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Kalitta Motorsports News

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

Q1: 3.768 sec. at 324.36 MPH
Q2: 3.739 sec. at 321.58 MPH
Q3: 3.680 sec. at 327.82 MPH
Q4: 3.758 sec. at 306.12 MPH

Bonus Points: 5 pts. (Second best in the first session, best in the third session)
Starting Position: 1st
First Round Matchup: Troy Buff

Quotable: "That surprised me. When I drove by the scoreboards and saw the 3.68, I thought that was pretty impressive from Connie, Rob and all of the SealMaster Toyota guys. This thing has been trying to run really well for a long time now and here these last couple races it has really come together. Hopefully we are going in the right direction for 2017 in this SealMaster Toyota machine."

Note: This is Todd's first no. 1 qualifier of the season, first at Auto Club Raceway of Pomona and ninth of his career. His 3.680 second pass is a career-best and a new track record. The pass is tied for the fifth-best run in NHRA Top Fuel history. Todd and Kalitta start first and second for the first time since Dallas in 2014.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.704 sec. at 138.76 MPH
Q2: 5.149 sec. at 142.29 MPH
Q3: 3.764 sec. at 324.83 MPH
Q4: 3.709 sec. at 327.90 MPH

Bonus Points: 3 pts (Best of final session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Shawn Reed

Quotable: "Great way to end qualifying for the Mac Tools, Red Line Oil Toyota team. Jim O and the Mac Tools team put a great number on the board and I am excited to go for the trophy tomorrow!"

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 5.979 sec. at 118.36 MPH
Q2: 7.022 sec. at 98.83 MPH
Q3: 3.912 sec. at 327.35 MPH
Q4: 3.970 sec. at 294.75 MPH

Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Tim Wilkerson

Quotable: "The DHL team struggled a little in qualifying on Friday, but we did better today. We did not end up where we wanted, but this DHL Toyota is still strong and I feel good about our chances to repeat what we did last season at the Auto Club Finals."

PR Contact:

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Jeff Arend, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.408 sec. at 204.91 MPH
Q2: 3.930 sec. at 317.19 MPH
Q3: 6.149 sec. at 109.34 MPH
Q4: 5.803 sec. at 120.90 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Matt Hagan
Note: The 3.930 second elapsed time is a career-best for Arend.

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Paul Lee, driver of the McLeod Racing Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.935 sec. at 305.36 MPH
Q2: 3.950 sec. at 324.83 MPH
Q3: 3.973 sec. at 316.82 MPH
Q4: 3.941 sec. at 320.89 MPH

Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Robert Hight
Note: The 3.935 elapsed time is a new career-best for Lee.

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#NHRAonFOX Telecast information:
11/13 Qualifying (FS1) - 11:30am - 12:30pm
11/13 Race (FS1) - 4:00pm - 7:00pm - LIVE

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Doug Kalitta

Kalitta desires gain in final standings

Pomona Highlights: One win (Spring 2009); Six finals (Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2010, Spring 2004, Fall 1999); Six no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2014, Fall 2006, Fall 2004, Spring 2004, Spring 2003, Spring 2001)

2016 Spring Pomona Event Recap: Qualified second; Finalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, Antron Brown in the quarter-finals, J.R. Todd in the semi-finals, lost to Steve Torrence in the final)

2015 Auto Club Finals Event Recap: Qualified 10th; Semi-Finalist (Defeated Tony Schumacher in the first round and Billy Torrence in the quarter-finals, lost to Shawn Langdon in the semi-finals)

Previous Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified third; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: "Although we did not get the ultimate trophy this season, the Mac Tools team still has a goal of finishing strong. We are less than one round out of second in the standings and we would like to get that spot this weekend in Pomona."

