ENNIS, Texas -- Doug Kalitta continued his hot streak Sunday by racing to a Top Fuel victory in the 17th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex.
Del Worsham and Jeg Coughlin also won their respective categories at the $1.9 million race, the 21st of 23 events in the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series.
Kalitta drove his dragster to a 4.582-second run at 322.58 seconds to beat Cory McClenathan's 6.565 at 130.62.
Kalitta has won three of the last four national events and has moved up from sixth to third place in the standings during that span. Since the Kalitta team has won a few races, it has kept the cars of points leader Larry Dixon and second place Kenny Bernstein more quiet than usual.
Dixon and Bernstein faced off in the second round. Bernstein took the win with a 4.601 run at 321.54 to beat Dixon's 4.662 at 321.08. That paired Kalitta against Bernstein in the semifinal. Both cars smoked the tires early in the run, but Kalitta pedaled the car to the win, and another appearance in the finals.
With a win over Dixon, Bernstein cut Dixon's lead in the standings to 108 points with two races remaining on the schedule.
The Funny Car points were jostled this weekend as well. John Force leads the standings, but with a No. 7 qualifying effort and a loss in the second round, he lost some ground. His biggest rival, teammate Tony Pedregon, is in second place and is 15 points away after a No. 1 qualifier. He could have taken over first place in the standings, but he also lost in the first round, breaking up a streak of victories that will end at three.
Worsham beat Bruce Sarver for the Funny Car event victory. Worsham went 4.862 in his Pontiac Firebird to earn his fourth win of the season and 11th of his career. Sarver's broke at the starting line.
Worsham's win, combined with a loss by Gary Densham to Sarver, moved Worsham into third place. This is the first time Densham has not been in the top three of the standings since the spring Las Vegas race.
Coughlin went 6.826 at 202.33 in his Chevy Cavalier to win for the seventh time this season and third in a row. He beat Gene Wilson, who left the line early in his Dodge Neon R/T. Coughlin increased his points lead over Jim Yates with the victory, the 30th of his career. Coughlin is 108 points ahead of Yates.
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