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Kalitta Motorsports News

Jr wins Houston

Todd earns back-to-back wins for the first time in his career

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters Toyota team scored their second straight win today at the NHRA SpringNationals in Baytown, Texas.Todd had three solid qualifying passes on the track's new surface. His best, a 3.989, came in the final session and gave Todd the 10th starting spot and a tough first round opponent of Tommy Johnson Jr., who had joined Todd in the Funny Car final in Las Vegas.Todd was able to get over three hundredths on the starting line. With overcast conditions, Todd's crew chiefs, Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith, gave Todd his best run of the weekend to that point. The 3.955 second pass moved Todd to the second round over Johnson Jr. That run moved Todd to the quarterfinals and a draw of the upset minded Jeff Diehl, who scored his first round win of the season in the opening round. Todd again got the advantage, and was skating away when Diehl had problems, giving Todd the win. The round win advanced Todd to the semifinals with Tim Wilkerson in the other lane. Wilkerson came to the starting line after Todd in a rush. Todd did not lose focus, and was ready to go at the tree. He left first and sped away from Wilkerson, who was up in tire smoke shortly after the starting line. Todd moved to his first career back-to-back finals in the Funny Car class. In the other lane was last season's champion Robert Hight. The duo left together, but Todd had the advantage at the 60 foot line. Todd's DHL Toyota Camry pulled steadily ahead and crossed the line first, giving Todd back-to-back wins for the first time in his career.He became the third driver in track history to own Top Fuel and Funny Car race wins, and secured Kalitta Motorsports' best start in team history with four wins in the first five races. 

Statistics: Qualified: No. 10 (3.989 sec., 308.85 mph) E1: Todd defeated Johnson Jr. - 3.955 sec., 321.73 mph to 3.989 sec., 309.49 mphE2: Todd defeated Diehl - 3.985 sec., 309.70 mph to 9.175 sec., 4.827 mph E3: Todd defeated Wilkerson - 4.017 sec., 309.06 mph to 6.604 sec., 145.45 mph Final: Todd defeated Hight - 3.955 sec., 313.29 mph to 3.993 sec., 308.14 mph

Quotable:

Opening thoughts:"I just want to keep riding the wave. I don’t think I’ve even back final rounds before this. To come here and win, that just shows that winning the Four-Wide wasn’t a fluke and that we’re capable of winning races. The Four-Wide is a bit of a novelty, its just not your standard race. I knew coming here that the track was going to be a factor and that could play into our hands. When you got down to the asphalt today, it blew the tires off. I thought to myself ‘guys can’t just go out there and throw down’. Our competitors got their stuff running well early, while we were struggling a bit. I wasn’t doubting ourselves in the final by any means. I thought if I could leave on him or even with him that would could run with him and that if we just ran like we have been that we had a pretty good shot of winning. I thought they’d run a little better than they did, though."

What does mean to be starting the season so strong? "It’s nice to have this much momentum early in the season. We really struggled early last year and really didn’t start to put things together around the Western Swing in July last year. We started to pick up momentum at Denver. It’s nice for Kalitta Motorsports as a whole to come out swinging like we are. Winning races definitely makes Connie (Kalitta) happy and it just keeps team morale up."

Thoughts on moving up to third in the championship? "It’s nice to be moving up in the points the way we are. It seems like every year that I’ve been out here competing for the Countdown that I’m always around the cut line. It would be nice if we can keep this going and stay up there in the top five."

How does it feel to win four times in the last 15 races?  "I’m just happy to get a win no matter what the number. We show up every week trying to win the race. We’ll take them anyway we can get them. Today was really just a matter of survival. I was just lucky enough to turn on four win lights again."

How does it feel to be a part of the team's best start in its history since 1959:  "To me, not including myself, I feel that we have the best drivers out here in Shawn (Langdon), Dougie (Kalitta) and Richie (Crampton) and they’re all my buddies. We can bounce information off each other and we always have each other’s back. We want to see each other do well. It’s awesome to work with a team like Kalitta Motorsports. All the crew chiefs work well together and that’s a key to our success this year, especially in Funny Cars. Shawn and I have the same driving styles and it’s helped our program a lot."

