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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q3: 4.489 sec. at 170.08 MPH
Q4: 3.764 sec. at 324.67 MPH

Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Chris Karamesines
Quotable: “It always stinks to lose two qualifying passes, but my Mac Tools Toyota team got our machine tuned up quick. This has been a great track for us in the past and I am hoping for another solid run tomorrow!"

Shawn Lagdon

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


Q3: 5.326 sec. at 132.28 MPH
Q4: 3.784 sec. at 321.19 MPH

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Pat Dakin
Quotable: "We made a good run in the final qualifying effort today. .78 at 321; we found a major problem that was setting us back the first two races in the clutch area. That was our first run after finding the problem, so we were more trying to start from scratch. All-in-all, a good run. We have Dakin tomorrow; he can make good runs, so for us it is just sticking to our lane and our game plan and make a good run tomorrow." 

Tory Coughlin Jr

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

Q3: 4.512 sec. at 145.19 MPH
Q4: 4.083 sec. at 199.58 MPH

Starting Position: 14th
First Round Matchup: Antron Brown

Quotable: "The weather looks great tomorrow, and we are excited to be back on track. The SealMaster Toyota boys have not got ahold of it yet, but I am sure we will make a great run in the morning."

Jr Todd

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

Q3: 5.620 sec. at 122.74 MPH
Q4: 5.052 sec. at 149.22 MPH

Starting Position: 13th

First Round Matchup: Ron Capps
Quotable: "Not the qualifying effort we were hoping for the DHL Toyota team today. We have a tough draw in round one, but I know we are capable and have a great shot at going rounds tomorrow."

Chad Head

Chad Head, fill-in driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car


Q3: 4.027 sec. at 311.63 MPH
Q4: 4.024 sec. at 312.57 MPH

Starting Position: 8th

First Round Matchup: Robert Hight
Note: Chad Head is filling in for Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria.

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta desires second straight Atlanta win

Atlanta Highlights: Defending race winner; Track Elapsed Time Record Holder (3.731 sec. - 2016); Track MPH Record Holder (328.86 MPH - 2014); Three wins (2016, 2006, 2005) Two finals (2014, 1999); Two no. 1 qualifiers (2016, 2014)

Last Event Recap (Charlotte): Qualified second; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Brittany Force and Chris Karamesines in the first quad, lost to Tony Schumacher and Terry McMillen in the second quad)

2016 Southern Nationals Recap: Qualified first; Race Winner (Defeated Terry Haddock in the first round, Tony Schumacher in the quarter-finals, Antron Brown in the semi-finals and J.R. Todd in the finals)

Quotable: “There’s a lot of history at Atlanta. We’ve been real fortunate there.  To win that race with J.R. (by 0.000 seconds) was about as close as you can get and we squeezed one off there. You never really know how close it was until you turn that corner. We will be gunning for it.”

Career Stats: 440 starts, 598 round wins (ninth all-time), 42 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 88 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: One final (Pomona-I); Nine round wins; fifth in the standings

2016 Season Stats: Four wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka, Pomona-II); Four no.1 qualifiers (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk, Charlotte-II); Two finals (Pomona-I, Charlotte-II); 44 round wins; second in the final standings 

Noteworthy: With two round wins, Kalitta would become the ninth driver to hit 600 round wins; also will reach 1,000 career rounds competed early this year (currently at 996)

Shawn Langdon

Langdon looks to kick-start season in Atlanta

Atlanta Highlights: One no.1 qualifier (2013)

Last Event Recap (Charlotte): Qualified eighth; First quad defeat (Lost to Clay Millican and Leah Pritchett in the first quad)

2016 Southern Nationals Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified seventh; Semi-finalist (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round and Richie Crampton in the quarter-finals, lost to J.R. Todd in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “We are progressing and are getting the car to make good runs. Heading into Atlanta, the Kalitta cars had a strong showing last season, so we are excited to go there. Most important thing is to start going rounds and hopefully do one better and get into winners circle for Global Electronic Technology.”

