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Langdon earns his first Kalitta final round appearance

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team advanced to their first final round of the season.

Langdon, who began the weekend with the huge announcement about his move to Funny Car, had two nice runs in qualifying on Friday that secured the Global Electronic Technology team a spot in the top half. They decided to sit out the final session of qualifying as Sunday's weather forecast was much different than the conditions we had seen thus far. 

The conditions proved to play right into the hands of Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn. In the first round, Langdon faced a tough draw of record holder Clay Millican. Langdon would have issues down track, but Millican's were much more severe and the Global Electronic Technology team would move to the quarterfinals, where they were handed a gift: a bye run, after Terry Haddock could not make the call. Langdon would smoke the tires, but by taking the tree moved to the semi-finals.

In the semis, reigning champion Antron Brown was in the other lane. They left with identical reaction times, but the Global Electronic Technology team made the right setup call and was able to drive to the final. It was Langdon's first final round as a member of Team Kalitta and 29th of his career. 

Connie Kalitta was the fourth owner Langdon had delivered a final round appearance to (Morgan Lucas, Alan Johnson, Don Schumacher). 

In the final, Langdon came up against Brittany Force. Langdon got the jump at the tree with a stellar .048 second reaction time, and was ahead all the way to the eighth mile. Shortly after, Force was able to drive around and score the win by one thousandth of a second. 

Qualified: No. 7 (3.748 sec., 320.13 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Millican - 3.993 sec., 219.54 mph to 8.830 sec., 83.31 mph 

E2: Langdon defeated Haddock - 5.862 sec., 105.23 mph to no run

E3: Langdon defeated Brown - 3.702 sec., 322.88 mph to 3.716 sec., 326.71 mph

Final: Langdon defeated by Force - 3.693 sec., 326.56 mph to 3.681 sec., 326.87 mph 

Quotable: "The guys did a fantastic job in giving me a great race car. I had all the confidence. I felt good on the tree and we stepped it up in the finals. Unfortunately, we came up one-thousandth short. Brittany did a great job. If you had told me before the final that I would go .048 and 3.69, I would have liked my chances. They were just one thou better. It stings a little bit, but I’m just proud of this whole Global Electronic Technology Toyota team for fighting hard. They fought hard all day and gave me a great race car.  My plan is to win the next two – that’s my goal.”

Point Standings: Eighth; leads Terry McMillen by 46 points for ninth, trails Clay Millican by 75 points for seventh

Doug Kalitta SundayKalitta loses in a close second round race 

Kalitta loses in a close second round race

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team were defeated in a close second round race with Brittany Force.

Kalitta had another top five starting spot in qualifying with a solid 3.704 at 330.07mph, which held for top speed of the event in Top Fuel. He started from the fourth spot and drew Texan Kebin Kinsley.

Kalitta and the Mac Tools team ran late in the session and Kalitta was on a straight shot to the second round before a quick flash at the finish line. The Mac Tools driver held on for the win and moved into the quarterfinals. 

Brittany Force was the draw in the quarterfinals for the second straight race. Force and Kalitta left together, and Kalitta's Mac Tools machine made a good pass but Force was a little better and was able to get around Kalitta for the win.

Qualified: No. 4 (3.704 sec., 330.07 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Kinsley - 3.867 sec., 262.28 mph to 10.303 sec., 69.81 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Force - 3.739 sec., 323.43 mph to 3.719 sec., 326.56 mph

Quotable: “We were looking for more today with the Mac Tools team. It stinks to end the day early, but we are not out of it yet. We will go to Vegas and try to get the win there."

Point Standings: Third; leads Antron Brown by 29 point for fourth, trails Brittany Force by 19 points for second

Richie Crampton Sealmaster

Crampton takes SealMaster team to the quarterfinal

Race Recap: Richie Crampton claimed a round win for the SealMaster team in Texas today.

Crampton had two qualifying passes and he was especially stout in the Friday evening session to solidly give him a top half starting spot. 

Crampton was the first pair on the track for the third straight race. This time, he raced Billy Torrence. Crampton got the jump in his SealMaster Toyota and blazed down the track with a career-best pass at 3.683 seconds. That would be tied for the best elapsed time of the first round. 

In the quarterfinals, he raced Billy's son, the points leader, Steve Torrence. Crampton had another good pass, but Torrence was ahead early. However, right before the finish line, Torrence lost a tire. He was able to just beat the SealMaster machine to the line before a vicious crash. Torrence would walk away uninjured. 

