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Kalitta Motorsports News

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Kalitta desires another home track victory

Norwalk Highlights: Track Elapsed Time Record Holder (3.719 - set in 2016); One win (2015); One final (2013); Three No.1 qualifiers (2016, 2015, 2013)

Last Event Recap (Bristol): Qualified second; First round loss (Lost to Shawn Langdon in the first round)

2016 Norwalk Recap: Qualified first; Semi-finalist (First round bye, Defeated Pat Dakin the quarter-finals, lost to J.R. Todd in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “As an organization, we always want to do well at Norwalk with it being so close to our home base in Ypsilanti. We had a tough finish to a good weekend in Bristol, and we are definitely looking for redemption with this Mac Tools Toyota this weekend.”

Career Stats: 445 starts, 603 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); 14 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta has claimed the no.1 qualifier at Norwalk three of the past four seasons and was part of the third no.1 qualifier sweep with Del Worsham for Kalitta Motorsports last season.

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Langdon plans to deliver second straight Norwalk win

Norwalk Highlights: Defending race winner; One win (2016); One final (2014); One No.1 qualifier (2014)

Last Event Recap (Bristol): Qualified 15th; Semi-finalist (Defeated Doug Kalitta in the first round and Antron Brown in the quarter-finals, lost to Leah Pritchett in the semi-finals)

2016 Norwalk Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified seventh; Race Winner (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round, Antron Brown in the quarter-finals, Brittany Force in the semi-finals and J.R. Todd in the finals)

Quotable: “Definitely excited to get to Norwalk. Last week, the team had a great car with J.R. driving and that’s the car I am in now. Connie and Rob have a great tune for the hot weather track, so hopefully we can build on the momentum we gained in Bristol and get this Global Electronic Technology team into the top ten.”

Career Stats: 195 starts, 236 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Seven 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; Looking to claim second consecutive Norwalk trophy; Only driver other than teammate Doug Kalitta to win a no.1 qualifier at Norwalk since 2012

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Coughlin Jr. looks to shine at sponsor's home race

Noteworthy: 12th career pro event; 2013 Norwalk divisional Super Gas event winner; 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 (Bristol): Qualified 14th; First round loss (Lost to Leah Pritchett in the first round)

Quotable: “Making progress. The SealMaster Toyota team saw improvement in Bristol, even if the numbers do not really show. It is the home race for SealMaster, so I am excited to have all of them there. They are great people and I am proud to represent a great company. Hopefully, we will give them four win lights on Sunday.”

2017 Season Stats: 11 starts; Four 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

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Last season's Top Fuel finalist, Todd, looks for redemption in the Funny Car 

Norwalk Highlights: One final (2016)

Last Event Recap (Bristol): Qualified 13th; First round loss (Lost to Courtney Force in the first round)

2016 Norwalk Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified fifth; Finalist (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, Leah Pritchett in the quarter-finals and Doug Kalitta in the semi-finals, lost to Shawn Langdon in the final.”

Quotable: “It is always good to be going back to a track that you have success at. Hopefully he get a handle on the DHL Toyota Camry. We have been testing some things the last couple races that showed some promise. It will be another hot racetrack, so it evens out the field. It will be a good opportunity to go some rounds and make up some points.” 

Career Stats: 163 starts, 159 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 11 starts, One final (Charlotte); Six round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 11 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

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DeJoria Norwalk pre-race notes

Last Event Recap (Bristol): Qualified seventh; First round loss (Lost to Ron Capps in the first round)

2016 Norwalk Recap: Qualified 12th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Jack Beckman in the first round, lost to Courtney Force in the quarter-finals)

Career Stats: 123 starts; 85 round wins; Four wins; Seven finals, Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Eight starts; Three round wins; 14th in the point standings 

Shawn Langdon Sunday

Langdon claims two more round wins in quest for top ten

Race Recap: The Global Electronic Technology team with driver Shawn Langdon came into Bristol looking to cut down the gap even more on the chase for the top ten in the standings. Statistically, Bristol was one of Langdon's best tracks as he had claimed victory at Thunder Valley two of the past three seasons.