Career Stats: 190 starts, 230 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Two starts; 16th in the point standings

2016 Season Stats: Three wins (Bristol, Norwalk, St. Louis); 30 round wins; fifth in the final standings

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports from Don Schumacher Racing after Las Vegas in a full-time third Top Fuel entry; missed the first four events of the 2017 season due to lack of sponsorship; Langdon’s ride is backed by Global Electronic Technology, the fastest name in credit card processing

Troy Coughlin

Atlanta continues the learning process for Coughlin Jr.

Noteworthy: Seventh career pro event; a candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former Pro Stock champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)

Last Event Recap (Charlotte): Qualified fifth; First quad defeat (Lost to Steve Torrence and Dom Lagana in the first quad)

Quotable: “Round one of qualifying cannot come fast enough! Jim O, Nick, Glen and the team are all set and ready with SealMaster Toyota dragster.”  

2017 Season Stats: Six starts; Three 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

After strong Charlotte run, Todd plans for success to continue

Atlanta Highlights: One Final (2016)

Last Event Recap (Charlotte): Qualified eighth; Third in the final quad (Defeated Bob Tasca and Brittany Force in the first quad and Tim Wilkerson and Jonnie Lindberg in the second quad, lost to Ron Capps in the final)

2016 Southern Nationals Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified third; Finalist (Defeated Kyle Wurtzel in the first round, Brittany Force in the quarter-finals and Shawn Langdon in the semi-finals, lost to Doug Kalitta in the finals)

Quotable: “We need to keep the momentum from Charlotte going into Atlanta this weekend. Hopefully, we can come out swinging Friday during qualifying and keep it going into Sunday and keep gaining points.” 

Career Stats: 154 starts, 154 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Six starts, One final (Charlotte); Five round wins)

2017 Season Stats: Six starts; One final (Charlotte-I); five round wins; eighth in the point standings

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Five finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago, Las Vegas-II, Pomona-II); One no.1 qualifier (Pomona-II); 37 round wins; fourth in the final 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

Chad Head

Chad Head Atlanta pre-race notes

Last Event Recap (Charlotte): Qualified 14th; First quad defeat (Defeated by John Force and Ron Capps in the first quad)

2016 Southern Nationals Recap (w/Head Racing): Qualified 15th; First round defeat (Lost to Matt Hagan in the first round)

Career Stats: 83 starts, 32 round wins, Two finals, Two no.1 qualifiers

2016 Season Stats: Two semi-finals (Gainesville and Las Vegas-I); eight round wins; 11th in the final standings 

JR Todd

Todd finishes third overall

Race Recap: With a solid first round win in Houston, Todd and the DHL team were hoping to continue to learn and make progress on the tune up on his Toyota Camry Funny Car.

Todd was solid throughout qualifying, recording three sub-four second runs. Todd slotted the DHL Toyota Camry eighth overall and a first round quad with the no.1 qualifier Courtney Force, Bob Tasca III and Jonnie Lindberg. Todd suffered a tire smoke nearly immediately, but kept pedaling his Toyota. His effort was rewarded as Courtney Force hit the wall yielding the round victory to Todd.

He took advantage. Against Lindberg, Tim Wilkerson and Matt Hagan in the next quad, Todd was able to make it through again getting by both Lindberg and Wilkerson to earn his spot in his second final quad at zMax Dragway in four attempts.

The only non-DSR machine to make the final, Todd was running strong early, before encountering problems down track as he crossed the line in third overall. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 8 (3.956 sec., 313.22 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated Tasca & C. Force - 7.767 sec., 257.28 mph to 7.939 sec., 118.58 mph and Foul

E2: Todd defeated Lindberg & Wilkerson - 4.036 sec., 281.54 mph to 4.418 sec., 267.69 mph and 6.193 sec., 108.07 mph

Final: Todd defeated by Capps - 4.103 sec., 307.72 mph to 3.933 sec., 322.65 mph

Quotable: "Honestly, we had a lot of luck today. I didn’t do the best job of driving and we were fortunate to get past the first round due to some other people’s bad luck. In the second round, we were running pretty good and in the final we just dropped a cylinder when we hit the gas. The good thing is our DHL Toyota Camry is going down the track and giving us some data to go from to keep making this car better.  We’re on the right track and it’s been consistent, but not quite quick enough to run with the DSR and John Force Racing cars. They’re throwing down in qualifying and that’s where we’ve been struggling, which gets us buried in the middle of the field.  We’re going to keep chipping away at it and we’ll get it. We’ll start qualifying better and putting ourselves in a better position for race day.  We’re headed in the right direction, now we need to go to Atlanta and come out swinging on Friday night and, hopefully, qualify well and then work on our race set-up on Saturday.”

