Doug Kalitta Wins All-Kalitta NHRA Richmond Final Round

Doug Kalitta

TOP FUEL WINNER Doug Kalitta, Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Finals Broadcast Replay: 8-11 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2024 on FS2

Qualifying: Doug Kalitta was the No. 2 qualifier at the PlayNHRA Virginia NHRA Nationals. Kalitta’s elapsed time was a little better each time the Mac Tools dragster took to the track for one of Saturday’s three qualifying sessions. In the final session, right after his teammate, Shawn Langdon, moved into first in the battle for the No.1 qualifier, Kalitta posted a 3.883-second elapsed time at 318.69 mph to take the No. 2 spot.

Eliminations: Kalitta had a bye in the first round and then defeated Josh Hart in the second before a line of thunderstorms moved through. After the rain delay, in conditions far cooler than the scorching temperatures of the weekend, Kalitta defeated Tony Stewart to reach the final round against his teammate, Shawn Langdon. In the cooler conditions, Kalitta made a brilliant final-round run with a 3.752-second effort at 333.41 mph to take his third win in the season’s first nine races. It was the quickest and fastest run of the race weekend. It was Kalitta’s 55th-career win and his first at Virginia Motorsports Park since 2007. The win was also the sixth for Kalitta Motorsports in the season’s first nine races.

Unofficial Point Standings: Kalitta leaves Virginia in first place in the NHRA Top Fuel point standings. He leads his teammate, second-place Shawn Langdon, by 67 points.

Kalitta on Virginia: “It was good; Brian (Langdon Crew Chief Brian Husen) is obviously doing a great job with Shawn on the Kalitta Air Careers car. I was saying before the final round that it’s so nice that we’ve finally given Shawn a car to run and be competitive with. He’s one of the best drivers out here, and I’m just super proud of Connie (Team Owner Connie Kalitta), Chad (General Manager Chad Head) and everybody that’s helped us get where we are. We’ve been able to step up, not only Shawn’s program but also with what I have going on and also with J.R.’s team. I’m pretty sure Connie’s happy with how it went today. I’m sure he’s proud of what we accomplished. Shawn and his guys are always tough. It’s kind of like the rivalry at the shop because both cars use the same area so it’s a little bit of bragging rights there. Hats off to all my guys on this Mac Tools, Toyota, Revchem car. It was a great weekend for all of us!”