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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta Gatornationals

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.736 sec. at 162.22 MPH
Q2: No run; mechanical malfunction 
Q3: 3.832 sec. at 325.92 MPH
Q4: 3.827 sec. at 327.19 MPH

Bonus Points: 5 pts. (Second best of the third session, best of the fourth session)
Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Richie Crampton

Quotable: “Solid recovery for the Mac Tools team after a tough first day of qualifying on Friday here at the Gatornationals. Not happy to draw our teammate in the first round tomorrow, but we will get ready and make a great race out of it."

Richie Crampton Gatornationals

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 6.983 sec. at 89.47 MPH
Q2: 4.228 sec. at 198.64 MPH
Q3: 13.029 sec. at 94.88 MPH
Q4: 3.942 sec. at 305.49 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Doug Kalitta

Quotable: "It has been a challenging qualifying session out here for all of the teams. It is not the ideal situation to be racing Doug in the first round tomorrow, but big picture, one of these Kalitta Toyota dragsters will be in the second round. That is the important part." 

Shawn Langdon Gatornationals

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


Q1: 4.068 sec. at 310.34 MPH
Q2: 3.926 sec. at 327.03 MPH
Q3: 6.346 sec. at 107.33 MPH
Q4: 4.632 sec. at 164.27 MPH

Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Gary Densham

Quotable: "We have just been doing good. Today, we were testing the track in Q3 and then dropped a cylinder in Q4, but we were able to use the run from Friday to qualify fourth. We feel confident with the Global Electronic Technology Toyota that we have a good tune-up for the warm conditions. We are ready for raceday. I feel good in the car; we are just ready to win a race."
Notes: The 3.926 second pass reset Langdon's career-best elapsed time.

JR Todd Gatornationals

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

Q1: 3.998 sec. at 324.28 MPH
Q2: 3.962 sec. at 326.40 MPH
Q3: 4.841 sec. at 164.23 MPH
Q4: 5.956 sec. at 113.94 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best run of the first session)
Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Del Worsham

Quotable: "I am still trying to get comfortable with the new car. It drives different than what I have been used to. It is good; I just need to do a better job driving. Today, we just struggled to get down the track and didn't qualify where we wanted to. We have to race our buddy Del tomorrow, but hopefully we can get out of here with four win lights for Toyota, DHL, WIX Filters and all of our great sponsors that are here this weekend."

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta looks for second early season win

Gainesville Highlights: Three wins (2014, 2005, 2000); Two no. 1 qualifiers (2013, 2003)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Arizona Nationals): Qualified fifth; First round defeat (Lost to Billy Torrence in the first round)

2017 NHRA Gatornationals Recap: Qualified second; Semifinalist (Defeated Ike Maier in the first round and Leah Pritchett in the quarterfinals, lost to Antron Brown in the semifinals)

Quotable: “The Gatornationals is a historic race that means a lot to me and the NHRA as a whole. We had a strong start to the season with the Mac Tools team, and I am looking forward to getting back on track and hopefully picking up another Wally.”

Career Stats: 460 starts; 627 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); 4 round wins; second 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

Richie Crampton

Crampton desires first round wins of the season

Gainesville Highlights: One no. 1 qualifier (2016)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Arizona Nationals): Qualified fifth; First round defeat (Lost to Scott Palmer in the first round)

2017 NHRA Gatornationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “It has been a long two weeks off. We are looking forward to having a good showing for DHL and all of our partners. We cannot wait to get going again at the legendary Gatornationals!” 

Career Stats: 81 starts; 75 round wins; Seven wins; Nine finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: Two starts; 15th in the standings

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

Shawn Langdon

After solid effort in Phoenix, Langdon looks for more success in Florida

Gainesville Highlights: Two no.1 qualifiers (2015, 2014)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Arizona Nationals): Qualified 10th; Semifinalist (Defeated Cruz Pedregon in the first round and Ron Capps in the quarterfinals, lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the semifinals)

2017 NHRA Gatornationals (Top Fuel): Did not compete

Quotable: “Gainesville has been one of the tracks that I love going to but I cannot seem to find any success there. I have made good runs in the past, but it is definitely one of those races I want to check off and I will have a prime opportunity this weekend. We came out of Phoenix with a strong run with the Global Electronic Technology Toyota and we are looking for the first win in a Funny Car in front of the great crowd that the Gatornationals always offers.”