Point Standings: Eighth (-223); trails Courtney Force by 48 points for seventh; leads Jonnie Lindberg by nine points for ninth

Doug Kalitta 

Kalitta takes 4-Wide round win

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team have been victorious at most of the tracks on the NHRA circuit, but Charlotte is one that the Mac Tools team wanted to cross off their list. Kalitta had come close countless times, but the newest facility on the NHRA circuit has so far not yielded any trophies.

The Mac Tools team was stout once again in qualifying. They just missed their first no.1 qualifier of the season, but earned two bonus points and the second starting spot. Their first quad would feature last season's Four-Wide Nationals winner Brittany Force, Terry McMillen and Chris Karamesines.

The quad turned into a trio as Karamesines encountered issues, however, the Mac Tools team was prepared to defeat anyone. Their 3.751 second pass was the best in their group and easily gave Kalitta first lane choice in the second round quad.

The second round quad would include Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher and Terry McMillen. Kalitta's Mac Tools ride moved first and was ahead at the 330 mark, before suffering issues leading to Kalitta's day ending early. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 2 (3.718 sec., 322.73 mph) 

E1: Kalitta defeated B. Force & Karamesines - 3.751 sec., 324.44 mph to 4.346 sec., 262.64 mph and Broke

E2: Kalitta defeated by Schumacher & McMillen - 4.202 sec., 230.37 mph to 3.792 sec., 327.74 mph and 3.832 sec., 316.52

Quotable: “Rough way to go out for the Mac Tools team. We are definitely knocking on the door, and we are confident it is coming soon. The Mac Tools team will load up and head south to Atlanta and try to repeat."

Point Standings: Fifth (-152); trails Steve Torrence by 53 points for fourth; leads Brittany Force by 87 points for sixth

Troy Coughlin Jr 

Coughlin Jr. loses a tough one in his 4-Wide debut

Race Recap: For rookie Troy Coughlin Jr., the Four-Wide Nationals was a new challenge to his debut season. However, with his new SealMaster team, they were ready to mount a serious move.

In the first session of qualifying, the SealMaster team was especially strong. Coughlin Jr. recorded a 3.729 second pass that was second-best of the session. The SealMaster Toyota would later fall to fifth, but that earned Coughlin Jr. his best career start.

With the second choice of lanes in the first quad to see the track, Coughlin's SealMaster machine was positioned in the lane one with opponents Steve Torrence, Scott Palmer and Dom Lagana. Unfortunately, Coughlin Jr.'s day was quick, as the SealMaster Toyota fell to near immediate tire smoke. He tried to pedal, but his opponents all made clean passes ending his debut Four-Wide Nationals event.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 5 (3.729 sec., 321.73 mph) 

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Torrence & Lagana - 10.347 sec., 84.52 mph to 3.770 sec., 326.56 mph and 3.859 sec., 319.82 mph

Quotable: “We are bummed for SealMaster and Toyota. The team is starting to gel so well. We spun at the hit: I pedaled it once, but it still didn't do me any justice. I am starting to feel it. Doug has been teaching me this week. I definitely learned something." 

Point Standings: Ninth (-266); trails Terry McMillen by three points for eighth, leads Scott Palmer by 52 points for tenth

Team Global  

Langdon falls in the opening round in Charlotte

Race Recap: After debuting for the Kalitta Motorsports team in Houston, Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team were looking to gain even more knowledge in their second race as a group.

Langdon was incredibly consistent and stellar on the starting line in qualifying tallying two .052 and two .053 lights. His car's performance was also on par as Langdon scored his first bonus point of the season, before earning the eighth overall seed. 