Qualifying proved to be a struggle for the Global Electronic Technology team as tire smoke and dropped cylinders forced runs to be aborted. Langdon was able to sneak into the field in the 15th position, which forced a first round bout with his teammate Doug Kalitta.

The all-Team Kalitta pairing became a pedal fest as both drivers hit tire smoke at nearly the same point. Langdon pedaled and was able to regain traction and get to the stripe first. Defending champion Antron Brown was the next foe and Langdon again proved the master of pedaling as he was able to get his Global Electronic Technology dragster hooked back up to earn his second trip to the semi-finals this season.

In the semi-finals, Langdon got a reaction time advantage over his opponent, Leah Pritchett. However, Langdon's Global Electronic Technology machine suffered the loss of a cylinder and Pritchett's machine was running on all eight, which allowed her to drive around Langdon despite his excellent work at the starting line. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 15 (4.023 sec., 244.07 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Kalitta - 4.183 sec., 255.53 mph to 4.414 sec., 206.33 mph

E2: Langdon defeated Brown - 4.251 sec., 258.37 mph to 4.310 sec., 263.26 mph

E3: Langdon defeated by Pritchett - 3.901 sec., 308.00 mph to 3.798 sec., 319.90 mph

Quotable: “The track was very difficult. It threw a lot of curveballs at the crew chiefs this weekend and we did the best we could and tried to make the right calls. We were able to win some pedal-fests the first couple rounds and then we dropped a cylinder in the semis. We feel like we’re starting to roll. We made up some points toward trying to get in the top 10 for the Countdown, so we felt good about that.  We’re coming. We’re making moves. We’re learning every weekend. When we get this thing right, it’s going to be a bad hot rod.”

Point Standings: 11th; trails Terry McMillen by 101 points for 10th

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Kalitta on the wrong side of tough first round race versus teammate

Race Recap: After earning a semi-final finish in Englishtown, Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team turned to Bristol to continue that run of good fortune.

The strong performance continued in qualifying as the Mac Tools team set on the provisional no.1 qualifying spot after day one of the Thunder Valley Nationals. Kalitta nearly scored a record-earning first Bristol no.1 qualifier, but lost the top spot in the very last pass of the final qualifying session on Saturday, which ended up moving Kalitta to the second spot and a first round date with teammate Shawn Langdon. Kalitta's 326.71 MPH run did hold for top speed on the weekend.

In the tough first round draw, Kalitta was able to get the early advantage on Langdon. However, near the 330 foot mark, the Mac Tools ride began to lose traction. Kalitta pedaled twice but was unable to get the machine to corporate forcing him to lift and yield the round win to Langdon. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 2 (3.781 sec., 326.71 mph) 

E1: Kalitta defeated by Langdon - 4.414 sec., 206.33 mph to 4.183 sec., 255.53 mph 

Quotable: “The Mac Tools team saw some very tough conditions out there today, and Shawn just got to the line first. We will regroup and be ready to go in Norwalk in a couple days."

Point Standings: Fifth; trails Tony Schumacher by 123 points for fourth; leads Brittany Force by 29 points for sixth

Troy Coghlin Sunday 

Coughlin Jr. loses close first round race

Race Recap: With Englishtown in the rear-view mirror, the SealMaster team and driver Troy Coughlin Jr. looked to continue the growing process at his first race at Thunder Valley.

Qualifying did not go as planned as extreme conditions in Bristol caused several machines to have difficulty getting down the track. Coughlin was able to wheel the SealMaster machine to a 4.014 second pass and that was good enough to seed the SealMaster team in the 14th position. 

