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Kalitta Motorsports News

JR Todd

Todd reaches season-high fifth final round

Race Recap: Todd and the SealMaster team waited to the last pass on Saturday to set their spot in the field as the Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn-tuned dragster blazed the Las Vegas Motor Speedway surface with a 3.751 second pass. Todd just missed the top half of the field and earned the ninth starting spot.

Todd and his opponent, Shawn Langdon, were first the pair to hit the track after pre-race ceremonies. Team SealMaster was ready as Todd drove straight down the track with a number that nearly equaled his qualifying pass defeating the tire-smoking Langdon. However, Todd and the SealMaster guys were not done. Against no.1 qualifer, Clay Millican, the SealMaster Toyota dragster went 1,000 feet in 3.709 seconds, setting low elapsed time of race day and earning Todd his third semi-final or better in the last four events, and ninth in the last 12 races.

Todd was not done. Taking on the new Top Fuel champion Antron Brown, Todd again laid down the best run of the session aboard his SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, achieving a new career-high with five final round appearances this season. However, a second victory this season was not in the cards as Todd's opponent, Steve Torrence, defeated him in a close race.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.751 sec., 321.81 mph)

E1: Todd defeated Langdon - 3.752 sec., 324.12 mph to 10.405 sec., 82.67 mph

E2: Todd defeated Millican - 3.709 sec., 328.94 mph to 3.727 sec., 328.38 mph

E3: Todd defeated Brown - 3.719 sec., 329.02 mph to 7.720 sec., 92.29 mph

Final: Todd defeated by Torrence - 3.762 sec., 321.96 mph to 3.734 sec., 323.81 mph

Quotable: "Tough way to end a strong day for the SealMaster Toyota team. We wanted to pick up the win with all of these great Toyota people on site, but it was not our day. Look forward to Pomona and hopefully ending this season on a strong note."

Point Standings: Sixth (-244); trails fifth-place Shawn Langdon by 13 points, leads seventh-place Leah Pritchett by 18 points

Del Worsham

Worsham has tough defeat in the second round

Race Recap: At Toyota's race, Worsham and the DHL Toyota team came into Las Vegas motivated to run strong. The earned their spot in a stellar Funny Car field with their sub-3.9 second run in the evening session on Friday night and started seventh overall.

Worsham would draw a fellow Championship competitor in the first round in Tommy Johnson Jr. All the eyes were on this pair as they were the only top five matchup in round one. Worsham and Johnson Jr. left together but the DHL Toyota driver steadily pulled away to end Johnson Jr.'s day. Unfortunately, Worsham did not get the win he desired as went out in the second round despite recording an outstanding .041 reaction time, which was the best-of-class that session.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.895 sec., 325.69 mph)

E1: Worsham defeated Johnson Jr. - 3.923 sec., 327.35 mph to 3.949 sec., 321.65 mph

E2: Worsham defeated by Hagan - 3.935 sec., 326.71 mph to 3.887 sec., 329.02 mph

Quotable: "Definitely wanted to go further than the second round today at Toyota's race in the DHL Toyota Camry, but just got beat on a better run. Excited to finish the season strong, so we will head to Pomona and look to repeat last year's success."

Point Standings: Sixth (-173); trails with fifth-place John Force by 14 points, leads seventh-place Courtney Force by 39 points

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta loses close race in quarter-finals

Race Recap: Defending Toyota Nationals champion Doug Kalitta was motivated for a repeat. His Mac Tools team performed amongst the best on Friday qualifying with three bonus points, and after the completion of qualifying Kalitta was scored in the third starting position.

The Mac Tools Toyota driver ended up earning a single in the first round as his opponent, Scott Palmer, lost fire. Kalitta ended up dropping a clyinder at the early part of the run and were scored with a 3.976 second pass. That moved Kalitta to the second round and a draw of Steve Torrence. The Mac Tools dragster moved first but Torrence was just able to track him down to end Kalitta's chance at a repeat.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 3 (3.709 sec., 324.20 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Palmer - 3.976 sec., 251.77 mph to no run

E2: Kalitta defeated by Torrence - 3.739 sec., 324.75 mph to 3.732 sec., 324.83 mph

Quotable: "Great race there with Steve that just did not go our way. The Mac Tools team performed strong all weekend and I look forward to ending the season strong in Pomona."

