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Kalitta Motorsports News

SANDUSKY, Ohio (May 5, 2016) – Team Kalitta, in conjunction with Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park and the NHRA, is pleased to announce a partnership with Cedar Point for the NHRA Day at Cedar Point which will take place on Thursday, June 23rd, prior to the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals. Fans can meet some of Team Kalitta’s family of drivers with special guests and experience the theme park which boasts the world’s largest assortment of rides. Fans of the Cleveland-area park often dub it ‘The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.’

“It is perfect to not only spend time with the fans, but our families in the middle of the fast-pace NHRA summer schedule,” said Doug Kalitta, who won the series’ most recent race in Houston. “I am excited to experience all that Cedar Point has to offer prior to the Norwalk race weekend.”

Three of Kalitta Motorsports’ drivers, Alexis DeJoria, Doug Kalitta, and J.R. Todd, in addition to Top Fuel driver Richie Crampton, defending Pro Stock champion Erica Enders and Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Hector Arana and Hector Arana Jr. are scheduled to sign autographs from 10:30am to noon in front of the Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster. In addition, Kalitta’s Mac Tools and Todd’s SealMaster Top Fuel dragsters will be displayed as you enter the park.

“We know that race fans love coming to North Central Ohio to see the excitement of NHRA action at Summit Motorsports Park,” said Tony Clark, Cedar Point’s director of communications. “Bringing Team Kalitta’s drivers to Cedar Point will give them the chance to get up close with their favorites – but they can also experience the sensation of the race going from 0-120 mph on Top Thrill Dragster!”

“The idea of bringing roller coasters and race cars together for a fun-filled day at Cedar Point is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved, especially the fans!” said Bill Bader, president of Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. “A special thank you to Kalitta Motorsports, the architect that made this all possible.”

Tickets can be purchased at Cedar Point’s ticket windows or online at https://www.cedarpoint.com/tickets/. For more information on NHRA Day at Cedar Point, please visit https://www.cedarpoint.com/events/things-to-do/events/NHRA-Day.

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Doug Wins Houston

HOUSTON (May 1, 2016) - Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, won his second consecutive Houston NHRA Springnationals earlier this afternoon.

Kalitta was among the ones to beat in qualifying once again as the Mac Tools team earned a top two starting spot for the fourth time in six events.

Lone Star native Terry Haddock, driving his Top Fuel dragster, was the first opponent for Kalitta, Jim Oberhofer and entire Mac Tools team and they did not take him lightly. They laid down the best elapsed time of the session, a 3.763, and was able to defeat the tire smoking Haddock.

Kebin Kinsley, who earned his first round win earlier in the day against points leader Brittany Force, was the second foe. However, this race was over at the tree. Kinsley turned the light red and Kalitta was able to advance despite a 4.309 second pass.

The Mac Tools team knew they had to step it up for the semi-finals and they came prepared. Leah Pritchett was in the other lane, and she never had a shot. The Mac Tools team lowered their best run from earlier to a 3.755 second lap and easily earned his 83rd final round. He had previously been in the final quad at the last event in Charlotte and started the season with a final round appearance in Pomona.

The 83rd final, which ranks fourth all-time, would put the top two qualifiers up against each other. Steve Torrence had just nipped Kalitta in qualifying and Kalitta wanted revenge. And revenge he secured. Kalitta delivered a knockout blow with a .036 second light and defeated Texan Torrence on a holeshot to earn his second consecutive win at the SpringNationals. That was the best light of any Top Fuel driver the entire event.

“I am so proud of Jim O, Troy and this entire Mac Tools team,” said Kalitta. “I am really happy and any time you can get a win is huge. It was the first time that we were able to put a Team Kalitta Toyota dragster in the winner’s circle, so that is huge as well. Thank you to all of our partners, Mac Tools. Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Champion, we could not do it without you. It was a close race out there. I had struggled with the lights today today and to deliver that in the final was huge.”

This win locked Kalitta in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout and put him in a tie for fourth all-time in Top Fuel wins with 39.

Kalitta trails Brittany Force by a single point for the Top Fuel points lead leaving Houston.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, returned to Texas with fond memories of the last time he was in the Lone Star state. Worsham was the victor of the last race in Texas, when he drove past Jack Beckman to win the Countdown event in Dallas on his way to the Funny Car title.

