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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta desires first U.S. Nationals trophy

Indianapolis Highlights: Two finals (2008, 2004); Two poles (2004, 2000)

2015 Indianapolis Event Recap: Qualified 16th; Quarter-Final finish (beat Larry Dixon in the first round, lost to Shawn Langdon in the quarter-finals)

Previous Event Recap (Brainerd): Qualified sixth; Quarter-Final finish (beat Morgan Lucas in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: “It has been a while since Team Kalitta has earned a Top Fuel Wally in Indianapolis, and I would love to finally have one. We did really well in testing one week ago, and I am confident that my Mac Tools team has what it takes to get it done."

Career Stats: 427 starts, 576 round wins (11th all-time), 41 wins (Fourth all-time in Top Fuel), 85 finals, 46 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2016 Season Stats: Three wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka); Three poles (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk), One final (Pomona), 31 round wins

Point Standings: Second (-157); trails first-place Antron Brown by 157 points, leads third-place Steve Torrence by 31 points

Noteworthy: has won his first round pairing in 14 of 17 events this season; 10 semi-final or better finishes in 17 events this season; more round wins than season round win total from 2015; clinched NHRA Countdown for the Championship slot in Sonoma, his 19th consecutive top ten finish

JR Todd

Todd looks for success at his home track

Highlights: Six straight first round wins; 15 round wins in the last six races

2015 Indianapolis Event Recap: Qualified fifth; First round defeat (lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Brainerd): Qualified 10th; Quarter-Final finish (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, lost to Shawn Langdon in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: “If you could only win one NHRA race, the one you want to win is the U.S. Nationals. Growing up in Indiana, I know the history involved in this race and I would love to take this SealMaster Toyota team into the winner's circle."

Career Stats: 141 starts, 137 round wins, 9 wins, 17 finals, 8 no.1 qualifiers

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Three finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago); 25 round wins

Point Standings: Sixth (-416); trails fifth-place Tony Schumacher by 119 points, leads seventh-place Shawn Langdon by 30 points

Noteworthy: Reset his career-best ET in Seattle with a 3.698 second pass (previous best was set in Brainerd last season); has won more round wins in the first 16 races of 2016 (25) then the entire 2015 season (20); 25 round wins matches his career-high for a season; clinched NHRA Countdown for the Championship slot in Seattle

Del Worsham

Worsham plans for recent streak to continue

Indianapolis Highlights: One Indianapolis win (2005); also won the speciality race that season

2015 Indianapolis Event Recap: Qualified fourth; Semi-Final finish (beat Chad Head in the first round and Tim Wilkerson in the second round, lost to Jack Beckman in the semi-finals)

Previous Event Recap (Brainerd): Qualified second; Race Winner (defeated Bob Bode in the first round, Tim Wilkerson in the second round, Courtney Force in the semi-finals and Matt Hagan in the finals)

Quotable: “The DHL Toyota team finally got that much deserved first win of the season in Brainerd, and we are looking for that run of consistent passes to continue in Indianapolis."

Career Stats: 500 starts, 549 round wins, 39 wins (31 in Funny Car, 8 in Top Fuel), 65 finals (54 in Funny Car, 11 in Top Fuel), 20 no.1 qualifiers (13 in Funny Car, 7 in Top Fuel)

2016 Season Stats: One win (Brainerd); Three finals (Pomona, Las Vegas, Seattle); Three poles (Norwalk, Sonoma, Seattle); 27 round wins

Point Standings: Third (-221); trails second-place Courtney Force by six points, leads fourth-place Jack Beckman by 46 points

Noteworthy: Earned first 2016 win at our most recent event in Brainerd, his first Brainerd victory; 2015 Funny Car Champion, 2011 Top Fuel Champion; one of three drivers with championships in both nitro classes, second in the Funny Car class with 14 first round wins this season; clinched NHRA Countdown for the Championship spot in Seattle

Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria Indianapolis pre-race notes

Indianapolis highlights: One win (2014)

2015 Indianapolis Event Recap: Qualified sixth; First round defeat (lost to Courtney Force in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Brainerd): Did not compete due to injury suffered at the Toyota Sonoma Nationals in July

Career Stats: 110 starts, 81 round wins, 4 wins, 3 finals, 4 no.1 qualifiers

2016 Season Stats: One win (Las Vegas); One semi-final (Bristol); One pole (Charlotte); 12 round wins

Point Standings: 10th (-648); trails ninth-place Tim Wilkerson by 150 points, leads 11th-place Chad Head by 87 points

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (August 23, 2016) – Jim “O” Oberhofer is pleased to announce the establishment of The Tammy O Foundation, celebrating the life of his wife, Tammy “O” Oberhofer, who lost her battle with cancer on June 18th, 2013.

