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Worsham defeated 16-time NHRA Funny Car World Champion in the final round - 4.064 sec., 318.39 mph to 4.104 sec., 321.42 mph. “I want everyone to remember I’m driving Scott’s (Kalitta, who died in a racing accident in 2008) car. He was a good friend of mine and the DHL car will always be Scott’s car. I can’t thank Connie (Kalitta, team owner, drag racing legend and Scott’s father) enough for letting me be a part of his team and having this opportunity to drive for Kalitta Motorsports.”

dWith his win, Worsham became the first driver to win the fall event in Las Vegas in both nitro-fueled classes.

J.R. Todd, driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster, raced to a runner-up finish in the class. It was Todd’s third trip to the “money round” of 2014 and the 11th of his career. In the previous five NHRA national events, Todd has leaped from 10th place to 3rd place in Mello Yello championship points.

For the first time in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship “playoffs” era, all four Team Kalitta drivers and teams finished in the top 10 in Mello Yello championship points during the “regular season” to qualify for the six-event Countdown to the Championship, which began in Charlotte in September.

Team Kalitta nitro race cars now have seven event wins and have appeared in a team-record 22 championship rounds so far in the 24-event 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule of events this year.

Team Kalitta Eliminations Recap:

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

No. 12 Qualifier (4.090 sec., 311.13 mph)

E1: Worsham defeated Arend - 4.110 sec., 309.63 mph to 12.355 sec., 71.81 mph
E2: Worsham defeated Capps - 4.092 sec., 315.19 mph to 4.138 sec., 315.71 mph
E3: Worsham defeated Hagan - 4.059 sec., 315.71 mph to 4.091 sec., 315.71 mph
E4: Worsham defeated J. Force - 4.064 sec., 318.39 mph to 4.104 sec., 321.42 mph

J.R. Todd  – Driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster:

No. 1 Qualifier (3.732 sec., 327.43 mph)

E1: Todd defeated Zizzo - 3.816 sec., 290.82 mph to 3.811 sec., 322.88 mph
E2: Todd defeated alBalooshi - 3.777 sec., 321.19 mph to 3.781 sec., 319.37 mph
E3: Todd defeated B. Torrence - 3.781 sec., 323.43 mph to 3.796 sec., 325.45 mph
E4: Todd defeated by Massey - 7.375 sec., 87.51 mph to 3.756 sec., 330.88 mph

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

No. 3 Qualifier (3.747 sec., 317.34 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by B. Force - 4.121 sec., 251.63 mph to 3.789 sec., 325.69 mph

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car:

No. 9 Qualifier (4.076 sec., 308.35 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated by Johnson Jr. - 4.088 sec., 303.98 mph to 4.104 sec., 310.70 mph

Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points:

Top Fuel

1 - Tony Schumacher (2501)
2 - Spencer Massey (2392)
3 - J.R. Todd (2389)
4 - Shawn Langdon (2367)
5 - Doug Kalitta (2366)
6 - Steve Torrence (2355)
7 - Antron Brown (2324)*
8 - Khalid alBalooshi (2292)*
9 - Brittany Force (2239)*
10 - Richie Crampton (2238)*

* Eliminated from championship contention

Funny Car

1 - Matt Hagan (2510)
2 - John Force (2489)
3 - Courtney Force (2389)
4 - Tommy Johnson Jr. (2362)
5 - Robert Hight (2360)
6 - Del Worsham (2341)*
7 - Ron Capps (2313)*
8 - Alexis DeJoria (2300)*
9 - Tim Wilkerson (2259)*
10 - Cruz Pedregon (2206)*

* Eliminated from championship contention

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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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