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Doug Kalitta Repping Applied Imaging At Norwalk National Event

Doug Kalitta will be giving the fans in Norwalk a new look for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. His familiar red and white Mac Tools dominant Top Fuel dragster will have a one race make-over as Michigan-based Applied Imaging will be the primary sponsor for this event. The deal came together after a business to business session at the U.S. Nationals last season and Team Kalitta is excited to be introducing a new sponsor to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

“This is going to be a great race with Applied Imaging on our race car,” said Kalitta “The guys will have Applied Imaging crew shirts and all our sponsors like Mac Tools will still be on the car. We are shining a light on Applied Imaging this weekend. They will be hosting people in our hospitality area both from the business side as well as a charity, Mom’s House, they are supporting. It should be a fun weekend.”

One week after his 500thNHRA national event, where he raced to a semifinal finish, Kalitta is looking forward to trying for win No. 2 at Summit Motorsports Park. In 2015 Kalitta defeated Antron Brown in the final and two years ago Kalitta was runner-up at the Ohio track to Steve Torrence. The veteran driver has a third final round appearance from 2013 to go along with four No. 1 qualifiers.

“We have run well at Norwalk,” said Kalitta. “It is a pretty good race track. We have been coming here for a little over ten years and it seems like there is a different Top Fuel winner every year. I would love to get another win here and keep on building some momentum for the Countdown.”

Since the NHRA added Summit Motorsports Park to the national series in 2007 there have been eleven different winners in Top Fuel. The lone two-time winner is Larry Dixon who picked up wins in 2009 and 2010.

2018 Summit Equipment NHRA Nationals Highlights: Qualified No. 9; Lost to Leah Pritchett

Last Event Recap (2019 Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals):Qual. No. 1; Beat Cameron Ferre, Terry McMillen; Lost to Mike Salinas

Quotable:  Kalitta on racing in Ohio close to the team’s headquarters in Michigan: “This is as close to a home race as we get. We will have a lot of sponsors and people from Michigan at the race. It will be packed in the hospitality area but that also creates a lot of excitement. There will be a lot of first time fans from Applied Imaging at the race so it will be cool to introduce them to NHRA drag racing.”  

Career Stats: 500 events, 493 starts, 668 round wins, 45 wins, 97 finals, 50 no. 1 qualifiers

2019 Season: 
Winternationals: Qual. No. 7, WINNER; Beat Scott Palmer, Billy Torrence, Terry McMillen and Steve Torrence
Arizona Nationals: Qual. No. 5, Beat Jim Maroney; Lost to Jordan Vandergriff
Gatornationals: Qual. No. 11, Beat Terry McMillen, Steve Torrence; Lost to Clay Millican
Las Vegas1: Qual. No. 7, Beat Terry McMillen and Steve Chrisman; Beat Steve Torrent and Richie Crampton; Lost to Mike Salinas and Brittany Force
Houston: Qual. No. 8, Beat Terry McMillen; Lost to Brittany Force
Charlotte1: Qual. No. 4; Beat Richie Crampton and Lex Joon; Lost to Clay Millican and Leah Pritchett
Atlanta: Qual. No. 3; Lost to Shawn Reed
Richmond: Qual. No. 5; Lost to Scott Palmer
Chicago: Qual. No. 5; Beat Shawn Reed, Pat Dakin; Lost to Mike Salinas
Topeka: Qual. No. 5; Beat Leah Pritchett; Lost to Antron Brown
Bristol: Qual. No. 1; Beat Cameron Ferre, Terry McMillen; Lost to Mike Salinas

Noteworthy:Kalitta will be racing to become just the second Top Fuel driver to win multiple races at Summit Motorsports Park.

JR Todd Norwalk

J.R. Todd and DHL Toyota Camry Ready to Wrap Up June at Summit Motorsports Park

The reigning NHRA Funny Car world champion is looking forward to the fourth race in the month of June. J.R. Todd and his DHL Toyota Camry team have been racing hard for the past three weeks and they collectively know that race day success is just around the corner. For three races they have been qualifying well including a No. 1 qualifier effort in Topeka two weeks ago. It was Team Kalitta’s 100thNo. 1 qualifier and for Todd is showed how much the entire organization has accomplished.
 
“Topeka was a cool deal to qualifying No. 1 for the 100thtime in Team Kalitta history,” said Todd. “Last week Doug (Kalitta) qualified No. 1 in Top Fuel and Shawn (Langdon) qualified No. 2 in Funny Car in Bristol and that just shows how strong this entire team is. Now we are building on that success on race day and I think we have all the pieces to go rounds.”
 
