Kalitta loses a close one in the first round

Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team fell in a close race in the first round of the Norwalk Nationals today at Summit Motorsports Park.

Despite only two chances at the race track in qualifying, Kalitta and the Mac Tools team made the most of it by getting down the track both laps. Their best pass, a 3.844 second run, got pushed out of the top half to ninth in what ended up being the final qualifying session.

In the first round, Kalitta faced fellow top five driver Leah Pritchett in the first round. Kalitta was able to score a slight advantage at the starting line, but Pritchett was able to drive back around and score the round win win a close race.

Qualified: No. 9 (3.844 sec., 320.74 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by Pritchett – 3.805 sec., 321.73 mph to 3.794 sec., 328.94 mph

Quotable: “The Mac Tools team just lost a close race today in Norwalk. Nothing to hang our heads about. We will go home, regroup and get ready for Epping in a couple weeks.”

Point Standings: Fourth; leads Leah Pritchett by 13 points for fifth; trails Tony Schumacher by 68 points for third.

Kalitta Motorsports PR/Photo Credit Gary Nastase Photography

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