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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta desires fourth Gator triumph

Gainesville Highlights: Three wins (2014, 2005, 2000); Two no.1 qualifiers (2013, 2003)

Last Event Recap (Phoenix): Qualified fifth; First round defeat (Lost to Shawn Reed in the first round)

2016 Gatornationals Recap: Qualified eighth; First round defeat (Lost to Dave Connolly in the first round)

Quotable: “We stumbled a bit in Phoenix, but the Mac Tools team is ready for a rebound in Gainesville. I have been fortunate to win this race a couple times and I would love to pick up my first win of the new season this weekend.”

Career Stats: 436 starts, 592 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); 3 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: Could become the ninth driver to hit 600 round wins this season; also will reach 1,000 career rounds competed early this year (currently at 986); owns Phoenix Track ET Record (also owns track records in Atlanta and Norwalk)

Troy Couglin

Coughlin Jr. makes pro Gatornationals debut

Noteworthy: Third career pro event; a leading 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 (Phoenix): Qualified sixth; First round defeat (Lost to Scott Palmer in the first round)

Quotable: “My comfort level is definitely growing in the SealMaster Toyota Dragster. We have our leader, Connie, back with us at the track, along with my grandfather, Jeg Sr., so this will only enhance my learning."

2017 Season Stats: Two starts; One round win; 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

Media Availability & Appearance: Coughlin Jr. will be in the Jacksonville market conducting interviews on Wednesday. On Thursday, he will be making an appearance at the University of Florida Health Shands Children's Hospital.

JR Todd

Todd makes plan to continue strong Funny Car start

Highlights: One of four Funny Car drivers to have round wins in each of the first two races of the season (Matt Hagan, Ron Capps, Tommy Johnson Jr.)

Last Event Recap (Phoenix): Qualified seventh; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Alexis DeJoria in the first round, lost to Jim Campbell in the quarter-finals)

2016 Gatornationals Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified 10th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Steve Torrence in the first round, lost to Clay Millican in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: “I am really looking forward to the Gatornationals since it is one of the biggest races of the year with all of its history. I feel like our DHL Toyota Camry is headed in the right direction and can contend for the win.”

Career Stats: 150 starts, 151 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 1 start, 1 round win)

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

2017 Season Stats: 2 starts; 2 round wins; Sixth in the point standings

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

Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria Gainesville pre-race notes

Last Event Recap (Phoenix): Qualified 10th; First round defeat (Lost to J.R. Todd in the first round)

2016 Gatornationals Recap: Qualified 11th; First round defeat (Lost to Matt Hagan in the first round)

Career Stats: 118 starts, 82 round wins, 4 wins, 7 finals, 4 no.1 qualifiers

2016 Season Stats: One win (Las Vegas-I); One semi-final (Bristol); One No. 1 qualifier (Charlotte-I); 13 round wins; 10th in the final standings

2017 Season Stats: Two starts; 12th in the point standings

JR Todd

Mechanical woes end Todd's Phoenix run

Race Recap: With his Funny Car debut in the rearview mirror, Todd was looking for more round wins in Phoenix.

The DHL Toyota team started strong with three solid passes; their best was Todd's first career Funny Car pass in the 3.8 second range. The 3.889 second pass in the third qualifying session bumped Todd into the top half of the field. However, it would prove to be a intramural battle with Todd facing his Funny Car teammate, Alexis DeJoria for the first time.

Todd was able to get the jump off of the line and led start-to-finish to pick up the round win. He lowered his career-best for the second straight day with a 3.887 second pass. That run gave him lane choice over Jim Campbell in the second round. However, when the DHL Toyota came up to the line to race Campbell, the team suffered mechanical problems as a leak was discovered in the air system, which in turn tripped the safety components on the Funny Car. This did not allow Todd to give the DHL Camry throttle and so it did not move once the tree dropped. With those issues, Campbell was able to pick up the round win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.889 sec., 326.63 mph)

E1: Todd defeated DeJoria - 3.887 sec., 330.07 mph to 5.829 sec., 119.55 mph **CAREER-BEST FUNNY CAR ET**

E2: Todd defeated by Campbell - Broke to 4.848 sec., 165.84 mph

Quotable: "Disappointing way to end our day for the DHL Toyota team. It is always tough when it is mechanical problems and you don't get a shot at the track. However, we will figure out the source of the issue. I look forward to making some more laps tomorrow at Wild Horse Pass and hopefully learning some more that can help us as we head into Gainesville."