Todd has raced to three final rounds in 2019 with a win at the Las Vegas National event. Consistency has been the hallmark of the DHL Toyota Camry team. They only have one first round loss since that win and have maintained their high Mello Yello point position since March.
 
“This summer stretch really gets you into a good mindset,” explained Todd. “We have four races in a row in June and then we will hit the Western Swing in July. You can figure a lot of things out that will help you in the playoffs. The key is to stay focused on doing the little things. We have a really good tune-up and my guys are working really well together.”  
 
Three years ago Todd raced to the final round in Norwalk in a Top Fuel dragster. Ironically, it was current teammate Shawn Langdon who took in the win that day. He will be looking for one more win light this weekend and would like nothing better than to be facing his now Funny Car teammate in the final round.
 
“Yeah Shawn got me in Top Fuel here a few years ago. I would like to see an all Toyota Camry final round this weekend,” said Todd. “We have been on the opposite sides of the ladder a couple times this season but it really seems we run into each other in the second or third round. Our agreement is if we have to beat a teammate we better go on to win the race.”
 
Last year Todd raced to the semifinals after qualifying No. 7 at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
 
2018 Summit Equipment NHRA Nationals Highlights: Qualified No. 7; Beat Bob Tasca III, Ron Capps; Lost to Matt Hagan

Last Event Recap (2019 Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals): Qual. 5; Beat Terry Haddock; Lost to Jack Beckman
 
Quotable:J.R. Todd on wrapping up the month of June: “This month has flown by. It seems like we were just in Chicago talking about starting this four in a row stretch and now it is almost over. We have won some rounds but we would definitely like to wrap up June with our second win of the season.” 

Career Stats:211 events, 203 starts, 225 round wins, 18 wins, 32 finals, 11 no. 1 qualifiers; in Funny Car: 59 events, 59 starts, 9 wins, 12 finals, 76 round wins, 2 no. 1 qualifiers

2019 Season: 
Winternationals: Qual. No. 9; Lost to Bob Tasca III
Arizona Nationals: Qual. No. 5; RUNNER-UP; Beat Terry Haddock, Tommy Johnson Jr., Robert Hight, Lost to Matt Hagan
Gatornationals: Qual. No. 11; Lost to Jack Beckman
Las Vegas1: Qual. No. 4; WINNER; Beat Gary Densham and Jim Campbell in first quad, Matt Hagan and Jeff Diehl in second quad and in the final quad beat Tommy Johnson Jr., Jack Beckman and Tim Wilkerson.
Houston: Qual. No. 4; Beat Jim Campbell; Lost to Robert Hight
Charlotte1: Qual. No. 8; Beat Bob Tasca III and Bob Glibertson; Lost to Shawn Langdon and Robert Hight
Atlanta: Qual. No. 2; Beat Jim Campbell; Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr.
Richmond: Qual. No. 4;RUNNER-UP; Beat Bob Tasca III, Shawn Langdon, Jonnie Lindberg; Lost to Ron Capps
Chicago: Qual. No. 6; Lost to John Force
Topeka: Qual. No. 1; Beat bye; Lost to Robert Hight
Bristol: Qual. 5; Beat Terry Haddock; Lost to Jack Beckman

Richie Crampton Norwalk

Summit Equipment Nationals Title on Richie Crampton's Radar

For Richie Crampton and his DHL Top Fuel dragster team heading to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals is the end to a four race stretch that has the young Australian eager to get back into his race car. For three races in a row Crampton has been making consistent runs during qualifying and picking a few round wins on Sunday. This weekend the DHL team is set on making more of an impact on race day.
 
“We have been battling hard the past three races and really all season,” said Crampton. “What I love about this DHL Top Fuel dragster is there is no quit over here. Connie (Kalitta) is an amazing leader and I am honored to be racing his Top Fuel dragster. We are losing some close races but I think we are going to put that behind us and continue to focus on getting better every run.”
 
Last year in Norwalk Crampton qualified No. 10 and picked up an upset win in the first round before bowing out in the quarterfinals. It was a close race that could have gone either win. The driver of the DHL Top Fuel dragster has only competed at the Ohio track a handful of times and is looking forward to more win lights this weekend.
 
“I know they pack the grandstands at Norwalk every year so I am excited about seeing so many NHRA fans this weekend,” said Crampton. “You get a lot of energy when you roll around the corner and see thousands of people standing on their feet. It is just a really cool experience.”
 