Career Stats: 207 starts; 249 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Two starts; Two round wins)

2018 Season: Two starts; Two 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 earn his 250th career round win with opening round win in Gainesville

JR Todd

Todd makes plans for first Gainesville win

Last Event Recap (NHRA Arizona Nationals): Qualified eighth; First round defeat (Lost to Matt Hagan in the first round)

2017 NHRA Gatornationals: Qualified seventh; First round defeat (Lost to Jonnie Lindberg in the first round)

Quotable: “The Gatornationals has always been one of my favorite races. It is the first major race on the east coast and draws in a lot of people. To win this one, it would be right up there at the top.”

Career Stats: 174 starts; 168 round wins; 11 wins; 21 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 26 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 19 round wins)

2018 Season: Two starts; One round win; ninth 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

Shawn Langdon

Langdon earns first Funny Car semi-final result

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car advanced to the semi-finals for the first time in Phoenix at the Arizona Nationals. 

The Global Electronic Technology team had a very nice Saturday qualifying effort with each of their runs ranked in the top five of the session. The final pass, a 3.927 second run at 329.42 mph, reset Langdon's career-bests in both elapsed time and mph. That run placed Langdon in the 10th position on the qualifying sheet and a draw of former champion Cruz Pedregon in the first round.

Langdon and Pedregon would leave side-by-side, but the Global Electronic Technology Camry was ahead shortly after. Pedregon suffered woes, but Langdon's ride was clean to the stripe. That was Langdon's first Funny Car round win.

The ride would not end there though. Langdon advanced to the quarterfinals to face Ron Capps. This time, Langdon got the better of the 2016 Funny Car champion. Langdon moved first and recorded the best elapsed time of the quarterfinals to earn the round win. Langdon's reaction time was the best of the session among the Funny Car class.

Langdon's solid sophomore Funny Car effort would end in the semifinals. The Global Electronic Technology Camry made another solid run, a 3.958, and Langdon moved first, but opponent Tommy Johnson Jr. was able to move around Langdon and advance to the finals. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.927 sec., 329.42 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Pedregon - 3.965 sec., 328.22 mph to 5.112 sec., 152.95 mph 

E2: Langdon defeated Capps - 3.927 sec., 328.14 mph to 4.651 sec., 182.30 mph

E3: Langdon defeated by Johnson Jr. - 3.958 sec., 325.77 mph to 3.916 sec., 328.46 mph

Quotable: “Good thing is we were the only car to make three runs down the track. We tried to play it smart and we ended up getting lane choice in the semis. We moved the Global Electronic Technology Camry to the right lane. We had run in the left lane all day and had the tuneup for that, but we thought the right lane was better and it was. It was just even better than we expected. We lost in the semis. Not a bad weekend. We are making gains; I am growing as a driver. We are learning as a group. It was a good weekend. We can't complain about it much, just lost a good race." 

Point Standings: Eighth; leads John Force by nine points for ninth; trails Jonnie Lindberg by three points for sixth

Crampton Sunday PHX

Crampton unable to score round win despite solid qualifying effort

Race Recap: Richie Crampton and the Kalitta Air team suffered a tough first round loss at the Arizona Nationals. 

The qualifying portion of the weekend was solid for Crampton. In the afternoon session on Friday, Crampton nearly scored bonus points with a career-best tying run of 3.683 seconds. That seeded him fourth going into Saturday. The Kalitta Air team was unable to improve in the final two passes of qualifying and was bumped from fourth to fifth. His first round opponent was Scott Palmer.