Point Standings: Third (-168); trails second-place Steve Torrence by 168 points, leads fourth-place Brittany Force by 47 points

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Alexis DeJoria

Team Patrón elects to sit out final eliminations

Race Recap: Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team did not compete at the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals, Sunday, October 30.

The team elected not to participate in Sunday's elimination rounds and will focus their efforts on regrouping for the 52nd Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, California, November 11-13.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.909 sec., 326.32 mph)

Point Standings: 10th (-362); trails ninth-place Tim Wilkerson by 78 points

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Paul Lee 

Lee hits career-best numbers in Vegas

Race Recap: Paul Lee's long-awaited Kalitta Motorsports debut saw many highs in Las Vegas. He clinched his spot in the fastest qualified field in NHRA history with a career-best pass in the second round of qualifying and earned a career-best MPH on Saturday morning. Qualified 13th in the field, Lee drew points leader Ron Capps. Lee and Capps left together, but Capps picked up the round win. In the defeat, Lee reset his career-bests again with his 3.965 at 329.34 MPH pass.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 13 (3.986 sec., 312.13 mph)

E1: Lee defeated by R. Capps - 3.965 sec., 329.34 mph to 3.916 sec., 323.66 mph

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Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.766 sec. at 326.95 MPH
Q2: 3.709 sec. at 324.20 MPH
Q3: 3.760 sec. at 325.53 MPH
Q4: 5.046 sec. at 142.04 MPH

Bonus Points: 3 pts (Third-best of the first session, second-best of the second session)
Starting Position: 3rd
First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer
Quotable: "Great qualifying effort by these Mac Tools Toyota guys this weekend. We have been running strong and consistent, which has me excited for tomorrow. We won the Toyota Nationals last season and I would like nothing more than to repeat in front of all of the great people from Toyota."

JR Todd

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.811 sec. at 320.36 MPH
Q2: 10.227 sec. at 88.83 MPH
Q3: 4.344 sec. at 183.19 MPH
Q4: 3.751 sec. at 321.81 MPH

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Shawn Langdon
Quotable: "Nice finish to qualifying for the SealMaster Toyota guys. We struggled a little bit in qualifying this weekend, but now have some good data to help us setup this SealMaster ride strong for tomorrow. It is a big race for us since it is the Toyota Nationals and we want to perform at a high level."

Del Worsham

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.028 sec. at 249.16 MPH
Q2: 3.895 sec. at 325.69 MPH
Q3: 13.980 sec. at 61.65 MPH
Q4: 6.795 sec. at 101.47 MPH

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Tommy Johnson Jr.
Quotable: "The DHL Toyota team went for it there on that last pass and it just didn't quite make it. However, we were good on Friday with conditions that we are going to see tomorrow here at the Toyota Nationals, so that has me excited for race day."

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Alexis DeJoria

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

Q1: 4.614 sec. at 177.79 MPH
Q2: 3.909 sec. at 326.32 MPH
Q3: 3.915 sec. at 325.92 MPH
Q4: 5.678 sec. at 123.55 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best of the third session)
Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Courtney Force

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Paul Lee

Paul Lee, driver of the McLeod Racing Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.580 sec. at 185.72 MPH
Q2: 3.986 sec. at 312.13 MPH
Q3: 3.994 sec. at 322.04 MPH
Q4: 4.248 sec. at 217.14 MPH

Starting Position: 13th
First Round Matchup: Ron Capps
Notes: The 3.986 elapsed time and the 322.04 MPH are new career-bests for Lee.

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Doug Kalitta

Kalitta plans for a Sin City repeat

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)

2016 Spring Las Vegas Event Recap: Qualified second; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Steve Faria in the first round, lost to Dave Connolly in the quarter-finals.)