Lined up in lane one for his first quad, Langdon had pole sitter Clay Millican, points leader Leah Pritchett and Terry Haddock to his right. Again, Langdon was away first and held the early advantage. However, soon after, Langdon would encounter issues. He attempted to pedal his Global Electronic Technology machine, but Millican and Pritchett made clean runs ending Langdon's chances.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 8 (3.760 sec., 318.84 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by Millican & Pritchett - 5.211 sec., 145.67 mph to 3.737 sec., 316.23 mph and 3.743 sec., 320.97 mph

Quotable: "We are just learning. We were able to make better runs in qualifying. But I really believe, coming up, as we learn more and progress more as a team, we will be able to qualify better and put ourselves in a better position for race day. We were able to qualify eighth here, but we made some good runs. On today's run, we didn't have as quite the handle on the track as we thought. Not the end of the world, we will head to Atlanta and try to get the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel dragster in the winner's circle." 

Point Standings: 15th; trails Steve Faria by 27 points for 16th 

Chad Head in The Patron FC

Chad Head solid in fill-in duty in Charlotte

Race Recap: With DeJoria dealing with a family matter, Team Kalitta turned to director of safety Chad Head to fill-in for this weekend's Four-Wide event. 

The veteran racer Head had not competed since last fall's World Finals in Pomona, but he was solid early with a 4.030 second pass in his first pass of the season. That run secured him a spot in the stacked Funny Car field. On Sunday, Head left on all of his former championship winning competitors, John Force, Ron Capps and Del Worsham, but the Tequila Patrón Camry struggled before the finish line and crossed the line third, ending his race weekend.  

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 14 (4.030 sec., 292.90 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated by J. Force & Capps - 4.451 sec., 280.54 mph to 3.937 sec., 309.20 mph and 3.926 sec., 322.65

Point Standings: (DeJoria) 12th (-192); trails Tim Wilkerson by 25 points for 11th, leads Del Worsham by three points for 13th 

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.782 sec. at 320.05 MPH
Q2: 3.718 sec. at 322.73 MPH
Q3: 6.515 sec. at 106.43 MPH
Q4: 4.027 sec. at 231.16 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best of the second session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Brittany Force, Terry McMillen, Chris Karamesines

Quotable: “Being second definitely improves our odds for the first round tomorrow. The first round of qualifying today (Q3) was pretty tricky. It was a little bit of an eye opener for everybody with all the tire smoke. That was good, though. We have to be ready if we see something similar tomorrow – and my Mac Tools Toyota boys will be ready.”

Troy Coughlin Jr

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

Q1: 3.729 sec. at 321.73 MPH
Q2: 3.871 sec. at 241.07 MPH
Q3: 6.515 sec. at 106.43 MPH
Q4: 3.902 sec. at 275.96 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second-best of the first session)
Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Steve Torrence, Scott Palmer, Dom Lagana

Quotable: "The SealMaster Toyota group is doing a great job jelling. We are calling it our second race this year, and everybody is coming into their own. We are starting to see the progress. The team is ready for raceday. It is my first time with the 4-Wide, so we will keep our cool and focus on the task at hand." 
Note: The fifth starting spot is a new career-high start for Coughlin Jr. 

Shawn Langdon

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

Q1: 3.760 sec. at 318.84 MPH
Q2: 3.773 sec. at 314.24 MPH
Q3: 4.946 sec. at 152.85 MPH
Q4: 3.827sec. at 314.24 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best of the first session)
Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Clay Millican, Leah Pritchett, Terry Haddock

Quotable: "We have been progressively making better runs, just trying to get ahold of the track. We have made good runs in each lane, so we have confidence for tomorrow. I feel good driving right now; I have a lot of confidence in the Global Electronic Technology team. Tomorrow could be our day."

JR Todd

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

Q1: 3.971 sec. at 321.19 MPH
Q2: 3.956 sec. at 313.22 MPH
Q3: 5.413 sec. at 133.21 MPH
Q4: 3.991 sec. at 319.45 MPH

Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Courtney Force, Bob Tasca III, Jonnie Lindberg

Quotable: "Not an easy draw. We have the no.1 qualifier in our quad. All four cars have gone down the track, so we just need to go and make a good solid run in the DHL Toyota and turn on three win lights."

