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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta Pre Race.JPG 

Kalitta plans for second Mile-High win

Denver Highlights: One win (2010); Four finals (2009, 2003, 2001, 1999); Two No.1 qualifiers (2006, 2002)

Last Event Recap (Chicago): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

2016 Denver Recap: Qualified eighth; First round loss (Lost to Tony Schumacher in the first round)

Quotable: “The Mac Tools team is excited to get back on track in Denver. We are focused on starting the Western Swing strong at Bandimere and taking that momentum through Sonoma and Seattle.”

Career Stats: 447 starts, 606 round wins (ninth all-time), 42 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 89 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: Two finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk); One no.1 qualifier (Norwalk); 17 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta and his family have claimed six wins at Bandimere Speedway. Connie won in 1984 and 1985 and Scott claimed victory 1994, 1995 and 2005.

 Shawn Langdon Pre Race.JPG

Langdon wants to be latest Kalitta driver to claim victory on the mountain

Last Event Recap (Chicago): Qualified sixth; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, lost to Clay Millican in the quarterfinals)

2016 Denver Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified seventh; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Leah Pritchett in the first round, lost to Antron in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “Looking forward to get going on the Western Swing. Kalitta always runs strong at Denver. I have some great memories there as I claimed the National Junior Dragster championship there, but have yet to get a win in Top Fuel. I would like to mark that off the list and get the Global Electronic Technology car in the winners circle this weekend.”

Career Stats: 194 starts, 237 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Nine starts; Seven round wins; 11th in the point standings

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports from Don Schumacher Racing after Las Vegas in a full-time third Top Fuel entry; claimed National Junior Dragster Championship 20 years ago at Bandimere Speedway

 Troy Couglin Pre Race.jpg

Coughlin Jr. faces first Denver race

Noteworthy: 14th career pro event; a candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former two-time Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former six-time NHRA champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.); part of Coughlin family with 113 career wins

Last Event Recap (Norwalk): Qualified 15th; First round loss (Lost to Leah Pritchett in the first round)

Quotable: “The SealMaster Toyota is ready for the first stop in on the Western Swing in Denver. I have the ultimate faith in my SealMaster team and I know we will be ready to run strong at the Mile High Nationals.”

2017 Season Stats: 13 starts; Four round wins; 10th in the point standings

Career Info: Five national event wins (Three in Super Gas, Two in Super Comp); 2013 Division III Super Gas Champion; 2015 NHRA Pro Mod Rookie of the Year

 JR Todd Pre Race.jpg

Todd returns to the site of first career win

Denver Highlights: Two wins (2014, 2006)

Last Event Recap (Chicago): Qualified 14th; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Courtney Force in the first round, lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quarterfinals)

2016 Denver Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified seventh; Finalist (Defeated T.J. Zizzo in the first round, Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals and Tony Schumacher in the semifinals, lost to Antron Brown in the final)

Quotable: “It is good to be going back to a track where I’ve had past success. The Kalitta’s always send to run well there too. We want to kick off the Western Swing with some good runs in qualifying and round wins on Sunday in the DHL Toyota.”

Career Stats: 161 starts, 156 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 12 starts, One final (Charlotte); Seven round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 13 starts; One final (Charlotte-I); seven round wins; ninth in the point standings

Noteworthy: Attempting to become the 16th driver in NHRA history with a Top Fuel and Funny Car win; DHL celebrating 10th season of NHRA sponsorship; Since joining Team Kalitta, Todd has claimed a victory on the Western Swing in each season (2014-Denver, 2015-Seattle, 2016-Sonoma)

Alexis Dejoria Pre Race.jpg 

DeJoria Denver pre-race notes

Last Event Recap (Chicago): Qualified fifth; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Cruz Pedregon in the first round, lost to Matt Hagan in the quarterfinals)

2016 Denver Recap: Qualified fourth; First round loss (Lost to John Hale in the first round)

Career Stats: 125 starts; 87 round wins; Four wins; Seven finals, Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 10 starts; Five round wins; 14th in the point standings

Shawn Langdon Sunday

Langdon gains ground on top ten 

Race Recap: After missing a shot in Norwalk, Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team looked to cut the gap to the top ten in the standings in Chicago.

