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Doug Kalitta Sunday Indy

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.682 sec. at 329.42 MPH
Q2: 3.730 sec. at 329.26 MPH
Q3: 3.693 sec. at 329.58 MPH
Q4: 4.224 sec. at 196.82 MPH
Q5: 3.853 sec. at 254.62 MPH

Bonus Points: 7 pts. (Second best of the first session, second best of the second session, fourth best of the third session)
Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Richie Crampton
Quotable: “The Mac Tools team had a very solid qualifying portion to our Indianapolis weekend. I know we have a car that can compete with the field; we just have to go out, run our race and hopefully pickup four win lights."
Note: The 3.682 second elapsed time reset Kalitta's career-best elapsed time.

Shawn Langdon Sunday Indy

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

Q1: 8.087 sec. at 87.02 MPH
Q2: 3.778 sec. at 289.82 MPH
Q3: 3.748 sec. at 274.00 MPH
Q4: 4.968 sec. at 140.52 MPH
Q5: 5.011 sec. at 138.67 MPH

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Brittany Force
Quotable: "We have a tough draw in round one, but mission accomplished, we made the Countdown. We made some good runs in qualifying; some good early numbers. Today, we were not able to capitalize, but we will get it fixed and give it a good run against Brittany in round one."
Note: Shawn clinched his spot in the NHRA Countdown for the Championship

Richie Crampton Sunday Indy

Richie Crampton, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.109 sec. at 227.50 MPH
Q2: 3.756 sec. at 329.91 MPH
Q3: 3.769 sec. at 287.05 MPH
Q4: 4.656 sec. at 155.76 MPH
Q5: No run; set out due to mechanical malfunction

Starting Position: 12th
First Round Matchup: Doug Kalitta

Quotable: "I am pretty excited to be back racing; especially racing for Connie Kalitta here in Indy with this SealMaster Toyota. We are qualified to race on Monday, which is huge. Hopefully, we will have all of our stuff in line and ready for raceday tomorrow." 
Note: The 329.91 MPH from the second qualifying pass reset Crampton's career-best MPH. 

JR Todd Indy Sunday

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

Q1: 3.865 sec. at 332.34 MPH
Q2: 5.281 sec. at 137.11 MPH
Q3: 4.899 sec. at 159.04 MPH
Q4: 3.956 sec. at 316.60 MPH
Q5: 3.989 sec. at 279.56 MPH

Starting Position: 6th

First Round Matchup: Brian Stewart
Quotable: "The performance of the car has definitely improved through testing. That really helped us get to this point. Our run on Friday night set us up good on the ladder."

"It is nice to clinch the Countdown before raceday, so hopefully we can get after it. It is going to be hot tomorrow, so that will definitely be the equalizer that hopefully will play into our hand." 
Note: The 3.865 second elapsed time reset Todd's career-best elapsed time. Todd has clinched a spot in the NHRA Countdown for the Championship.

Alexis Dejora INDY Sunday

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

Q1: 3.881 sec. at 332.34 MPH 
Q2: 3.940 sec. at 323.50 MPH
Q3: 5.293 sec. at 159.04 MPH
Q4: 3.923 sec. at 325.61 MPH
Q5: 3.906 sec. at 325.06 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Fourth best of the second session, Fourth best of the fifth session)
Starting Position: 9th

First Round Matchup: Ron Capps

Global Electronic Technology announces 2018 sponsorship renewal with LangdonINDIANAPOLIS (September 1st, 2017) – Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to announce an extension with Global Electronic Technology, the fastest name in credit card processing. Former Top Fuel Champion Shawn Langdon will continue to drive the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel dragster for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. 

