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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta ready for return to Brainerd winner’s circle

Brainerd Highlights: One win (2005, 2003); Two finals (2014, 2000); Three no.1 qualifiers (2010, 2004, 2002)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified second; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Bill Litton in the first round, lost to Mike Salinas in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Qualified third; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Terry Haddock in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “I am excited to get back on track with the Mac Tools team this weekend in Brainerd. The fans are always awesome and we are looking forward to a great race weekend.”

Career Stats: 474 starts; 647 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 94 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Four finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond, Denver); 24 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta would hit 650 career round wins with a final round appearance

Richie Crampton

Crampton looks to secure top ten placement

Brainerd Highlights: One win (2015); One no. 1 qualifier (2015)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Brittany Force in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “It is a big race for the DHL/Kalitta Air team. Points are becoming more and more important so it is time to hammer down and secure our spot deeper within the top 10. I have won at Brainerd before, and I love that track, so I cannot wait strap in for Q1 and get the weekend started.”

Career Stats: 94 starts; 86 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); 11 round wins; ninth in the standings

Shawn Langdon

Langdon looking to solidify Countdown berth

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified sixth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Jack Beckman in the first round, lost to Courtney Force in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

Quotable: “We felt leaving Seattle that the Global Electronic Technology Camry was trending in the right direction. The team has been doing a great job getting the car ready for the Countdown. We have lost two close races at the last two events, and those will start going out way. We have a car capable of winning races and the team is confident. The point of focus is to go to Brainerd and get the win which will solidify our spot in the Countdown.”

Career Stats: 221 starts; 258 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 16 starts; 11 round wins)

2018 Season: 16 starts; 11 round wins; ninth in the standings

JR Todd

Todd looks to clinch Countdown berth in Brainerd

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified 13th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Bob Tasca III in the first round, lost to Tim Wilkerson in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Ron Capps in the first round)

Quotable: “I am ready to get back in the seat this weekend. The performance of our DHL/WIX Filters Toyota seems to be coming back and it would be awesome to win in from front the great Brainerd fans.”

Career Stats: 188 starts; 185 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 40 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 36 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 18 round wins; sixth in the point standings 

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Kalitta turns stellar qualifying effort into a round win

The Mac Tools driver claimed the second starting spot with a 3.730 second pass in Friday evening's session. He was second after that run and would not be bumped on Saturday. Kalitta would earn lane choice over Bill Litton in the first round.

Kalitta was able to get a consisderable advantage on Litton on the tree. The Mac Tools ride steadily pulled ahead and easily reached the stripe first.

In the quarterfinals, Kalitta came up against Mike Salinas. The Mac Tools ride encountered tire smoke, and Salinas run the best run of the round to score the win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 2 (3.730 sec., 326.00 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Litton - 3.790 sec., 328.78 mph to 3.994 sec., 285.29 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Salinas - 4.565 sec., 170.60 mph to 3.792 sec., 326.08 mph

Quotable: “The Mac Tools team had a solid performance in qualifying. We had a solid Western Swing and locked in our place in the Countdown. My guys have worked hard and I am excited to get to Brainerd."

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Antron Brown by 68 points for sixth; trails Leah Pritchett by 88 points for fourth

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Crampton earns redemption

Race Recap: Richie Crampton and the DHL/Kalitta Air dragster earned a round win in Seattle today.

The team started the weekend with a solid 3.792 second pass in the first round in qualifying, which was good enough for top five in the session. Crampton would eventually be bumped down just outside of the top half of the field and would start in the ninth position.

For the second straight race, Crampton drew Brittany Force in the first round. Both drivers encountered trouble, but Crampton gathered the Kalitta Air machine up quicker and was able to drive around the reigning Top Fuel champion for the round win.

In the second round, Crampton faced the points leader Steve Torrence. The Kalitta Air driver moved first, but Torrence made a better run and scored the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.792 sec., 323.50 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated B. Force - 4.308 sec., 274.94 mph to 4.429 sec., 238.72 mph

E2: Crampton defeated by Torrence - 3.863 sec., 318.69 mph to 3.813 sec., 325.30 mph

Quotable: “It was another constructive racing weekend for us. We’re trying to put some ground between us and the other drivers we’re duking it out with for a spot in the top 10. We didn’t seal the deal, but we’re trending in the right direction and we’re going to be good. I’m looking forward to Brainerd. Connie and Rob are definitely making strides to put us back where we need to be at the top end of the field and Brainerd’s a good place to forge ahead.”  

