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Kalitta Motorsports News

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (June 25, 2013)— Coming off of two back-to-back race weekends in Bristol, Tenn. and Epping, N.H., the Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car team is full speed ahead as they prepare for the 16th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill. this weekend, June 28-30.

While the past two races were not as successful as the Kalitta Motorsports black-and-green Patron-backed team would have hoped, the vibe remains positive going into this weekend's race. "These stretches of nonstop races are pretty grueling, but to be honest, we're all so amped to pick up that elusive first win that we like to get back out on the track right away and have another shot at it. We"re all working so hard, and want it so bad. Every weekend that we get back out on the race track we feel a renewed sense of energy and are eager to start each race fresh and on a positive note," said Alexis DeJoria, pilot of the 10,000 horsepower Patron hot rod.

EPPING, N.H. (June 23, 2013) Round one of eliminations at the inaugural NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. was the setting for an epic matchup between friends, and the only two female Funny Car drivers competing in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Alexis DeJoria and Courtney Force.

The two women, both in their sophomore seasons as professional drivers, are constantly pitted by the media as rivals, and while both are fierce competitors and hungry to be the best, they'€™re close friends both on track and off.

Prior to the New England Nationals, the two have met in eliminations only once this year, with DeJoria, pilot of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car coming away the victor, (Rd. 1, NHRA Spring Nationals, Baytown, Texas). In their second 2013 matchup at the New England Dragway on Sunday, No. 14 qualifier DeJoria did not fare as well against No. 3 qualifier Force, running a 4.295-second pass to Force’s 4.128.

Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry

The Results:

Q1: 4.236 ET at 297.75 MPH

Q2:4.229 ET at 294.37 MPH

Q3: 4.526 ET at 196.42 MPH

Q4: 4.288 ET at 267.11 MPH

The Competition:

No. 14 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 3 Courtney Force

*DeJoria is 1-0 over C. Force in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series


Alexis DeJoria, Driver

“It’s great to be in Epping. I have my whole family out here this weekend and I’m really excited to have their support.”

“Qualifying has been somewhat tricky for us. We’ve been running consistent 4.20’s [seconds, elapsed time], which isn’t as fast as we would like. There are some bumps in the left lane but at least we’re getting down the track. Anything can happen tomorrow. We’re in the show and that’s all that matters. You can win from any qualifying position.”

Tommy DeLago, Crew Chief

“We had a gremlin in the car last night which really hurt our qualifying position, unfortunately. It’s important to run a good e.t. in that Friday night run, so it was disappointing that we couldn’t. I think we could’ve run somewhere between a 10-12 [4.10-12, seconds, e.t.] which would have possibly made for an easier first round tomorrow. But, we’re professionals, and we’ll do what we have to do. We race Courtney first round. They’re a competitive team, but sometimes to be the best you’ve got to beat the best. We’ll go out there tomorrow and take our best shot. Every Sunday that we go out and race, I believe that we can win. We’ll evaluate all of our valuable information, go out there tomorrow, and kick butt.”

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 4.273 seconds, 198.23 mph
Q2: 3.795 seconds, 323.97 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q3: 3.996 seconds, 293.09 mph
Q4: 4.249 seconds, 202.39 mph
Qualifies: 1st – Kalitta grabs the No. 1 qualifying position for the fourth time in the first 11 events of the 2013 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. It marks the 35th time Kalitta will start from the top spot in his 16-year Top Fuel career.
David Grubnic – Driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 4.537 seconds, 171.86 mph
Q2: 3.817 seconds, 321.96 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q3: 3.849 seconds, 318.02 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q4: 7.400 seconds, 75.56 mph

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Funny Car Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

1 Robert Hight 990
2 John Force 786
3 Tommy Johnson Jr 783
4 Ron Capps 741
5 Jack Beckman 720
6 J.R. Todd 711
7 Matt Hagan 624
8 Tim Wilkerson 587
9 Bob Tasca III 574
10 Shawn Langdon 528

Top Fuel Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

1 Steve Torrence 1048
2 Doug Kalitta 709
3 Mike Salinas 691
4 Antron Brown 676
5 Brittany Force 663
6 Clay Millican 611
7 Leah Pritchett 571
8 Richie Crampton 499
9 Austin Prock 486
10 Terry McMillen 470



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