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Kalitta Motorsports News


BRISTOL, Tenn. - (June 17, 2015) - Last time Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, was at Bristol Dragway, his 3.992-second run at nearly 320 mph lit up the scoreboards and the record books, setting the track record at Thunder Valley for both speed and ET.

The Thunder Valley Nationals have been kind to Worsham throughout his seasons with Kalitta Motorsports. In 2012, his only season as Alexis DeJoria’s crew chief, Worsham tuned DeJoria to her first final round appearance. Since then, in his two driving starts for Team Kalitta, he has qualified first both seasons and has earned three round wins.

However, this season has the potential to be even more special for Worsham. Earning his third career Bristol Dragway race win would not only lock Worsham into the exclusive TRAXXAS Shootout; it would give him career round win 500.

Worsham’s outstanding career expands multiple decades. Since earning his first victory in 1991 at the young age of 21, he has added 33 additional wins to rank among the top 25 overall. Worsham will be the 17th driver to hit this milestone, and join only Kenny Bernstein and Ron Capps among that group with round wins in Funny Car and Top Fuel classes.

“A lot of great history in Bristol,” said Worsham. “The fans are always great at this track and the DHL team plans on giving them something to cheer about on Sunday.”

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, is one of those drivers Worsham would join in the 500

round win club. Kalitta has 528 round wins which is 12th all-time.

Kalitta looks to rebound after a round one defeat last weekend in Epping. Bristol seems like a good place to start. Last season, the Mac Tools team drove to the final round at the Thunder Valley Nationals defeating Antron Brown in the semi-finals. Since 2009, Kalitta has seen the final round at Bristol Dragway three times. Combine that with three race wins (2001, 2005 and 2006), Kalitta is a favorite going into the race weekend.

“It is the last race of three straight, and we definitely want to go into the off week on a good note,” said Kalitta. “My Mac Tools team has had a solid run recently in Bristol and we look for that to continue this weekend.”

J.R. Todd, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster, is hoping that Bristol Dragway is where the luck finally turns.

Todd, who owns seven straight top half qualifying positions, has lost two close decisions in Englishtown and Epping to slip back to ninth in the standings. He continues to sit just two rounds outside 100 for his career.

“Our luck is bound to change her soon,” said Todd. “The Kalitta Air team continues to run strong, and we are planning to go rounds this weekend.”

Todd, who will unveil a new primary sponsor for the Norwalk and Denver events on Tuesday following the

Thunder Valley Nationals, has earned the second most bonus points this season, and qualified second in his first Bristol Dragway appearance for Kalitta Motorsports.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, has a lot of great memories at Bristol Dragway. In 2012, DeJoria earned her first final round appearance in Thunder Valley.

Since then, she has had more than 50 round wins, earned multiple no.1 qualifying positions and scored three victories.

DeJoria earned one of those round wins last weekend in Epping as she defeated Ron Capps in the first round, to up her count to four round wins in this three race swing. Bristol was kind to DeJoria last season as well. She earned a top ten qualifying position and defeated multiple-time champion, John Force, in the first round.

Fans can meet Team Kalitta at Bristol Dragway's Fan Fest on Saturday afternoon.


EPPING, NH (June 14, 2015) Team Kalitta saw both of their Toyota Racing Camrys move to the quarterfinals earlier today in Epping, New Hampshire for the tenth event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, the New England Nationals.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, started off qualifying with a bang. His 4.073 second pass was the best in the first round on Friday. Worsham walked away with three bonus points and the opportunity to really go for the hero run in evening session. That pass did not stick but the two Saturday passes were consistent and with conditions promising to be similar on Sunday, the entire DHL team was prepared for racing.

Worshams first opponent was Tim Wilkerson. It was the third time in the past four events that they have had to face each other. Worsham ran their recent record to 2-1 as he was able to catch the smoking tires of the DHL Camry quicker and move on to face fellow Toyota Racing driver Cruz Pedregon. Pedregon took a stab at the tree, and laid down the best run of round two to move to the semi-finals. Worshams 4.152 would have beat any other car out there except the one he was racing.

Eventually the luck will turn our way,said Worsham. Unfortunately our solid run aboard the DHL Toyota Camry was not fast enough. My team is solid, and we will regroup and move to Bristol.