2015 Toyota Nationals Event Recap: Qualified 13th; Race Winner (Defeated Steve Torrence in the first round, Richie Crampton in the quarter-finals, Antron Brown in the semi-finals and Larry Dixon in the final)

Previous Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified ninth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, lost to Antron Brown in the quarter-finals.)

Quotable: “Las Vegas is a great track for Kalitta Motorsports as a whole; I won the Toyota Nationals last season and then we had that great all-Kalitta Toyota Funny Car final here in the Spring. I am very proud of this Mac Tools Toyota team. They continue to fight and work hard. We are going to go into the Toyota Nationals planning to win and using that momentum to finish the season strong."

Career Stats: 432 starts, 584 round wins (11th all-time), 41 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 86 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

Countdown Stats: Ninth appearance (Kalitta has appeared in every Countdown for the Championship); 52 overall Countdown starts; 2 wins; 2 No. 1 qualifiers; 46 total Countdown round wins

2016 Season Stats: Three wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka); Four No.1 qualifiers (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk, Charlotte-II); Two finals (Pomona-I, Charlotte-II); 39 round wins

Point Standings: Second (-150); trails first-place Antron Brown by 150 points, leads third-place Shawn Langdon by 22 points

Noteworthy: has won his first round pairing in 19 of 22 events this season; more round wins than season round win total from 2015; clinched his 19th consecutive top ten finish; only driver that has ranked among the top three in the point standings after every race this season

JR Todd

After seasons of Vegas success, Todd looks for first victory

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

2016 Spring Las Vegas Event Recap: Qualified ninth; Semi-finalist (Defeated Tony Schumacher in the first round and Steve Chrisman in the quarter-finals, lost to Troy Buff in the semi-finals)

2015 Toyota Nationals Event Recap: Qualified seventh; First round defeat (lost to Troy Schumacher in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified fourth; Semi-finalist (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round and Brittany Force in the quarter-finals, lost to Antron Brown in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “Las Vegas has been a great track for me and the SealMaster team. We have been close many times and I would love to finally claim that Vegas win this weekend."

Career Stats: 146 starts, 143 round wins, 9 wins, 17 finals, 8 No.1 qualifiers

Countdown Stats: Fourth appearance; third consecutive appearance; 22 Countdown starts; 3 finals; 4 No. 1 qualifiers; 24 total Countdown round wins

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Three finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago); 31 round wins

Point Standings: Seventh (-244); trails sixth-place Tony Schumacher by 35 points, leads eighth-place Leah Pritchett by 10 points

Noteworthy: Currently has 31 round wins, which is a career-high (previous high was 25; earned 20 round wins in 2015); eight semi-finals or better in the last 11 races

Del Worsham

March's Vegas finalist Worsham desires to finish first

Las Vegas Highlights: Two wins (Fall 2014-FC, Fall 2011-TF); One final (Fall 2016-FC); Three No. 1 qualifiers (Fall 2011-TF, Spring 2010-FC, Fall 2004-FC)

2016 Spring Las Vegas Event Recap: Qualified fifth; Finalist (Defeated John Hale in the first round, Jim Campbell in the quarter-finals and Chad Head in the semi-finals, lost to Alexis DeJoria in the final)

2015 Toyota Nationals Event Recap: Qualified sixth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Matt Hagan in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarter-finals)

Previous Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified sixth; Semi-finalist (Defeated Chad Head in the first round and Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quarter-finals, lost to Ron Capps in the semi-finals)

Quotable: "The Toyota Nationals have been a good race for us. Winning here in 2014 was a big breakthrough and finishing a season strong is always good for morale. When one of your sponsors, Toyota, backs the race, you always want to perform and that is what this DHL Toyota team is planning on doing this weekend."

