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Doug Kalitta

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 22, 2016) - Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, claimed his third straight victory today for the first time in his career at the Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

Kalitta was dominate again in qualifying, earning the most bonus points, seven, and starting among the top two for the sixth time in the first eight races. His strongest two runs were shocking identical as he laid down 3.701 and 3.702 second passes in the second and fourth runs.

He started his day in the second spot and faced Rob Passey. Kalitta was not taking Passey lightly and went out and delivered a .023 reaction time to defeat Passey easily.

His second opponent was the hungry Clay Millican. Striving for his first win, Kalitta knew he was not an easy draw. Jim Oberhofer, Troy Fasching and the Mac Tools team were clutch and provided a clean run at 3.796 seconds to move the big red Mac Tools machine on.

The sixth semi-final of the season for Kalitta proved to be a repeat of the Pomona final as Kalitta faced Texan Steve Torrence. Kalitta was again stout on the tree with a .046 and the car was there with a clean 3.757 second pass to send Kalitta to the final. That pass was Kalitta’s best run of the day.

It was Kalitta’s fourth straight final round appearance and fifth in just eight events on the season. His opponent, defending champion Antron Brown, was looking to get revenge for his semi-final defeat at the Atlanta event just one week ago.

The duo watched the Funny Car battle come down to a pedal fest in front of them, and Kalitta was prepared. Both Kalitta and Brown went up in smoke instantly, but Kalitta was not going to lift up. He got the Mac Tools machine sideways at one point, but was able to gather it up quicker than Brown, earning his 41st career win in his 85th career final. It is his third straight win, something he has never done before in his incredible NHRA career.

“I wasn’t sure what was going to happen in the final,” said Kalitta, “You just take what you can get as quickly as you can do it.  Fortunately, I got there just a little quicker than Antron.  It was exciting. These wins don’t come easy, I’m just real happy to do it here.  My Mac Tools boys worked their tails off today.  It was a little surprising in the finals there, but we’re just happy to get the win.  I’m proud of our guys and the opportunity I’ve got right now.  This Mac Tools team just keeps winning rounds and doing what we’re doing.  This is a really good car and this is a really good team.  It’s all the little things that just keep adding up.  I was probably more sideways than I’ve ever been in a Top Fuel car and kept going. I straightened it out and I was just real fortunate to get this win.”

Kalitta extends his points lead to 95 over Brown in the Top Fuel race.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, made some big moves in qualifying. Worsham claimed new career-bests in elapsed time and MPH and placed runs among the top ten in the class all-time. Worsham returned to solid numbers and qualified among the top half for the seventh time in eight events. However, even with a solid qualifying spot, sixth, the matchup was less than to be desired as Worsham’s first opponent was 16-time champion John Force.

Worsham did not allow the opponent to change his mentality. He charged the tree and delivered the best reaction time of the class, .047, to earn a holeshot win over Force. He advanced and just missed lane choice over two-time winner Tim Wilkerson in the quarterfinals.

Worsham was again ready for the second round delivering again at the starting line, but the DHL Toyota Camry fell to tire smoke early in the run. Worsham had an expert pedal effort but it was not enough against Wilkerson.

“Not the way we were hoping to finish this Topeka weekend,” said Worsham. “We were close, but could not close the deal. We will look forward to Epping and see if we can get the win there in this DHL Toyota Camry.”

Worsham slips to seventh in the standings.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, also had a stellar qualifying effort resetting her career-best in the Friday session. However, more impressive might have been the 3.878 she laid down in the final qualifying session. That run made her the only driver to run two 3.87-second passes and gave her three bonus points.

DeJoria matched up against Chad Head in the first round and was able deliver her first Topeka round win with a solid 3.963-second lap. However, the day was shorter than DeJoria would have liked as she was defeated in the quarterfinals by Courtney Force. DeJoria gained one spot in the standings to eighth.

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, continued the performance gains throughout the Kansas Nationals weekend. Todd and the SealMaster team lost one run to a mechanical malfunction in the early part of Saturday, but the other three passes throughout Friday and Saturday were solid. Todd was the only driver to improve on his Friday qualifying effort in the last chance on Saturday and started the race just missing the top half of the field.