Worsham was stellar on the Friday qualifying laps at the Springnationals. Two consecutive 3.92 second passes yielded three bonus points and a solid starting position, fourth. This was the fifth time in six events this season that Worsham had qualified in the top five of the class.

Like his teammates DeJoria and Kalitta, Worsham faced a local Texan driver in the first round: Todd Simpson. Simpson made a clean pass, but he was not good enough to get around the stellar tune up delivered by Jon Oberhofer and Nicky Boninfante. Worsham ran the second-best lap of the round to earn lane choice over Beckman in round 2. However, another 3.94 second run would not be enough to deliver Worsham another semi-final berth.

“Not the finish we wanted,” said Worsham. “It seems like a repeat from last year. Wrong place at the wrong time. However, the DHL Toyota Camry is still stout and we are confident in our set-up. We will go to Atlanta and do our best to win our first race of the season there.”

Worsham slipped to seventh in the standings.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, reset her career-best elapsed time in Charlotte, just one race ago, but would not be outdone in Houston. With beautiful conditions on Friday evening, DeJoria and tuner Tommy DeLago were ready and delivered a monster pass. 3.910 seconds bettered her career-best elapsed time by over two-hundredths and delivered DeJoria her first career back-to-back top two starts. DeJoria also proved to have a great Camry in the heat of the day conditions. She ran the best number, a 4.009, of the entire Funny Car class in the third session.

The first round matchup was supposed to be versus fellow Texan John Hale, but after he broke on the burnout, DeJoria ran a single. The 3.939 second run was the best of any driver in the first round and gave DeJoria confidence heading into the second round. However, despite a stellar light and pass, she was unable to move on against Tommy Johnson Jr.

DeJoria holds on to the eighth place in the point standings.

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, came off an outstanding Charlotte qualifying effort and with much excitement for the first back-to-back NHRA events of the season. However, qualifying for the SealMaster ride did not exactly go as planned. With only 16 machines on the property, the team elected to run some new parts and learn throughout the four passes. The best conditions proved to be Friday evening, and the SealMaster team experienced mechanical issues on that pass which forced them to start the race in the 12th position.

The 12th starting spot meant a tough first round draw: defending Top Fuel champion Antron Brown. The sixth pair to see the cloud-covered drag strip, Todd was ready for his turn. With the best reaction time of the round, a .057, Todd had the early advantage. However, the SealMaster machine lost traction soon after. Todd had a attempted to pedal the car once, but Brown was too far in front for Todd to catch him. However, this was only his second first round lost of the season, which is tied for the second-best rank of the class.

“A long, tough weekend for the SealMaster team,” said Todd. “I have a lot of good memories at this facility and I hoped to make more, but it was not our race. Team Kalitta has had a lot success at these next two events (Topeka and Atlanta) and I look forward to returning to winning rounds there..”

Despite the first round loss, Todd retains his sixth place standing in the point picture.

Through six events on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Team Kalitta owns two wins, six final round appearances and two no.1 qualifiers. NHRA enjoys the Mother’s Day weekend off and then will return with back-to-back events in Atlanta and Topeka.

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: No. 2 Qualifier (3.743 sec., 324.36 mph) E1: Kalitta defeated Haddock - 3.763 sec., 325.69 mph to 6.200 sec., 115.25 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated Kinsley - 4.309 sec., 266.85 mph to foul

E3: Kalitta defeated Pritchett - 3.755 sec., 322.11 mph to 4.639 sec., 187.08 mph

Final: Kalitta defeated Torrence - 3.813 sec., 280.60 mph to 3.810 sec., 306.81 mph (Holeshot win: Kalitta light .036, Torrence light .058)

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: No. 4 Qualifier (3.923 sec., 328.06 mph) **TRACK RECORD MPH** E1: Worsham defeated Simpson - 3.946 sec., 324.83 mph to 4.244 sec., 284.45 mph

E2: Worsham defeated by Beckman - 3.944 sec., 324.59 mph to 3.949 sec., 325.22 mph

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car: No. 2 Qualifier (3.910 sec., 324.90 mph) **CAREER BEST ELAPSED TIME** E1: DeJoria defeated Hale - 3.939 sec., 321.73 mph to broke

E2: DeJoria defeated by Johnson Jr. - 3.971 sec., 321.58 mph to 3.985 sec., 316.97 mph

J.R. Todd – Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: No. 12 Qualifier (3.889 sec., 300.53 mph) E1: Todd defeated by Brown - 5.054 sec., 142.26 mph to 3.823 sec., 313.66 mph

JR TODD

HOUSTON (April 30, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston. Results and quotes follow.