“It is great to be associated with Global Electronic Technology. Steve and Samantha Bryson have shown so much dedication to me, Team Kalitta and the NHRA as a whole,” said Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel Dragster. “They are always at the track cheering us on and as a driver you cannot really ask for more than that. It is incredible that we are just six months into their time with Team Kalitta and they are already ready to resign. I am excited to see what we can do with the whole season next year. To have everything locked up and to not be involved in silly season this offseason is awesome, and I look forward to 2018 as Global Electronic Technology’s driver.”Based in Torrance, CA, Global Electronic Technology has over a quarter century of expertise in the payment processing industry. The Global Electronic Technology team is committed to setting the standard by delivering the most advanced technological packages in the payment processing industry, which makes their team one of the most knowledgeable in the world. 2018 will be Global Electronic Technology’s second season with Team Kalitta. They began the 2017 season as an associate partner on Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster, before adding primary sponsorship on Langdon’s machine beginning at the series’ fifth event of the season in Houston. 

"Our brand is built on family values and integrity,” said Steve Bryson, Founder and CEO of Global Electronic Technology. “Joining Team Kalitta headed by Conrad Kalitta, Rob Flynn and a world champion driver, Shawn Langdon, makes it a perfect fit. This is a great partnership for us at Global Electronic Technology, both sides of our team operate towards one goal – success.   We field a world class team that Samantha and I are proud to be a part of on and off the track. To do business with people who exemplify the same values as we do takes this to a whole new level and we just cannot seem to stay away.  I am excited to commit to another year for Team Global for the 2018 season.  I know there will be much success to come."

In 2018, Global Electronic Technology will continue sponsoring Langdon’s Top Fuel dragster and will be an associate partner on the remainder of the Team Kalitta entries, including a major role on Doug Kalitta’s Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster.

“Great news for Team Kalitta and exciting news for the sport of NHRA drag racing that Global Electronic Technology and Steve & Samantha Bryson thought enough of our sport to get involved and continue to grow,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “It has been an awesome relationship and friendship with Steve and Samantha and to be able to see it grow the way it has in such a short period of time has been nothing short of amazing. Although it has been great to see them as part of the Kalitta family, it has been even better that they have been able to meet with so many people involved in NHRA that can utilize their service.”

Despite missing the first four events of the season, Langdon is closing in on a NHRA Countdown for the Championship berth. His Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn-tuned Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel dragster will begin qualifying for the historic U.S. Nationals this evening with final eliminations beginning on Monday, September 4th. 

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta looks for two Indy trophies

Indianapolis Highlights: Two finals (2008, 2004); Two No.1 qualifiers (2004, 2000)

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

2016 Indianapolis Recap: Qualified sixth; Semifinalist (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round and Brittany Force in the quarterfinals, lost to Steve Torrence in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “I am excited to get to Indianapolis for the U.S. Nationals! The Mac Tools team has been working hard, and I know we will have a car that contend for both the Traxxas Shootout and race titles.”

Career Stats: 451 starts, 610 round wins (ninth all-time), 42 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 89 finals, 48 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: Two finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk); One no.1 qualifier (Norwalk); 21 round wins; sixth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta is the only driver in Top Fuel to ever earn a Traxxas Shootout spot by his point standing, which he has done twice; Kalitta is looking for his first Indianapolis win, one of three tracks he has yet to win at (Epping, Charlotte)

Shawn Langdon

Former U.S. Nationals champion Langdon makes plans for third crown

Indianapolis Highlights: One Top Fuel win (2013); One Top Fuel No.1 qualifier (2012); One Super Gas win (2010)

Last Event Recap (Brainerd): Qualified tenth; First round loss (Lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

2016 Indianapolis Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Leah Pritchett in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “We made some good runs in testing with the Global Electronic Technology car. Coming off of Brainerd, we had a tough race out there with some gremlins in the car. The guys got all that fixed, so we were able to focus on the car and get it back to its form. We made some great runs, and are looking forward Q1 on Friday night."

