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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug KallitaSat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 5.704 sec. at 151.80 MPH
Q2: 4.419 sec. at 187.08 MPH
Q3: 5.908 sec. at 29.23 MPH
Q44.091 sec. at 243.81 MPH

Starting Position: 12th
First Round Matchup: Brittany Force
Quotable: “Very tough conditions out here in Bristol this weekend. My Mac Tools guys are working hard and we are ready for race day."

Richie Crampton Sat 

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.626 sec. at 169.81 MPH
Q2: 4.891 sec. at 145.77 MPH
Q3: 5.090 sec. at 62.40 MPH
Q4:4.850 sec. at 152.45 MPH

Starting Position: 14th
First Round Matchup: Antron Brown
Quotable: "I have a positive outlook going into tomorrow. I have faith in Connie, Rob and all my DHL/Kalitta Air boys. We have a big first round matchup with Antron, but its anyone's racetrack out there with these conditions and heat we are dealing with."

JR Todd Sat

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

Q1: 9.184 sec. at 81.27 MPH
Q2: 4.072 sec. at 313.15 MPH
Q3: 4.404 sec. at 220.69 MPH
Q44.231 sec. at 292.46 MPH

Bonus Points:2 pts. (Second best of the second session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Del Worsham

Quotable: "Good qualifying effort by my DHL boys putting this Toyota Camry into the #2 spot. The track is slick and tricky for everybody and I think tomorrow's going to be a matter of survival depending on who can make it down the track. So far we have made some good consistent runs, and I am looking forward to tomorrow."

Noteworthy:Todd has now earned bonus points in 10 of 11 races thus far this season. He is one of only two Funny Car drivers to have accomplished that (Courtney Force).

Shawn Langdon Sat.jpg

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

Q1: 4.557 sec. at 199.67 MPH
Q2: 4.191 sec. at 299.20 MPH
Q3: 4.358 sec. at 239.40 MPH
Q44.308 sec. at 269.78 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Jack Beckman
Quotable: "We qualified 10th and have to race Jack Beckman. I cannot wait for tomorrow. I am proud of the work my Global Electronic Technology team put in this weekend, and I am glad my teammate J.R. qualified strong as well."

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta looking to add missing stat

Bristol Highlights: Three wins (2006, 2005, 2001); Three finals (2014, 2012, 2009)

Last Event Recap (Virginia NHRA Nationals): Qualified fourth; Finalist (Defeated Dan Mercier in the first round, Leah Pritchett in the quarterfinals and Richie Crampton in the semifinals, lost to Steve Torrence in the finals)

2017 Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Recap: Qualified second; First round loss (Lost to Shawn Langdon in the first round)

Quotable: “I love going to Bristol. It is such a unique track and the fans are always so excited for us to be there. We ran strong in Richmond with this Mac Tools car, and I am looking forward to the Thunder Valley Nationals and hopefully going one step further.”

Career Stats: 468 starts; 639 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 93 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Two finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond); 16 round wins; third in the standings

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

Noteworthy: Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career; Bristol is one of only two tracks currently on tour that Kalitta has yet score a no.1 qualifier (Richmond)

Richie Crampton

Crampton ready for Bristol return

Last Event Recap (Virginia NHRA Nationals): Qualified eighth; Semifinalist (Defeated Dom Lagana in the first round and Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals, lost to Doug Kalitta in the semifinals)

2017 Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “I’m very excited for our team and the way our race car is performing. I feel like Connie, Rob and my entire team are doing a fantastic job and I am very excited because I know we are going to have a very competitive car in Bristol.”

Career Stats: 88 starts; 82 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers 

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); Seven round wins; ninth in the standings

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

Shawn Langdon

Langdon looking for another Bristol trophy

Bristol Highlights: Two wins (2016, 2014)

Last Event Recap (Virginia NHRA Nationals): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Jim Campbell in the first round)

2017 Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Recap: Qualified 15th; Semifinalist (Defeated Doug Kalitta in the first round and Antron Brown in the quarterfinals, lost to Leah Pritchett in the semifinals)

Quotable: “Bristol is a great track, but it can be very tricky especially if it gets hot with the elevation. Getting down the track consistently can be key. The forecast says it is going to be hot, so it should be a good race. But it is a great venue; one of my favorite tracks on tour. I really enjoy racing at Bristol, and I look forward to get back on track this weekend with my Global Electronic Technology team.”