Their first opponent was Leah Pritchett. Coughlin Jr. was able to get the jump at the starting line. The SealMaster machine crossed the 60 foot and 330 foot marks still ahead, but soon after suffered tire smoke. Coughlin Jr. attempted to pedal twice, but the engine went silent and he was forced to watch Pritchett cross the line just in front of his dragster. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 14 (4.014 sec., 230.53 mph) 

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Pritchett - 4.378 sec., 189.26 mph to 4.378 sec., 186.51 mph

Quotable: “It is a bummer the way the day ended up for the SealMaster Toyota. We are making strides. I am getting used to the car and how it acts; it is the first time we have pedaled it in eliminations. We will carry the momentum of experience on to Norwalk."

Point Standings: Eighth; trails Clay Millican by 196 points for seventh; leads Scott Palmer by 11 points for ninth

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Todd suffers opening round loss

Race Recap: The DHL team looked to continue to master a new tune-up at tricky Bristol Dragway. 

Despite rain showers in the forecast, the track stayed mostly dry and very hot all weekend. With track tempatures among the hottest we have seen this season, avoiding tire smoke was the key. The DHL team and J.R. Todd started strong with a bonus point earning run in the first session of qualifying and another clean run in the final session that gave them confidence heading into eliminations.

Todd's first draw was Courtney Force. Todd got the early advantage and led past the 60 foot mark before the DHL Toyota began dropping cylinders. Force was able to drive around Todd and take the opening round win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 13 (4.067 sec., 307.72 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by C. Force - 4.305 sec., 240.89 mph to 4.132 sec., 255.43 mph

Quotable: "Definitely not the weekend we were looking for with the DHL Toyota Camry. It would have been awesome to win on Father's Day for my dad and Connie, but we will go on to Norwalk and keep working on this thing and hopefully keep protecting our spot in the top ten."

Point Standings: Ninth; trails Tim Wilkerson by 14 points for eighth; leads Cruz Pedregon by 79 points for 10th

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DeJoria defeated early in Bristol

Race Recap: The Tequila Patrón team and driver Alexis DeJoria ended qualifying strong at the Thunder Valley Nationals. As one of just seven drivers to dip into the 3-second range on the hot Bristol track surface, DeJoria claimed a bonus point and confidence heading into the first round of eliminations.

Defending Funny Car champion Ron Capps was the first draw. DeJoria's Toyota Camry dropped a cylinder early in the run which allowed Capps to blaze ahead and claim the round victory. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.998 sec., 295.08 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated by Capps - 4.246 sec., 278.75 mph to 4.104 sec., 315.34 mph

Point Standings: 14th; trails Jim Campbell by 51 points for 13th

Doug Kalitta Sat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.004 sec. at 242.71 MPH
Q2: 3.781 sec. at 326.71 MPH
Q3: 4.909 sec. at 153.06 MPH
Q4: 3.860 sec. at 314.46 MPH

Bonus Points: 3 pt. (Best of the second session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Shawn Langdon
Quotable: “Disappointed not to end up with the no.1 qualifier with the Mac Tools team, but I am confident in our chances tomorrow. It is tough to race our teammate in round one, but we will go out ready to race."

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

Q1: 5.769 sec. at 94.43 MPH
Q2: 4.021 sec. at 236.75 MPH
Q3: 5.674 sec. at 120.74 MPH
Q4: 4.014 sec. at 230.53 MPH

Starting Position: 14th
First Round Matchup: Leah Pritchett

Quotable: "The SealMaster Toyota is ready for the first round of eliminations. Jim O, Glen, Nick and the whole team has this machine hopped up. We are getting the whole process together of making good runs in a Top Fuel car. Each run gets a little better. First round we will make it count."

 

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

Q1: 5.098 sec. at 137.46 MPH
Q2: 4.451 sec. at 180.60 MPH
Q3: 6.220 sec. at 110.09 MPH
Q4: 4.023 sec. at 244.07 MPH

Starting Position: 15th
First Round Matchup: Doug Kalitta
Quotable: "We have Doug tomorrow; not the ideal situation. Couldn't quite get a handle on the race track. We smoked the tires two of the runs, one of the runs we dropped the cylinder and then the last run we were forced into a situation where we had to go down the track. We had a pretty big explosion, but we will make sure this Global Electronic Technology machine is ready for tomorrow."

