COMMERCE, Ga. – Doug Kalitta raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Coming off a victory two weeks ago in Texas, Kalitta powered his dragster to a 3.731-second pass at 328.70 mph to break both Atlanta Dragway track records.
"That was a great run," said Kalitta, who took the Top Fuel points lead with his qualifying effort. "(Crew chief) Jim (Oberhofer) and my whole team were really serious about making a good run tonight. That thing left really hard. I was glad there were only two cars left after I made my run because the conditions were really good. They let the sun go down and let everything cool off a little bit more. We're all hungry to do good out here. We'll see what tomorrow brings but definitely a good start for us today."
Jack Beckman led in Funny Car, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock and Angelle Sampey in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Two-time Atlanta winner Jack Beckman had a track-record 3.939 at 326.32 in his Dodge Charger R/T. Beckman has three No. 1 qualifiers already this season but is still chasing his first victory of the year.
Greg Anderson posted a 6.610 at 210.14 in a Chevy Camaro. Anderson, a four-time Atlanta event winner, has three No. 1 qualifiers so far this season and has also won three of the first six races of the year.
Sampey had a 6.865 at 193.32.