The Tammy O Foundation will be a donor-advised fund that will donate funds raised from the purchases of Jim O’s book, Top Fuel for Life. The charity will send funds to organizations that were very close to Tammy O’s heart, including BRAKES, Pandas International, Racers for Christ, DRAW and Infinite Hero Foundation. Funds from the Tammy O Foundation will continue to be available based on NHRA fans continuing to purchase Top Fuel for Life, which can be purchased through the Team Kalitta website, trackside at the Patrón merchandise hauler or on amazon.com.

“I thought about doing my own 501-3c,” said Oberhofer, “But I wanted to do this the right way. This allows me to be able to donate to things that I know Tammy would have wanted me to donate to. Ashley O and I have made a list and we are going to continue to support as many people as we can.”

The logo highlights one of Tammy O’s favorite things, pandas, and was designed by legendary motorsports artist Kenny Youngblood. The Tammy O Foundation logo will be run on all four Team Kalitta machines driven by Alexis DeJoria, Del Worsham, Doug Kalitta and J.R. Todd starting in Indianapolis.

“Tammy was very close to Kenny’s wife, Terri, and thought the world of Kenny’s work,” said Oberhofer. “I knew he was the perfect person to design a logo for her foundation.”

Tammy O was a beloved member of the Team Kalitta and NHRA families and worked for Kalitta Motorsports for over 20 years, first as the team’s Public Relations representative, before taking over as office manager.

The Tammy O Foundation logo design was done by Kenny Youngblood.

Del Worsham

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.856 sec. at 326.71 MPH
Q2: 3.872 sec. at 329.34 MPH
Q3: 6.010 sec. at 133.54 MPH
Q4: 7.362 sec. at 91.76 MPH

Bonus Points: 5 pts. (Best in the first session, second-best in the second session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Bob Bode
Quotable: "Bummer to lose the top spot, but we know where the line is tomorrow. I look forward to competing in my 500th career start tomorrow, and hopefully earning these DHL Toyota guys a race win."
Notes: Tomorrow will be Worsham's 500th career raceday start.

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.782 sec. at 324.20 MPH
Q2: 4.381 sec. at 182.43 MPH
Q3: 3.704 sec. at 331.20 MPH
Q4: 3.738 sec. at 327.11 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second-best of the third session)
Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Morgan Lucas
Quotable: "Some solid passes this weekend in qualifying for the Mac Tools Red Line Oil Toyota team. Conditions are prime for some good runs tomorrow, and I look forward to eliminations."

JR Todd

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.781 sec. at 322.65 MPH
Q2: 7.785 sec. at 93.59 MPH
Q3: 3.734 sec. at 326.24 MPH
Q4: 3.748 sec. at 325.06 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pts. (Third best of the first session)
Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Richie Crampton
Worsham earns first Brainerd win

Race Recap:

Worsham had a very busy weekend in Brainerd with the opportunity to earn two wins and a special milestone.

The special milestone, his 500th career race-day start, was clinched with a stellar 3.856 second pass in the first session of qualifying. That was part of Worsham's Friday that included earning five of six bonus points possible.

The rematch of the Seattle final did not go Worsham's way as the DHL Camry lost traction early, but the team did not get down and looked for another shot on Sunday.

Worsham's outstanding first day pass allowed him to start in the second position and a Bob Bode first round matchup. Bode, who got the Wally at this race five seasons ago, struck the tires at the hit, giving the easy win to Worsham. A second round pairing against Tim Wilkerson was also done at the tree as Wilkerson turned on the red light.