Qualifying was a strength for the Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn-tuned machine as Langdon laid down the third best time in Friday's evening session claiming a valuable bonus point. Langdon would eventually earn the sixth starting spot and another shot at Terry McMillen in the first round.

Langdon and McMillen were the final Top Fuel pair on the Route 66 surface. Langdon and McMillen left together, and Langdon steadily pulled away before McMillen suffered issues which clinched the round win for Langdon. 

That moved the Global Electronic Technology driver to the quarterfinals. Clay Millican was the opponent. Langdon got the jump on the line, but shortly after suffered dropped cylinders.  Langdon legged it to the stripe, but was defeated on a close race. Despite the exit in the quarterfinals, Langdon was able to cut his deficit to the top ten to less than four rounds. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.759 sec., 319.37 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated McMillen - 3.835 sec., 318.69 mph to 5.170 sec., 323.04 mph

E2: Langdon defeated by Millican - 3.909 sec., 309.91 mph to 3.888 sec., 314.61 mph

Quotable: “We lost a good drag race in the second round by ten-thousandth of a second. The numbers were close, but we had a cylinder go out early.  Obviously, we were hoping to run a better time. The good part about the weekend is that we were able to beat (Terry) McMillen in the first round and gain a round on him. We’re cutting the point gap. We have five races left and we’re a little more than three rounds out of tenth and just over four rounds out of ninth as well. The car is running better. We have a good race car, we just need to put together four good rounds on Sunday."

Point Standings: 11th; trails Troy Coughlin Jr. by 69 points for 10th

JR Todd Sunday

Todd claims round win

Race Recap: The DHL team and J.R. Todd were looking for a bit of redemption after a tough four race swing. Todd had seen success in Chicago as he took his Top Fuel ride to the final just one season ago.

Qualifying did not go as planned for the DHL/WIX Filters Toyota Camry. Todd's best was his first lap, a 4.062. That run was good enough for a top half start when it happened, but at the end of Saturday's qualifying sessions it had been bumped to 14th.

Todd's first opponent was Courtney Force, who Todd raced in the first round in Bristol. The driver of the DHL Toyota moved first and still held the lead when Force began to encounter troubles. Soon after, Todd's DHL machine began to struggle as well, but Todd was able to pedal and get ahold of DHL Toyota and earn the round win. 

Todd's second round opponent was Tommy Johnson Jr. After a thrash in the pits and an additional engine change for the DHL "Yella Fellas," the team was able to make it to the line in time. Todd and Johnson Jr. left together, but the DHL Toyota quit just past the 660 cones and Johnson Jr. drove a clean lap for the win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 14 (4.062 sec., 313.15 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated C. Force  - 4.480 sec., 242.71 mph to 5.680 sec., 135.61 mph

E2: Todd defeated by Johnson Jr. - 4.260 sec., 248.75 mph to 4.026 sec., 319.07 mph

Quotable: "We got a lucky break in the first round against Courtney, but then we paid for it in the second round when we broke a motor after the warm-up for the second round and had to change it. We barely got it back up there for the second round. We broke a belt and that was the end of our day. All in all, it was good to go a round and we maintained our spot in the top-10. I think we’re going in the right direction with both of our Funny Cars in terms of the tune-up. Now we need a good Western Swing to gain some points.”

Point Standings: Ninth; trails Tim Wilkerson by 40 points for eighth; leads Cruz Pedregon by 96 points for 10th

Doug Kalitta Sunday

Kalitta dealt first round defeat

Race Recap: With a solid final round appearance to close out the four race Eastern Swing, Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team came to Chicago looking to claim his first win of the season and first win at Route 66 Raceway since 2006.

Qualifying did not go the way the Mac Tools team would have liked as the Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel machine never made a clean run to the line at tricky Route 66. Kalitta's best would prove to be a 3.849 second pass at only 293mph in the final qualifying session that moved him to a top ten starting spot. 