Career Stats: 505 starts, 557 round wins, 39 wins (31 in Funny Car, 8 in Top Fuel), 66 finals (55 in Funny Car, 11 in Top Fuel), 20 No.1 qualifiers (13 in Funny Car, 7 in Top Fuel)

Countdown Stats: Seventh appearance (6 in Funny Car, 1 in Top Fuel); Fourth consecutive appearance; 40 overall Countdown starts; eight wins (6 FC, 2 TF); 3 No.1 qualifiers (1 FC, 2 TF); 61 total Countdown round wins (48 FC, 13 TF)

2016 Season Stats: One win (Brainerd); Four finals (Pomona-I, Las Vegas-I, Seattle, Indianapolis); Three No. 1 qualifiers (Norwalk, Sonoma, Seattle); 35 round wins

Point Standings: Fifth (-122); trails fourth-place Jack Beckman by 14 points, leads sixth-place Robert Hight by 42 points

Noteworthy: Seven semi-finals or better in the last nine events; 2015 Funny Car Champion, 2011 Top Fuel Champion; one of three drivers with championships in both nitro classes; second in the Funny Car class with 18 first round wins this season; only driver with a Top Fuel and Funny Car win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
PR Contact:

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Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria Las Vegas pre-race notes

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

2016 Spring Las Vegas Event Recap: Qualified sixth; Race Winner (Defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round, Robert Hight in the quarter-finals, John Force in the semi-finals and Del Worsham in the final)

2015 Toyota Nationals Event Recap: Qualified ninth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated John Force in the first round, lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quarter-finals)

Previous Event Recap (Dallas): Qualified ninth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated John Force in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarter-finals)

Career Stats: 115 starts, 82 round wins, 4 wins, 7 finals, 4 No.1 qualifiers

Countdown Stats: Third consecutive appearance; 16 overall Countdown starts; 2 No.1 qualifiers; 12 total Countdown round wins

2016 Season Stats: One win (Las Vegas-I); One semifinal (Bristol); One No. 1 qualifier (Charlotte-I); 13 round wins

Point Standings: 10th (-314); trails ninth-place Tim Wilkerson by 77 points
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Paul Lee

Lee Las Vegas pre-race notes

2015 Toyota Nationals Event Recap: Qualified 15th; First round defeat (Lost to Courtney Force in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (2015 Auto Club Finals - Pomona, Calif.): Qualified 13th; First round defeat (Lost to Matt Hagan in the first round)

Career Stats: 53 starts, 13 round wins

2016 Season Stats: Season debut
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Paul Lee Racing

Funny Car racer Paul Lee, who will make his season debut at the Toyota NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas as part of the Kalitta Motorsports team, visited the Wally Parks NHRA Studio where Amanda Busick spoke with him about his new team and his plans for the future.

Lee will campaign the McLeod Clutches Toyota Camry Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports for the last two events on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Veteran Todd Smith will be tuning the car.

Lee, who resides in Orange County, Calif., is the president of McLeod Racing LLC, a global leader in automotive and clutch driveline technology. He will own the equipment, but it will be run out of the Kalitta Motorsports Ypsilanti, Mich.-based shop.

Lee began drag racing at age 18 in his home state of New Jersey. Lee drove Top Alcohol Funny Cars from 1988 until 2005 and won three NHRA national event titles and one divisional race. Lee stepped up to nitro Funny Cars in 2005 and has run as quick as 4.007 at nearly 318 mph.

Paul Lee Racing

JR TODD

YPSILANTI, Mich. (October 19, 2016) – SealMaster, the one-stop source for pavement maintenance products and equipment, and Kalitta Motorsports are pleased to announce a contract extension for the 2017 season. SealMaster will continue as the primary sponsor on J.R. Todd’s Top Fuel dragster for the entire 2017 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Season schedule. SealMaster will also be an associate backer on the Top Fuel dragsters driven by Doug Kalitta and Troy Coughlin, Jr. and the Toyota Camry Funny Cars of Alexis DeJoria and Del Worsham.

“It is always exciting to announce a sponsorship renewal, especially with SealMaster. They are truly some of the greatest people to work with,” said Todd. “It has been an awesome season representing all of the incredible SealMaster franchisees and I am thrilled to be able to do the same for the entire 2017 season as well. I have been welcomed into the SealMaster family and they always come out in huge groups to support us on track as well. We did a lot of good this season, but I am ready to see what 2017 will offer in this SealMaster Toyota Top Fuel dragster.”