With live TV, the DHL Yella Fellas were faced with a tight turnaround, but they got it done and made it to the line against Courtney Force. Force took a shot at the tree, but was up in smoke soon after and the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car was true straight down the track. That round win gave Worsham his first career Brainerd Nationals final round appearance and back-to-back finals for the first time since last season.

His opponent was Matt Hagan, who started from the no.1 qualifying spot on Sunday. Hagan and Worsham left together, but that was the last time they were side-by-side. Hagan lit the tires, and Worsham was right down the strip to score his first win of the season and first win in Brainerd. It is his 31st career Funny Car win and 39th overall in his career on his 500th career raceday start.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 2 (3.856 sec., 326.71 mph)

  • E1: Worsham defeated Bode - 3.890 sec., 329.26 mph to 9.320 sec., 103.13 mph
  • E2: Worsham defeated Wilkerson - 3.904 sec., 328.06 mph to foul
  • E3: Worsham defeated C. Force - 3.926 sec., 324.20 mph to 7.129 sec., 84.36 mph
  • Final: Worsham defeated Hagan - 3.908 sec., 327.27 mph to 8.095 sec., 71.33 mph

Quotable: "What an incredible day. Being able to come back to win today is awesome. I am so proud of this DHL, Toyota, Red Line Oil team. They worked incredibly hard this weekend. Brainerd is one of my favorite races, and to be able to finally get a win here is perfect. We are getting a good handle on this DHL Toyota Camry and I am really excited for the Countdown."

Point Standings: Third (-221); trails with second-place Courtney Force by 6 points, leads fourth-place Jack Beckman by 46 points

Kalitta takes a Brainerd round win

Race Recap: Kalitta came to Brainerd looking for redemption. After two first round losses on the Western Swing, Kalitta was looking for some round wins in Minnesota.

Kalitta's second day of qualifying was his best as he recorded an 3.704 second pass in the third round of qualifying and solidified Kalitta's spot in the top half of the field; something he has done at every race this season.

In the first round, it was an intramural battle between Team Kalitta and Morgan Lucas Racing. Kalitta was the second pair, and had the team owner, Morgan Lucas. Kalitta was stellar on the tree, and beat Lucas to ever increment to earn the first round win.

However, Kalitta's day ended much to early. In the second round, he was away first on Brittany Force, but the Mac Tools ride encountered issues downtick yielding the round win to Force, who later picked up the Brainerd Nationals win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.704 sec., 331.20 mph)

  • E1: Kalitta defeated Lucas - 3.726 sec., 322.73 mph to 5.879 sec., 119.32 mph
  • E2: Kalitta defeated by B. Force - 3.939 sec., 265.01 mph to 3.711 sec., 325.53 mph

Quotable: "Was looking for more than a round win this weekend, but we are confident in what we have learned. I am excited to get to the U.S. Nationals and see what we have for the field."

Point Standings: Second (-167); trails first-place Antron Brown by 167 points, leads third-place Steve Torrence by 41 points

Todd earns sixth straight first round win

Race Recap: After an incredibly solid run on the Western Swing by leading the Top Fuel class in round wins, Todd and the SealMaster team made their way to Brainerd, Minnesota for the historic Brainerd Nationals.

The qualifying effort started the right way with Todd and his SealMaster team earning bonus points in the first session. However, due to tire smoke in the prime conditions on Friday evening, Todd slipped back to the 10th starting position and a tough round one draw with Richie Crampton, whom Todd has faced three of the last four weeks.

Todd and Crampton were the last pair in round one. Todd was prepared at the tree, recording the low reaction time of round one, and drove straight to the finish line, earning his sixth consecutive first round win.

His streak of five straight semi-finals or better did end, however, after Shawn Langdon was able to drive around Todd when the SealMaster dragster encountered problems in the second round.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.734 sec., 326.24 mph)

  • E1: Todd defeated Crampton - 3.736 sec., 329.10 mph to 4.165 sec., 255.87 mph
  • E2: Todd defeated by Langdon - 4.885 sec., 156.68 mph to 3.729 sec., 330.96 mph

Quotable: "Tough finish to the weekend for the SealMaster Toyota team. Never like to hurt parts and lose. We are excited to head to the Indy test and hopefully learn some things that we can transfer to the U.S. Nationals and the Countdown.