Tell us about your qualifying struggles this weekend: "We couldn’t get our car to run well early because you really need to apply the power before you got down to the asphalt part of the racetrack because you knew it was going to spin the tires and there’s really nothing you can do about it. So we didn’t qualify as well as we wanted to, but we did go down the track clean in three out of four runs. We just missed it on Friday night and we’re getting to that point in the season where night runs are crucial just to get your qualifying spot. I feel the runs we made during the day in the heat helped us more for today."

After 29 races since moving over from Top Fuel are you officially a Funny Car driver now? "I guess. My fire suit is dirty and my hands are dirty and I’m still driving it all over the place, so I’m trying to be a Funny Car driver.

Is this early run surpassing your expectations? "For sure. I didn’t expect to have this much success early in the season. Looking back on last year, as bad as we were doing I was pretty hard on myself. I feel like I’m in a lot better position this year than I was last year."

Point Standings: Third; leads Courtney Force by five points by fourth; trails Matt Hagan by 16 points for second

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Kalitta earns round win in Baytown

Recap: Doug Kalitta earned a round win and was the top speed at this weekend's NHRA event in Baytown. The Mac Tools team started with a great run to earn three bonus points in the first session of qualifying. Kalitta would improve to a 3.748 second pass, but tire smoke in the best conditions on Friday night led to a seventh place starting spot and for the fourth time in five events, a first round draw of his teammate, Richie Crampton. 

Kalitta and Crampton were the final pair to see the Texas track, but Kalitta was able to score the win immediately after his teammate went early. Kalitta still had a great 3.738 second pass that would give him lane choice over the reigning champion Brittany Force in the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, Kalitta got a three hundredths advantage on the starting line, but Force was able to drive back around and score the round win. 

Statistics: Qualified: No. 7 (3.748 sec., 319.07 mph)E1: Kalitta defeated Crampton - 3.738 sec., 329.02 mph to foulE2: Kalitta defeated by B. Force - 3.819 sec., 309.27 mph to 3.739 sec., 302.08 mph

Quotable :“Solid weekend for the Mac Tools team, but we are always look for more success on the race track. I am excited we have another race next weekend, so we will head to Charlotte and see if we can pick up the win there."

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Leah Pritchett by 20 points for sixth; trails Clay Millican by five points for fourth

Richie Crampton Houston

Tough end to Crampton's Texas weekend

Race Recap: Richie Crampton's Baytown weekend came to an early end in the first round.Crampton started with a solid 3.824 second pass that nearly earned the Kalitta Air driver bonus points in the first session. Crampton continued on, and eventually made clean passes in three of the four attempts in qualifying. His efforts gave him the 10th starting spot. Unfortunately for Crampton, he drew his teammate, Doug Kalitta, for the fourth time in five races to start the season. Crampton was ready for the challenge, but unfortunately, the light turned red in Crampton's lane, which ended the race for the Australian native. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.766 sec., 314.02 mph) E1: Crampton defeated by Kalitta - Foul to 3.738 sec., 329.02 mph

Quotable:“I am looking forward to Charlotte. I knew I had to get up for Doug today, and somehow my foot said go before my brain did. I beat myself up as a driver going red. I definitely want to redeem myself and I am glad I can do that in less than a week."

Point Standings:Eighth; leads Terry McMillen by seven points for ninth; trails Brittany Force by 23 points for seventh

Shawn Langdon Sunday Houston

Langdon suffers tough first round loss

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team fell in the first round of the SpringNationals this afternoon.Langdon had his best run in qualifying in the final pass on Saturday. He was the 11th driver to make a three second run on the new Baytown track surface. There was major shuffling in the final session and after the dust settled, Langdon's Global Electronic Technology Camry earned the 11th starting spot and a first round draw of Tim Wilkerson. This was the first time that Wilkerson and Langdon came up to the line together. Langdon recorded the third-best reaction time of the first round and had over four hundredths on Wilkerson on the line. However, the Global Electronic Technology Camry had problems shortly after. Langdon pedaled, but Wilkerson was able to get away and score the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.994 sec., 297.94 mph) E1: Langdon defeated by Wilkerson - 7.418 sec., 93.67 mph to 4.351 sec., 283.85 mph

Quotable: "I am not sure why it smoked the tires. I felt after Saturday that we had a good car, and we were not really trying to get after it; not enough to smoke the tires. We will go through it and figure out what happened. The Global Electronic Technology team will regroup and head to Charlotte."

