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Kalitta Motorsports News

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BRAINERD, Minn. (August 22, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. Results and quotes follow. The fourth qualifying session was called due to weather.

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 4.863 sec., 151.02 mph
Q2:3.987 sec., 226.35 mph
Q3:3.740 sec., 319.75 mph (One bonus point for the third best run of the session.)

No. 3 Qualifier

J.R. Todd Driver of the Red Line Oil Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 3.780 sec., 325.22 mph (One bonus point for the third best run of the session.)
Q2:3.781 sec., 328.78 mph
Q3:4.677 sec., 157.59 mph

No. 10 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.251 sec., 230.33 mph
Q2:4.011 sec., 317.72 mph
Q3:3.946 sec., 321.88 mph (One bonus point for the third best run of the session.)
(The 3.946 second run at 321.88 mph resets both of Alexis DeJorias career best numbers.)

No. 3 Qualifier

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.084 sec., 312.57 mph
Q2:7.201 sec., 90.89 mph
Q3:3.981 sec., 323.97 mph
(The 3.981 second run at 323.97 mph resets both of Del Worshams career best numbers.)

No. 8 Qualifier

First Round Competition:

  • 3) Doug Kalitta v. 14) Wayne Newby
  • 10) J.R. Todd v. 7) Antron Brown
  • 3) Alexis DeJoria v. 14) Brian Stewart
  • 8) Del Worsham v. 9) Matt Hagan

Quotables:

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “Great to have a solid run in the q. 3 pass to get the Mac Tools team back inside the top half of the ladder. We are planning on going rounds tomorrow and hopefully go one round further than last year.”

J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil Top Fuel Dragster: “I wish it didn’t rain so we could try to improve on tenth. The Red Line Oil team has a tough draw in round one, but we will go to the line and step on the gas and hopefully turn on the win light.”

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car: “I am really happy for our team this weekend. They are doing an excellent job. Tomorrow’s conditions should be good, but you never know what will happen. We will do our best.”

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “The DHL Toyota Camry had a few bugs when we got her, but I think we got them all straightened out. A very quick field makes it interesting for tomorrow, but the DHL team is always up for the challenge.”

ESPN TV Schedule:

08/22 Qualifications - 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. EST (ESPN2)

08/23 Eliminations - 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. EST (ESPN2)

Times and dates subject to change.

Event Schedule:

Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. PST.

Times and dates subject to change.

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BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 18, 2015)Last season, Kalitta Motorsports reset track records on their way to a final round appearance in Top Fuel and a semi-final performance in Funny Car. This season, Team Kalitta looks to turn those track records into victories and clinched spots in the Countdown for the Championship

Doug Kalitta, driver of Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, is the owner of the Top Fuel record at Brainerd International Raceway. Last season, Kalitta qualified second and defeated Spencer Massey in the second round with a 3.722 second run to reset the record. Kalitta’s stellar driving job earned the Mac Tools team another final round appearance with a holeshot win over Tony Schumacher, before crazy conditions and exciting racing did not go Kalitta’s way against Morgan Lucas.

That run earned Kalitta his fourth final round appearance in Brainerd, which includes two wins (2003 and 2005). Kalitta owns three no.1 qualifiers at the Minnesota track, most recently in 2010.

The Mac Tools team had a rough Western Swing, and I am really excited to go to a race where we had so much success last season,” said Kalitta.

Kalitta is one of three Team Kalitta drivers who can clinch their spot in the Countdown for the Championship in Brainerd. Drivers must rank 208 points ahead of 11th position to clinch their position. Kalitta, who is fifth in the standings, is 212 points to the good. If Kalitta clinches this weekend, it will guarantee his 18th consecutive top ten points finish. That streak is the best among active Top Fuel drivers.

Sitting just one spot behind Kalitta in the point standings is his teammate, J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil Top Fuel Dragster. Todd had a big weekend in Seattle earning his eighth career event win. He defeated Clay Millican and Terry McMillen in the first two rounds, before taking out former champions Tony Schumacher and Shawn Langdon to move from ninth to sixth in the point standings.

Sixth is the highest Todd has ranked in the point standings since end of last season where he was the championship runner-up. Todd can clinch his second consecutive top ten points position if he can gain 44 points on 11th throughout the weekend. If Todd clinches, it would guarantee his fourth career top ten championship effort.

