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Doug Kalitta Sat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.004 sec. at 242.71 MPH
Q2: 3.781 sec. at 326.71 MPH
Q3: 4.909 sec. at 153.06 MPH
Q4: 3.860 sec. at 314.46 MPH

Bonus Points: 3 pt. (Best of the second session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Shawn Langdon
Quotable: “Disappointed not to end up with the no.1 qualifier with the Mac Tools team, but I am confident in our chances tomorrow. It is tough to race our teammate in round one, but we will go out ready to race."

Tory Coughlin Sat

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

Q1: 5.769 sec. at 94.43 MPH
Q2: 4.021 sec. at 236.75 MPH
Q3: 5.674 sec. at 120.74 MPH
Q4: 4.014 sec. at 230.53 MPH

Starting Position: 14th
First Round Matchup: Leah Pritchett

Quotable: "The SealMaster Toyota is ready for the first round of eliminations. Jim O, Glen, Nick and the whole team has this machine hopped up. We are getting the whole process together of making good runs in a Top Fuel car. Each run gets a little better. First round we will make it count."


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

Q1: 5.098 sec. at 137.46 MPH
Q2: 4.451 sec. at 180.60 MPH
Q3: 6.220 sec. at 110.09 MPH
Q4: 4.023 sec. at 244.07 MPH

Starting Position: 15th
First Round Matchup: Doug Kalitta
Quotable: "We have Doug tomorrow; not the ideal situation. Couldn't quite get a handle on the race track. We smoked the tires two of the runs, one of the runs we dropped the cylinder and then the last run we were forced into a situation where we had to go down the track. We had a pretty big explosion, but we will make sure this Global Electronic Technology machine is ready for tomorrow."

JR Todd

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

Q1: 4.067 sec. at 307.72 MPH
Q2: 4.167 sec. at 285.89 MPH
Q3: 4.579 sec. at 191.43 MPH
Q4: 4.074 sec. at 308.00 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the first session)
Starting Position: 13th

First Round Matchup: Courtney Force 
Quotable: "So far this weekend hasn't gone exactly how we wanted it to. But we have been going down the track, making clean runs, just not as quick as we want to. We are trying some different things with the tune-up, but we have our work cut out for us tomorrow. It will be hot and slick tomorrow, so it might play into our hands. It will be a battle of survival and hopefully we will be there at the end."

Alexis DeJoria Sat

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

Q1: 6.543 sec. at 99.89 MPH 
Q2: 4.074 sec. at 290.19 MPH
Q3: 7.359 sec. at 89.48 MPH
Q4: 3.998 sec. at 295.08 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the final session)
Starting Position: 7th

First Round Matchup: Ron Capps


BRISTOL, TENN. (June 16, 2017) – Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel dragster, claimed the provisional no.1 qualifier for the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway earlier today.

After just missing a qualifying bonus point in the first session of qualifying, Kalitta's Mac Tools team was rewarded with a later run in the evening session and he delivered. Kalitta's driving and the work of the Mac Tools team, led by crew chief Jim Oberhofer, got the Mac Tools ride to the stripe in 3.781 seconds at nearly 327 mph to give Kalitta the provisional pole leading into Saturday. 

"It felt great to put a good one down because this will be the best conditions we will see this weekend. It left good; we got past half track and the thing was still hooked up and running strong. It felt good the whole way," said Kalitta. "This is the only place I don't have a low qualifier at, so it would be cool to be able to achieve that."

"The way these cars run these days a 3.78 is definitely not safe yet. Great run for the Mac Tools Toyota team though."

This would be Kalitta's first no.1 qualifier of the season and first at Bristol Dragway. Bristol is the final track that Kalitta has yet to win a No.1 qualifier; if his run still leads after the end of Saturday qualifying, Kalitta will become the only Top Fuel driver currently on the circuit to hold no. 1 qualifiers at every track. 

All four of Kalitta Motorsports' other teams completed in Thunder Valley Nationals qualifying on Friday night as well. Rookie Top Fuel driver Troy Coughlin Jr. ranks ninth, while Shawn Langdon has his Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel dragster is 12th. In Funny Car, J.R. Todd is 10th with Alexis DeJoria 11th.