However, even with the upward movement on the qualifying sheet, Kalitta was dealt a tough first round opponent in last year's Top Fuel champion Antron Brown. Kalitta and Brown were close at the tree, but the Mac Tools machine saw immediate tire smoke and Brown made a clean pass to score the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.849 sec., 293.79 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by Brown - 6.478 sec., 152.78 mph to 3.776 sec., 322.42 mph

Quotable: “Tough way to end our Chicago weekend for this Mac Tools team. Not the result we were looking for. My guys are working hard and we will find the issue and be ready for Denver."

Point Standings: Fifth; trails Tony Schumacher by 81 points for fourth; leads Brittany Force by 18 points for sixth

Tory Coughlin Jr Sunday 

Coughlin Jr. defeated in round one

Race Recap: Chicago had been a special race for many seasons for Troy Coughlin Jr. due to the JEGS All-Star event being run. This weekend would be even more special with Coughlin Jr. making his Top Fuel track debut behind the wheel of the SealMaster Toyota machine.

Coughlin Jr. earned his spot in the field with a 3.932 second pass at only 262mph in the Friday evening session, but it was not what the SealMaster crew was hoping for. After two more incomplete passes on Saturday, the driver of the SealMaster machine would earn the 15th starting spot and a first round draw of Leah Pritchett.

Coughlin's day would end quickly on Sunday as Pritchett was able to drive to the win after the SealMaster machine dropped cylinders at the beginning of the run and suffered a mechanical failure down track. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 15 (3.932 sec., 262.08 mph) 

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Pritchett - 3.968 sec., 279.50 mph to 3.858 sec., 294.18 mph

Quotable: “Frustrating weekend for sure. We are working hard and I totally trust my team. We are going to figure out the problems and come back stronger for Denver.

Point Standings: 10th; trails Scott Palmer by 16 points for ninth; leads Shawn Langdon by 69 points for 11th

Alexis DeJoria Sunday

DeJoria records round win with Sunday's best elapsed time

Race Recap: The Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team proved to have one of the strongest cars on the property at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals. Alexis DeJoria was the only Funny Car pilot to power her 10,000-horsepower race car to three sub-four second qualifying passes, and one of only two drivers to run in the three second zone during Q3. The team’s strong performance awarded DeJoria two valuable bonus points and the No. 5 qualifying spot, her best starting position of 2017.
 
DeJoria went into race day facing Cruz Pedregon in a crucial first round matchup. Pedregon currently holds the No. 10 spot in the NHRA Funny Car rankings and had a 50-point lead on DeJoria entering the race weekend. It was imperative for Team Patrón to not only earn round win-points, but also prevent Pedregon from gaining any additional points on DeJoria. Their first round tune-up proved to be a force to be reckoned with, as DeJoria not only easily defeated Pedregon but also posted the lowest elapsed time of the session.
 
Team Patrón went into round two with the quickest car of race day and the advantage of lane choice versus Matt Hagan. Unfortunately, their day would be cut short as the Patrón Camry dropped a cylinder early in the run and Hagan was able to get the round win.

With the first round win, bonus points and top half qualifying effort, DeJoria was able to narrow the points gap from 50 to a mere 26 points out of the Top 10. She finds herself in a fierce five-way battle for the coveted tenth spot entering the last five races of NHRA’s regular season. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 5 (3.913 sec., 327.98 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Pedregon - 3.974 sec., 322.81 mph to 4.024 sec., 321.88 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Hagan - 4.399 sec., 210.67 mph to 4.006 sec., 319.60 mph

Point Standings: 14th; trails Del Worsham by 20 points for 13th

 Shawn Sat

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


Q1: 4.657 sec. at 162.76 MPH
Q2: 3.759 sec. at 319.37 MPH
Q3: 4.511 sec. at 174.46 MPH
Q4: 3.901 sec. at 251.11 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the second session)
Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Terry McMillen
Quotable: "We are excited about first round tomorrow. We have McMillen again and we were not able to capitalize on that in Norwalk, so hopefully we can make a good run tomorrow and capitalize on that pairing. I am looking forward to it. It will be a good race; this is a fun part of the year right now."

 Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.570 sec. at 167.57 MPH
Q2: 4.371 sec. at 182.90 MPH
Q3: 4.574 sec. at 168.45 MPH
Q4: 3.849 sec. at 293.79 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Antron Brown
Quotable: “Not exactly what we were looking for in qualifying with this Mac Tools machine, but I am confident we have found the issue. Tough draw in the first round, but I have a great team behind me and I know we will run strong."

 Troy Sat

Troy Coughlin Jr., driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster
 

Q1: 4.737 sec. at 154.44 MPH
Q2: 3.932 sec. at 262.08 MPH
Q3: 10.543 sec. at 73.26 MPH
Q4: 4.382 sec. at 180.60 MPH

Starting Position: 15th
First Round Matchup: Leah Pritchett

Quotable: "We had a couple strange runs with the SealMaster Toyota but we are working through it. We are going to look at this car in great depth and figure out if there is something on our end that is not working. I have all the faith in the world in Jim O, Nick, Glen and the entire SealMaster Toyota team. We will figure it out and have a great day tomorrow."

 Todd Sat

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

Q1: 4.062 sec. at 313.15 MPH
Q2: 5.103 sec. at 148.72 MPH
Q3: 4.564 sec. at 185.08 MPH
Q4: 4.111 sec. at 272.50 MPH

Starting Position: 14th

First Round Matchup: Courtney Force
Quotable: "The DHL Toyota team is working hard through a lot of adversity. We are focused on fixing the issues and running strong, and tomorrow in the first round is a perfect time to do that."

 Alexis Sat

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

Q1: 3.978 sec. at 319.14 MPH 
Q2: 3.913 sec. at 327.98 MPH
Q3: 3.996 sec. at 317.49 MPH
Q4: 9.666 sec. at 81.10 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second best of the third session)
Starting Position: 5th

First Round Matchup: Cruz Pedregon

 Doug Kalitta

Kalitta desires first 2017 trophy in Chicago

Chicago Highlights: Three wins (2006, 2004, 2002); Three No.1 qualifiers (2014, 2003, 1999)

Last Event Recap (Norwalk): Qualified first; Finalist (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round, Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals and Leah Pritchett in the semifinals, lost to Steve Torrence in the final)

2016 Chicago Recap: Qualified first; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Kyle Wurtzel in the first round, lost to Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “We had a great finish to the four race swing and the Mac Tools team is ready to get back to racing. We have a strong running machine and I know we will be competing for the win this weekend in Chicago.”

Career Stats: 446 starts, 606 round wins (ninth all-time), 42 wins (fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 89 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: Two finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk); One no.1 qualifier (Norwalk); 17 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta and his late cousin, Scott, won three straight races in Chicago with Doug winning in 2004 and 2006 and Scott claiming the 2005 trophy.

 Shawn Langdon

Langdon works to cut gap on top ten in Chicago

Last Event Recap (Norwalk): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Terry McMillen in the first round)

2016 Chicago Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified fifth; First round loss (Lost to Terry McMillen in the first round)

Quotable: “Our main mindset is to keep doing what we have been doing. We have had some bad luck but the Global Electronic Technology car has been running great. We have a great chance to gain points this week but our main focus is to win the race. I know the car is there because this is the same machine that J.R. took to the final last season. I am also very excited to be double entering this weekend. This is just another way to keep me sharp behind the wheel.”

Career Stats: 193 starts, 236 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Eight starts; Six round wins; 11th in the point standings

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports from Don Schumacher Racing after Las Vegas in a full-time third Top Fuel entry; Additionally, Langdon is competing in the Super Comp category this weekend, his first Super Comp National Event this season (first since 2016 Atlanta)

 Troy Coughlin Jr

After successful test, Coughlin Jr. looks for improvement in Windy City

Noteworthy: 13th career pro event; a candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former two-time Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former six-time NHRA champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.); part of Coughlin family with 113 career wins

Last Event Recap (Norwalk): Qualified 14th; First round loss (Lost to Steve Torrence in the first round)

Quotable: “Chicago is one of my favorite tracks. We are coming off a few good laps from our last test session so the SealMaster Toyota team has some confidence going into this weekend.”

