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Kalitta Motorsports News

COMMERCE, Ga., (May 19, 2014) - Doug Kalitta, driver of the 10,000-horsepower “Big Red” Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, raced to his fourth final round of the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series today during eliminations of the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga., a few miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

The trip to the “money” round for Kalitta and the Mac Tools team was the 72nd of his 17-year career at the wheel of a Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster. Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for eliminations in Atlanta after blistering both ends of the Atlanta Dragway track record, 3.732 seconds (elapsed time) and 328.86 mph (speed). Kalitta is also now closing in on a major milestone in his career - He needs only eight more elimination-round wins to reach the historic 500 round-win mark.

With his runner-up in Atlanta, Kalitta takes control of the Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points lead, seven points ahead of second place Antron Brown.

Results Recap; Eliminations Finalized on Monday as Rain Shortens Racing Sunday

Persistent rain and unstable track conditions at Atlanta Dragway Sunday forced NHRA officials to postpone the conclusion of eliminations of the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals until Monday at 11:40 a.m.

After an eight-hour rain delay Sunday, Top Fuel eliminations began at approximately 7:00 p.m. After five pairs of Top Fuelers struggled mightily to acquire and maintain traction on the “green” Atlanta Dragway racing surface, including the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts driven by J.R. Todd, NHRA officials wisely chose to suspend eliminations Sunday night with three pairs of Top Fuel dragsters remaining.

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For the first time in the legendary history of Kalitta Motorsports, Team Kalitta nitro racers qualify No.1 in their respective classes at the same event. Team Kalitta racers also now currently hold elapsed time and speed track records at Atlanta Dragway in both nitro classes (Kalitta, both elapsed time and speed in Top Fuel, DeJoria, elapsed time in Funny Car, and Worsham, speed in Funny Car) -

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

Q1: 3.799 sec. at 325.30 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q2: No time; Did not run (NHRA deemed track conditions became unsafe due to falling temperatures and dew point)
Q3: 3.732 sec. at 328.86 (Elapsed time and speed track records; Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q4: 3.737 sec. at 326.79 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)

No. 1 Qualifier

- Kalitta qualifies No. 1 for the third time this season (Pomona, Calif. and Phoenix). His No. 1 spot in Atlanta is his first at Atlanta Dragway and the 39th of his 17-year Top Fuel career. Kalitta has two event wins in Atlanta (2006 and 2005).

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

Q1: 4.229 sec. at 265.53 mph
Q2: 4.012 sec. at 313.95 mph (Elapsed time track record; Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q3: 6.781 sec. at 100.26 mph
Q4: 7.681 sec. at 89.06 mph

No. 1 Qualifier

- DeJoria qualifies No. 1 for the first time in her Nitro Funny Car career.

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

Q1: 4.136 sec. at 309.84 mph
Q2: 4.014 sec. at 320.05 mph (Speed track record; Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q3: 7.040 sec. at 91.08 mph
Q4: 7.289 sec. at 89.05 mph

No. 2 Qualifier

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


Q1: 3.794 sec. at 323.66 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q2: No time; Did not run (NHRA deemed track conditions became unsafe due to falling temperatures and dew point)
Q3: 3.777 sec. at 323.66 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q4: 6.779 sec. at 98.18 mph

No. 7 Qualifier

Competition:

1) Kalitta vs. 16) Karamesines
7) Todd vs. 10) Massey

1) DeJoria vs. 16) T. Pedregon
2) Worsham vs. 15) Head

Event Schedule:


Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m.

Times and dates subject to change.

Konnekt with Kalitta Motorsports:

For more info about Kalitta Motorsports including exclusive content such as videos, photos and more, please visitwww.teamkalitta.com. Follow Us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TeamKalitta. Like Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KalittaMotorsports. Check out videos about Team Kalitta on our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/TeamKalitta. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/TeamKalitta.

COMMERCE, Ga., (May 15, 2014) – This weekend, May 16-18, the four-car, nitro-fueled straight line racers of Kalitta Motorsports, led by drag racing icon and team owner Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta, will be competing in the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga., approximately 68 miles northwest of the Atlanta city limits via I-85.

