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Kalitta Motorsports News

TOPEKA, Kan., (May 22, 2014) – This weekend, May 23-25, the nitro-fueled, four-car team of Kalitta Motorsports, helmed by drag racing legend and team owner Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta, will be competing in the 26th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan.

Team Kalitta has had remarkable success racing at Heartland Park Topeka over the years. The team has amassed ten Top Fuel title trophies in Topeka since 1993. The late Scott Kalitta won at HPT six times, which remains the most wins by any Top Fuel driver. Former Team Kalitta drivers David Grubnic (2) and Hillary Will (1) also posted victories in Topeka. Current Team Kalitta driver Doug Kalitta collected the Topeka winner’s trophy in 2006.

Here’s what to watch for from Team Kalitta at this season’s Kansas 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 won the Top Fuel title in Topeka in 2006
• Kalitta raced to a runner-up finishes in Topeka in 2004, 2003, and 2000
• Kalitta assumed the Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points lead by way of a runner-up finish at the previous event in Atlanta
• 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

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 in line to become the 100th NHRA event winner for a female racer
• DeJoria claimed her first career Nitro Funny Car No. 1 qualifying position at the previous event in Atlanta
• DeJoria qualified in the No. 13 position for Funny Car eliminations in Topeka last year (first round)
• DeJoria has garnered two event wins so far this season (Phoenix and Las Vegas)

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 qualified in the No. 5 position for Funny Car eliminations in Topeka last year, where he raced to a quarter-final finish
• Worsham has raced to two semi-final finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif. and Houston)

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.: 3.781 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 325.30 mph

• Todd joined Team Kalitta in March as the full-time driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster Mello Yello Championship Points:

Top Fuel

1 - Doug Kalitta (649)
2 - Antron Brown (642)
3 - Steve Torrence (503)
4 - Shawn Langdon (461)
5 - Spencer Massey (454)
6 - Khalid Albalooshi (413)
7 - Tony Schumacher (407)
8 - Brittany Force (336)
9 - J.R. Todd (257)
9 - Richard Crampton (257)
11 – Clay Millican (248)

Funny Car

1 - Robert Hight (730)
2 - John Force (524)
3 - Alexis DeJoria (472)
4 - Ron Capps (430)
5 - Del Worsham (400)
6 - Tommy Johnson Jr (380)
7 - Jack Beckman (369)
7 - Courtney Force (369)
9 - Matt Hagan (368)
10 - Tim Wilkerson (329)

Event Schedule:

FRIDAY, May 23

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF) 5:00 PM CT
Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF) 7:30 PM CT

SATURDAY, May 24

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC) 2:00 PM CT
Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC) 4:30 PM CT

SUNDAY, May 25

Nitro Eliminations - Round 1 11:00 AM CT
Nitro Eliminations - Round 2 1:00 PM CT
Nitro Eliminations - Semi-Finals 2:30 PM CT
Nitro Eliminations - Finals 3:45 PM CT

Times and dates subject to change.

ESPN2 TV Schedule:

05/24 Qualifying - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET/3:00 PM - 5:00 PM PT
05/25 Eliminations - 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM ET/7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PT

Times and dates subject to change.

COMMERCE, Ga., (May 19, 2014) - Doug Kalitta, driver of the 10,000-horsepower “Big Red” Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, raced to his fourth final round of the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series today during eliminations of the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga., a few miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

The trip to the “money” round for Kalitta and the Mac Tools team was the 72nd of his 17-year career at the wheel of a Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster. Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for eliminations in Atlanta after blistering both ends of the Atlanta Dragway track record, 3.732 seconds (elapsed time) and 328.86 mph (speed). Kalitta is also now closing in on a major milestone in his career - He needs only eight more elimination-round wins to reach the historic 500 round-win mark.

With his runner-up in Atlanta, Kalitta takes control of the Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points lead, seven points ahead of second place Antron Brown.

Results Recap; Eliminations Finalized on Monday as Rain Shortens Racing Sunday

Persistent rain and unstable track conditions at Atlanta Dragway Sunday forced NHRA officials to postpone the conclusion of eliminations of the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals until Monday at 11:40 a.m.

After an eight-hour rain delay Sunday, Top Fuel eliminations began at approximately 7:00 p.m. After five pairs of Top Fuelers struggled mightily to acquire and maintain traction on the “green” Atlanta Dragway racing surface, including the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts driven by J.R. Todd, NHRA officials wisely chose to suspend eliminations Sunday night with three pairs of Top Fuel dragsters remaining.

