Steve Kalb, left, and Gary Burgin, right.
Steve Kalb, who with his brother Pete became surprise charter members of the Cragar 5-Second Club for Top Fuelers in 1974, died recently. He was 72.
The brothers began racing together – Pete driving and Steve tuning -- in the late 1960s with a Jr gas dragster. The stepped up to Top Fuel in the early 1970s, and at Arizona’s Beeline Dragway on jan. 26, 1974 they became 10th member of the prestigious Cragar club. At the time, Kalb also was working at the shop of fuel-engine maestro Keith Black, which led in 1975 to a five-year stint as crew chief for the famed Orange Baron Funny Car of Gary Burgin and handed Don Prudhomme his only loss of the 1976 season in the final round of the U.S. Nationals. After his drag racing career ended, he also crewed on an Indycar for couple of years.
He is survived by his wife, Penny ; son Jim Kalb; stepchildren Roger Stewart and Stacie Buss; and grandchildren Nicole, Samantha, Tyler, and Destiny.