Worsham will remain among the top five drivers in points heading into Bristol.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, was looking for her recent success to continue after she advanced to a final round last weekend at the Toyota Summernationals. Through qualifying it looked like Tommy DeLago was going to tune her right back to another final round. DeJorias Toyota Camry had the second-best qualifying average throughout the four runs. It made it down the track each time and earned a top-half qualifying position.

DeJorias first matchup was Ron Capps. The last pair in the first session, DeJoria had to watch her teammate struggle to a win in front of her. Unfazed, DeJoria lined up the car and stuck with her car despite losing a cylinder late to defeat Capps in the first round. Her second opponent was the no.1 qualifier, Tommy Johnson, Jr. DeJoria got a jump at the tree, but struggled down the track to hand the round win to Johnson, Jr.

DeJoria holds her spot among the top ten drivers heading into Thunder Valley.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, was solid throughout qualifying. The first three runs were clean and straight down the New England Dragway strip. Although there was tire smoke in the fourth session, Jim Oberhofer and the Mac Tools team knew were the boundary was and prepared for their first round matchup in the first round versus Brittany Force.

The second pair to hit the hot track; Force and Kalitta both hit tire smoke at the same portion of the track. Kalittas Mac Tools ride was slightly ahead at that point, but the safety system clicked in and Force was able to pedal her way into the second round.

Not the day we were hoping for with our Mac Tools dragster,said Kalitta. The entire team will regroup and drive to Bristol and hopefully we can go some rounds there.

Kalitta slips one spot to sixth in the driversstandings after Epping.

J.R. Todd, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster, continues to have bad luck on race day. Todd, who only trails Tony Schumacher in bonus points earned, gained another two points in qualifying. He ran a stellar 3.859 second round in the heat of Saturday to set his Kalitta Air dragster in the eighth position and a first round pairing with Clay Millican.

Millican, one of the drivers trying to fight their way into the top ten with Todd, was a tick behind Todd in qualifying.

In the last pair of the extended Top Fuel session due to multiple oil-downs, Todd had a solid reaction time and was out on Millican till the eighth mile, when Millican was able to take the small win.

The tricky weather yielded just four three second runs in the first round for Top Fuel, and Todds was the only one not to advance to round two.

Another close race that just didnt go our way,said Todd. The Kalitta Air team continues to put together solid passes, and hopefully that will change over to Sunday success in Bristol.

Todd retains his top ten points position heading into Thunder Valley.

After ten races, Team Kalitta nitro race cars have won one event, advanced to five final rounds and earned two no.1 qualifying positions. The final race of three consecutive takes the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to Bristol for next weekends Thunder Valley Nationals.

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

No. 7 Qualifier (4.073 sec., 313.66 mph)

E1: Worsham defeated Wilkerson - 4.366 sec., 231.04 mph to 4.450 sec., 208.59 mph

E2: Worsham defeated by C. Pedregon - 4.152 sec., 308.14 mph to 4.119, 284.51 mph

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

No. 8 Qualifier (4.075 sec., 309.42 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Capps - 4.172 sec., 292.90 mph to 4.212 sec., 272.78 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Johnson, Jr. - 4.439 sec., 201.61 mph to 4.157 sec., 306.60 mph

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

No. 7 Qualifier (3.795 sec., 323.12 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by Force - 5.039 sec., 117.17 mph to 4.287 sec., 211.03 mph

J.R. Todd Driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster:

No. 8 Qualifier (3.813 sec., 322.27 mph)

E1: Todd defeated by Millican - 3.911 sec., 288.64 mph to 3.822 sec., 322.42 mph

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EPPING, NH (June 13, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Raceway in Epping, NH. Results and quotes follow.

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

  • Q1: 3.841 sec., 319.82 mph
  • Q2: 3.795 sec., 323.12 mph
  • Q3: 3.918 sec., 261.57 mph
  • Q4: 4.496 sec., 175.50 mph

No. 7 Qualifier

J.R. Todd – Driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster:

  • Q1: 6.087 sec., 114.86 mph
  • Q2: 3.813 sec., 322.27 mph
  • Q3: 3.859 sec., 318.69 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.)
  • Q4: 4.653 sec., 161.15 mph

No. 8 Qualifier

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

  • Q1: 4.073 sec., 313.66 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)
  • Q2: 6.630 sec., 100.93 mph
  • Q3: 4.156 sec., 302.62 mph
  • Q4: 4.154 sec., 305.08 mph

No. 7 Qualifier

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

  • Q1: 4.124 sec., 310.20 mph
  • Q2: 4.075 sec., 309.42 mph
  • Q3: 4.213 sec., 248.20 mph
  • Q4: 4.157 sec., 301.00 mph

No. 8 Qualifier

First Round Competition:

7) Doug Kalitta v. 10) Brittany Force
8) J.R. Todd v. 9) Clay Millican
7) Del Worsham v. 10) Tim Wilkerson
8) Alexis DeJoria v. 9) Ron Capps


Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “We ended up seventh, so it should be a good place to start. I think it should be cooler tomorrow, so it should play right into our hands tomorrow. We plan on taking this Mac Tools car rounds tomorrow.”