Career Stats: 198 starts, 238 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 13 starts; Eight round wins; 11th in the point standings

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports from Don Schumacher Racing after Las Vegas in a full-time third Top Fuel entry; Langdon will clinch a spot in the Countdown for the Championship by qualifying for the U.S. Nationals; Langdon will be a part of Kalitta Motorsports press conference at 6pmEST on Friday evening

Richie Crampton

Crampton makes Kalitta debut

Indianapolis Highlights: One win (2014)

Last Event Recap (Fall Pomona 2016 w/Morgan Lucas Racing [MLR]): Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Brittany Force in the first round, lost to J.R. Todd in the quarterfinals)

2016 Indianapolis Recap (w/ MLR): Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Doug Kalitta in the first round)

Quotable: “It is definitely exciting to be racing a Top Fuel dragster in Indianapolis for Connie and SealMaster. To be racing with a top notch team like this one gives me a great amount of confidence going into my first race weekend of the year. The goal is to go some rounds and have a good race.”

Career Stats: 72 starts, 70 round wins, Seven wins, Eight finals, Five no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Season debut

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports on Monday to drive for SealMaster Top Fuel dragster; Crampton will compete in the final seven events of the season for Kalitta Motorsports; Crampton is the 2014 NHRA Auto Club Road to the Future winner; in 2015, Crampton earned five wins and finished third in the final point standings.

JR Todd

Record-breaking Todd desires Indianapolis success

Last Event Recap (Brainerd): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Ron Capps in the first round)

2016 Indianapolis Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified ninth; Semifinalist (Defeated Morgan Lucas in the first round and Clay Millican in the quarterfinals, lost to Tony Schumacher in the semifinals)

Quotable: “After the way we ran last weekend in testing, I am really excited to get back on track on Friday night. I know the track conditions will be different, but still we learned a lot with the DHL Toyota Camry that has excited for the weekend. Hopefully, we can move up some spots in the Countdown and get the win on Monday.” 

Career Stats: 165 starts, 161 round wins, 10 wins, 20 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 17 starts; One win (Sonoma); Two finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma); 12 round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 17 starts; One win (Sonoma); Two finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma); 12 round wins; ninth in the point standings

Noteworthy: Todd is the first driver in NHRA history to have qualified for the Traxxas Shootout in both Top Fuel (2015) and Funny Car (2017); Todd is an Indiana native (grew up in Lawrenceburg, Ind.); Todd is currently 136 points ahead of 11th-place Cruz Pedregon in the point standings; he will clinch his spot in the standings by holding a 126 point lead ahead of Pedregon at the close of qualifying

Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria Indianapolis pre-race notes

Indianapolis Highlights: One win (2014)

Last Event Recap (Brainerd): Qualified 10th; Race Winner (Defeated Tim Wilkerson in the first round, Cruz Pedregon in the quarterfinals, John Force in the semi-finals and Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final)

2016 Indianapolis Recap: Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Del Worsham in the first round)

Career Stats: 128 starts; 92 round wins; Five wins; Eight finals, Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 14 starts; One win (Brainerd); 10 round wins; 10th in the point standings

INDIANAPOLIS (August 28, 2017) – Former Rookie of the Year and U.S. Nationals champion Richie Crampton has been named as the driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster for Kalitta Motorsports, effective immediately. He will begin his tenure for Kalitta Motorsports at the historic U.S. Nationals and will remain in the seat for the balance of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season.

"It was a huge honor to get the call from Jim O (Oberhofer) asking if I could finish out the year with the team,” said Crampton. “Connie Kalitta is a legend, and for me to get an opportunity like this is unreal. I am excited to jump into the SealMaster Toyota dragster and see what we can do. I never knew if I was going to be able to drive a Top Fuel dragster again, so I am extremely grateful for this opportunity."

Crampton begun his NHRA career in 2007 as a crew member at Morgan Lucas Racing, eventually elevating himself to clutch specialist and car chief. However, Crampton had the desire to drive. Morgan Lucas Racing put Crampton in a Top Fuel ride in 2014, and Crampton had success nearly immediately. Crampton scored the U.S. Nationals win in his rookie season on his way to the Auto Club Road To The Future trophy. In 2015, Crampton earned five victories and finished third in the final point standings. In 72 career events, Crampton has already earned seven wins, five no.1 qualifiers and 70 career round wins.

SealMaster, the pavement maintenance industry’s one-stop source for materials, products and equipment, will continue to back Kalitta Motorsports as Crampton’s primary sponsor. SealMaster has been a valued partner of Kalitta Motorsports family since 2014 and a primary sponsor since 2016. 