This season Crampton and the DHL team have picked up a historic win at the Gatornationals and continued to hold onto a position in the Mello Yello Top Ten point standings. With seven races left in the regular season Crampton knows there is an opportunity to make up some ground before the Countdown.
 
“Beyond this weekend I am looking forward to the races at the end of the regular season. I have had success at a number of them so that gives us a lot of confidence. Our plan for is this race in Norwalk is to continue to run well in qualifying and have a long day on Sunday,” added Crampton.
 
2018 Summit Equipment NHRA Nationals Highlights: Qualified No. 10; Beat Pat Dakin; Lost to Terry McMillen

Last Event Recap (2019 Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals): Qual. 9: Lost to Terry McMillen

Quotable: Crampton on wrapping up four races in a row: “There are a lot of positives we are taking from the previous three races. We had a great race car in Topeka and last weekend in Bristol we got aggressive in the first round and it didn’t work out for us. I would rather be too aggressive than the opposite for sure.”

Career Stats: 114 events, 113 starts, 95 round wins, 9 wins, 11 finals, 5 no. 1 qualifiers

2019 Season: 
Winternationals: Qual. No. 6, Lost to Terry McMillen round one
Arizona Nationals: Qual. No. 15, Lost to Terry McMillen round one
Gatornationals: Qual. No. 12, WINNER, Beat Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett, TJ Zizzo and Clay Millican
Las Vegas1: Qual. No. 6, Beat Scott Palmer, Cameron Ferre; Lost to Doug Kalitta and Brittany Force
Houston: Qual. No. 13; Lost to Clay Millican
Charlotte1: Qual. 12; Lost to Doug Kalitta and Leah Pritchett
Atlanta: Qual. 7; Lost to Scott Palmer
Richmond: Qual. 7; Lost to Austin Prock
Chicago: Qual. 11: Beat Austin Prock; Lost to Steve Torrence
Topeka: Qual. 7: Beat Terry McMillen; Lost to Billy Torrence
Bristol: Qual. 9: Lost to Terry McMillen

Shawn Langdon Norwalk

Langdon and Global Electronic Technology Camry Looking for Second Win

Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry have been making solid strides in improved performance as the regular season hits the home stretch. Last weekend they posted their best qualifying performance of the season entering race day as the No. 2 Funny Car and advancing to the quarterfinals. The consistency on Friday and Saturday is something the team is working on transferring to Sunday.
 
“We have been running a lot quicker on Friday and Saturday which gives the whole team a lot of confidence,” said Langdon. “We are earning bonus points, which helps with the Top Ten since the class is so competitive. This Global Electronic Technology team is really working well together and I think we are starting to see how competitive we can be.”
 
Since the team’s win in Charlotte, where the team qualified No. 5, Langdon’s Toyota Camry Funny Car has started race day from the top half of the field every race. The qualifying success has given Langdon and his team the opportunity to be aggressive on race day.
 
“One of the things that we are building is consistent data and you need to go down the track to get that information,” said Langdon. “We are getting a lot of help from Toyota Racing and the TRD guys. We are wrapping up four races in in four weeks so there is a lot of valuable info we have been looking at race to race but there is also the grind of running a ton of rounds.”
 
Heading into the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Langdon will be returning to a track where he has had success during his Top Fuel dragster career. A Funny Car win would make Langdon the only NHRA driver to win in both nitro categories at the world-renowned track just outside of Cleveland. In 2016 Langdon won his lone Top Fuel title in Ohio and he was runner-up in 2014.
 
“A lot of people talk about winning in Top Fuel and Funny Car. It is tough because the race cars are so different. You have to do a lot more driving in a Funny Car and I am still learning every time I get into this Toyota Camry race car. Both are very challenging in their own ways but I really love driving this Global Electronics Technology Funny Car,” added Langdon.
 
Last year in Norwalk Langdon qualified No. 8 and took out one of his current crew chiefs, Del Worsham, in round one before dropping a close race to Courtney Force in the quarterfinals. Having Worsham on his team has given Langdon an additional boost of confidence and experience.
 
“Having Del work with Nicky (Boninfante) on my race car has been great,” said Langdon. “Those two guys together know everything about this race car from the inside out. I talk with my teammates about driving but it is also great to talk with Del about what is going on in the race car and I think that makes me a better driver.”
 
