Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.927 sec. at 297.61 MPH
Q2: 3.798 sec. at 321.81 MPH
Q3: 5.337 sec. at 136.41 MPH
Q47.296 sec. at 89.58 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best of the second session)
Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer

Quotable: “Solid weekend of qualifying for the Mac Tools team; we went for it in that last session and it just didn't stick. A little further down on the order than we would have liked, but we will will go to the line and hopefully score four round wins tomorrow.

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Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 5.091 sec. at 139.60 MPH
Q2: 3.875 sec. at 318.32 MPH
Q3: 3.949 sec. at 313.51 MPH
Q4:3.811 sec. at 321.65 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Brittany Force

Quotable: "We made a couple good runs in qualifying. It has been challenging for everyone, but I have been proud of my DHL/Kalitta Air Toyota team. We are going to have our hands full tomorrow with this side of the ladder, but I think we have what it takes so I am looking forward to it."

 JR Todd

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

Q1: 7.109 sec. at 95.33 MPH
Q2: 3.996 sec. at 318.32 MPH
Q3: 4.546 sec. at 192.99 MPH
Q44.051 sec. at 313.80 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the final session)
Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Dale Creasy

Quotable:"One of our better qualifying efforts of the season for this DHL, WIX Filters team. That is what you need to do to set yourself up good for race day. We are dealing with tricky track conditions and it is the ultimate equalizer. It is just a matter on who can navigate it the best."

 Shawn Langdon

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

Q1: 4.229 sec. at 296.96 MPH
Q2: 4.052 sec. at 314.31 MPH
Q3: 5.195 sec. at 144.74 MPH
Q45.620 sec. at 126.58 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Ron Capps

Quotable: "We have Ron Capps and qualified 10th. We didn't make a good run today, but the Global Electronic Technology team made a good one last night. We are going to work together with our team and give it our best shot tomorrow."

Doug Kalitta Topeka

Kalitta ready for another Topeka triumph

Topeka Highlights: Two wins (2016, 2006); Three finals (2004, 2003, 2000); One no. 1 qualifiers (2005)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Southern Nationals): Qualified sixth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals Recap: Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, lost to Leah Pritchett in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: "Heartland Motorsports Park is great facility that has been kind to Kalitta Motorsports over the years. I am excited to get back behind the wheel of the Mac Tools car. I feel confident that we will have a car that can compete for the win."

Career Stats: 465 starts; 633 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 93 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Two finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I); 10 round wins; third in the standings

2017 Season Recap: One win (Charlotte-II); Four finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk, Charlotte-II, St. Louis); Two no.1 qualifiers (Norwalk, Charlotte-II); 34 round wins; third in the standings

Noteworthy: Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career; Team Kalitta owns 11 Top Fuel wins at Heartland Park Topeka (Scott Kalitta - 6, David Grubnic - 2, Doug Kalitta - 2, Hillary Will - 1)

Richie Crampton Topeka

Crampton wants to add to Kalitta legacy at Heartland Motorsports Park

Topeka Highlights: One win (2015)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Southern Nationals): Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Doug Kalitta in the first round)

2017 NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: "Topeka has been good to me and Team Kalitta. I am really searching for some valuable round wins, and I feel that this week is as good of a time as any to get back to our winning ways."

Career Stats: 85 starts; 80 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

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

2017 Season Stats: Seven starts; One final (Charlotte-II); Five round wins

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Langdon could make history in Topeka

Topeka Highlights: One win (2013); One final (2014); One no. 1 qualifier (2013)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Southern Nationals): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Tim Wilkerson in the first round)

2017 NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals (Top Fuel) Recap: Qualified sixth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Troy Coughlin Jr. in the first round, lost to Antron Brown in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: "It is always great to go back to Topeka; the track can be fast in the right conditions, but it looks like it is going to be hot this weekend so it could be tricky with the changes on how the track is being prepped. We feel like we made some good progress with the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry in qualifying in Atlanta. We had some changes this week, but I am confident in my team and we are going to go out and do the best job we can."

Career Stats: 212 starts; 251 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Seven starts; Four round wins)

2018 Season: Seven starts; Four round wins; ninth in the standings

2017 Season Stats: 20 starts; Two finals (Dallas, Pomona II); 17 round wins; seventh in the point standings

Noteworthy: With a win this weekend, Langdon would become the first driver in Heartland Motorsports Park history with wins in both Top Fuel and Funny Car 

JR Todd Topeka

Todd desires return to winner's circle

Topeka Highlights: One final (2007)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Southern Nationals): Qualified seventh; First round loss (Lost to Jack Beckman in the first round)

2017 NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Brian Stewart in the first round, lost to Matt Hagan in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: "I am looking forward to getting back on track with the DHL Toyota Camry. I think the track will be the equalizer this weekend with the hot temperatures and I think our team is up to the challenge."

Career Stats: 179 starts; 176 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 31 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 27 round wins)

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

2017 Season Stats: 24 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins; ninth in the point standings

YPSILANTI, Mich. (May 14, 2018) – Effective immediately, Tommy DeLago has been released from the role of co-crew chief on the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Shawn Langdon. Nicky Boninfante will continue with the Global Electronic Technology team as crew chief for Langdon beginning this weekend at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan. 

2011 Funny Car champion DeLago had served as crew chief at Kalitta Motorsports since the 2013 season for Alexis DeJoria and Langdon. He tuned DeJoria to all of her five career wins, including the 60th annual U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis in 2014.

