Kalitta claims Friday’s top spot with track record pass



MORRISON, COLO. (July 21, 2017) – Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel dragster, blazed down Bandimere Speedway this evening to a track record elapsed time and provisional top qualifying position for this weekend’s Mile High Nationals.

After having an issue with the starter in the first round of qualifying, Kalitta and the Mac Tools team were forced to run early in Friday’s final qualifying passes. They were unfazed as Kalitta sped down the track in 3.767 seconds breaking the old track record. Kalitta was forced to watch many more machines take their shot, but none would defeat him and he would rank at the top after two qualifying sessions competed. 

“I am so proud of Jim, Troy and this whole Mac Tools Toyota team,” said Kalitta. “They bounced back from adversity and really came out strong in that session. This track has been so good to so to Kalitta family for years, and I hope to carry that tradition on as we continue this weekend.”

Shawn Langdon also made a solid pass in the evening session and is currently seeded fifth after just missing bonus points in the first session. Troy Coughlin Jr.’s SealMaster Toyota is 13th. In Funny Car, Alexis DeJoria holds seventh and J.R. Todd ranks 10th.

Qualifying resumes tomorrow at 4:30pmMT.