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Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.729 sec. at 328.06 MPH
Q2: 5.584 sec. at 109.86 MPH
Q3: 3.703 sec. at 330.15 MPH
Q4: 3.723 sec. at 326.95 MPH

Bonus Points: 3 pts. (Third best of the first session, third best of the third session, third best of the final session)
Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Richie Crampton
Quotable: “Solid qualifying effort to start the season for the Mac Tools team. We didn't want to race Richie in the first round; we know what the Kalitta Air car is capable of. We will get our Mac Tools team ready, and try to go several rounds tomorrow." 

Richie Crampton

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.903 sec. at 287.60 MPH
Q2: 4.956 sec. at 146.46 MPH
Q3: 3.782 sec. at 314.75 MPH
Q4: 3.815 sec. at 286.68 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Doug Kalitta 
Quotable: "I think we are a little better than what our qualifying result would show. Unfortunately, we have to race Doug, but I know it will still be a great drag race. Bright side of that is we know a Kalitta machine will be in the second round, which is good for all of our partners: Mac Tools, Kalitta Air, DHL, Toyota, WIX Filters and Red Line Oil. My guys are working hard, and I am confident we will make a good run tomorrow."

JR Todd

J.R. Todd, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.953 sec. at 322.04 MPH
Q2: 3.961 sec. at 319.29 MPH
Q3: 8.303 sec. at 85.59 MPH
Q4: 3.908 sec. at 326.79 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best in the final session)
Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: John Force
Quotable: "It was great to move into the top half that last qualifying session. We were trying to run that earlier in the day, and didn't get down the track. But it was a good way to start the season, getting down the track three out of the four runs. I am hoping we can do it four times tomorrow."

Shawn Langdon

Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.949 sec. at 328.06 MPH
Q2: No time; competitor hit timing block into Langdon's lane
Q3: 8.442 sec. at 79.31 MPH
Q4: 4.454 sec. at 194.58 MPH

Starting Position: 12th
First Round Matchup: Ron Capps
Quotable: "It is a whole new set of drivers I am facing tomorrow, so it is pretty cool that I get to race Ron Capps first. I followed his career for a long time, so I am excited to race him. I feel good. We would have liked to have the Global Electronic Technology Toyota to be a little better in qualifying, but we are learning as a group. We are just going to give it our best shot. I feel good on the tree. This team is going to be dangerous this season."

Doug Kalitta Pomona 2018

After solid test session, Kalitta looks to start season strong

Pomona Highlights: Two wins (Fall 2016, Spring 2009); Seven finals (Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2010, Spring 2004, Fall 1999); Six no. 1 qualifiers (Spring 2014, Fall 2006, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2003, Spring 2001)

Last Event Recap (2017 Auto Club Finals): Qualified seventh; Semifinalist (Defeated Wayne Newby in the first round and Clay Millican in the quarterfinals, lost to Shawn Langdon in the semifinals)

2017 NHRA Winternationals Recap: Qualified second; Finalist (Defeated Steve Faria in the first round, Terry McMillen in the quarterfinals and Antron Brown in the semifinals, lost to Leah Pritchett in the final round)

Quotable: “We just had a very successful test with the Mac Tools team. I am excited for the new season. Pomona has always been a good track for me, and I hope that run of success continues this weekend.”

Career Stats: 458 starts; 623 round wins (ninth all-time); 43 wins (fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 91 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2017 Season Recap: One win (Charlotte-II); Four finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk, Charlotte-II, St. Louis); Two no.1 qualifiers (Norwalk, Charlotte-II); 34 round wins; third in the standings

Richie Crampton 2018 Pomona

Crampton excited about full-time opportunity

Pomona Highlights: One no. 1 qualifier (Fall 2014)

Last Event Recap (2017 Auto Club Finals): Qualified eighth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Winternationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “I am really excited to be able to have a full time ride with a team that is the caliber of Kalitta Motorsports. I am thrilled to be working with Connie, Rob and the entire Kalitta Air team. We are ready for Pomona, and we plan on kicking off the season strong.” 

