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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.782 sec. at 320.05 MPH
Q2: 3.718 sec. at 322.73 MPH
Q3: 6.515 sec. at 106.43 MPH
Q4: 4.027 sec. at 231.16 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best of the second session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Brittany Force, Terry McMillen, Chris Karamesines

Quotable: “Being second definitely improves our odds for the first round tomorrow. The first round of qualifying today (Q3) was pretty tricky. It was a little bit of an eye opener for everybody with all the tire smoke. That was good, though. We have to be ready if we see something similar tomorrow – and my Mac Tools Toyota boys will be ready.”

Troy Coughlin Jr

Troy Coughlin Jr., driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.729 sec. at 321.73 MPH
Q2: 3.871 sec. at 241.07 MPH
Q3: 6.515 sec. at 106.43 MPH
Q4: 3.902 sec. at 275.96 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second-best of the first session)
Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Steve Torrence, Scott Palmer, Dom Lagana

Quotable: "The SealMaster Toyota group is doing a great job jelling. We are calling it our second race this year, and everybody is coming into their own. We are starting to see the progress. The team is ready for raceday. It is my first time with the 4-Wide, so we will keep our cool and focus on the task at hand." 
Note: The fifth starting spot is a new career-high start for Coughlin Jr. 

Shawn Langdon

Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.760 sec. at 318.84 MPH
Q2: 3.773 sec. at 314.24 MPH
Q3: 4.946 sec. at 152.85 MPH
Q4: 3.827sec. at 314.24 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best of the first session)
Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Clay Millican, Leah Pritchett, Terry Haddock

Quotable: "We have been progressively making better runs, just trying to get ahold of the track. We have made good runs in each lane, so we have confidence for tomorrow. I feel good driving right now; I have a lot of confidence in the Global Electronic Technology team. Tomorrow could be our day."

JR Todd

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

Q1: 3.971 sec. at 321.19 MPH
Q2: 3.956 sec. at 313.22 MPH
Q3: 5.413 sec. at 133.21 MPH
Q4: 3.991 sec. at 319.45 MPH

Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Courtney Force, Bob Tasca III, Jonnie Lindberg

Quotable: "Not an easy draw. We have the no.1 qualifier in our quad. All four cars have gone down the track, so we just need to go and make a good solid run in the DHL Toyota and turn on three win lights."

Chad Head Filling In For Alexis

Chad Head, fill-in driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.030 sec. at 292.20 MPH
Q2: 6.657 sec. at 98.64 MPH
Q3: 12.382 sec. at 84.42 MPH
Q4: 4.157 sec. at  278.86 MPH

Starting Position: 14th

First Round Matchup: John Force, Ron Capps, Del Worsham
Note: Chad Head is filling in for Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria while she tends to a family matter. 

 

Doug Kalitta Charlotte

Kalitta looks to claim first Charlotte Wally

Charlotte Highlights: Three finals (Fall 2016, Fall 2010, Spring 2010); One no. 1 qualifier (Fall 2016)

Last Event Recap (Houston): Qualified third; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, lost to Leah Pritchett in the quarter-finals)

2016 4-Wides Recap: Qualified fourth; Third in final quad (Defeated Smax Smith and Scott Palmer in the first quad and Steve Torrence and Tony Schumacher in the second quad, lost to Brittany Force in the final quad.)

Quotable: “Charlotte was good to us last season, but we couldn’t just quite get the job done with this Mac Tools team. I would love to get my first Charlotte win this weekend. My team is performing well, and I know we will have a shot at it.”

