Kalitta Motorsports News

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Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.753 sec. at 329.02 MPH
Q2: 3.681 sec. at 331.85 MPH
Q3: 3.718 sec. at 332.18 MPH
Q4: 3.735 sec. at 327.03 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Third best of the second session, Third best of the third session)

Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer
Quotable: “My Mac Tools team had a great qualifying here this weekend in St. Louis. I am proud of the effort and I am excited for tomorrow. I know we have a shot at the win."
Note: The 3.681 second pass in the second round of qualifying reset Doug's career-best. The 332.18 MPH in the third qualifying session reset the track MPH record. 

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Richie Crampton, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 8.453 sec. at 84.15 MPH
Q2: 3.714 sec. at 326.87 MPH
Q3: No run
Q4: 4.153 sec. at 194.49 MPH

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Dom Lagana
Quotable: "Well, we qualified well. The first round is a big spoiler matchup in round one, but the SealMaster boys are working hard and we will be ready for tomorrow."

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

Q1: 3.799 sec. at 324.28 MPH
Q2: 3.768 sec. at 277.32 MPH
Q3: 3.743 sec. at 320.13 MPH
Q4: 3.726 sec. at 322.04 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Steve Torrence
Quotable: "We have to race Steve Torrence in round one tomorrow, which is a tough draw. The Global Electronic Technology team made good runs today; we are looking to turn our Countdown around and start making ground on them."

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

Q1: 3.907 sec. at 329.34 MPH
Q2: 5.128 sec. at 146.23 MPH
Q3: 12.294 sec. at 76.01 MPH
Q4: 3.904 sec. at 332.02 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the final session)

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Courtney Force
Quotable: "We didn't qualify where we would have liked with the DHL Toyota. The night run is where you really set the field and I got it out of the groove, but we made a good run in the final qualifying session there, third best of the round. We are looking to go some rounds and make some ground on these guys ahead of us tomorrow."

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

Q1: 3.926 sec. at 325.22 MPH 
Q2: 3.863 sec. at 333.16 MPH
Q3: 4.793 sec. at 164.43 MPH
Q4: 5.265 sec. at 140.34 MPH

Starting Position: 4th

First Round Matchup: Cruz Pedregon 
Note: The 3.863 second pass and the 333.16 MPH are both new career bests for DeJoria.


YPSILANTI, MI (September 27, 2017)  – Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports, has been nominated as a representative for the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign of Detroit that is put on by the American Cancer Society, an organization that has been committed to fighting cancer since 1913 through raising public awareness about this deadly disease. 

The Real Men Wear Pink campaign was founded with the goal of getting men more involved in the fight against breast cancer – the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women behind lung cancer. Through their social media networks, all of the Real Men involved in the campaign will be tasked with the goal of fundraising a minimum of $2,500 for the American Cancer Society to go towards research, prevention, and other methods of support for those who are battling breast cancer.  

As a Real Men Wear Pink representative, Jim O will be committed to wearing some form of the color pink throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.  

"I'm honored to have been nominated to be one of the 25 great men chosen as part of the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign of Detroit," says Oberhofer. "I hope that through all of the great channels we have in NHRA Drag Racing, we can raise enough money to meet our goals and help in the fight against breast cancer and other forms of cancer." 

To follow along with Jim O's fundraising journey throughout the month of October, check out his fan page Jim Oberhofer on Facebook and follow @kalittajimo on Twitter and Instagram.

To donate to the cause on behalf of Jim O, head to his donation page on the American Cancer Society website at

For more information on the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign and to learn more about how you can get involved in the fight against cancer, visit the American Cancer Society's website, 

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Kalitta looks to rebound under the Arch

St. Louis Highlights: Three wins (2004, 2003, 2001); One final (2010); Two no. 1 qualifiers (2014, 2005)

Last Event Recap (Reading): Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Audrey Worm in the first round, lost to Dom Lagana in the quarterfinals)

2016 St. Louis Recap: Qualified fourth; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, lost to Shawn Langdon in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “Reading wasn’t a bad race for the Mac Tools team, but we are looking for more on the result side this weekend in St. Louis. The crowds are always strong and I feel solid about out odds going into the event.” 