JR Todd

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

Q1: 4.067 sec. at 307.72 MPH
Q2: 4.167 sec. at 285.89 MPH
Q3: 4.579 sec. at 191.43 MPH
Q4: 4.074 sec. at 308.00 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the first session)
Starting Position: 13th

First Round Matchup: Courtney Force 
Quotable: "So far this weekend hasn't gone exactly how we wanted it to. But we have been going down the track, making clean runs, just not as quick as we want to. We are trying some different things with the tune-up, but we have our work cut out for us tomorrow. It will be hot and slick tomorrow, so it might play into our hands. It will be a battle of survival and hopefully we will be there at the end."

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


Q1: 6.543 sec. at 99.89 MPH 
Q2: 4.074 sec. at 290.19 MPH
Q3: 7.359 sec. at 89.48 MPH
Q4: 3.998 sec. at 295.08 MPH

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

First Round Matchup: Ron Capps

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BRISTOL, TENN. (June 16, 2017) – Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel dragster, claimed the provisional no.1 qualifier for the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway earlier today.

After just missing a qualifying bonus point in the first session of qualifying, Kalitta's Mac Tools team was rewarded with a later run in the evening session and he delivered. Kalitta's driving and the work of the Mac Tools team, led by crew chief Jim Oberhofer, got the Mac Tools ride to the stripe in 3.781 seconds at nearly 327 mph to give Kalitta the provisional pole leading into Saturday. 

"It felt great to put a good one down because this will be the best conditions we will see this weekend. It left good; we got past half track and the thing was still hooked up and running strong. It felt good the whole way," said Kalitta. "This is the only place I don't have a low qualifier at, so it would be cool to be able to achieve that."

"The way these cars run these days a 3.78 is definitely not safe yet. Great run for the Mac Tools Toyota team though."

This would be Kalitta's first no.1 qualifier of the season and first at Bristol Dragway. Bristol is the final track that Kalitta has yet to win a No.1 qualifier; if his run still leads after the end of Saturday qualifying, Kalitta will become the only Top Fuel driver currently on the circuit to hold no. 1 qualifiers at every track. 

All four of Kalitta Motorsports' other teams completed in Thunder Valley Nationals qualifying on Friday night as well. Rookie Top Fuel driver Troy Coughlin Jr. ranks ninth, while Shawn Langdon has his Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel dragster is 12th. In Funny Car, J.R. Todd is 10th with Alexis DeJoria 11th.

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Kalitta striving for history in Bristol

Bristol Highlights: Three wins (2006, 2005, 2001); Three finals (2014, 2012, 2009)

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified third; Semi-finalist (Defeated Dom Lagana in the first round and Tony Schumacher in the quarter-finals, lost to Steve Torrence in the semi-finals)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals Recap: Qualified second; Semi-finalist (Defeated Kyle Wurtzel in the first round and Pat Dakin the quarter-finals, lost to Shawn Langdon in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “Bristol is such a cool place to race. It is truly like no other track on the circuit. We have a great handle on the Mac Tools ride, and we are looking forward to going for the trophy this weekend."

Career Stats: 444 starts, 603 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); 14 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Bristol is the only track that Kalitta has yet to claim a no.1 qualifier. If he would earn the no.1 qualifier this weekend, Kalitta would be the only active Top Fuel driver to own no.1 qualifiers at every track currently on the pro circuit.

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Langdon looking for third Bristol win in four seasons

Bristol Highlights: Defending race winner; Two wins (2016, 2014)

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified fourth; First round defeat (Lost to Scott Palmer in the first round)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals (w/ DSR): Qualified sixth; Race Winner (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, Brittany Force in the quarter-finals, Doug Kalitta in the semi-finals and Tony Schumacher in the finals)

Quotable: “Bristol can be tricky due to hot temperatures and humidity, but there are some tracks that just click with you and Bristol is one of those tracks that I enjoy going too. It is a beautiful place with a unique setting going into the mountains. The sound and the echo is extremely cool for the fans. I am happy to go back there as the defending champion and plan on trying to claim my third win in four years with the Global Electronic Technology team."