SealMaster franchisees manufacture pavement sealer and distribute a full line of pavement maintenance products and equipment throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico. Franchisees serve contractors, public and private road maintenance departments, property managers and others charged with pavement maintenance and preservation. They first signed with Kalitta Motorsports in the 2014 season as an associate sponsor on the Top Fuel dragsters driven by Kalitta and Todd. Last season, they expanded that relationship to the primary level for two races with Todd before becoming his title sponsor for the entire 2016 season.

"It’s been a great three seasons with Kalitta Motorsports and we’re looking forward to another in 2017,” says SealMaster Franchise Director Rick Simon. “Our brand is aligned with a talented driver on a highly regarded team, which brings significant visibility to SealMaster. The team is wonderful to work with and very conscientious about delivering value to us as a partner.”

Todd has taken the fan-favorite SealMaster scheme to his career-best season, with a new high in round wins and matching his rookie year total of four final round appearances. He gave SealMaster their first win as a primary sponsor with a victory at the Toyota Sonoma Nationals in July. Todd clinched his third consecutive Countdown for the Championship appearance with a semi-final effort in Seattle and has ranked among the top eight drivers in the Top Fuel standings after every race this season.

“SealMaster has truly embraced this program and it has been great to see,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “Each week we welcome franchisees and their guests to the track and to see the joy on their face is awesome. SealMaster has become a big part of the Team Kalitta family and we look forward to this relationship continuing for many years to come.”
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Del Worsham

Worsham advances to semi-finals

Race Recap: As the defending race winner, Worsham was very excited to get back to the Texas Motorplex. Worsham ran well in qualifying with three complete passes. His best, a 3.907 second run, was in the prime conditions on Friday's evening and that slotted Worsham in the sixth position for Sunday's eliminations.

Friend Chad Head was the first opponent. Worsham's DHL Toyota pulled hard towards the wall at the finish line, but he hung onto it and moved past Head with a 3.909 second pass. That run gave him lane choice over Tommy Johnson Jr. in the second round. Johnson Jr. was riding a streak of three consecutive final round appearances, but Worsham and the DHL Yella Fellas were able to put a stop to that. They ran quicker than their opening lap with a 3.907 and moved Worsham to his seventh semi-final in the last nine events.

Points leader Ron Capps was the semi-final draw. Crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nicky Boninfante guided the DHL Toyota Camry to another stellar run, a 3.900, but it was not enough to take out Capps.

Statistics:

Qualified: No. 6 (3.857 sec., 326.95 mph)

E1: Worsham defeated Head - 3.909 sec., 328.14 mph to 3.924 sec., 328.06 mph

E2: Worsham defeated Johnson Jr. - 3.907 sec., 324.75 mph to 4.036 sec., 291.82 mph

E3: Worsham defeated by Capps - 3.900 sec., 327.11 mph to 3.904 sec., 321.35 mph

Quotable: "Not the way we wanted the FallNationals to end for this DHL Toyota team. Our car ran strong all weekend, but it was not our day. Vegas is a big race for Toyota, and we plan to race hard and try to pick up a win there."

Point Standings: Fifth (-148); trails with fourth-place Jack Beckman by 14 points, leads sixth-place Robert Hight by 42 points

JR Todd

A return to the semi-finals for Todd in Dallas

Race Recap: After a weather-affected Reading race, Todd and the SealMaster team were eager to get to Texas Motorplex and the AAA FallNationals. In qualifying, Todd was stout. They earned bonus points in two of the final three rounds and started a solid fourth overall with a 3.723 second effort.

At his 150th career NHRA Top Fuel event, Todd's first draw was Texan Troy Buff. Todd was stout on the tree and the tune-up was great down track, and the SealMaster team moved past the first round and earned Todd's 30th round win of the season.

