OPTIMA Sponsored Driver David Grubnic Heads to Seattle
Native Australian David Grubnic, driver of the OPTIMA® Batteries Top Fuel dragster for Kalitta Motorsports, enters this weekend of 10,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled drag racing at Pacific Raceways in Seattle for the NHRA Northwest Nationals the same way he enters every NHRA national event- he wants to win. However, Grubnic and his team led by team owner and drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta are hoping to garner every championship point they can in their march to a potential win.
Including the event this weekend in Seattle, Top Fuel drivers have only three events remaining to qualify for NHRA’s six-event “playoff," the Countdown to the Championship, by being in the top ten in Mello Yello championship points when racing concludes at the famed U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Aug. 28-Sept. 2. Grubnic is currently in 11th place, 125 points away from the top ten.
“We have a tough road ahead of us, but we are up to the task,” Grubnic, a 50-year old resident of Bozeman, Montana, said. “We were the No. 1 qualifiers in Sonoma (Calif., previous event) and we got an extra six points for being the quickest of the session twice in qualifying. Every little point is crucial for us to try to get now. Our OPTIMA Batteries dragster performed the best it has all season in Sonoma, so we are hitting our stride right now. I’m confident we can battle for a top ten spot and make the Countdown.”
Grubnic raced to runner-up finishes in Seattle in 2004 and 2006. Grubnic is an 18-year Top Fuel veteran and earned his first career Top Fuel victory in Topeka, Kansas in 2005, becoming the first racer born outside North America to win an NHRA Top Fuel event. He has garnered three NHRA Top Fuel national event victories so far. The always-affable Grubnic is known affectionately by his peers and fans as “Grubby”.