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta striving for history in Bristol

Bristol Highlights: Three wins (2006, 2005, 2001); Three finals (2014, 2012, 2009)

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified third; Semi-finalist (Defeated Dom Lagana in the first round and Tony Schumacher in the quarter-finals, lost to Steve Torrence in the semi-finals)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals Recap: Qualified second; Semi-finalist (Defeated Kyle Wurtzel in the first round and Pat Dakin the quarter-finals, lost to Shawn Langdon in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “Bristol is such a cool place to race. It is truly like no other track on the circuit. We have a great handle on the Mac Tools ride, and we are looking forward to going for the trophy this weekend."

Career Stats: 444 starts, 603 round wins (ninth 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); 14 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Bristol is the only track that Kalitta has yet to claim a no.1 qualifier. If he would earn the no.1 qualifier this weekend, Kalitta would be the only active Top Fuel driver to own no.1 qualifiers at every track currently on the pro circuit.

Shawn Langdon

Langdon looking for third Bristol win in four seasons

Bristol Highlights: Defending race winner; Two wins (2016, 2014)

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified fourth; First round defeat (Lost to Scott Palmer in the first round)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals (w/ DSR): Qualified sixth; Race Winner (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, Brittany Force in the quarter-finals, Doug Kalitta in the semi-finals and Tony Schumacher in the finals)

Quotable: “Bristol can be tricky due to hot temperatures and humidity, but there are some tracks that just click with you and Bristol is one of those tracks that I enjoy going too. It is a beautiful place with a unique setting going into the mountains. The sound and the echo is extremely cool for the fans. I am happy to go back there as the defending champion and plan on trying to claim my third win in four years with the Global Electronic Technology team."

Career Stats: 194 starts, 234 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Six starts; Four 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; Looking to claim third Bristol trophy in the past four seasons with third different team (2014 - Alan Johnson Racing, 2016 - Don Schumacher Racing)

Troy Coughlin

Coughlin Jr. continues growth in Thunder Valley

Noteworthy: 11th career pro event; a candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former two-time Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former six-time NHRA champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.); part of Coughlin family with 113 career wins; announced engagement to Brenna McCullough on June 13th

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified 10th; First round defeat (Lost to Brittany Force in the first round)

Quotable: “The SealMaster Toyota is ready for Bristol. It is a special weekend with it being Father’s Day, and we are excited to get on track.”

2017 Season Stats: Ten starts; Four 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


Todd desires win on Father's Day

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified 15th; First round loss (Lost to Robert Hight in the first round)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Tony Schumacher in the first round)

Quotable: “Bristol is one of the more unique tracks on tour and always draws in a great crowd. I’d love to be able to share the winner’s circle with my dad on Sunday for Father’s Day.”

Career Stats: 157 starts, 155 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Ten starts, One final (Charlotte); Six round wins)

2017 Season Stats: Ten starts; One final (Charlotte-I); six round wins; eighth in the point 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

Alexis Dejoria

DeJoria Bristol pre-race notes

Bristol Highlights: One final (2012)

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified 11th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Tim Wilkerson in the first round, lost to Ron Capps in the quarter-finals)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals Recap: Qualified 10th; Semi-finalist (Defeated Chad Head in the first round and Del Worsham in the quarter-finals, Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the semi-finals

Career Stats: 123 starts; 85 round wins; Four wins; Seven finals, Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Seven starts; Three round wins; 14th in the point standings

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Kalitta advances to Englishtown semi-final

Race Recap: After suffering just their second opening round loss of the season in Epping, Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team got more results this weekend at the annual Summernationals in Englishtown, New Jersey. 

Kalitta made one good qualifying pass, but the Mac Tools team made it count with a bonus-point earning 3.733 second pass that gave them the third starting spot. Kalitta's 329.75 mph pass set the top speed for the second straight event after the Mac Tools' team record-setting run in Epping.

With the short field, Kalitta endured a tough test in round one as the Mac Tools Toyota lined up against local Dom Lagana. Lagana made a nice pass, but Kalitta's Mac Tools ride was away first and set low elapsed time of the first round giving Kalitta lane choice in the second round.

His second round opponent would prove to be Tony Schumacher. Kalitta again launched first, and led at every increment down the track as the Mac Tools team again set low elapsed time of the second round. 

With lane choice in the semi-finals, Kalitta picked the left lane. Texan Steve Torrence was in the other. Due to mechanical issues, Kalitta was unable to run as strong as he had in runs past and Torrence was able to claim the round win cutting Kalitta's day short. 