Chad Head Filling In For Alexis

Chad Head, fill-in driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.030 sec. at 292.20 MPH
Q2: 6.657 sec. at 98.64 MPH
Q3: 12.382 sec. at 84.42 MPH
Q4: 4.157 sec. at  278.86 MPH

Starting Position: 14th

First Round Matchup: John Force, Ron Capps, Del Worsham
Note: Chad Head is filling in for Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria while she tends to a family matter. 

 

Doug Kalitta Charlotte

Kalitta looks to claim first Charlotte Wally

Charlotte Highlights: Three finals (Fall 2016, Fall 2010, Spring 2010); One no. 1 qualifier (Fall 2016)

Last Event Recap (Houston): Qualified third; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, lost to Leah Pritchett in the quarter-finals)

2016 4-Wides Recap: Qualified fourth; Third in final quad (Defeated Smax Smith and Scott Palmer in the first quad and Steve Torrence and Tony Schumacher in the second quad, lost to Brittany Force in the final quad.)

Quotable: “Charlotte was good to us last season, but we couldn’t just quite get the job done with this Mac Tools team. I would love to get my first Charlotte win this weekend. My team is performing well, and I know we will have a shot at it.”

Career Stats: 439 starts, 597 round wins (10th all-time), 42 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 88 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: One final (Pomona-I); 8 round wins; fourth in the standings

2016 Season Stats: Four wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka, Pomona-II); Four no.1 qualifiers (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk, Charlotte-II); Two finals (Pomona-I, Charlotte-II); 44 round wins; second in the final standings 

Noteworthy: One of three tracks Kalitta does not own a race win (Epping, Indianapolis); If Kalitta earns one round win, he would pass Bob Glidden for ninth all-time in total round wins; With a race win, Kalitta would become the ninth driver to hit 600 round wins; also will reach 1,000 career rounds competed early this year (currently at 994)

Shawn Langdon Charlotte 

After solid Kalitta debut, Langdon plans to continue run of Charlotte success

Charlotte Highlights: Site of first career win in 2012; One win (Fall 2012); Two finals (Spring 2014, Fall 2009); Three no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2012)

Last Event Recap (Houston): Qualified 10th; First round defeat (Lost to Bob Vandergriff in the first round)

2016 4-Wides Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified eighth; First quad defeat (Lost to Steve Torrence and Tony Schumacher in the first quad)

Quotable: “Last weekend went great. The Global Electronic Technology team didn't have the results we were looking for, but we were able to collect data and have some strong runs. For me as a driver, I used last week as a test session because there was a lot of new things happening, from the open cockpit to running procedures, but all the changes were positive changes.” 

“Charlotte was the site of my first win in 2012, and we have come close to winning the 4-Wides as well. I am very excited to carry momentum in to zMax Dragway. I know the potential of this Global Electronic Technology dragster and its not a matter of if, but when, we get the win.”

Career Stats: 189 starts, 230 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: One start; 17th in the point standings

2016 Season Stats: Three wins (Bristol, Norwalk, St. Louis); 30 round wins; fifth in the final standings

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports from Don Schumacher Racing after Las Vegas in a full-time third Top Fuel entry; missed the first four events of the 2017 season due to lack of sponsorship; Langdon’s ride is backed by Global Electronic Technology, the fastest name in credit card processing.

Troy Coughlin Charlotte

Coughlin Jr. prepared for first 4-Wide start

Noteworthy: Sixth career pro event; a candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former Pro Stock champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)

Last Event Recap (Houston): Qualified 12th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Brittany Force in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: “The SealMaster Toyota team is building by the day and we are all fired up to continue the learning process at the 4-Wides.”

2017 Season Stats: Five starts; Three round wins; eighth 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 Charlotte 

Charlotte Top Fuel record holder, Todd, hopes fast times continue to Funny Car ranks

Charlotte Highlights: One Final (Fall 2015); Two no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2015, Fall 2014); Top Fuel Elapsed Time Track Record Holder (3.713 sec.)

