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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta Dallas

Kalitta looks to take back the points lead in Dallas

Dallas Highlights: Two wins (2013, 2002); Three finals (2001, 1999, 1998); One no. 1 qualifier (2005)

Last Event Recap (St. Louis): Qualified fourth; Finalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, Brittany Force in the quarterfinals and Dom Lagana in the the semifinals, lost to Steve Torrence in the final)

2016 Dallas Recap: Qualified ninth; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, lost to Antron Brown in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “The Mac Tools team worked really hard on the off-week to get ready for these last three races. I am confident that we will have a solid setup and a great weekend at Texas Motorplex.”

Career Stats: 455 starts; 619 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); 30 round wins; second in the standings

Shawn Langdon Dallas

Langdon desires first Dallas win

Dallas Highlights: Two finals (2013, 2010); Two no.1 qualifiers (2013, 2012)

Last Event Recap (St. Louis): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Steve Torrence in the first round)

2016 Dallas Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified sixth; Semifinalist (Defeated Larry Dixon in the first round and Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals, lost to Steve Torrence in the semifinals)

Quotable: “With three races to go, we are definitely working on doing everything we can to move up in the standings and run strong with this Global Electronic Technology machine. We are probably out of the championship hunt right now, but plan on taking out some of Doug’s competitors and help him out as much as we can.”

Career Stats: 202 starts; 239 round wins; 14 wins; 28 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 16 starts; Nine round wins; 10th in the point standings

Richie Crampton Dallas

Crampton returns to the site of his most recent victory

Dallas Highlights: One win (2015)

Last Event Recap (St. Louis): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Dom Lagana in the first round)

2016 Dallas Recap (w/ MLR): Qualified eighth; First round loss (Lost to Doug Kalitta in the first round)

Quotable: “I love racing at the famous Billy Meyer Motorplex. Texas fans are great, and since it is where I scored my last win, I am excited to get back there and do it again.”

Career Stats: 76 starts; 73 round wins; Seven wins; Nine finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Four starts; One final (Charlotte-II); Three 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 Dallas

Todd looks to add Dallas FC trophy

Dallas Highlights: One win (2008); One final (2014); Two no.1 qualifiers (2014, 2007)

Last Event Recap (St. Louis): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Courtney Force in the first round)

2016 Dallas Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified fourth; Semifinalist (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round and Brittany Force the quarterfinals, lost to Antron Brown in the semifinals)

Quotable: “It’s going to be really hot this weekend and lane choice may be crucial. At this point, we have nothing to lose so we’re going to go try to run as hard as the Motorplex will allow us and hopefully leave there with some cowboy hats on Sunday.”

Career Stats: 169 starts; 167 round wins; 11 wins; 21 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 21 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 21 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins; eighth in the point standings

Alexis DeJoria Dallas

DeJoria Dallas pre-race notes

Dallas Highlights: site of DeJoria’s first career pro event in 2011

Last Event Recap (St. Louis): Qualified fourth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Cruz Pedregon in the first round, lost to Jonnie Lindberg in the quarterfinals)

2016 Dallas Recap: Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated John Force in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarterfinals)

Career Stats: 131 starts; 95 round wins; Five wins; Eight finals; Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 17 starts; One win (Brainerd); 13 round wins; 11th in the point standings 

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 9, 2017)— Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria will retire from NHRA competition following the conclusion of the 2017 season.

“It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make and I will miss everyone so much. My reasoning behind this decision is simple, it’s time for me to switch my focus towards my family,” said DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry. 

“I’ve accomplished great things throughout my NHRA career. Working with Kalitta Motorsports and driving for Connie Kalitta has been an absolute honor, the man is a legend. He’s been the best boss I could have ever hoped for as a professional nitro Funny Car pilot. I can’t say enough about Jim O [Oberhofer], Nicky [Boninfante], Tommy [DeLago] and the entire organization I’ve had the pleasure of working with these last six plus years. I got to work with and learn from the best.”