2017 Season Stats: 12 starts; Four round wins; ninth in the point standings

Career Info: Five national event wins (Three in Super Gas, Two in Super Comp); 2013 Division III Super Gas Champion; 2015 NHRA Pro Mod Rookie of the Year

 JR Todd

Todd plans to start second half of the season strong  


Chicago Highlights: One final (2016)

Last Event Recap (Norwalk): Qualified 12th; First round loss (Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round)

2016 Chicago Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified seventh; Finalist (Defeated T.J. Zizzo in the first round, Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals and Tony Schumacher in the semifinals, lost to Antron Brown in the final)

Quotable: “Chicago is one of those tracks that when the conditions are right we can make some really good runs. This is a good place for our DHL team to get back on track and pick up some much needed points.”

Career Stats: 160 starts, 159 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 12 starts, One final (Charlotte); six round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 12 starts; One final (Charlotte-I); six round wins; ninth in the point standings

Noteworthy: Attempting to become the 16th driver in NHRA history with a Top Fuel and Funny Car win; DHL celebrating 10th season of NHRA sponsorship

 Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria Chicago pre-race notes

Last Event Recap (Norwalk): Qualified seventh; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Del Worsham in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarterfinals)

2016 Chicago Recap: Qualified third; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Brian Stewart in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarterfinals)

Career Stats: 124 starts; 86 round wins; Four wins; Seven finals, Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Nine starts; Four round wins; 14th in the point standings

 

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta makes the Norwalk final

Race Recap: After suffering a tough first round loss to his teammate in Bristol, Doug Kalitta was looking for redemption at his home track.

The redemption started early. Kalitta earned five of the possible six bonus points in resetting his own track elapsed time record with a 3.709 second pass on Friday evening. This time, Kalitta's run would hold through Saturday's qualifying efforts and Kalitta would have his first no.1 qualifier of the season and 48th of his career. It was his third straight and fourth in the last five seasons at Norwalk. 

Kalitta would start race day in his Mac Tools ride versus the 16th qualifier Troy Buff. Kalitta and Buff left together, but the Mac Tools ride started pulling away early and clinched the first round win with the best elapsed time of the first round to give him lane choice over Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals.

In their 85th career matchup, Kalitta's Mac Tools Toyota and Schumacher were side-by-side early, but Jim Oberhofer, crew chief of the Mac Tools machine, had the right tune-up in place as Kalitta would again score the best elapsed time of the session and he would advance to the semi-finals with lane choice versus Leah Pritchett.  

Kalitta got the jump on Pritchett and never looked back. The Mac Tools ride recorded a 3.768 second pass to defeat Pritchett's 3.800. That moved Kalitta to the final for the second time this season and third time at his home track. He was stopped in the final in 2013 and scored his first Norwalk win in 2015.

Kalitta's final opponent was point leader Steve Torrence. It was a close race throughout the run but the win light would illuminate on Torrence's side of the track as he would get to the line four thousandths of a second before Kalitta's Mac Tools ride did.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 1 (3.709  sec., 327.43 mph) **TRACK RECORD ET**

E1: Kalitta defeated Buff - 3.749 sec., 329.99 mph to 8.421 sec., 82.77 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated Schumacher - 3.782 sec., 325.85 mph to 4.099 sec., 232.03 mph

E3: Kalitta defeated Pritchett - 3.768 sec., 328.62 mph to 3.800 sec., 314.46 mph

Final: Kalitta defeated by Torrence - 3.736 sec., 331.36 mph to 3.743 sec., 331.45 mph

Quotable: “Definitely disappointed to come up that close and not get the win for Mac Tools, Toyota and all of our great supporters. It felt great to run that strong all weekend, and I am confident the win is coming soon."

Point Standings: Fifth; trails Tony Schumacher by 75 points for fourth; leads Brittany Force by 47 points for sixth

Langdon

Langdon suffers close first round loss

Race Recap: Defending Norwalk race winner Shawn Langdon came into this season's running with momentum after a semi-final effort one race ago in Bristol.
Friday qualifying did not go the way the Global Electronic Technology team would have preferred as Langdon sat outside the qualified field going into Saturday. However, Langdon recorded two stellar passes on Saturday earning bonus points for his best, a 3.799, in the final session. The Global Electronic Technology Toyota would slot themselves in the 10th position for race day.

