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Kalitta Motorsports News

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

Q1: 4.311 sec., (No speed; timing malfunction)
Q2: 3.773 sec., 323.89 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q3: 3.819 sec., 322.73 mph
Q4: 3.875 sec., 312.50 mph

No. 2 Qualifier

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

Q1: 3.778 sec., 324.83 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q2: 6.749 sec., 96.67 mph
Q3: 6.592 sec., 97.42 mph
Q4: 3.847 sec., 310.48 mph

No. 5 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.053 sec., 311.99 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q2: 4.060 sec., 315.27 mph
Q3: 6.619 sec., 101.97 mph
Q4: 4.148 sec., 306.12 mph

No. 5 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.134 sec., (No speed; timing malfunction)
Q2: 8.345 sec., 68.27 mph
Q3: 4.105 sec., 312.50 mph
Q4: 5.129 sec., 142.84 mph

No. 11 Qualifier

Competition:

2) Kalitta vs. 15) McMillen
5) Todd vs. 12) Vandergriff Jr.

5) DeJoria vs. 12) T. Pedregon
11) Worsham vs. 6) Beckman

ESPN TV Schedule:

6/21 Qualifying - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET/4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PT (ESPN2)
6/22 Eliminations - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET/10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PT (ESPN)

EPPING, N.H., (June 19, 2014) – This weekend, June 20-22, Kalitta Motorsports, the four-car, nitro-fueled racing team from Ypsilanti, Michigan, will be competing at the 11th event of the 24-event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the 2nd annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H.

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

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
HOMETOWN: Ann Arbor, Mich.
CREW CHIEF: Jim Oberhofer
CAREER WINS: 34
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 74
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.713 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 331.45 mph

- Kalitta was a semifinalist at the inaugural event in Epping last season
- Kalitta and the Mac Tools team set the track record for elapsed time, 3.795 seconds, at the inaugural event in Epping last season
- Kalitta and the Mac Tools team qualified No. 1 at the inaugural event in Epping last season
- Kalitta is now only one elimination round win from 500 in his career
- Kalitta has garnered one event wins so far this season (Gainesville, Fla.)
- Kalitta has raced to five runner-up finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif., Las Vegas, Atlanta, Englishtown, and Bristol)
- Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel eliminations in Pomona, Phoenix, Atlanta and Englishtown


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.: 3.747 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 325.30 mph

- Todd set a career-best elapsed time mark last month in Topeka, Kan., (3.747 sec.)
- Todd joined Team Kalitta in March as the full-time driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fueler
- The Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts team qualified in the No. 3 position at the inaugural event in Epping last season (first round)

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.: 3.992 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 321.42 mph

- Worsham was a quarterfinalist at the inaugural Epping event last year (No. 12 qualifier)
- Worsham recorded his career best elapsed time, 3.992 sec., at the previous event in Bristol
- Worsham has raced to one runner-up finish (Englishtown) and two semi-final finishes so far this season (Pomona and Houston)

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 qualified in the No. 14 position at the inaugural Epping event 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)


Mello Yello Championship Points:

Top Fuel

1 - Doug Kalitta (902)
2 - Antron Brown (782)
3 - Shawn Langdon (751)
4 - Spencer Massey (652)
5 - Steve Torrence (617)
6 - Tony Schumacher (557)
7 - Khalid alBalooshi (535)
8 - Brittany Force (502)
9 - Richie Crampton (464)
10 - JR Todd (429)
11 - Bob Vandegriff Jr (404)

Funny Car

1 - Robert Hight (905)
2 - John Force (640)
3 - Tommy Johnson Jr. (627)
4 - Alexis Dejoria (619)
5 - Del Worsham (593)
6 - Courtney Force (581)
7 - Ron Capps (571)
8 - Cruz Pedregon (538)
9 - Tim Wilkerson (533)
10 - Matt Hagan (527)

BRISTOL, Tenn., (June 15, 2014) - Doug Kalitta, driver of the 10,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled Mac Tools “Big Red” dragster, raced to his fifth runner-up finish of the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Sunday at Bristol Dragway during eliminations of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Kalitta’s runner-up run in Bristol was the second consecutive final round appearance for the Mac Tools team. They were also runner-up finishers at the previous event in Englishtown, N.J. Kalitta entered the event in Bristol with the Top Fuel class points lead (103) and was able to build upon that lead, now 120 points, after defeating the second place points holder Antron Brown in the semifinals and by reaching the 74th final round of his illustrious 17-year career at the helm of one of the quickest and fastest race cars on the planet.

Kalitta and the Mac Tools team have one event victory on the season (Gainesville, Fla.) so far. He now needs only one more eliminations-round win to reach 500 for his career. Kalitta will be looking to capture that career milestone at the next event on the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, the NHRA New England Nationals, next weekend in Epping, N.H.