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For the first time in the legendary history of Kalitta Motorsports, Team Kalitta nitro racers qualify No.1 in their respective classes at the same event. Team Kalitta racers also now currently hold elapsed time and speed track records at Atlanta Dragway in both nitro classes (Kalitta, both elapsed time and speed in Top Fuel, DeJoria, elapsed time in Funny Car, and Worsham, speed in Funny Car) -

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

Q1: 3.799 sec. at 325.30 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q2: No time; Did not run (NHRA deemed track conditions became unsafe due to falling temperatures and dew point)
Q3: 3.732 sec. at 328.86 (Elapsed time and speed track records; Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q4: 3.737 sec. at 326.79 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)

No. 1 Qualifier

- Kalitta qualifies No. 1 for the third time this season (Pomona, Calif. and Phoenix). His No. 1 spot in Atlanta is his first at Atlanta Dragway and the 39th of his 17-year Top Fuel career. Kalitta has two event wins in Atlanta (2006 and 2005).

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

Q1: 4.229 sec. at 265.53 mph
Q2: 4.012 sec. at 313.95 mph (Elapsed time track record; Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q3: 6.781 sec. at 100.26 mph
Q4: 7.681 sec. at 89.06 mph

No. 1 Qualifier

- DeJoria qualifies No. 1 for the first time in her Nitro Funny Car career.

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

Q1: 4.136 sec. at 309.84 mph
Q2: 4.014 sec. at 320.05 mph (Speed track record; Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q3: 7.040 sec. at 91.08 mph
Q4: 7.289 sec. at 89.05 mph

No. 2 Qualifier

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


Q1: 3.794 sec. at 323.66 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q2: No time; Did not run (NHRA deemed track conditions became unsafe due to falling temperatures and dew point)
Q3: 3.777 sec. at 323.66 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q4: 6.779 sec. at 98.18 mph

No. 7 Qualifier

Competition:

1) Kalitta vs. 16) Karamesines
7) Todd vs. 10) Massey

1) DeJoria vs. 16) T. Pedregon
2) Worsham vs. 15) Head

Event Schedule:


Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m.

Times and dates subject to change.

Konnekt with Kalitta Motorsports:

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COMMERCE, Ga., (May 15, 2014) – This weekend, May 16-18, the four-car, nitro-fueled straight line racers of Kalitta Motorsports, led by drag racing icon and team owner Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta, will be competing in the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga., approximately 68 miles northwest of the Atlanta city limits via I-85.

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


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 became the youngest driver ever to win a Funny Car event in Atlanta in 1991 at 21 years old
·         Worsham raced to a runner-up finish in Funny Car in Atlanta in 1992
·         Worsham qualified in the No. 11 position for Funny Car eliminations in Atlanta last year, where he raced to a quarter-final finish
·         Worsham has raced to two semi-final finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif. and Houston)
·         Worsham was the No. 1 qualifier for Funny Car eliminations at the previous event in Houston

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
HOMETOWN: Ann Arbor, Mich.
CREW CHIEF: Jim Oberhofer
CAREER WINS: 34
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 71
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.713 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 331.45 mph

·         Kalitta won the Top Fuel title in Atlanta in 2005 and 2006
·         Kalitta raced to a runner-up finish in Atlanta in 1999
·         Kalitta holds the track record for speed in Atlanta, 325.61 mph (2013)
·         Kalitta has garnered one event wins so far this season (Gainesville, Fla.)
·         Kalitta has raced to two runner-up finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif. and Las Vegas)
·         Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel eliminations in Pomona and Phoenix earlier this season

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 in line to become the 100th NHRA event winner for a female racer
·         DeJoria qualified in the No. 13 position for Funny Car eliminations in Atlanta last year (first round)
·         DeJoria has garnered two event wins so far this season (Phoenix and Las Vegas)

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.: 3.781 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 325.30 mph

·         Todd previously competed in Atlanta in 2012 (first round)
·         Todd’s crew chief and team owner Connie Kalitta won the Top Fuel title as a driver in Atlanta in 1994

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(Photo Steve Perez / Detroit News) - Ypsilanti — Connie Kalitta stood in the middle of his mammoth, state-of-the-art, 50,000-square-foot race shop, looking at his multiple Top Fuel and Funny Cars as numerous employees were busy at work around him.

Kalitta, 76, is as passionate as ever for the sport of drag racing. Known as the Bounty Hunter during his racing days, Kalitta has enjoyed tremendous success and suffered the devastation of losing his son during his six decades in the sport.

Connie, who grew up in Mount Clemens, has accomplished everything there is in the sport, winning the U.S. Nationals — drag racing’s version of the World Series or Super Bowl — 20 years ago as a driver and winning series championships as a crew chief and owner.

His team’s last two series championships were won by his only son, Scott, in 1994 and 1995. On June 21, 2008, Scott was killed during the final round of qualifying in Englishtown, N.J., when his engine exploded near the finish line. Read More

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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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