Kalitta Motorsports News


Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Wrenching for a Cure/Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.829 sec. at 154.90 mph
Q2: 3.808 sec. at 322.27 mph
Q3: 5.416 sec. at 129.18 mph
Q4: 4.774 sec. at 156.15 mph

Qualifies: No. 6

David Grubnic – Driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 7.815 sec. at 68.13 mph
Q2: 3.916 sec. at 309.06 mph
Q3: 3.831 sec. at 320.36 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q4: 3.819 sec. at 322.96 mph

Qualifies: No. 10

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.084 sec. at 313.37 mph
Q2: 5.640 sec. at 124.98 mph
Q3: 7.357 sec. at 92.25 mph
Q4: 4.180 sec. at 306.74 mph

Qualifies: No. 10

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.118 sec. at 307.02 mph
Q2: 5.431 sec. at 127.20 mph
Q3: 9.852 sec. at 81.72 mph
Q4: 4.145 sec. at 305.42 mph

Qualifies: No. 14


Top Fuel:
6) Doug Kalitta vs. 11) Brittany Force
10) David Grubnic vs. 7) Bob Vandergriff

Funny Car:
10) Del Worsham vs. 7) Tim Wilkerson
14) Alexis DeJoria vs. 3) Jack Beckman

Columbus, Ohio (Oct. 1, 2013) - In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mac Tools and Kalitta Motorsports join forces to make a difference with the Mac Tools Wrenching for a Cure program. This program supports the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research and will be kicked off at the 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals this weekend at the Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.

As we join our fellow NHRA Drivers in support of this very special month, look for Doug Kalitta, the Mac Tools Red Baron, as he turns into the Pink Crusader in the one-of-a-kind Pink Mac Tools Dragster.

“We’re honored to help Mac Tools support the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research in Reading,” Kalitta, who is currently No. 2 in NHRA Mello Yello championship points, said. “I think almost everyone has had someone close to them be affected by breast cancer. Anything we can do to further the global message of finding a cure is something we’re committed to doing now and for as long as it takes.”

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (October 1, 2013)— Alexis DeJoria, driver of the 10,000-horsepower Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, will compete in two races during the weekend of October 25-27 in Las Vegas- the NHRA Toyota Nationals, and an even harder-fought battle- the race to help defeat breast cancer.

Alexis DeJoria Racing is proud to announce that a partnership with the Nevada Health Centers (NVHC), has enabled them to provide FREE mammograms at the Vegas race to female race fans, when NVHC’s ‘mammovan,’ a mobile mammography unit housed within a semi-truck, will make a stop at their most unique venue yet- the nitro-fuel pits of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

MADISON, Ill. (September 29, 2013)— After making three solid qualifying runs throughout Friday and Saturday at the 2nd annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team faced reigning world champion Jack Beckman in round one of eliminations on Sunday morning.

As the final pair in the competitive Funny Car class to fire up their engines in the first round, No. 9 qualifier Alexis DeJoria and opponent Beckman, who qualified eighth, left the line with identical reaction times. DeJoria powered her black and green Toyota Camry down the drag strip in an exciting ‘nail biter’ of a race. The two cars ran side-by-side down the track, glued together, until just past the 60-foot mark when Beckman started to inch away, eventually setting off the win light with his 4.079-second run to DeJoria’s 4.110-sec pass.

“We ran well in the first round today,” said DeJoria. “Jack and I were neck-and-neck pretty much the whole way down. I didn’t see him at all out of my peripheral, but when I crossed the stripe and my win light didn’t come on, I knew that was the end of our day.”

The Results:

Q1: 4.294 ET at 242.04 MPH
Q2: 4.076 ET at 308.00 MPH
Q3: 4.178 ET at 299.53 MPH
Q4: 4.792 ET at 169.55 MPH

The Competition:

No. 9 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 8 Jack Beckman


Alexis DeJoria, Driver

“We made it down the track three times out of four during qualifying at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend, which was good, and I’m happy we qualified. Of course, I wish we could have qualified a little higher up in the field, but we’re in the show and that’s what matters. We face Jack Beckman in round one tomorrow and we’re hoping to come out victors and go rounds.”

Tommy DeLago, Crew Chief

“Our first day of qualifying this weekend was pretty decent. We were fairly conservative with that 4.07 run last night, but it still put us in the quick half of the field going into today’s two sessions. It was pretty warm during Q3 today so we tried to tune the car off of the 4.29 from Q1 and ended up running a 4.17. That run ended up being sixth quickest of the session, but the five cars in front of us went a heck of a lot faster, so it’s clear we left way too much on the table there. Before Q4, the clouds started coming in and the temperatures cooled off a bit, so it was time to stand on it and really see what we could get away with. We tuned it off of that 4.02 from Charlotte, but it was just a tickle too much and unfortunately, the car smoked the tires on that last run. It’s a bummer because we were going to be in the Top 8 with lane choice, but we fell to the No. 9 spot. Regardless, we’ll go out there tomorrow and give ‘em hell and hopefully it will be a successful day for Team Patrón.”


Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car
Q1: 4.593 sec. at 192.30 mph
Q2: 4.041 sec. at 314.46 mph
Q3: 5.062 sec. at 153.39 mph
Q4: 5.480 sec. at 131.20 mph

Qualifies: No. 5

David Grubnic – Driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 4.500 sec. at 173.34 mph
Q2: 3.818 sec. at 323.58 mph
Q3: 3.848 sec. at 319.75 mph
Q4: 4.968 sec. at 142.97 mph

Qualifies: No. 8

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car
Q1: 4.294 sec. at 242.02 mph
Q2: 4.076 sec. at 308.00 mph
Q3: 4.178 sec. at 299.53 mph
Q4: 4.792 sec. at 169.55 mph

Qualifies: No. 9

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 4.447 sec. at 180.14 mph
Q2: 4.556 sec. at 168.60 mph
Q3: 3.878 sec. at 320.36 mph
Q4: 3.826 sec. at 325.06 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)

Qualifies: No. 10


Top Fuel:
8) David Grubnic vs.9) Steve Torrence
10) Doug Kalitta vs. 7) Morgan Lucas
Funny Car:
5) Del Worsham vs. 12) Johnny Gray
9) Alexis DeJoria vs. 8) Jack Beckman

Eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. (CT) Sunday.


9/29 - Qualifying
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9/29 - Finals
   8:30 PM-11:30 PM (ET) ESPN2
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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (2465)
2. Brittany Force (2408)
3. Doug Kalitta (2389)
4. Antron Brown (2360)
5. Leah Pritchett (2285) 
6. Tony Schumacher (2273)
7. Clay Millican (2268)
8. Shawn Langdon (2193)
9. Terry McMillen (2147)
10. Scott Palmer (2137)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Ron Capps (2495)
2. Robert Hight (2471)
3. Courtney Force (2324)
4. Jack Beckman (2309)
5. Matt Hagan (2269)
6. John Force (2252)
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2224)
8. Tim Wilkerson (2206)
9. J.R. Todd (2199)
10. Cruz Pedregon (2128)