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Kalitta Motorsports News

CHANDLER, Ariz., (Feb. 22, 2014) - Doug Kalitta, driver of the 10,000-horsepower Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, will once again begin Sunday’s eliminations in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series from the No. 1 qualifying position. Two weeks ago, Kalitta led the way in time trials at the season-opening event in Pomona, Calif., and he will do the same tomorrow in Phoenix by way of a 3.735-second, 327.74-mph qualifying pass. Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car, leads the way for Team Kalitta’s Funny Car contingent in the No. 4 (4.048 sec., 309.27 mph) starting spot.

Sunday’s eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m. (MT)

ESPN2 TV Schedule:

  • 02/23 Qualifying 2:00 AM - 3:30 AM (ET)/11:00 PM - 12:30 AM (PT)
  • 02/23 Qualifying Re-air 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM/5:00 AM - 6:00 AM
  • 02/23 Eliminations 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM/5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Times and dates subject to change.

THE RESULTS:

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

  • Q1: 3.792 sec. at 323.27 mph (Three bonus points for second quickest of the session)
  • Q2: 3.735 sec. at 327.74 mph (Three bonus points for second quickest of the session)
  • Q3: 5.851 sec. at 112.91 mph
  • Q4: 5.408 sec. at 127.62 mph

No. 1 Qualifier

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car

  • Q1: 4.109 sec. at 303.16 mph
  • Q2: 4.048 sec. at 309.27 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
  • Q3: 4.399 sec. at 203.95 mph
  • Q4: 4.062 sec. at 305.49 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)

No. 4 Qualifier

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

  • Q1: 6.402 sec. at 104.52 mph
  • Q2: 4.073 sec. at 312.42 mph
  • Q3: 5.025 sec. at 151.70 mph
  • Q4: 4.051 sec. at 316.67 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)

No. 5 Qualifier

David Grubnic – Driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel Dragster

  • Q1: 3.951 sec. at 257.63 mph
  • Q2: 3.777 sec. at 320.28 mph
  • Q3: 6.155 sec. at 98.28 mph
  • Q4: 5.186 sec. at 130.32 mph

No. 7 Qualifier

THE COMPETITION:

Top Fuel:

  • 1) Doug Kalitta vs. 16) Scott Palmer
  • 7) David Grubnic vs. 10) Brittany Force

Funny Car:

  • 4) Alexis DeJoria vs. 13) Jeff Arend
  • 5) Del Worsham vs. 12) Courtney Force

CHANDLER, Ariz., (Feb. 19, 2014) – The four-car, nitro racing assault of Kalitta Motorsports returns to action this weekend in Phoenix after a wildly successful start to the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. two weeks ago. Team Kalitta hopes to keep that winning momentum rolling at the 30th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., just a few miles east of downtown Phoenix.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the “Big Red” Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, grabbed the No. 1 qualifier spot (3.713 seconds, 328.86 mph) for the 37th time in his Top Fuel career in Pomona. His career-best elapsed time set the track record and made NHRA history as the third quickest run in NHRA’s 1,000-ft. era. He reset the Pomona track speed record with an astonishing 330.15-mph mark in the second round en route to a runner-up finish in the season opener.

Kalitta currently also owns the track record for elapsed time (3.733 sec.) in Phoenix. He was the No. 1 qualifier in the desert last year with that mark. He claimed the No. 1 qualifying spot at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park (formerly Firebird Raceway) in 2003 as well. Kalitta’s success in Phoenix expands to taking the Top Fuel title trophy in 2001 and runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2004.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, raced to the semifinals in Pomona, the 72nd such showing of his career. He and the DHL “Yella Fellas” team have been to the semifinals in three of the last five events (dating back to St. Louis in 2013).

Like his teammate, Worsham has also seen success racing in the Grand Canyon State. He “hoisted the hardware” by winning the Phoenix event in 2004 and 2002.

After piloting her purple, gold, and matte-black Patrón XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car to an impressive 3.997-second pass in Pomona qualifying, Alexis DeJoria became the first woman and ninth Funny Car driver to join the coveted ‘three second run club.’ “That was a huge accomplishment for our team,” said DeJoria, a third-year Funny Car driver. “We made some serious headway running under four seconds, and we’re hoping to build upon that momentum and carry it into Phoenix this weekend.”

