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Kalitta Motorsports News

richie2018.jpgYPSILANTI, Mich. (December 6, 2017) - Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to announce Richie Crampton will return to the team and run for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel Championship in the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster.

“It is an absolute honor to get the opportunity to race for Connie Kalitta in 2018,” said Crampton. “I cannot thank Connie, Jim O and the entire Kalitta organization for giving me a shot this year and helping to turn this into a full season in 2018. This is something I had always wanted, but never thought was possible. It is pretty amazing to be a driver for Connie Kalitta and I am forever grateful.”

Despite having less than 80 career starts, Crampton has accomplished much in his time behind the wheel. The 2014 NHRA Auto Club Road to the Future honoree has seven wins including a U.S. Nationals trophy. The native Australian’s late season addition to Kalitta Motorsports as the driver of the SealMaster Toyota Top Fuel Dragster was seamless as Crampton scored a final round appearance in just his second race with the team in Charlotte. The Australian-born Crampton now resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Stephanie, and daughter, Emma, with a son on the way in early 2018.

“We are really excited to have Richie full-time as part of Team Kalitta. I know Connie is very excited to have Richie drive his car next season,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “He did a great job coming into a tough situation this year and he jumped right in. We are hoping that trend continues with this full-time opportunity. We cannot wait to see what the 2018 season will hold for this team.”

Crampton’s Toyota Top Fuel dragster will be tuned by NHRA’s only Lifetime Achievement honoree, Connie Kalitta, and Rob Flynn. Despite starting four less races than the majority of the field, the duo guided Shawn Langdon to a Countdown to the Championship spot and final round appearances in Dallas and Pomona.

Crampton will run all 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing schedule. Kalitta Motorsports will announce sponsorship partnerships at a later date.

 Shawn Langdon Pomona Sunday.jpg

Runner-up finish for Langdon at the Auto Club Finals

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team earned their second final round appearance in the last three races of the season today at the Auto Club Finals.

Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team did not have the start to qualifying that they would have liked as they started the Saturday's qualifying session not qualified. However, Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn had the right tuneup on Saturday and had two solid passes to get the Global Electronic Technology machine qualified in the 11th position. 

However, that forced Langdon to have a a tough draw to start eliminations as the Global Electronic Technology driver faced Tony Schumacher in the first round. Langdon was ready as he got a hundredth of a second on the starting line and took that advantage to stripe to defeat Schumacher on a holeshot. 

That advanced Langdon to face another Don Schumacher Racing machine, Leah Pritchett. Langdon took advantage at the starting line and never trailed as the Global Electronic Technology dragster was ahead the whole way and Langdon would record his best elapsed time of the season, a 3.683, to easily defeat Pritchett. 

In the semifinals, Langdon took on his teammate Doug Kalitta. Langdon moved first and earned his second holeshot win of the day as he took out Kalitta in a close race to advance Langdon to his second final round of the season and 30th of his career.

Langdon faced the same driver he faced in the Dallas final: Brittany Force. Langdon had a huge jump at the line, but the Global Electronic Technology machine hit near immediate tire smoke. Langdon pedaled once, but Force made a clean pass to take the win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.784 sec., 315.56 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Schumacher - 3.725 sec., 328.38 mph to 3.724 sec., 328.38 mph 

E2: Langdon defeated Pritchett - 3.683 sec., 321.81 mph to 3.714 sec., 320.20 mph

E3: Langdon defeated Kalitta - 3.718 sec., 318.54 mph to 3.703 sec., 331.04 mph

Final: Langdon defeated by B. Force - 9.818 sec., 89.16 mph to 3.668 sec., 330.07 mph

Quotable: "I really wanted to end my Top Fuel time with a win; these Global Electronic Technology guys really deserved it. I am so proud on how they came together and what we achieved in such a short time. It is going to be a short offseason, and I am really looking forward to what lies ahead."

Final Point Standings: Seventh

Doug Pomona Sunday 

Kalitta closes the season with a semi-final finish

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team closed out another stellar season with a semi-final finish in today's Auto Club Finals in Pomona. 

Kalitta was consistent in qualifying but was unable to earn any qualifying bonus points. However, the Mac Tools team did what they had to do and kept their deficit to under 90 points to give them a shot at the title going into Sunday. The Mac Tools driver would be seeded seventh overall and faced Australian Wayne Newby in the first round.