Career Stats: 433 starts, 585 round wins (11th all-time), 41 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 86 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

Countdown Stats: Ninth appearance (Kalitta has appeared in every Countdown for the Championship); 53 overall Countdown starts; 2 wins; 2 No. 1 qualifiers; 47 total Countdown round wins

2016 Season Stats: Three wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka); Four No.1 qualifiers (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk, Charlotte-II); Two finals (Pomona-I, Charlotte-II); 40 round wins

Point Standings: Third (-168); trails second-place Steve Torrence by 11 points, leads fourth-place Brittany Force by 47 points

Noteworthy: has won his first round pairing in 20 of 23 events this season; more round wins than season round win total from 2015; clinched his 19th consecutive top ten finish; only driver that has ranked among the top three in the point standings after every race this season

JR Todd

Todd looks for first Auto Club Finals crown

Pomona Highlights: One win (Spring 2007)

2016 Spring Pomona Event Recap: Qualified 11th; Semi-finalist (Defeated Brittany Force in the first round and Terry McMillen in the quarter-finals, lost to Doug Kalitta in the semi-finals)

2015 Auto Club Finals Event Recap: Qualified fourth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round, lost to Richie Crampton in the quarter-finals)

Previous Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified ninth; Finalist (Defeated Shawn Langdon in the first round, Clay Millican in the quarter-finals, Antron Brown in the semi-finals, lost to Steve Torrence in the final)

Quotable: "Pomona is one of my favorite tracks on the tour. There's always a different feeling when you pull in the gates there because that's where we start and finish the season. That place packs a lot of history. Finishing off the 2016 season with a win with this SealMaster Toyota team will for sure help the winter go by easier back here in Indy and Ypsilanti. It's good to keep everybody's morale up going into the offseason and what better way than to win and we definitely have a car right now that is capable."

Career Stats: 147 starts, 146 round wins, 9 wins, 18 finals, 8 No.1 qualifiers

Countdown Stats: Fourth appearance; third consecutive appearance; 23 Countdown starts; 4 finals; 4 No. 1 qualifiers; 27 total Countdown round wins

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Four finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago, Las Vegas-II); 34 round wins

Point Standings: Sixth (-229); trails fifth-place Shawn Langdon by 13 points, leads seventh-place Leah Pritchett by 18 points

Noteworthy: Currently has 34 round wins, which is a career-high (previous high was 25; earned 20 round wins in 2015); nine semi-finals or better in the last 12 races; five final round appearances are a career-high.

Del Worsham

After recent Pomona success, Worsham makes plans for strong season finale

Pomona Highlights: Four wins (Fall 2015-FC, Fall 2011-TF, Fall 2003-FC, Fall 2001-FC); Four finals (Spring 2016-FC, Fall 2004-FC, Fall 2002-FC, Spring 1993-FC)

2016 Spring Pomona Event Recap: Qualified fifth; Finalist (Defeated Cruz Pedregon in the first round, Alexis DeJoria in the quarter-finals and John Force in the semi-finals, lost to Ron Capps in the final)

2015 Auto Club Finals Event Recap: Qualified third; Race Winner (Defeated Tony Pedregon in the first round, Robert Hight in the quarter-finals, Jack Beckman in the semi-finals and Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final)

Previous Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified seventh; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round, lost to Matt Hagan in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: "Auto Club Raceway has been very good to the DHL Toyota team recently, so we are focused on finishing the season strong. It has been a solid season, but we would love to get another win to end the year."

Career Stats: 506 starts, 558 round wins, 39 wins (31 in Funny Car, 8 in Top Fuel), 66 finals (55 in Funny Car, 11 in Top Fuel), 20 No.1 qualifiers (13 in Funny Car, 7 in Top Fuel)

Countdown Stats: Seventh appearance (6 in Funny Car, 1 in Top Fuel); Fourth consecutive appearance; 41 overall Countdown starts; eight wins (6 FC, 2 TF); 3 No.1 qualifiers (1 FC, 2 TF); 62 total Countdown round wins (49 FC, 13 TF)

2016 Season Stats: One win (Brainerd); Four finals (Pomona-I, Las Vegas-I, Seattle, Indianapolis); Three No. 1 qualifiers (Norwalk, Sonoma, Seattle); 36 round wins

Point Standings: Sixth (-173); trails fifth-place John Force by 14 points, leads seventh-place Courtney Force by 39 points

Noteworthy: Seven semi-finals or better in the last ten events; 2015 Funny Car Champion, 2011 Top Fuel Champion; one of three drivers with championships in both nitro classes; second in the Funny Car class with 19 first round wins this season; Owns a Top Fuel and Funny Car win at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona

Team Patron

Arend Pomona pre-race notes

2015 Auto Club Finals Event Recap: Qualified 16th; First round defeat (Lost to Ron Capps in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified 16th; First round defeat (Lost to Jack Beckman in the first round)

Career Stats: 215 starts, 95 round wins, 4 wins, 9 finals, 2 No.1 qualifiers

Note: Jeff Arend will be substituting for regular Team Patrón driver Alexis DeJoria who is recovering from a racing-related concussion suffered at the NHRA's most recent event in Las Vegas.