Langdon's first opponent was the man who held the 10th position in the standings coming into the race weekend, Terry McMillen. McMillen and Langdon were close at every timing mark down the track, but unfortunately, the Global Electronic Technology team needed a few more feet as they got to the line second by just seven thousandths of a second. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.799 sec., 320.66 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by McMillen - 3.787 sec., 324.90 mph to 3.806 sec., 323.04 mph

Quotable: “It is just a bummer. Had a good car and it ran really well on Saturday. We made a great run first round. Not a good light by my standards. In qualifying, I was .050s to mid-.060s, and that was a .062; sometimes people take shots at the tree, and he took a shot, it stuck and we lost by seven thousandths of a second. It sucks. I am bummed for the Global Electronic Technology team because they did an excellent job this weekend. I'll take this week off to get my head right and come back for Chicago."

Point Standings: 11th; trails Scott Palmer by 108 points for 10th

Coughlin Jr

Coughlin Jr. falls in the first round

Race Recap: With many friends and family around, Delaware, Ohio native Troy Coughlin Jr. had Norwalk marked on his calendar for months.

The first three sessions of qualifying did not lead to the desired results for the SealMaster team as they set on the outside of the qualified field with one lap remaining. However, that did not faze the rookie driver as his last pass was clean and straight down the Norwalk surface. The 3.894 second run was good enough for the 14th qualified position. 

Unfortunately, the problems returned for the SealMaster driver in the first round of eliminations against Steve Torrence as Coughlin Jr.'s machine fell to near-immediate tire smoke. Coughlin Jr. pedaled, but Torrence was making a clean pass and he took that to the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 14 (3.894 sec., 313.37 mph) 

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Torrence - 8.501 sec., 87.48 mph to 3.786 sec., 326.32 mph

Quotable: “It is what it is. We are testing tomorrow and are going to make sure we have the SealMaster Toyota ready for Chicago."

Point Standings: Ninth; trails Terry McMillen by 13 points for eighth; tied with Scott Palmer for 10th

Todd

Todd sees progress despite early defeat

Race Recap: At the halfway mark of the season, J.R. Todd and the DHL team wanted to continue to show progress with the new tune-up on the DHL Toyota Camry.

The Camry was on a strong run in the lone evening session and then made two clean passes on Saturday, although they were not as quick as DHL co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith would have liked. The DHL team just missed getting their hot rod in the three-second bracket as their 4.002 second pass in the final Saturday qualifying session gave Todd the 12th spot on the qualifying sheet and a first round draw of Tommy Johnson Jr. 

Todd was away first with yet another solid reaction time. The DHL Toyota was clean to the stripe, but was unable to defeat Johnson Jr., who laid down one of the top three passes of the session. The DHL team will continue to learn tomorrow as they make several laps in testing. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 12 (4.002 sec., 320.89 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Johnson Jr. - 4.032 sec., 318.69 mph to 3.942 sec., 322.34 mph

Quotable: "We just didn't have enough in the first round for T.J. He ran a good lap. We just got behind after Friday. It was running really good then, and then the track got hot yesterday. Today, the first round was pretty good; we just didn't have enough. We will make some runs on Monday and hopefully get this DHL Toyota figured out by Chicago."

Point Standings: Ninth; trails Tim Wilkerson by 17 points for eighth; leads Cruz Pedregon by 77 points for 10th

DeJoria

DeJoria gains on top ten in the standings with round win

Race Recap: For the second week in a row, the Patrón team earned a spot in the top half of the qualifying field, starting Sunday seeded seventh. Three solid qualifying passes not only yielded the advantage of lane choice going into the first round of eliminations, but also a bonus point.
 
DeJoria’s first round matchup found her squaring off against former teammate and crew chief, Del Worsham. DeJoria had no trouble racing her way into round two, as her 3.972-second pass easily defeated Worsham’s tire smoking effort.
 