Last Event Recap (Houston): Qualified 12th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Cruz Pedregon in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarter-finals)

2016 4-Wides Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified second; Loss in the second round quad (Defeated Terry McMillen and Chris Karamesines in the first quad, lost to Brittany Force and Antron Brown in the second quad)

Quotable: “The 4-Wide is always a different challenge and it is new to me in Funny Car. The DHL team had won Charlotte in the past so this would be the perfect time for to breakthrough.”

Career Stats: 153 starts, 152 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 5 starts, 3 round wins)

2017 Season Stats: Five starts; Three round wins; ninth in the point standings

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Five finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago, Las Vegas-II, Pomona-II); One no.1 qualifier (Pomona-II); 37 round wins; fourth in the final 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

 

Doug Kalitta

Tough end to Kalitta's outstanding Houston run

Race Recap: The last two times Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team rolled in to Houston they walked out the victors. They came in focused on adding another SpringNationals trophy to Kalitta's incredible career tally.

Kalitta earned yet another bonus point with his qualifying effort. His Mac Tools team earned the third starting spot with their 3.731 second tally that was set in the cooler Friday evening temperatures. 

Sunday eliminations began with Terry McMillen. The Mac Tools Toyota driver was able to quickly get around McMillen. His dragster steadily pulled away, giving Kalitta his 11th round win over McMillen and fourth first round win in five events this season.

However, a chance at a third straight Houston win was dashed in the quarter-finals when Kalitta was defeated by the eventual winner Leah Pritchett in a close race.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 3 (3.731 sec., 327.03 mph) 

E1: Kalitta defeated McMillen - 3.761 sec., 325.06 mph to 3.833 sec., 315.86 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Pritchett - 3.759 sec., 326.56 mph to 3.763 sec., 324.05 mph

Quotable: “I am disappointed in today's outcome. It is always tough to lose a close race like this. However, it is exciting to be in the middle of a run of three straight races. I am ready to get the season really rolling with this Mac Tools Toyota and hopefully turn on some win lights."  

Point Standings: Fourth (-136); trails Tony Schumacher by 80 points for third; leads Steve Torrence by six points for fifth

Troy Coughlin

Coughlin Jr.'s team makes progress, picks up round win

Race Recap: The SealMaster team had several changes since fans last saw the brightly-colored Top Fuel machine in Las Vegas. Auto Club Road to the Future candidate Troy Coughlin Jr. was now led by Jim Oberhofer, Nick Casertano and Glen Huszar; and with a new race car and a handful of new crew members, the pits were filled with excitement. 

The new SealMaster ride had problems on its first attempt, but the team completed a clean eighth-mile pass on Friday evening. With 16 Top Fuel machines on the property, it allowed the new lead trio to show patience. In the last pass of qualifying, Coughlin Jr. set his spot in the field with a 3.862 second pass.

Coughlin Jr. and the SealMaster team had a tough draw in round one as they lined up against Brittany Force. The rookie driver moved first and was able to cross the finish line first even after encountering issues. 

Despite falling in the quarter-finals, Coughlin Jr. was pleased with the amount of progress the SealMaster team made throughout the weekend.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 12 (3.862 sec., 316.82 mph) 

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated Force - 3.852 sec., 277.20 mph to 3.871 sec., 274.55 mph

E2: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Torrence - 6.779 sec., 93.70 mph to 3.755 sec., 324.20 mph

Quotable: “Well, Texas wasn't as great as we wanted it to be. We have a new team and I am proud of my SealMaster guys. They are getting quicker and quicker each lap. The first foul committed in the round was me missing the tree. Being .110 is not going to help anything at all, but we will get this SealMaster Toyota buttoned up and continue to work as a team. We will continue to grow together and set the bar higher. 

Point Standings: Eighth (-266); trails Clay Millican by 41 points for seventh, leads Terry McMillen by 33 points for ninth

JR Todd

Todd advances in the standings with Houston efforts

Race Recap: Las Vegas ended with a solid test session for the DHL Toyota and driver J.R. Todd. The team led by Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith was looking to start this first run of consecutive races in a positive way.

Friday saw two lost runs, but Saturday was an improvement for the YellaFellas as they laid down two clean passes to give Todd the 12th seed and a first round draw of former champion Cruz Pedregon. 