First up for the SealMaster team: defending Top Fuel champion Antron Brown. Todd left with the third best reaction time in the class and ran a solid 3.76-second pass but it was not enough to defeat Brown. Besides Brown and Brittany Force, Todd would have defeated every other Top Fuel driver in the first round.

“Tough and quick way to end the Kansas Nationals,” said Todd. “Not the result we were looking for with this SealMaster Toyota Top Fuel dragster. However, we did get some good data that we can utilize as the NHRA schedule gets in full swing, so I look forward to our next opportunity in Epping.”

Todd retained a spot among Top Fuel’s top five drivers leaving Kansas.

Through eight events on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Team Kalitta owns four wins, nine final round appearances and three no.1 qualifiers. The NHRA series enjoys the weekend off before heading to the only four-race stretch on the season which begins in Epping, New Hampshire for the New England Nationals.

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: No. 2 Qualifier (3.701 sec., 331.85 mph) **CAREER BEST ELAPSED TIME and MPH*

E1: Kalitta defeated Passey - 3.795 sec., 287.23 mph to 14.800 sec., 34.25 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated Millican - 3.796 sec., 325.91 mph to 6.533 sec., 89.42 mph

E3: Kalitta defeated Torrence - 3.757 sec., 329.10 mph to 3.840 sec., 314.46 mph

Final: Kalitta defeated Brown - 5.452 sec., 238.85 mph to 5.687 sec., 298.60 mph

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: No. 6 Qualifier (3.880 sec., 332.67 mph) **CAREER BEST ELAPSED TIME and MPH** E1: Worsham defeated J. Force - 3.953 sec., 327.27 mph to 3.951 sec., 328.70 mph

E2: Worsham defeated by Wilkerson - 5.624 sec., 141.82 mph to 3.972 sec., 324.44 mph

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car: No. 5 Qualifier (3.875 sec., 332.18 mph) **CAREER BEST ELAPSED TIME and MPH** E1: DeJoria defeated Head - 3.963 sec., 321.81 mph to 4.188 sec., 268.06 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Johnson Jr. - 3.981 sec., 318.69 mph to 3.961 sec., 324.05 mph

J.R. Todd – Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: No. 9 Qualifier (3.758 sec., 320.89 mph) E1: Todd defeated by Brown - 3.767 sec., 322.96 mph to 3.723 sec., 319.82 mph

Mello Yello Championship Points: Top Fuel (Unofficial) 1. Doug Kalitta (710) 2. Antron Brown (615) 3. Brittany Force (580) 4. Steve Torrence (557) 5. J.R. Todd (440) 5. Clay Millican (440) 7. Richie Crampton (418) 8. Tony Schumacher (403) 9. Shawn Langdon (346) 10. Terry McMillen (325)

Funny Car (Unofficial) 1. Courtney Force (601) 2. Jack Beckman (589) 3. Tim Wilkerson (554) 4. Matt Hagan (511) 5. Robert Hight (510) 6. Ron Capps (504) 7. Del Worsham (485) 8. Alexis DeJoria (451) 9. John Force (448) 10. Tommy Johnson Jr. (404)

JR Todd

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas. Results and quotes follow.

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: Q1: 3.713 sec., 328.70 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.) Q2: 3.701 sec., 330.88 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.) Q3: 3.742 sec., 331.85 mph Q4: 3.702 sec., 327.98 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)

No. 2 Qualifier

NOTE: Kalitta’s 3.701 second pass reset his career best and ranks as the ninth best elapsed time in NHRA Top Fuel history. The 331.85 MPH now ranks as Heartland Park Topeka’s track record, is Kalitta’s career-best MPH and is the eighth quickest speed in NHRA history. This is the sixth time in eight events that Kalitta has qualified in the top two.

