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Kalitta Motorsports News

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MORRISON, Colo.(July 25, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. Results and quotes follow.

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

  • Q1: 3.828 sec., 317.34 mph (Two bonus points for the second best run of the session.)
  • Q2: 3.850 sec., 302.28 mph
  • Q3: 3.980 sec., 280.25 mph
  • Q4: 3.858 sec., 310.48 mph

No. 5 Qualifier

J.R. Todd Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster:

  • Q1: 8.070 sec., 88.58 mph
  • Q2: 7.947 sec., 90.18 mph
  • Q3: No Time
  • Q4: 3.884 sec., 312.28 mph

No. 9 Qualifier

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

  • Q1: 4.190 sec., 298.80 mph
  • Q2: 4.077 sec., 306.26 mph
  • Q3: 4.492 sec., 201.10 mph
  • Q4: 10.031 sec., 86.04 mph

No. 7 Qualifier

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

  • Q1: 5.170 sec., 146.57 mph
  • Q2: 4.143 sec., 295.53 mph
  • Q3: 4.179 sec., 293.28 mph (One bonus point for the third best run of the session.)
  • Q4: 4.515 sec., 196.02 mph

No. 11 Qualifier

First Round Competition:

  • 5) Doug Kalitta v. 12) Richie Crampton
  • 9) J.R. Todd v. 8) Antron Brown
  • 7) Alexis DeJoria v. 10) Courtney Force
  • 11) Del Worsham v. 6) Matt Hagan

Quotables:

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “The Mac Tools car has been solid throughout the weekend. We have a tough first round match-up, but the team looks forward to tomorrow’s conditions and going rounds.”

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: “Definitely wanted to give the great Bandimere crowd a better show today, but hopefully we have gotten rid of all the gremlins in this SealMaster machine. We made a good pass there in the last session, and look to improve our tune-up for tomorrow’s first round run.”

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “We have been solid in qualifying but not as good as we wanted to be. The DHL Toyota Camry team is working hard, and I am confident we will make the correct set-up decisions for tomorrow.”

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MORRISON, Colo. - (July 22, 2015) - J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster, has fond memories in the high altitude of Bandimere Speedway. His success combined with Kalitta Motorsports class-leading seven victories on the mountain gives Todd high hopes heading into the first stop of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ annual Western Swing.

Historically, Kalitta Motorsports has been strong at Bandimere Speedway in years that end in 4 or 5. Starting back in 1984 and 1985, NHRA legend and Kalitta Motorsports team owner Connie Kalitta scored wins. Ten years later, the late Scott Kalitta took his turn in the winner’s circle as he was Top Fuel’s victor in 1994 and 1995, and then once again in 2004. Todd continued that tradition last season by winning in 2014, and looks for all the pieces to fall into place to continue that unique statistic in 2015.

Todd came to Kalitta Motorsports last season with his own history in Denver. In just his ninth career NHRA start, Todd defeated champions Larry Dixon and Tony Schumacher to hoist his first Wally. That win solidified his name in NHRA history as the first African-American driver to win in NHRA’s fastest class, Top Fuel Dragster. Todd would pick up two more wins on his way to the 2006 AAA Road to the Future trophy.

Last season in his 12th start for Team Kalitta, Todd qualified 10th and beat Terry McMillen, Steve Torrence, Larry Dixon and Brittany Force on his way to his seventh career victory and first since 2008. Now one year later, Todd wants to return to the peak position as we near the NHRA playoffs, which will be set out of after the historic U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Todd sits in the ninth position heading into the Western Swing.

“I am definitely looking forward to getting back on the mountain,” said Todd. “Team Kalitta has always been strong there and I feel like we have a great shot at doing well there again this year.”

Todd welcomes back SealMaster to the primary partner for this weekend’s Mile High Nationals. This is SealMaster’s second event as a primary sponsor after making their debut in Norwalk. Fans can meet Todd and walk Bandimere Speedway’s track surface on Sunday during the SealMaster Track Walk.

Doug Kalitta, driver of Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, added his name to the Kalitta Motorsports legacy at Bandimere Speedway in 2010.