Point Standings: Eighth; leads Jonnie Lindberg by 16 points for ninth; trails Ron Capps by 52 points for seventh

 

Doug Kalitta sat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.772 sec. at 320.05 MPH
Q2: 5.200 sec. at 138.88 MPH
Q3: 3.748 sec. at 319.07 MPH
Q43.752 sec. at 315.78 MPH

Bonus Points: 3 pts. (Best of the first session)
Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Richie Crampton

Quotable: “Decent qualifying effort for the Mac Tools team, but we did not want to race our teammate in the first round again. We know what Richie and that team is capable of and we will be ready."

Richie Crampton Sat

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.824 sec. at 312.13 MPH
Q2: 3.774 sec. at 316.23 MPH
Q3: 5.215 sec. at 130.33 MPH
Q4:3.776 sec. at 314.02 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Doug Kalitta

Quotable: "Another mid-pack qualifying effort which is solid when you consider the weather conditions we were working with. Unfortunately, we are racing Doug in the first round, but as always, it is good to put a Kalitta car in the next round. It should be a good race."

JR Todd sat

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

Q1: 4.010 sec. at 313.37 MPH
Q2: 9.214 sec. at 81.06 MPH
Q3: 4.004 sec. at 306.40 MPH
Q43.989 sec. at 308.85 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Tommy Johnson Jr.

Quotable:"A tricky track this weekend. We have made decent runs, but not what we want to be making, so we have our work cut out for us tomorrow. But tomorrow could also be a matter of survival depending on how the weather is. All-in-all, a pretty good weekend for the DHL Toyota Camry."

Shawn Langdon sat

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

Q1: 4.801 sec. at 180.67 MPH
Q2: 4.874 sec. at 156.61 MPH
Q3: 4.023 sec. at 311.34 MPH
Q43.994 sec. at 297.94 MPH

Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Tim Wilkerson

Quotable: "We ended up number 11. Yesterday, we shook twice. Today, we made big improvements and got down the track twice. The track is good down low, but you get to 660' and there is a big bump there, so everybody is spinning down track. It is basically going to be a race to there. We have Wilkerson, who is a tough draw. We think we can run with him, so we are going to do the best that we can and hopefully make a good run."

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Matt Crafton, driver of the no. 88 Menards Truck for ThorSport RacingMatt Crafton, driver of the no. 88 Menards Truck for ThorSport RacingCHARLOTTE, NC (April 18, 2018) – Kalitta Motorsports and former NHRA Rookie of the Year Richie Crampton are pleased to welcome NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and ThorSport Racing drivers Matt Crafton and Myatt Snider to the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. The drivers will join Crampton in participating in the SealMaster Track Walk prior to the beginning of the NHRA race action. 

“It’s always a great time to get ThorSport and Kalitta Motorsports drivers together at one another’s events,” said SealMaster Communications Director Debbie Petok Hufford. “We’re honored they’re joining us in Charlotte to lead the SealMaster Track Walk with Richie and to enjoy a great day of NHRA racing with us.

driver 1.jpgMyatt Snider, driver of the no.13 Liberty Tax Service Truck for ThorSport Racing”SealMaster, the most trusted name in pavement maintenance for more than 40 years, is a sister company with ThorSport Racing. SealMaster has been a valued partner with Kalitta Motorsports since 2014. This season, SealMaster is campaigning as an associate partner on both of Crampton’s Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster and the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster of Doug Kalitta. Both Crampton and Kalitta have delivered wins for SealMaster in NHRA’s first four events as Crampton won the historic Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., while Kalitta started the season with a win at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. 