Career Stats: 454 starts; 616 round wins (ninth all-time); 43 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 90 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: One win (Charlotte-II); Three finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk, Charlotte-II); Two no.1 qualifiers (Norwalk, Charlotte-II); 27 round wins; second in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta is a little more than one round out of the points lead with four races remaining

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Defending event champion Langdon plans on repeating his win

St. Louis Highlights: Defending race winner; One win (2016); One final (2014); One no. 1 qualifier (2013)

Last Event Recap (Reading): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Dom Lagana in the first round)

2016 St. Louis Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified fifth; Race Winner (Defeated Antron Brown in the first round, Doug Kalitta in the quarterfinals, Richie Crampton in the semifinals and Tony Schumacher in the finals)

Quotable: “Obviously, we are looking to make a turn around this weekend. We still have an outside shot at this championship, but we have to have a strong run this weekend. The cooler conditions in the forecast definitely favor our tune up. It is always exciting to come back to a race that you won last year. It gives you confidence. We are looking to go rounds and get the win this weekend.” 

Career Stats: 201 starts; 239 round wins; 14 wins; 28 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 16 starts; Nine round wins; 10th in the point standings

Noteworthy: Langdon scored his most recent win at this race one season ago; on Wednesday, he will throw out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals game

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Crampton looks to continue to play spoiler

St. Louis Highlights: One no.1 qualifier (2016) 

Last Event Recap (Reading): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

2016 St. Louis Recap (w/ MLR): Qualified first; Semifinalist (Defeated Kebin Kinsley in the first round and Brittany Force in the quarterfinals, lost to Shawn Langdon in the semifinals)

Quotable: “This is the final race of the three race swing and the SealMaster team is working hard and making gains on performance. I had a strong performance at Gateway last season, and I hope to do even better this season." 

Career Stats: 75 starts; 73 round wins; Seven wins; Nine finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Three starts; One final (Charlotte-II); Three round wins

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports prior to the U.S. Nationals to drive for SealMaster Top Fuel dragster for the remainder of the season; Crampton is the 2014 NHRA Auto Club Road to the Future winner; In 2015, Crampton earned five wins and finished third in the final point standings

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Todd desires strong St. Louis result

Last Event Recap (Reading): Qualified seventh; First round loss (Lost to Tim Wilkerson in the first round)

2016 St. Louis Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified third; Semifinalist (Defeated Kyle Wurtzel in the first round and Pat Dakin the quarterfinals, lost to Tony Schumacher in the semifinals)

Quotable: “We’re ready to get back on track and keep charing toward that championship. Chris Blair has done a great job bringing the race back to life and I cannot wait to hit the track on Friday evening.”

Career Stats: 168 starts; 167 round wins; 11 wins; 21 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 20 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 20 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins; seventh in the point standings

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DeJoria St. Louis pre-race notes

Last Event Recap (Reading): Qualified sixth; First Round Loss (Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round)

2016 St. Louis Recap: Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round)

Career Stats: 130 starts; 94 round wins; Five wins; Eight finals; Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 16 starts; One win (Brainerd); 12 round wins; 11th in the point standings 

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Kalitta loses in the quarterfinals

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta set a new career-best MPH, but was defeated in the quarterfinals earlier today in Reading, Penn. 

For the second straight race to start the Countdown for the Championship, the Mac Tools driver was stout in qualifying. He earned seven bonus points and ran two of the four fastest runs in NHRA history. He would earn the second starting spot, a mere five hundredths of as second behind the no.1 qualifier, Clay Millican.

Kalitta faced a debuting Audrey Worm in the first round and showed her no mercy with a stellar .051 reaction time. The Mac Tools machine's elapsed time was strong as well as the 3.766 second elapsed time gave him lane choice in the second round.

