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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta looks to end swing with another Atlanta win

Atlanta Highlights: Three wins (2016, 2006, 2005); Two finals (2014, 1999): Two no. 1 qualifiers (2016, 2014)

Last Event Recap (NHRA 4-Wide Nationals): Qualified sixth; Runner-Up (Defeated Antron Brown and Richie Crampton in the first round, Dom Lagana and Mike Salinas in the quarterfinals, lost to Steve Torrence in the final quad)

2017 NHRA Southern Nationals Recap: Qualified fifth; Semifinalist (Defeated Chris Karamesines in the first round and Clay Millican in the quarterfinals, lost to Tony Schumacher in the semifinals)

Quotable: “I have some great memories at Atlanta Dragway and coming off our performance in Charlotte, I am excited for this weekend. My Mac Tools machine has performed strong and the guys are working hard. I know we will have a shot at the win this weekend.”

Career Stats: 464 starts; 632 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); nine 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, won closest finish in NHRA Top Fuel history at Atlanta in 2016

JR Todd

Todd wants to score first win at Atlanta Dragway

Atlanta Highlights: One final (2016)

Last Event Recap (NHRA 4-Wide Nationals): Qualified fourth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Bob Tasca III and Shawn Langdon in the first round, lost to John Force and Courtney Force in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Southern Nationals Recap: Qualified 13th; First round loss (Lost to Ron Capps in the first round)

Quotable: “I feel like we had a car that was good enough to win last week in Charlotte. We are looking to qualify well on Friday and then hopefully we can go to work on our raceday setup.”

Career Stats: 178 starts; 176 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 30 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 27 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); Nine round wins; third 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

Richie Crampton

Crampton plans for a rebound in Atlanta

Last Event Recap (NHRA 4-Wide Nationals): Qualified 14th; First round loss (Lost to Doug Kalitta and Mike Salinas in the first round)

2017 NHRA Southern Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “After a very successful test following Charlotte, it is time to tun it around and get some more valuable round wins under our belt. Atlanta should be fun.”

Career Stats: 85 starts; 81 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

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

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

Shawn Langdon

Langdon desires for success in Atlanta

Atlanta Highlights: One no. 1 qualifier (2013)

Last Event Recap (NHRA 4-Wide Nationals): Qualified 12th; First round loss (Lost to J.R. Todd and Jack Beckman in the first round)

2017 NHRA Southern Nationals (Top Fuel) Recap: Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Pat Dakin in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “We are just going to keep doing what we have been doing. We are consistently learning and I am beginning to feel more at home inside a Funny Car with this consistent seat time. We have had a bad string of bad luck, but that is part of the learning process. Everything is new: me driving the car and the guys working working with me. We have nothing to hang our heads about; we have a great group behind the Global Electronic Technology Camry. We know the areas to address, so I am excited to get to Atlanta and hopefully get the car back to what we had earlier this year.”

Career Stats: 211 starts; 251 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Six starts; Five round wins)

2018 Season: Six starts; Four round wins; ninth in the standings

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

 

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta finishes second at the 4-Wide Nationals

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta went to his second four-wide event final round of the season and finished in the second position in his Mac Tools Toyota at the zMax Dragway.

Kalitta had a very good qualifying run. His best was a 3.758 seconds, but the most impressive was his low elapsed time in the fourth and final session. He led the field by four hundredths with Jim Oberhofer's tuneup and grabbed three bonus points. 

Kalitta's Mac Tools machine was seeded in the sixth starting spot with Antron Brown, Mike Salinas and teammate Richie Crampton the first foes. Kalitta was strong off the line and led stripe to stripe with a clean 3.762 second pass that gave him first lane choice in the second round. 

In the second round, Kalitta came to the start with Salinas, Clay Millican and Dom Lagana flanking him. Kalitta again moved first and recorded the best run of the round to move the Mac Tools driver to the final with first lane choice.

The final featured Kalitta, Millican, Steve Torrence and Terry McMillen. Kalitta had a stellar .043 second reaction time and was on a great pass, but suffered woes downtrack and crossed the line second behind Steve Torrence.

 Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.758 sec., 327.98 mph)E1: Kalitta defeated Brown and Crampton - 3.762 sec., 328.70 mph to 4.872 sec., 130.04 mph and 10.437 sec., 38.24 mphE2: Kalitta defeated Lagana and Salinas - 3.809 sec., 317.64 mph to 3.903 sec., 309.13 mph and 4.934 sec., 155.24 mphFinal: Kalitta defeated by Torrence - 4.010 sec., 278.12 mph to 3.813 sec., 326.56 mph 

Quotable:“Great weekend for the Mac Tools team; we were so close to our first 4-Wide win, but came up short. But still a solid race for our team. We picked up some valuable points, and I feel confident about our chances going into Atlanta."

Point Standings: Third; leads Clay Millican by 17 points for fourth; trails Tony Schumacher by 25 points for second

 JR Todd Sun

Todd takes Charlotte round win

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters Toyota team led his first round quad to score the round win earlier today at zMax Dragway. 

The DHL team, led by Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith, had a strong effort in the second session of qualifying on Friday evening. Todd recorded his best run of the season, a 3.888, at nearly 331 mph to score a bonus point and move inside the top five in qualifying. Todd's DHL/WIX Filters Toyota eventually were seeded fourth overall.

That allowed Todd to pick his lane first in his quad, which also featured teammate Shawn Langdon, Jack Beckman and Bob Tasca III. In a session that featured many issues, Smith and Oberhofer had the answer, as the DHL Toyota sped down the track in 4.031 seconds, which was the second best of the entire session to give Todd the easy round win. 

That moved Todd on to face Beckman and John and Courtney Force. Todd used a huge holeshot advantage to get ahead of his competitors and looked he was headed to the final quad, but the DHL Toyota suffered woes down track and crossed the line in third.  

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 4 (3.888 sec., 330.96 mph) E1: Todd defeated Tasca III and Langdon - 4.031 sec., 305.42 mph to 4.667 sec., 167.63 mph and 14.795 sec., 79.49 mphE2: Todd defeated C. Force and J. Force - 4.435 sec., 245.94 mph to 4.115 sec., 255.68 mph and 4.108 sec., 299.66 mph

Quotable:"We had a DHL Camry capable of winning the whole race. We just didn’t do the best job of negotiating the track conditions. We ran well in the first round, but still had to back it way down from what we were set up to run. We were dealing with marginal track conditions in the second round and we clearly didn’t back it down enough like the two winners in our quad. We went out there and spun the tires. It’s frustrating because we know this facility is good. Looking back on it, we probably would have done some things different. It’s just a product of what we’re dealing with in track prep now. We’ve got to figure out how to race on it.”

Point Standings: Third; leads Matt Hagan by eight points by fourth; trails Courtney Force by 22 points for second

 Richie Crampton Sun

Crampton day ends in the first round 

Race Recap: Richie Crampton had a quick end to a tough weekend today at zMax Dragway. The first three runs of qualifying were a struggle for the DHL/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster with none of the passes producing a solid number. As a result, Crampton was on the outside looking into the field with one lap remaining. However, the team, led by Rob Flynn and Connie Kalitta, dug deep and gave Crampton a tuneup to ensure his safety in the field.The run moved Crampton inside the qualified field in 14th. For the fifth time in the first six races to start the season, Crampton faced his teammate Doug Kalitta in the first round along with Antron Brown and Mike Salinas. Crampton was solid on the starting line, but the DHL/Kalitta Air machine had issues shortly after and was unable to advance to the second round.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 14 (3.938 sec., 307.86 mph) E1: Crampton defeated by Kalitta and Salinas - 10.437 sec., 38.24 mph to 3.762 sec., 328.70 mph and 4.087 sec., 222.84 mph

Quotable:“We wanted to do better this weekend with a lot of our partners here such as DHL, Global Electronic Technology, WIX Filters and Mac Tools. We will regroup, test on Monday and get ready for Atlanta."