Career Stats: 79 starts; 75 round wins; Seven wins; Nine finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Seven starts; One final (Charlotte-II); Five round wins

Shawn Langdon 2018 Pomona

Langdon makes Funny Car debut

Pomona Highlights: Four wins (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2013, Fall 2013); Three finals (Fall 2017, Spring 2011, Fall 2010); Two no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2015, Fall 2012)

Last Event Recap (Auto Club Finals): Qualified 11th; Finalist (Defeated Tony Schumacher in the first round, Leah Pritchett in the quarterfinals and Doug Kalitta in the semifinals, lost to Brittany Force in the final round)

2017 NHRA Winternationals (Top Fuel): Did not compete

Quotable: “Coming out of testing, I am really excited about Pomona. I really learned a lot as a Funny Car driver. This is my home track, and the home track for Global Electronic Technology, so we are looking for some success like I have had here in the past. We are looking for a good start to the season.”

Career Stats: 205 starts; 247 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 20 starts; Two finals (Dallas, Pomona II); 17 round wins; seventh in the point standings

Noteworthy: Langdon will earn his 250th career round win with a final round appearance


Back for his second season in Funny Car, Todd looks for even more success

Pomona Highlights: One win (Spring 2007); One final (Fall 2016); One no.1 qualifier (Fall 2016)

Last Event Recap (Auto Club Finals): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to John Force in the first round)

2017 NHRA Winternationals: Qualified 11th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Tim Wilkerson in the first round, lost to Courtney Force in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “We had a good test session last week and we’re hoping to carry that over to Pomona. I am more confident going into this season and I am ready to run for the Wally at one of my favorite tracks."

Career Stats: 172 starts; 167 round wins; 11 wins; 21 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 24 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 24 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins; ninth in the point standings


YPSILANTI, Mich. (January 30, 2018) - Team Kalitta is pleased to announce an extension with WIX® Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products.

The relationship will expand for the 2018 season as both J.R. Todd and Shawn Langdon will serve as WIX Filters’ lead National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drivers. WIX Filters will receive major associate branding on Todd’s DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car and Langdon’s Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car. WIX Filters will also continue to serve as the Official Filters of Team Kalitta and have associate branding on the Top Fuel dragsters driven by Richie Crampton and Doug Kalitta.

“We knew we found a great fit with Kalitta, but we didn’t realize how great this partnership would turn out,” said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX. “From races ending in the Winner’s Circle to support behind the scenes, last year proved to be extremely successful. We couldn’t be more excited to continue our partnership with the entire Kalitta team.”

Race teams have relied on the quality and performance of WIX Filters for 50 years, and in return the track provides exceptional R&D testing grounds for WIX engineers. With Team Kalitta, WIX will see its filters perform in the Top Fuel and Funny Car competition, where cars reach top performance speeds of more than 330 mph in less than 3.7 seconds. In the first season of the WIX Filters and Team Kalitta relationship, Todd drove WIX Filters to the winner’s circle twice, including the biggest drag race in the world, the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis. Team Kalitta also competed in a driver swap with fellow WIX Filters driver Alex Keyes and his Global Rallycross (GRC) team in early April to much success. 

“We are excited to have WIX back on our DHL Toyota Camry,” said Todd. “It has been great to get to know Jennifer and the whole WIX Filters family this past season. I am looking forward to winning more races together and cheering on the rest of WIX Filters’ drivers across their other motorsport partnerships.” 

“I am happy to expand my relationship with WIX Filters for this season,” said Langdon. “They are a great partner of Kalitta Motorsports and they have so much history in the motorsports world. We are excited for this upcoming season and welcoming many of WIX’s customers to the track.”

WIX Filters will grow their hospitality presence with Kalitta Motorsports as well in 2018 with five major activations across NHRA’s extensive reach thoughout the country. These events bring major WIX Filters customers to the track and allow them to experience the most extreme motorsport up close. 