Career Stats: 215 starts; 254 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 10 starts; Seven round wins)

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

Noteworthy: Langdon will also compete in Super Comp this weekend

JR Todd

Todd desires some Bristol success

Last Event Recap (Virginia NHRA Nationals): Qualified fourth; Semifinalist (Defeated Bob Tasca III in the first round and Del Worsham in the quarterfinals, lost to Courtney Force in the semifinals)

2017 Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Recap: Qualified 13th; First round loss (Lost to Courtney Force in the first round)

Quotable: “I am ready to get back behind the wheel of the DHL Toyota. We are going to try to carry this momentum into a win on Father’s Day.”

Career Stats: 182 starts; 180 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 34 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 31 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 13 round wins; fifth in the point standings 

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

Doug Kalitta Sunday

Kalitta scores another final round appearance

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team earned their third final round appearance at Virginia Motorsports Park this afternoon.

Kalitta did not have the qualifying portion of the weekend he would have liked, but the Mac Tools team made it count on the clean pass they made on Friday evening, which was good enough for fourth overall.

Kalitta drew second time competitor, Canadian Dan Mercier, in the first round. The Mac Tools machine struggled down the track with dropped cylinders, however, Kalitta was able to just hold on for the round win. Next up proved to be Leah Pritchett. The Mac Tools driver got the advantage at the starting line, and never trailed. The Jim Oberhofer-tuned machine made a clean pass down the track and defeated Pritchett, who had problems the whole way.

The semi-final round was another bout with his teammate Richie Crampton; the eighth time the teammates have already faced each other this season. Kalitta moved first and struggled downtrack, but beside him, Crampton was struggling even more, and Kalitta moved to his third final round of the season.

However, a second win this season wasn't in the cards for Kalitta. He moved first, but his opponent, Steve Torrence, was able to get back around him and get the race win.

Statistics:

  • Qualified: No. 4 (3.827 sec., 320.36 mph)
  • E1: Kalitta defeated Mercier - 3.932 sec., 299.60 mph to 3.979 sec., 304.74 mph
  • E2: Kalitta defeated Pritchett - 3.817 sec., 323.89 mph to 4.023 sec., 247.02 mph
  • E3: Kalitta defeated Crampton - 4.009 sec., 274.94 mph to 5.866 sec., 136.06 mph
  • Final: Kalitta defeated by Torrence - 3.844 sec., 309.56 mph to 3.812 sec., 322.96 mph

Quotable:“It was a great weekend for the Mac Tools team. We almost picked up that second win of the season. This track was great all weekend, and I cannot thank the Franklin family enough. I am excited to get to Bristol and see if we can get the win there."

Point Standings: Third; leads Tony Schumacher by 24 points for sixth; trails Clay Millican by 54 points for second

JR Todd Sunday

Todd earns another semi-final finish

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team earned two more round wins today at the Virginia NHRA Nationals outside of Richmond, Va.

Todd had a great qualifying effort with his DHL Camry as Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith tuned Todd to three clean passes. The final pass earned Todd a bonus point for the ninth race of the first ten to start the season. His best, a 4.042, seeded Todd fourth on the final qualifying sheet and a first round draw of Bob Tasca for the second straight weekend.

This time, Todd got the best of Tasca. It was not a clean pass for the DHL driver, but a 4.428 second run was more than enough to take out Tasca's 10-second pass. 

Todd advanced to the quarterfinals and drew fellow Toyota Racing driver Del Worsham, who was making his return to competition. This time, Todd and the DHL team were able to make a clean pass, and Todd advanced to the semi-finals or better for the fourth time this year. 

In the semi-finals, Todd came up against points leader Courtney Force. It was a close race all the way down the track, but a dropped cylinder proved too much for Todd to overcome, and Force picked up the win.