Point Standings: Sixth (-426); trails fifth-place Tony Schumacher by 119 points, leads seventh-place Shawn Langdon by 30 points Quotable: "The SealMaster Toyota guys were looking for more than that on the last pass, but it was not meant to be. We have a tough first round draw, but we will go to the line and do our best for hopefully four rounds of racing in Brainerd tomorrow."

Del Worsham

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.856 sec. at 326.71 MPH
Q2: 3.872 sec. at 329.34 MPH
Q3: 6.010 sec. at 133.54 MPH
Q4: 7.362 sec. at 91.76 MPH

Bonus Points: 5 pts. (Best in the first session, second-best in the second session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Bob Bode
Quotable: "Bummer to lose the top spot, but we know where the line is tomorrow. I look forward to competing in my 500th career start tomorrow, and hopefully earning these DHL Toyota guys a race win."
Notes: Tomorrow will be Worsham's 500th career raceday start.

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.782 sec. at 324.20 MPH
Q2: 4.381 sec. at 182.43 MPH
Q3: 3.704 sec. at 331.20 MPH
Q4: 3.738 sec. at 327.11 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second-best of the third session)
Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Morgan Lucas
Quotable: "Some solid passes this weekend in qualifying for the Mac Tools Red Line Oil Toyota team. Conditions are prime for some good runs tomorrow, and I look forward to eliminations."

JR Todd

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.781 sec. at 322.65 MPH
Q2: 7.785 sec. at 93.59 MPH
Q3: 3.734 sec. at 326.24 MPH
Q4: 3.748 sec. at 325.06 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pts. (Third best of the first session)
Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Richie Crampton
Quotable: "The SealMaster Toyota guys were looking for more than that on the last pass, but it was not meant to be. We have a tough first round draw, but we will go to the line and do our best for hopefully four rounds of racing in Brainerd tomorrow."

#NHRAonFOX Telecast information:
8/20 Qualifying (FS1) - 10:00pm - 12:00am
8/21 Race (FS1) - 2:00pm - 5:00pm - LIVE

All times are EST.

Del Worsham

BRAINERD, Minn. (August 19, 2016) – Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, claimed the third consecutive provisional pole for the Brainerd Nationals earlier today.

Worsham continued his run of stellar passes in the first qualifying session. Crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nicky Boninfante provided the tune-up for the 3.856 second lap, besting the field by over four hundredths and setting a new track record. The evening session saw Worsham run another solid number, a 3.872, which allowed Worsham to claim five of the six possible bonus points for the first day of the Brainerd Nationals.

"That 3.856 was a great pass for the conditions," said Worsham. "Nicky, Jon O and all of the DHL Toyota guys are doing a great job."

"I am not sure if that is going to hold or not. Conditions look good for tomorrow, so we could see some changes."

Those passes allowed Worsham to clinch a milestone: his 500th career race-day start. He is only the third active driver to have reached that mark.

If the run holds, Worsham will earn the no.1 qualifier for the third consecutive race for the first time in his career. It would be his 21st pole of his career and 14th in Funny Car. This would be his second Brainerd pole; Worsham earned his first career no.1 qualifier at Brainerd International Raceway in 1991.

Worsham's Funny Car teammate, Alexis DeJoria, is not in attendance due to injuries suffered at the Toyota Sonoma Nationals last month. The Kalitta Top Fuel dragsters of J.R. Todd and Doug Kalitta both made two passes on Fri

Todd is currently slotted sixth with Kalitta in seventh in the Top Fuel field.

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Kalitta plans to lay down fast times in Brainerd

Brainerd Highlights: Two wins (2005, 2003); Two finals (2014, 2000); Three poles (2010, 2004, 2002)

2015 Brainerd Event Recap: Qualified third; Quarter-Final finish (beat Wayne Newby in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarter-finals)

Previous Event Recap (Seattle): Qualified seventh; First round defeat (lost to Richie Crampton in the first round)

Quotable: “Brainerd was extremely fast last season, and the conditions look like they are going to give us opportunity to go fast again this weekend. I am excited to get back in the seat of the Mac Tools Toyota machine and see what we can do.”

