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Kalitta Motorsports News

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., (June 1, 2014) - Sunday in Englishtown, N.J. Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, and his teammate Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, both advanced to the final rounds of their respective classes at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park during eliminations of the 45th annual NHRA Toyota SummerNationals.

For Kalitta, it was his fifth final round of the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the 73rd of his career. For Worsham, it was his first time in a final this season and the 52nd “money round” of his career.

Kalitta, the Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points leader, extended his lead over second place to 103 points. Worsham moved up three positions in Mello Yello Funny Car points from seventh to fourth.

Team Kalitta racers have now raced to eight final rounds in the first nine events of the year. Englishtown marked only the second time in the team’s legendary history that it had one of its cars in each of the nitro-fueled racing classes, the first time was in Las Vegas earlier this season (DeJoria - winner and Kalitta - runner-up).

Round by Round Recap:

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

No. 1 qualifier

E1: Kalitta defeated Millican - 3.785 sec., 323.89 mph to 6.509 sec., 97.26 mph
E2: Kalitta defeated Schumacher - 3.822 sec., 317.05 mph to 3.827 sec., 319.14 mph
E3: Kalitta defeated Lucas - 4.375 sec., 249.12 mph to 6.032 sec., 139.07 mph
E4: Kalitta defeated by Crampton - 3.848 sec., 317.34 mph to 3.819 sec., 320.51 mph

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

No. 2 qualifier

E1: Worsham defeated T. Pedregon - 4.512 sec., 227.08 mph to 4.602 sec., 213.60 mph
E2: Worsham defeated Wilkerson - 4.168 sec., 301.94 mph to 4.696 sec., 188.36 mph
E3: Worsham defeated Hight - 4.178 sec., 298.73 mph to 5.753 sec., 129.65 mph
E4: Worsham defeated by C. Pedregon - 4.189 sec., 296.70 mph to 4.126 sec., 301.33 mph

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

No. 6 qualifier

E1: DeJoria defeated Arend - 4.064 sec., 311.56 to 5.109 sec., 164.47 mph
E2: DeJoria defeated by Hight - 4.107 sec., 308.07 mph to 4.086 sec., 306.33 mph

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

No. 10 qualifier

E1: Todd defeated Pritchett - 3.820 sec., 319.14 mph to 3.823 sec., 320.51 mph
E2: Todd defeated by Crampton - 4.762 sec., 209.04 mph to 4.090 sec., 261.07 mph

Mello Yello Championship Points:

Top Fuel

1 - Doug Kalitta (809)
2 - Antron Brown (706)
3 - Shawn Langdon (638)
4 - Spencer Massey (598)
5 - Steve Torrence (580)
6 - Khalid alBalooshi (503)
7 - Tony Schumacher (495)
8 - Brittany Force (462)
9 - Richie Crampton (433)
10 - J.R. Todd (392)

Funny Car

1 - Robert Hight (847)
2 - John Force (601)
3 - Alexis DeJoria (564)
4 - Del Worsham (535)
5 - Ron Capps (534)
6 - Courtney Force (527)
7 - Tommy Johnson Jr. (508)
9 - Cruz Pedregon (506)
8 - Jack Beckman (480)
10 - Matt Hagan (454)

Kalitta Englishtown

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, will enter tomorrow’s eliminations at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. in the No. 1 qualifying position. Kalitta’s 3.748-second, 327.66-mph run in the final qualifying session Saturday secured his fourth No. 1 of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag racing Series and the 40th of his illustrious career.

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

Q1: 3.809 sec., 304.05 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q2: 3.756 sec., 327.03 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q3: 3.782 sec., 320.58 mph
Q4: 3.748 sec., 327.66 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)

No. 1 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.533 sec., 166.95 mph
Q2: 7.475 sec., 93.63 mph
Q3: 9.022 sec., 80.66 mph
Q4: 3.787 sec., 321.65 mph

No. 10 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.082 sec., 297.61 mph
Q2: 3.994 sec., 321.04 mph (Career best elapsed time and track speed record; Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q3: 4.052 sec., 310.91 mph
Q4: 4.483 sec., 193.13 mph

No. 2 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.127 sec., 297.48 mph
Q2: 4.027 sec., 314.31 mph
Q3: 6.982 sec., 100.91 mph
Q4: 4.052 sec., 303.30 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)

No. 6 Qualifier

Competition:

1) Kalitta vs. 16) Millican
10) Todd vs. 7) Pritchett

2) Worsham vs. 15) T. Pedregon
6) DeJoria vs. 11) Arend

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., (May 29, 2014) – This weekend, May 30-June 1, Kalitta Motorsports, led by drag racing icon and team owner Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta, will compete for the third consecutive weekend with its four nitro-fueled racers, this time at the prestigious 45th annual NHRA Toyota SummerNationals at famed Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.