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: Q1: 3.811 sec., 321.42 mph Q2: 3.743 sec., 324.36 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.) Q3: 6.284 sec., 108.87 mph Q4: 3.896 sec., 316.08 mph

No. 2 Qualifier

J.R. Todd – Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: Q1: 7.529 sec., 98.86 mph Q2: 3.889 sec., 300.53 mph Q3: 6.158 sec., 106.95 mph Q4: 4.646 sec., 165.11 mph

No. 12 Qualifier

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car: Q1: 3.980 sec., 319.82 mph Q2: 3.910 sec., 324.90 mph (Two bonus points for the second best run of the session.) Q3: 4.009 sec., 315.49 mph (Three bonus points for best run of the session.) Q4: 4.035 sec., 316.23 mph

No. 2 Qualifier

NOTE: The 3.910 second pass is Alexis DeJoria’s career-best elapsed time.

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: Q1: 3.923 sec., 325.92 mph (Three bonus points for the best run of the session.) Q2: 3.929 sec., 328.06 mph Q3: 4.427 sec., 201.70 mph Q4: 4.040 sec., 315.27 mph

No. 4 Qualifier

NOTE: The 328.06 MPH pass reset the Royal Purple Raceway Track Record.

First Round Competition:

  • 2) Doug Kalitta v. 15) Terry Haddock
  • 12) J.R. Todd v. 5) Antron Brown
  • 2) Alexis DeJoria v. 15) John Hale
  • 4) Del Worsham v. 13) Todd Simpson

Quotables:

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “I am extremely proud of what this Mac Tools team did this weekend. We qualified in the top two again, and ran good in the conditions we are going to have in the morning. I am confident in our chances to repeat and know we have what it takes to go four rounds tomorrow.”

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: “We have been trying some new parts in this SealMaster machine this weekend at the SpringNats and we have learned a ton. I would have liked to have made a couple more clean passes, but we know what we have now and I look forward to eliminations.”

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “It is hot out here, but the DHL Toyota Camry had a good run in the heat and we should have something for them tomorrow.”

FOX Sports TV Schedule:

4/30 Qualifying - 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. EST (FS1)

5/01 Eliminations - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST (FS1) Times and dates subject to change. Event Schedule: Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 p.m. CST. Times and dates subject to change.

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HOUSTON (April 27, 2016) - Kalitta Motorsports’ preview the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas. This is the sixth race of 24 in the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello NHRA season.

Kalitta plans another Texas win

Last season, Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, came into Houston with a solid start to the season, but minus one key item: a win. Houston yielded the trophy. He was strong throughout the weekend and come race day made solid passes to defeat Troy Buff and Larry Dixon. An excellent pedal foot gave him the semi-final win over Spencer Massey, before Jim Oberhofer delivered a great tune-up to allow Kalitta to drive around Tony Schumacher for his 36th career win.

This season, Kalitta is off to an outstanding start. He is the only Top Fuel driver to rank among the top three in the point standings after every race this season. He is coming off his second final round appearance of the season in Charlotte and has claimed the fastest lap in three of the five events thus far. However, escaping Kalitta and his Mac Tools team is the first Wally of the season. He looks to go back to winner’s circle this weekend and repeat his success from just one season ago.

Charlotte saw Kalitta post five clean passes in just six attempts. He earned two bonus points in qualifying and then defeated drivers Smax Smith and Scott Palmer in the first quad and Steve Torrence and Tony Schumacher in the second to advance to the final, where the Mac Tools driver would get out quick with a sub .050 second reaction time before coming in third overall.