Paul Lee

Lee Pomona pre-race notes

2015 Auto Club Finals Event Recap: Qualified 13th; First round defeat (Lost to Matt Hagan in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified 13th; First round defeat (Lost to Ron Capps in the first round)

Career Stats: 54 starts, 13 round wins

Noteworthy: Lee reset his career-best elapsed time (3.965) and MPH (329.34) in Las Vegas.

JR Todd

Todd reaches season-high fifth final round

Race Recap: Todd and the SealMaster team waited to the last pass on Saturday to set their spot in the field as the Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn-tuned dragster blazed the Las Vegas Motor Speedway surface with a 3.751 second pass. Todd just missed the top half of the field and earned the ninth starting spot.

Todd and his opponent, Shawn Langdon, were first the pair to hit the track after pre-race ceremonies. Team SealMaster was ready as Todd drove straight down the track with a number that nearly equaled his qualifying pass defeating the tire-smoking Langdon. However, Todd and the SealMaster guys were not done. Against no.1 qualifer, Clay Millican, the SealMaster Toyota dragster went 1,000 feet in 3.709 seconds, setting low elapsed time of race day and earning Todd his third semi-final or better in the last four events, and ninth in the last 12 races.

Todd was not done. Taking on the new Top Fuel champion Antron Brown, Todd again laid down the best run of the session aboard his SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, achieving a new career-high with five final round appearances this season. However, a second victory this season was not in the cards as Todd's opponent, Steve Torrence, defeated him in a close race.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.751 sec., 321.81 mph)

E1: Todd defeated Langdon - 3.752 sec., 324.12 mph to 10.405 sec., 82.67 mph

E2: Todd defeated Millican - 3.709 sec., 328.94 mph to 3.727 sec., 328.38 mph

E3: Todd defeated Brown - 3.719 sec., 329.02 mph to 7.720 sec., 92.29 mph

Final: Todd defeated by Torrence - 3.762 sec., 321.96 mph to 3.734 sec., 323.81 mph

Quotable: "Tough way to end a strong day for the SealMaster Toyota team. We wanted to pick up the win with all of these great Toyota people on site, but it was not our day. Look forward to Pomona and hopefully ending this season on a strong note."

Point Standings: Sixth (-244); trails fifth-place Shawn Langdon by 13 points, leads seventh-place Leah Pritchett by 18 points

Del Worsham

Worsham has tough defeat in the second round

Race Recap: At Toyota's race, Worsham and the DHL Toyota team came into Las Vegas motivated to run strong. The earned their spot in a stellar Funny Car field with their sub-3.9 second run in the evening session on Friday night and started seventh overall.

Worsham would draw a fellow Championship competitor in the first round in Tommy Johnson Jr. All the eyes were on this pair as they were the only top five matchup in round one. Worsham and Johnson Jr. left together but the DHL Toyota driver steadily pulled away to end Johnson Jr.'s day. Unfortunately, Worsham did not get the win he desired as went out in the second round despite recording an outstanding .041 reaction time, which was the best-of-class that session.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.895 sec., 325.69 mph)

E1: Worsham defeated Johnson Jr. - 3.923 sec., 327.35 mph to 3.949 sec., 321.65 mph

E2: Worsham defeated by Hagan - 3.935 sec., 326.71 mph to 3.887 sec., 329.02 mph

Quotable: "Definitely wanted to go further than the second round today at Toyota's race in the DHL Toyota Camry, but just got beat on a better run. Excited to finish the season strong, so we will head to Pomona and look to repeat last year's success."

Point Standings: Sixth (-173); trails with fifth-place John Force by 14 points, leads seventh-place Courtney Force by 39 points

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta loses close race in quarter-finals

Race Recap: Defending Toyota Nationals champion Doug Kalitta was motivated for a repeat. His Mac Tools team performed amongst the best on Friday qualifying with three bonus points, and after the completion of qualifying Kalitta was scored in the third starting position.