"After talking with Connie Kalitta and SealMaster, we decided Richie Crampton would make a good fit to fill the seat of the SealMaster dragster," said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. "His driving experience as well as his overall knowledge of the dragster will make him a valuable asset to Kalitta Motorsports. We were happy he was available to race in Indy." 

Crampton will make his first qualifying lap in the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster on Friday evening as he begins his trek for his second U.S. Nationals trophy. Eliminations begin on Monday, September 4th at 11:00am EST.

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DeJoria scores first win of the season; moves into top ten of the standings

Race Recap: Alexis DeJoria raced her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry to victory at the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday. 
Along her way to the Brainerd Winners Circle, DeJoria defeated Tim Wilkerson, Cruz Pedregon, John Force and Tommy Johnson Jr. Sunday’s victory was DeJoria’s fifth career Funny Car win and eighth visit to the final round.
The Patrón Funny Car pilot qualified 10th for the Brainerd event and started race day ranked 14th in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship points system, 48 points out of the No. 10 spot. After defeating Tim Wilkerson in the first round of eliminations, DeJoria found herself in a crucial Countdown matchup with Pedregon. Both DeJoria and Pedregon are part of a fierce five-way battle for the coveted final NHRA Countdown Top 10 spot. DeJoria’s 3.883-second pass easily defeated Pedregon’s 4.505 and advanced Team Patrón to the semifinals.
DeJoria faced John Force in the semifinal round and once again, her expertly tuned Patrón Camry made another stout run (3.892) and ended the 16-time World Champion’s day.
The final round saw Team Patrón squaring off against Tommy Johnson Jr. Both drivers were quick off of the starting line but DeJoria’s 3.906-second pass was no match for Johnson Jr.’s 3.933. 
With the Brainerd victory, DeJoria has moved in to the No. 10 Countdown spot and will go into the final event of the regular season defending her Countdown to the Championship berth opportunity, rather than chasing it. DeJoria has a 12 point lead over the 11th ranked Countdown contender hopeful.
Sunday’s win also marked the first time two female drivers won a national event in the nitro categories at the same time. DeJoria shared the Winners Circle stage with Top Fuel event champion, Leah Pritchett. 

Qualified: No. 10 (3.941 sec., 327.43 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Wilkerson - 4.416 sec., 210.05 mph to 4.650 sec., 271.13 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated Pedregon - 3.883 sec., 330.96 mph to 4.505 sec., 192.47 mph

E3: DeJoria defeated J. Force - 3.892 sec., 329.02 mph to 3.909 sec., 331.94 mph

Final: DeJoria defeated Johnson Jr. - 3.906 sec., 330.96 mph to 3.933 sec., 324.44 mph

Point Standings: 10th; leads Cruz Pedregon by 12 points for 11th

Doug Kalitta Brainerd Sunday

Kalitta locks in final Traxxas Shootout spot with Brainerd efforts

Race Recap: Despite Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team suffering a tough quarterfinal loss at Brainerd, Kalitta locked in the final Traxxas Shootout spot and will race for $100,000 in Indianapolis.

Kalitta was stout in qualifying. The Mac Tools team earned bonus points three out of the four passes down the Brainerd International Raceway surface. The most outstanding run was in the final round of qualifying as Kalitta was the quickest Top Fuel machine down the track by over three thousandths of a second.

In the first round, Kalitta faced Terry Haddock in the first round for the second straight weekend. The Mac Tools driver got the jump at the line and was clean to the stripe to score the opening round win. 

The second round saw Kalitta take on Steve Torrence. Kalitta recorded a solid .055 reaction time, but Torrence was away first. The Mac Tools machine ran the fastest it has ever run at over 332 mph, but Torrence was able to cross the line just in front of the Mac Tools ride. However, even in the loss, Kalitta ranked the highest among the non-winners and claimed the final spot in the Top Fuel version of the Traxxas Shootout. 

