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Doug Kalitta Brainerd

Kalitta plans to earn first victory of the season

Brainerd Highlights: Two wins (2005, 2003); Two finals (2014, 2000); Three No.1 qualifiers (2010, 2004, 2002)

Last Event Recap (Seattle): Qualified second; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Terry Haddock in the first round, lost to Terry McMillen in the quarterfinals)

2016 Brainerd Recap: Qualified sixth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Morgan Lucas in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “My Mac Tools team has been working very hard in this off week to get us ready for Brainerd. The place is always fast, so I know we will be strong. The goal is to score our first win of the season and I know that is within our grasp.”

Career Stats: 450 starts, 609 round wins (ninth all-time), 42 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 89 finals, 48 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: Two finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk); One no.1 qualifier (Norwalk); 20 round wins; sixth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta continues to rank as the top driver in the point standings without a win; currently he is just 15 points from the top five in the standings; Kalitta officially locked his spot in the NHRA Countdown for the Championship in Seattle, his 20th straight top ten points finish; Kalitta turns 53 on Sunday; Kalitta can claim the final Traxxas Shootout spot with a win or if a previous 2017 winner claims victory in Brainerd, Kalitta would earn the final spot based on his point standing. If there is another first time winner, Kalitta would be eligible for the fan vote.

 Shawn Langdon Brainerd

Brainerd record holder Langdon looks to have another fast weekend

Brainerd Highlights: Track ET record holder (3.662 sec. - 2015)

Last Event Recap (Seattle): Qualified eighth; First round loss (Lost to Mike Salinas in the first round)

2016 Brainerd Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified second; Semifinalist (Defeated Luigi Novelli in the first round and J.R. Todd in the quarterfinals, lost to Brittany Force in the semifinals)

Quotable: “Brainerd kicks off a really neat part of the year. We are getting really close to the Countdown. It is a pivotal time for my Global Electronic Technology team to make up the points to get a spot inside the top ten. Brainerd is a great track and a great overall facility. If weather allows, it can be quick, which is the most fun for us as drivers. The Brainerd fans are awesome as well. They have a great time camping in the zoo and show us a ton of support. It is truly one of the most exciting races on tour.”

Career Stats: 197 starts, 238 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 12 starts; Eight round wins; 11th in the point standings

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports from Don Schumacher Racing after Las Vegas in a full-time third Top Fuel entry; Langdon’s track record elapsed time (3.662 seconds - 2015) still holds as the third quickest pass in NHRA history; Langdon is looking to claim the last Traxxas Shootout spot, which he would earn with a win; he is not eligible for the fan vote due to missing the first four races of the season

 Troy Coughlin Jr Brainderd

Coughlin Jr. excited for Brainerd debut

Noteworthy: 17th career pro event; a candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former two-time Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former six-time NHRA champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.); part of Coughlin family with 114 career wins

Last Event Recap (Seattle): Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Tony Schumacher in the first round)

Quotable: “We have a new SealMaster Toyota Bounty Hunter chassis ready to go for the weekend. I am really optimistic about what we’re jumping into. The guys have been working long hours on this car. I cannot wait to go up for Q1!”

2017 Season Stats: 16 starts; Four round wins; 10th in the point standings

Career Info: Five national event wins (Three in Super Gas, Two in Super Comp); 2013 Division III Super Gas Champion; 2015 NHRA Pro Mod Rookie of the Year; Coughlin Jr. can claim the final Traxxas Shootout spot with a win this weekend, is eligible for the fan vote

 JR Todd Brainerd

Todd desires to duplicate team's 2016 victory

Brainerd Highlights: the DHL team are the reigning Brainerd Funny Car winners

Last Event Recap (Seattle): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to John Force in the first round)

2016 Brainerd Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified 10th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Richie Crampton tin the first round, lost to Shawn Langdon in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “Brainerd is a race a lot of us look forward to. The fans are great and extremely passionate about us being there. The track itself can be really good when the conditions are right. The 'Yella Fellas' won there last year so I am looking forward to trying to repeat." 

Career Stats: 164 starts, 161 round wins, 10 wins, 20 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 16 starts; One win (Sonoma); Two finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma); 12 round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 16 starts; One win (Sonoma); Two finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma); 12 round wins; ninth in the point standings

Noteworthy: With Sonoma win, became the 16th driver in NHRA history to have a Top Fuel and Funny Car win; locked into the Traxxas Shootout; first driver in Traxxas Shootout history to have competed in the Top Fuel and Funny Car shootouts

 Alexis Dejoria Brainerd

DeJoria Brainerd pre-race notes

Last Event Recap (Seattle): Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Jonnie Lindberg in the first round, lost to Matt Hagan in the quarterfinals)

2016 Brainerd Recap: Did not compete due to injury

Career Stats: 128 starts; 88 round wins; Four wins; Seven finals, Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: 13 starts; Six round wins; 14th in the point standings

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Kalitta clinches Countdown spot; claims Seattle round win

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta clinched his 20th straight top ten points finish this weekend in Seattle.

The driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster clinched his spot in the NHRA Countdown by qualifying for the Northwest Nationals, however, qualifying was a struggle for the Mac Tools team as the first three passes failed to yield a number that pleased them. They got it figured out for the final round of qualifying as they moved from the 15th spot to second with a 3.744 second pass. 

Kalitta drew Terry Haddock in the first round, but by the time Kalitta took the tree he was on his own as Haddock was shut off on the line. The Mac Tools team ran strong to the stripe recording a 3.768 second elapsed time. Next up for Kalitta was Terry McMillen. Unfortunately, the Mac Tools machine suffered a dropped cylinder which yielded a subpar run. McMillen was able to make it clean to the line to score the quarterfinal victory. 

Qualified: No. 2 (3.744 sec., 326.48 mph) E1: Kalitta defeated Haddock - 3.768 sec., 329.75 mph to No run E2: Kalitta defeated by McMillen - 3.900 sec., 309.27 mph to 3.804 sec., 317.49 mph

Quotable: "Tough way to end the Western Swing, but I know the time is coming soon for the Mac Tools team. We will go home, recoup and get ready for Brainerd."

Point Standings: Sixth; trails Brittany Force by 15 points for fifth; leads Clay Millican by 40 points for seventh

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Shredded blower belt ends Langdon's day early

Race Recap: A unfortunate mechanical woe ended Shawn Langdon's Western Swing earlier than the Global Electronic Technology team would have liked.

The Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn-tuned machine was stout in qualifying. In the first session of qualifying, Langdon would score two bonus points as the second best run of the session. He would add another point with his third session efforts, and seed the Global Electronic Technology machine in the eighth position. 

For the second straight weekend, Langdon would draw Mike Salinas in the first round. Salinas and Langdon would score the two best reaction times of the entire class, but Langdon was edging ahead when the blower belt shredded allowing Salinas to edge back ahead and score the round win. 

Qualified: No. 8 (3.797 sec., 322.81 mph)  E1: Langdon defeated by Salinas - 3.821 sec., 271.35 mph to 3.821 sec., 282.19 mph

Quotable: "Just bad luck. The guy took a shot at the tree last week and goes red, and this week, he does the same thing and goes green. To have the second best light of the round and lose on a holeshot is a tough pill to swallow as a driver. We were making a great run and it shreds the blower belt. Not sure why as the motor was clean, but it shreds the blower at 800 feet and shuts off. Just bad luck. The Global Electronic Technology guys are doing a great job, we have a good car and we make good qualifying runs, but something just goes wrong on raceday. Cannot dwell on it. We will go to Brainerd and keep making good runs, and hopefully things start going our way because we have a car capable of winning." 

Point Standings: 11th; trails Troy Coughlin Jr. by 24 points for 10th

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Coughlin Jr.'s SealMaster team continues to gel

Race Recap: Coughlin Jr. and the SealMaster team closed their first Western Swing at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

Coughlin Jr. made a good qualifying pass in the evening session on Friday that bumped him among the top half qualifiers going into Saturday. He would not improve on Saturday, but the SealMaster machine was still qualified solidly in the 11th position.

In the first round, Coughlin Jr. drew Tony Schumacher for the first time. Coughlin Jr.'s early numbers were strong, but the SealMaster ride fell quickly to tire smoke and Schumacher was able to score the round win.

Qualified: No. 11 (3.854 sec., 320.43 mph)  E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Schumacher - 4.615 sec., 169.83 mph to 3.741 sec., 328.94 mph

Quotable: "We are going to go to Brainerd and start from square one. I need to reset my mind mentally; I did not hit the tree very well at all. We have a great program; the guys are growing as a group. We have great leadership. The SealMaster Toyota guys are working hard and are a great group. I cannot wait till Brainerd."

Point Standings: 10th; trails Scott Palmer by 46 points for ninth; leads Shawn Langdon by 24 points for 11th

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Todd falls in the first round

Race Recap: The DHL team and driver J.R. Todd were unable to earn their second straight win earlier today in Seattle. 