Kalitta and Newby left together, but Kalitta continued to gain and grow the advantage. The Mac Tools ride ended up running the low elapsed time of the first round and set a new track speed record at over 332 mph. 

After Brittany Force would claim the title in front of Kalitta in the second round, the Mac Tools team turned their focus to another Auto Club Finals trophy. The mission was still in tact with a nice 3.687 pass in the quarterfinals that allowed Kalitta to advance past Clay Millican. 

That moved Kalitta to the semifinals, where he would face his teammate Shawn Langdon. Langdon got a couple hundredths on the starting line and he was able to take that advantage to the finish line to eliminate Kalitta. 

Even in defeat, Kalitta had another stellar season in his hall-of-fame career. He would end the season in the third spot in the standings. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.738 sec., 325.37 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Newby - 3.684 sec., 332.59 mph to 3.786 sec., 326.32 mph **TRACK MPH RECORD**

E2: Kalitta defeated Millican - 3.687 sec., 330.96 mph to 3.698 sec., 328.38 mph

E3: Kalitta defeated by Langdon - 3.703 sec., 331.04 mph to 3.718 sec., 318.54 mph

Quotable: “A great race to end with the teammate. We would have loved to had got the win today for all the Mac Tools distributors, but we had a great season. I am already looking forward to 2018."

Final Point Standings: Third

Richie Pomona Sunday

Crampton claims a round win in Pomona

Race Recap: Richie Crampton finished his solid run in the SealMaster Toyota Top Fuel dragster with another round win. 

In four passes in qualifying, the SealMaster team led by Donnie Bender made three solid runs. Their best was a 3.748 second effort recorded in the second qualifying session on Friday afternoon. They just missed recording bonus points, but the run kept the SealMaster driver in the top half of the field all weekend and eventually seeded them eighth overall. 

For the second straight Sunday, Crampton drew Terry McMillen in the first round. Crampton and McMillen were the first pair to see the track and left side-by-side, but Bender had a great tune-up behind the SealMaster Toyota and Crampton would earn the round win. 

In the quarterfinals, Crampton came up against Brittany Force. Again, the drivers would leave beside each other, but Force laid down the low elapsed time of the eliminations and Crampton's 3.757 proved to be not enough.

Despite only starting seven events, Crampton had a solid run. He earned a final round appearance in Charlotte and scored five round wins. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 8 (3.748 sec., 316.23 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated McMillen - 3.724 sec., 328.62 mph to 3.769 sec., 324.36 mph

E2: Crampton defeated by B. Force - 3.757 sec., 323.81 mph to 3.679 sec., 328.22 mph

Quotable: “It was a nice way to end the season. We wanted to do more to help Doug Kalitta to win a championship. Unfortunately, we came up a little bit short. Hats off to Brittany and Alan Johnson. That 3.67 was tough to beat. All in all it was a good way to end the year. Finishing up the season for SealMaster and Toyota with the legendary Connie Kalitta was like a dream come to true. I’m extremely proud of this team and I can’t thank him enough.”

JR Todd Sunday Pomona

Todd's season ends in early defeat in Pomona

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and DHL Toyota Camry team had a tough finish to their season as they were defeated in the first round of the Auto Club Finals.

Friday qualifying did not go to plan for co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith as the DHL Toyota Camry sat outside the field going into Saturday. However, they got a handle of the track in the third qualifying session on Saturday afternoon and recorded a solid 3.946 which slotted Todd right in the middle of the field. Todd ended up earning the ninth starting spot and a first round draw of John Force. 

It was close at the starting line, but Todd was forced to make quick pedal. John Force had mechanical woes and Todd was rapidly chasing him down before he just ran out of track and Force was able to move on. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.946 sec., 325.53 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by J.Force - 4.203 sec., 310.05 mph to 4.178 sec., 232.39 mph

Quotable: “To lose in the first round is a very disappointing way to close out this season for the DHL/WIX Filters Toyota team. We have accomplished a lot, but we definitely strive to be the best. My guys will work hard in the offseason and I am confident we will be ready for pre-season testing in Phoenix next January."

Final Point Standings: Ninth

Alexis Pomona

DeJoria ends career with a strong Pomona effort

Race Recap: Alexis DeJoria’s six-year Funny Car career came to an end at the Auto Club NHRA Finals on Sunday afternoon.
 