 Statistics:

  • Qualified: No. 4 (4.042 sec., 310.55 mph) 
  • E1: Todd defeated Tasca - 4.428 sec., 216.79 mph to 10.211 sec., 78.20 mph
  • E2: Todd defeated Worsham - 4.074 sec., 317.87 mph to 7.564 sec., 106.24 mph
  • E3: Todd defeated by C. Force - 4.115 sec., 302.28 mph to 4.067 sec., 310.84 mph

Quotable:"Not the end result we wanted, but all-in-all a good weekend for this DHL/WIX Filters team. Going to the semi-final round like that is what it takes to compete for a championship as the year goes on. We are making gains on it; I am happy with the way things are going."

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Ron Capps by 39 points by sixth; trails Matt Hagan by 18 points for fourth

Richie Crampton Sunday

Crampton scores semi-final result

Race Recap: Richie Crampton and the Kalitta Air team advanced to the semi-finals at Crampton's first attempt at the Virginia Motorsports Park.

Crampton and the Kalitta Air dragster made their best qualifying pass on Friday evening. His 3.863 second lap was good enough to keep Crampton inside the top half for the remainder of the weekend, giving the Kalitta Air driver lane choice in the first round over part-time competitor Dom Lagana. 

Crampton and and Lagana were the first pair to see the Virginia Motorsports Park surface on Sunday. The Kalitta Air driver moved first slightly and that proved important in a close race all the way down the track. The Kalitta Air machine outran Lagana's dragster by one thousandth of a second, and coupled with Crampton's slight advantage at the tree was able to score the win by about three feet.

That run moved Crampton to the quarterfinals and a draw of Tony Schumacher, who started from the first spot and had a bye in the first round. Crampton and Schumacher had identical reaction times, but the Kalitta Air tune-up proved critical as the Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn-led machine slowly pulled away from Schumacher and scored the round win at the stripe.

Crampton returned to the semi-finals for the second time this season, and for the eighth time this year, saw his teammate Doug Kalitta in the lane beside him. Unfortunately for Crampton, the Kalitta Air machine hit near-immediate tire smoke and Kalitta skated away for the win.

Statistics:

  • Qualified: No. 8 (3.863 sec., 314.46 mph) 
  • E1: Crampton defeated Lagana - 3.879 sec., 317.19 mph to 3.880 sec., 322.27 mph
  • E2: Crampton defeated Schumacher - 3.805 sec., 316.01 mph to 3.823 sec., 315.93 mph
  • E3: Crampton defeated by Kalitta - 5.866 sec., 136.06 mph to 4.009 sec., 274.94 mph

Quotable:“I’m pretty pleased with my Kalitta Air/DHL Toyota team. We’re really happy to get some more of those valuable round wins and making some ground back up in the championship. We knew we were going to have a good race on our hands with Tony Schumacher in the second round. It’s never easy to beat DSR, but my guys did an awesome job with the race car and we were able to get that win. That was pretty big and it put a little extra spring in our step. I think it’s going to equate to more round wins in the near future. I’m excited for Bristol where we will likely see some similar conditions – hot with a greasy race track. I’m pretty happy with the outlook for next weekend and can’t wait to get down there."

Shawn Langdon Sun

Langdon falls early in Virginia

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team suffered a first round loss at the return to Virginia Motorsports Park.

Langdon made a good pass in the second qualifying session on Friday evening on the new surface as the Global Electronic Technology Camry blazed the track in 4.080 seconds. That seeded Langdon among the top ten qualifiers for the fourth straight race. The ninth seeded driver took on the eighth seeded Jim Campbell in the first round.The duo was the final pair to see the track in the first round. Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology Camry got a big jump on the starting line, but as Langdon was speeding away, the machine started hazing the tires. Campbell was able to drive around and got to the stripe first. 

Statistics:

  • Qualified: No. 9 (4.080 sec., 315.78 mph) 
  • E1: Langdon defeated by Campbell - 4.461 sec., 230.02 mph to 4.210 sec., 301.40 mph

Quotable: "We were on a good pass and it just smoked the tires. Credit to the Virginia Motorsports Park and their staff; they provided a excellent race surface, a great facility and the fans were awesome. I am looking forward to coming back. It just sucks to lose first round. We will head to Bristol next week and try to improve." 