Qualified: No. 3 (3.694 sec., 330.31 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Haddock - 3.697 sec., 328.54 mph to 4.267 sec., 226.92 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Torrence - 3.709 sec., 332.10 mph to 3.723 sec., 328.30 mph

Quotable: “That is not the way we wanted to end what was a solid Brainerd weekend for the Mac Tools team. We got locked into the Traxxas Shootout, which is definitely a positive. The Mac Tools team will go to Indy and try to pick up two trophies there." 

Point Standings: Sixth; trails Brittany Force by 14 points for fifth; leads Clay Millican by 24 points for seventh

Shawn Langdon Brainerd Sunday

Langdon suffers close first round loss after qualifying struggles

Race Recap: After electrical woes cost the Global Electronic Technology team and Shawn Langdon multiple runs in qualifying, they faced a tough draw in the first round. Although they suffered a loss, they recorded a solid run that the hope leads to more consistency to come.

Qualifying did not go the way the Global Electronic Technology team would have hoped. Problems in the evening session on Friday led to the electrical issues on Saturday. The Global Electronic Technology team worked tirelessly to get the issues fixed, even firing up the machine again on Saturday evening to ensure the problem had been fixed.

Langdon would start from the 10th starting position with reigning Top Fuel Champion in the other lane. Langdon would record the second best reaction time of the session, but Brown's machine was just too much for the Global Electronic Technology dragster and he would score the win. Langdon's team recorded a solid lap in defeat despite having much less data than their opponent.

Qualified: No. 10 (3.859 sec., 265.43 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by Brown - 3.734 sec., 318.62 mph to 3.695 sec., 331.77 mph

Quotable: "A gremlin in qualifying set us behind and put us in a bad spot in the ladder. Per the circumstances, great job by the Global Electronic Technology team. We made a great run coming out of the gate after not having a lot of information in qualifying. So to go .058 on the tree felt good, but for my team to make that 3.73 second run is a great job. Just don't seem to have any luck right now, which is a shame because you need a little luck when you are trying to get in that top ten spot. We will go get ready for Indy, and make some good runs there."

Point Standings: 11th; trails Troy Coughlin Jr. by eight points for 10th

Troy coughlin Brainerd Sunday

Coughlin Jr. and SealMaster team see progress with new chassis

Race Recap: Troy Coughlin Jr. and the SealMaster team debuted a brand new chassis for the Brainerd event, and despite the first round loss, the team feels like they made progress going into the U.S. Nationals.

The SealMaster team started the weekend with a short run to make sure all of the components were working correctly. Despite the machine failing to make a clean pass to the line in qualifying, the team learned in each pass with their new machine.

For the second straight race, Coughlin Jr's SealMaster dragster was paired with Tony Schumacher in the first round. Unfortunately, a part failure caused the parachutes to deploy nearly immediately and the SealMaster team would fall in the first round to Schumacher.

Qualified: No. 13 (4.359 sec., 179.44 mph) 

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Schumacher - 16.216 sec., 22.68 mph to 3.711 sec., 324.67 mph

Quotable: “Well, just a little more adversity. It is just a matter of time. We are going to have respond well and look at where we can improve. It is all about how you respond to the challenges and get better. We are going to look at our data and get the SealMaster Toyota ready for the U.S. Nationals." 

Point Standings: 10th; trails Scott Palmer by 73 points for ninth; leads Shawn Langdon by eight points for 11th

JR Todd Brainerd Sunday

Despite Todd's stellar efforts at the tree, DHL team loses early

Race Recap: The DHL team and J.R. Todd started qualifying strong, but was unable to continue that performance through qualifying. Despite running the quickest pass in the right lane on Sunday, Todd was defeated in the first round in Brainerd.

Todd's DHL Toyota blazed down the track in 3.937 seconds to start qualifying at Brainerd International Raceway, however, the machine failed to make another clean pass in the other three attempts and the DHL Funny Car would be bumped to ninth overall.

On Sunday, Todd was part of the final Funny Car pairing. Todd started with a stellar .052 light at the starting line, easily getting out ahead of his opponent, Ron Capps. However, Capps was able to drive back around Todd and beat him to the finish line, ending Todd's day in the first round. 