His quarterfinal opponent was local Dom Lagana. The Mac Tools driver was again solid at the tree, but his ride fell to near immediate tire smoke. Kalitta pedaled, but was unable to catch Lagana. 

Qualified: No. 2 (3.704 sec., 333.66 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Worm - 3.766 sec., 328.14 mph to 4.436 sec., 271.13 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Lagana - 7.164 sec., 127.99 mph to 4.301 sec., 243.24 mph

Quotable: “It is very disappointing to have such a short day here in Reading. My Mac Tools team is working so hard, and we will go to St. Louis and attempt to pick up some of the points that we lost here."

Point Standings: Second; leads Brittany Force by one point for third, trails Steve Torrence by 22 points for first

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Crampton suffers first round loss

Race Recap: Richie Crampton and the SealMaster team were unable to continue their Charlotte magic this weekend in Reading as they bowed out in the first round.

The SealMaster group continued the strategy of early shut off passes in qualifying to allow themselves to acquire all the data they needed to make good decisions for raceday. Despite not making a full pass, Crampton still earned the ninth seed with a run that didn't clear 300 mph.

In the first round Crampton and the SealMaster dragster lined up against defending champion Antron Brown. Unfortunately, at about 100 feet, the SealMaster machine suffered mechanical woes and Antron Brown was able to make a clean pass to the stripe for the round win.

Qualified: No. 9 (3.767 sec., 282.60 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated by Brown - 7.999 sec., 70.92 mph to 3.758 sec., 290.94 mph

Quotable: “My SealMaster Toyota team is working really hard and we really wanted to take out Antron there to continue helping our teammates. However, we are definitely making progress, and I am excited to get to St. Louis and see what we can do there."

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Tough weekend for Langdon ends early

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon returned to the familiar Global Electronic Technology colors, but unfortunately the struggles continued for the former champion.

After tire smoke in both runs on Friday, Saturday did not start much better for Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team as the car had problems on the starting line and forced Langdon and the team to not complete the run. However, the Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn led team came back with a vengeance in the final qualifying pass and was able to score a solid 3.780 second pass.

That run gave Langdon the 10th starting spot and a first round draw of local driver Dom Lagana. Langdon got a huge jump at the tree and was driving away before he again hit tire smoke. Langdon pedaled, but Lagana's clean run easily got to the stripe first ending the Global Electronic Technology driver's day early. 

Qualified: No. 10 (3.780 sec., 326.56 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by Lagana - 4.503 sec., 203.71 mph to 3.790 sec., 320.20 mph 

Quotable: "We got behind in qualifying. We made a good run in Q4 and we felt good about it. But we just pushed it too hard and smoked the tires in the first round. It was just unfortunate. I had a good jump at the tree, but it just didn't work out for today."

Point Standings: 10th; trails Scott Palmer by six points for ninth

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Close race doesn't go Todd's way in Reading

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota team lost by mere inches in the first round in Reading today.

The Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith machine was solid in qualifying with three complete runs. Their best, a 3.929, gave the DHL driver the seventh starting spot going into Sunday's eliminations.

For the fifth time this season, Todd would face Tim Wilkerson. Todd had yet to take a loss to the veteran, but that streak would end. Todd scored a stellar .059 reaction time, which was among the top five in the class, but Wilkerson was able to just edge ahead at the finish line. Todd's combined reaction time and elapsed time would have defeated five of the other seven first round Funny Car winners.

Qualified: No. 7 (3.929 sec., 326.87 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Wilkerson - 3.958 sec., 326.71 mph to 3.953 sec., 326.56 mph

Quotable: “Really tough loss in a very close drag race there in the first round with Wilk. I really hate it for my DHL Toyota team; we haven't been running exactly what we wanted to all weekend. So when you lose in a close race like that it really stings. However, we are still focused and know we have a shot at it. Our plan is to go into St. Louis and run strong."