In the second round, Todd faced fellow Countdown competitor Brittany Force. Todd again left first and pulled ahead early to move back to the semi-finals for the eighth time in the last 11 events. However, Todd's race would end there. He was ahead of semi-final opponent, Antron Brown, at both of the 60' and 330' lines, but the SealMaster ride encountered troubles before the finish yielding the round win to Brown.

Statistics:

Qualified: No. 4 (3.723 sec., 309.27 mph)

E1: Todd defeated Buff - 3.723 sec., 324.36 mph to 3.849 sec., 313.58 mph

E2: Todd defeated B. Force - 3.724 sec., 323.12 mph to 4.181 sec., 245.00 mph

E3: Todd defeated by Brown - 3.849 sec., 279.90 mph to 3.731 sec., 319.52 mph

Quotable: "We had a solid day with this SealMaster Toyota team, but it ended earlier than we would have liked. We had a great run going there in the semis, but it just did not make it to the line. The SealMaster team will regroup and move to Vegas where we have had a lot of success in the past."

Point Standings: Seventh (-244); trails sixth-place Tony Schumacher by 35 points, leads eighth-place Leah Pritchett by 10 points

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta falls in the quarter-finals

Race Recap: Kalitta returned to his familiar Mac Tools colors in Dallas at Texas Motorplex and the team was ready from the first run. Jim Oberhofer tuned the Mac Tools dragster to the second-best run in the first session earning valuable bonus points. However, that pass would stay as Kalitta's best run during qualifying, and he eventually got pushed from second to ninth. It was Kalitta's first time this season starting race day from the bottom half of the field.

Kalitta and his opponent, Richie Crampton, were pair number one on the Texas Motorplex surface after the National Anthem was sung. Kalitta's Mac Tools ride moved first and steady pulled away from the Crampton machine to move Kalitta to the final eight. In the second round, Kalitta drew the man he is chasing for the title, Antron Brown. Kalitta and Brown left together, but Brown would pull away to take the round win.

Statistics:

Qualified: No. 9 (3.745 sec., 321.04 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Crampton - 3.715 sec., 325.30 mph to 4.815 sec., 166.31 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Brown - 3.765 sec., 327.19 mph to 3.729 sec., 320.74 mph

Quotable: “We were hoping to go rounds today and that was a tough loss. The Mac Tools team will continue to fight hard at Toyota's race in Las Vegas."

Point Standings: Second (-150); trails first-place Antron Brown by 150 points, leads third-place Shawn Langdon by 22 points
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Alexis DeJoria 

DeJoria earns Dallas round win

Race Recap: In her adopted hometown, DeJoria was eager to do well among many friends and family that had gathered. DeJoria showed consistency in qualifying with three clean passes. Her best, a 3.911, came in the last qualifying pass, giving DeJoria and the Patrón team confidence heading into raceday. DeJoria's first opponent was John Force. The last Funny Car duo to see the track, Force moved before the green giving the round win to DeJoria. She had a solid pass with the win, running a 3.922 seconds. DeJoria's day ended in the second round despite another nice run.

Statistics:

Qualified: No. 9 (3.911 sec., 319.37 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated J. Force - 3.922 sec., 324.36 mph to Foul

E2: DeJoria defeated by Hight - 3.918 sec., 326.00 mph to 3.885 sec., 329.83 mph

Point Standings: 10th (-314); trails ninth-place Tim Wilkerson by 77 points
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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (954)
2. Leah Pritchett (943)
3. Antron Brown (934)
4. Tony Schumacher (801)
5. Doug Kalitta (678) 
6. Brittany Force (649)
7. Clay Millican (639)
8. Troy Coughlin Jr. (443)
9. Scott Palmer (432)
10. Terry McMillen (424)
11. Shawn Langdon (323)
 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Ron Capps (1044)
2. Matt Hagan (881)
3. Jack Beckman (748)
4. Robert Hight (707)
5. Courtney Force (704)
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (663)
7. John Force (641)
8. Tim Wilkerson (490)
9. J.R. Todd (476)
10. Cruz Pedregon (397)
14. Alexis DeJoria (327)

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