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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)

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.”

Kalitta Merchandise

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Funny Car Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

POSITION DRIVER POINTS
1 Robert Hight 663
2 Matt Hagan 472
3 John Force 470
4 JR Todd 456
5 Tommy Johnson Jr. 445
6 Tim Wilkerson 436
7 Ron Capps 430
8 Jack Beckman 425
9 Shawn Langdon 365
10 Bob Tasca 338
11 Cruz Pedregon 274
12 Terry Haddock 219
13 Jim Campbell 188
14 Jeff Diehl 160
15 Blake Alexander 116
16 Jonnie Lindberg 101
17 Dave Richards 94
18 Phil Burkart Jr. 88
19 Gary Densham 73
20 Paul Lee 52
21 Frank Pedregon 32
22 John Smith 31
23 Dale Creasy 10
24 Bob Bode 5

 

Top Fuel Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

POSITION DRIVER POINTS
1 Steve Torrence 579
2 Brittany Force 483
3 Doug Kalitta 464
4 Leah Pritchett 433
5 Clay Millican 427
6 Mike Salinas 384
7 Antron Brown 373
8 Richie Crampton 329
9 Terry McMillen 319
10 Austin Prock 288
11 Scott Palmer 287
12 Billy Torrence 265
13 Jordan Vandergriff 240
14 Cameron Ferre 197
15 Dom Lagana 136
16 Shawn Reed 102
17 Terry Totten 77
18 TJ Zizzo 76
19 Pat Dakin 63
20 Jim Maroney 44
21 Lex Joon 36
22 Steve Faria 31
23 Karamesines 31
24 Steve Chrisman 31
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