Point Standings: Sixth (-135); trails John Force by seven points for fifth; leads Jim Campbell by three points for seventh

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta loses early in Phoenix

Race Recap: After a solid start to the 2017 Mello Yello season for Kalitta and the Mac Tools team, they turned to Phoenix with momentum.

Qualifying was a struggle early but the Mac Tools team got it figured it out by Saturday as they laid down a stellar 3.695 second pass to slot Kalitta in the top five overall in Top Fuel qualifying.

First up was Shawn Reed. Kalitta's Mac Tools ride left the line first, but encountered issues. Kalitta was able to get it going quickly, but at that point Reed had already drove around and he took the win light stopping Kalitta in the first round.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 5 (3.695 sec., 328.78 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by Reed - 3.971 sec., 270.10 mph to 3.929 sec., 276.35 mph

Quotable: “Very early ending to the Arizona Nationals for this Mac Tools Toyota team. Definitely not what the goal was for today. However, in racing you will have that. These Mac Tools guys will work hard at home, and we will see if we can change the tides in Gainesville."

Point Standings: Fifth (-105); trails Antron Brown by three points for fourth; leads Steve Torrence by 30 for sixth

Troy Coughlin Jr. 

Coughlin Jr. suffers tough first round defeat

Race Recap: Coughlin Jr.'s weekend was filled with many highs, but unfortunately a quick ending to Sunday.

On Friday, the SealMaster Toyota driver earned his first career bonus point in the first session and then made his career-best pass, a 3.696, on Friday evening. After the close of Saturday, he earned the sixth starting spot; his second straight top half start to begin his Top Fuel career.

His opponent would prove to be Scott Palmer, who is embarking on his first full-time season in NHRA Top Fuel action. Coughlin Jr. moved first, but dropped a clyinder down track which allowed Palmer to drive by at the line ending Coughlin Jr.'s day in the first round.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.696 sec., 326.48 mph)

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Palmer - 3.872 sec., 266.21 mph to 3.833 sec., 317.42 mph

Quotable: “We are making progress. I really believe that the strings are loosening as far as the hesitations in this SealMaster machine. I am getting more and more comfortable. Everybody on this SealMaster Toyota team is doing a great job. I really appreciate all the guys for all they do. They are not rookies at this, and I really appreciate the good attitudes and their hard work. I can't do it without them; this is a team."

Point Standings: Eighth (-156); trails Shawn Reed by 10 points for seventh, leads Scott Palmer by five points for ninth

Alexis DeJoria 

DeJoria defeated by teammate in round one

Race Recap: DeJoria started the weekend strong as her qualifying spot was ensured after her 3.920 second pass in the first session on Friday. The Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry nearly matched that in the last session, but was unable to move up in the qualifying order leading to a date with her Funny Car teammate, J.R. Todd, in the first round of eliminations.

DeJoria and Todd were close at the 60' line, but DeJoria's Camry encountered troubles soon after ending her day early at the Arizona Nationals.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.920 sec., 325.14 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated by Todd - 5.829 sec., 119.55 mph to 3.887 sec., 330.07 mph

Point Standings: 12th (-163); trails Del Worsham by 18 points for 11th, leads Phil Burkart Jr. by five points for 13th

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.520 sec. at 167.14 MPH
Q2: 3.709 sec. at 322.88 MPH
Q3: 4.320 sec. at 183.00 MPH
Q4: 3.695 sec. at 328.78 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the final session)
Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Shawn Reed

Quotable: "The Mac Tools guys dug hard and finished the qualifying portion of our weekend strong. Really excited to get to Sunday and see what this Mac Tools Toyota has for the field."

SealMaster

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

Q1: 3.732 sec. at 322.59 MPH
Q2: 3.696 sec. at 326.48 MPH
Q3: 3.741 sec. at 320.81 MPH
Q4: 4.757 sec. at 151.02 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the first session)
Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Shawn Reed

Quotable: "I feel like everything is going great thus far. I keep learning and these SealMaster Toyota men are doing an awesome job on this machine. We are jelling and everything is coming together. It was really exciting to get into the .60's in the second race and I feel like the SealMaster team has more to show tomorrow."
Note: Coughlin Jr's 3.696 second pass from the second session reset his career-best elapsed time. He earned his first career bonus point in the first session on Friday

JR Todd

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

Q1: 3.913 sec. at 325.77 MPH
Q2: 3.904 sec. at 328.22 MPH
Q3: 3.889 sec. at 326.63 MPH
Q4: 5.084 sec. at 146.91 MPH

Starting Position: 7th

First Round Matchup: Alexis DeJoria

Quotable: "I am still learning how to drive the DHL Toyota Camry but we made a good run there in Q3. It stinks that we have to run our teammate, but that's the way it goes sometimes so we will go out there and try to beat her in the first round."