Qualified: No. 8 (3.749 sec., 294.88 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated B. Torrence - 3.683 sec., 326.79 mph to 3.726 sec., 326.95 mph

E2: Crampton defeated by S. Torrence - 3.711 sec., 325.53 mph to 3.724 sec., 302.62 mph

Quotable: “We qualified strong and then put down two good runs on race day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough to get by Torrence, but I’m glad he’s ok. All-in-all, this SealMaster Toyota is looking good heading to the Toyota Nationals and it’s not over yet. We’re going to continue to try to do our job and play spoiler for Doug and Shawn and try to go some more rounds. To have the quickest ET of the first session shows the quality of this team. These guys have what it takes and I’m pretty excited to get to Vegas.”

JR Todd Sunday Dallas

Todd loses a wild first round race

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team had a forgettable weekend at Texas Motorplex. 

The Yella Fellas faced a mechanical problem in the first pass of qualifying which forced them to abort the run, and the Friday evening session did not go much better. They were able to make two clean solid passes on Saturday, but with most of the field setting their spots on Friday night, Todd was only able to get to the 14th starting spot.

That meant a tough draw in the first round: Jack Beckman. Todd got four hundredths of a second on the starting line, but encountered trouble. Beckman also had issues, which resulted in a wild pedal fest. Unfortunately for Todd, Beckman got to the stripe first and Todd's day ended in the first round. 

Qualified: No. 14 (3.992 sec., 318.84 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Beckman - 5.140 sec., 109.78 mph to 4.590 sec., 229.70 mph

Quotable: “Not the weekend we were looking for with this DHL Toyota. It was a tricky track to deal with and we got behind. Then today, everyone was struggling to get down it. But we will go to Vegas and try to win the last two."

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Cruz Pedregon by 71 points for 10th; trails Tim Wilkerson by seven points for eighth

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DeJoria claims a Texas round win

Race Recap: Alexis DeJoria qualified ninth for her seventh running of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, and faced Bob Tasca III in the first round of eliminations on Sunday morning. DeJoria made a solid run of 3.933-seconds at 329.83-mph in her ‘pinked out’ Breast Cancer Awareness Toyota Camry, and swiftly defeated Tasca’s 4.444 E.T.
Team Patrón lined up next to Robert Hight in the quarterfinals. Both cars put up good numbers, but a broken clutch lever caused the Patrón Camry to slow and cross the stripe in 3.945-secs, falling to Hight’s 3.855.
A win at the Texas Motorplex would have been the cherry on top of a momentous career for DeJoria, who recently announced her retirement. It was at the Ennis, Texas track where DeJoria licensed in a nitro Funny Car, made her professional debut, and met her husband. Despite not making it into the Texas Motorplex Winner’s Circle and earning one of the event’s coveted black cowboy hats, DeJoria did not leave the track empty handed. During Sunday’s pre-race ceremonies, she was presented with a custom white cowboy hat, honoring DeJoria for her NHRA career.  

Qualified: No. 9 (3.947 sec., 319.67 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Tasca III - 3.933 sec., 329.83 mph to 4.444 sec., 209.82 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Hight - 3.945 sec., 329.83 mph to 3.865 sec., 331.77 mph


Doug Kalitta Dallas Sat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.183 sec. at 206.01 MPH
Q2: 3.704 sec. at 330.07 MPH
Q3: 5.957 sec. at 116.09 MPH
Q4: 5.163 sec. at 139.72 MPH

Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Kebin Kinsley

Quotable: “Not the consistency we were looking for with the Mac Tools team, but tomorrow is going to be completely different weather wise. I am completely confident in my Mac Tools team, and I know we will be ready for race day!"

Shawn Langdon Dallas Sat

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

Q1: 3.831 sec. at 282.48 MPH
Q2: 3.748 sec. at 320.13 MPH
Q3: 6.139 sec. at 116.54 MPH
Q4: No run

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Clay Millican

Quotable: "We had a good qualifying effort with these Global Electronic Technology guys. Our goal tomorrow is to go rounds tomorrow so we can move up in the standings and help Doug out as much as we can."

Richie Crampton Dallas Sat

Richie Crampton, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 19.086 sec. at no speed 
Q2: 3.714 sec. at 326.87 MPH
Q3: No run
Q4: No run

Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Billy Torrence

Quotable: "We did exactly what we wanted to do in the Friday evening session with this SealMaster team. Weather conditions are going to be so different tomorrow and I feel confident we will have a solid tune-up in our machine."

JR Todd Dallas Sat

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

Q1: No run; mechanical malfunction
Q2: 9.019 sec. at 72.79 MPH
Q3: 4.006 sec. at 322.42 MPH
Q4: 3.992 sec. at 318.84 MPH

Starting Position: 14th
First Round Matchup: Jack Beckman

Quotable: "We just missed on Friday night qualifying. It is hot and this place is slick and so it affected our position on the ladder. We made two pretty good runs today. It is just hard to improve when it is that hot out there. Tomorrow is going to have totally different weather conditions. We have a tough draw, but we will race hard."