Unfortunately, DeJoria’s day would end at the quarterfinals. The Patrón Toyota Camry overpowered the track before the 660-foot cone, and her opponent Robert Hight was able to cross the finish line first and advance to the semifinals.
 
Despite the early exit, DeJoria was successful in gaining ground on the Top 10 points rankings, closing the margin from 70 to 50 points.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.943 sec., 318.77 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Worsham - 3.972 sec., 324.75 mph to 7.528 sec., 98.54 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Hight - 4.741 sec., 180.16 mph to 3.978 sec., 321.73 mph

Point Standings: 14th; trails Jim Campbell by 28 points for 13th

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Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.730 sec. at 322.04 MPH
Q2: 3.709 sec. at 327.43 MPH
Q3: 4.574 sec. at 168.45 MPH
Q4: 4.180 sec. at 207.66 MPH

Bonus Points: 6 pts. (Second best of the first session, best of the second session)
Starting Position: 1st

First Round Matchup: Troy Buff

Quotable: “It has been a while since we have qualified first and there is no better place to do it than in your backyard. Looking forward to carry that momentum into tomorrow. It is a great starting spot for the Mac Tools Toyota team and we are pretty excited about it."
Note: This is Kalitta's first no.1 qualifier of the season and the 48th of his career. He ties Antron Brown for 15th all-time. Kalitta has won the no.1 qualifier at Norwalk the last three years and four of the last five seasons (2013, 2015, 2016). 

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

Q1: 8.397 sec. at 90.16 MPH
Q2: 7.844 sec. at 95.61 MPH
Q3: 3.837 sec. at 319.60 MPH
Q4: 3.799 sec. at 320.66 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the final session)
Starting Position: 10th

First Round Matchup: Terry McMillen

Quotable: "We have consistently been getting better these last couple races. We have taken the car from where we were typically fifth or sixth each session, and have been steadily progressing. Today, we were fourth quick and then third quick. The Global Electronic Technology team has been doing a great job giving me a great race car. I am looking forward to tomorrow. We plan on going some rounds and keep closing the gap on the tenth spot."

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Troy Coughlin Jr., driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster
 

Q1: 7.578 sec. at 92.35 MPH
Q2: 11.788 sec. at 70.69 MPH
Q3: 6.500 sec. at 92.40 MPH
Q4: 3.894 sec. at 313.37 MPH

Starting Position: 14th

First Round Matchup: Steve Torrence

Quotable: "With that last pass, you just have to leg it through there and do the best you can to get it in the show. We are happily in and are going to get this SealMaster Toyota ready for Sunday."

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

Q1: 4.461 sec. at 196.82 MPH
Q2: 4.119 sec. at 238.60 MPH
Q3: 4.061 sec. at 320.20 MPH
Q4: 4.002 sec. at 320.89 MPH

Starting Position: 12th

First Round Matchup: Tommy Johnson Jr.

Quotable: "So far the DHL Toyota has shown a lot of progress with the changes we have made a couple races ago. Last night, it was on a really good run, probably would have qualified in the top five, just had trouble keeping it in the groove and it spun the tires down track. Today, the track was hotter, but we went down it both runs. Hopefully that is a good sign for eliminations tomorrow."

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


Q1: 3.943 sec. at 318.77 MPH 
Q2: 7.132 sec. at 91.09 MPH
Q3: 4.043 sec. at 320.13 MPH
Q4: 4.057 sec. at 315.93 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the first session)
Starting Position: 7th

First Round Matchup: Del Worsham

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Antron Brown (1513)
2. Steve Torrence (1482)
3. Leah Pritchett (1453)
4. Tony Schumacher (1121)
5. Brittany Force (1052) 
6. Doug Kalitta (1038)
7. Clay Millican (1014)
8. Terry McMillen (722)
9. Scott Palmer (649)
10. Troy Coughlin Jr. (576)
11. Shawn Langdon (568)
 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Ron Capps (1383)
2. Robert Hight (1247)
3. Matt Hagan (1214)
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. (1180 or 1200)
5. Jack Beckman (1160)
6. Courtney Force (1012)
7. John Force (954)
8. Tim Wilkerson (792)
9. J.R. Todd (788)
10. Alexis DeJoria (664)

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