 

Richie Crampton“I am excited to welcome Matt and Myatt to the track,” said Crampton. “SealMaster has been a big supporter of NHRA and Kalitta Motorsports for many seasons, and their support of motorsports as a whole is evident. It is going to be a great SealMaster Track Walk with the NHRA fans, before a great day of racing.”

ThorSport Racing is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team with over 1000 starts. Crafton is a two-time NCWTS champion with 14 career wins, and he's currently seventh in the point standings. Snider is in his rookie season in NCWTS, vying for Sunoco Rookie of the Year Honors, and has two top-10 finishes in the first four races of 2018. The solid start to the season has Snider sitting eighth in the points standings.

Crampton, Crafton and Snider will be joined on the SealMaster Track Walk by a new SealMaster branded truck driven by local Charlotte SealMaster franchisee, Bob Krebs.

“As the official pavement products and equipment supplier of the NHRA, it’s my honor to be a part of this Elimination Day tradition. We pray for the continued safety of all of the drivers and crews throughout the weekend and season.” said Krebs.

The SealMaster Track Walk will take place at approximately 10:30am prior to driver introductions for the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. 

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta plans to continue run of recent Houston success

Houston Highlights:Three wins (2016, 2015, 2003); Three no. 1 qualifiers (2013, 2003, 2002)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas NHRA Four-Wide Nationals): Qualified sixth; Third in the final quad (Defeated Brittany Force and Terry Haddock in the first round and Richie Crampton and Leah Pritchett in the quarterfinals, lost to Steve Torrence and Tony Schumacher in the finals)

2017 NHRA SpringNationals Recap: Qualified third; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, lost to Leah Pritchett in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “Houston has been a great track for the Mac Tools team here recently. We had a strong performance in Las Vegas and are looking for that second win of the season in Houston.”

Career Stats: 462 starts; 629 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 92 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Six 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, would be the 14th driver to earn that mark; active leader in Top Fuel wins in Houston; only driver in Houston history to win consecutive Top Fuel races (2015 and 2016)

Richie Crampton

Crampton desires to continue early season success

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas NHRA Four-Wide Nationals): Qualified 11th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Brittany Force and Terry Haddock in the first round, lost to Doug Kalitta and Antron Brown in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA SpringNationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “I love Texas. The team are doing a great job and we are running good right now, so I am optimistic about having another big weekend in Houston with the Kalitta Air team.”

Career Stats: 83 starts; 80 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

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

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

Noteworthy: Crampton will be in Houston as part of the NHRA pre-race press tour on Thursday.

Shawn Langdon

Langdon looks for a rebound in Houston

Houston Highlights: One final (2013)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas NHRA Four-Wide Nationals): Qualified 14th; First round loss (Lost to J.R. Todd and John Force in the first round)

2017 NHRA SpringNationals (Top Fuel): Qualified 10th; First round loss (lost to Bob Vandergriff in the first round)

Quotable: “It is crazy to think I have been with Kalitta Motorsports for a year. It has flown by and I have had a blast. It has been a great year with Steve and Samantha Bryson and everyone from Global Electronic Technology; I could not ask for a better partnership with a sponsor. I am excited to be racing Funny Car in Houston. They have a new track that looks fast. Hopefully the weather stays away and we have some good racing.”

Career Stats: 209 starts; 251 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Four starts; Four round wins)

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

Noteworthy: Langdon is celebrating his one year anniversary with Kalitta Motorsports in Houston; at the 2017 SpringNationals, he made his Kalitta debut in the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel dragster

JR Todd

Todd excited for Houston after early season win

Houston Highlights: One win (2007)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas NHRA Four-Wide Nationals): Qualified third; Race Winner (Defeated Bob Tasca and Shawn Langdon in the first round, John Force and Del Worsham in the quarterfinals and Jack Beckman, Courtney Force and Tommy Johnson Jr. in the finals)

2017 NHRA SpringNationals: Qualified 12th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Cruz Pedregon in the first round, lost Robert Hight in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “It is nice to be coming off of a win. We hope to carry that momentum into Houston and try to pick another victory. It will be interesting to see how the new track surface fares as we did well with a new surface in Las Vegas.”