J.R. Todd – Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: Q1: 3.797 sec., 324.20 mph Q2: 3.762 sec., 323.81 mph Q3: No run; mechanical failure Q4: 3.758 sec., 320.89 mph

No. 9 Qualifier

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car: Q1: 3.928 sec., 324.05 mph Q2: 3.875 sec., 332.18 mph Q3: 5.023 sec., 148.61 mph Q4: 3.878 sec., 328.70 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)

No. 5 Qualifier

NOTE: DeJoria reset her career-best elapsed time (3.875) and MPH (332.18) on Friday evening. Those passes rank as the fifth best elapsed time and eighth best MPH in NHRA Funny Car history.

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: Q1: 3.918 sec., 325.61 mph Q2: 3.880 sec., 332.67 mph Q3: 3.915 sec., 326.71 mph Q4: 5.519 sec., 128.01 mph

No. 6 Qualifier

NOTE: Worsham reset his career-best elapsed time (3.880) and (332.67) on Friday evening. Those passes rank as the eighth best elapsed time and fourth best MPH in NHRA Funny Car history.

First Round Competition:

  • 2) Doug Kalitta v. 15) Rob Passey
  • 9) J.R. Todd v. 8) Antron Brown
  • 5) Alexis DeJoria v. 12) Chad Head
  • 6) Del Worsham v. 11) John Force

Quotables:

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “I continue to be so impressed with my entire Mac Tools team. They are on their game and the performance has been their all weekend. I am really looking forward to tomorrow.”

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: “Strong way to end qualifying here at the Kansas Nationals. I was excited to be able to come back to Topeka with all of the history that Kalitta Motorsports has here, and I would like nothing more than to add my name as part of that history tomorrow with this SealMaster team.”

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “The DHL team definitely is prepared and it showed this weekend in these incredible track conditions. We are going to see conditions tomorrow that we have not seen yet this weekend, but I am confident in what we have prepared and what our plan is for tomorrow.

FOX Sports TV Schedule:

5/21 Qualifying - 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. EST (FS1)

5/22 Eliminations - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 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.

Race of the Century

TOPEKA, Kansas (May 18, 2016) - Kalitta Motorsports’ preview the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas. This is the eighth race of 24 in the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello NHRA season.

Kalitta tries for a career first

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, heads into Topeka officially on a hot streak. Kalitta has qualified in the top two in five of the first seven events.

However, in the last two races he has experienced even more Sunday success. Kalitta, who defeated Steve Torrence in the Houston final round on a holeshot, started on pole for the second time this season in Atlanta. Kalitta then defeated Terry Haddock, Tony Schumacher and defending Top Fuel champion Antron Brown to set-up a historic final round race with his teammate J.R. Todd, but nobody had any idea how historic this race was about to be.

In the first all-Team Kalitta Top Fuel final since Kalitta defeated Hillary Will in Memphis of 2006, Kalitta and Todd would cross the line in a dead heat, separated by less than .0001 of a second or about a half-inch in what has been dubbed across the country as the closest drag race in history. It was his second consecutive victory, something he achieved for the first time in ten years.

Kalitta, who claimed the points lead by 64 over Brown, now goes to Topeka trying for a career-first: his third straight win. Topeka is a great place to try to achieve that as Heartland Park has been incredibly kind to Team Kalitta over the years. Kalitta owns one win, a victory in 2006. However, his late cousin Scott is still the track record holder by a large margin. His six victories are four more than his closest rival, while Kalitta Motorsports has led four different drivers to Top Fuel wins at the facility.

“What a run,” said Kalitta, who has four final round appearances in just seven 2016 events. “These Mac Tools guys are working so hard and are focused on the big goal. We have had no mistakes and I have so much confidence in them. I am incredibly excited to race this weekend and see if we can continue this run.”

Todd ready for next step

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, had his best race of the season in Atlanta. Achieving a class-best six bonus points in qualifying, Todd qualified in the top three for the second time this season. Todd started his day by defeating Kyle Wurtzel in the first round, Brittany Force and Shawn Langdon to set up the incredible race against his teammate, Doug Kalitta.