“It is great to go back to Texas, especially a place we have had so much recent success,” said Kalitta. “We had a solid showing in Charlotte and the Mac Tools team looks to take the next step into the Winner’s Circle this weekend.”

Kalitta has earned a total of two victories in Houston, picking up his first win from the pole in 2003. He owns two other top qualifiers, most recently in 2013.

Worsham focused on the end prize

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, has earned two final round appearances in the first five Funny Car events, something that he replicated last season on his way to the title. In fact Worsham is a mere round behind his 2015 pace.

However, Worsham definitely wants to be back in the Winner’s Circle, and Houston would be a great place to earn that Wally. He is one of just two drivers to own Top Fuel and Funny Car wins and his second no.1 qualifying effort with Team Kalitta occurred here two seasons ago. However, the last time Worsham claimed a Houston Funny Car trophy was 2008, and that is a streak he would like to end this weekend.

The DHL team was stellar in Charlotte despite an early exit. Three consecutive solid passes on Saturday and Sunday gave them two bonus points, but a loss by a few inches in the first round has made Worsham pleased for the quick shot of redemption at the SpringNationals.

“The DHL Toyota Camry is just as solid as ever,” said Worsham. “Like early last season, we are getting beat in just some extremely close races. However, I am excited to get back on the track so quickly and have another shot at the race win. I definitely think we can get it done this weekend.”

After solid Charlotte effort, Todd excited for Houston event

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, proved that three times might be the charm after this past weekend’s efforts in Charlotte.

Charlotte was the third event on the new SealMaster chassis and the best performance yet. Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn tuned Todd to best run on Saturday in the Top Fuel class. His 3.743 second pass moved Todd from the 11th starting position to the second spot, his best start of the season. However, the tuning duo was not done yet, delivering Todd an even better run, a 3.736 second pass in his first round win over Terry McMillen and Chris Karamesines. His speed, 328.06 MPH, would rank as the quickest of the weekend in the class. After that success, Todd could not be more excited to be back on track so quickly.

Although they lost in the second round, Todd has nearly doubled his round win total from this point last season. He is four spots higher in the standings, and one round from joining his teammate among the top five in the 2016 points picture. His second win in Houston would clinch that and his second straight Traxxas Shootout appearance.

“I am looking forward to racing in consecutive weekends,” said Todd. “It keeps you in your groove and doesn't give you time to dwell on the previous event. Houston will always be special for me as it was the first race after Eric Medlen's accident and I was fortunate enough to win in 2007.”

This is the third SpringNationals for Todd with Kalitta Motorsports. In his first two starts, Todd has qualified among the top half of the field both times.

DeJoria looks for Sunday success after stellar Saturday in Charlotte

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, was simply the car to beat in Saturday for the 4-Wide Nationals. DeJoria reset the track record and her personal best elapsed time twice and posted the best two runs of any Funny Car team on the track earning herself and the Patrón team the maximum amount of bonus points.

However, Sunday left her with an early loss. DeJoria, Tommy DeLago and the Patrón team are focused on keeping the momentum hot and giving DeJoria her first win in her adopted home state of Texas and her second of the the young NHRA season. At the last SpringNationals, DeJoria qualified fourth and defeated Bob Bode in the first round.

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CHARLOTTE (April 24, 2016) - Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, led the Kalitta contingent on Sunday earning another final round quad appearance.

Kalitta was stout throughout qualifying. Earning two bonus points to claim the fourth qualifying spot on Saturday, Jim Oberhofer had the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster turned up and ready to go for raceday. Doug’s first quad meant tough competition with Clay Millican, Smax Smith and Scott Palmer. However, Doug was ready. His Mac Tools dragster got just nipped at the finish line by Clay Millican, but second place in the 4-Wides in the first two rounds is not a bad place to be.

Next up, Kalitta would face Millican again, but this time Tony Schumacher and Steve Torrence would be the competition. This time, Doug came on top. He left the starting line first with an outstanding .048 second light and reached the finish line first to advance to another 4-Wide Nationals final quad. Millican also joined him in advancing.

It was a marquee draw as the Top Fuel finals put the top four in points against each other: Brittany Force, Antron Brown, Kalitta and Millican. Kalitta was ready at the line again, but this time the Mac Tools machine would fall to tire smoke yielding the second career win to Brittany Force.