Crampton got the jump at the line and was leading at the 60' line. However, the Kalitta Air machine had issues shortly after and Palmer was able to drive around Crampton's machine and score the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 5 (3.683 sec., 323.27 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated by Palmer - 5.061 sec., 144.95 mph to 3.768 sec., 325.45 mph 

Quotable: “Definitely a building weekend for this Kalitta Air Toyota team. I think we got caught waiting for an oil down in front of us. No excuses, but we have confidence we know where we wrong. We will be ready for Gainesville." 

Point Standings: 15th; trails Blake Alexander by four points for 14th

Kalitta Sunday PHX

Kalitta loses early in wild pedalfest

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta lost in the first round in a wild pedalfest against Billy Torrence earlier today at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix. 

The Mac Tools team did not have the qualifying effort that they are accustomed too. They had three solid passes in the mid 3.7 second range, but in quick conditions in Phoenix, that was only good enough for 11th overall. That gave the Mac Tools team a draw of Billy Torrence, who was in his first race of the season. 

The final pair of the first round of eliminations would put on a very memorable show. Both machines hit tire smoke quickly after the hit of the throttle and both drivers began pedaling quickly after. After getting on and off the throttle many times and putting on quite a show for the sold-out Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park crowd, Kalitta was defeated by the closest of margins.  

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.742 sec., 328.78 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by B. Torrence - 6.714 sec., 154.46 mph to 6.570 sec., 138.34 mph

Quotable: “Not the weekend we were looking for with this Mac Tools Toyota. A wild pedalfest for sure and we came up just short. We will get this Mac Tools machine tuned up and head to Gainesville and try to score another win there."

Point Standings: Second; leads Tony Schumacher by four points for third; trails Steve Torrence by 39 points for first 

JR Todd PHX 

Todd has no luck in hard fought first round loss

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters Toyota team put together a solid first round pass, but despite recording the fourth-best effort of the session, Todd was defeated.

Todd had a decent qualifying effort as the DHL Toyota was able to score a bonus point in the third qualifying session. The 3.919 seconds pass moved Todd inside the top half of the field for the second straight weekend. He earned the eighth starting spot and was paired in the first round with Winternationals winner Matt Hagan.

After watching most of the cars struggle to make clean runs, Todd and Hagan came to the the line as the final pair of nitro racing in the first round. Todd was ready and recorded the best reaction time of the class. The DHL Toyota reached the finish line in 4.017 seconds, which was the fourth best run of the session. Still, despite Todd's efforts on the line and the solid pass, Hagan was able to score the round win by laying down the second-best pass of the session. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 8 (3.919 sec., 323.43 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Hagan - 4.017 sec., 320.66 mph to 3.910 sec., 331.85 mph

Quotable: "We had some very tricky track conditions here in Phoenix and we definitely did not perform the way we needed to get by Hagan. We will go back and regroup and get ready for Gainesville." 

Point Standings: 10th; leads Cruz Pedregon by one point; trails John Force by 12 points 

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Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.755 sec. at 325.30 MPH
Q2: 3.683 sec. at 323.27 MPH
Q3: 9.742 sec. at 86.77 MPH
Q4: 8.447 sec. at 90.24 MPH

Starting Position: 5th

First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer

Quotable:
"I am stoked to be in the top half of the field. I think we have a good car for raceday. Everything is working well and I am excited for tomorrow."

Notes:
3.683 second pass ties Crampton's career-best elapsed time (Dallas 2017). 

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.786 sec. at 321.42 MPH
Q2: 5.288 sec. at 132.96 MPH
Q3: 3.776 sec. at 319.52 MPH
Q4: 3.742 sec. at 328.78 MPH

Starting Position: 11th

First Round Matchup: Billy Torrence

Quotable: “We were looking for more in our Mac Tools machine, but we have a good starting point for tomorrow. We have a tough round one opponent, but I am confident in my team and tomorrow is going to be a solid day."

JR Todd

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

Q1: 3.944 sec. at 324.20 MPH
Q2: 8.736 sec. at 81.04 MPH
Q3: 3.919 sec. at 323.43 MPH
Q4: 4.820 sec. at 164.17 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best run of the third session)

Starting Position: 8th

First Round Matchup:
Matt Hagan

Quotable:
"Honestly, not the qualifying effort we were looking for this weekend. We made a good run in Q3 and it is probably going to earn us last pair tomorrow. So hopefully we can see what everyone else does in front of us and make the right adjustments. We are hoping for a long day and four win lights."

