Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Vegas Sat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.764 sec. at 324.83 MPH
Q2: 6.400 sec. at 105.99 MPH
Q3: 6.629 sec. at 139.49 MPH
Q4: 3.735 sec. at 323.19 MPH

Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer

Quotable: “Very solid finish to qualifying for this Mac Tools team! We are excited for tomorrow and hope to run all day and deliver Mac Tools and Toyota a big win." 

Shawn Vegas Sat

Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 5.182 sec. at 131.66 MPH
Q2: 3.742 sec. at 319.98 MPH
Q3: 3.799 sec. at 316.67 MPH
Q4: 10.556 sec. at 92.04 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the second session)

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Antron Brown

Quotable: "We had a good car in qualifying. We just missed it on that last pass, but we were really going for it. Tough matchup in the first round with Antron. This is our opportunity to do our job as a teammate for Doug and get him in a good position to run for that championship."

Richie Vegas Sat

Richie Crampton, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 9.863 sec. at 77.09 MPH
Q2: No run; mechanical problem
Q3: 3.859 sec. at 252.61 MPH
Q4: 3.779 sec. at 301.60 MPH

Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Terry McMillen

Quotable: "I am pretty happy with our qualifying effort. We made some good runs in the heat. The way the ladder is we should be able to help our teammates out. I am pretty excited with our SealMaster team going into tomorrow."

JR Vegas Sat

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

Q1: 4.177 sec. at 247.97 MPH
Q2: 3.884 sec. at 319.98 MPH
Q3: 4.414 sec. at 199.08 MPH
Q4: 4.688 sec. at 174.68 MPH

Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Del Worsham

Quotable: "Good thing we had a good run last night in this DHL Toyota Camry. It set us up good for qualifying although we have our buddy Del in the first round which we didn't want. Other than that we struggled in qualifying. Tonight it put a cylinder out really early on in the run. We are going to make some changes for first round tomorrow and hopefully that sets us up to get four win lights." 

Alexis Vegas Sat

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.807 sec. at 168.66 MPH 
Q2: 3.927 sec. at 326.71 MPH
Q3: 6.588 sec. at 100.39 MPH
Q4: 3.926 sec. at 323.04 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Cruz Pedregon

Doug Kalitta Vegas 2

Kalitta plans on scoring another Vegas trophy

Las Vegas Highlights: Two wins (Fall 2015, Fall 2004); Four finals (Spring 2014, Fall 2007, Spring 2005, Spring 2003); Two no. 1 qualifiers (Spring 2005, Spring 2003)

Last Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified fourth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Kebin Kinsley in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarterfinals)

2016 Toyota Nationals Recap: Qualified third; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “My Mac Tools team and I are really excited about getting to Vegas. We have a strong setup and always run well there. I know we will have a car to compete. Hopefully we can get the win and close the gap in the standings.”

Career Stats: 456 starts; 620 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 Stats: One win (Charlotte-II); Four finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk, Charlotte-II, St. Louis); Two no.1 qualifiers (Norwalk, Charlotte-II); 31 round wins; third in the standings

Shawn Langdon Vegas 2

Langdon wants to build off of final round appearance in Vegas

Las Vegas Highlights: Two no.1 qualifiers (Fall 2013, Spring 2009 - First Career No.1 qualifier)

Last Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified seventh; Finalist (Defeated Clay Millican in the first round, Terry Haddock in the quarterfinals and Antron Brown in the semifinals, lost to Brittany Force in the finals)

2016 Toyota Nationals Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified eighth; First round loss (Lost to J.R. Todd in the first round)

Quotable: “We are excited to get to Las Vegas with this Global Electronic Technology team after our good weekend in Dallas. Hopefully we can carry that momentum into the last two races. Kalitta Motorsports has run strong there in the past and my plan is the continue that run of success there to the winners circle. It will also be a cool weekend with testing the Funny Car on Monday. I am excited about that too, but we will take this weekend one day at at time.”