Career Stats: 439 starts, 597 round wins (10th all-time), 42 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 88 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: One final (Pomona-I); 8 round wins; fourth in the standings

2016 Season Stats: Four wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka, Pomona-II); Four no.1 qualifiers (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk, Charlotte-II); Two finals (Pomona-I, Charlotte-II); 44 round wins; second in the final standings 

Noteworthy: One of three tracks Kalitta does not own a race win (Epping, Indianapolis); If Kalitta earns one round win, he would pass Bob Glidden for ninth all-time in total round wins; With a race win, Kalitta would become the ninth driver to hit 600 round wins; also will reach 1,000 career rounds competed early this year (currently at 994)

Shawn Langdon Charlotte 

After solid Kalitta debut, Langdon plans to continue run of Charlotte success

Charlotte Highlights: Site of first career win in 2012; One win (Fall 2012); Two finals (Spring 2014, Fall 2009); Three no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2012)

Last Event Recap (Houston): Qualified 10th; First round defeat (Lost to Bob Vandergriff in the first round)

2016 4-Wides Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified eighth; First quad defeat (Lost to Steve Torrence and Tony Schumacher in the first quad)

Quotable: “Last weekend went great. The Global Electronic Technology team didn't have the results we were looking for, but we were able to collect data and have some strong runs. For me as a driver, I used last week as a test session because there was a lot of new things happening, from the open cockpit to running procedures, but all the changes were positive changes.” 

“Charlotte was the site of my first win in 2012, and we have come close to winning the 4-Wides as well. I am very excited to carry momentum in to zMax Dragway. I know the potential of this Global Electronic Technology dragster and its not a matter of if, but when, we get the win.”

Career Stats: 189 starts, 230 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: One start; 17th in the point standings

2016 Season Stats: Three wins (Bristol, Norwalk, St. Louis); 30 round wins; fifth in the final standings

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports from Don Schumacher Racing after Las Vegas in a full-time third Top Fuel entry; missed the first four events of the 2017 season due to lack of sponsorship; Langdon’s ride is backed by Global Electronic Technology, the fastest name in credit card processing.

Troy Coughlin Charlotte

Coughlin Jr. prepared for first 4-Wide start

Noteworthy: Sixth career pro event; a candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former Pro Stock champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)

Last Event Recap (Houston): Qualified 12th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Brittany Force in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: “The SealMaster Toyota team is building by the day and we are all fired up to continue the learning process at the 4-Wides.”

2017 Season Stats: Five starts; Three round wins; eighth in the point standings

Career Info: Five national event wins (Three in Super Gas, Two in Super Comp); 2013 Division III Super Gas Champion; 2015 NHRA Pro Mod Rookie of the Year

JR Todd Charlotte 

Charlotte Top Fuel record holder, Todd, hopes fast times continue to Funny Car ranks

Charlotte Highlights: One Final (Fall 2015); Two no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2015, Fall 2014); Top Fuel Elapsed Time Track Record Holder (3.713 sec.)

Last Event Recap (Houston): Qualified 12th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Cruz Pedregon in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarter-finals)

2016 4-Wides Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified second; Loss in the second round quad (Defeated Terry McMillen and Chris Karamesines in the first quad, lost to Brittany Force and Antron Brown in the second quad)

Quotable: “The 4-Wide is always a different challenge and it is new to me in Funny Car. The DHL team had won Charlotte in the past so this would be the perfect time for to breakthrough.”

Career Stats: 153 starts, 152 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 5 starts, 3 round wins)

2017 Season Stats: Five starts; Three round wins; ninth in the point standings

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Five finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago, Las Vegas-II, Pomona-II); One no.1 qualifier (Pomona-II); 37 round wins; fourth in the final standings

Noteworthy: Attempting to become the 16th driver in NHRA history with a Top Fuel and Funny Car win; DHL celebrating 10th season of NHRA sponsorship

 

Doug Kalitta

Tough end to Kalitta's outstanding Houston run

Race Recap: The last two times Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team rolled in to Houston they walked out the victors. They came in focused on adding another SpringNationals trophy to Kalitta's incredible career tally.

Kalitta earned yet another bonus point with his qualifying effort. His Mac Tools team earned the third starting spot with their 3.731 second tally that was set in the cooler Friday evening temperatures. 

Sunday eliminations began with Terry McMillen. The Mac Tools Toyota driver was able to quickly get around McMillen. His dragster steadily pulled away, giving Kalitta his 11th round win over McMillen and fourth first round win in five events this season.