2018 Summit Equipment NHRA Nationals Highlights:  Qualified No. 8; Beat Del Worsham; Lost to Courtney Force

Last Event Recap (2019 Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals):Qual. No. 2; Beat Jeff Diehl; Lost to Ron Capps

Quotable:Langdon on wrapping up four races in a row at Norwalk: “We are focused on finishing strong. We’ll have a week off after this race and you want to be able to enjoy that time. We have been running well but we need to get a few more round wins on Sunday. This is a great track and the fan support is pretty awesome. I am looking forward to getting back on the track.”

Career Stats: 243 events, 240 starts, 271 round wins, 15 wins, 31 finals, 18 no. 1 qualifiers; in Funny  Car 35 events, 35 starts, 21 round wins, 1 wins, 1 finals, 0 no. 1 qualifiers

2019 Season: 
Winternationals: Qual. No. 6; Beat Jim Campbell; Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr.
Arizona Nationals: Qual. No. 7; Beat Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Matt Hagan
Gatornationals: Qual. No. 10; Lost to Cruz Pedregon
Las Vegas1: Qual. No. 8; Lost to Tim Wilkseron and Jeff Diehl
Houston: Qual. No. 10; Beat Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Ron Capps
Charlotte1: Qual 5; WINNER; Beat Jeff Diehl and Terry Haddock; Beat J.R. Todd and Tommy Johnson Jr; Beat Robert Hight, John Force and Matt Hagan
Atlanta: Qual. No. 6; Lost to Ron Capps
Richmond: Qual. No. 5; Beat Tim Wilkerson; Lost to J.R. Todd
Chicago: Qual. No. 4; Lost to Jeff Arend
Topeka: Qual. No. 8; Lost to Robert Hight
Bristol: Qual. No. 2; Beat Jeff Diehl; Lost to Ron Capps

Noteworthy:Langdon will be attempting to become the first driver to win in both Funny Car and Top Fuel at Summit Motorsports Park.

Doug Kalitta

Ypsilanti, MI (June 18, 2019) --- Heading into the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 21-23,  Doug Kalitta will be campaigning a new look Top Fuel dragster adorned in the logo of new Team Kalitta business partner Applied Imaging. The award-winning Michigan based company focuses on managed print and network services as well as hardware and software solutions for companies across the Midwest.

During the U.S. Nationals last year, Team Kalitta hosted Applied Imaging at a business-to-business function and began an ongoing marketing partnership discussion. The opportunity to formally introduce Applied Imaging to the NHRA presented itself with the upcoming race in Norwalk, Ohio since Applied Imaging has a significant presence in Michigan and is expanding into northern Ohio.

“We have been talking about a lot of exciting options with Applied Imaging since Indy,” said Bob Lawson, Team Kalitta Business Manager. “We saw an opportunity to enhance this relationship at the Norwalk NHRA national event so we presented the prospect of branding Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster. Applied Imaging is expanding in Toledo and other northern Ohio markets and they are very community oriented so collectively, we wanted to also tie in a charity element so it worked out great for both parties.”

Through the marketing partnership Applied Imaging will host guests in Team Kalitta hospitality as well as incorporate the excitement and fan accessibility into their social media channels. Additionally Applied Imaging is partnering with Boundless Bus, an organization dedicated to helping people complete things on their bucket list. Together they are bringing a once in a lifetime opportunity to a family through Mom’s House Toledo.

“We saw the chance to try something new and exciting with this partnership with Team Kalitta and particularly Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster,” said Alexandria Moran, Applied Imaging Marketing Director. “We have never done anything like this so we are thrilled to be introducing our company to a brand new community. The chance to tie in Mom’s House Toledo also speaks directly to our core values and business mission.”

The goal of Mom’s House is to prepare young, single mothers for the challenges of balancing educational goals with responsible parenting. The philosophy of a “hand-up, not a hand-out” empowers these young women to help themselves. Through intensive, strategic programming, the clients of Mom’s House are breaking barriers and the cycles of welfare and poverty.

Doug Kalitta’s dragster will feature the Applied Imaging logo and branding throughout the weekend and his crew will also be wearing Applied Imaging branded crew shirts.

Doug Kalitta Takes Mac Tools to Semifinals at Thunder Valley Nationals

Entering his 500thrace as the No. 1 qualifier Doug Kalitta and his Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster were primed for a long day at Bristol Dragway. The three-time Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals winner was focused on picking up win No. 46 on Father’s Day.