Qualified: No. 9 (3.973 sec., 323.35 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Capps  - 3.973 sec., 323.35 mph to 3.894 sec., 330.96 mph

Quotable: "Not the weekend we were looking for. We ran good in qualifying on Friday and then struggled on Saturday. Then today, we were just down on power for some reason. Still, we were the only car to make it down the right lane, which shows something. We will go to Indy and test and get ready for the U.S. Nationals." 

Point Standings: Ninth; trails Tim Wilkerson by four points for eighth; leads Alexis DeJoria by 124 points for 10th

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Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.711 sec. at 314.68 MPH
Q2: 3.694 sec. at 330.31 MPH
Q3: 3.766 sec. at 329.75 MPH
Q4: 3.737 sec. at 326.95 MPH

Bonus Points: 5 pts. (Third best of the first session, third best of the second session, best of the final session)
Starting Position: 3rd
First Round Matchup: Terry Haddock
Quotable: “What a great way to end qualifying for the Mac Tools team. I could not be more excited about our chances tomorrow after the strong runs we made in qualifying. The goal is to come out tomorrow, go four rounds and get the first win of the season.

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

Q1: No time; timing system malfunction
Q2: 3.859 sec. at 265.43 MPH
Q3: 9.360 sec. at 87.71 MPH
Q4: 9.330 sec. at 89.93 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Antron Brown
Quotable: "It is frustrating. We are right at the cusp at getting into the Countdown and we keep finding these gremlins. We have an electrical issue right now in the ignition. It is not for a lack of effort; everyone on this Global Electronic Technology machine is working hard trying to figure this out. The issue cost us two runs today which is pretty unfortunate. It put us further down on the ladder than we would have liked, so we have a tough opponent, Antron, in the first round. At this point, though, we are not really worried about our opponent; we are worried about fixing our racecar."

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

Q1: 7.782 sec. at 87.00 MPH
Q2: 4.664 sec. at 157.78 MPH
Q3: 9.211 sec. at 88.40 MPH
Q4: 4.359 sec. at 179.44 MPH

Starting Position: 13th
First Round Matchup: Tony Schumacher

Quotable: "It is just a little more adversity we are going to face with this SealMaster Toyota team that we are going to use as a stepping stone to success. We face the Sarge tomorrow, and we will have a good hot rod for that matchup. It should be a great race. I have a lot of faith in Jim O, Donnie, Glen and Nick and the whole SealMaster team. They are working hard and have been through a lot so it is time to turn on some win lights."

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

Q1: 3.937 sec. at 327.98 MPH
Q2: 4.643 sec. at 176.63 MPH
Q3: 5.198 sec. at 143.61 MPH
Q4: 15.107 sec. at 63.64 MPH

Starting Position: 9th

First Round Matchup: Ron Capps
Quotable: "We struggled after Q1 in qualifying, but Sunday is a new day. Hopefully, that is the key to turning on four win lights starting with Ron Capps tomorrow."

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

Q1: 8.212 sec. at 89.25 MPH 
Q2: 3.947 sec. at 330.31 MPH
Q3: 3.941 sec. at 327.43 MPH
Q4: 8.650 sec. at 89.20 MPH

Starting Position: 10th

First Round Matchup: Tim Wilkerson

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (183)
2. Doug Kalitta (144)
3. Tony Schumacher (140)
4. Scott Palmer (139)
5. Antron Brown (133)
6. Clay Millican (122)
7. Leah Pritchett (90)
8. Brittany Force (86)
9. Billy Torrence (71)
10. Greg Carrillo (66)
15. Richie Crampton (51)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Matt Hagan (179)
2. Courtney Force (160)
3. Ron Capps (139)
4. Robert Hight (133)
5. Tommy Johnson Jr.  (128)
6. Jack Beckman (122)
7. Jonnie Lindberg (107)
8. Shawn Langdon (104)
9. John Force (95)
10. J.R. Todd (83)