Todd comes into Brainerd with more momentum than the previous season. His 16 round wins are two more than he earned prior to the Countdown last year, and eight of those round wins have come in the past four races. He also led the Top Fuel class with seven round wins on the Western Swing.

The Red Line Oil team is really looking to carry our momentum into Brainerd,said Todd. We really would like to clinch our spot in the Countdown and be able to go into Indy and concentrate on the win.

This is the ninth of ten events that Todd will campaign the Red Line Oil colors. Red Line Oil, who earned their first win as a primary sponsor in Seattle with Todd, will return to the machine in Dallas.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, is also coming off a record-setting effort last season in Brainerd.

In a weekend effort that Tommy DeLago labeled as testing, DeJoria was quick. In a first round match-up with Courtney Force, DeJoria was low for the session with a 4.010 second run. However, DeJoria and DeLago were not done there. In the quarter-finals against Matt Hagan, DeLago tuned DeJoria to the first 3 second run in the history of Brainerd International Raceway. The 3.998 elapsed time would not be beat throughout the rest of the weekend to hold as the track record.

Last seasons round wins were the first for DeJoria at Brainerd International Raceway, and she plans on earning a few more this weekend. Currently tied for the ninth position in the standings, DeJoria has a 74-point lead over Courtney Force. DeJoria helped herself throughout the Western Swing as she defeated C. Force twice in the first round and earned three round wins overall.

This is also the last weekend to secure a spot in the Traxxas Shootout. The Funny Car class has one position available for a first-time winner in the 2015 season.

DeJorias main competition to secure the Traxxas Shootout spot may be her teammate, Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Worsham advanced to his third final round of the season at our last race in Seattle. The DHL Camry was consistent throughout qualifying earning the second position. Worsham defeated John Hale, Tim Wilkerson and John Force to achieve his 57th career final round appearance.

Coming into Brainerd in 2014, Worsham had just 13 round wins, and he ended with 24 for the season. This season, the DHL team is much improved. The three round wins in Seattle gave Worsham 21 for the season.

Worsham is the only Funny Car driver that can clinch the last spot in the Traxxas Shootout in two different ways. His first victory of the season would work, but Worsham could also clinch by his pointsplacement. If there is not a new first-time winner this season, Worshams fifth position in points would earn him the last spot. This would be only the second time in Traxxas Shooutout history that the seventh driver was secured by pointsposition. The other driver who has earned a spot based on his consistency would be Worshams teammate, Doug Kalitta.

Worsham is searching for his first Brainerd win, but he does have fond memories of the Minnesota track. He earned his first career no.1 qualifier at this race back in 1991. Last season, Worsham earned another top ten starting position and round win over Tony Pedregon.

Worsham is the final Kalitta Motorsports driver who has a chance to guarantee his spot in the Countdown for the Championship. Worsham currently holds 248 points over the 11th position in the Funny Car standings.

JR Todd Wins Seattle

SEATTLE (August 9, 2015) J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil Top Fuel dragster, picked up his first win of the season today at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle.

Todd was solid in qualifying for the second consecutive weekend. His Red Line Oil team earned the sixth starting position with a 3.770 elapsed time. His matchup in round one would be the featured ESPN Marquee Matchup as he took on the 11th place driver Clay Millican in a race that could of been very damaging for Todds hopes of making the Countdown. However, Todd came prepared. He laid down the best reaction time of the round, and he needed it. A close race on the top end went Todds way and he moved on to round 2.

Next up, Terry McMillen, who is also serious about trying to make his way into the top ten for the first time. The drivers were even on the starting line before the Kalitta horsepower helped the Red Line Oil team move to semi-finals for the second consecutive weekend. Powerhouse Don Schumacher Racing and Tony Schumacher were next. Todd chose his lane and again was ready at the tree. For the second time in Seattle, Todd led the entire class in reaction time and drove it straight down the track to easily defeat a tire-smoking Schumacher.

A tough match-up in the final put Todd against Langdon. Todd had a slight advantage on the tree and drove that all the way to earn his first victory of the season. It is his eighth career victory and first since Denver 2014. He has now completed the career sweep as he also won in Sonoma in 2006.