Point Standings: Seventh; leads John Force by 19 points for eighth; trails Tommy Johnson Jr. by 24 for sixth

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DeJoria loses in the first round

Race Recap: Team Patrón’s performance consistency from the last several events carried over into the NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania.
The Patrón Toyota Camry made solid runs three out of four times during qualifying, and their strong performance yielded a starting position from the top half of the field on race day.
As the sixth seeded contender, Alexis DeJoria had lane choice over 11thqualified Tommy Johnson Jr. in round one. The Patrón Camry smoked the tires early into the run. DeJoria skillfully pedaled the car in an attempt to chase Johnson Jr. down, but he was already too far down track and despite smoking the tires later in the run, was able to cross the beams first.
DeJoria, who was celebrating a birthday on Sunday, will not have to wait long to have another shot at putting her Patrón Camry in the Winner’s Circle for the second time this year. Team Patrón competes next at the NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis, beginning Friday, September 29th

Qualified: No. 6 (3.914 sec., 328.70 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated by Johnson Jr. - 4.684 sec., 266.27 mph to 4.226 sec., 226.62 mph

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Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.725 sec. at 330.31 MPH
Q2: 3.704 sec. at 333.66 MPH
Q3: 3.744 sec. at 333.41 MPH
Q4: 4.618 sec. at 163.93 MPH

Bonus Points: 7 pts. (Best of the first session, second best of the second session, second best of the third session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Audrey Worm

Quotable: “Great work to my entire Mac Tools team in qualifying. We didn't rest after last week's win and are going after another one this weekend in Reading. I'm confident we definitely have a shot at picking up another Wally."

Note: The 333.66 mph pass is Kalitta's new career-best MPH and ties the National Record MPH. 

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Richie Crampton, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 5.316 sec. at 129.69 MPH
Q2: 3.767 sec. at 282.60 MPH
Q3: 4.801 sec. at 152.97 MPH
Q4: 8.941 sec. at 52.24 MPH

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Antron Brown

Quotable: "Well, qualifying mid-pack is good. We definitely landed where we want to be so we can take the Countdown cars out as soon as we can on race day. That is our plan going into Sunday with this SealMaster team."

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

Q1: 6.110 sec. at 101.64 MPH
Q2: 4.614 sec. at 160.67 MPH
Q3: No time; mechanical malfunction 
Q4: 3.780 sec. at 326.56 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Dom Lagana

Quotable: "We made a good run there in Q4, and we will have to learn off that because we didn't get any other information. Hopefully we can make a good run in the first round and do the best we can the rest of the day."Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel Dragst

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

Q1: 3.961 sec. at 324.98 MPH
Q2: 3.929 sec. at 326.87 MPH
Q3: 4.611 sec. at 179.30 MPH
Q4: 3.965 sec. at 322.19 MPH

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Tim Wilkerson

Quotable: "We are not running exactly what we want to. We have been having some mechanical issues, nothing serious. Qualifying in the top half again is good, and it is going to be hot like it has been all weekend. It is a good equalizer for us. We are just going to go out there and race with what the track gives us and hopefully turn on four win lights tomorrow." 

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

Q1: 3.934 sec. at 330.39 MPH 
Q2: 3.914 sec. at 328.70 MPH
Q3: 3.946 sec. at 327.43 MPH
Q4: 6.977 sec. at 94.55 MPH

Starting Position: 6th

First Round Matchup: Tommy Johnson Jr.

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)
1. Steve Torrence (333)
2. Tony Schumacher (300)
3. Antron Brown (290)
4. Clay Millican (255)
5. Doug Kalitta (248)
6. Richie Crampton (215)

7. Leah Pritchett (202)
8. Scott Palmer (195)
9. Brittany Force (158)
10. Terry McMillen (148)

Funny Car (Unofficial)
1. Jack Beckman (338)
2. Courtney Force (302)
3. Matt Hagan (301)
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. (265)
5. Ron Capps (258)
6. J.R. Todd (235)
7. Robert Hight (222)
8. Shawn Langdon (205)
9. Jonnie Lindberg (171)
10. Del Worsham (167)