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Kalitta Motorsports News

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

Q1: 3.845 sec., 314.02 mph
Q2: 3.805 sec., 320.28 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q3: 3.817 sec., 317.57 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q4: 13.800 sec., 75.54 mph

No. 2 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.542 sec., 168.75 mph
Q2: 3.827 sec., 314.83 mph
Q3: 5.239 sec., 127.82 mph
Q4: 3.915 sec., 290.01 mph

No. 8 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.167 sec., 294.56 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q2: 4.101 sec., 303.23 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q3: 4.699 sec., 178.59 mph
Q4: 4.132 sec., 301.33 mph

No. 4 Qualifier

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

Q1: DNR (illness)
Q2: 4.136 sec., 298.34 mph
Q3: 4.772 sec., 168.03 mph
Q4: 4.150 sec., 272.23 mph

No. 10 Qualifier

Competition:

2) Kalitta vs. 15) Salinas
8) Todd vs. 9) Torrence

4) DeJoria vs. 13) T. Pedregon
10) Worsham vs. 7) Wilkerson

ESPN TV Schedule:

8/3 Eliminations - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM ET/4:00 PM - 7:00 PM PT (ESPN2)

Times and dates subject to change.

Event Schedule:

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

Times and dates subject to change.

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KENT, Wash., (July 31, 2014) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., finalizes the traditional NHRA Western Swing this weekend, Aug. 1-3, in Kent, Wash., just a few miles southeast of Seattle, at Pacific Raceways at the 27th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals. The NHRA Western Swing, consisting of three consecutive event weekends, began two weeks ago in Denver and hit the mid-way point in Sonoma, Calif. last weekend.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, leads the Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points by 46 over second place. Kalitta and the Mac Tools team clinched a berth in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series “Playoffs”, the Countdown to the Championship in Denver. The Countdown to the Championship consists of the final six events of the season and begins in Charlotte, Sept. 12-14. Only the top ten in Mello Yello championship points at the conclusion of the event in Indianapolis, Aug. 27 - Sept. 1, are eligible to compete in the Countdown to the Championship and to have a chance to be crowned a 2014 Mello Yello World Champion.

Team Kalitta race cars have four event wins and have appeared in 15 championship rounds so far in the 24-event 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events this year.

Doug Kalitta

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

HOMETOWN: Ann Arbor, Mich.
CREW CHIEF: Jim Oberhofer
CAREER WINS: 34
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 75
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.713 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 331.45 mph

  • Kalitta was the runner-up finisher in Seattle in 2003, 2000 and 1999
  • Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier in Seattle in 2010
  • Kalitta was the No. 12 qualifier in Seattle last year (first round)
  • Kalitta won the 500th Top Fuel elimination round of his career in Epping in June, a feat accomplished by only 16 professional drivers in NHRA history
  • Kalitta has garnered one event wins so far this season (Gainesville)
  • Kalitta has raced to six runner-up finishes so far this season (Pomona, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Englishtown, Bristol, and Epping)
  • Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel eliminations in Pomona, Phoenix, Atlanta, Englishtown and Chicago

JR Todd

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

HOMETOWN: Lawrenceburg, Ind.
CREW CHIEF: Connie Kalitta
CAREER WINS: 7
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 10
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.747 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 325.30 mph

  • Todd garnered his first win of 2014 and his first with Kalitta Motorsports two weeks ago in Denver; First win since 2008 in Dallas
  • The Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts team raced to a runner-up finish in Seattle last year
  • Todd did not compete in Seattle last year 
  • Todd has raced to three semi-final finishes so far this season (Charlotte, Topeka, and Chicago)
  • Todd set a career-best elapsed time mark in June in Topeka (3.747 sec.)
  • Todd joined Team Kalitta in March as the full-time driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fueler

Alexis DeJoria

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

HOMETOWN: Austin, Texas
CREW CHIEF: Tommy DeLago
CAREER WINS: 4 (FC: 2 TAFC: 1 SPORTS: 1)
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 8 (FC: 4 TAFC: 3 SPORTS: 1)
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.997 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 319.07 mph