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Scott Palmer by 11 points for 11th; trails Brittany Force by 82 points for eighth

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Langdon has solid weekend in Seattle

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon had a solid weekend in Seattle with six good runs and a round win.

In qualifying, Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team had four great passes. Each of their runs were amongst the top five of the session, and two of which earned bonus points. Langdon earned the sixth starting spot and the Global Electronic Technology Toyota team drew Jack Beckman in the first round.

In the first round, Langdon got the jump on Beckman. It was the closest race in the first round, but the Global Electronic Technology Camry got to the stripe first and earned lane choice over points leader Courtney Force in the quarterfinals.

In that race, Langdon left on Force. The Global Electronic Technology machine led at every increment down the track except for the final stripe, where Force was able to drive around Langdon by two ten-thousandths of a second. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.977 sec., 325.37 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Beckman - 4.017 sec., 318.69 mph to 4.026 sec., 315.56 mph

E2: Langdon defeated by C. Force - 4.036 sec., 318.02 mph to 4.023 sec., 322.11 mph

Quotable: “I can not complain about this weekend. After qualifying, we really thought we’d have a shot at the race win today. We just lost a great drag race to the points leader by two ten-thousandths of a second. There’s nothing to hang your head about. We’ve been making great runs all weekend. The guys have done a great job of turning this car around right before a crucial time for the Countdown. I feel good on the tree and I feel good driving the car. The crew’s done a great job of giving me a great Global Electronic Technology Camry. This is the best I’ve felt all year and I’m really looking forward to getting to Brainerd and then to Indy and then the start of the Countdown. This is the best car we’ve had and I feel I’m driving my best. This is our time to shine.”

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Bob Tasca III by 45 points for 10th; trails John Force by 88 points for eighth

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Todd turns the corner on raceday

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team closed the Western Swing with a solid round win at Pacific Raceways today.

Qualifying did not yield the desired results for the DHL/WIX Filters team for the second straight weekend. The best run, a 4.056, earned Todd the 13th spot in the competitive Funny Car field.

In the first round, Todd drew Bob Tasca III. The DHL/WIX Filters driver left right beside Tasca, but the Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith tuneup helped Todd extend the lead all the way down the track and gave the DHL/WIX Filters driver the round win with Todd's best run of the weekend. 

In the second round, Todd faced Tim Wilkerson. Todd made another clean pass, a 4.049, but Wilkerson ran a 4.037 to move to the semifinals ending Todd's day. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 13 (4.056 sec., 308.43 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated Tasca III - 4.037 sec., 319.75 mph to 4.057 sec., 314.46 mph

E2: Todd defeated by Wilkerson - 4.049 sec., 316.23 mph to 4.037 sec., 316.52 mph

Quotable: “I am really proud of the resolve of this DHL/WIX Filters Toyota team. We have had a couple rough races, but I think we found what our issues were this weekend in Seattle. I wish we had a better Western Swing, but I am excited to get to Brainerd and continue to learn and prepare for the Countdown."
 
Point Standings: Sixth; leads Tommy Johnson Jr. by 22 points by seventh; trails Jack Beckman by 85 points for fifth

D Kalitta

Q1: 4.360 sec. at 186.02 MPH
Q2: 3.730 sec. at 326.00 MPH
Q3: 3.913 sec. at 259.86 MPH
Q44.754 sec. at 160.35 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second best of the second session)
Starting Position: 2nd

First Round Matchup: Bill Litton
Quotable: “The Mac Tools team had a great run in the Friday evening session, and we have a solid spot on the qualifying sheet. We are looking to close the Western Swing strong with a win."

Richie Crampton

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.792 sec. at 323.50 MPH
Q2: 10.892 sec. at 87.15 MPH
Q3: 3.950 sec. at 312.64 MPH
Q4:4.774 sec. at 152.64 MPH

Starting Position: 9th

First Round Matchup: Brittany Force
Quotable: "It has been pretty good. I am pretty happy with our efforts. The DHL/Kalitta Air team and I want some redemption from Sonoma. I am looking for a long day tomorrow."

Shawn Langdon

Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.009 sec. at 318.84 MPH
Q2: 3.977 sec. at 323.37 MPH
Q3: 4.072 sec. at 315.27 MPH
Q44.017 sec. at 319.37 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Third best of the first session, third best of the final session)
Starting Position: 6th

First Round Matchup: Jack Beckman
Quotable: "The Global Electronic Technology guys have done a great job. They turned the car around. We made some great competitive runs in qualifying. I am looking forward to tomorrow. It is a pretty tight field. Lot of good cars in the bottom half of the field, so it is going to be an interesting day. With only three races before the beginning of the Countdown, this is what we have prepared for."