Career Stats: 176 starts; 171 round wins; 12 wins; 22 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 28 starts; Three wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I); Three finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I); 23 round wins)

2018 Season: One win (Las Vegas-I); Four round wins; sixth 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: Las Vegas victory was earliest season win since 2007 (Pomona-I); Kalitta Motorsports has won three of the first four races for the second time in team history (2014)

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Todd earns his first Las Vegas win

Race Recap: J.R. Todd scored his first Las Vegas win and 12th win of his career today at the Four Wide Nationals.

The weekend did not start the way the DHL team would have liked. After Friday's two sessions, the DHL Camry was not in the show. However, Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith made the right adjustments and Todd moved from 17th all the way to the third starting spot with a bonus points earning 3.952 second pass in the final qualifying session. That gave Todd his best start of the season, and allowed him to be one of three drivers that have earned bonus points in all four races to start the year.

The success continued on Sunday. In the first quad, Todd was matched up with his teammate Shawn Langdon, Bob Tasca III and John Force. Todd and the DHL team were ready. Todd was stout on the tree, and the DHL Camry blazed the track in 3.959 seconds. That gave Todd the best elapsed time in the first round and gave him lane choice in the quarterfinals over Tommy Johnson Jr., Del Worsham and John Force.

In the second round quad, Tommy Johnson Jr. was able to cross the finish line first, but Todd got there second on a double holeshot. The DHL Toyota was the slowest that session, but thanks to Todd's reaction time he defeated Worsham and Force.The holeshot victories were not finished. Todd would line up in the third lane with Courtney Force, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. beside him. Johnson was done at the line with a red light start, but Todd's reaction time was the best of the remaining three. That would come into play as he was able to holeshot Courtney Force to the stripe. He then outran Beckman to claim his first Four-Wide Nationals win, first Vegas win, third Funny Car win and 12th of his career. The win moved Todd from eighth to sixth in the point standings as Kalitta Motorsports earned his third win in four races to start the 2018 season.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 3 (3.952 sec., 319.67 mph) 
E1: Todd defeated Tasca and Langdon - 3.952 sec., 319.67 mph to 4.044 sec., 314.97 mph and 7.119 sec., 104.82 mph
E2: Todd defeated J. Force and Worsham - 4.054 sec., 314.17 mph to 4.049 sec., 307.83 mph and 4.050 sec., 315.34 mph (double holeshot: Todd .068, J. Force .087 and Worsham .091)
Final: Todd defeated Beckman, C. Force and Johnson Jr. - 4.041 sec., 317.05 mph (reaction time .050) to 4.052 sec., 312.21 mph and 4.007 sec., 300.53 mph (reaction time .103) and foul

Quotable:

On becoming the third different Kalitta Motorsports driver to win in the season's first four races:
"All of our Kalitta Motorsports teams across the board have just come out swinging this year. Dougie (Kalitta) and Richie (Crampton) have wins under their belt and Shawn's (Langdon) already been to two semi-finals.  We've struggled somewhat up to this part of the year. We brought out a new car at Gainesville and had an issue in the first round with the chutes coming out on the burn out.

"On his improvement over the weekend after not having qualified for the field on Friday:
"We didn't really run all that well on Friday in qualifying, then Saturday we made some changes. The conditions got a little better and the track got a little bit more rubber down. We threw down in Q4 (third qualifier) and that definitely got my confidence up as a driver."

On winning on hole-shots in each of the last two rounds:
"In funny cars, you can cheat a little bit on the starting line. In dragster racing, everyone's pretty much in agreement that they aren't going to roll it in on each other, but in funny cars you can steal a few thou (thousandths of a second) on race day. I might have been able to get about five thou in the second round today, but it was enough to turn on the win light. In funny cars, you have to be on your 'A' game every time you roll up to the Christmas tree. It's a matter usually of who gets off the line first is going to turn on the win light. Before the first round, Shawn and I came up with a plan and what we were going to do - and we executed it. I think the reaction times told the story."