“Another solid weekend for the Mac Tools Toyota team, but we want to win,” said Kalitta. “I am excited to head back to Houston, where we won last year, and see if we can do it again.”

Kalitta retained his third place in the point standings leaving Charlotte. He is the only Top Fuel driver to hold a spot in the top three after every race this season.

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, started Sunday morning confident. The SealMaster team laid down the best run of Saturday to give him his best start of the season, a second. The 3.74 second run was in conditions similar to those in raceday, so Todd was feeling good going into the only 4-Wide event of the season.

Todd’s day started with the SealMaster Track Walk as he walked the track with his NASCAR ThorSport Racing teammates, Rico Abreu, Matt Crafton, Cameron Hayley and Ben Rhodes. But then it became race-time and Todd was prepared. Easily delivering the best run of the quad, Todd took it stripe-to-stripe to deliver a first round win over Richie Crampton, the Greek and Terry McMillen. Crampton advanced as well and joined him in the second round quad. Todd also claimed top speed at 328.06 mph. This is the fourth time in five events that a Kalitta Top Fueler has earned top speed.

The second round draw would not be easy with points leader Brittany Force and Las Vegas’ winner Antron Brown with them. Todd again was ready and delivered the best light of the entire quad. However, shortly after, Todd’s SealMaster ride fell to tire smoke yielding the final quad spots to Force and Brown.

“Good start to the day, but definitely a much quicker end then the SealMaster team would have liked,” said Todd. “It was great to have the NASCAR guys to the track today and we wanted to put an all day show on for them. But we will regroup get this SealMaster ride ready and make the drive to Texas.”

Todd claimed the sixth points position leaving Charlotte.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, came into Charlotte as part of history. The defending winner of the fall race at zMax Dragway, Worsham was the only driver the has titles in both Top Fuel and Funny Car at the iconic facility.

However, Worsham does not have a Funny Car 4-Wide race win, and looked early to avenge last season’s close runner-up finish. Worsham’s crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nicky Boninfante were solid on Saturday with two consecutive three second runs allowing Worsham to slot in the field among the top five starters.

Every Funny Car draw proved to be tough and Worsham’s was no different. Coming to the line with Courtney Force, Cruz Pedregon and John Hale, Worsham was ready. He was solid off the tree and just missed defeating Pedregon, coming up short by mere inches.

“Not what we were hoping for today with this DHL Toyota Camry,” said Worsham. “However, we have another opportunity in just a couple days in Houston and we look to capitalize there.

Worsham retained a top ten points placement leaving the 4-Wide Nationals.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, moved to Charlotte on a high after the Las Vegas triumph and did not slow down on Friday and Saturday. Tommy DeLago and the entire Patrón team posted three straight outstanding passes on Friday and Saturday. Her last two runs reset the track record both times and delivered DeJoria her first pole since the World Finals in 2014. It was her second at Charlotte and fourth overall.

However, even drawing the first spot did not yield and easy draw as she faced Tim Wilkerson, Robert Hight and Jeff Diehl. DeJoria was ready at the tree earning the best light of her entire quad, but the Camry fell to smoke instantly yielding the round wins to Diehl and Wilkerson.

DeJoria leaves zMax in the eighth position in the standings.

Through five events on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Team Kalitta owns one win, five final round appearances and two no.1 qualifiers. NHRA is going back-to-back and head to Texas for the NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston.

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: No. 4 Qualifier (3.752 sec., 325.92 mph) E1: Kalitta defeated Smith and Palmer - 3.755 sec., 326.56 mph to 4.197 sec., 276.07 mph and no run

E2: Kalitta defeated Torrence and Schumacher - 3.777 sec., 325.92 mph to 6.694 sec., 96.29 mph and 9.205 sec., 76.48 mph

Final: Kalitta defeated by Force - 4.792 sec., 161.34 mph to 3.764 sec., 319.98 mph

J.R. Todd – Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: No. 2 Qualifier (3.743 sec., 324.28 mph) E1: Todd defeated Karamesines and McMillen - 3.736 sec., 328.06 mph to 4.074 sec., 297.02 mph and 3.816 sec., 316.52 mph