In the first round he squared off with Cameron Ferre and the veteran driver took care of business. Kalitta was first off the line and never let Ferre in the race leading from start to the finish line. His winning time of 3.844 seconds at 323.27 mph put him in great position for the second round.

“That first round win felt good,” said Kalitta. “We made a clean pass and got the race day started on the right foot. You want to win rounds when you are the No. 1 qualifier. I don’t feel like it is extra pressure but you should be able to have some success on race day if you are one of the quicker cars in qualifying.”

Racing against veteran driver and Top Ten contender Terry McMillen, Kalitta showed off his superior driving skills in a pedal-fest for the ages. Kalitta went right into tire smoke when he left the starting line, but he stayed patient and regained control of the Mac Tools dragster and was able to chase down McMillen who was having his own issues. Kalitta drove past McMillen right before the starting line getting the win light by less than a dragster length at the stripe.

“That second round win was crazy,” said Kalitta. “I had my hands full and I did my job as the driver. You have to be patient when you smoke the tires early. You never know what is going to happen in the other lane and you can’t control that. I was able to get back on the throttle and get another round win for this Mac Tools top Fuel dragster.”

In the semifinals Kalitta made a clean pass but it was not enough to advance to his 98thfinals round. Racing eventual winner Mike Salinas, both drivers left together but Kalitta was barely outrun at the finish. Both racers made quick and clean runs with Kalitta’s 3.887 not getting the better of his opponent’s 3.817 second run.

“We just lost a close race in the semis. We made a clean run and I have to give my Mac Tools guys a lot of credit. We smoked the tires in the second round and we came right back in the semifinals and got it together. I am excited to be heading to Norwalk with this team,” added Kalitta.

Kalitta will head to the Norwalk, Ohio national evert No. 2 in the Mello Yello point standings.

Quotable: 
Doug Kalitta on racing on Father’s Day: “It was cool to have my son Mitchell here. I would have liked to have gotten the win but we had a great day together. He has been working on the car and it is just awesome to have him around the team.” 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 1 (3.755 sec., 324.67 mph) 
Bonus points: +3 (Quickest of Q2)

Race Details: 

First Round
Driver                                    Qual        R/T         ET           MPH  
Doug Kalitta                     1             .070        3.844      323.27 (W)
Cameron Ferre                     16           .072         4.124      253.99
 
Second Round
Driver                                    Qual       R/T         ET             MPH  
Doug Kalitta                          1            .065        5.010       248.02 (W)
Terry McMillen                        8            .026        5.103       147.07  
 
Semifinals
Driver                                    Qual          R/T         ET           MPH  
Doug Kalitta                          1              .069        3.887       320.66
Mike Salinas                           5              .046        3.817       320.20 (W)

Shawn Langdon Sunday

Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Races to Quarterfinals in Bristol

The Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car and driver Shawn Langdon were starting the Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals from their highest qualifying position of 2019. As the No. 2 qualifier Langdon was continuing a streak of strong qualifying runs over the past five races, qualifying in the top half of the tough Funny Car category.

In the first round Langdon was off to a great start with a starting line reaction time advantage. The Global Electronic Technology Funny Car never trailed and posted a solid 4.099 second run at 307.93 mph for the win.

“That run I felt really set us up well for race day,” said Langdon. “We did exactly what we needed to do. We got the round win and made a clean run.”

Heading into the second round once again Langdon was off the starting line first and it took the quickest pass of the second round to defeat the NHRA Caroline Nationals winner. Langdon’s elapsed time of 4.080 seconds would have outrun a number of the other competitors in the second round.“

I am not going to hang my head about that round,” said Langdon. “I got off the starting line first and we made a pretty good run with the Global Electronic Technology Camry. We would be heading to the semifinals if the ladder was different. You have to take the positive away from this and we have a really good racecar right now.”

Quotable:
Langdon on heading to Norwalk: “I wish we could get on the track tomorrow. I am really happy with this Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry. We can run with anyone.”  

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 2 (3.944 sec., 324.51 mph) 
Bonus points: +3 (3rdquickest of Q1 and 2ndquickest of Q2)

Race Details:First Round

Driver                                    Qual           R/T         ET           MPH  
Shawn Langdon                    2              .104        4.099        307.93 (W)          
Jeff Diehl                                15             .144        6,528        100.47
 
Second Round
Driver                                    Qual          R/T         ET             MPH 
Shawn Langdon                   2               .068        4.080        309.27
Ron Capps                             7              .089         4.005        312.28 (W)

JR Todd Sunday

J.R. Todd and DHL Camry Advance to Quarterfinals at Thunder Valley

After a solid qualifying effort at the Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals J.R. Todd was eager to get race day started. He faced Terry Haddock in the first round and the reigning Top Fuel champion was full of confidence on race day behind the wheel of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car.