Despite missing out on his first Wally of the season by less than an inch, Todd is incredibly confident coming into Topeka, which marks the one-third mark of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. His SealMaster ride had seven consecutive stellar passes, recording the low run of the round three times.

“My SealMaster guys were on it in Atlanta,” said Todd. “I am excited that we get to race back-to-back and hopefully we can take that next step into the winner’s circle in Topeka. It has been a great track for Team Kalitta and I would like to add my name to the list of winners.”

Todd has been very close to winning at Heartland Park Topeka in the past. In 2007, he defeated now teammate Doug Kalitta on his way to a final round race against friend Brandon Bernstein where he came up just short in receiving his sixth career win.

Todd, who now owns eight race wins and 14 finals, is in his third career Topeka start with Kalitta Motorsports. Last season, he qualified fourth and lost another close race to his teammate Doug Kalitta in the second round.

Worsham plans for 2016 breakthrough

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, is definitely seeing similarities with his 2015 season.

Worsham advanced to the second round in Atlanta, but ended up losing a close race to eventual race winner Matt Hagan. Worsham’s combined reaction time and elapsed time would have defeated every other competitor in the quarterfinal round.

“We know we are good and so close to earning our first 2016 win,” said Worsham. “I would love to pickup my first Topeka win this weekend and lock up the TRAXXAS shootout spot as well.”

Topeka is one of just four races that Worsham has yet to see the winner’s circle in his incredible career. (Epping, Brainerd and Reading are the other three tracks.) However, Worsham got very close last season. He defeated teammate Alexis DeJoria and Tim Wilkerson in the first two rounds before losing in a tire-smoking battle with Jack Beckman.

Worsham, who moved up to sixth in the point standings in Atlanta, is looking for his 31st career win which would move him to seventh all-time in the Funny Car ranks.

DeJoria desires Kansas rebound

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, is coming off another solid effort, but desires a Topeka rebound after an early start in the second round ended her day before she would have liked.

DeJoria did retain her third straight top five qualifying effort in Atlanta as her Toyota Camry entry ran five consecutive solid passes to instill confidence as the series goes to its eighth event. Last season, DeJoria earned a top half starting spot in Topeka but was defeated in the opening stanza by her teammate Worsham.

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2016 Atlanta Winner Doug Kalitta

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 15, 2016) - Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, and J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, advanced to the final today giving Kalitta Motorsports their first all-team Top Fuel final since 2006 and in the closest Top Fuel race in NHRA history, Kalitta escaped a victor.

Kalitta was on a hot streak coming into race weekend and never slowed down. Jim Oberhofer tuned the Mac Tools dragster up on mean and ran a 3.731 seconds defeating his closed rival by three hundreths and resetting his own track record. He earned two more bonus points on Saturday and earned his 45th career no.1 qualifier. It was his second in three seasons in Atlanta.

Kalitta’s first opponent, Terry Haddock, was not able to make the run, but Kalitta would have been tough regardless. Kalitta ran low of the session with a 3.737 second pass to give him lane choice over rival Tony Schumacher in round 2.

Kalitta and Schumacher would deliver the best race in the quarterfinals. They left together and got to the finish line stripe just .002 seconds apart with the Mac Tools machine just inches ahead. Kalitta was pumped and ready for the target. With his teammate behind him, Kalitta deliver a sub .050 second light and easily defeated a tire smoking Antron Brown to reach the final for the second straight race for the first time since 2014.

His opponent: his teammate J.R. Todd. The race came down to the computers as Todd and Kalitta were so close at the line no one was sure. By less than one ten-thousandth of a second, Kalitta was the victor. It gave him 40 for his career and moved him to fourth all-time in Top Fuel.

Kalitta also scored back-to-back wins for the first time since 2006 and took over the points lead by 64 over Antron Brown.

“What an incredible race,” said Kalitta. “It just shows how much effort and time goes into these race cars at Kalitta Motorsports. I could not be more proud to a part of this team and part of what the Mac Tools guys are doing. To win two in a row is stellar and I could not be more excited.