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Kalitta claims Atlanta round win

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team advanced to the quarterfinals before losing a close race to Steve Torrence.Kalitta has a great start to the weekend as he was scored in the number one spot after the first session. The Mac Tools machine tuned by Jim Oberhofer made multiple solid passes. After some shuffling in the final session, Kalitta was bumped to the sixth starting spot and drew his teammate Richie Crampton once again.Kalitta got the jump on the Kalitta Air dragster at the starting line and led all the way to score another first round win with a solid 3.845 second pass. The run advanced the Mac Tools team to the quarterfinals and a draw of points leader Steve Torrence. Kalitta and Torrence left together, but after a great drag race, the Mac Tools team came up just short. 

Qualified: No. 6 (3.800 sec., 323.81 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Crampton - 3.845 sec., 323.58 mph to 4.470 sec., 186.56 mphE2: Kalitta defeated by Torrence - 3.862 sec., 318.17 mph to 3.841 sec., 322.34 mph

Quotable: "Great drag race there in the second round; we just didn't have enough. It is tough when you watch so many other teams struggle and win, but that is drag racing. The Mac Tools team will go home and we will be ready for Topeka."

Point Standings: Third; leads Clay Millican by 10 points for fourth; trails Tony Schumacher by three points for second

JR Todd Sunday

Mechanical woes ends Todd's day in the first round

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team fell in the first round after mechanical problems ended Todd's first round run shortly after it began.Todd's team, led by Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith, had the early answers at tricky Atlanta Dragway. Todd's first pass down the track proved good enough for two bonus points. In qualifying, the DHL Toyota got down the track three of four possible passes and earned the seventh starting spot.The first round Todd drew points leader Jack Beckman. Todd's team chose the preferred right lane, and left with his opponent. However, shortly after the DHL Toyota shoved towards the wall as a result of a mechanical problem. Todd saved the machine from contact to the wall, but the round was lost despite Beckman's problems down track.

Qualified: No. 7 (4.019 sec., 315.56 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Beckman - 9.681 sec., 79.05 mph to 4.410 sec., 215.27 mph

Quotable: "Definitely not the way we wanted to end our day with this DHL team. We will regroup and be ready for Topeka." 

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Robert Hight by seven points by fourth; trails Tommy Johnson Jr. by eight points for fourth

Richie Sunday

Crampton falls to his teammate early

Race Recap: Richie Crampton fell in the first round at the Southern Nationals in Atlanta earlier today.Crampton did not score the qualifying pass that he would have liked. His best was a sub-300 mph run in the Friday evening session. The 3.870 second pass was good enough for fifth at the time, but was eventually bumped back to 11th. That meant for the sixth time in seven races to start the year, Crampton drew his teammate in the first round.Crampton and Kalitta were the seventh pair to see the track. Kalitta got the slight advantage at the starting line, but Crampton was right alongside until his Kalitta Air machine suffered woes and Kalitta scored the round win.

Qualified: No. 11 (3.870 sec., 294.43 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated by Kalitta - 4.470 sec., 186.56 mph to 3.845 sec., 323.58 mph

Quotable: "I am bummed for my Kalitta Air team. They are working hard and we keep coming up short. Excited for this week off to get back right with my driving; I am confident we will be ones to watch in Topeka."

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Mike Salinas by five points for 10th; trails Terry McMillen by 56 points for ninth

 Shawn Sunday

Langdon's Atlanta run ends in the first round

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team were defeated in the first round today in Atlanta. Langdon's Global Electronic Technology crew, led by Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago, finished qualifying with two solid and consistent runs. Their best came in the fourth and final session. The 4.032 second pass nearly gave Langdon lane choice and seeded the Toyota driver in the ninth spot. In the first round, Langdon drew Tim Wilkerson. Langdon got over four hundredths over his opponent at the starting line. But that wasn't enough as once Langdon encountered the bump on the race track, his Global Electronic Technology Camry began to spin the tires allowing Wilkerson to score the easy win.

Qualified: No. 9 (4.032 sec., 317.42 mph)

 E1: Langdon defeated by Wilkerson - 4.939 sec., 167.38 mph to 4.185 sec., 259.01 mph

Quotable: "After looking over everything, we did what we wanted in the first round. We were right there. We had a game plan, because that left lane has a pretty big bump in it. I tried to stay to the inside of it to get the smallest part of it, but it hit it and started spinning the tires. Not really much we could have done. I felt like we slowed down enough to get over that bump and make a good run, but we didn't. We will pack it up and go to Topeka."

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Jonnie Lindberg by 11 points for 10th; trails Cruz Pedregon by 56 points for eighth

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Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (2592)
2. Clay Millican (2423)
3. Tony Schumacher (2382)
4. Leah Pritchett (2297)
5. Antron Brown (2253)
6. Brittany Force (2243)
7. Mike Salinas (2228)
8. Doug Kalitta (2225)
9. Terry McMillen (2221)
10. Scott Palmer (2149)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Robert Hight (2445)
2. J.R. Todd (2434)
3. Ron Capps (2336)
4. Tim Wilkerson (2334)
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2296)
6. Courtney Force (2264)
7. Matt Hagan (2241)
8. Jack Beckman (2229)
9. John Force (2204)
10. Shawn Langdon (2152)