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Kalitta tops NHRA Arizona Nationals qualifying

Updated: February 23, 2013, 8:18 PM ET
Associated Press

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Doug Kalitta raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel on Saturday in the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Kalitta had a track-record run of 3.733 seconds at 329.02 mph for his 32nd No. 1 and second at the event.

Kalitta will face Spencer Massey on the Sunday in the first round of eliminations, bidding to give team owner Connie Kalitta a victory on his 75th birthday.

"It would be awesome to win tomorrow," Kalitta said. "He's ...

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