>From the second the race started Todd was out in front, pulling away in his DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for the first round win. Todd’s 4.048 second run at 311.27 mph overpower Haddock and advanced Todd, a three time 2019 finalist, to the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinal round Todd was giving up lane choice to his opponent but the DHL Funny Car team felt they could lay down a competitive run to advance to the semifinals. Both Funny Cars left together but Todd had to pedal his Funny Car and that gave the opposing Funny Car enough of a gap to get to the finish line first.

“If it was easy, you’d have a lot more cars out here,” said Todd, at the end of the day. ”It wasn’t the conditions that beat us today. Other cars were getting down the track. We don’t have any excuses. We smoked the tires. It’s hard to negotiate when the heat goes up. We just missed it in the second round. Now we have to put it behind us and be ready for Norwalk in five days.”
 
Quotable:
J.R. Todd on heading to Norwalk: “We have been on the road for almost a month. We have been going rounds but haven’t picked up a win yet. Conditions have been hot and cool and we have run well in both. We just haven’t put a full package together yet. We will get there.” 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 5 (3.984 sec., 318.99 mph)
Bonus points: +1 (3rdquickest of Q3)

Race Details:
 
First Round
Driver                                    Qual          R/T         ET           MPH  
J.R. Todd                               5              .076        4.048       311.27 (W)
Terry Haddock                       12             .131        4.217       291.76
 
               
Second Round
Driver                                    Qual          R/T         ET             MPH 
J.R. Todd                              5               .059        4.397        284.81
Jack Beckman                       4              .059        4.076         315.64 (W)

Richie Crampton Sunday

Richie Crampton and DHL dragster Out Early In Bristol

The DHL Top Fuel dragster was heading into race day as the No. 9 qualifier and Richie Crampton was facing Terry McMillen for the fourth time this season. Last week it was Crampton getting the first round win in Kansas.

Today Crampton was not able to make it two weekends in a row with a victory over McMillen. Off the starting line Crampton was behind and he never was able to make up the head start afforded his opponent. The DHL dragster was aggressive and went up and smoking leaving Crampton no choice but to clink it off and begin to focus on the next race in Norwalk, Ohio.

“That was definitely not what we were looking for,” said Crampton. I think we were pretty fortunate that the other people we are fighting with in points struggled as well. We are going to put this behind us and go on to the next one.”

“We smoked the tires which is tough. He was definitely there for the taking. Between the way I drove and smoking the tires it just wasn’t our day,” added Crampton.

Quotable: 
Richie Crampton on four races in a row: “We are grinding at this point. You have to take the positives from every race. There are things we are learning with every pass. We just need to put them all together. No one is giving up over here and we are going to give it our all in Norwalk in a few days.”

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.807 sec., 320.13 mph)
Bonus points: 0

Race Details: 

First Round
Driver                                    Qual           R/T         ET           MPH  
Richie Crampton             9              .114        4.781       155.99
Terry McMillen                         8              .055        4.045       291.51 (W)

Bristol 2019 Qualifying Recap

#ThunderValleyNats Qualifying Recap:Doug Kalitta - #1 - 3.755 vs. Cameron Ferre
Richie Crampton- #9 - 3.807 vs. Terry McMillen

Shawn Langdon - #2 - 3.944 vs. Jeff Diehl
J.R. Todd - #5 - 3.984 vs. Terry HaddockMac Tools | WIX Filters | DHL | Global Electronic Technology | Toyota Racing#NHRA #KalittaStrong#FastestNameInCreditCardProcessing#NitroBound #GreatToWorkWith #TeamToyota

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Funny Car Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

1 Robert Hight 990
2 John Force 786
3 Tommy Johnson Jr 783
4 Ron Capps 741
5 Jack Beckman 720
6 J.R. Todd 711
7 Matt Hagan 624
8 Tim Wilkerson 587
9 Bob Tasca III 574
10 Shawn Langdon 528

Top Fuel Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

1 Steve Torrence 1048
2 Doug Kalitta 709
3 Mike Salinas 691
4 Antron Brown 676
5 Brittany Force 663
6 Clay Millican 611
7 Leah Pritchett 571
8 Richie Crampton 499
9 Austin Prock 486
10 Terry McMillen 470

 

 

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