Career Stats: 203 starts; 242 round wins; 14 wins; 29 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 17 starts; One final (Dallas); 12 round wins; eighth in the point standings

Noteworthy: Langdon plans to make his first laps in a nitro Funny Car on Monday after the completion of the Toyota Nationals

Richie Crampton Vegas 2

Crampton looking for second Vegas win

Las Vegas Highlights: One win (Spring 2015)

Last Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified eighth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Billy Torrence in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

2016 Toyota Nationals Recap (w/ MLR): Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Steve Torrence in the first round)

Quotable: “Definitely going to try and get another win in Vegas this weekend. It is a big race race for me and the SealMaster Toyota team with it being the Toyota Nationals. My plan is to defend for Doug and Shawn and continue to help them in the Countdown.”

Career Stats: 77 starts; 74 round wins; Seven wins; Nine finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

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

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports prior to the U.S. Nationals to drive for SealMaster Top Fuel dragster for the remainder of the season; Crampton is the 2014 NHRA Auto Club Road to the Future winner; In 2015, Crampton earned five wins and finished third in the final point standings

JR Todd Vegas 2

Despite much Vegas success, Todd looking for first win on The Strip

Las Vegas Highlights: Three finals (Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2006); Two no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2015, Fall 2014)

Last Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified 14th; First round loss (Lost to Jack Beckman in the first round)

2016 Toyota Nationals Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified ninth; Finalist (Defeated Shawn Langdon in the first round, Clay Millican in the quarterfinals and Antron Brown in the semifinals, lost to Steve Torrence in the finals)

Quotable: “The Strip is one of my favorite tracks on tour and Kalitta Motorsports always seems to run well there. I’m hoping to get there and rip off a win and finish the year strong.”

Career Stats: 170 starts; 167 round wins; 11 wins; 21 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 22 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 22 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins; ninth in the point standings

Alexis Vegas 2

DeJoria Las Vegas pre-race notes

Las Vegas Highlights: Two wins (Spring 2016, Spring 2014)

Last Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Bob Tasca III in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarterfinals)

2016 Toyota Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Courtney Force in the first round)

Career Stats: 132 starts; 96 round wins; Five wins; Eight finals; Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 18 starts; One win (Brainerd); 14 round wins; 11th in the point standings

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Langdon earns his first Kalitta final round appearance

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team advanced to their first final round of the season.

Langdon, who began the weekend with the huge announcement about his move to Funny Car, had two nice runs in qualifying on Friday that secured the Global Electronic Technology team a spot in the top half. They decided to sit out the final session of qualifying as Sunday's weather forecast was much different than the conditions we had seen thus far. 

The conditions proved to play right into the hands of Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn. In the first round, Langdon faced a tough draw of record holder Clay Millican. Langdon would have issues down track, but Millican's were much more severe and the Global Electronic Technology team would move to the quarterfinals, where they were handed a gift: a bye run, after Terry Haddock could not make the call. Langdon would smoke the tires, but by taking the tree moved to the semi-finals.

In the semis, reigning champion Antron Brown was in the other lane. They left with identical reaction times, but the Global Electronic Technology team made the right setup call and was able to drive to the final. It was Langdon's first final round as a member of Team Kalitta and 29th of his career. 

Connie Kalitta was the fourth owner Langdon had delivered a final round appearance to (Morgan Lucas, Alan Johnson, Don Schumacher). 

In the final, Langdon came up against Brittany Force. Langdon got the jump at the tree with a stellar .048 second reaction time, and was ahead all the way to the eighth mile. Shortly after, Force was able to drive around and score the win by one thousandth of a second. 