However, a chance at a third straight Houston win was dashed in the quarter-finals when Kalitta was defeated by the eventual winner Leah Pritchett in a close race.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 3 (3.731 sec., 327.03 mph) 

E1: Kalitta defeated McMillen - 3.761 sec., 325.06 mph to 3.833 sec., 315.86 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Pritchett - 3.759 sec., 326.56 mph to 3.763 sec., 324.05 mph

Quotable: “I am disappointed in today's outcome. It is always tough to lose a close race like this. However, it is exciting to be in the middle of a run of three straight races. I am ready to get the season really rolling with this Mac Tools Toyota and hopefully turn on some win lights."  

Point Standings: Fourth (-136); trails Tony Schumacher by 80 points for third; leads Steve Torrence by six points for fifth

Troy Coughlin

Coughlin Jr.'s team makes progress, picks up round win

Race Recap: The SealMaster team had several changes since fans last saw the brightly-colored Top Fuel machine in Las Vegas. Auto Club Road to the Future candidate Troy Coughlin Jr. was now led by Jim Oberhofer, Nick Casertano and Glen Huszar; and with a new race car and a handful of new crew members, the pits were filled with excitement. 

The new SealMaster ride had problems on its first attempt, but the team completed a clean eighth-mile pass on Friday evening. With 16 Top Fuel machines on the property, it allowed the new lead trio to show patience. In the last pass of qualifying, Coughlin Jr. set his spot in the field with a 3.862 second pass.

Coughlin Jr. and the SealMaster team had a tough draw in round one as they lined up against Brittany Force. The rookie driver moved first and was able to cross the finish line first even after encountering issues. 

Despite falling in the quarter-finals, Coughlin Jr. was pleased with the amount of progress the SealMaster team made throughout the weekend.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 12 (3.862 sec., 316.82 mph) 

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated Force - 3.852 sec., 277.20 mph to 3.871 sec., 274.55 mph

E2: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Torrence - 6.779 sec., 93.70 mph to 3.755 sec., 324.20 mph

Quotable: “Well, Texas wasn't as great as we wanted it to be. We have a new team and I am proud of my SealMaster guys. They are getting quicker and quicker each lap. The first foul committed in the round was me missing the tree. Being .110 is not going to help anything at all, but we will get this SealMaster Toyota buttoned up and continue to work as a team. We will continue to grow together and set the bar higher. 

Point Standings: Eighth (-266); trails Clay Millican by 41 points for seventh, leads Terry McMillen by 33 points for ninth

JR Todd

Todd advances in the standings with Houston efforts

Race Recap: Las Vegas ended with a solid test session for the DHL Toyota and driver J.R. Todd. The team led by Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith was looking to start this first run of consecutive races in a positive way.

Friday saw two lost runs, but Saturday was an improvement for the YellaFellas as they laid down two clean passes to give Todd the 12th seed and a first round draw of former champion Cruz Pedregon. 

Todd was among the leaders in reaction time in the Funny Car class coming into the weekend and proved it in the first round. He was able to get an advantage over Pedregon at the tree and carried to the stripe. 

Todd was away first against another former champion, Robert Hight, in the quarter-finals, but his clean 3.958 second pass was not enough to reach his first Funny Car semi-final. With his round win, Todd moved up to ninth in the point standings. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 12 (4.016 sec., 322.65 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated Pedregon - 3.959 sec., 323.58 mph to 3.935 sec., 322.04 mph 

E2: Todd defeated by Hight - 3.958 sec., 324.36 mph to 3.898 sec., 327.82 mph

Quotable: "Solid effort today from the DHL team, but we are working hard at getting even faster. We know we have to continue to gain and learn to compete at the highest level. Our team is focused and excited to get back after it in just a couple days in Charlotte."

Point Standings: Ninth (-178); trails Jonnie Lindberg by 13 points for eighth; leads Jim Campbell by 11 points for tenth

Shawn Langdon

Langdon pleased with debut weekend despite early round loss

Race Recap: After a whirlwind couple of weeks, the third Team Kalitta Top Fuel machine backed by Global Electronic Technology made its official debut with 2013 Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon behind the wheel.

The Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn-tuned Global Electronic Technology dragster started out with a solid 3.825 second pass that gave ensured the new team a solid qualifying spot. Langdon showed that he was more than ready as well with a stellar .047 second reaction time in his first Top Fuel pass of the season.

The 3.825 second pass ended up 10th overall and a first round draw of Bob Vandergriff, who was making his first start since 2014. The duo were the final Top Fuel pair to see the track, but Langdon was ready. Once again, he was stellar on the tree, giving the Global Electronic Technology team the best reaction time of the round. He was ahead at every timed increment until the one that counted, when Vandergriff was able to just edge the California-native by two thousandths of a second. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.825 sec., 314.53 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by Vandergriff - 3.813 sec., 318.84 mph to 3.770 sec., 323.43 mph

Quotable: "We just lost a good race. I feel really good in the car; we are just a little behind power wise in the first round. We were not able to make quite the run we were trying to make, so we ended up losing by two-thousandths of a second. But that is drag racing. We are not disappointed by any means. We are very happy to have this Global Electronic Technology machine out here. We were able to accomplish a lot of things this weekend, and we are headed to Charlotte looking for the results."

Point Standings: 17th; trails Bob Vandergriff by 16 points for 16th 

Alexis Dejoria

DeJoria continues run of opening round successRace Recap:

DeJoria started out qualifying strong with a solid pass that earned her two bonus points. The Tequila Patrón team closed with an even better run that earned her the ninth starting spot. 

DeJoria and her foe, Tim Wilkerson, were the last nitro pair to see the track. The Tequila Patrón Camry was straight and true down the track giving DeJoria her second straight opening round win after Wilkerson encountered immediate issues. In the quarter-finals, DeJoria was able to get the jump on her opponent, Courtney Force, but was unable to make a clean pass yielding the round win to Force. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.946 sec., 322.34 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Wilkerson - 3.927 sec., 327.03 mph to 8.109 sec., 112.19 mph 

E2: DeJoria defeated by C. Force - 4.146 sec., 260.16 mph to 3.947 sec., 294.37 mph

Point Standings: 11th (-192); trails Jim Campbell by three points for 10th, leads Tim WIlkerson by 19 points for 12th 

Doug Kalitta Houston 

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

  • Q1: 4.419 sec. at 180.91 MPH
  • Q2: 3.731 sec. at 327.03 MPH
  • Q3: 3.804 sec. at 320.05 MPH
  • Q4: 5.056 sec. at 138.83 MPH Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best of the second session)

Starting Position: 3rd

First Round Matchup: Terry McMillen

Quotable: "Super proud of the work my Mac Tools guys have put in this weekend to run strong. We would like nothing more than a third straight SpringNationals title tomorrow."

Shawn Langdon Houston

Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel Dragster

  • Q1: 3.825 sec. at 314.53 MPH
  • Q2: 5.479 sec. at 131.20 MPH
  • Q3: 3.888 sec. at 304.19 MPH
  • Q4: 4.285 sec. at 188.10 MPH

Starting Position: 10th

First Round Matchup: Bob Vandergriff

Quotable: "For us, we are just making laps down the track and getting that seat time. We are not worried about who we are running; we just need to get laps and information. It is the first race out and we are going through the learning process. We are excited for tomorrow. Definitely hopeful to go rounds and hopefully win the race."

Troy Coughlin Jr Dragster 

Troy Coughlin Jr., driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

  • Q1: No run; mechanical malfunction
  • Q2: 4.094 sec. at 209.07 MPH
  • Q3: 11.767 sec. at 66.74 MPH
  • Q4: 3.862 sec. at 316.82 MPH

Starting Position: 12th

First Round Matchup: Brittany Force

Quotable: "We are getting the SealMaster Toyota in line, but I am excited about tomorrow. These SealMaster guys have put things together that normally take months in a couple weeks and I could not be prouder. Jim O, Nick, Glen and the whole SealMaster team are working hard and I know we will have a piece we can challenge with tomorrow morning."

