Doug Kalitta ends 71-race drought with Top Fuel victory at NHRA Fall Nationals

Doug Kalitta ended a 71-race winless drought Sunday with a Top Fuel victory in the NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.

Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the second of six races in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

Kalitta claimed his first victory since 2010 by powering his dragster to a performance of 3.842 seconds at 320.42 mph to hold off top qualifier Shawn Langdon in the final round. Kalitta's second career victory at Texas Motorplex also gave him a share of the points lead with Langdon, who broke the track record earlier Sunday.

The NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs continue with the Midwest Nationals on Sept. 27-29 at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.