Note: The 3.889 second pass in the first qualifying session on Saturday reset Todd's career-best Funny Car elapsed time.

Alexis DeJoria 

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

Q1: 3.920 sec. at 325.14 MPH
Q2: 4.460 sec. at 190.03 MPH
Q3: 5.169 sec. at 143.38 MPH
Q4: 3.922 sec. at 328.14 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: J.R. Todd 

Doug Kalitta

Track record holder, Kalitta, looks to build on strong 2017 start

Phoenix Highlights: One win (2001); Three finals (2015, 2010, 2004); Four no.1 qualifiers (2016, 2014, 2013, 2003); Track Elapsed Time Record Holder (3.716 sec.)

Last Event Recap (Pomona): Qualified second; Finalist (Defeated Steve Faria in the first round, Terry McMillen in the quarter-finals and Antron Brown in the semi-finals, lost to Leah Pritchett in the finals.)

2016 Arizona Nationals Recap: Qualified first; Semi-Finalist (Bye run in the first round, defeated Dave Connolly in the quarter-finals, lost to Brittany Force in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “We had a great start to the season in this Mac Tools Toyota. The team had a great test at Wild Horse Pass just a couple weeks ago, and I am ready to get back and see what we can get accomplished.”

Career Stats: 435 starts, 592 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); 3 round wins; second 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: Could become the ninth driver to hit 600 round wins this season; also will reach 1,000 career rounds competed early this year (currently at 985); owns Phoenix Track ET Record (also owns track records in Atlanta and Norwalk)

SealMaster TF

Coughlin Jr. desires to continue to learn

Noteworthy: Second career pro event; a leading 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 (Pomona): Qualified sixth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Shawn Reed in the first round, lost to Antron Brown in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: “What I love most about the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is there are 24 races which makes 24 opportunities to learn how to win as a group. I am ecstatic to head to Wild Horse Pass with the SealMaster Toyota boys and continue our journey for a championship.”

2017 Season Stats: One start; One round win; sixth 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 solid Funny Car debut, Todd plans for more success in Phoenix

Highlights: Round win in Funny Car debut in Pomona; Upon earning a spot in the field will qualify for his 150th career raceday start

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

2016 Arizona Nationals Event Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified seventh; First round defeat (Lost to Leah Pritchett in the first round)

Quotable: “I am really excited to see what we have now in this DHL Toyota Camry after we found a problem that plagued us all through testing and qualifying. It should be a great weekend in Phoenix.”

Career Stats: 149 starts, 150 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 1 start, 1 round win)

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

2017 Season Stats: 1 start; 1 round win; Sixth in the point standings

Noteworthy: Earned 150th career round win (combined with Top Fuel (149) and Funny Car(1)) with a first round win over Tim Wilkerson in Pomona; attempting to become the 16th driver in NHRA history with a Top Fuel and Funny Car win; Todd Smith joins Jon Oberhofer as co-crew chiefs on the DHL Toyota Camry; DHL celebrating 10th season of NHRA sponsorship

Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria Phoenix pre-race notes

Phoenix Highlights: One win (2014)

Last Event Recap (Pomona): Qualified seventh; First round defeat (Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round)

2016 Arizona Nationals Event Recap: Qualified 11th; First round defeat (Lost to Jack Beckman in the first round)

Career Stats: 117 starts, 82 round wins, 4 wins, 7 finals, 4 no.1 qualifiers

2016 Season Stats: One win (Las Vegas-I); One semi-final (Bristol); One No. 1 qualifier (Charlotte-I); 13 round wins; 10th in the final standings

2017 Season Stats: One start; 10th in the point standings

Noteworthy: DeJoria recorded her first career nitro Funny Car win at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in February 2014.

Paul LeeFebruary 17, 2017 (PLACENTIA, CA): NHRA Nitro Funny Car driver, Paul Lee, is retiring from the sportof drag racing. Lee suffered a heart attack over the winter and will not be returning to the seat of his McLeod Racing/ Kalitta Motorsports Nitro Funny Car.