Qualified: No. 3 (3.733 sec., 329.75 mph) 

E1: Kalitta defeated Lagana - 3.762 sec., 326.79 mph to 3.865 sec., 319.37 mph 

E2: Kalitta defeated Schumacher - 3.805 sec., 325.37 mph to 3.900 sec., 299.20 mph

E3: Kalitta defeated by Torrence - 3.854 sec., 319.37 mph to 3.827 sec., 322.42 mph

Quotable: “Definitely wanted to score the win today with this Mac Tools Toyota. We have proved that we have a strong hot weather tune-up and I am excited to continue this run in Bristol. Hopefully we get the win there."

Point Standings: Fifth; trails Tony Schumacher by 118 points for fourth; leads Brittany Force by 39 points for sixth

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Problems down track end Langdon's Summernationals run earlyRace Recap: The Global Electronic Technology team scored their first semi-final of the season in Epping and Englishtown looked promising in qualifying.

Langdon earned the fourth starting spot, his highest in six races with Team Kalitta, with a stout 3.734 second pass in the evening session on Friday. The Global Electronic Technology team, led by Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn, learned from each session, and were focused on the first round matchup with Scott Palmer.

Langdon got the jump on Palmer on the starting line and was steadily pulling away, however, the Global Electronic Technology team started seeing tire smoke at around half track and Palmer was able to drive around. 

Qualified: No. 4 (3.734 sec., 326.79 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by Palmer - 4.270 sec., 196.82 mph to 3.888 sec., 319.67 mph

Quotable: "We just missed it there. We should not have smoked the tires. We needed that round against Palmer, but what do you do. We will play the hand we were dealt; we will head to Bristol with this Global Electronic Technology Toyota team and start making up ground again when we get there."

Point Standings: 11th; trails Scott Palmer by 103 points for 10th

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Coughlin Jr. loses close first round race

Race Recap: After a solid round win in Epping, Troy Coughlin Jr. and the SealMaster team were excited to continue their run in Englishtown. 

Coughlin Jr. continued to have a solid qualifying run as he made four passes down the race track with each pass in the 3.8-second range. The tuning trio of Jim Oberhofer, with assistance from Nick Casertano and Glen Huszar, delivered a top three performance in the final qualifying session, giving Coughlin Jr. a bonus point and the 10th starting spot. 

Coughlin and the SealMaster team drew last week's winner Brittany Force in round one. The SealMaster driver moved first and the race was close throughout. Force took the lead for the 330 foot mark and she was able to close it out at the finish line sending Coughlin Jr. home in the first round. 

Qualified: No. 10 (3.800 sec., 320.66mph) 

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Force - 3.852 sec., 309.91 mph to 3.809 sec., 312.78 mph

Quotable: “We're making runs down the racetrack and gathering great data for Jim O, Nick and Glen. I need work on my downtown focus and keep this SealMaster Toyota in the groove better as well."

Point Standings: Eighth; trails Clay Millican by 108 points for seventh, leads Terry McMillen by 20 points for ninth

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Todd and the DHL team take opening round lossRace Recap: The longest stretch run of the season continued at a special place for the DHL team and driver J.R. Todd: Englishtown, New Jersey for the Summernationals. 

After reaching the line on their current tune-up, co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith went back to the drawing board and tried some new combinations to open up different set-up possibilities as the DHL Toyota team progresses throughout the summer. The early runs were a struggle, but the final qualifying pass showed promise.

The first Sunday matchup was Robert Hight. Todd's DHL Toyota Camry moved first with a class-leading reaction time, but was immediately into tire smoke ending Todd's Summernationals run. 

Qualified: No. 15 (4.059 sec., 315.86 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Hight - 13.961 sec., 64.63 mph to 4.880 sec., 189.10 mph

Quotable: "It is part of the growing process. We did some different things that we have not yet this season. Once we get ironed out, we will be in good shape with this DHL Toyota."

Point Standings: Eighth; trails Tommy Johnson Jr. by 133 points for seventh; leads Tim Wilkerson by 17 points for ninth

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DeJoria claims Englishtown round winRace Recap: Alexis DeJoria and the Tequila Patrón team competed qualifying with a 3.979 which gave her the 11th starting position for the second consecutive race weekend. 

With some of the hottest conditions we have seen this season, co-crew chiefs Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago were prepared. They watched as DeJoria's first round opponent, Tim Wilkerson, smoked the tires down track as the Tequila Patrón Camry drove to a round win. Unfortunately, DeJoria was unable to turn on another win light in the second round against reigning Funny Car champion Ron Capps as her machine dropped a cylinder forcing her Camry into the center line resulting in a disqualification. However, despite the tough loss, DeJoria gained on her goal of returning to the top ten as she cut the margin to 79 points.