Team Kalitta Eliminations Recap:

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

E1: Kalitta defeated Pritchett - 3.838 sec., 321.58 to 4.862 sec., 161.42 mph
E2: Kalitta defeated Karamesines - 4.171 sec., 296.76 mph to 4.977 sec., 145.00 mph
E3: Kalitta defeated Brown - 3.905 sec., 312.64 mph to 3.952 sec., 304.74 mph
E4: Kalitta defeated by Langdon - 4.128 sec., 260.97 mph to 3.902 sec., 316.08 mph

No. 8 Qualifier - 3.890 sec., 318.32 mph

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

E1: Worsham defeated Arend - 4.191 sec., 299.13 mph to 12.726 sec., 59.78 mph
E2: Worsham defeated by Hagan - 4.209 sec., 299.53 mph to 4.216 sec., 287.66 mph

No. 1 Qualifier - 3.992 sec., 319.45 mph (Career best elapsed time and set track records for elapsed time and speed)

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

E1: DeJoria defeated J. Force - 4.216 sec., 292.14 mph to 4.437 sec., 229.78 mph
E2: DeJoria defeated by Wilkerson - 6.019 sec., 112.71 mph to 4.220 sec., 294.95 mph

No. 10 Qualifier - 4.121 sec., 305.29 mph

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

E1: Todd defeated by McMillen - 4.902 sec., 183.47 mph to 4.038 sec., 304.39 mph

No. 2 Qualifier - 3.835 sec., 315.12 mph

Mello Yello Championship Points:

Top Fuel

1 - Doug Kalitta (902)
2 - Antron Brown (782)
3 - Shawn Langdon (751)
4 - Spencer Massey (652)
5 - Steve Torrence (617)
6 - Tony Schumacher (557)
7 - Khalid alBalooshi (535)
8 - Brittany Force (502)
9 - Richie Crampton (464)
10 - JR Todd (429)
11 - Bob Vandegriff Jr (404)

Funny Car

1 - Robert Hight (905)
2 - John Force (640)
3 - Tommy Johnson Jr. (627)
4 - Alexis Dejoria (619)
5 - Del Worsham (593)
6 - Courtney Force (581)
7 - Ron Capps (571)
8 - Cruz Pedregon (538)
9 - Tim Wilkerson (533)
10 - Matt Hagan (527)

Worsham Bristol-1

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, qualified No. 1 for Sunday’s eliminations at Bristol Dragway with a multiple track record-setting run, 3.992 seconds (track record for elapsed time and a career best for Worsham) at 319.45 mph (track record for speed). Worsham’s start from the top spot is his second No. 1 of the season (Houston) and the 15th No. 1 of his career. Worsham has now been No. 1 qualifier in Bristol for two consecutive seasons as he was No. 1 in 2013 as well.

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

Q1: 4.172 sec., 263.10 mph
Q2: 3.992 sec., 319.45 mph (Career best elapsed time and set track records for elapsed time and speed)
Q3: 4.587 sec., 188.36 mph
Q4: 4.321 sec., 243.55 mph

No. 1 Qualifier


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

Q1: 3.835 sec., 315.12 mph
Q2: Canceled due to rain
Q3: 6.936 sec., 98.69 mph
Q4: 4.498 sec., 175.98 mph

No. 2 Qualifier

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

Q1: 3.969 sec., 292.84 mph
Q2: Canceled due to rain
Q3: 4.349 sec., 197.86 mph
Q4: 3.890 sec., 318.32 mph

No. 8 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.121 sec., 305.29 mph
Q2: 5.867 sec., 117.43 mph
Q3: 4.167 sec., 299.73 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q4: 4.164 sec., 294.88 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)

No. 10 Qualifier

Competition:

2) Todd vs. 15) McMillen
8) Kalitta vs. 9) Pritchett

1) Worsham vs. 16) Arend
10) DeJoria vs. 7) J. Force

Team Kalitta – Bristol At A Glance; Top Fuel Points Leader Kalitta Looks to Get Another Win in Tennessee

BRISTOL, Tenn., (June 12, 2014) – This weekend, June 13-15, Kalitta Motorsports, the four-car, nitro-fueled racing assault from Ypsilanti, Michigan, will be competing at the 10th event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn.

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

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
HOMETOWN: Ann Arbor, Mich.
CREW CHIEF: Jim Oberhofer
CAREER WINS: 34
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 72
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.713 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 331.45 mph

- Kalitta has won the event in Bristol three times (2006, 2005, and 2001)
- Kalitta was the runner-up finisher in Bristol in 2012 and 2009
- Kalitta was a quarter-finalist in Bristol last season
- Kalitta is now only four elimination round wins from 500 in his career
- Kalitta has garnered one event wins so far this season (Gainesville, Fla.)
- Kalitta has raced to four runner-up finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif., Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Englishtown)
- Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel eliminations in Pomona, Phoenix, Atlanta and Englishtown


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.: 3.747 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 325.30 mph

- Todd set a career-best elapsed time mark last month in Topeka, Kan., (3.747 sec.)
- Todd joined Team Kalitta in March as the full-time driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fueler


Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car
HOMETOWN: Villa Park, 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.: 3.994 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 321.42 mph

- Worsham reached his first final round (runner-up) of 2014 at the previous event in Englishtown
- Worsham was a semifinalist at the Bristol event last year
- Worsham recorded his career best elapsed time, 3.994 sec., at the previous event in Englishtown
- Worsham has raced to two semi-final finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif. and Houston)


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: 7 (FC: 3 TAFC: 3 SPORTS: 1)
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.997 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 319.07 mph

- DeJoria was a quarterfinalist in the 2013 event in Bristol
- 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)

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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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