  • DeJoria was the No. 9 qualifier in Seattle last year (first round)
  • DeJoria earned her first No. 1 qualifying position of her career in Atlanta in May
  • DeJoria has garnered two event wins so far this season (Phoenix and Las Vegas)

Del Worsham

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: 52 (TF: 11 FC: 41)
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.992 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 321.88 mph

  • Worsham won the event in Seattle in 2011 (Top Fuel) and 1999
  • Worsham was the No. 3 qualifier in Seattle last year (first round)
  • Worsham recorded his career best elapsed time, 3.992 sec., in Bristol in June
  • Worsham has raced to one runner-up finish (Englishtown) and two semi-final finishes so far this season (Pomona and Houston)

Mello Yello Points

Top Fuel

  1. Doug Kalitta (1223)
  2. Antron Brown (1177)
  3. Shawn Langdon (1065)
  4. Tony Schumacher (911)
  5. Steve Torrence (867)
  6. Spencer Massey (862)
  7. Brittany Force (824)
  8. Khalid alBalooshi (801)
  9. Richie Crampton (752)
  10. J.R. Todd (741)
  11. Bob Vandergriff Jr. (620)

Funny Car

  1. Robert Hight (1216)
  2. John Force (1097)
  3. Ron Capps (957)
  4. Courtney Force (941)
  5. Tommy Johnson Jr. (938)
  6. Alexis DeJoria (883)
  7. Matt Hagan (868)
  8. Cruz Pedregon (840)
  9. Del Worsham (816)
  10. Tim Wilkerson (762)

RMD LogoYPSILANTI, Mich., (July 29, 2014) – Kalitta Motorsports, one of the largest and most successful teams in NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) professional drag racing history, announced today that Rusch Machine and Design, Inc. (RMD), a world-renowned designer and manufacturer of tube and pipe bending machinery, has signed on to be an associate sponsor on the team’s four 10,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled race cars. 

Large RMD decals now adorn the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta, the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster driven by J.R. Todd, the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Del Worsham, and the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Alexis DeJoria. 

The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series consists of 24 national events all across the United States.

“RMD has been involved behind the scenes with NHRA drag racing for years,” Chris Rusch, RMD owner and president, said. “Our many satisfied customers use RMD tube bending and notching machines to create custom chassis from the home bracket racers on up to the professional racers. 

“Being associated with Kalitta Motorsports and nitro race cars is a big step for RMD. We are excited to see what the Team Kalitta engineers create in their chassis shop using RMD equipment. We are confident our RMD machines will give Kalitta Motorsports an extra edge, or bend, to win even more races.”

“We are very excited to add RMD to our Team Kalitta family,” Jim Oberhofer, vice president of operations for Kalitta Motorsports, said. “We know that the addition of RMD equipment will give us the proper tools we need as we move forward building our in-house chassis and fabrication shop.”

SONOMA, Calif., (July 28, 2014) - Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car, raced to her fifth semi-final round of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Sunday during eliminations of the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

DougKalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, extended his Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points lead to 46 points over second place with a quarter-final finish in wine country.

Kalitta and the Mac Tools Top Fuel team clinched a berth in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series “Playoffs”, the Countdown to the Championship in Denver one week ago. The Countdown to the Championship consists of the final six events of the season and begins in Charlotte, Sept. 12-14. Only the top ten in Mello Yello championship points at the conclusion of the event in Indianapolis, Aug. 27 - Sept. 1, are eligible to participate in the Countdown to the Championship and to have chance to be crowned a 2014 Mello Yello World Champion.

Team Kalitta nitro race cars have now appeared in 15 championship rounds so far in the 24-event 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule of events this year.

Team Kalitta Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif., (July 24, 2014) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., continues the traditional NHRA Western Swing this weekend, July 25-27, in Sonoma, Calif. at Sonoma Raceway at the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals. The NHRA Western Swing, consisting of three consecutive event weekends, began last weekend in Denver and ends next weekend in Seattle.