Qualified: No. 11 (3.979 sec., 286.98 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Wilkerson - 4.048 sec., 316.82 mph to 4.242 sec., 228.58 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Capps - Foul (Center Line) to No Time

 Doug Kalitta Sat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 7.616 sec. at 96.36 MPH
Q2: 3.733 sec. at 329.75 MPH
Q3: 7.060 sec. at 104.18 MPH
Q4: No run; mechanical malfunction 

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the second session)
Starting Position: 3rd
First Round Matchup: Dom Lagana
Quotable: “Not the way we wanted to end qualifying, but I know my Mac Tools guys will have it figured out by tomorrow. Special place for the Kalitta family, and we are going to go hard for the trophy."
Note: The 329.75 mph pass is Top Fuel's top speed this weekend.

Shawn Lagdon Sat 

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

Q1: 6.218 sec. at 112.12 MPH
Q2: 3.734 sec. at 326.79 MPH
Q3: 4.821 sec. at 149.15 MPH
Q4: 3.875 sec. at 310.55 MPH

Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer
Quotable: "Huge round for us. We race the guy who is ahead of us in the Countdown. The way we look at it is if we can stop him from getting 20 and we can get 20 that is a 40 point swing. It is an important run for us tomorrow. We are very confident in the setup with this Global Electronic Technology team. We learned from all the runs and that is the most important."

Troy Coughlin Jr Sat 

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

Q1: 3.836 sec. at 305.91 MPH
Q2: 3.818 sec. at 276.29 MPH
Q3: 3.885 sec. at 270.54 MPH
Q4: 3.800 sec. at 320.66 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the fourth session)
Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Brittany Force

Quotable: "It has been a pretty good weekend. More learning, more laps, more experience. We have a monster of a matchup tomorrow; she has been on quite a tear. We are going to have to get off the starting line a little quicker and hopefully take this SealMaster Toyota some rounds tomorrow."

 JR Todd Sat

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

Q1: 4.093 sec. at 307.02 MPH
Q2: 4.921 sec. at 156.34 MPH
Q3: 4.399 sec. at 207.27 MPH
Q4: 4.059 sec. at 315.86 MPH

Starting Position: 15th

First Round Matchup: Robert Hight
Quotable: "We have been trying some different things this weekend that we haven't all year to try to help us gain an advantage when we race these guys, because right now we have kind of maxed out on our tune-up coming into this weekend. We are making some changes, and the last run showed some progress as we go into raceday." 

 Alexis DeJoria Sat

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

Q1: 4.023 sec. at 319.45 MPH 
Q2: 3.979 sec. at 286.98 MPH
Q3: 4.924 sec. at 158.63 MPH
Q4: 4.051 sec. at 304.53 MPH

Starting Position: 11th

First Round Matchup: Tim Wilkerson

Historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona hosts season opener and finals; traditional Labor Day weekend showcase, Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis highlights thrilling season

GLENDORA, Calif. (June 7, 2017) – NHRA announced its 24-race 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, featuring intense racing action at tracks across the country.  Millions of fans will witness sensory-overloading side-by-side racing action where winners and losers can be separated by mere inches at speeds exceeding 330 mph.  

All 24 events during the busy season will be aired exclusively on FOX Sports and for selected events on the FOX broadcast network, with live and near-live coverage of most of the events.  Over 575 hours of programming will feature action from Friday and Saturday qualifying rounds and Sunday finals.

The lineup for the four-race back-to-back stretch that starts the slate of busy racing action in the summer months will change in 2018. The Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway moves earlier to May 31- June 3. The NHRA New England Nationals at scenic New England Dragway outside of Boston moves later to July 6-8. 

The 2018 season will begin at the venerable Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California with the NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 8-11, and closes at the renowned dragstrip with the final race of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 8-11.

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Brittany Force (2690)
2. Steve Torrence (2609)
3. Doug Kalitta (2553)
4. Antron Brown (2508)
5. Leah Pritchett (2452) 
6. Clay Millican (2419)
7. Shawn Langdon (2406)
8. Tony Schumacher (2395)
9. Terry McMillen (2310)
10. Scott Palmer (2218)


Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Robert Hight (2686)
2. Ron Capps (2588)
3. Courtney Force (2543)
4. Jack Beckman (2519)
5. Matt Hagan (2470)
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2452)
7. John Force (2388)
8. Tim Wilkerson (2296)
9. J.R. Todd (2282)
10. Cruz Pedregon (2178)