Qualified: No. 7 (3.748 sec., 320.13 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Millican - 3.993 sec., 219.54 mph to 8.830 sec., 83.31 mph 

E2: Langdon defeated Haddock - 5.862 sec., 105.23 mph to no run

E3: Langdon defeated Brown - 3.702 sec., 322.88 mph to 3.716 sec., 326.71 mph

Final: Langdon defeated by Force - 3.693 sec., 326.56 mph to 3.681 sec., 326.87 mph 

Quotable: "The guys did a fantastic job in giving me a great race car. I had all the confidence. I felt good on the tree and we stepped it up in the finals. Unfortunately, we came up one-thousandth short. Brittany did a great job. If you had told me before the final that I would go .048 and 3.69, I would have liked my chances. They were just one thou better. It stings a little bit, but I’m just proud of this whole Global Electronic Technology Toyota team for fighting hard. They fought hard all day and gave me a great race car.  My plan is to win the next two – that’s my goal.”

Point Standings: Eighth; leads Terry McMillen by 46 points for ninth, trails Clay Millican by 75 points for seventh

Doug Kalitta SundayKalitta loses in a close second round race 

Kalitta loses in a close second round race

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team were defeated in a close second round race with Brittany Force.

Kalitta had another top five starting spot in qualifying with a solid 3.704 at 330.07mph, which held for top speed of the event in Top Fuel. He started from the fourth spot and drew Texan Kebin Kinsley.

Kalitta and the Mac Tools team ran late in the session and Kalitta was on a straight shot to the second round before a quick flash at the finish line. The Mac Tools driver held on for the win and moved into the quarterfinals. 

Brittany Force was the draw in the quarterfinals for the second straight race. Force and Kalitta left together, and Kalitta's Mac Tools machine made a good pass but Force was a little better and was able to get around Kalitta for the win.

Qualified: No. 4 (3.704 sec., 330.07 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Kinsley - 3.867 sec., 262.28 mph to 10.303 sec., 69.81 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Force - 3.739 sec., 323.43 mph to 3.719 sec., 326.56 mph

Quotable: “We were looking for more today with the Mac Tools team. It stinks to end the day early, but we are not out of it yet. We will go to Vegas and try to get the win there."

Point Standings: Third; leads Antron Brown by 29 point for fourth, trails Brittany Force by 19 points for second

Richie Crampton Sealmaster

Crampton takes SealMaster team to the quarterfinal

Race Recap: Richie Crampton claimed a round win for the SealMaster team in Texas today.

Crampton had two qualifying passes and he was especially stout in the Friday evening session to solidly give him a top half starting spot. 

Crampton was the first pair on the track for the third straight race. This time, he raced Billy Torrence. Crampton got the jump in his SealMaster Toyota and blazed down the track with a career-best pass at 3.683 seconds. That would be tied for the best elapsed time of the first round. 

In the quarterfinals, he raced Billy's son, the points leader, Steve Torrence. Crampton had another good pass, but Torrence was ahead early. However, right before the finish line, Torrence lost a tire. He was able to just beat the SealMaster machine to the line before a vicious crash. Torrence would walk away uninjured. 

Qualified: No. 8 (3.749 sec., 294.88 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated B. Torrence - 3.683 sec., 326.79 mph to 3.726 sec., 326.95 mph

E2: Crampton defeated by S. Torrence - 3.711 sec., 325.53 mph to 3.724 sec., 302.62 mph

Quotable: “We qualified strong and then put down two good runs on race day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough to get by Torrence, but I’m glad he’s ok. All-in-all, this SealMaster Toyota is looking good heading to the Toyota Nationals and it’s not over yet. We’re going to continue to try to do our job and play spoiler for Doug and Shawn and try to go some more rounds. To have the quickest ET of the first session shows the quality of this team. These guys have what it takes and I’m pretty excited to get to Vegas.”

JR Todd Sunday Dallas

Todd loses a wild first round race

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team had a forgettable weekend at Texas Motorplex. 

The Yella Fellas faced a mechanical problem in the first pass of qualifying which forced them to abort the run, and the Friday evening session did not go much better. They were able to make two clean solid passes on Saturday, but with most of the field setting their spots on Friday night, Todd was only able to get to the 14th starting spot.