He qualified second and defeated Terry McMillen, Steve Torrence, Rod Fuller and Brandon Bernstein for his 32nd career win. That was preceded by years of trying to reach the top. He has four other final round appearances (1999, 2001, 2003 and 2009) and was the no.1 qualifier in 2002 and 2006.

Last season, Kalitta’s Mac Tools team struggled in Denver, but finished the Western Swing strong and picked up the victory in Seattle.

“We are ready for the Western Swing,” said Kalitta. “The Mac Tools team has used the week off to prepare and with our recent success I am confident in our set-up heading to Denver.”

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, is the highest in the points of any Kalitta Motorsports driver as he used a holeshot round win in the first round of Chicago to move into the top three in the point standings.

That round win was even more historic as that gave Worsham his 500th for his career that dates back to 1991. He is just the 17th driver to hit that number, and only the third with round wins in Top Fuel and Funny Car.

Denver was kind to Worsham previously. In 2002, he celebrated the win with his wife, Connie, and young twin daughters, Kate and Maddy. Over a decade later, Worsham is still winning rounds and now celebrating his daughters successes. Kate and Maddy both participated in the Junior Western Finals during the off weekend with Kate advancing to the finals.

The Western Swing was not kind to the DHL “Yella Fellas” last season, but Worsham plans to change that on the first stop.

“The off weekend was a great time for my family, but I am ready to get back at it,” said Worsham. “Hopefully Denver is the start to a great Western Swing run for the DHL team.”

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, is attempting her fourth career start at Bandimere Speedway.

DeJoria gained five points in Chicago over 11th-place Courtney Force in the point standings, and looks to continue gaining separation in Denver.

DeJoria is searching for her first round win on the mountain. Last season, she qualified in the top ten and fell to championship points leader Matt Hagan in round one.

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JOLIET, Ill. (July 12, 2015) Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, earned his 500th round win earlier today as he advanced to the semi-finals of the Route 66 Nationals.

Worsham again drove a consistent car throughout qualifying. Three passes down the track meant three 4.0 second runs. The Route 66 Nationals continued the pattern with late qualifying sessions and the DHL Yella Fellas used that to their advantage setting a 4.017 second pass to easily qualify among the top half of the field. His first opponent was friend and fellow California resident Robert Hight.

Worsham started with a great sub .050 second light, and he carried that past the faster time of Hight to earn a holeshot victory. That excellent driving job gave Worsham his 500th round win. He is only the 17th driver to reach that incredible goal.

The second round Worsham drew Tim Wilkerson. Wilkerson laid down the best run of the round, which has been a consistent thing for the DHL team to have to face.

My hats off to Wilkerson. What a run for those guys,said Worsham. To get my 500th round win, the DHL Toyota Camry ran well. I think we had a mechanical problem on that last past, but the crew chiefs did a great job. We will get back to Ypsilanti and figure out what went wrong.

Worsham gained a spot to sit third in the standings, just 11 points outside of second.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, stumbled a bit in the first qualifying session before lighting up the scoreboards with two 3.7 seconds passes. The Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster was tuned up for the fourth session, but the rains came and Kalitta would be left in the top half in the eighth position.

The formidable Don Schumacher Racing team and Spencer Massey would be the first opponent for the Mac Tools team. Kalitta was down early in the run but was able to get around Massey on the top end to earn another round win. A cylinder out ended his day against Antron Brown in the second session.

It is always exciting to see a teammate reach an incredible number,said Kalitta. A cylinder out early meant that our day was done early, but the Mac Tools team will get it put back together and ready for Denver.

Doug Kalitta moves to the Western Swing sitting in the top five in the point standings.

J.R. Todd, driver of the MAD Creative Concepts Top Fuel dragster, showcased a new scheme during the Route 66 Nationals to rave reviews as MAD Creative Concepts took to the track for the first time.

Todd showed the colors what it was like to go fast. The MAD Creative Concepts team earned bonus points in the first session after running the third quickest time and was prepared throughout qualifying. Three solid passes all 3.80 or better set Todd with the seventh qualifying position and a first match with Leah Pritchett.