J.R. Todd, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster: “Made a good run in the heat in q3. Q4 we were just getting after it to see what we can get away with in this Kalitta Air dragster. Now we know what the line is and we are looking forward to our matchup with Millican in the morning.”

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “The DHL Toyota Camry is running great! We had two great runs today, and half a tough first round matchup in round one. But if you are going to win, you have to beat everyone. Tim and I have been running well all year, and both our teams have ran well and I look forward to it being a close race.”

ESPN TV Schedule:

06/13 Qualifications - 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. EST (ESPN2)
06/14 Eliminations - 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST (ESPN2)

Times and dates subject to change.

Event Schedule:

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

Times and dates subject to change.

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About Kalitta Motorsports:
Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with five world championships and over 50 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

Del Worsham drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Team Kalitta. Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car. J.R. Todd drives the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster while Connie’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nick Boninfante on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, by Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar on the Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, and by Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as crew chief on the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster.

Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include Justice Brothers, Patrón XO Café Incendio, Phoenix Fuel Converter, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies, TMS Titanium, Toyota and Ziebart.


EPPING, NH - (June 10, 2015) - Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, plans on adding an Epping trophy to his mantle this weekend after measurable success during the first two NHRA events at New England Dragway.

The inaugural number one qualifier in the Top Fuel class, Kalitta has an average starting position of 1.5 at New England Dragway, while being the only top fuel driver to earn semi-final finishes or better in both races. However, with all that success, Kalitta has yet to claim his own New England Nationals trophy.

“We have done well in Epping,” said Kalitta, “but just not well enough. We plan on making the third time the charm and driving this Mac Tools dragster into the winner’s circle.”

Last weekend in Englishtown, Jim Oberhofer, crew chief, tuned Kalitta to six consistent passes straight down the track. In addition, Kalitta was on point when it comes to reaction time defeating Steve Torrence on a hole-shot in the first round.

Top Fuel is not the only class that Kalitta Motorsports has experienced success. Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, earned her first Epping final round appearance in just her second start at New England Dragway last season.

Starting among the top five qualifiers, DeJoria defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. and former world champions Tony Pedregon and John Force, before coming up just short against Ron Capps.

DeJoria comes into Epping on a hot streak. She earned her first final round appearance last weekend in Englishtown, and moved to eighth in the point standings.

DeJoria’s teammate, Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, might be her biggest competition on Sunday.

Worsham continues to have a very consistent race car, and is a threat to win every weekend. He enters Epping coming off of back-to-back semi-final finishes. In Englishtown, he was the best car on Saturday. Worsham earned three bonus points in the final session by laying down a 4.03 second pass in the New Jersey heat.

Worsham has earned round wins in both of his starts in Epping, and continues to rank as the best nitro driver in the point standings without a win. With his Englishtown result, Worsham moved to third overall.

“I really want to get this DHL Camry team a win,” said Worsham. “We are working really hard, and have been so close, so many times this season, it is bound to happen soon.”

The final member of the Team Kalitta quartet, J.R. Todd, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster, is one of ten drivers to have competed in every Epping event.

Last season, in his first start for Kalitta Motorsports, Todd earned a top five starting position and a first round victory over Bob Vandergriff.

Todd is coming off a great qualifying effort in Englishtown. The Kalitta Air team earned eight bonus points during qualifying, which was best among nitro drivers. In the first round of the Toyota Summernationals, Todd was pulling away from Terry McMillen before a small puff of smoke right before the finish line allowed McMillen to sneak by.

“Epping is a good track surface, and usually produces fast times,” said Todd. “We need to turn our qualifying results into race day results, and Epping is a great place to start.”

Todd, who sits just two rounds from 100 for his career, is in ninth place in the point standings.

Fans can meet Kalitta Motorsports drivers throughout the weekend at the Team Kalitta merchandise trailer.

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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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