On his reaction after finding out he had won:
"I didn't know who won. I saw Tommy Johnson (who red-lighted) driving ahead of me and then I saw a win light over in Jack Beckman's lane and then a voice came over the radio saying hole-shot. So I just assumed we lost on a hole-shot, I didn't know until we turned the corner and they were waving me over to TV that we had actually won. I wasn't actually sure until I got out of the car and they told me that Tommy had red-lighted.  That's the confusing part for a driver in the four wide, you don't really know. If it was two wide, I would have known that I won when I saw my win light."

On four-wide racing:
"I've been saying all along that I'm not really a fan of four-wide racing, but it's definitely cool to be the winner of the first four wide here in Vegas so I guess I have to like it now. If it's going to help the sport grow, then I'm all for it. As a driver, you have to focus so much more on the starting line. Before the first round, Shawn Langdon and I had a game plan on what we were going to do and we executed it and the reaction times told the story."

On how important competitive it is in Funny Car this season:
"It's going to be difficult to even qualify for certain races during the year. It was tough to make the top 10 last year, but it's going to be brutal heading into the final regular season race at Indy this year." 

Does winning a big race like this mean more?
"I'm just happy to win any race. I want to win every time we show up to the track. I'm frustrated when we don't win. It's cool to win here in Vegas as a driver with Kalitta, we just hadn't taken that final step to come out of here with a trophy and today we finally did. It's nice to check this one off the list."

On starting with Kalitta Motorsports  four years ago in the spring at Las Vegas:
It doesn't seem all that long ago that I was racing part-time and I wasn't even at this event, but on Friday I got the call to fly out here and take over driving this car. I got my butt-kicked on a hole-shot in the second round. I remember it like it was yesterday. A lot has happened since then. I'm driving a Funny Car now and back then i never thought I'd be in this position." 

On earning the first four-wide victory for the Toyota Camry:
"I can't say enough about all the help we get from Toyota and TRD. J.P. (Jean-Philippe.Blanc) dedicating himself to checking the starting line track conditions and getting a report back to the crew chiefs every round. It takes a big load off the crew chiefs because they don't have to worry about what's going on up there, they can just focus on what's going on back at the pit and make the right decisions on the car. He's going his input on what's happening with the track as the weather changes. We also have Slugger Labbe, who's just all over making our Camry better. He's already proved himself in the drag racing world and it's only going to get better from here on out."

Point Standings: Sixth; leads Robert Hight by 12 points by seventh; trails Ron Capps by 23 points for fifth

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Kalitta advances to the final

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta advanced to his second final of the season as he finished third at the Four-Wide Nationals today in Las Vegas.

Kalitta had a strong qualifying effort as the Mac Tools driver scored two bonus points on Friday. A little bumping ensued on Saturday, but Kalitta retained a top half starting spot as he began the day in the sixth starting spot. 

That put Kalitta in the same quad as his teammate, Richie Crampton, Brittany Force and Terry Haddock. Doug recorded the best reaction time and would not be beat. His teammate would join him in the second round quad with Don Schumacher Racing teammates Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett.

The Mac Tools machine could not be stopped there either as the Kalitta made the only clean run of the pack to earn the second pick of lanes in the finals. 

Unfortunately, Kalitta could not continue the hot streak into the win. After Kalitta watched his teammate pick up the win, the Mac Tools driver was charged up. He left first, but the Mac Tools driver had issued down track and would finish in third. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.786 sec., 320.51 mph)
E1: Kalitta defeated B. Force and Haddock - 3.819 sec., 320.89 mph to 4.690 sec., 175.52 mph and 6.914 sec., 76.49 mph
E2: Kalitta defeated Crampton and Pritchett - 3.864 sec., 320.13 mph to 4.261 sec., 261.47 mph and 5.391 sec., 149.51 mph
Final: Kalitta defeated by S. Torrence and Schumacher - 3.914 sec., 273.27 mph to 3.771 sec., 326.63 mph and 3.790 sec., 325.22 mph

Quotable: "We couldn't quite get the win today, but what a day for Kalitta Motorsports. Happy J.R. scored a win, and our performance was strong all day. We are going to test tomorrow, and the Mac Tools team is looking forward to Houston."

