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Kalitta Motorsports News

READING, Penn. (October 6, 2013)— The old saying ‘third times the charm’ proved to be true as No. 14 qualifier Alexis DeJoria defeated No. 3 qualifier Jack Beckman  in first round of eliminations on Sunday morning, after being matched up against the 2012 NHRA Funny Car World Champion for the third weekend in a row.

At the two previous events in Dallas and St. Louis, Beckman came out victorious over DeJoria, but at the 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, it was DeJoria who crossed the stripe first to take the win. As the second pair of Funny Cars to run, DeJoria had the advantage off the line and she powered her Patrón Toyota Camry to an impressive 4.077-seconds at 310.70-mph pass- the second quickest run of the first session.

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

The Results:

  • Q1: 4.118 ET at 307.02 MPH
  • Q2: 5.431 ET at 127.30 MPH
  • Q3: 9.852 ET at 81.72 MPH           
  • Q4: 4.145 ET at 305.42 MPH

The Competition:

No. 14 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 3 Jack Beckman

Quotables:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

“I’m really happy that we qualified at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend. It was kind of a struggle these past two days. We went into today not qualified, but thankfully on that last run we made it down the track with a 4.145 so we’re in the show tomorrow. We face Jack Beckman in round one again- this will be our third weekend in a row racing him first round and he’s taken us out the past two weeks- hopefully third times the charm! I’m looking forward to running my black, green and pink Patrón Toyota Camry [in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month] on race day.”

THE RESULTS:

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

THE COMPETITION:

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.”

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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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