Shawn Langdon

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

Q1: No time; clutch malfunction
Q2: 4.333 sec. at 209.59 MPH
Q3: 3.937 sec. at 326.24 MPH
Q4: 3.927 sec. at 329.42 MPH

Starting Position: 10th

First Round Matchup: Cruz Pedregon

Quotable: "We are making good improvements. Yesterday wasn't good, but today we had a solid day. We still have a lot of work to do; I am still learning on every run and they are still learning on what the car is going to do. Top five runs keep us in the hunt and we know the areas we need to pick it up in. Hopefully we will be able to do that tomorrow and have a good day."

Notes: The 3.927 second pass at 329.42 MPH resets both of Langdon's career-bests.

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta plans to continue winning ways 

Phoenix Highlights: One win (2001); Three finals (2015, 2010, 2004); Four no. 1 qualifiers (2016, 2014, 2013, 2003)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Winternationals): Qualified fifth; Race Winner (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, Scott Palmer in the quarterfinals, Clay Millican in the semifinals and Tony Schumacher in the finals)

2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals Recap: Qualified fifth; First round defeat (Lost to Shawn Reed in the first round)

Quotable: “We started the season strong with the Mac Tools Toyota. I am so proud of the work my guys put in and the work they are doing now to prepare us for Phoenix. It should be a good weekend and I am fully confident that we can go back to back."

Career Stats: 459 starts; 627 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); Four round wins; First 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: Uncle and Team Kalitta founder Connie Kalitta celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday; Fifth straight season with a win; Third straight season to lead the point standings at some point during the year; Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career, would be the 14th driver to earn that mark

Richie Crampton

Crampton ready for Phoenix

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

2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “We are excited to get to Phoenix for the Arizona Nationals. It helps that we have been there recently testing so we have some data to work off of. We are hopefully gonna give Connie a birthday weekend to remember.”

Career Stats: 80 starts; 75 round wins; Seven wins; Nine finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One start; 13th in the standings

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

Shawn Langdon

Langdon looking to score first Funny Car round wins

Phoenix Highlights: One no.1 qualifier (2012)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Winternationals): Qualified 12th; First round defeat (Lost to Ron Capps)

2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals (Top Fuel): Did not compete

Quotable: “I am excited about Phoenix. My team has had some success there and the weather conditions look really good. It should be a really fast weekend. The Global Electronic Technology team had a solid debut in Pomona, and we are looking to have more success on Sunday this weekend.” 

Career Stats: 206 starts; 247 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: One start)

2018 Season: One start; 10th in the standings

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

Noteworthy: Langdon will earn his 250th career round win with a final round appearance

JR Todd

With a solid start to the season, Todd plans for a longer run at the Arizona Nationals

Last Event Recap (NHRA Winternationals): Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated John Force in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals: Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Alexis DeJoria in the first round, lost to Jim Campbell in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “I am looking forward to getting back in the DHL Toyota Camry. I’m ready to pick up where we left off in Pomona and hopefully we can find a little more performance and go to the later rounds on Sunday.”

Career Stats: 173 starts; 168 round wins; 11 wins; 21 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 25 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 19 round wins)

2018 Season: One start; One round win; 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

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)
1. Steve Torrence (333)
2. Tony Schumacher (300)
3. Antron Brown (290)
4. Clay Millican (255)
5. Doug Kalitta (248)
6. Richie Crampton (215)

7. Leah Pritchett (202)
8. Scott Palmer (195)
9. Brittany Force (158)
10. Terry McMillen (148)
 

Funny Car (Unofficial)
1. Jack Beckman (338)
2. Courtney Force (302)
3. Matt Hagan (301)
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. (265)
5. Ron Capps (258)
6. J.R. Todd (235)
7. Robert Hight (222)
8. Shawn Langdon (205)
9. Jonnie Lindberg (171)
10. Del Worsham (167)

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