The Mac Tools Toyota driver ended up earning a single in the first round as his opponent, Scott Palmer, lost fire. Kalitta ended up dropping a clyinder at the early part of the run and were scored with a 3.976 second pass. That moved Kalitta to the second round and a draw of Steve Torrence. The Mac Tools dragster moved first but Torrence was just able to track him down to end Kalitta's chance at a repeat.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 3 (3.709 sec., 324.20 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Palmer - 3.976 sec., 251.77 mph to no run

E2: Kalitta defeated by Torrence - 3.739 sec., 324.75 mph to 3.732 sec., 324.83 mph

Quotable: "Great race there with Steve that just did not go our way. The Mac Tools team performed strong all weekend and I look forward to ending the season strong in Pomona."

Point Standings: Third (-168); trails second-place Steve Torrence by 168 points, leads fourth-place Brittany Force by 47 points

PR Contact:

(Doug Kalitta, Del Worsham, J.R. Todd)
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All photos are courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography.

Alexis DeJoria

Team Patrón elects to sit out final eliminations

Race Recap: Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team did not compete at the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals, Sunday, October 30.

The team elected not to participate in Sunday's elimination rounds and will focus their efforts on regrouping for the 52nd Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, California, November 11-13.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.909 sec., 326.32 mph)

Point Standings: 10th (-362); trails ninth-place Tim Wilkerson by 78 points

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Paul Lee 

Lee hits career-best numbers in Vegas

Race Recap: Paul Lee's long-awaited Kalitta Motorsports debut saw many highs in Las Vegas. He clinched his spot in the fastest qualified field in NHRA history with a career-best pass in the second round of qualifying and earned a career-best MPH on Saturday morning. Qualified 13th in the field, Lee drew points leader Ron Capps. Lee and Capps left together, but Capps picked up the round win. In the defeat, Lee reset his career-bests again with his 3.965 at 329.34 MPH pass.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 13 (3.986 sec., 312.13 mph)

E1: Lee defeated by R. Capps - 3.965 sec., 329.34 mph to 3.916 sec., 323.66 mph

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Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.766 sec. at 326.95 MPH
Q2: 3.709 sec. at 324.20 MPH
Q3: 3.760 sec. at 325.53 MPH
Q4: 5.046 sec. at 142.04 MPH

Bonus Points: 3 pts (Third-best of the first session, second-best of the second session)
Starting Position: 3rd
First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer
Quotable: "Great qualifying effort by these Mac Tools Toyota guys this weekend. We have been running strong and consistent, which has me excited for tomorrow. We won the Toyota Nationals last season and I would like nothing more than to repeat in front of all of the great people from Toyota."

JR Todd

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

Q1: 3.811 sec. at 320.36 MPH
Q2: 10.227 sec. at 88.83 MPH
Q3: 4.344 sec. at 183.19 MPH
Q4: 3.751 sec. at 321.81 MPH

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Shawn Langdon
Quotable: "Nice finish to qualifying for the SealMaster Toyota guys. We struggled a little bit in qualifying this weekend, but now have some good data to help us setup this SealMaster ride strong for tomorrow. It is a big race for us since it is the Toyota Nationals and we want to perform at a high level."

Del Worsham

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.028 sec. at 249.16 MPH
Q2: 3.895 sec. at 325.69 MPH
Q3: 13.980 sec. at 61.65 MPH
Q4: 6.795 sec. at 101.47 MPH

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Tommy Johnson Jr.
Quotable: "The DHL Toyota team went for it there on that last pass and it just didn't quite make it. However, we were good on Friday with conditions that we are going to see tomorrow here at the Toyota Nationals, so that has me excited for race day."

PR Contact:

(Doug Kalitta, Del Worsham, J.R. Todd)
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Alexis DeJoria

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

Q1: 4.614 sec. at 177.79 MPH
Q2: 3.909 sec. at 326.32 MPH
Q3: 3.915 sec. at 325.92 MPH
Q4: 5.678 sec. at 123.55 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best of the third session)
Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Courtney Force

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Paul Lee

Paul Lee, driver of the McLeod Racing Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.580 sec. at 185.72 MPH
Q2: 3.986 sec. at 312.13 MPH
Q3: 3.994 sec. at 322.04 MPH
Q4: 4.248 sec. at 217.14 MPH

Starting Position: 13th
First Round Matchup: Ron Capps
Notes: The 3.986 elapsed time and the 322.04 MPH are new career-bests for Lee.