Career Stats: 194 starts, 234 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Six starts; Four 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; Looking to claim third Bristol trophy in the past four seasons with third different team (2014 - Alan Johnson Racing, 2016 - Don Schumacher Racing)

Troy Coughlin

Coughlin Jr. continues growth in Thunder Valley

Noteworthy: 11th 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; announced engagement to Brenna McCullough on June 13th

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified 10th; First round defeat (Lost to Brittany Force in the first round)

Quotable: “The SealMaster Toyota is ready for Bristol. It is a special weekend with it being Father’s Day, and we are excited to get on track.”

2017 Season Stats: Ten starts; Four 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

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Todd desires win on Father's Day

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified 15th; First round loss (Lost to Robert Hight in the first round)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Tony Schumacher in the first round)

Quotable: “Bristol is one of the more unique tracks on tour and always draws in a great crowd. I’d love to be able to share the winner’s circle with my dad on Sunday for Father’s Day.”

Career Stats: 157 starts, 155 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Ten starts, One final (Charlotte); Six round wins)

2017 Season Stats: Ten starts; One final (Charlotte-I); six round wins; eighth 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

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DeJoria Bristol pre-race notes

Bristol Highlights: One final (2012)

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified 11th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Tim Wilkerson in the first round, lost to Ron Capps in the quarter-finals)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals Recap: Qualified 10th; Semi-finalist (Defeated Chad Head in the first round and Del Worsham in the quarter-finals, Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the semi-finals

Career Stats: 123 starts; 85 round wins; Four wins; Seven finals, Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Seven starts; Three round wins; 14th in the point standings

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Kalitta advances to Englishtown semi-final

Race Recap: After suffering just their second opening round loss of the season in Epping, Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team got more results this weekend at the annual Summernationals in Englishtown, New Jersey. 

Kalitta made one good qualifying pass, but the Mac Tools team made it count with a bonus-point earning 3.733 second pass that gave them the third starting spot. Kalitta's 329.75 mph pass set the top speed for the second straight event after the Mac Tools' team record-setting run in Epping.

With the short field, Kalitta endured a tough test in round one as the Mac Tools Toyota lined up against local Dom Lagana. Lagana made a nice pass, but Kalitta's Mac Tools ride was away first and set low elapsed time of the first round giving Kalitta lane choice in the second round.

His second round opponent would prove to be Tony Schumacher. Kalitta again launched first, and led at every increment down the track as the Mac Tools team again set low elapsed time of the second round. 

With lane choice in the semi-finals, Kalitta picked the left lane. Texan Steve Torrence was in the other. Due to mechanical issues, Kalitta was unable to run as strong as he had in runs past and Torrence was able to claim the round win cutting Kalitta's day short. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 3 (3.733 sec., 329.75 mph) 

E1: Kalitta defeated Lagana - 3.762 sec., 326.79 mph to 3.865 sec., 319.37 mph 

E2: Kalitta defeated Schumacher - 3.805 sec., 325.37 mph to 3.900 sec., 299.20 mph

E3: Kalitta defeated by Torrence - 3.854 sec., 319.37 mph to 3.827 sec., 322.42 mph

Quotable: “Definitely wanted to score the win today with this Mac Tools Toyota. We have proved that we have a strong hot weather tune-up and I am excited to continue this run in Bristol. Hopefully we get the win there."

Point Standings: Fifth; trails Tony Schumacher by 118 points for fourth; leads Brittany Force by 39 points for sixth

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Problems down track end Langdon's Summernationals run earlyRace Recap: The Global Electronic Technology team scored their first semi-final of the season in Epping and Englishtown looked promising in qualifying.

