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Doug Kalitta guides his Kalitta Motorsports No. 22 sprint car around Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on April 2, 1995. (Steve Frayre photo)

GLORY DAYS: Doug Kalitta In A Sprint Car

Many of today’s race fans have either forgotten or have little knowledge of NHRA Top Fuel drag racer Doug Kalitta racing a sprint car, but Kalitta was a significant player in pavement sprint car racing during the mid-1990s.

Kalitta won the 1994 USAC sprint car championship, racing non-winged sprint cars on both asphalt and on dirt. Kalitta won three features en route to the championship, with all three coming at the high-banked, half-mile Winchester Speedway.

Kalitta is pictured here (above) at Winchester the following April, where he finished fifth with Kenny Irwin jr. winning the feature.


This story appeared in the Sept.20 edition of the SPEED SPORT Insider.

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