Native Australian David Grubnic, driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster, is also charged up to go racing again this weekend.  He and the Optima Batteries team made a quarter-final appearance in Pomona and are looking for more in Phoenix. “Grubby”, as he is affectionately known, raced to a runner-up finish in Phoenix in 2008. He was the No. 1 qualifier for the event in 2004.

Team patriarch and drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta will be celebrating an early birthday at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park this weekend. The former driver, current team owner and crew chief (Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster) will turn 76 on Monday, Feb. 24.

POMONA, Calif., (Feb. 8, 2014) –Doug Kalitta, driver of the “Big Red” Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster parlayed the third quickest run in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series history into the No. 1 qualifying spot for the season-opening 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.). Kalitta’s jaw-dropping 3.713-second pass was also a track record and a career best for the 17-year drag racing veteran. It is Kalitta’s 37th No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel.

Eliminations begin in the morning at 11:00 a.m. (PT).

THE RESULTS:

POMONA, Calif., (Feb. 7, 2014) – The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series got underway today with the first two qualifying runs of the season at the 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.). Team Kalitta was led by Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster team with two 3.75-second runs to land them in the No. 3 provisional qualifying spot in class. Qualifying resumes tomorrow with two more nitro qualifying sessions at 1:00 p.m. (PT) and 4:00 p.m.

THE RESULTS:

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

  • Q1: 3.756 sec. at 328.30 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
  • Q2: 3.753 sec. at 327.19 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
  • Provisional No. 3 Qualifier

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

  • Q1: 4.040 sec. at 317.72 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
  • Q2: No time (broke)
  • Provisional No. 4 Qualifier

David Grubnic – Driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel Dragster

  • Q1: 3.830 sec. at 321.96 mph
  • Q2: 6.005 sec. at 102.25 mph
  • Provisional No. 9 Qualifier

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car

  • Q1: 8.285 sec. at 82.68 mph
  • Q2: 8.327 sec. at 82.74 mph
  • Provisional No. 20 Qualifier

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POMONA, Calif. (November 10, 2013)— After qualifying in the No. 15 spot on the Funny Car ‘Quick 16’ ladder, Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, faced No. 2 qualifier Matt Hagan in round one of eliminations on Sunday morning at the 49th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.

The two, which had squared off at the previous race in Las Vegas with DeJoria coming out the victor, were fifth pair up in Funny Car. Without the advantage of lane choice, Team Patrón was designated the left lane, which had been troublesome for nearly all of the teams that ran prior to them. The left lane proved to be no issue for DeJoria as she powered her 10,000-horsepower black and green Toyota Camry to an impressive run of 4.056-seconds at 314.24-mph- the second quickest of the session. Although she had the quicker car, Hagan advanced to round two with his 4.059-sec holeshot win, ending Team Green’s day.

Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry

 

The Results:

Q1: 4.719 ET at 173.65 MPH

Q2: 4.152 ET at 264.70 MPH

Q3: 4.138 ET at 307.16 MPH

Q4: 4.137 ET at 311.13 MPH

The Competition:

No. 15 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 2 Matt Hagan

Quotables:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

“We really struggled in qualifying this weekend. It was tough out there, and there were a number of things that gave us trouble- driver error, dropping cylinders- but luckily, we managed to get in the show. We’re qualified fifteenth and we’re racing our ‘lucky first round’ guy, Matt Hagan, so we’ll see. It’s just one of those things. You don’t always have to qualify well to go rounds on Sunday- our last race in Vegas is a perfect example of that. You can win from anywhere, as long as you make the show.”

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Brittany Force (2690)
2. Steve Torrence (2609)
3. Doug Kalitta (2553)
4. Antron Brown (2508)
5. Leah Pritchett (2452) 
6. Clay Millican (2419)
7. Shawn Langdon (2406)
8. Tony Schumacher (2395)
9. Terry McMillen (2310)
10. Scott Palmer (2218)

 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Robert Hight (2686)
2. Ron Capps (2588)
3. Courtney Force (2543)
4. Jack Beckman (2519)
5. Matt Hagan (2470)
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2452)
7. John Force (2388)
8. Tim Wilkerson (2296)
9. J.R. Todd (2282)
10. Cruz Pedregon (2178)

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