J.R. Todd, driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster, kicked off the Western Swing in grand style by taking home the “Wally” (trophy) from Denver. Todd’s win in Denver was his first with Kalitta Motorsports and his first since 2008 (Dallas). Todd won his first NHRA Top Fuel title in Denver in 2006, becoming the first African-American to accomplish the feat.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the 10,000-horsepower Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, leads the Mello Yello championship points by 25 over second place. The Mac Tools team clinched a berth in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series “playoffs”, the Countdown to the Championship, in Denver. The Countdown to the Championship consists of the final six events of the season and begins in Charlotte, Sept. 12-14. Only the top ten in Mello Yello championship points at the conclusion event in Indianapolis, Aug. 27 - Sept. 1, are eligible to participate in the Countdown to the Championship. 

Team Kalitta race cars have five event wins and have appeared in 15 championship rounds so far in the 24-event 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events this year.

Doug Kalitta

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

  • HOMETOWN: Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • CREW CHIEF: Jim Oberhofer
  • CAREER WINS: 34
  • CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 75
  • CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.713 seconds
  • CAREER BEST SPEED: 331.45 mph

- Kalitta is the winningest Top Fuel driver in history at Sonoma Raceway with five event wins (2005, 2004, 2000, 1999 and 1998)
- Kalitta was the runner-up finisher in Sonoma in 2002
- Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier in Sonoma in 2012, 2004, 2003 and 1998
- Kalitta was the No. 3 qualifier in Sonoma last year (quarterfinals)
- Kalitta won the 500th Top Fuel elimination round of his career in Epping in June, a feat accomplished by only 16 professional drivers in NHRA history
- Kalitta has garnered one event wins so far this season (Gainesville)
- Kalitta has raced to six runner-up finishes so far this season (Pomona, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Englishtown, Bristol, and Epping)
- Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel eliminations in Pomona, Phoenix, Atlanta, Englishtown and Chicago

JR Todd

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

  • HOMETOWN: Lawrenceburg, Ind.
  • CREW CHIEF: Connie Kalitta
  • CAREER WINS: 7
  • CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 10
  • CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.747 seconds
  • CAREER BEST SPEED: 325.30 mph

- Todd won the previous event in Denver, his first win of 2014 and his first with Kalitta Motorsports; First win since 2008 in Dallas
- The Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts team qualified No. 1 in Sonoma last year (quarterfinals)
- Todd did not compete in Sonoma last year 
- Todd has raced to three semi-final finishes so far this season (Charlotte, Topeka, and Chicago)
- Todd set a career-best elapsed time mark in June in Topeka (3.747 sec.)
- Todd joined Team Kalitta in March as the full-time driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fueler

Alexis DeJoria

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

  • HOMETOWN: Austin, Texas
  • CREW CHIEF: Tommy DeLago
  • CAREER WINS: 4 (FC: 2 TAFC: 1 SPORTS: 1)
  • CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 8 (FC: 4 TAFC: 3 SPORTS: 1)
  • CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.997 seconds
  • CAREER BEST SPEED: 319.07 mph

- DeJoria was a semi-finalist in Sonoma last year from the No. 16 qualifying spot
- DeJoria earned her first No. 1 qualifying position of her career in Atlanta in May
- DeJoria has garnered two event wins so far this season (Phoenix and Las Vegas)

Del Worsham

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: 52 (TF: 11 FC: 41)
  • CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.992 seconds
  • CAREER BEST SPEED: 321.88 mph

- Worsham won the event in Sonoma in 2001
- Worsham was the runner-up finisher in Sonoma in 2007
- Worsham was the No. 14 qualifier in Sonoma last year (first round)
- Worsham recorded his career best elapsed time, 3.992 sec., in Bristol in June
- Worsham has raced to one runner-up finish (Englishtown) and two semi-final finishes so far this season (Pomona and Houston)

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (2592)
2. Clay Millican (2423)
3. Tony Schumacher (2382)
4. Leah Pritchett (2297)
5. Antron Brown (2253)
6. Brittany Force (2243)
7. Mike Salinas (2228)
8. Doug Kalitta (2225)
9. Terry McMillen (2221)
10. Scott Palmer (2149)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Robert Hight (2445)
2. J.R. Todd (2434)
3. Ron Capps (2336)
4. Tim Wilkerson (2334)
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2296)
6. Courtney Force (2264)
7. Matt Hagan (2241)
8. Jack Beckman (2229)
9. John Force (2204)
10. Shawn Langdon (2152)

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