Todd also had a stellar set of qualifying passes. With a 3.762 second pass, Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn set up the SealMaster ride to be qualified strong. However, even more impressive was their Saturday efforts which saw them earn five out of a possible six bonus points for the best runs of the session. Overall Todd earned the most bonus points of any Top Fuel driver and started third.

Todd drew Kyle Wurtzel for the first time in eliminations to start his day. Wurtzel had a great run, but not enough to take down Todd’s pass. The SealMaster boys tuned Todd up to a 3.759 second run, which was even quicker than his qualifying pass.

Todd had a tough draw in round two. Brittany Force, who came in as the series’ points leader was in the other lane. Todd was unfazed and Flynn and Kalitta were prepared. Todd had the best run of the round, 3.757 seconds, to make his way to his third semi-final effort of the season.

It looked like mechanical problems were going to stop the run for Todd in the semi-finals. However, James Riola and the SealMaster team had quick thinking and was able to get the tire rolling again and Todd was focused. Facing friend Shawn Langdon, Todd delivered the knockout punch that clinched Kalitta Motorsports’ first all-team final in ten seasons. His 3.782 second run just barely gave up lane choice to his teammate which was sure to be a battle.

And a battle it was. Todd and Kalitta came down to the line with a margin too close for the blind eye. In the closest finish in Top Fuel history, Kalitta just squeaked by Todd’s ride.

“You never want to come that close and not get it done,” said Todd. “However, it is great to see both Team Kalitta cars in the final and the SealMaster team knows we can definitely get the job done in Topeka.”

Todd gained one spot in the standings to fifth.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, did not have the typical qualifying effort the DHL ‘Yella Fellas’ are used to. Two passes with potential big number ended early due to part failure. Worsham would go on to claim the tenth starting position, easily the lowest he has qualified this season.

But Worsham and the DHL team were determined to not get down. A tough first round draw with points leader Tim Wilkerson awaited. Worsham was ready at the line, recording the best light of the session; and the team was ready at the finish line, easily defeating Wilkerson despite a non-complete pass. Worsham recored a 3.975 but only at 287mph. Next up, former champion Matt Hagan.

Worsham again was ready. He beat Hagan off the line by three hundredths, but it was just not enough on the other end. Worsham would have defeated every other Funny Car in the round except for Hagan continuing the DHL team’s streak of bad luck.

“The car was there today and my DHL Toyota guys worked really hard,” said Worsham. “I am pleased with the performance of our car and I know we will be a contender next week in Topeka.”

Worsham gained one spot in the standings to sixth.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, continued to produce stellar performance at the Southern Nationals. After some early tire smoke in the first qualifying attempt, DeJoria laid down three solid passes and claimed her third straight top five qualifying spot, slotting in fourth for Sunday’s first round of eliminations.

Her first opponent would be part-time campaigner Dave Richards. The Florida native was on his second race day start of the year with a career-best run. However, DeJoria was ready at the tree earning a nearly one tenth advantage at the starting line. She took that to the stripe to earn the round win and lane choice over Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quarterfinals. Johnson Jr. smoked the tires early in the run, but DeJoria was unable to advance to the semi-finals after a red light start.

DeJoria falls to the ninth place in the standings.

Through seven events on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Team Kalitta owns two wins, eight final round appearances and three no.1 qualifiers. Our second race of back-to-back events takes the series to Heartland Park Topeka for the NHRA Kansas Nationals next weekend.

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: No. 1 Qualifier (3.731 sec., 328.22 mph) **TRACK RECORD ELAPSED TIME**

E1: Kalitta defeated Haddock - 3.737 sec., 328.22 mph to no run

E2: Kalitta defeated Schumacher - 3.782 sec., 326.24 mph to 3.789 sec., 325.06 mph

E3: Kalitta defeated Brown - 3.779 sec., 324.90 mph to 9.833 sec., 72.21 mph

Final: Kalitta defeated Todd - 3.801 sec., 323.19 mph to 3.780 sec., 320.66 mph

J.R. Todd – Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: No. 3 Qualifier (3.762 sec., 323.81 mph)