On December 13, 2016, two days after returning from a successful PRI show in Indy, Lee experienced a massive “widow maker” heart attack, with 100% blockage of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery. Three stints were inserted in his main artery, but Paul suffered significant heart damage as a result.

“I’m very lucky to be alive,” says Paul Lee, owner of McLeod Racing.  “The paramedics are close to my house and were there in minutes. They got me to the hospital in time for the doctors to save my life. The doctor told me that this is the worst kind of heart attack someone can have and only about 1 in 10 survives. So I’m extremely grateful to the local paramedics and the doctors for doing a great job of saving me.”

Lee has been a lifelong fan and participant of NHRA drag racing. He began his love as a little kid at his home track of Atco Dragway in New Jersey. He used to “borrow” his mom’s car at 17 years old and head out to the drag strip. Since then he has claimed victories in both Top Alcohol and Top Fuel Funny Cars.

“I’ve dedicated my life to the sport of NHRA Drag Racing,” explains Lee.  “It’s been my love and passion since I was a child growing up in New Jersey. It pains me to know that I’ll probably never get to drive again, but in reality, I’m happy to still be here. My heart is too weak and will take years to recover. Besides, as long as I’m on blood thinners (to help a damaged heart work better), it’s not safe for me to drive a 300mph race car.”

Lee’s racing operation, which is managed by Kalitta Motorsports, will be entered in some races this year to fulfill previous sponsor commitments. A driver will be announced when the time comes available. As for co-crew chiefs, Glen Huszar and Nick Casertano, they will continue their efforts to help the Funny Car teams of J.R. Todd and Alexis DeJoria.

"Kalitta Motorsports was devastated to learn about Paul's heart attack, but thankful that he is still with us," said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. "We know how much desire Paul had to compete at the highest level in the sport so we are saddened he will be unable to continue. However, he is and always will be a part of the Kalitta family."

Lee will continue to support the Kalitta Motorsports organization for the years to come. He will also continue to own and operate McLeod Racing.

“Nevertheless, I’ve made many friends in this sport, both in my Alcohol Funny Car days in Division 1, up to my friends in the professional ranks, and especially all the folks at Team Kalitta. I’d like to personally thank Connie Kalitta and Jim Oberhofer and the whole Kalitta organization for welcoming me into their family. I will be forever grateful.”

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta earns third straight Pomona final

Race Recap: Kalitta returned to Pomona with momentum after a solid closing to Nitro Spring Testing in Phoenix. The Mac Tools team proved they would be one to watch early on in qualifying.

Kalitta, crew chief Jim Oberhofer and the Mac Tools team had never run a 3.6 second pass in an official event, and took care of that in the first qualifying pass setting the early mark to beat. Kalitta eventually slipped to no.2 overall, but reset his career-best elapsed time twice, earned eight of nine possible bonus points and ran three straight 3.6 second runs.

The Mac Tools team continued their run on raceday. First up was Steve Faria, and the Mac Tools team was not taking anyone lightly. Kalitta blazed the track in 3.696 seconds, which was low elapsed time of round one giving him lane choice in the second stanza versus Terry McMillen.

McMillen and Kalitta left together, but Kalitta steadily pulled away as the Mac Tools team again laid down best elapsed time of the round with a 3.687 second run moving him to the semi-finals against last season's champ, Antron Brown.

With the world watching live on FOX, Kalitta gave them a run to watch. He moved first on the line and pulled away from Brown moving the Mac Tools Toyota driver to his third straight Pomona final.

The Pomona final was the seventh career Pomona final and 88th overall. It allowed the Mac Tools driver to hold a top three spot in the point standings for the 25th race in a row, which leads the Top Fuel class.

Kalitta's run ended to Leah Pritchett in the final. After he took a starting line advantage, the Mac Tools ride encountered troubles and Pritchett was able to pick up the win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 2 (3.696 sec., 329.91 mph) **CAREER-BEST ET**

E1: Kalitta defeated Faria - 3.696 sec., 329.91 mph to 4.246 sec., 230.92 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated McMillen - 3.687 sec., 330.55 mph to 4.335 sec., 170.86 mph

E3: Kalitta defeated Brown - 3.698 sec., 331.85 mph to 3.731 sec., 324.90 mph

Final: Kalitta defeated by Pritchett - 7.630 sec., 103.85 mph to 3.711 sec., 324.98 mph

Quotable: “Tough finish to an outstanding weekend for the Mac Tools team. I am so proud of Jim O and the whole Mac Tools Toyota group. We had stellar pass after stellar pass. I am already ready for Phoenix and hopefully a little of redemption."

