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harrahs jolietYPSILANTI, Mich., (June 9, 2014) – Kalitta Motorsports, one of the largest and most successful teams in NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) professional drag racing history, announced today that they have partnered with Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel for the upcoming NHRA national event in Chicago, June 26-29.

Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel decals will adorn all of Team Kalitta’s race cars during the 17th annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., just a few miles west of downtown Chicago. Team Kalitta’s four-car, nitro-fueled racers include the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta, the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster driven by J.R. Todd, the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Del Worsham, and the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Alexis DeJoria.

The partnership between Kalitta Motorsports and Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel was formed to help build awareness of Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel through not only branding on the race cars, but also through an extensive and fan-friendly Social Media campaign. Team Kalitta will use its very popular Social Media channels to offer giveaways, discounts to either stay or visit Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel; and opportunities for fans to interact with Team Kalitta drivers, playing alongside them in a live poker tournament and testing their reflex time against the pros in a fun, interactive game, all at Harrah’s Joliet!

“Harrah’s Joliet is very excited about this new partnership with Team Kalitta,” said Jennifer Nocco, Vice President of Marketing.  “We are very happy to have the NHRA back in Joliet again this year and to give Kalitta fans the opportunity to experience our newly renovated casino and hotel offering the excitement of Vegas-style gaming and award winning dining and accommodations to compliment the excitement of the track.”

Rachel Brunner, Kalitta Motorsports General Manager, said, “Our new relationship with Harrah’s Joliet is not only a great partnership for our team it’s also a wonderful opportunity for our fans and all the fans of NHRA Drag Racing to explore all of the amenities available at Harrah’s Joliet and to be able to engage with our Team Kalitta drivers in a unique setting.

“Through our Social Media channels we’re looking forward to giving race fans a fun and valuable interaction with Team Kalitta, and to get fans familiar with and connected to the continuing Social Media offerings of Harrah’s Joliet.”

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., (June 1, 2014) - Sunday in Englishtown, N.J. Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, and his teammate Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, both advanced to the final rounds of their respective classes at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park during eliminations of the 45th annual NHRA Toyota SummerNationals.

For Kalitta, it was his fifth final round of the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the 73rd of his career. For Worsham, it was his first time in a final this season and the 52nd “money round” of his career.

Kalitta, the Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points leader, extended his lead over second place to 103 points. Worsham moved up three positions in Mello Yello Funny Car points from seventh to fourth.

Team Kalitta racers have now raced to eight final rounds in the first nine events of the year. Englishtown marked only the second time in the team’s legendary history that it had one of its cars in each of the nitro-fueled racing classes, the first time was in Las Vegas earlier this season (DeJoria - winner and Kalitta - runner-up).

Round by Round Recap:

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

No. 1 qualifier

E1: Kalitta defeated Millican - 3.785 sec., 323.89 mph to 6.509 sec., 97.26 mph
E2: Kalitta defeated Schumacher - 3.822 sec., 317.05 mph to 3.827 sec., 319.14 mph
E3: Kalitta defeated Lucas - 4.375 sec., 249.12 mph to 6.032 sec., 139.07 mph
E4: Kalitta defeated by Crampton - 3.848 sec., 317.34 mph to 3.819 sec., 320.51 mph

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

No. 2 qualifier

E1: Worsham defeated T. Pedregon - 4.512 sec., 227.08 mph to 4.602 sec., 213.60 mph
E2: Worsham defeated Wilkerson - 4.168 sec., 301.94 mph to 4.696 sec., 188.36 mph
E3: Worsham defeated Hight - 4.178 sec., 298.73 mph to 5.753 sec., 129.65 mph
E4: Worsham defeated by C. Pedregon - 4.189 sec., 296.70 mph to 4.126 sec., 301.33 mph

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car:

No. 6 qualifier

E1: DeJoria defeated Arend - 4.064 sec., 311.56 to 5.109 sec., 164.47 mph
E2: DeJoria defeated by Hight - 4.107 sec., 308.07 mph to 4.086 sec., 306.33 mph

J.R. Todd  – Driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster:

No. 10 qualifier

E1: Todd defeated Pritchett - 3.820 sec., 319.14 mph to 3.823 sec., 320.51 mph
E2: Todd defeated by Crampton - 4.762 sec., 209.04 mph to 4.090 sec., 261.07 mph

Mello Yello Championship Points:

Top Fuel

1 - Doug Kalitta (809)
2 - Antron Brown (706)
3 - Shawn Langdon (638)
4 - Spencer Massey (598)
5 - Steve Torrence (580)
6 - Khalid alBalooshi (503)
7 - Tony Schumacher (495)
8 - Brittany Force (462)
9 - Richie Crampton (433)
10 - J.R. Todd (392)

Funny Car

1 - Robert Hight (847)
2 - John Force (601)
3 - Alexis DeJoria (564)
4 - Del Worsham (535)
5 - Ron Capps (534)
6 - Courtney Force (527)
7 - Tommy Johnson Jr. (508)
9 - Cruz Pedregon (506)
8 - Jack Beckman (480)
10 - Matt Hagan (454)

Kalitta Englishtown

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, will enter tomorrow’s eliminations at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. in the No. 1 qualifying position. Kalitta’s 3.748-second, 327.66-mph run in the final qualifying session Saturday secured his fourth No. 1 of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag racing Series and the 40th of his illustrious career.