Kalitta Motorsports Vice President of Operations, Jim Oberhofer, said, “I am very proud that she is taking the time to spend with her family. I know very well how precious that time is and how easily it can get away from you. Alexis will always be a part of our Kalitta family and we wish her nothing but the best.”

DeJoria began her NHRA career in 2005, working her way up the ranks in the Super Gas, Super Comp and Top Alcohol Funny Car categories before making her professional debut at the Texas NHRA FallNationals in September 2011.

In her six-year Funny Car career, DeJoria has earned five event wins (including the prestigious U.S. Nationals), four No. 1 qualifiers, and eight final round appearances. Among her many achievements, DeJoria was the first female Funny Car pilot to break the four-second barrier, and the first woman to compete in 100 Funny Car events.

Prior to competing in the professional Funny Car category, DeJoria found success throughout each level of her Sportsman career, including winning the SportsNationals in Super Comp within the first eight months of her NHRA debut. In the Top Alcohol Funny Car category, DeJoria won both a divisional and national event, becoming the second woman in history to earn a national TAFC event title.

DeJoria plans to fight hard and collect as many round wins and Wallys as possible in the remaining three NHRA races before hanging up her helmet following the 2017 NHRA Finals in Pomona, California.

“We still have three races left,” said DeJoria, the only driver to have claimed a win in each of the Funny Car, Top Alcohol Funny Car and Super Comp categories. “By no means is it over yet. We still have a fighting and winning attitude. I’ve got a great car and an excellent team.”

“I want to thank our incredible fans and everyone who has supported our team along the way. A huge thank you to The Patrón Spirits Company, Toyota and all of our sponsors who have had our backs these years.”

Lee Applbaum, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Patrón Spirits International, said “It’s been a tremendous honor sponsoring Alexis DeJoria and her team for the past twelve years, watching her make history time and time again as one of the most accomplished female athletes in motorsports. She’s truly been an inspiration and a role model to so many, and we’re proud that our brand has been her partner throughout this amazing journey.”

Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team compete next at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, October 13-15.

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Bachata singer Romeo Santos, in collaboration with other celebrities and athletes, has managed to fill six aircrafts loaded with aid, which will be distributed to the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, the victims of Hurricane Irma in the islands and Florida, Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas and those affected by the earthquake in Mexico.

Supplies have been distributed among the Kalitta Air aircrafts, and will be carrying the aid to the affected areas. In a statement, the singer of "Heroe Favorito" said that the help he has received in his collection campaign has been so much, that unfortunately they are no longer able to accept material donations, but money. Full Story

Doug Kalitta Sunday

Kalitta advances to the Gateway final

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team advanced to the final before losing a close race to Steve Torrence at Gateway Motorsports Park earlier today.

Kalitta started his weekend with bonus points and new career-best in qualifying. It occurred in the second round of qualifying on Friday evening as Kalitta took the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster to the 1,000 foot line in 3.681 seconds, which lowered his career-best elapsed time by one thousandth of a second. Kalitta eventually qualified his Mac Tools machine in the fourth position for the stacked field.

In the first round, Kalitta faced fellow Countdown competitor Scott Palmer. Kalitta got off the line first, and that ended up giving him the win. He was on a great pass before a problem caused a massive explosion. Kalitta was only going 275mph at the line, but thanks to his starting line skills, he was still able to get the win.

After the Mac Tools team put their car back together, they came back to the line to face Brittany Force. Kalitta was ready with a .035 reaction time to give him the early advantage. Kalitta would never give it up and move on the semi-finals defeating the driver directly behind him in the point standings.

In the semi-finals, Kalitta drew the upset-minded Dom Lagana, who reached the semi-finals for the second straight weekend. Kalitta again got the jump at the line and steadily pulled away to move to his fourth final round of the year. His opponent was the man he is chasing for the title: Steve Torrence.