That meant a tough draw in the first round: Jack Beckman. Todd got four hundredths of a second on the starting line, but encountered trouble. Beckman also had issues, which resulted in a wild pedal fest. Unfortunately for Todd, Beckman got to the stripe first and Todd's day ended in the first round. 

Qualified: No. 14 (3.992 sec., 318.84 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Beckman - 5.140 sec., 109.78 mph to 4.590 sec., 229.70 mph

Quotable: “Not the weekend we were looking for with this DHL Toyota. It was a tricky track to deal with and we got behind. Then today, everyone was struggling to get down it. But we will go to Vegas and try to win the last two."

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Cruz Pedregon by 71 points for 10th; trails Tim Wilkerson by seven points for eighth

Alexis DeJoria Dallas Sat

DeJoria claims a Texas round win

Race Recap: Alexis DeJoria qualified ninth for her seventh running of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, and faced Bob Tasca III in the first round of eliminations on Sunday morning. DeJoria made a solid run of 3.933-seconds at 329.83-mph in her ‘pinked out’ Breast Cancer Awareness Toyota Camry, and swiftly defeated Tasca’s 4.444 E.T.
Team Patrón lined up next to Robert Hight in the quarterfinals. Both cars put up good numbers, but a broken clutch lever caused the Patrón Camry to slow and cross the stripe in 3.945-secs, falling to Hight’s 3.855.
A win at the Texas Motorplex would have been the cherry on top of a momentous career for DeJoria, who recently announced her retirement. It was at the Ennis, Texas track where DeJoria licensed in a nitro Funny Car, made her professional debut, and met her husband. Despite not making it into the Texas Motorplex Winner’s Circle and earning one of the event’s coveted black cowboy hats, DeJoria did not leave the track empty handed. During Sunday’s pre-race ceremonies, she was presented with a custom white cowboy hat, honoring DeJoria for her NHRA career.  

Qualified: No. 9 (3.947 sec., 319.67 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Tasca III - 3.933 sec., 329.83 mph to 4.444 sec., 209.82 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Hight - 3.945 sec., 329.83 mph to 3.865 sec., 331.77 mph


Doug Kalitta Dallas Sat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.183 sec. at 206.01 MPH
Q2: 3.704 sec. at 330.07 MPH
Q3: 5.957 sec. at 116.09 MPH
Q4: 5.163 sec. at 139.72 MPH

Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Kebin Kinsley

Quotable: “Not the consistency we were looking for with the Mac Tools team, but tomorrow is going to be completely different weather wise. I am completely confident in my Mac Tools team, and I know we will be ready for race day!"

Shawn Langdon Dallas Sat

Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.831 sec. at 282.48 MPH
Q2: 3.748 sec. at 320.13 MPH
Q3: 6.139 sec. at 116.54 MPH
Q4: No run

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Clay Millican

Quotable: "We had a good qualifying effort with these Global Electronic Technology guys. Our goal tomorrow is to go rounds tomorrow so we can move up in the standings and help Doug out as much as we can."

Richie Crampton Dallas Sat

Richie Crampton, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 19.086 sec. at no speed 
Q2: 3.714 sec. at 326.87 MPH
Q3: No run
Q4: No run

Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Billy Torrence

Quotable: "We did exactly what we wanted to do in the Friday evening session with this SealMaster team. Weather conditions are going to be so different tomorrow and I feel confident we will have a solid tune-up in our machine."

JR Todd Dallas Sat

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

Q1: No run; mechanical malfunction
Q2: 9.019 sec. at 72.79 MPH
Q3: 4.006 sec. at 322.42 MPH
Q4: 3.992 sec. at 318.84 MPH

Starting Position: 14th
First Round Matchup: Jack Beckman

Quotable: "We just missed on Friday night qualifying. It is hot and this place is slick and so it affected our position on the ladder. We made two pretty good runs today. It is just hard to improve when it is that hot out there. Tomorrow is going to have totally different weather conditions. We have a tough draw, but we will race hard."