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 3.809 sec., 304.05 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q2: 3.756 sec., 327.03 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q3: 3.782 sec., 320.58 mph
Q4: 3.748 sec., 327.66 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)

No. 1 Qualifier

J.R. Todd – Driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 4.533 sec., 166.95 mph
Q2: 7.475 sec., 93.63 mph
Q3: 9.022 sec., 80.66 mph
Q4: 3.787 sec., 321.65 mph

No. 10 Qualifier

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.082 sec., 297.61 mph
Q2: 3.994 sec., 321.04 mph (Career best elapsed time and track speed record; Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q3: 4.052 sec., 310.91 mph
Q4: 4.483 sec., 193.13 mph

No. 2 Qualifier

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.127 sec., 297.48 mph
Q2: 4.027 sec., 314.31 mph
Q3: 6.982 sec., 100.91 mph
Q4: 4.052 sec., 303.30 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)

No. 6 Qualifier

Competition:

1) Kalitta vs. 16) Millican
10) Todd vs. 7) Pritchett

2) Worsham vs. 15) T. Pedregon
6) DeJoria vs. 11) Arend

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., (May 29, 2014) – This weekend, May 30-June 1, Kalitta Motorsports, led by drag racing icon and team owner Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta, will compete for the third consecutive weekend with its four nitro-fueled racers, this time at the prestigious 45th annual NHRA Toyota SummerNationals at famed Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.

Here’s what to watch for from Team Kalitta at the Toyota SummerNationals –

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
HOMETOWN: Ann Arbor, Mich.
CREW CHIEF: Jim Oberhofer
CAREER WINS: 34
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 72
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.713 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 331.45 mph

- Kalitta won the event in Englishtown in 2003 and 2000
- Kalitta was the runner-up finisher for the Englishtown Top Fuel title in 2001
- Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel eliminations in Englishtown in 2003
- Kalitta was the No. 4 qualifier for eliminations last year (first round)
- Kalitta has garnered one event wins so far this season (Gainesville, Fla.)
- Kalitta has raced to three runner-up finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif., Las Vegas and Atlanta)
- Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel eliminations in Pomona, Phoenix, and Atlanta

J.R. Todd – Driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster
HOMETOWN: Lawrenceburg, Ind.
CREW CHIEF: Connie Kalitta
CAREER WINS: 6
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 8
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.747 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 325.30 mph

- Todd set a career-best elapsed time mark at the previous event in Topeka, Kan, (3.747 sec.)
- Todd joined Team Kalitta in March as the full-time driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fueler

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car
HOMETOWN: Chino Hills, Calif.
CREW CHIEFS: Nick Boninfante and Jon Oberhofer
CAREER WINS: 33 (TF: 8 FC: 25)
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 51 (TF: 11 FC: 40)
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.999 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 321.42 mph

- Worsham won the event in Englishtown in 2005 and his rookie season of 1991
- Worsham was the runner-up finisher for the Englishtown Funny Car title in 2010 and 1992, and for Top Fuel in 2011
- Worsham raced to the semifinals last year in Englishtown after qualifying in the No. 2 position
- Worsham has raced to two semi-final finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif. and Houston)


Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car
HOMETOWN: Venice, Calif.
CREW CHIEF: Tommy DeLago
CAREER WINS: 4 (FC: 2 TAFC: 1 SPORTS: 1)
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 7 (FC: 3 TAFC: 3 SPORTS: 1)
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.997 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 319.07 mph

- DeJoria qualified in the No. 13 position for Funny Car eliminations in Englishtown last year (first round)
- DeJoria earned her first No. 1 qualifying position of her career two weeks ago in Atlanta
- DeJoria has garnered two event wins so far this season (Phoenix and Las Vegas)

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (664)
2. Clay Millican (569)
3. Tony Schumacher (539)
4. Doug Kalitta (497)
5. Leah Pritchett (489)
6. Terry McMillen (432)
7. Brittany Force (428)
8. Antron Brown (423)
9. Richie Crampton (312)
10. Mike Salinas (308)
 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Courtney Force (670)
2. Jack Beckman (590)
3. Matt Hagan (540)
4. Robert Hight (512)
5. J.R. Todd (504)
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (490)
7. Ron Capps (440)
8. Cruz Pedregon (399)
9. Shawn Langdon (373)
10. Jonnie Lindberg (351)

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