Todd and Pritchett were the first machines out to test the Route 66 Raceway after rain cut the day prior early, and the MAD Creative Concepts team was not bashful. A 3.73 second run not only bettered his qualifying number; it proved to be the best pass of the round. Todds reaction time was also solid as he beat Pritchett off of the line by two hundredths.

A crowd-pleasing pedal fest did not go Todds way in the second round to end his day much earlier than he would have hoped.

It was great to welcome all of the awesome people from MAD Creative Concepts to drag racing,said Todd. We wanted to show them the winners circle, but today was not our day. I look forward to Denver and hopefully repeating on the mountain.

Todd retains his ninth position in the points standings and moves a round closer to Brittany Force in eighth.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, missed on the first qualifying session but was able to run two solid 4.0 second passes in the second and third runs. Tommy DeLago guided her into a very competitive Funny Car field among the top ten starters.

DeJoria was the last pair to the line after a long nitro session, and unfortunately, was not able to put on the win light for the team. She gained five points over Courtney Force in 11th, and continues to sit inside the top ten with five races remaining prior to the countdown.

After 13 races, Team Kalitta nitro race cars have won two events, advanced to six final rounds and earned three no.1 qualifying positions. Team Kalitta has one week off prior to the beginning of the annual Western Swing, which begins in Denver.

Worsham hits milestone at Route 66 - Team Kalitta Post-Race Report - Chicago

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JOLIET, Ill.(July 11, 2015) Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. Results and quotes follow.

Note - Qualifying session four was cancelled due to weather.

J.R. Todd Driver of the MAD Creative Concepts Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 3.791 sec., 327.82 mph (One bonus point for the third best run of the session.)
Q2:3.800 sec., 305.69 mph
Q3: 3.756 sec., 325.22 mph

No. 7 Qualifier

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 3.967 sec., 233.16 mph
Q2:3.763 sec., 324.36 mph
Q3: 3.766 sec., 322.34 mph

No. 8 Qualifier

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.094 sec., 312.35 mph
Q2:4.031 sec., 315.19 mph
Q3: 4.017 sec., 316.75 mph (One bonus point for the third best run of the session.)

No. 7 Qualifier

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

Q1: 8.452 sec., 81.90 mph
Q2:4.072 sec., 311.70 mph
Q3: 4.024 sec., 317.72 mph

No. 9 Qualifier

First Round Competition:

7) J.R. Todd v. 10) Leah Pritchett

8) Doug Kalitta v. 9) Spencer Massey

7) Del Worsham v. 10) Robert Hight

9) Alexis DeJoria v. 8) John Force

Quotables:

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:Would have loved to get that last run in. The Mac Tools guys had it set-up to run a great number. It is a decent start tomorrow for and we will get to pick our lane in the first round. We are looking for four solid runs and another Wally, and I think we have the set-up to do it.

J.R. Todd, driver of the MAD Creative Concepts Top Fuel Dragster: We had a clutch system malfunction yesterday, so what we ran today in this MAD Creative Concepts machine is what we were looking for yesterday. We were really set up to run a big number tonight, but weather got the best of it. Looking forward to racing in Chicago tomorrow and picking up the win.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: Another consistent weekend for the DHL Toyota Camry. The car is solid; now we just need to seal the deal and get this team in the winners circle.

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Funny Car Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

1 Robert Hight 990
2 John Force 786
3 Tommy Johnson Jr 783
4 Ron Capps 741
5 Jack Beckman 720
6 J.R. Todd 711
7 Matt Hagan 624
8 Tim Wilkerson 587
9 Bob Tasca III 574
10 Shawn Langdon 528

Top Fuel Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

1 Steve Torrence 1048
2 Doug Kalitta 709
3 Mike Salinas 691
4 Antron Brown 676
5 Brittany Force 663
6 Clay Millican 611
7 Leah Pritchett 571
8 Richie Crampton 499
9 Austin Prock 486
10 Terry McMillen 470

 

 

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