Alexis DeJoria Dallas Sat

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 10.107 sec. at 82.23 MPH 
Q2: 3.947 sec. at 319.67 MPH
Q3: 4.716 sec. at 176.60 MPH
Q4: 4.004 sec. at 324.05 MPH

Starting Position: 9th

First Round Matchup: Bob Tasca III


DALLAS (October 13th, 2017) - Kalitta Motorsports announced today that 2013 Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon will make the move to the Funny Car class for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. His current primary sponsor, Global Electronic Technology, will make the move with him and back his Toyota Camry Funny Car.

“I am definitely excited about this new adventure,” said Langdon. “I am very thankful to Steve & Samantha Bryson and everyone at Global Electronic Technology for standing behind me as a driver and everyone at Team Kalitta for giving me this opportunity.”

Langdon will lean on teammate J.R. Todd, who moved from Top Fuel to Funny Car prior to this season.

“I am a little nervous because I feel like I will be starting from square one. Funny Car is very new to me,” said Langdon. “I am going to work with J.R. on everything that he has learned on the Funny Car side and look to continue to grow as a driver.”

Langdon has spent most of his life achieving success in the drag racing world. When he made his NHRA professional debut in a Top Fuel dragster in 2009, Langdon was already a champion as he owned both National Junior Dragster and National Super Comp titles. In 2013, he added a U.S. Nationals win to his list of accolades and finished the year with the Top Fuel championship. In his 202 career starts, Langdon has scored 14 race wins, 18 no. 1 qualifiers and 239 round wins. Langdon will have the opportunity to become the 17th driver in NHRA history to hold trophies in both nitro classes and just the fourth to have Top Fuel and Funny Car championship titles.

“We are really excited about Shawn making the switch over to Funny Car. It was a no brainer for us; very similar to the decision to put J.R. in the DHL Toyota,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “That team competes to win races and championships. Shawn is a very talented driver, and we know he will achieve much success in the 2018 season. We are thrilled and thankful that Steve & Samantha Bryson and Global Electronic Technology agreed with this decision and are excited about next season.”

Global Electronic Technology joined Team Kalitta as Langdon’s primary backer beginning earlier this season in Houston and announced an extension to their deal for the 2018 season at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Based in Torrance, CA, Global Electronic Technology has over a quarter century of expertise in the payment processing industry. The Global Electronic Technology team is committed to setting the standard by delivering the most advanced technological packages in the payment processing industry, which makes their team one of the most knowledgeable in the world.

“Were it not for the fine crew of Kalitta Motorsports and my own team at Global Electronic Technology, we would not be where we are today,” said Steve Bryson, CEO and Founder, Global Electronic Technology. “I cannot express my happiness and gratitude enough for my second childhood in auto racing with the finest people in America.”

Langdon’s Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car will be tuned by 2015 championship co-crew chief Nicky Bonfinante and 2011 titleist Tommy DeLago. Todd’s DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car will continue to be led by the championship winning duo of Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith.

The remainder of the 2018 season plans for Kalitta Motorsports will be announced at a later date.

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (896)
2. Clay Millican (786)
3. Tony Schumacher (760)
4. Doug Kalitta (717)
5. Leah Pritchett (663)
6. Antron Brown (588)
7. Terry McMillen (552)
7. Brittany Force (552)
9. Scott Palmer (461)
10. Mike Salinas (421)
11. Richie Crampton (418)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Courtney Force (937)
2. Jack Beckman (736)
3. Robert Hight (717)
4. J.R. Todd (694)
5. Ron Capps (693)
6. Matt Hagan (669)
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. (611)
8. Cruz Pedregon (508)
9. John Force (502)
10. Bob Tasca III (500)
11. Shawn Langdon (493)