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Kalitta Motorsports News

By Jermey Millsop - Don't pinch Doug Kalitta.

The driver of the Mac Tools dragster is in the middle of a dream season.

Kalitta finds himself leading the Top Fuel division of the NHRA's Mellow Yellow series. He's already clinched a spot in the postseason Countdown and owns a 76-point lead over the hard-charging Antron Brown.

Kalitta has led or been second in the point standings all season and he's bringing his No. 1 ranking to Brainerd International Raceway for the Lucas Oil Nationals Friday-Sunday (Aug. 15-17).

"Over the years, I've actually done pretty well at Brainerd," said Kalitta. "I know it was one of Connie's (Kalitta) favorite places when he was still driving. So the idea is to go in, win the thing and head on home.

"I usually fly in Friday morning just minutes before qualifying and leave as soon as we're done racing. I enjoy going to Brainerd with all of the other activities and camping. They know how to do it right." Complete Story

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YPSILANTI, Mich., (Aug. 6, 2014) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., hosted the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s Heroes of Horsepower Reception last night, Aug. 5, at the team’s 50,000-square feet race shop.

The Heroes of Horsepower Reception was a prelude to tonight’s 26th annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction ceremony at the Fillmore Theatre in downtown Detroit, about 35 miles from the Kalitta Motorsports facility. This year’s inductees are Ole Bardahl, Raymond Beadle, John Bishop, Ricky Graham, Arie Luyendyk, Marshall Teague, and Rusty Wallace.

Racing legends Wallace, Bobby and Donnie Allison, David Hobbs, Ed Pink, Johnny Rutherford, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Scott Parker, Jay Springsteen, Hershel McGriff, “Waterbed” Fred Miller, Doug Kalitta, and many others were in attendance for the reception which included a live auction of racing memorabilia and sculpture unveilings of inductee’s plaques.

Hobbs and Bob Varsha, acclaimed television racing announcer and personality, emceed the two-hour event.

Jim Oberhofer, vice president of operations for Kalitta Motorsports, said, “We were very honored to have the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s Heroes of Horsepower Reception at our race shop. It’s truly amazing to have all those racing greats all together at Kalitta Motorsports.”

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Kalitta Seattle Winner

KENT, Wash., (Aug. 3, 2014) - NHRA Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta, driver of the 10,000-horsepower “Big Red” Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, raced to his second victory of the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Sunday during eliminations of the 27th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash., just a few miles from downtown Seattle.

Kalitta’s trip to the Seattle Winner’s circle marks the 35th NHRA Top Fuel event win for the 17-year nitro veteran and ties him for fifth with drag racing legend Don Garlits on the all-time NHRA Top Fuel wins list.

“That’s something that’s very special to me,” Kalitta, a 49-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. “I grew up idolizing Connie (Kalitta, team owner, drag racing icon and Doug’s uncle) and Garlits, so to be mentioned in the same breath with both of them is truly an honor.”

Kalitta, whose first win of the 2014 season came in Gainesville, Fla. in March, defeated Mike Salinas, Troy Buff, and reigning NHRA Top Fuel World Champion Shawn Langdon en route to an epic final round match-up between No. 1 and No. 2 in Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points, Kalitta and Antron Brown.

“We knew the final was going to be a hard fight, but I’m always extremely confident in my Mac Tools team and they gave me a great race car yet again. Winning against anybody is tough these days because the competition level in Top Fuel is so high, but getting past Antron is even tougher.”

Leaving Washington, Kalitta, who has now raced in nine Top Fuel championship rounds this season and 77 in his career, retains the Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points lead, which is now 76 over Brown with only two events remaining in the “regular season” of the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

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. 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.

The win for Kalitta in Seattle is his first at the Pacific Raceways (formerly Seattle International Raceway) drag strip.

Kalitta’s teammate Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car, raced to a semi-final finish in Seattle, her second consecutive such placement in as many events (Sonoma).

Team Kalitta nitro race cars now have five event wins and have appeared in 16 championship rounds so far in the 24-event 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule of events this year.

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)

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (2718)
2. Clay Millican (2487)
3. Tony Schumacher (2454)
4. Leah Pritchett (2394)
5. Brittany Force (2302)
6. Antron Brown (2291)
7t. Mike Salinas (2259)
7t. Doug Kalitta (2259)
9. Terry McMillen (2221)
10. Scott Palmer (2182)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. J.R. Todd (2553)
2. Robert Hight (2479)
3. Ron Capps (2388)
4. Tim Wilkerson (2367)
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2362)
6. Courtney Force (2324)
7. Matt Hagan (2321)
8. Jack Beckman (2283)
9. John Force (2277)
10. Shawn Langdon (2204)

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