J..R. Todd Suffers Early Loss

J.R. Todd

J.R. Todd, DHL Funny Car

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

Qualifying: J.R. Todd was the No. 7 qualifier at the PlayNHRA Virginia NHRA Nationals. His best qualifying effort came during the first of three qualifying sessions Saturday afternoon when the DHL GR Supra needed just 4.069 seconds to reach the finish line at 312.13 mph.

Eliminations: Todd and the DHL Toyota team raced Matt Hagan in the first round. Todd and Hagan were the second pair to race after John Force’s accident which caused a delay of more than an hour. After the long wait, Todd left the starting line first, but both cars spun the tires at about the same point. Hagan’s car hooked up faster than Todd’s allowing him to win the round with a 4.33-second elapsed time over Todd’s 4.395-second effort. It was Todd’s second first-round loss of the season.

Unofficial Point Standings: Todd leaves Virginia in fourth place in the NHRA Funny Car point standings. He trails third-place Matt Hagan by 31 points and leads fifth-place Bob Tasca by 12 points.

Todd on Virginia: “First and most important, we’re all thinking about John (Force) and hope he’s doing ok. We’re definitely disappointed for the DHL GR Supra team, Revchem, SealMaster and everyone else who supports us. It was a tough weekend for everyone with the heat and a really hot race track. We smoked the tires at about the same time and both pedaled, but Hagan beat us to the finish. It’s too bad for this DHL team, but we’ll regroup and be ready to go next week in Ohio.”

Next Race: Team Kalitta will be back in action June 28-30, 2024 at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. For additional information, please visit www.nhra.com.  For additional information on Kalitta Motorsports, please visit www.teamkalitta.com.

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