E1: Todd defeated Wurtzel - 3.759 sec., 326.00 mph to 3.853 sec., 309.84 mph

E2: Todd defeated Force - 3.757 sec., 324.36 mph to 3.784 sec., 320.97 mph

E3: Todd defeated Langdon - 3.782 sec., 322.96 mph to 3.817 sec., 318.77 mph

Final: Todd defeated by Kalitta - 3.780 sec., 320.66 mph to 3.801 sec., 323.19 mph

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: No. 10 Qualifier (4.019 sec., 316.82 mph)

E1: Worsham defeated Wilkerson - 3.975 sec., 287.11 mph to 4.064 sec., 310.48 mph

E2: Worsham defeated by Hagan - 3.972 sec., 325.45 mph to 3.926 sec., 327.19 mph

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car: No. 4 Qualifier (3.949 sec., 318.69 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Richards - 3.950 sec., 324.50 mph to 4.355 sec., 213.57 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Johnson Jr. - Foul to 7.146 sec., 97.74 mph

Doug Kalitta

Team Kalitta Qualifying Recap - Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals - Atlanta COMMERCE, Ga. (May 13, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia. Results and quotes follow.

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 3.845 sec., 318.17 mph
Q2: 3.731 sec., 328.70 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)
Q3: 3.846 sec., 321.81 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.)
Q4: 3.797 sec., 324.51 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.)

No. 1 Qualifier

NOTE: This is Kalitta’s 45th career no.1 qualifier and second in three years at Atlanta Dragway. His 3.731 elapsed time reset his own Atlanta Dragway track record. Kalitta has now qualified in the top two in five of the first seven races of the season. He also takes over the points lead, as he leads B. Force by eight points heading into raceday.

J.R. Todd – Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 4.332 sec., 192.96 mph
Q2: 3.762 sec., 323.81 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.
Q3: 3.838 sec., 319.37 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)
Q4: 3.789 sec., 324.51 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.)

No. 3 Qualifier

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 8.685 sec., 83.12 mph
Q2: 3.949 sec., 318.69 mph
Q3: 4.023 sec., 316.23 mph
Q4: 4.003 sec., 316.15 mph

No. 4 Qualifier

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 4.022 sec., 311.05 mph (One bonus points for the third quickest run of the session.)
Q2: 5.657 sec., 122.20 mph
Q3: 4.019 sec., 316.82 mph
Q4: 4.194 sec., 223.88 mph

No. 10 Qualifier

First Round Competition:

1) Doug Kalitta v. 16) Terry Haddock
3) J.R. Todd v. 14) Kyle Wurtzel
4) Alexis DeJoria v. 13) Dave Richards
10) Del Worsham v. 7) Tim Wilkerson

Quotables:

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “Very proud of this entire Mac Tools team. Jim O, Troy and every crew member have worked hard and not rested after getting the win last weekend. They are still hungry for more. It is also great to run well at a Summit Racing event, because they do so much for Team Kalitta as well. We look forward to tomorrow, and hopefully picking up the win.”

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: “Great rebound weekend for this SealMaster team. We struggled in Houston, and to do what we are doing this weekend feels great. I have the upmost confidence in this team and with the conditions we have for tomorrow, I am planning on going rounds.”

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “It was really hauling that last run and we are definitely better than we qualified. The DHL boys have a tough draw in the first round, but I know we are capable to earn that round win and the three that follow.”

FOX Sports TV Schedule:

5/14 Qualifying - 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. EST (FS1)

5/15 Eliminations - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EST (FS1) Times and dates subject to change. Event Schedule: Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 p.m. EST. Times and dates subject to change.

Doug Kalitta Leads Atlanta Day One

COMMERCE, Georgia (May 13, 2016) - Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, claimed the preliminary no.1 qualifying spot after the first day of qualifying for the Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway.

Kalitta was stellar in both sessions earning the fourth position after the first pass with a 3.845 second lap, just missing the qualifying bonus points.