After qualifying fifth for the 141st event of her professional career, DeJoria faced Jim Campbell in the first round of eliminations. The five-time Funny Car winner had the advantage off of the starting line. She powered her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry down the track in 3.932-seconds at 331.45-miles per hour, defeating Campbell’s tire smoking effort.
 
The Southern California native drew Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quarterfinal round. DeJoria made another strong run, but Johnson Jr.’s 3.911 E.T. edged out DeJoria’s 3.944-sec. at 327.90-mph pass, which would be recorded as the final run of DeJoria’s 12-year NHRA career.
 
“I could sit here and say it was a tough day and hard to go out with a loss, but honestly, we ran hella good throughout qualifying, ran well on race day, it just wasn’t our day to win that trophy,” said the 2014 U.S. Nationals Funny Car event champion.
 
DeJoria, who announced her retirement following the conclusion of the 2017 season last month, hands over the reins of her Nicky Boninfante-Tommy DeLago-led operation to Kalitta teammate, Shawn Langdon, beginning with the 2018 NHRA season.
 
“This is a top-notch team. Shawn’s going to be stepping into a really good car, and my guys are going to get a great driver. I’m glad the operation will continue with Global Electronic Technology on the side.”
 
As the feeling of finality sank in for the only driver to claim a win in each of the Funny Car, Top Alcohol Funny Car, and Super Comp categories, DeJoria expressed gratitude and appreciation for her time, and friends made, along the NHRA tour.
 
“I want to thank all of my sponsors for their support. Patrón, Toyota, Mac Tools, Red Line Oil, Justice Brothers, Global Electronic Technology, and most of all, the Kalitta family. I say ‘family’ because that’s what they truly are. Everybody connected to this family here has just been incredible and I’m going to miss them so much. My team, my crew chiefs, all those guys, they always give me a great car on race day.
 
“I’m going to miss racing against all of these guys and girls. When we’re on that line, it’s one thing, we’re out for blood, but behind the scenes, we’re family.
 
“Lastly, thank you to all of our incredible fans for coming out and supporting us through thick and thin for all of these years.” 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 5 (3.894 sec., 331.94 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Campbell - 3.932 sec., 331.45 mph to broke

E2: DeJoria defeated by Johnson Jr. - 3.944 sec., 327.90 mph to 3.911 sec., 329.34 mph

Doug Pomona Finals.jpg

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.278 sec. at 191.78 MPH
Q2: 3.755 sec. at 326.71 MPH
Q3: 4.045 sec. at 222.44 MPH
Q43.738 sec. at 325.37 MPH

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Wayne Newby
Quotable: "My Mac Tools team had a solid weekend. We have a good tune-up and we still have a shot at it going into tomorrow. We are going to do everything we can to go get the win, and we will see how everything falls together." 
Point Situations: 
- If Torrence and B. Force lose in the first round, Doug would need to make the final round.
- If Torrence and B. Force lose in the quarterfinals, Doug would need to win the race.
- If either Torrence or B. Force make the semifinals, Doug is eliminated. 

Shawn Langdon Pomona Finals.jpg

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

Q1: 9.296 sec. at 88.82 MPH
Q2: 7.333 sec. at 89.35 MPH
Q3: 3.816 sec. at 320.13 MPH
Q43.784 sec. at 315.56 MPH

Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Tony Schumacher

Quotable: "We were able to make some good runs today after we got a little behind on Friday. We have a tough draw with Tony Schumacher, but I feel like we have a good shot at winning tomorrow with this Global Electronic Technology team."

Richie Crampton Pomona Finals.jpg

Q1: 10.621 sec. at 77.67 MPH
Q2: 3,748 sec. at 316.23 MPH
Q3: 4.070 sec. at 210.70 MPH
Q43.764 sec. at 320.28 MPH

Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Terry McMillen

Quotable: "Tomorrow is the day and the SealMaster team is ready. We have the drivers on our side that we need to eliminate to help Doug and that is exactly what we plan on doing."

JR Todd Pomona finals.jpg

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

Q1: No run; mechanical malfunction
Q2: 8.319 sec. at 82.60 MPH
Q3: 3.946 sec. at 325.53 MPH
Q44.263 sec. at 218.51 MPH

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: John Force

Quotable: "Not the weekend we wanted thus far. We made a good run in Q3 to get in the show. It has been a struggle, but we want to finish on a high note. A tough matchup with John Force, but we are up to the task. Hopefully, we are leaving with the trophy tomorrow."