Here’s what to watch for from Team Kalitta at the Southern Nationals –


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 became the youngest driver ever to win a Funny Car event in Atlanta in 1991 at 21 years old
·         Worsham raced to a runner-up finish in Funny Car in Atlanta in 1992
·         Worsham qualified in the No. 11 position for Funny Car eliminations in Atlanta last year, where he raced to a quarter-final finish
·         Worsham has raced to two semi-final finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif. and Houston)
·         Worsham was the No. 1 qualifier for Funny Car eliminations at the previous event in Houston

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
HOMETOWN: Ann Arbor, Mich.
CREW CHIEF: Jim Oberhofer
CAREER WINS: 34
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 71
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.713 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 331.45 mph

·         Kalitta won the Top Fuel title in Atlanta in 2005 and 2006
·         Kalitta raced to a runner-up finish in Atlanta in 1999
·         Kalitta holds the track record for speed in Atlanta, 325.61 mph (2013)
·         Kalitta has garnered one event wins so far this season (Gainesville, Fla.)
·         Kalitta has raced to two runner-up finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif. and Las Vegas)
·         Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel eliminations in Pomona and Phoenix earlier this season

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 in line to become the 100th NHRA event winner for a female racer
·         DeJoria qualified in the No. 13 position for Funny Car eliminations in Atlanta last year (first round)
·         DeJoria has garnered two event wins so far this season (Phoenix and Las Vegas)

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.: 3.781 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 325.30 mph

·         Todd previously competed in Atlanta in 2012 (first round)
·         Todd’s crew chief and team owner Connie Kalitta won the Top Fuel title as a driver in Atlanta in 1994

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(Photo Steve Perez / Detroit News) - Ypsilanti — Connie Kalitta stood in the middle of his mammoth, state-of-the-art, 50,000-square-foot race shop, looking at his multiple Top Fuel and Funny Cars as numerous employees were busy at work around him.

Kalitta, 76, is as passionate as ever for the sport of drag racing. Known as the Bounty Hunter during his racing days, Kalitta has enjoyed tremendous success and suffered the devastation of losing his son during his six decades in the sport.

Connie, who grew up in Mount Clemens, has accomplished everything there is in the sport, winning the U.S. Nationals — drag racing’s version of the World Series or Super Bowl — 20 years ago as a driver and winning series championships as a crew chief and owner.

His team’s last two series championships were won by his only son, Scott, in 1994 and 1995. On June 21, 2008, Scott was killed during the final round of qualifying in Englishtown, N.J., when his engine exploded near the finish line. Read More

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

Q1: 4.133 seconds, 303.84 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q2: 4.051 seconds, 314.68 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q3: 4.603 seconds, 178.50 mph
Q4: 6.690 seconds, 95.21 mph

No. 1 Qualifier
J.R. Todd  – Driver of the Jesse James Firearms Unlimited Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 3.834 seconds, 315.42 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q2: 7.221 seconds, 94.04 mph
Q3: 3.792 seconds, 321.42 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q4: 3.818 seconds, 305.49 mph

No. 5 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 6.476 seconds, 104.39 mph
Q2: 6.803 seconds, 98.97 mph
Q3: 4.076 seconds, 311.70 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q4: 7.249 seconds, 94.18 mph

No. 5 Qualifier
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 3.828 seconds, 321.50 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q2: 3.819 seconds, 324.51 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q3: 3.793 seconds, 321.42 mph
Q4: 3.811 seconds, 318.25 mph

No. 6 Qualifier
Competition:

5) Todd vs. 12) Leah Pritchett
6) Kalitta vs. 11) Bob Vandergriff

1) Worsham vs. 16) Courtney Force
5) DeJoria vs. 12) Tony Pedregon

Event Schedule:

  • Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m.
  • Times and dates subject to change.

Konnekt with Kalitta Motorsports:

For more info about Kalitta Motorsports including exclusive content such as videos, photos and more, please visitwww.teamkalitta.com. Follow Us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TeamKalitta. Like Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KalittaMotorsports. Check out videos about Team Kalitta on our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/TeamKalitta. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/TeamKalitta.

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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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