To bounce back, it feels amazing!said Todd. I feel like we sustained momentum in Sonoma and carried it over here. It sucks that Connie isnt here, but he relayed information over to Jim O and James (Riola) and it worked. I have to thank Red Line Oil, SealMaster, all the companies that continue to help this team out. This is a big win!

Todd moved from ninth in the standings all the way up to the sixth spot, which is the highest he has ranked in the season. He is a full race ahead of 11th in the point standings.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, was consistent throughout qualifying, going quicker with each pass. Saturday, Jon Oberhofer and Nicky Boninfante really found their groove. A 4.020 second pass in the third session earned the team two bonus points, and they followed that up with a stellar 3.984 second pass which would tie Worshams career-best and earn his team another two big bonus points.

Worsham earned the second starting position and drew John Hale in the first round. Hale, flying new colors this weekend, was close early, but the DHL Camry steadily pulled away with another great 4.018 second pass.

Tim Wilkerson would be the next opponent. Wilkerson also had a stellar time in round one and actually earned lane choice in the second round, but Worsham was unfazed. Worsham beat him off the line, and easily down the track with a 4.041 second run.

The semi-finals put Worsham against the 16-time champion John Force. Force, staged deep and attempted to steal a round win, but the Kalitta tune-up was solid an Worsham was able to drive around Force by the finish line, and went even quicker with a 4.039 second run.

Worsham and the DHL team had another great run in the final, but were unable to pick-up the trophy after Johnson staged deep and was able to just barely hold off the DHL Camry at the top end.

Worsham rejoins the top five in points and sits fifth just two races before the point standings reset.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, started the weekend with a bang, literally. On a stellar pass in qualifying, the machine dropped a cylinder right before the finish line. The Toyota Camry body then blew off the chassis. DeJoria was unharmed, and drove masterfully to a stop.

After working to the late hours, the Patrón crew prepared a new Toyota Camry for DeJoria, who made two passes on Saturday in qualifying. DeJorias best ended up being the run where she lost the Camry body, and set-up a crucial round one pairing with Courtney Force, who DeJoria is battling for the top ten Countdown position.

DeJoria and Force left the line and both were on great passes, before both ladies fell to tire smoke. DeJoria had another excellent driving job and got her Toyota Camry to cooperate to pick up the crucial round one win.

DeJoria hit tire smoke at the hit of the throttle in round two, however, she moved nearly four rounds ahead of the 11th position in the point standings and into a tie for the ninth spot.

It was definitely an exciting race for our team, more exciting than the rest of them this year for reasons that everyone knows,said DeJoria. Aside from that, we gained some good points this weekend and are leaving here tied for the ninth spot and are headed to Brainerd in a week. We still hold the track record; last year, we ran a three, and you never know what can happen.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, moved to the final Western Swing coming off back-to-back round one losses for the first time this season. Kalitta, who still held on to a top five points position coming in, came into Seattle as the defending event champion. He picked up his first career Seattle win last season by defeating Antron Brown in the final round.

Freak parts failures and mechanical malfunctions plagued the Mac Tools team throughout qualifying. They finally got a clean pass down the track in the first session of Saturday. A 3.818 second lap placed the Mac Tools team in the field in 12th and a first round match-up with the man directly ahead of them in points, Larry Dixon.

Kalitta started the run with a reaction time that was only bested by his teammate and led early before falling to tire smoke about halfway through the run.

Not the Western Swing we wanted, but I am happy to get rid of this bad luck prior to the countdown beginning,said Kalitta. The Mac Tools team had a great run last year in Brainerd and I look forward to running back up there.

Kalitta remains in the top five in the point standings, currently holding on to the fifth position.

After 16 races, Team Kalitta nitro race cars have won three events, advanced to eight final rounds and earned three no.1 qualifying positions. Seattle concludes the annual NHRA Western Swing, Team Kalitta gets one weekend off before making the drive a couple states over to Brainerd, Minn.