JR Todd

J.R. Todd, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.056 sec. at 308.43 MPH
Q2: 7.921 sec. at 84.78 MPH
Q3: 5.818 sec. at 117.15 MPH
Q44.069 sec. at 315.71 MPH

Starting Position: 13th

First Round Matchup: Bob Tasca III
Quotable: "It was not the qualifying effort that we were looking for. We struggled with a few things, but we made a couple good runs. We are just runs behind at this point. Hopefully, we got everything sorted out going into tomorrow. Good thing is tomorrow is a new day, and it is a great opportunity to turn on four win lights with all of our guests from WIX Filters here this weekend."

Doug Kalitta Seatlle

Kalitta looks to end strong Western Swing on a high note

Seattle Highlights: One win (2014); Three finals (2003, 2000, 1999); One no.1 qualifier (2010)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals): Qualified ninth; Semifinalist (Defeated Steve Torrence in the first round and Clay Millican in the quarterfinals, lost to Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals.)

2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals Recap: Qualified second; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Terry Haddock in the first round, lost to Terry McMillen in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “We have had a solid Western Swing and I am excited to race with the Mac Tools team in Seattle. Our goal is the win.”

Career Stats: 473 starts; 646 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 94 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Four finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond, Denver); 23 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta would hit 650 career round wins with a race victory

Richie Crampton Seattle

Crampton plans to continue consistent run

Seattle Highlights: One no. 1 qualifier (2015)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals): Qualified 12th; First round loss (Lost to Brittany Force in the first round)

2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “We had a good weekend in Sonoma and I feel that we are tending in the right direction. Connie and my team are doing an awesome job and I believe success is coming.”

Career Stats: 93 starts; 85 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); 10 round wins; 10th in the standings

Shawn Langdon seattle 

Langdon looking to solidify Countdown berth

Seattle Highlights: Two finals (2015, 2012); One no. 1 qualifier (2013)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals): Qualified eighth; First round loss (Lost to John Force in the first round)

2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals Recap: Qualified eighth; First round loss (Lost to Mike Salinas in the first round)

Quotable: “I am proud of the Global Electronic Technology team. The car is running better and I am ready for Seattle. We are looking for round wins and the plan is to grow the gap from us to the 11th spot. We only have three races left before the Countdown begins and we want to secure our spot."

Career Stats: 220 starts; 257 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 15 starts; 10 round wins)

2018 Season: 15 starts; 10 round wins; ninth in the standings

Noteworthy: Langdon scored his first national event win here in 2002 National in Super Comp

JR Todd Seattle

Todd ready to rebound in Seattle

Seattle Highlights: One win (2015); One no.1 qualifier (2007)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals): Qualified 15th; First round loss (Lost to Jack Beckman in the first round)

2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to John Force in the first round)

Quotable: “We are ready to get to Seattle and finish the Western Swing on a good note. Our DHL/WIX Filters Toyota showed promise in the first round last week and I feel confident about the changes Todd (Smith) and Jon (Oberhofer) made.”

Career Stats: 187 starts; 184 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 39 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 35 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 17 round wins; sixth in the point standings 

Noteworthy: Todd scored his first no.1 qualifier here in Top Fuel in 2007

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Kalitta advances to the semifinal

Race Recap:  Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team advanced to the semifinal of the Sonoma Nationals earlier this afternoon.

Kalitta's Mac Tools team did not have the qualifying effort that they would have liked. Kalitta's best effort, a 3.790, put Kalitta amongst the top half at that point. Saturday did not yield an improvement, and Kalitta was bumped to ninth overall.

The ninth spot meant a tough draw of points leader Steve Torrence. However, the race went to the Mac Tools driver at the drop of the tree. Torrence left early, and Kalitta made a great run to score the round win.

In the quarterfinals, Kalitta faced no.1 qualifier Clay Millican. The Mac Tools driver earned the advantage at the starting line, and was ahead the whole way. A 3.772 second pass was the best of the round and gave Kalitta lane choice over Tony Schumacher in the semifinals.