The final pair to the Gateway Motorsports Park surface was the duo, and Kalitta moved first at the starting line. Unfortunately it was not enough as Torrence was able to drive back around and get the win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 4 (3.681 sec., 331.85 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Palmer - 3.845 sec., 275.34 mph to 3.827 sec., 306.74 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated Force - 3.717 sec., 329.83 mph to 4.250 sec., 231.83 mph

E3: Kalitta defeated Lagana - 3.718 sec., 330.23 mph to 3.760 sec., 326.24 mph

Final: Kalitta defeated Torrence -  3.698 sec., 331.28 mph to 3.684 sec., 329.34 mph

Quotable: “Tough way to end a great race weekend for this Mac Tools Toyota team. We had a great hot rod, and just came up a little short there in the final. We still have a shot at this title and I have the best group behind me. We will put these Mac Tools to work and go some more rounds in Dallas."

Point Standings: Second; leads Brittany Force by 41 point for third, trails Steve Torrence by 42 points for first

Richie Crampton Sunday

Crampton falls in the first round

Race Recap: Richie Crampton's day ended early at the AAA Midwest Nationals as the SealMaster driver lost in the first round.

Crampton had an outstanding second qualifying pass on Friday evening. The SealMaster Toyota Top Fuel dragster blazed down Gateway Motorsports Park in 3.714 seconds at nearly 327 mph. That clinched Crampton's spot in the field, and after a little bumping in the final qualifying session, the ninth starting spot.

Crampton and his fellow Countdown spoiler, Dom Lagana, were the first pair to hit the track on Sunday morning. Crampton had an great .048 second light, but soon after the SealMaster machine hit immediate tire smoke. Lagana made a clean run to move on.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.714 sec., 326.87 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated by Lagana - 9.662 sec., 85.00 mph to 3.727 sec., 325.69 mph

Quotable: “First round losses are tough. But big picture, we had a very constructive weekend and made some gains on the performance and reliability with this SealMaster car. I am pretty excited about Dallas."

Shawn Langdon Sunday

Langdon dealt tough opening round loss

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team were unable to claim a round win earlier today in St. Louis.

Qualifying was solid for Langdon, as the Global Electronic Technology team made four passes to the line. Each pass was a 3.7 second run, but they were unable to dip into the 3.6 second range, so Langdon was forced to start from the bottom half of the field in the tenth spot. 

Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team drew the points leader, Steve Torrence, in the opening round. Langdon was solid on the tree, but the Global Electronic Technology machine started dropping cylinders. Torrence was clean to the line to score the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.726 sec., 322.04 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by Torrence - 3.675 sec., 329.58 mph to 3.675 sec., 329.58 mph 

Quotable: "We got put in a position where based on qualifying, we had to race Steve (Torrence) in the first round. He has the hottest car; he is leading the points for a reason. We did the best that we could. I felt really good about my .051 reaction time. By the early numbers, we were probably going a 3.69 or a 3.70 until it smoked the tires. We were there in case he made a mistake. Unfortunately, he didn't. He made a good run and cut a good light. It sucks, but it is what it is. At this point, we need to focus on picking up a couple spots in points. It will be real tough for us to go after the Championship. I think we make sure Doug is good, and take care of him, and do the best we can."

Point Standings: 10th; trails Scott Palmer by five points for ninth

JR Todd Sunday

Tire smoke ends Todd's day early

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL team fell in the first round at the AAA Midwest Nationals.

Todd and the DHL team did not get all they would have liked in qualifying, but the ended up with a solid 3.904 second pass in the final qualifying session which gave the DHL team a bonus point. They would earn the 10th starting spot and a draw of fellow Countdown competitor Courtney Force.