Langdon earned the fourth starting spot, his highest in six races with Team Kalitta, with a stout 3.734 second pass in the evening session on Friday. The Global Electronic Technology team, led by Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn, learned from each session, and were focused on the first round matchup with Scott Palmer.

Langdon got the jump on Palmer on the starting line and was steadily pulling away, however, the Global Electronic Technology team started seeing tire smoke at around half track and Palmer was able to drive around. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 4 (3.734 sec., 326.79 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by Palmer - 4.270 sec., 196.82 mph to 3.888 sec., 319.67 mph

Quotable: "We just missed it there. We should not have smoked the tires. We needed that round against Palmer, but what do you do. We will play the hand we were dealt; we will head to Bristol with this Global Electronic Technology Toyota team and start making up ground again when we get there."

Point Standings: 11th; trails Scott Palmer by 103 points for 10th

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Coughlin Jr. loses close first round race

Race Recap: After a solid round win in Epping, Troy Coughlin Jr. and the SealMaster team were excited to continue their run in Englishtown. 

Coughlin Jr. continued to have a solid qualifying run as he made four passes down the race track with each pass in the 3.8-second range. The tuning trio of Jim Oberhofer, with assistance from Nick Casertano and Glen Huszar, delivered a top three performance in the final qualifying session, giving Coughlin Jr. a bonus point and the 10th starting spot. 

Coughlin and the SealMaster team drew last week's winner Brittany Force in round one. The SealMaster driver moved first and the race was close throughout. Force took the lead for the 330 foot mark and she was able to close it out at the finish line sending Coughlin Jr. home in the first round. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.800 sec., 320.66mph) 

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Force - 3.852 sec., 309.91 mph to 3.809 sec., 312.78 mph

Quotable: “We're making runs down the racetrack and gathering great data for Jim O, Nick and Glen. I need work on my downtown focus and keep this SealMaster Toyota in the groove better as well."

Point Standings: Eighth; trails Clay Millican by 108 points for seventh, leads Terry McMillen by 20 points for ninth

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Todd and the DHL team take opening round lossRace Recap: The longest stretch run of the season continued at a special place for the DHL team and driver J.R. Todd: Englishtown, New Jersey for the Summernationals. 

After reaching the line on their current tune-up, co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith went back to the drawing board and tried some new combinations to open up different set-up possibilities as the DHL Toyota team progresses throughout the summer. The early runs were a struggle, but the final qualifying pass showed promise.

The first Sunday matchup was Robert Hight. Todd's DHL Toyota Camry moved first with a class-leading reaction time, but was immediately into tire smoke ending Todd's Summernationals run. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 15 (4.059 sec., 315.86 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Hight - 13.961 sec., 64.63 mph to 4.880 sec., 189.10 mph

Quotable: "It is part of the growing process. We did some different things that we have not yet this season. Once we get ironed out, we will be in good shape with this DHL Toyota."

Point Standings: Eighth; trails Tommy Johnson Jr. by 133 points for seventh; leads Tim Wilkerson by 17 points for ninth

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DeJoria claims Englishtown round winRace Recap: Alexis DeJoria and the Tequila Patrón team competed qualifying with a 3.979 which gave her the 11th starting position for the second consecutive race weekend. 

With some of the hottest conditions we have seen this season, co-crew chiefs Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago were prepared. They watched as DeJoria's first round opponent, Tim Wilkerson, smoked the tires down track as the Tequila Patrón Camry drove to a round win. Unfortunately, DeJoria was unable to turn on another win light in the second round against reigning Funny Car champion Ron Capps as her machine dropped a cylinder forcing her Camry into the center line resulting in a disqualification. However, despite the tough loss, DeJoria gained on her goal of returning to the top ten as she cut the margin to 79 points.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.979 sec., 286.98 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Wilkerson - 4.048 sec., 316.82 mph to 4.242 sec., 228.58 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Capps - Foul (Center Line) to No Time

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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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