Alexis Pomona Finals.jpg

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

Q1: 3.902 sec. at 329.10 MPH 
Q2: 3.894 sec. at 331.94 MPH
Q3: 6.267 sec. at 106.92 MPH
Q43.897 sec. at 328.86 MPH

Bonus Points: 7 pts. (Second best of the first session, third best of the second session)
Starting Position: 5th

First Round Matchup: Jim Campbell

Doug Pomona

Kalitta looks for second straight Auto Club Finals trophy

Pomona Highlights: Defending event winner; Two wins (Fall 2016, Spring 2009); Seven finals (Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2010, Spring 2004, Fall 2009); Six no. 1 qualifiers (Spring 2014, Fall 2006, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2003, Spring 2001)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified fifth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarter finals)

2016 Auto Club Finals Recap: Qualified third; Race winner (Defeated Shawn Reed in the first round, Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals, Shawn Langdon in the semifinals and J.R. Todd in the finals)

Quotable: “Pomona has been a very good track for myself and the Mac Tools team. We picked up the win there last season, and our goal is to finish the season strong again with a win at the Auto Club Finals.”

Career Stats: 457 starts; 621 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); 32 round wins; third in the standings

Shawn Pomona

Langdon wants to finish Top Fuel run with a win

Pomona Highlights: Four wins (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2013, Fall 2013); Two finals (Spring 2011, Fall 2010); Two no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2015, Fall 2012)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified seventh; Semifinalist (Defeated Antron Brown in the first round and Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals, lost to Terry McMillen in the semifinals)

2016 Auto Club Finals Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified third; Semifinalist (Defeated Tripp Tatum in the first round and Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals, lost to Doug Kalitta in the semifinals)

Quotable: “I am absolutely excited to be headed to Pomona. It is a bit of a homecoming and the place where I got my start racing juniors so you definitely have extra butterflies coming in. It is a great track for me. Some tracks you just roll in with extra confidence and Pomona is that place for me. I have had a lot of success there in the past and we are focused on ending my last race in Top Fuel for the time being on a strong note. It is bittersweet as it is the last time with me with this team. They have worked hard and it has been a pleasure to be their driver. We have come so close to a win and we want to get it done this weekend. They deserve it.” 

Career Stats: 204 starts; 244 round wins; 14 wins; 29 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 19 starts; One final (Dallas); 14 round wins; eighth in the point standings

Richie Pomona

Crampton plans on finishing 2017 with a strong effort in Pomona

Pomona Highlights: One no. 1 qualifier (Fall 2014)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified 11th; First round defeat (Lost to Terry McMillen in the first round)

2016 Auto Club Finals Recap (w/ MLR): Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Brittany Force in the first round, lost to J.R. Todd in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “I love racing in Pomona; it is one of the first tracks I ever went to. I am hoping to finish the year strong with the SealMaster Toyota team and doing whatever I can to help Doug win the title.”

Career Stats: 78 starts; 74 round wins; Seven wins; Nine finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

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

JR Todd Pomona

Todd desires great finish to stellar debut Funny Car season

Pomona Highlights: One win (Spring 2007); One final (Fall 2016); One no.1 qualifier (Fall 2016)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified fifth; First round loss (Lost to Del Worsham in the first round)

2016 Auto Club Finals Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified first; Finalist (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round, Richie Crampton in the quarterfinals and Antron Brown in the semifinals, lost to Doug Kalitta in the final)

Quotable: “We really want to finish the season on a high note. Pomona is one of my favorite places on earth and this race is always bittersweet. I am already looking forward to 2018.”

Career Stats: 171 starts; 167 round wins; 11 wins; 21 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 23 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 23 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins; ninth in the point standings

Aleixs Pomona

DeJoria Pomona pre-race notes

Pomona Highlights: One no.1 qualifier (Fall 2014)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified 10th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Cruz Pedregon in the first round, lost to Courtney Force in the quarterfinals)

2016 Auto Club Finals Recap: Did not compete

Career Stats: 133 starts; 97 round wins; Five wins; Eight finals; Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 20 starts; One win (Brainerd); 15 round wins; 11th in the point standings

Shawn Sunday Vegas

Langdon earns a semifinal finish

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon earned a tough fought two round wins before dropping a cylinder and losing in the semifinals today at the Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas.