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#NHRAonFOX Telecast information:
10/30 Qualifying (FS1) - 10:00am - 11:00am
10/30 Race (FS1) - 4:00pm - 7:00pm - LIVE

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Doug Kalitta

Kalitta plans for a Sin City repeat

Las Vegas Highlights: Two wins (Fall 2015, Fall 2004); Four finals (Spring 2014, Fall 2007, Spring 2005, Spring 2003); Two no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2005, Spring 2003)

2016 Spring Las Vegas Event Recap: Qualified second; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Steve Faria in the first round, lost to Dave Connolly in the quarter-finals.)

2015 Toyota Nationals Event Recap: Qualified 13th; Race Winner (Defeated Steve Torrence in the first round, Richie Crampton in the quarter-finals, Antron Brown in the semi-finals and Larry Dixon in the final)

Previous Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified ninth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, lost to Antron Brown in the quarter-finals.)

Quotable: “Las Vegas is a great track for Kalitta Motorsports as a whole; I won the Toyota Nationals last season and then we had that great all-Kalitta Toyota Funny Car final here in the Spring. I am very proud of this Mac Tools Toyota team. They continue to fight and work hard. We are going to go into the Toyota Nationals planning to win and using that momentum to finish the season strong."

Career Stats: 432 starts, 584 round wins (11th all-time), 41 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 86 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

Countdown Stats: Ninth appearance (Kalitta has appeared in every Countdown for the Championship); 52 overall Countdown starts; 2 wins; 2 No. 1 qualifiers; 46 total Countdown round wins

2016 Season Stats: Three wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka); Four No.1 qualifiers (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk, Charlotte-II); Two finals (Pomona-I, Charlotte-II); 39 round wins

Point Standings: Second (-150); trails first-place Antron Brown by 150 points, leads third-place Shawn Langdon by 22 points

Noteworthy: has won his first round pairing in 19 of 22 events this season; more round wins than season round win total from 2015; clinched his 19th consecutive top ten finish; only driver that has ranked among the top three in the point standings after every race this season

JR Todd

After seasons of Vegas success, Todd looks for first victory

Las Vegas Highlights: Two finals (Fall 2014, Fall 2006); Two No.1 qualifiers (Spring 2015, Fall 2014)

2016 Spring Las Vegas Event Recap: Qualified ninth; Semi-finalist (Defeated Tony Schumacher in the first round and Steve Chrisman in the quarter-finals, lost to Troy Buff in the semi-finals)

2015 Toyota Nationals Event Recap: Qualified seventh; First round defeat (lost to Troy Schumacher in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified fourth; Semi-finalist (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round and Brittany Force in the quarter-finals, lost to Antron Brown in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “Las Vegas has been a great track for me and the SealMaster team. We have been close many times and I would love to finally claim that Vegas win this weekend."

Career Stats: 146 starts, 143 round wins, 9 wins, 17 finals, 8 No.1 qualifiers

Countdown Stats: Fourth appearance; third consecutive appearance; 22 Countdown starts; 3 finals; 4 No. 1 qualifiers; 24 total Countdown round wins

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Three finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago); 31 round wins

Point Standings: Seventh (-244); trails sixth-place Tony Schumacher by 35 points, leads eighth-place Leah Pritchett by 10 points

Noteworthy: Currently has 31 round wins, which is a career-high (previous high was 25; earned 20 round wins in 2015); eight semi-finals or better in the last 11 races

Del Worsham

March's Vegas finalist Worsham desires to finish first

Las Vegas Highlights: Two wins (Fall 2014-FC, Fall 2011-TF); One final (Fall 2016-FC); Three No. 1 qualifiers (Fall 2011-TF, Spring 2010-FC, Fall 2004-FC)

2016 Spring Las Vegas Event Recap: Qualified fifth; Finalist (Defeated John Hale in the first round, Jim Campbell in the quarter-finals and Chad Head in the semi-finals, lost to Alexis DeJoria in the final)

2015 Toyota Nationals Event Recap: Qualified sixth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Matt Hagan in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarter-finals)

Previous Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified sixth; Semi-finalist (Defeated Chad Head in the first round and Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quarter-finals, lost to Ron Capps in the semi-finals)

Quotable: "The Toyota Nationals have been a good race for us. Winning here in 2014 was a big breakthrough and finishing a season strong is always good for morale. When one of your sponsors, Toyota, backs the race, you always want to perform and that is what this DHL Toyota team is planning on doing this weekend."