However, with the sun setting at Atlanta Dragway, Kalitta knew his team had more to offer. Kalitta watched his teammate, J.R. Todd, take over the top spot just moments before with a 3.762 pass giving Kalitta a target. Jim Oberhofer had the tune-up and Kalitta was ready in the drivers’ seat with a stellar 3.731 second pass, reseting his own track record elapsed time. The run would hold after the last pair giving Kalitta the lead going into the last day of qualifying.

“I am so proud of the effort that the Mac Tools team just put out,” said Kalitta. “This is big for all of our partners, Toyota, Red Line Oil, DHL, SealMaster, Patron, everyone that supports us. It is great to continue the momentum from the win in Houston here. We saw what J.R., Connie and the SealMaster team did in front of us and we knew we had to step on it. Jim O was on it, and the team did a great job.”

Kalitta took over the points lead with that pass. It is the second time that he has led the standings this season.

If the run holds, it will be his 45th career no.1 qualifier and second at Atlanta Dragway. The final two qualifying passes take place at 2:15pm and 4:45pm tomorrow.

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VILLA PARK, Calif. (May 9, 2016) – The Memorial Day weekend is the only weekend off for Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports from the NHRA circuit from now till July. However, instead of taking a break; he has elected to bring nitro Funny Car racing to San Diego for the first time.

“My daughters, Kate and Maddy, are scheduled to race at a Junior drag racing event this weekend,” said Worsham. “However, then I got to talking to Rick (Reynolds, Barona drags track operator) and we talked about how cool it would to have some nitro racing out at the event. Rick was totally for it. So I called in some favors and people have been wholly supportive. I cannot believe how quickly everything got put together.”

Worsham will be one of four nitro Funny Cars onsite as he will be running a special scheme highlighting his 25 years in the sport of drag racing and his three IHRA and NHRA titles as nitro comes to the San Diego area for the first time. The other Funny Cars participating: Gary Densham, driver of the Densham Motorsports nitro Funny Car; Paul Lee, driver of the McLeod nitro Funny Car; and Brandon Welch, driver of the Auto Anything nitro Funny Car.

In addition to the nitro Funny Cars and the Junior drag racing series event, Worsham has recruited several Nostalgia Funny Cars driven by John Weaver, Will Martin, Alex Miladinovich, Dennis Swearingen, James Day and Danny Gerber; and Fuel Altereds driven by Jim Holtz, Nathan Bugg, Jeff Utterback and Rodney Flournoy to truly make this event one-of-a-kind.

Worsham wanted to highlight a few companies that have supported bringing nitro to the San Diego area.

“We could not have made this event happen without the support of Auto Anything, CP Carrillo, Kalitta Motorsports, McLeod, Red Line Oil and TMS Titanium, ” said Worsham.

Ticket prices are $25 for those 17 and older and $10 for children ages 10 to 16. Children under the age of 10 are free. The event is expected to sell out, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets soon.

For more information on the Barona drags, please visit http://www.baronadrags.com.

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About Kalitta Motorsports:

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with six world championships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

Team Kalitta is the home of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car World Champions, Del Worsham. He drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car. J.R. Todd drives the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster while Connie’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nick Boninfante on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar on the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, Rob Flynn on the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster and Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster.

 Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include ARP, AutoDesk CAM, Champion, Cogistics, Darton Sleeves, DHL, Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Mac Tools, Optima Batteries, Phoenix Fuel Converter, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies, Tequila Patrón, TMS Titanium, Toyota and Ziebart.

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Doug Kalitta (710)
2. Antron Brown (615)
3. Brittany Force (580)
4. Steve Torrence (557)
5. J.R. Todd (440)
5. Clay Millican (440)
7. Richie Crampton (418)
8. Tony Schumacher (403)
9. Shawn Langdon (346)
10. Terry McMillen (325)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Courtney Force (601)
2. Jack Beckman (589)
3. Tim Wilkerson (554)
4. Matt Hagan (511)
5. Robert Hight (510)
6. Ron Capps (504)
7. Del Worsham (485)
8. Alexis DeJoria (451)
9. John Force (448)
10. Tommy Johnson Jr. (404)