Todd got the jump at the starting line with the second best reaction time in the class in the first round, but was forced to pedal his DHL Toyota Camry early. Todd expertly pedaled, but Force made a clean run and picked up the round win on Todd. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.904 sec., 332.02 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by C. Force - 4.321 sec., 270.21 mph to 3.877 sec., 334.32 mph

Quotable: “It is very disappointing to lose in the first round. My DHL/WIX Filters guys are working hard, and they deserve to win. We will get back to the shop and get everything ready and make another run at them in Dallas."

Point Standings: Eighth; leads Tim Wilkerson by 38 points for eighth; trails Tommy Johnson Jr. by 23 points for seventh

Alexis DeJoria Sunday

DeJoria gets a St. Louis round win

Race Recap: Alexis DeJoria powered her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry down the Gateway Motorsports Park dragstrip in 3.863-seconds at 333.16-mph on Friday evening. Not only was the impressive run a career-best E.T. and speed for DeJoria, but it was enough to earn her third consecutive top-half qualifying spot.
 
As the No. 4 qualifier, DeJoria faced thirteenth qualified Cruz Pedregon in round one of eliminations. With her 3.886-sec pass, DeJoria easily defeated Pedregon's 4.063 and raced her way into the NHRA Midwest Nationals quarterfinals.
 
Round two found Team Patrón squaring off against Jonnie Lindberg. DeJoria and Lindberg ran an exciting side-by-side race, but unfortunately Team Patrón's solid 3.939-sec effort wasn’t enough to take down Lindberg’s session-best pass.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 4 (3.863 sec., 333.16 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Pedregon - 3.886 sec., 329.34 mph to 4.063 sec., 296.31 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Lindberg - 3.939 sec., 325.45 mph to 3.870 sec., 330.96 mph

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Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.753 sec. at 329.02 MPH
Q2: 3.681 sec. at 331.85 MPH
Q3: 3.718 sec. at 332.18 MPH
Q4: 3.735 sec. at 327.03 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Third best of the second session, Third best of the third session)

Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer
Quotable: “My Mac Tools team had a great qualifying here this weekend in St. Louis. I am proud of the effort and I am excited for tomorrow. I know we have a shot at the win."
Note: The 3.681 second pass in the second round of qualifying reset Doug's career-best. The 332.18 MPH in the third qualifying session reset the track MPH record. 

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Richie Crampton, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 8.453 sec. at 84.15 MPH
Q2: 3.714 sec. at 326.87 MPH
Q3: No run
Q4: 4.153 sec. at 194.49 MPH

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Dom Lagana
Quotable: "Well, we qualified well. The first round is a big spoiler matchup in round one, but the SealMaster boys are working hard and we will be ready for tomorrow."

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

Q1: 3.799 sec. at 324.28 MPH
Q2: 3.768 sec. at 277.32 MPH
Q3: 3.743 sec. at 320.13 MPH
Q4: 3.726 sec. at 322.04 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Steve Torrence
Quotable: "We have to race Steve Torrence in round one tomorrow, which is a tough draw. The Global Electronic Technology team made good runs today; we are looking to turn our Countdown around and start making ground on them."

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

Q1: 3.907 sec. at 329.34 MPH
Q2: 5.128 sec. at 146.23 MPH
Q3: 12.294 sec. at 76.01 MPH
Q4: 3.904 sec. at 332.02 MPH

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

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Courtney Force
Quotable: "We didn't qualify where we would have liked with the DHL Toyota. The night run is where you really set the field and I got it out of the groove, but we made a good run in the final qualifying session there, third best of the round. We are looking to go some rounds and make some ground on these guys ahead of us tomorrow."

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

Q1: 3.926 sec. at 325.22 MPH 
Q2: 3.863 sec. at 333.16 MPH
Q3: 4.793 sec. at 164.43 MPH
Q4: 5.265 sec. at 140.34 MPH

Starting Position: 4th

First Round Matchup: Cruz Pedregon 
Note: The 3.863 second pass and the 333.16 MPH are both new career bests for DeJoria.

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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)

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