E2: Todd defeated by Force and Brown - 9.531 sec., 81.70 mph to 3.747 sec., 321.88 mph and 5.779 sec., 210.67 mph

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: No. 5 Qualifier (3.963 sec., 317.57 mph) E1: Worsham defeated by C.Force and Pedregon - 3.981 sec., 317.49 mph to 3.979 sec., 320.97 mph and 4.003 sec., 309.91 mph

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car: No. 1 Qualifier (3.934 sec., 321.04 mph) **CAREER BEST ELAPSED TIME** E1: DeJoria defeated by Wilkerson and Diehl - 6.874 sec., 27.86 mph to 3.934 sec., 322.34 mph and 5.359 sec., 210.47 mph

Mello Yello Championship Points: Top Fuel (Unofficial) 1. Brittany Force (428) 2. Antron Brown (365) 3. Doug Kalitta (344) 4. Clay Millican (318) 5. Steve Torrence (310) 6. J.R. Todd (289) 7. Tony Schumacher (242) 8. Terry McMillen (242) 9. Richie Crampton (240) 10. Leah Pritchett (220)

Funny Car (Unofficial) 1. Robert Hight (369) 2. Ron Capps (361) 3. John Force (352) 4. Tim Wilkerson (334) 5. Courtney Force (322) 6. Del Worsham (318) 7. Jack Beckman (307) 8. Alexis DeJoria (277) 9. Chad Head (270) 10. Cruz Pedregon (258)

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CONCORD, N.C. (April 23, 2016)— Alexis DeJoria raced her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry to the Funny Car qualifying lead at the 7th annual NHRA Four Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods on Saturday afternoon at zMAX Dragway.

DeJoria and her Tommy DeLago lead team began Saturday qualified fifth after running a 4.005 in Friday’s single qualifying round when Q2 was cancelled due to persistent rain. In front of a sellout crowd at the largest track on the NHRA circuit, Team Patrón improved on their times on Saturday afternoon, running a 3.939-second pass in Q3- DeJoria’s career best E.T. and quickest Funny Car E.T. ever recorded at zMAX Dragway.

Having earned three bonus points in their Q3 effort, Team Patrón went into the final round of qualifying looking to defend their position at the top of the Funny Car field.  Defend it they did. DeJoria powered her 10,000-horespower Patrón Toyota Camry down lane four in 3.934-seconds at 321.04-mph, again setting a new career best E.T. and the track’s E.T. record in the process. The run earned DeJoria three more bonus points, in addition to the coveted green No. 1 qualifier hat, the fourth of her career and second she’s achieved at zMAX Dragway.

“Just to be able to get from Point A to Point B in every run is remarkable,” said DeJoria of the weekend’s performance. “We’re staying with that consistency, but to finish the day in the No. 1 spot and get the track record is just incredible. I’m so proud of my guys.”

The qualifying lead comes fresh off the heels of Team Patrón’s first win of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Previously, the team struggled with performance and consistency, experiencing a 33-race winless drought.

When asked about the recent win and No. 1 qualifier, DeJoria said, “The ups and downs that you go through as a team, as a driver, as a group in general, I think it’s good for you because it teaches you how to dig deep and it keeps you balanced. It’s definitely time- we needed this boost. It’s incredible to go from not being able to make it down the track to winning, and now getting a No. 1 qualifier under our belt; it’s been a while since we’ve done that.” 

Having ran the two quickest Funny Car passes of the weekend, and now 11 consecutive 4.0-second runs or better, DeJoria feels confident going into race day, despite the event’s unique four-wide format. Rather than face just one opponent, as is traditional in NHRA Drag Racing, DeJoria will face three other cars in the first round of eliminations, squaring off against Jeff Diehl, Tim Wilkerson, and Robert Hight.

“This is one track I’d really love to win at,” said the four-time Funny Car winner. “I feel pretty good going into tomorrow with a car that’s so consistent. The Four Wide’s are so exciting. You’re not just racing one other car, you’re racing three other cars, so to get a win here would be huge.”

