By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Khalid alBalooshi, a new Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel dragster driver, recently took time to do an interview with The Capital Sports Report. His interview is about his career in drag racing.
TCSR: Why did you get into racing?
KAB: “I got into racing during the 2008 season, because I liked to race, and I won two races in 2008. I had a lot of success in Pro Mod, and I won the championship in 2011. Then I decided to make the jump to Top Fuel this season.”
TCSR: You have raced in the American Drag Racing League and the Arabian Drag Racing League, besides the NHRA. You also had the Al-Anabi Racing sponsorship while you were in those leagues. When you drove in the American and Arabian Drag Racing League, did you have to do anything different compared to the NHRA?
KAB: “Yes, there were a few things that were different. In the Arabian Drag Racing League, we were allowed to put the weight wherever we wanted it, but here in the NHRA, there are restrictions by the NHRA governing body. But I had a lot of fun racing in the American and Arabian Drag Racing Series.”
TCSR: What did it mean to you to win the 2011 Pro Mod Championship?
KAB: “I thought after the 2010 season that I had a good chance to win it. I felt good all season about it, and at the end of the season, I won it. I was honored to win it.”
TCSR: When you were competing for that Pro Mod Championship, you had a tough battle with Danny Rowe, another Pro Mod racer. What was it like racing him?
KAB: “I had a nice season, as did he. He’s a good competitor and we faced each other twice in the finals during the season. I beat him once and he beat me the other time. There was a big fight from him at the last race, because we were so close to the championship. I was really close with him at almost every race. There were races where he did good and I didn’t do good. There were races also where I didn’t do good and he did good.”
TCSR: Do you think one day he’ll leave Pro Mod and move up to Top Fuel to face each other again?
KAB: “I don’t know. I was a lucky guy to come to Al-Anabi Racing. We’ll see how things turn out in the future.”
TCSR: Could you talk about going from Pro Mod to Top Fuel, especially the switch from a car to a dragster?
KAB: “Everything is different. I don’t think what I learned in Pro Mod could help me in Top Fuel, as everything is different. Top Fuel is also a longer car, which I am getting used to.”
TCSR: In Pro Mod, you had a 158 career wins. However, you do not have a win in Top Fuel yet, which is expected. Could you talk a little about the struggles with Top Fuel so far?
KAB: “Everything is perfect with us. Still, I don’t find my luck. When we find our luck, we are going to be one of the top teams out here in this circuit. Sometimes, the car has been great, but I haven’t been good with the light. Then, when I have been good with the light, there have been something wrong with the car. When there have been problems with the car, we smoked the tires or had a problem with parts.”
TCSR: This season, you are in Del Worsham’s car from last year. Could you talk about that?
KAB: “I feel bad about the team, because I haven’t done good at several races and people want to blame it on me for being a rookie driver. OK, I’m a rookie driver, but I want to do something good about our team name. Al-Anabi is one of the best teams out here.”
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