Alexis DeJoria Dallas Sat

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

Q1: 10.107 sec. at 82.23 MPH 
Q2: 3.947 sec. at 319.67 MPH
Q3: 4.716 sec. at 176.60 MPH
Q4: 4.004 sec. at 324.05 MPH

Starting Position: 9th

First Round Matchup: Bob Tasca III


DALLAS (October 13th, 2017) - Kalitta Motorsports announced today that 2013 Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon will make the move to the Funny Car class for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. His current primary sponsor, Global Electronic Technology, will make the move with him and back his Toyota Camry Funny Car.

“I am definitely excited about this new adventure,” said Langdon. “I am very thankful to Steve & Samantha Bryson and everyone at Global Electronic Technology for standing behind me as a driver and everyone at Team Kalitta for giving me this opportunity.”

Langdon will lean on teammate J.R. Todd, who moved from Top Fuel to Funny Car prior to this season.

“I am a little nervous because I feel like I will be starting from square one. Funny Car is very new to me,” said Langdon. “I am going to work with J.R. on everything that he has learned on the Funny Car side and look to continue to grow as a driver.”

Langdon has spent most of his life achieving success in the drag racing world. When he made his NHRA professional debut in a Top Fuel dragster in 2009, Langdon was already a champion as he owned both National Junior Dragster and National Super Comp titles. In 2013, he added a U.S. Nationals win to his list of accolades and finished the year with the Top Fuel championship. In his 202 career starts, Langdon has scored 14 race wins, 18 no. 1 qualifiers and 239 round wins. Langdon will have the opportunity to become the 17th driver in NHRA history to hold trophies in both nitro classes and just the fourth to have Top Fuel and Funny Car championship titles.

“We are really excited about Shawn making the switch over to Funny Car. It was a no brainer for us; very similar to the decision to put J.R. in the DHL Toyota,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “That team competes to win races and championships. Shawn is a very talented driver, and we know he will achieve much success in the 2018 season. We are thrilled and thankful that Steve & Samantha Bryson and Global Electronic Technology agreed with this decision and are excited about next season.”

Global Electronic Technology joined Team Kalitta as Langdon’s primary backer beginning earlier this season in Houston and announced an extension to their deal for the 2018 season at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. 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.

“Were it not for the fine crew of Kalitta Motorsports and my own team at Global Electronic Technology, we would not be where we are today,” said Steve Bryson, CEO and Founder, Global Electronic Technology. “I cannot express my happiness and gratitude enough for my second childhood in auto racing with the finest people in America.”

Langdon’s Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car will be tuned by 2015 championship co-crew chief Nicky Bonfinante and 2011 titleist Tommy DeLago. Todd’s DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car will continue to be led by the championship winning duo of Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith.

The remainder of the 2018 season plans for Kalitta Motorsports will be announced at a later date.

Doug Kalitta Dallas

Kalitta looks to take back the points lead in Dallas

Dallas Highlights: Two wins (2013, 2002); Three finals (2001, 1999, 1998); One no. 1 qualifier (2005)

Last Event Recap (St. Louis): Qualified fourth; Finalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, Brittany Force in the quarterfinals and Dom Lagana in the the semifinals, lost to Steve Torrence in the final)

2016 Dallas Recap: Qualified ninth; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, lost to Antron Brown in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “The Mac Tools team worked really hard on the off-week to get ready for these last three races. I am confident that we will have a solid setup and a great weekend at Texas Motorplex.”

Career Stats: 455 starts; 619 round wins (ninth all-time); 43 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 91 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: One win (Charlotte-II); Four finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk, Charlotte-II, St. Louis); Two no.1 qualifiers (Norwalk, Charlotte-II); 30 round wins; second in the standings

Shawn Langdon Dallas

Langdon desires first Dallas win

Dallas Highlights: Two finals (2013, 2010); Two no.1 qualifiers (2013, 2012)

Last Event Recap (St. Louis): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Steve Torrence in the first round)

2016 Dallas Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified sixth; Semifinalist (Defeated Larry Dixon in the first round and Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals, lost to Steve Torrence in the semifinals)

Quotable: “With three races to go, we are definitely working on doing everything we can to move up in the standings and run strong with this Global Electronic Technology machine. We are probably out of the championship hunt right now, but plan on taking out some of Doug’s competitors and help him out as much as we can.”

Career Stats: 202 starts; 239 round wins; 14 wins; 28 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 16 starts; Nine round wins; 10th in the point standings

Richie Crampton Dallas

Crampton returns to the site of his most recent victory

Dallas Highlights: One win (2015)

Last Event Recap (St. Louis): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Dom Lagana in the first round)

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

Quotable: “I love racing at the famous Billy Meyer Motorplex. Texas fans are great, and since it is where I scored my last win, I am excited to get back there and do it again.”