Point Standings:Ninth; leads Scott Palmer by 14 points for 10th; trails Terry McMillen by 42 points for ninth

 Shawn Langdon Sun

Langdon's mechanical woes end his day early

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team suffered a first round loss after a mechanical problem today at the 4-Wide Nationals. Langdon began the qualifying weekend with a solid 3.973 second pass in his first pass on the track. Unfortunately, that became his best run, and his original seventh place qualifying effort got bumped to 12th.In the final nitro quad, Langdon got the third choice of lanes with his teammate J.R. Todd, Bob Tasca III and Jack Beckman in the other lanes. After the tree fell, the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry failed to move and was defeated. Once the team got back to the pit; they discovered that the throttle cable broke, which ended the run before it even began. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 12 (3.973 sec., 325.45 mph) E1: Langdon defeated by Todd and Beckman - 14.795 sec., 79.49 mph to 4.031 sec., 305.42 mph and 4.667 sec., 167.63 mph

Quotable: "We have bad luck right now. Unfortunately, first round we broke a throttle cable. We felt good about today. We had some changes in the car that we felt was going to turn it around, so we could be able to compete for the win today. It is part of drag racing. You have to take the good with the bad. We know we have a great team. We just have to get out of this funk. We will go to Atlanta next week and do the best we can to get the gremlins out of the race car and turn this around."

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Jonnie Lindberg by 13 points for 10th; trails Cruz Pedregon by five points for eighth

Doug Kalitta 4wide

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.774 sec. at 322.19 MPH
Q2: 3.758 sec. at 327.98 MPH
Q3: 5.377 sec. at 134.32 MPH
Q43.802 sec. at 310.63 MPH

Bonus Points: 3 pts. (Best of the fourth session)

Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Antron Brown, Mike Salinas, Richie Crampton
Quotable: “Great way to end the final qualifying session for this Mac Tools team. We had a solid qualifying weekend, and we are looking for our first 4-Wide Nationals win as a team tomorrow!"

Richie Crampton 4wide

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 6.331 sec. at 90.71 MPH
Q2: 8.667 sec. at 82.95 MPH
Q3: No Time; Timing Malfunction
Q4:3.938 sec. at 307.86 MPH

Starting Position: 14th
First Round Matchup: Antron Brown, Doug Kalitta, Mike Salinas
Quotable: "I am really proud of my DHL, Kalitta Air Toyota guys. It has definitely been a rough weekend for us, but that is what makes this sport so interesting. I am glad to get in the show. Connie and Rob did a great job working with what they had to do on that last ditch effort in Q4. We get to race tomorrow. Unfortunately, we have to race Doug tomorrow, but we can both win, so it is cool."

JR Todd 4wide

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

Q1: 8.637 sec. at 85.62 MPH
Q2: 3.888 sec. at 330.96 MPH
Q3: 5.159 sec. at 146.24 MPH
Q44.749 sec. at 169.78 MPH

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

Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Bob Tasca III, Shawn Langdon, Jack Beckman
Quotable:"We made a good run Friday night, but other than that, we havent qualified that well this weekend. We struggled in the heat; but it is going to be cool tomorrow, so hopefully that helps us turn on three win lights."

Shawn Langdon 4wide

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


Q1: 3.973 sec. at 325.45 MPH
Q2: 4.582 sec. at 185.92 MPH
Q3: 5.144 sec. at 149.36 MPH
Q45.324 sec. at 115.39 MPH

Starting Position: 12th
First Round Matchup: J.R. Todd, Bob Tasca III, Jack Beckman
Quotable: "So we ended up 12th, and we are going to do the best we can tomorrow. We had some weird stuff happen in qualifying. We were able to start the weekend with a good run, but since then we have just had these goofy issues plaque us. I think we have a good baseline for the first round tomorrow; we will get our stuff together and be ready."