 JR Todd DHL Funny Car

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

  • Q1: 4.250 sec. at 223.65 MPH
  • Q2: 8.037 sec. at 78.85 MPH
  • Q3: 4.025 sec. at 319.29 MPH
  • Q4: 4.016 sec. at 322.65 MPH

Starting Position: 12th

First Round Matchup: Cruz Pedregon Quotable: "We have been looking for more out of this DHL Toyota this weekend and haven't hit on it yet. However, we are in the show and I have the best guys in the business. We will work hard tonight to figure it out and give it a strong fight tomorrow."

Alexis DeJoria Houston

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

  • Q1: 3.995 sec. at 320.97 MPH
  • Q2: 7.825 sec. at 84.84 MPH
  • Q3: 3.966 sec. at 323.43 MPH
  • Q4: 3.946 sec. at 322.34 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second-best of the first session.) Starting Position: 9th

First Round Matchup: Tim Wilkerson

 

anasa2HOUSTON (April 20, 2017) – Earlier today, Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel dragster, was awarded a special honor by NASA, while on a tour of NASA's facilities. This honor was due to Doug and his company, Kalitta Charters, longstanding collaborative efforts with NASA on safely ensuring transportation of team members and critical spaceflight hardware to the Houston-area after work in the International Space Station (ISS). 

anasa1"It is an honor to receive such an award from NASA due to my work with them in space station experiment deliveries," said Kalitta. "NASA does very interesting experiments in space and it is a honor to be a small part in making that successful."

The special award includes an ISS mission patch that was flown on the final Space Shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011.

“One of NASA’s primary goals of the International Space Station is to conduct world class research," said ISS Program Manager Kirk Shireman. "A key component of conducting this research is the rapid return of samples from space.  Kalitta plays a key role in rapidly transporting the science samples as well as other critical hardware from the landing site to the Johnson Space Center.  The partnership between Kalitta and NASA is helping scientists around the world conduct important research and is helping NASA operate the International Space Station.”

The driver of the Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel dragster will return to the drag strip to compete in the fifth event on the season, the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston beginning tomorrow afternoon. Kalitta is seeking his third consecutive event win and fourth overall at the Houston-area facility, which would establish new track records.

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 Defending Houston event champion Kalitta has potential for major career milestone

Houston Highlights: Defending event champion; Only driver in Top Fuel history with back-to-back wins at Houston; Three wins (2016, 2015, 2003); Three no.1 qualifiers (2013, 2003, 2002)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified third; Semi-finalist (Defeated Steve Chrisman in the first round and Clay Millican in the quarter-finals, lost to Tony Schumacher in the semi-finals)

2016 SpringNationals Recap: Qualified second; Race Winner (Defeated Terry Haddock in the first round, Kebin Kinsley in the second round, Leah Pritchett in the semi-finals and Steve Torrence in the final)

Quotable: “Houston has been a good place for us the past couple of years. The weather conditions are usually really good and I’m really looking forward to getting back down there. It would be real cool to win three straight races at the same track. It’s awfully hard to do these days, but my Mac Tools Toyota team is really doing a hell of a job, week in and week out. We’ll go in there with that goal and see if we can pull it off again.”

Career Stats: 438 starts, 596 round wins (10th all-time), 42 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 88 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: One final (Pomona-I); 7 round wins; fourth in the standings

2016 Season Stats: Four wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka, Pomona-II); Four no.1 qualifiers (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk, Charlotte-II); Two finals (Pomona-I, Charlotte-II); 44 round wins; second in the final standings 

Noteworthy: If Kalitta earns two round wins, he would pass Bob Glidden for ninth all-time in total round wins; With a race win, Kalitta would become the ninth driver to hit 600 round wins; also will reach 1,000 career rounds competed early this year (currently at 992)

Shawn Langdon

Langdon desires strong start in Kalitta debut

Houston Highlights: One final (2012)

Last Event Recap (2016 Auto Club Finals at Pomona with Don Schumacher Racing): Qualified third; Semi-finalist (Defeated Tripp Tatum in the first round and Steve Torrence in the quarter-finals, lost to Doug Kalitta in the semi-finals)

2016 SpringNationals Recap (with DSR): Qualified sixth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round, lost to Leah Pritchett in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: “I am definitely excited to get behind the wheel. It is going to feel good to hit the gas, because I haven't done that since November. I know some people may think we are going to be behind the eight-ball because we are coming in four races into the season, but Kalitta Motorsports has put a great Global Electronic Technology team behind me and with Connie Kalitta tuning it, I know we will have a great shot at going for the win.”