Langdon's Global Electronic Technology team were strong in qualifying. They earned a bonus point in the Friday evening session and were seeded seventh after the end of qualifying on Saturday.

However, Langdon had anything but an easy draw in the first round as came up against defending Top Fuel champion Antron Brown. Langdon was ready and recorded the best reaction time of the class, an .039, to take the early advantage. He would take that advantage to the line as the Global Electronic Technology Toyota would also outrun Brown and give him his first opening round loss of the season. 

The tough draw continued for Langdon in the second round as this time the Global Electronic Technology team faced points leader Steve Torrence. Langdon again moved first getting the jump on Torrence; Torrence was able to jump back ahead, but he quickly went into tire smoke. Langdon drove around and moved the semi-finals.

Unfortunately, Langdon's second straight final round was not in the cards as the Global Electronic Technology Toyota dropped a cylinder very early on in the run which allowed Terry McMillen to score the round win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.742 sec., 319.98 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Brown - 3.739 sec., 319.07 mph to 3.742 sec., 325.92 mph 

E2: Langdon defeated Torrence - 3.795 sec., 318.77 mph to 4.309 sec., 222.69 mph

E3: Langdon defeated by McMillen - 3.893 sec., 276.69 mph to 3.798 sec., 297.02 mph

Quotable: "I had a good day.  To beat Antron Brown and Steve Torrence it shows you the amount of talent we have on this Global Electronic Technology Toyota. We just didn’t make a good run in the semi-finals and dropped a cylinder and lost to Terry McMillen. We have had a car that’s capable of winning the last two weeks, we’re just running out of time now. One more race before I start my Funny Car venture and we’ll try to make the best of it at Pomona."

Point Standings: Eighth; leads Terry McMillen by six points for ninth, trails Clay Millican by 59 points for seventh

Doug Sunday Vegas

Mechanical problem ends Kalitta's day in the quarterfinals

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta's day ended early as an air line came loose on the Mac Tools Toyota in the quarterfinals.

Kalitta started and ended qualifying with strong passes. The Mac Tools driver's best ended up in the final qualifying session as Kalitta hit the 1,000 foot mark in 3.735 seconds, which moved Kalitta inside the top five qualified Top Fuel dragsters. He would start fifth and draw Scott Palmer in the first round.

Fellow Countdown driver Palmer gave Kalitta the early victory by leaving early on the starting line. However, the Mac Tools Toyota was still strong with a 3.755 second pass, which was better than Palmer's effort.

In the second round, the Mac Tools team came up against Brittany Force. Unfortunately, an air line came loose, so when Kalitta hit the gas pedal, the Mac Tools machine did not move. Brittany Force struggled down the track, but was able to pick up the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 5 (3.735 sec., 323.19 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Palmer - 3.755 sec., 327.03 mph to Foul

E2: Kalitta defeated by Force - 22.684 sec., 56.97 mph to 4.343 sec., 231.83 mph

Quotable: “Disappointing to lose that way with this Mac Tools Toyota team. However, we still have a shot at it going into Pomona. We will get everything ready and run hard at the World Finals."

Point Standings: Third; leads Antron Brown by 51 point for fourth, trails Brittany Force by  points for second

Richie Sunday Vegas

Crampton falls in the first round

Race Recap: Richie Crampton and the SealMaster team fell early at the Toyota Nationals earlier today.

The SealMaster team had a strong second day of qualifying. Crampton's early numbers were the best among all competitors in the third qualifying session and they turned around and laid down a 3.779 in the final pass at only 301mph to earn the 11th starting spot. 

Crampton was the second Top Fuel pair to see the track on Sunday. Terry McMillen was the draw. Crampton got the jump at the tree but soon after hit tire smoke. McMillen made a clean pass and picked up the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.779 sec., 301.60 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated by McMillen - 8.568 sec., 87.90 mph to 3.784 sec., 319.45 mph

Quotable: “This SealMaster Toyota team definitely had some good runs this weekend and we are making some progress on the tune-up. We will run hard in Pomona and try to knock out some of Shawn and Doug's competitors."

JR Sunday Vegas

Todd suffers tough first round loss at the Toyota Nationals

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota Camry team had a tough weekend in Las Vegas.

The Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith tuned Toyota machine had a strong run in the Friday evening session as Todd drove to a 3.884 second pass, which clinched a top half starting position for the team. Despite failing to make it down the track in any of the other qualifying passes, Todd was able to earn the fifth starting spot and a first round draw of the former DHL driver Del Worsham.

Todd moved first and had fourth hundredths of an advantage on the starting line. However, Todd's DHL Toyota suffered tire smoke down track, and Worsham was able to drive by for the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 5 (3.884 sec., 330.23 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Worsham - 4.651 sec., 183.82 mph to 4.022 sec., 319.29 mph

Quotable: “Very tough weekend for the DHL Toyota team. We wanted to run strong with all of the Toyota people here for their race, but it was not our weekend. We will make a few laps tomorrow, get it figured out and go to Pomona and try to pick up the win there."

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Cruz Pedregon by 70 points for 10th; trails Tim Wilkerson by four points for eighth

Alexis Sunday Vegas

DeJoria gets a Vegas round win

Race Recap: Alexis DeJoria began her quest for the NHRA Toyota Nationals Wally with a round one matchup against fellow Toyota driver, Cruz Pedregon. DeJoria had the advantage off of the starting line and navigated her Patrón Camry down the Las Vegas dragstrip in 3.958-seconds, easily defeating Pedregon’s tire-smoking 5.282-sec pass.
 
With her round one victory, DeJoria earned the advantage of lane choice over her round two competitor and fellow Breast Cancer Awareness month crusader, Courtney Force. Again, DeJoria was first out of the gate, but her black and pink hot rod encountered problems passed half track. Force made a clean run and was able to drive away with the win ending Team Patrón’s day, and DeJoria’s chances of capping off her final Las Vegas event with a trip to the Winners Circle.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.926 sec., 323.04 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Pedregon - 3.958 sec., 327.27 mph to 5.282 sec., 143.55 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by C. Force - 4.099 sec., 259.96 mph to 3.933 sec., 330.15 mph

Doug Vegas Sat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.764 sec. at 324.83 MPH
Q2: 6.400 sec. at 105.99 MPH
Q3: 6.629 sec. at 139.49 MPH
Q4: 3.735 sec. at 323.19 MPH

Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer

Quotable: “Very solid finish to qualifying for this Mac Tools team! We are excited for tomorrow and hope to run all day and deliver Mac Tools and Toyota a big win." 

Shawn Vegas Sat

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

Q1: 5.182 sec. at 131.66 MPH
Q2: 3.742 sec. at 319.98 MPH
Q3: 3.799 sec. at 316.67 MPH
Q4: 10.556 sec. at 92.04 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the second session)

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Antron Brown

Quotable: "We had a good car in qualifying. We just missed it on that last pass, but we were really going for it. Tough matchup in the first round with Antron. This is our opportunity to do our job as a teammate for Doug and get him in a good position to run for that championship."

Richie Vegas Sat

Richie Crampton, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 9.863 sec. at 77.09 MPH
Q2: No run; mechanical problem
Q3: 3.859 sec. at 252.61 MPH
Q4: 3.779 sec. at 301.60 MPH

Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Terry McMillen

Quotable: "I am pretty happy with our qualifying effort. We made some good runs in the heat. The way the ladder is we should be able to help our teammates out. I am pretty excited with our SealMaster team going into tomorrow."

JR Vegas Sat

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

Q1: 4.177 sec. at 247.97 MPH
Q2: 3.884 sec. at 319.98 MPH
Q3: 4.414 sec. at 199.08 MPH
Q4: 4.688 sec. at 174.68 MPH

Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Del Worsham

Quotable: "Good thing we had a good run last night in this DHL Toyota Camry. It set us up good for qualifying although we have our buddy Del in the first round which we didn't want. Other than that we struggled in qualifying. Tonight it put a cylinder out really early on in the run. We are going to make some changes for first round tomorrow and hopefully that sets us up to get four win lights." 

Alexis Vegas Sat

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

Q1: 4.807 sec. at 168.66 MPH 
Q2: 3.927 sec. at 326.71 MPH
Q3: 6.588 sec. at 100.39 MPH
Q4: 3.926 sec. at 323.04 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Cruz Pedregon

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On the Run with Ashley

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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)

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