Following the successful qualifying performance, Team Patrón will choose their lane and run order first at the 7th annual NHRA Four Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Food on Sunday. The first round of eliminations kicks off at 12PM EST. For more information, please visit www.alexisdejoria.com, Follow Us on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope @ADRnhra, or Like Us on Facebook Alexis DeJoria

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria, daughter of John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and proud owner of Tequila Patrόn, is a professional NHRA racecar driver, competing in the nitro Funny Car class on the Kalitta Motorsports team. Alexis drives the Tequila Patrón-sponsored 2016 Toyota Camry. Alexis, who had all the opportunity in the world to pursue any type of career, felt strongly about following her passion, and her need for adrenaline drove her to pursue the unlikely profession of auto-racing. The determination to ‘blaze her own trail’ continues to drive her and push her to higher levels in the sport of NHRA drag racing.

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CHARLOTTE (April 23, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods at zMax Dragway in Charlotte. Results and quotes follow. Please note that the Friday evening session was cancelled due to weather.

J.R. Todd – Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: Q1: No run; mechanical malfunction Q3: 3.954 sec., 269.40 mph Q4: 3.743 sec., 324.28 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)

No. 2 Qualifier

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: Q1: 3.844 sec., 315.64 mph Q3: 3.752 sec., 325.92 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.) Q4: 3.768 sec., 320.89 mph

No. 4 Qualifier

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car: Q1: 4.005 sec., 310.98 mph Q3: 3.939 sec., 316.52 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the round.) Q4: 3.934 sec., 321.04 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the round.)

No. 1 Qualifier

(The 3.934 second run was Alexis DeJoria’s career best pass and reset the track record. It is her first pole of the season and fourth of her career. It is the first pole since the 2014 World Finals in Pomona. This is Kalitta Motorsports’ 10th Funny Car no.1 qualifier.)

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: Q1: 7.957 sec., 83.65 mph Q3: 3.983 sec., 317.72 mph Q4: 3.963 sec., 317.57 mph

No. 5 Qualifier

First Round Competition:

2) J.R. Todd v. 7) Richie Crampton, 10) Terry McMillen and 15) Chris Karamesines

4) Doug Kalitta v. 5) Clay Millican, 12) Scott Palmer and 13) Smax Smith

1) Alexis DeJoria v. 8) Tim Wilkerson, 9) Robert Hight and 16) Jeff Diehl

5) Del Worsham v. 4) Courtney Force, 12) Cruz Pedregon and 13) John Hale

Quotables:

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “The Mac Tools team has been very consistent and competitive throughout the race weekend. We have made it down the track every time and that gives me extreme confidence in our team tomorrow. We get the first lane choice tomorrow and that could be big. We will see how this goes.”

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: “A rough start but a strong finish for these SealMaster Toyota guys. That 3.74 second run was a great pass and a great way to finish up qualifying. Lane choice is critical in this event and that got us where we want to be. We will get back to work and be ready for 4-Wide eliminations.”

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “We were strong today in conditions that look to be similar to what we expect tomorrow, so I am very excited. We came so close to winning this race last season, and there is nothing else I want to do than put this DHL Toyota Camry in the winner’s circle.

FOX Sports TV Schedule:

04/23 Qualifying - 10:00 p.m - 12:00 a.m. EST (FS1)

04/24 Eliminations - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EST (FS1) Times and dates subject to change. Event Schedule: Sunday’s eliminations begin at 12:00 p.m. EST.Times and dates subject to change.

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial) 

1. Brittany Force (464) 
2. Doug Kalitta (463) 
3. Antron Brown (445) 
4. Steve Torrence (417) 
5. Clay Millican (355) 
6. J.R. Todd (316) 
7. Tony Schumacher (295) 
8. Leah Pritchett (291) 
9. Richie Crampton (275) 
10. Terry McMillen (274)

Funny Car (Unofficial) 

1. Tim Wilkerson (439) 
1. Courtney Force (439) 
3. Ron Capps (417) 
4. Robert Hight (404) 
5. John Force (384) 
6. Jack Beckman (379) 
7. Del Worsham (376) 
8. Alexis DeJoria (339) 
9. Chad Head (303) 
10. Matt Hagan (280)