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Richie Crampton by 33 points for sixth; trails Clay Millican by seven points for fourth

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Crampton claims Vegas round win

Race Recap: Richie Crampton followed up his Gainesville win by advancing to the Four-Wide Nationals quarterfinals in Las Vegas.

Crampton had a solid Friday qualifying effort that had the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster solidly in the field. Both of the runs on Saturday yielded tire smoke, and Crampton was bumped back to the 11th starting position.

That place Crampton in a quad with his teammate Doug Kalitta, reigning Top Fuel champion Brittany Force and Terry Haddock. Crampton's tune-up was on point and the Kalitta Air machine made a clean pass to get to the finish line in second place which advanced him to the next round along with his teammate.

In the second round, Crampton faced Kalitta, along with Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett. Crampton got a huge jump at the tree and looked to be advancing, before the Kalitta Air machine dropped a cylinder down track and Brown was able to drive back around to make it to the final. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.829 sec., 313.66 mph) 
E1: Crampton defeated B. Force and Haddock - 3.832 sec., 313.22 mph to 4.690 sec., 175.52 mph and 6.914 sec., 76.49 mph
E2: Crampton defeated by Kalitta and Brown - 4.261 sec., 261.47 mph to 3.864 sec., 320.13 mph and 4.050 sec., 278.58 mph


Quotable: "In all, it was a good day for our Kalitta Air Toyota dragster. We were hoping to go back-to-back, but you can't win them all. We had a decent run in the first round and just fell a little short in round two. That's how it goes when the weather is like this, it's a hot race track. I think we've got what it takes to continue on an upward swing. I'm looking forward to Houston."

Point Standings: Sixth; leads Leah Pritchett by 13 points for seventh; trails Doug Kalitta by 33 points for fifth

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Langdon falls in the first round

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team hit near immediate tire smoke and lost in the first round of the Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas today.

The Global Electronic Technology Camry was consistent in qualifying but it did not produce the top end elapsed time that the team was looking for as Langdon recorded three runs right above 4.0 seconds. In the competitive Funny Car field, that was only good enough for the 14th starting spot. 

That gave Langdon the final lane choice in his quad with his teammate J.R. Todd, Bob Tasca III and John Force. Langdon was set with lane four, but John Force asked to switch lanes right before the run began as the higher qualified car. Langdon was moved to lane one, and recorded the class-best reaction time for the round, but with conditions different in that lane, the Global Electronic Technology Camry hit tire smoke shortly after and was defeated.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 14 (4.040 sec., 302.28 mph) 
E1: Langdon defeated by Todd and J. Force - 7.119 sec., 104.82 mph to 3.959 sec., 318.99 mph and 4.015 sec., 316.75 mph

Quotable: "We felt like we had a good shot here, but it wasn't our day. Tough thing about the Four-Wide, when teams make last minute lane changes; we were not prepared for lane one and it did not have the grip on the starting line that lane four did. Had we known we were going to run lane one, we could have made some changes to it. That is part of four-wide racing. We are going to try some things in testing tomorrow and take this Global Electronic Technology Toyota to Houston and make progress there." 

Point Standings: Eighth; leads Jonnie Lindberg by 34 points for ninth; trails Robert Hight by 17 points for seventh

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Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (2219)
2t. Clay Millican (2169)
2t. Tony Schumacher (2169)
4. Leah Pritchett (2118)
5. Antron Brown (2116)
6. Doug Kalitta (2103)
7. Mike Salinas (2067)
8. Terry McMillen (2062)
9. Scott Palmer (2053)
10. Brittany Force (2052)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. J.R. Todd (2166)
2. Robert Hight (2143)
3. Courtney Force (2141)
4. Ron Capps (2137)
5. Matt Hagan (2112)
6. Tim Wilkerson (2101)
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2090)
8. Jack Beckman (2080)
9. John Force (2064)
10. Shawn Langdon (2054)

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