J.R. Todd Driver of the Red Line Oil Top Fuel Dragster:

No. 6 Qualifier (3.770 sec., 326.48 mph)

E1: Todd defeated Millican - 3.763 sec., 327.35 mph to 3.783 sec., 320.89 mph

E2: Todd defeated McMillen - 3.830 sec., 308.78 mph to 3.899 sec., 309.84 mph

E3: Todd defeated Schumacher - 3.844 sec., 319.29 mph to 7.997 sec., 83.19 mph

Final: Todd defeated Langdon - 3.824 sec., 323.04 mph to 3.902 sec., 307.51 mph

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

No. 2 Qualifier (3.984 sec., 298.54 mph)

E1: Worsham defeated Hale - 4.018 sec., 314.17 mph to 6.796 sec., 72.58 mph

E2: Worsham defeated Wilkerson - 4.041 sec., 310.41 mph to 4.171 sec., 291.82 mph

E3: Worsham defeated J. Force - 4.039 sec., 310.27 mph to 4.094 sec., 308.00 mph

Final: Worsham defeated by Johnson Jr. - 4.042 sec., 307.51 mph to 4.073 sec., 323.04 mph

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

No. 11 Qualifier (4.088 sec., 299.20 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated C. Force - 4.373 sec., 259.51 mph to 4.461 sec., 226.66 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by J. Force - 10.552 sec., 82.15 mph to 4.152 sec., 300.13 mph

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

No. 12 Qualifier (3.818 sec., 319.75 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by Dixon - 4.552 sec., 172.04 mph to 3.753 sec., 325.85 mph

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Team Kalitta Qualifying Recap - Northwest Nationals - Seattle

SEATTLE (August 8, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle. Results and quotes follow.

J.R. Todd Driver of the Red Line Oil Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 4.284 sec., 195.79 mph
Q2: 3.808 sec., 320.43 mph
Q3: 4.677 sec., 157.59 mph
Q4: 3.770 sec., 326.48 mph

No. 6 Qualifier

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 4.875 sec., 150.45 mph
Q2: 3.870 sec., 308.50 mph
Q3: 3.818 sec., 319.12 mph
Q4: 3.965 sec., 300.53 mph

No. 12 Qualifier

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.124 sec., 293.15 mph (One bonus point for the third best run of the session.)
Q2: 4.067 sec., 310.98 mph
Q3: 4.020 sec., 310.63 mph
Q4: 3.984 sec., 298.54 mph (Two bonus points for the second best run of the session.)

No. 2 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.123 sec., 296.11 mph (Two bonus points for the second best run of the session)
Q2: 4.088 sec., 299.20 mph
Q3: 4.318 sec., 214.59 mph
Q4: 8.091 sec., 81.96 mph

No. 11 Qualifier

First Round Competition:

6) J.R. Todd v. 11) Clay Millican

12) Doug Kalitta v. 5) Larry Dixon

2) Del Worsham v. 15) John Hale

11) Alexis DeJoria v. 6) Courtney Force

Quotables:

J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil Top Fuel Dragster: We need to go up there and make a great run like we did in q.4. We hope to take this Red Line Oil team four rounds tomorrow.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: We have just had crazy things happen to us this weekend. We have all this behind us now, and are ready to kick ass in the morning.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: Four great runs again for the DHL Toyota Camry. We working on improving our position and making quicker runs and I think this entire team is really pulling together. From the crew, to the crew chiefs, to myself, we are doing everything we can do to catch Beckman. Although it may not appear that way, we feel like we have made gains this weekend.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car: Our best run was a 4.08 and we blew up, but tomorrow is a new day and we will bounce back.

ESPN TV Schedule:

08/08 Qualifications - 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. EST (ESPN2)

08/09 Eliminations - 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. EST (ESPN2)

Times and dates subject to change.

Event Schedule:

Sundays eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. PST.

Times and dates subject to change.

Kalitta Merchandise

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Funny Car Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

Funny Car

1 Jack Beckman 2179
2 John Force 2160
3 Robert Hight 2155
4 Ron Capps 2136
5 Tommy Johnson Jr 2105
6 Matt Hagan 2092
7 J.R. Todd 2089
8 Bob Tasca III 2072
9 Tim Wilkerson 2057
10 Shawn Langdon 2043

Top Fuel Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

Top Fuel

1 Doug Kalitta 2180
2 Brittany Force 2147
3 Steve Torrence 2133
4 Antron Brown 2127
5 Richie Crampton 2126
6 Mike Salinas 2104
7 Austin Prock 2094
8 Leah Pritchett 2093
9 Clay Millican 2092
10 Billy Torrence 2032
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