“We love hosting WIX’s customers and being able to share our experience with them,” said Rachel DeLago, General Manager, Kalitta Motorsports. “The people at WIX Filters have become a part of the Kalitta family and we are excited to be able to host them at more races in 2018.”



YPSILANTI, Mich. (January 18, 2018) - Richie Crampton’s Top Fuel Dragster will display the Kalitta Air and DHL partnership in multiple races for the 2018 season. The scheme is modeled after the co-branded DHL and Kalitta Air 747’s that deliver packages worldwide. 

"The DHL partnership with Kalitta Air has been going on for many years and has been one of our most successful,” said Kalitta Air owner and drag racing icon Connie Kalitta. “I am pleased to be able to showcase our relationship on the Top Fuel dragster driven by Richie Crampton. We plan on continuing that run of success with many victories this season."

The motorsport connection between DHL and Kalitta Motorsports has lasted over a decade, making it one of the longest running and most successful sponsorships in the sport. Del Worsham flew the DHL colors to the Funny Car championship in 2015 and current DHL Funny Car driver J.R. Todd earned DHL their first U.S. Nationals win last season.

“I am extremely lucky to get to drive the full season for Connie Kalitta. Now to be able to honor his other passion, airplanes, on the side of the car makes it even better,” said former NHRA Road to the Future winner Crampton. “The DHL and Kalitta Air partnership has been extremely successful and this scheme highlights that.”

The gray and yellow colors will be campaigned by Crampton for several races throughout the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. Crampton, who will compete for the championship in a full-time seat, will run several different schemes through the year with some races having primary inventory still available. 

richie2018.jpgYPSILANTI, Mich. (December 6, 2017) - Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to announce Richie Crampton will return to the team and run for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel Championship in the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster.

“It is an absolute honor to get the opportunity to race for Connie Kalitta in 2018,” said Crampton. “I cannot thank Connie, Jim O and the entire Kalitta organization for giving me a shot this year and helping to turn this into a full season in 2018. This is something I had always wanted, but never thought was possible. It is pretty amazing to be a driver for Connie Kalitta and I am forever grateful.”

Despite having less than 80 career starts, Crampton has accomplished much in his time behind the wheel. The 2014 NHRA Auto Club Road to the Future honoree has seven wins including a U.S. Nationals trophy. The native Australian’s late season addition to Kalitta Motorsports as the driver of the SealMaster Toyota Top Fuel Dragster was seamless as Crampton scored a final round appearance in just his second race with the team in Charlotte. The Australian-born Crampton now resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Stephanie, and daughter, Emma, with a son on the way in early 2018.

“We are really excited to have Richie full-time as part of Team Kalitta. I know Connie is very excited to have Richie drive his car next season,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “He did a great job coming into a tough situation this year and he jumped right in. We are hoping that trend continues with this full-time opportunity. We cannot wait to see what the 2018 season will hold for this team.”

Crampton’s Toyota Top Fuel dragster will be tuned by NHRA’s only Lifetime Achievement honoree, Connie Kalitta, and Rob Flynn. Despite starting four less races than the majority of the field, the duo guided Shawn Langdon to a Countdown to the Championship spot and final round appearances in Dallas and Pomona.

Crampton will run all 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing schedule. Kalitta Motorsports will announce sponsorship partnerships at a later date.

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (1086)
2. Tony Schumacher (896)
3. Clay Millican (881)
4. Leah Pritchett (820)
5. Doug Kalitta (801)
6. Antron Brown (717)
7. Terry McMillen (679)
8. Brittany Force (634)
9. Richie Crampton (522)
10. Mike Salinas (506)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Courtney Force (1069)
2. Matt Hagan (914)
3. Jack Beckman (847)
4. Ron Capps (834)
5. Robert Hight (829)
6. J.R. Todd (800)
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. (692)
8. John Force (632)
9. Shawn Langdon (614)
10. Bob Tasca III (564)