Point Standings: Second (-17); trails Leah Pritchett by 17 points for first; leads Antron Brown by 26 for third

Troy Coughlin Jr

Coughlin Jr. claims first career round win

Race Recap: The long awaited professional debut of Troy Coughlin Jr. in a Top Fuel machine drew much excitement to the SealMaster pit. However, even with much thrill surrounding the first race of Coughlin's career, the 26-year-old driver was focused.

The Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn-tuned machine was consistent throughout qualifying as Coughlin held the early lead with a 3.730 second pass before earning a top half starting spot in his debut as the SealMaster Toyota ride achieved the sixth starting spot.

His first-ever Top Fuel opponent was former boat racer Shawn Reed. The pair was the final Top Fuel duo to see the track but Coughlin was prepared. He got around Reed early on and powered by him by 1,000 foot line earning his first career round win.

His first event ended in the second round as defending Top Fuel champion Antron Brown was able to take the round win. However, Coughlin was upbeat about his first event and looked forward to returning to the seat in two weeks in Phoenix.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.730 sec., 322.81 mph)

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated Reed - 3.728 sec., 328.46 mph to 3.854 sec., 316.60 mph **CAREER-BEST MPH**

E2: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Brown - 3.727 sec., 327.35 mph to 3.733 sec., 325.69 mph **CAREER-BEST ET**

Quotable: “Not a bad day. We came into the race with a bunch of thoughts on how these things work, so now we have less thoughts going into this next race. Need to keep getting used to the process on the starting line and hone in on it. Connie Kalitta, Rob Flynn and the SealMaster Toyota guys have this thing working so consistently. They are giving me a car to compete in, a winner's circle bandit, so I need to get ahold of my end of it and enjoy it."

Point Standings: Sixth (-71); trails Brittany Force by three points for fifth, leads Steve Torrence by one point for seventh

JR TODD

Todd hits milestone 150th career round win in Funny Car debut

Race Recap: Last time Todd was at the Auto Club Raceway of Pomona, he was setting records as a Top Fuel driver. He took the SealMaster ride from the no.1 qualifier to his sixth final round appearance of the 2016 season.

This time, he was a Funny Car driver. 11 years after his Top Fuel debut, Todd was taking over a new challenge as the driver of DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car.

Todd was up to the challenge. His first lap down the track nearly earned bonus points and he slotted in fourth. Mechanical issues dogged the DHL team on Saturday and he was bumped to 11th, but Todd was solidly qualified in his first Funny Car event.

His first Funny Car opponent would prove to be the veteran Tim Wilkerson. Todd moved first and led all the way down the track earning his first career Funny Car round win and 150th of his career. The day would end in the second round despite another solid lap, however, it was a great debut for the new driver of the DHL Toyota.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.936 sec., 329.42 mph)

E1: Todd defeated Wilkerson - 3.902 sec., 330.72 mph to 6.970 sec., 112.50 mph **CAREER BEST FUNNY CAR ET & MPH**

E2: Todd defeated by C. Force - 3.930 sec., 329.02 mph to 3.892 sec., 326.08 mph

Quotable: "Basically today was our first runs of the year because of the issues we had. We will go into Phoenix with race car we can work with. Pretty good debut in this DHL Toyota."

Point Standings: Tied for Sixth (-67); tied with Tommy Johnson Jr. and Del Worsham

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Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria suffers tough first round defeat

Race Recap: DeJoria started the season with a new co-crew chief in Nicky Boninfante and renewed excitement for a new season. That excitement extended through qualifying as DeJoria earned two bonus points and started in the seventh position.

Her first foe was last season's championship runner-up, Tommy Johnson Jr. The Tequila Patrón Toyota was gaining on Johnson Jr. when it suffered a mechanical problem ending DeJoria's day in the first round.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.879 sec., 330.39 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated by Johnson Jr. - 4.148 sec., 229.24 mph to 3.938 sec., 323.89 mph

Point Standings: 10th (-84); trails Robert Hight by one point for ninth, leads Tim Wilkerson by one point for 11th

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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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