Career Stats: 426 starts, 575 round wins (11th all-time), 41 wins (Fourth all-time in Top Fuel), 85 finals, 46 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2016 Season Stats: Three wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka); Three poles (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk), One final (Pomona), 30 round wins

Point Standings: Second (-100); trails first-place Antron Brown by 100 points, leads third-place Steve Torrence by 24 points

Noteworthy: has won his first round pairing in 13 of 16 events this season; 10 semi-final or better finishes in 16 events this season; matched season round win total from 2015; clinched NHRA Countdown for the Championship slot in Sonoma, his 19th consecutive top ten finish
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JR Todd

Todd desires first Brainerd crown

Highlights: Only Top Fuel driver to advance to the semi-finals or better on every Western Swing event; 14 round wins in the last five events to lead the Top Fuel class

2015 Brainerd Event Recap: Qualified tenth; First round defeat (lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Seattle): Qualified third; Semi-Final finish (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round and Shawn Langdon in the second round, lost to Steve Torrence in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “We had a great Western Swing with this SealMaster team and have a lot of momentum heading into Brainerd. I feel like we have a good handle on the SealMaster dragster and I look forward to run this weekend and hopefully have our consistently strong runs continue.”

Career Stats: 140 starts, 136 round wins, 9 wins, 17 finals, 8 no.1 qualifiers

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Three finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago); 24 round wins

Point Standings: Sixth (-341); trails fifth-place Tony Schumacher by 76 points, leads seventh-place Shawn Langdon by 72 points

Noteworthy: Reset his career-best ET in Seattle with a 3.698 second pass (previous best was set in Brainerd last season); Won at least one race on the Western Swing for the third consecutive season; semi-final finish or better the last five events; has won more round wins in the first 16 races of 2016 (24) then the entire 2015 season (20); clinched NHRA Countdown for the Championship slot in Seattle

Del Worsham

Worsham looks to hit huge milestone

Highlights: One Brainerd pole (1991); upon earning a qualified spot in the field, Worsham will make his 500th career raceday start; reset NHRA National Record Elapsed Time at the last race

2015 Brainerd Event Recap: Qualified eighth; First round defeat (lost to Matt Hagan in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Seattle): Qualified first (track-record elapsed time; career-best elapsed-time; National Record ET); In finals, to be run in Brainerd (defeated Tim Gibbons in the first round, Robert Hight in the second round and Matt Hagan in the semi-finals, will run Ron Capps in the final)

Quotable: "It's feels good. When I started, it never entered my mind or was a thought that I could be able to hit 500 career starts and to do it when we are running extremely strong has me even more excited. I am ready to get to Brainerd and hopefully pick up two Wallys this weekend with this DHL Camry.”

Career Stats: 499 starts, 545 round wins, 38 wins (30 in Funny Car, 8 in Top Fuel), 64 finals (53 in Funny Car, 11 in Top Fuel), 20 no.1 qualifiers (13 in Funny Car, 7 in Top Fuel)

2016 Season Stats: Three finals (Pomona, Las Vegas, Seattle - Final will be run in Brainerd); Four semi-finals (Epping, Englishtown, Denver, Sonoma); Three poles (Norwalk, Sonoma, Seattle); 23 round wins

Point Standings: Fourth (-243); trails third-place Jack Beckman by 18 points, leads fifth-place Matt Hagan by 59 points

Noteworthy: 2015 Funny Car Champion, 2011 Top Fuel Champion; one of three drivers with championships in both nitro classes; second in the Funny Car class with 13 first round wins this season; No. 1 qualifiers at the last two events; won consecutive poles for the first time in his Funny Car career; clinched NHRA Countdown for the Championship spot in Seattle

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Antron Brown (1301)
2. Doug Kalitta (1201)
3. Steve Torrence (1177)
4. Brittany Force (1044)
5. Tony Schumacher (1036)
6. J.R. Todd (960)
7. Shawn Langdon (888)
8. Richie Crampton (806)
8. Clay Millican (770)
10. Leah Pritchett (604)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Ron Capps (1313)
2. Courtney Force (1124)
3. Jack Beckman (1088)
4. Del Worsham (1070)
5. Matt Hagan (1011)
6. Robert Hight (988)
7. John Force (970)
8. Tommy Johnson Jr. (940)
9. Tim Wilkerson (862)
10. Alexis DeJoria (765)