Doug Kalitta

Charlotte’s most recent Top Fuel winner, Kalitta, looks for his first 4-Wide win

Charlotte Highlights: One wins (Fall 2017); Three finals (Fall 2016, Fall 2010, Spring 2010): Two no. 1 qualifiers (Fall 2017, Fall 2016)

Last Event Recap (NHRA SpringNationals): Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals Recap: Qualified second; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Brittany Force and Chris Karamesines in the first round, lost to Tony Schumacher and Terry McMillen in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “It was great to get the win last fall in Charlotte, and we are looking to win back-to-back at this incredible facility. The Mac Tools team is ready to make a strong run at the race win and continue the success Kalitta Motorsports has had at the start of the season.”

Career Stats: 463 starts; 630 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); Seven 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, won his first Charlotte event last fall (2017)

Richie Crampton

Crampton desires first Charlotte win

Charlotte Highlights: One final (Fall 2017)

Last Event Recap (NHRA SpringNationals): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Doug Kalitta in the first round)

2017 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “I am looking to redeem myself this weekend in NASCAR country at the second 4-Wide event of the season in Charlotte, I am more motivated than ever, being that as an organization, we are two wins away from getting Connie win 100.”

Career Stats: 84 starts; 80 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

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

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

Shawn Langdon

Langdon pulls double-duty in Charlotte

Charlotte Highlights: One win (Fall 2012); Two finals (Spring 2014, Fall 2009); Three no. 1 qualifiers (Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2012) 

Last Event Recap (NHRA SpringNationals): Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Tim Wilkerson in the first round)

2017 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals (Top Fuel): Qualified eighth; First round loss (lost to Leah Pritchett and Clay Millican in the first round)

Quotable: “It is always cool to go back to Charlotte since that was the site of my first Top Fuel win. The fans in Charlotte love the 4-Wide racing, so it will be a great weekend. Charlotte is a fast track and a great venue overall. I am looking forward to the weekend and hopefully getting two wins: one with the Super Comp car and the other with the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Funny Car.”

Career Stats: 210 starts; 251 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Five starts; Four round wins)

2018 Season: Five starts; Four round wins; eighth in the standings

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

Noteworthy: Langdon will be competing in Funny Car and Super Comp at zMax Dragway; Langdon scored his first career win at the fall Charlotte event in 2012

JR Todd

After career-moment in Houston, Todd looks for third straight victory

Charlotte Highlights: One final (Fall 2015); Two no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2015, Fall 2014); Top Fuel Elapsed Time Track Record Holder (3.713 seconds - March 2015) 

Last Event Recap (NHRA SpringNationals): Qualified 10th; Race Winner (Defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round, Jeff Diehl in the quarterfinals, Tim Wilkerson in the semifinals and Robert Hight in the finals)

2017 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals: Qualified eighth; Third in the final quad (Defeated Bob Tasca and Courtney Force in the first round and Jonnie Lindberg and Tim Wilkerson in the quarterfinals, lost to Ron Capps and Jack Beckman in the finals)

Quotable: “Charlotte is a lot like Vegas for me; I have had a lot of success there, just have not left Charlotte with a Wally. Hopefully our DHL team can keep this momentum going and change that outcome this weekend.”

Career Stats: 177 starts; 172 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 28 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 27 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); Eight round wins; third 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: Kalitta Motorsports has won four of the first five races for the first time in team history (team was established in 1959); Houston victory gave Todd his first back-to-back race wins in his career)

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

Doug Kalitta sunday houston

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

 

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1. Steve Torrence (2592)
2. Clay Millican (2423)
3. Tony Schumacher (2382)
4. Leah Pritchett (2297)
5. Antron Brown (2253)
6. Brittany Force (2243)
7. Mike Salinas (2228)
8. Doug Kalitta (2225)
9. Terry McMillen (2221)
10. Scott Palmer (2149)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Robert Hight (2445)
2. J.R. Todd (2434)
3. Ron Capps (2336)
4. Tim Wilkerson (2334)
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2296)
6. Courtney Force (2264)
7. Matt Hagan (2241)
8. Jack Beckman (2229)
9. John Force (2204)
10. Shawn Langdon (2152)

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