Here’s what to watch for from Team Kalitta at the Toyota SummerNationals –

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 won the event in Englishtown in 2003 and 2000
- Kalitta was the runner-up finisher for the Englishtown Top Fuel title in 2001
- Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel eliminations in Englishtown in 2003
- Kalitta was the No. 4 qualifier for eliminations last year (first round)
- Kalitta has garnered one event wins so far this season (Gainesville, Fla.)
- Kalitta has raced to three runner-up finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif., Las Vegas and Atlanta)
- Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel eliminations in Pomona, Phoenix, and Atlanta

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 at the previous event 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: 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.: 3.999 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 321.42 mph

- Worsham won the event in Englishtown in 2005 and his rookie season of 1991
- Worsham was the runner-up finisher for the Englishtown Funny Car title in 2010 and 1992, and for Top Fuel in 2011
- Worsham raced to the semifinals last year in Englishtown after qualifying in the No. 2 position
- 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: 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. 13 position for Funny Car eliminations in Englishtown last year (first round)
- DeJoria earned her first No. 1 qualifying position of her career two weeks ago in Atlanta
- DeJoria has garnered two event wins so far this season (Phoenix and Las Vegas)

Eliminations Round by Round Recap:

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

E1: Todd defeated Millican - 3.812 sec., 320.74 mph to 4.041 sec., 250.37 mph
E2: Todd defeated Crampton - 3.808 sec., 316.30 mph to 3.828 sec., 312.64 mph
E3: Todd defeated by Langdon - 3.862 sec., 292.08 mph to 3.820 sec., 315.05 mph

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

E1: Kalitta defeated Pritchett - 3.815 sec., 321.35 mph to 3.859 sec., 318.24 mph
E2: Kalitta defeated by Langdon - 3.886 sec., 308.14 mph to 3.777 sec., 318.17 mph

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

E1: Worsham defeated by Capps - 4.601 sec., 195.73 mph to 4.128 sec., 307.79 mph

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

E1: DeJoria defeated by Johnson Jr. - 4.098 sec., 308.57 mph to 4.099 sec., 309.34 mph

Mello Yello Championship Points:

Top Fuel

1 - Doug Kalitta (704)
2 - Antron Brown (674)
3 - Spencer Massey (566)
4 - Shawn Langdon (559)
5 - Steve Torrence (543)
6 - Khalid alBalooshi (466)
7 - Tony Schumacher (442)
8 - Brittany Force (407)
9 - JR Todd (340)
10 - Richie Crampton (309)
11 - Bob Vandegriff Jr (280)

Funny Car

1 - Robert Hight (770)
2 - John Force (566)
3 - Alexis Dejoria (509)
4 - Ron Capps (502)
5 - Courtney Force (492)
6 - Tommy Johnson Jr. (452)
7 - Del Worsham (433)
8 - Matt Hagan (403)
9 - Jack Beckman (401)
10 - Tim Wilkerson (384)

Team Kalitta Qualifying Results - Topeka

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

Q1: 3.747 sec., 322.65 mph (Career best elapsed time, Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q2: Canceled due to rain
Q3: 3.761 sec., 324.75 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q4: 5.058 sec., 139.92 mph

No. 2 Qualifier


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

Q1: 3.855 sec., 313.44 mph
Q2: Canceled due to rain
Q3: 3.778 sec., 327.03 mph (One point for third quickest of the session)
Q4: 3.781 sec., 323.27 mph

No. 6 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.143 sec., 301.47 mph
Q2: Canceled due to rain
Q3: 4.932 sec., 158.91 mph
Q4: 4.069 sec., 314.75 mph

No. 7 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.082 sec., 311.05 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q2: Canceled due to rain
Q3: 4.065 sec., 314.46 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q4: 4.223 sec., 238.98 mph

Competition:

2) Todd vs. 15) Millican
6) Kalitta vs. 11) Pritchett

7) Worsham vs. 10) Capps
5) DeJoria vs. 12) Johnson Jr.

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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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