Career Stats: 188 starts, 230 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Season debut

2016 Season Stats: Three wins (Bristol, Norwalk, St. Louis); 30 round wins; fifth in the final standings

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports from Don Schumacher Racing after Las Vegas in a full-time third Top Fuel entry; missed the first four events of the 2017 season due to lack of sponsorship; Langdon’s ride will be backed by Global Electronic Technology, the fastest name in credit card processing, for 19 of the remaining 20 events this season

Troy Coughlin Jr.

Coughlin Jr. excited for Houston event with new team 

Noteworthy: Fifth career pro event; a candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former Pro Stock champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified seventh; First round defeat (Lost to Terry McMillen in the first round)

Quotable: “Well, we have a new group of SealMaster Toyota guys and they have worked tirelessly to get the car and trailer ready to race. This is clearly not an easy task and we want to win badly and the work ethic shows here with the group. I need to focus on one lap at a time and give Jim O, Glen and Nick as much feedback as I can.” 

2017 Season Stats: Four starts; Two round wins; eighth in the point standings

Career Info: Five national event wins (Three in Super Gas, Two in Super Comp); 2013 Division III Super Gas Champion; 2015 NHRA Pro Mod Rookie of the Year

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Decade after special victory, Todd looks for another Houston trophy

Houston Highlights: One win (2007)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified ninth; First round defeat (Lost to Alexis DeJoria in the first round)

2016 SpringNationals Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified 12th; First round defeat (Lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

Quotable: “The victory at Houston ten years ago was very special, and I hope the DHL Toyota team can have some anniversary magic this weekend. We would love to score the win.”

Career Stats: 152 starts, 151 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 4 starts, 2 round wins) 2017 Season Stats: Four starts; Two round wins; 10th in the point standings 2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Five finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago, Las Vegas-II, Pomona-II); One no.1 qualifier (Pomona-II); 37 round wins; fourth in the final standings

Noteworthy: Attempting to become the 16th driver in NHRA history with a Top Fuel and Funny Car win; DHL celebrating 10th season of NHRA sponsorship

Media Availability: On Thursday, Todd will be visiting College Station to promote the NHRA SpringNationals in that area.

Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria Houston pre-race notes

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified eighth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated J.R. Todd in the first round, lost to Gary Densham in the quarter-finals)

2016 SpringNationals Recap: Qualified second; Quarter-final finish (Defeated John Hale in the first round, lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quarter-finals)

Career Stats: 120 starts, 83 round wins, 4 wins, 7 finals, 4 no.1 qualifiers 2017 Season Stats: Four starts; One round win; 12th in the point standings  2016

Season Stats: One win (Las Vegas-I); One semi-final (Bristol); One No. 1 qualifier (Charlotte-I); 13 round wins; 10th in the final standings 

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Leah Pritchett (494)
2. Antron Brown (440)
3. Tony Schumacher (438)
4. Doug Kalitta (358)
5. Steve Torrence (352) 
6. Brittany Force (292)
7. Clay Millican (269)
8. Troy Coughlin Jr. (228)
9. Terry McMillen (195)
10. Scott Palmer (180)
17. Shawn Langdon (32)
 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Matt Hagan (400)
2. Ron Capps (398)
3. John Force (371)
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. (357)
5. Robert Hight (301)
5. Courtney Force (301)
7. Jack Beckman (282)
8. Jonnie Lindberg (235)
9. J.R. Todd (222)
10. Jim Campbell (211)
11. Alexis DeJoria (208)

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