The DHL team, led by Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith, were very strong in qualifying with three consecutive clean passes to start their Northwest Nationals efforts, just missing bonus points in both of the early sessions on Friday and Saturday. They went for it in the final qualifying session and suffered tire smoke. Still, they earned a top ten starting spot and a first round draw of John Force.

Todd and Force were the last nitro pair on track. Todd got the jump on Force on the starting line, but soon after hit tire smoke. Todd pedaled, but Force made a clean run to score the round win. 

Qualified: No. 9 (3.981 sec., 325.22 mph)  E1: Todd defeated by J. Force  - 4.884 sec., 193.60 mph to 3.939 sec., 327.03 mph

Quotable: "We smoked the tires in the first round. Not what we had in mind with the DHL Toyota Camry. We found some issues in the bellhousing that we are trying to work out, so we go back to the shop, get things worked out and get ready for Brainerd."

Point Standings: Ninth; trails Tim Wilkerson by three points for eighth; leads Cruz Pedregon by 155 points for 10th

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DeJoria closes the gap on the top ten

Qualified: No. 7 (3.963 sec., 324.05 mph)E1: DeJoria defeated Lindberg - 3.931 sec., 327.90 mph to 3.999 sec., 322.81 mphE2: DeJoria defeated by Hagan - 3.956 sec., 324.12 mph to 3.958 sec., 326.71 mph

Point Standings: 14th; trails Cruz Pedregon by 49 points for 10th

Doug Kalitta Sat Seattle

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.658 sec. at 161.77 MPH
Q2: 4.763 sec. at 157.06 MPH
Q3: 6.525 sec. at 104.48 MPH
Q4: 3.744 sec. at 326.48 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second best in the last session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Terry Haddock
Quotable: “That run was a great way to end qualifying for the Mac Tools team. We have hit on a great tuneup and I hope that translates to four win lights tomorrow here in Seattle."
Note: Doug Kalitta clinched his spot in the NHRA Countdown for the Championship by qualifying for the NHRA Northwest Nationals.

Shawn Langdon Sat seattle

Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.845 sec. at 314.46 MPH
Q2: 4.676 sec. at 158.99 MPH
Q3: 3.797 sec. at 322.81 MPH
Q4: 4.090 sec. at 214.93 MPH

Bonus Points: 3 pts. (Second best in the first session, third best in the third session.)
Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Mike Salinas
Quotable: "We picked up a couple points in qualifying. We were hoping to pick up a couple more spots on the last run but it started burning the head gasket out of it so it shut itself off. Ended up 8th and we have lane choice, which is good. We have Salinas; he has been making good runs, so it will not be an easy round, which is okay. The Global Electronic Technology car has been running strong lately; we need to pick up a couple rounds tomorrow. That is going to be our focal point." 

Troy Coughlin Jr Sat Seattle

Troy Coughlin Jr., driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.706 sec. at 160.50 MPH
Q2: 3.854 sec. at 320.43 MPH
Q3: 4.616 sec. at 164.15 MPH
Q4: 5.915 sec. at 114.94 MPH

Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Tony Schumacher

Quotable: "Tons of optimism in the SealMaster Toyota pits. We are learning a ton. We will take it up for E1, put our best cards down and see what she has." 

JR Todd Sat Seattle

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

Q1: 4.015 sec. at 318.39 MPH
Q2: 4.009 sec. at 322.88 MPH
Q3: 3.981 sec. at 325.22 MPH
Q4: 5.412 sec. at 133.66 MPH

Starting Position: 9th

First Round Matchup: John Force
Quotable: "We made three really good runs here in qualifying with the DHL Toyota Camry. We tried to step it up there in Q4 and it spun the tires. We just need to keep going rounds on Sunday and gain as many points as we can going into the Countdown."

Alexis DeJoria Sat Seattle

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

Q1: 4.046 sec. at 316.60 MPH 
Q2: 3.975 sec. at 321.04 MPH
Q3: 3.963 sec. at 322.19 MPH
Q4: 3.963 sec. at 324.05 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Third best of the second session, third best of the third session)
Starting Position: 7th

First Round Matchup: Jonnie Lindberg

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Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (664)
2. Clay Millican (569)
3. Tony Schumacher (539)
4. Doug Kalitta (497)
5. Leah Pritchett (489)
6. Terry McMillen (432)
7. Brittany Force (428)
8. Antron Brown (423)
9. Richie Crampton (312)
10. Mike Salinas (308)

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1. Courtney Force (670)
2. Jack Beckman (590)
3. Matt Hagan (540)
4. Robert Hight (512)
5. J.R. Todd (504)
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (490)
7. Ron Capps (440)
8. Cruz Pedregon (399)
9. Shawn Langdon (373)
10. Jonnie Lindberg (351)