Career Stats: 76 starts; 73 round wins; Seven wins; Nine finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Four starts; One final (Charlotte-II); Three round wins

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports prior to the U.S. Nationals to drive for SealMaster Top Fuel dragster for the remainder of the season; 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 Dallas

Todd looks to add Dallas FC trophy

Dallas Highlights: One win (2008); One final (2014); Two no.1 qualifiers (2014, 2007)

Last Event Recap (St. Louis): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Courtney Force in the first round)

2016 Dallas Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified fourth; Semifinalist (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round and Brittany Force the quarterfinals, lost to Antron Brown in the semifinals)

Quotable: “It’s going to be really hot this weekend and lane choice may be crucial. At this point, we have nothing to lose so we’re going to go try to run as hard as the Motorplex will allow us and hopefully leave there with some cowboy hats on Sunday.”

Career Stats: 169 starts; 167 round wins; 11 wins; 21 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 21 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 21 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins; eighth in the point standings

Alexis DeJoria Dallas

DeJoria Dallas pre-race notes

Dallas Highlights: site of DeJoria’s first career pro event in 2011

Last Event Recap (St. Louis): Qualified fourth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Cruz Pedregon in the first round, lost to Jonnie Lindberg in the quarterfinals)

2016 Dallas Recap: Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated John Force in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarterfinals)

Career Stats: 131 starts; 95 round wins; Five wins; Eight finals; Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 17 starts; One win (Brainerd); 13 round wins; 11th in the point standings 


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 9, 2017)— Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria will retire from NHRA competition following the conclusion of the 2017 season.

“It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make and I will miss everyone so much. My reasoning behind this decision is simple, it’s time for me to switch my focus towards my family,” said DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry. 

“I’ve accomplished great things throughout my NHRA career. Working with Kalitta Motorsports and driving for Connie Kalitta has been an absolute honor, the man is a legend. He’s been the best boss I could have ever hoped for as a professional nitro Funny Car pilot. I can’t say enough about Jim O [Oberhofer], Nicky [Boninfante], Tommy [DeLago] and the entire organization I’ve had the pleasure of working with these last six plus years. I got to work with and learn from the best.”

Kalitta Motorsports Vice President of Operations, Jim Oberhofer, said, “I am very proud that she is taking the time to spend with her family. I know very well how precious that time is and how easily it can get away from you. Alexis will always be a part of our Kalitta family and we wish her nothing but the best.”

DeJoria began her NHRA career in 2005, working her way up the ranks in the Super Gas, Super Comp and Top Alcohol Funny Car categories before making her professional debut at the Texas NHRA FallNationals in September 2011.

In her six-year Funny Car career, DeJoria has earned five event wins (including the prestigious U.S. Nationals), four No. 1 qualifiers, and eight final round appearances. Among her many achievements, DeJoria was the first female Funny Car pilot to break the four-second barrier, and the first woman to compete in 100 Funny Car events.

Prior to competing in the professional Funny Car category, DeJoria found success throughout each level of her Sportsman career, including winning the SportsNationals in Super Comp within the first eight months of her NHRA debut. In the Top Alcohol Funny Car category, DeJoria won both a divisional and national event, becoming the second woman in history to earn a national TAFC event title.

DeJoria plans to fight hard and collect as many round wins and Wallys as possible in the remaining three NHRA races before hanging up her helmet following the 2017 NHRA Finals in Pomona, California.

“We still have three races left,” said DeJoria, the only driver to have claimed a win in each of the Funny Car, Top Alcohol Funny Car and Super Comp categories. “By no means is it over yet. We still have a fighting and winning attitude. I’ve got a great car and an excellent team.”

“I want to thank our incredible fans and everyone who has supported our team along the way. A huge thank you to The Patrón Spirits Company, Toyota and all of our sponsors who have had our backs these years.”

Lee Applbaum, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Patrón Spirits International, said “It’s been a tremendous honor sponsoring Alexis DeJoria and her team for the past twelve years, watching her make history time and time again as one of the most accomplished female athletes in motorsports. She’s truly been an inspiration and a role model to so many, and we’re proud that our brand has been her partner throughout this amazing journey.”

Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team compete next at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, October 13-15.

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (1086)
2. Tony Schumacher (896)
3. Clay Millican (881)
4. Leah Pritchett (820)
5. Doug Kalitta (801)
6. Antron Brown (717)
7. Terry McMillen (679)
8. Brittany Force (634)
9. Richie Crampton (522)
10. Mike Salinas (506)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Courtney Force (1069)
2. Matt Hagan (914)
3. Jack Beckman (847)
4. Ron Capps (834)
5. Robert Hight (829)
6. J.R. Todd (800)
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. (692)
8. John Force (632)
9. Shawn Langdon (614)
10. Bob Tasca III (564)