In that race, Kalitta had the Mac Tools machine ahead at the 660 foot mark, however, Kalitta dropped a cylinder down track and Schumacher was able to drive back around to win the round.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.790 sec., 324.05 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Torrence - 3.746 sec., 332.26 mph to Foul

E2: Kalitta defeated Millican - 3.772 sec., 329.50 mph to 5.111 sec., 147.79 mph

E3: Kalitta defeated by Schumacher - 3.837 sec., 274.44 mph to 3.836 sec., 317.42 mph

Quotable: “Solid day for the Mac Tools Toyota, but we were looking for the win. We are going to pack up, take our machine to Seattle and get the trophy there."

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Antron Brown by 142 points for sixth; trails Leah Pritchett by 38 points for fourth

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Crampton falls in close race

Race Recap: Richie Crampton fell in the first round of the Toyota Sonoma Nationals. 

The Kalitta Air Toyota Top Fuel dragster was very solid in qualifying as Crampton got down the track three of the four passes, with his Q4 pass just missing bonus points. Crampton earned the 12th starting spot and a first round draw of Brittany Force.

Crampton and Force ended up giving the packed house of Sonoma Raceway the best Top Fuel side-by-side race of the session and unfortunately for the Kalitta Air driver he came up just short as Force ran just seven thousandths quicker. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 12 (3.828 sec., 321.73 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated by B. Force - 3.766 sec., 325.14 mph to 3.759 sec., 329.91 mph

Quotable: “We were on the receiving end of a really tight race. I’m super proud of my reaction time and the way our Kalitta Air Toyota ran. The guys did a good job, but, unfortunately for us, the car in the other lane did a little bit better. These are the races that you hate to lose. We’re realizing more and more how valuable round wins are as we get deeper into the season. We’ll keep our heads up, but it’s not the way we wanted to finish the Toyota Sonoma Nationals. We just haven’t been able to put it all together on race day, but I think when we do, that all things are trending in the right direction. It’s going to be good.”

Point Standings: 10th; leads Mike Salinas by 67 points for 11th; trails Scott Palmer by nine points for ninth

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Langdon loses in the first round by inches

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team had a solid pass in the first round but it was not enough to earn a round win.

Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry had their best run in the final qualifying session. A 4.023 moved Langdon inside the top half of the field and gave him a first round draw of John Force.

The duo was the final pair of the first round. Langdon was solid on the tree and the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry made a solid pass but Force was just barely ahead at the stripe. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 8 (4.023 sec., 318.77 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by J. Force - 4.000 sec., 321.27 mph to 4.026 sec., 323.12 mph

Quotable: “It was a bummer losing that first round. That was a big round because we could have used those points. Sometimes, you just get the wrong draw. We were running John Force and we were confident about it. We felt that after Q4 that the Global Electronic Technology Toyota was a good race car. It’s hard to lose on a hole-shot. He's one of the best out there and you try to get up for those moments when you run guys like that. Even though, I lost on a hole-shot on paper, I look at it and I was right on the range of reaction times where I thought I should be. He just cut an incredible .040 light. There's not much else you can say about it. We had a lot better car than we showed today."

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Bob Tasca III by 24 points for 10th; trails John Force by 127 points for eighth

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Tough weekend for Todd in Sonoma

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team suffered through a tough weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

Qualifying did not go as the DHL/WIX Filters boys would have hoped as the defending race champions as Todd qualified a season-worst 15th, which is the first time the team had earned a start worst than 10th this season. 

A 15th place start meant former champion Jack Beckman in the other lane in the first round. Todd left the starting line first, but the DHL Camry encountered trouble down track and Beckman scored the round win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 15 (4.102 sec., 312.13 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Beckman - 3.973 sec., 320.58 mph to 4.242 sec., 225.18 mph

Quotable: “It wasn’t really the result we were looking for in the DHL/WIX Filters Toyota. We spun the tires about halfway down the track. On the bright side, our early numbers were some of the best we’ve had in a long time.  So that gives us something to look forward to as we head to Seattle in the next few days."
 
Point Standings: Sixth; leads Tommy Johnson Jr. by 44 points by seventh; trails Jack Beckman by 104 points for fifth

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Mello Yello Championship Points:

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (1251)
2. Tony Schumacher (1090)
3. Clay Millican (1084)
4. Leah Pritchett (1083)
5. Doug Kalitta (995)
6. Antron Brown (927)
7. Terry McMillen (759)
8. Brittany Force (731)
9. Richie Crampton (660)
10. Scott Palmer (649)
 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Courtney Force (1300)
2. Ron Capps (1146)
3. Robert Hight (1085)
4. Matt Hagan (1064)
5. Jack Beckman (999)
6. J.R. Todd (914)
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. (892)
8. John Force (824)
9. Shawn Langdon (736)
10. Bob Tasca III (691)

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