in NHRA history, Stoffer defeated Angelle Sampey to take the Pro Stock Motorcycle victory. Stoffer earned her second win of the season and eighth of her career on a Suzuki when Sampey fouled at the start on her Buell.

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