Career Stats: 505 starts, 557 round wins, 39 wins (31 in Funny Car, 8 in Top Fuel), 66 finals (55 in Funny Car, 11 in Top Fuel), 20 No.1 qualifiers (13 in Funny Car, 7 in Top Fuel)

Countdown Stats: Seventh appearance (6 in Funny Car, 1 in Top Fuel); Fourth consecutive appearance; 40 overall Countdown starts; eight wins (6 FC, 2 TF); 3 No.1 qualifiers (1 FC, 2 TF); 61 total Countdown round wins (48 FC, 13 TF)

2016 Season Stats: One win (Brainerd); Four finals (Pomona-I, Las Vegas-I, Seattle, Indianapolis); Three No. 1 qualifiers (Norwalk, Sonoma, Seattle); 35 round wins

Point Standings: Fifth (-122); trails fourth-place Jack Beckman by 14 points, leads sixth-place Robert Hight by 42 points

Noteworthy: Seven semi-finals or better in the last nine events; 2015 Funny Car Champion, 2011 Top Fuel Champion; one of three drivers with championships in both nitro classes; second in the Funny Car class with 18 first round wins this season; only driver with a Top Fuel and Funny Car win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
PR Contact:

(Doug Kalitta, Del Worsham, J.R. Todd)
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Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria Las Vegas pre-race notes

Las Vegas Highlights: Two wins (Spring 2016, Spring 2014)

2016 Spring Las Vegas Event Recap: Qualified sixth; Race Winner (Defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round, Robert Hight in the quarter-finals, John Force in the semi-finals and Del Worsham in the final)

2015 Toyota Nationals Event Recap: Qualified ninth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated John Force in the first round, lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quarter-finals)

Previous Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified ninth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated John Force in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarter-finals)

Career Stats: 115 starts, 82 round wins, 4 wins, 7 finals, 4 No.1 qualifiers

Countdown Stats: Third consecutive appearance; 16 overall Countdown starts; 2 No.1 qualifiers; 12 total Countdown round wins

2016 Season Stats: One win (Las Vegas-I); One semifinal (Bristol); One No. 1 qualifier (Charlotte-I); 13 round wins

Point Standings: 10th (-314); trails ninth-place Tim Wilkerson by 77 points
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Paul Lee

Lee Las Vegas pre-race notes

2015 Toyota Nationals Event Recap: Qualified 15th; First round defeat (Lost to Courtney Force in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (2015 Auto Club Finals - Pomona, Calif.): Qualified 13th; First round defeat (Lost to Matt Hagan in the first round)

Career Stats: 53 starts, 13 round wins

2016 Season Stats: Season debut
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Paul Lee Racing

Funny Car racer Paul Lee, who will make his season debut at the Toyota NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas as part of the Kalitta Motorsports team, visited the Wally Parks NHRA Studio where Amanda Busick spoke with him about his new team and his plans for the future.

Lee will campaign the McLeod Clutches Toyota Camry Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports for the last two events on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Veteran Todd Smith will be tuning the car.

Lee, who resides in Orange County, Calif., is the president of McLeod Racing LLC, a global leader in automotive and clutch driveline technology. He will own the equipment, but it will be run out of the Kalitta Motorsports Ypsilanti, Mich.-based shop.

Lee began drag racing at age 18 in his home state of New Jersey. Lee drove Top Alcohol Funny Cars from 1988 until 2005 and won three NHRA national event titles and one divisional race. Lee stepped up to nitro Funny Cars in 2005 and has run as quick as 4.007 at nearly 318 mph.

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1. Leah Pritchett (494)
2. Antron Brown (440)
3. Tony Schumacher (438)
4. Doug Kalitta (358)
5. Steve Torrence (352) 
6. Brittany Force (292)
7. Clay Millican (269)
8. Troy Coughlin Jr. (228)
9. Terry McMillen (195)
10. Scott Palmer (180)
17. Shawn Langdon (32)
 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Matt Hagan (400)
2. Ron Capps (398)
3. John Force (371)
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. (357)
5. Robert Hight (301)
5. Courtney Force (301)
7. Jack Beckman (282)
8. Jonnie Lindberg (235)
9. J.R. Todd (222)
10. Jim Campbell (211)
11. Alexis DeJoria (208)

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