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Cruz Pedregon by seven points for 10th; trails John Force by seven points for eighth

Doug Kalitta Saturday

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 6.456 sec. at 110.13 MPH
Q2: 3.827 sec. at 320.36 MPH
Q3: 4.814 sec. at 159.32 MPH
Q44.131 sec. at 218.51 MPH

Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Dan Mercier
Quotable: “It is great to be back in Virginia, and these fans have really packed the place. We were looking for more in qualifying, but still ended up with a solid spot on the ladder. My Mac Tools guys are working hard and we will be ready for tomorrow."

Richie Crampton Saturday

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 5.515 sec. at 119.16 MPH
Q2: 3.863 sec. at 314.46 MPH
Q3: 6.384 sec. at 97.16 MPH
Q45.076 sec. at 137.50 MPH

Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Dom Lagana

Quotable: "I don't have to race Doug in the first round, which is good. But it is nice to be in the top half. Great job to my Kalitta Air guys. It has been hot and tricky, but the outlook is positive for race day."

JR Todd Saturday

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

Q1: 4.410 sec. at 210.21 MPH
Q2: 4.042 sec. at 310.55 MPH
Q3: 4.187 sec. at 271.13 MPH
Q44.059 sec. at 316.15 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the final session)
Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Bob Tasca III
Quotable: "Other than Q1, we have made some really good runs with the DHL/WIX Filters Toyota Camry. I feel like if we run like we did in Q4, we definitely have a chance of coming out of here with a Wally."
Noteworthy: Todd has now earned bonus points in nine of ten races thus far this season. He is one of only two Funny Car drivers to have accomplished that (Courtney Force).

Shawn Langdon Saturday

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

Q1: No time; center line violation by competitor
Q2: 4.080 sec. at 315.78 MPH
Q3: 6.909 sec. at 96.69 MPH
Q44.924 sec. at 160.94 MPH

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Jim Campbell
Quotable: "We had a decent car in qualifying. We still have some work to do with the Global Electronic Technology Camry. It is a great track; the people with Virginia Motorsports Park did a great job putting the concrete down. It is smooth; its just hot. We have not seen 130-degree track temperatures this year. So we are working on the set-up for it. I feel like we have made progress on it and we can make competitive runs. We will see what we can do for tomorrow

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta looking for another Richmond victory

Richmond Highlights: One win (2007)

Last Event Recap (JEGS Route 66 Nationals):Qualified eighth; Semifinalist (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round and Luigi Novelli in the quarterfinals, lost to Clay Millican in the semifinals)

Quotable:“I am ready to get to Richmond. They have a new surface and fans that are excited for us to get there. My Mac Tools team is ready, and we are looking for a win this weekend.”

Career Stats:467 starts; 636 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 93 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season:One Win (Pomona-I); Two finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I); 13 round wins; fifth in the standings

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

Noteworthy:Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career; Kalitta is the only current Top Fuel driver with a win in Richmond

Richie Crampton

Crampton excited for first Richmond event

Last Event Recap (JEGS Route 66 Nationals):Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Blake Alexander in the first round) 

Quotable:“It is looking like a good weekend. The race car is responding and the team are doing a great job as always, so I cannot wait to get on the new track surface in Richmond.” 

Career Stats:87 starts; 80 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season:One win (Gainesville); Five round wins; 10th in the standings

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

Shawn Langdon

Langdon and his team are ready for Richmond

Last Event Recap (JEGS Route 66 Nationals):Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round, lost to Ron Capps in the quarterfinals) 

Quotable:“I am just looking forward to getting back to Richmond. I only have raced there once, and they have gone through a lot of changes since then. We have made a lot of progress with the Global Electronic Technology Camry. I am excited we have several races in a row to keep this momentum going. We are looking for big things at Richmond this weekend.”

Career Stats:214 starts; 254 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Nine starts; Seven round wins)

2018 Season:Nine starts; Seven round wins; ninth in the standings

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

Noteworthy:Langdon has made one start at Richmond in the 2009 season

JR Todd

Todd ready for the return to Richmond

Last Event Recap (JEGS Route 66 Nationals):Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Bob Tasca III in the first round) 

Quotable:“We have a really good DHL Toyota right now and I am anxious to get back in the seat this weekend and redeem myself from last Sunday.”

Career Stats:181 starts; 178 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 33 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 29 round wins)

2018 Season:Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 11 round wins; fifth in the point standings 

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

Noteworthy:Todd has made three starts at Virginia Motorsports Park from 2006-2008.

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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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