Todd was among the leaders in reaction time in the Funny Car class coming into the weekend and proved it in the first round. He was able to get an advantage over Pedregon at the tree and carried to the stripe. 

Todd was away first against another former champion, Robert Hight, in the quarter-finals, but his clean 3.958 second pass was not enough to reach his first Funny Car semi-final. With his round win, Todd moved up to ninth in the point standings. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 12 (4.016 sec., 322.65 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated Pedregon - 3.959 sec., 323.58 mph to 3.935 sec., 322.04 mph 

E2: Todd defeated by Hight - 3.958 sec., 324.36 mph to 3.898 sec., 327.82 mph

Quotable: "Solid effort today from the DHL team, but we are working hard at getting even faster. We know we have to continue to gain and learn to compete at the highest level. Our team is focused and excited to get back after it in just a couple days in Charlotte."

Point Standings: Ninth (-178); trails Jonnie Lindberg by 13 points for eighth; leads Jim Campbell by 11 points for tenth

Shawn Langdon

Langdon pleased with debut weekend despite early round loss

Race Recap: After a whirlwind couple of weeks, the third Team Kalitta Top Fuel machine backed by Global Electronic Technology made its official debut with 2013 Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon behind the wheel.

The Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn-tuned Global Electronic Technology dragster started out with a solid 3.825 second pass that gave ensured the new team a solid qualifying spot. Langdon showed that he was more than ready as well with a stellar .047 second reaction time in his first Top Fuel pass of the season.

The 3.825 second pass ended up 10th overall and a first round draw of Bob Vandergriff, who was making his first start since 2014. The duo were the final Top Fuel pair to see the track, but Langdon was ready. Once again, he was stellar on the tree, giving the Global Electronic Technology team the best reaction time of the round. He was ahead at every timed increment until the one that counted, when Vandergriff was able to just edge the California-native by two thousandths of a second. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.825 sec., 314.53 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by Vandergriff - 3.813 sec., 318.84 mph to 3.770 sec., 323.43 mph

Quotable: "We just lost a good race. I feel really good in the car; we are just a little behind power wise in the first round. We were not able to make quite the run we were trying to make, so we ended up losing by two-thousandths of a second. But that is drag racing. We are not disappointed by any means. We are very happy to have this Global Electronic Technology machine out here. We were able to accomplish a lot of things this weekend, and we are headed to Charlotte looking for the results."

Point Standings: 17th; trails Bob Vandergriff by 16 points for 16th 

Alexis Dejoria

DeJoria continues run of opening round successRace Recap:

DeJoria started out qualifying strong with a solid pass that earned her two bonus points. The Tequila Patrón team closed with an even better run that earned her the ninth starting spot. 

DeJoria and her foe, Tim Wilkerson, were the last nitro pair to see the track. The Tequila Patrón Camry was straight and true down the track giving DeJoria her second straight opening round win after Wilkerson encountered immediate issues. In the quarter-finals, DeJoria was able to get the jump on her opponent, Courtney Force, but was unable to make a clean pass yielding the round win to Force. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.946 sec., 322.34 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Wilkerson - 3.927 sec., 327.03 mph to 8.109 sec., 112.19 mph 

E2: DeJoria defeated by C. Force - 4.146 sec., 260.16 mph to 3.947 sec., 294.37 mph

Point Standings: 11th (-192); trails Jim Campbell by three points for 10th, leads Tim WIlkerson by 19 points for 12th 

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (954)
2. Leah Pritchett (943)
3. Antron Brown (934)
4. Tony Schumacher (801)
5. Doug Kalitta (678) 
6. Brittany Force (649)
7. Clay Millican (639)
8. Troy Coughlin Jr. (443)
9. Scott Palmer (432)
10. Terry McMillen (424)
11. Shawn Langdon (323)
 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Ron Capps (1044)
2. Matt Hagan (881)
3. Jack Beckman (748)
4. Robert Hight (707)
5. Courtney Force (704)
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (663)
7. John Force (641)
8. Tim Wilkerson (490)
9. J.R. Todd (476)
10. Cruz Pedregon (397)
14. Alexis DeJoria (327)

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