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HOUSTON, Texas (April 26, 2015) Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, picked up his first win of the season today at Houston Raceway Park. Kalitta defeated Tony Schumacher in the final round to earn his 36th career win.

Kalitta qualified fourth and defeated Troy Buff and Larry Dixon in the first two rounds. Kalittas semi-final opponent was Spencer Massey. A warm tricky track meant both Massey and Kalitta went up in smoke. The driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster did a masterful job driving the machine to move to the finals.

He would face Tony Schumacher. Live television meant quick turn around times, but the Mac Tools team was up to the challenge. The entire Kalitta Motorsports family was on the line to watch the Mac Tools group. Schumacher took a chance on the tree, but was not able to defeat Jim Oberhofers tune-up as Kalittas 3.82 second run was able to defeat Schumachers 4.019 effort.

Kalitta moved past Don Garlits for sixth all-time and earned a spot in the coveted Traxxas Shootout.

Jim Oberhofer and Troy Fasching made great calls,said Kalitta. I was looking for the win light and when I saw it that was all that matterred. Thrilled to pick up the victory for the Mac Tools group.

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HOUSTON, Texas (April 26, 2015) – Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, picked up his first win of the season today at Houston Raceway Park. Kalitta defeated Tony Schumacher in the final round to earn his 36th career win.

Kalitta qualified fourth and defeated Troy Buff and Larry Dixon in the first two rounds. Kalitta’s semi-final opponent was Spencer Massey. A warm tricky track meant both Massey and Kalitta went up in smoke. The driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster did a masterful job driving the machine to move to the finals.

He would face Tony Schumacher. Live television meant quick turn around times, but the Mac Tools team was up to the challenge. The entire Kalitta Motorsports family was on the line to watch the Mac Tools group. Schumacher took a chance on the tree, but was not able to defeat Jim Oberhofer’s tune-up as Kalitta’s 3.82 second run was able to defeat Schumacher’s 4.019 effort.

Kalitta moved past Don Garlits for sixth all-time and earned a spot in the coveted Traxxas Shootout.

“Jim Oberhofer and Troy Fasching made great calls,” said Kalitta. “I was looking for the win light and when I saw it that was all that matterred. Thrilled to pick up the victory for the Mac Tools group.”

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, turned to her home state of Texas looking to build off of a semi-final finish at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ most recent stop in Las Vegas. She started Friday with the second best pass, trailing only her Kalitta Motorsports teammate. Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar mastered the set-up on Saturday with two consistent passes in the low 4.1 second range.

DeJoria’s first round competitor was Bob Bode. This was the first time that DeJoria had drawn businessman Bode, who competes part-time in the series. DeJoria used her Toyota Racing horsepower to drive past Bode with a stellar 4.068 second run at nearly 315 mph. Her quarterfinal matchup was fellow Funny Car female competitor Courtney Force. DeJoria was set up for a great reaction time, but released her foot just a fraction of a second too soon to give the race to Force.

J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster, was a feared driver going into Sunday’s eliminations. Todd earned four of six possible bonus points on Saturday to prove the Red Line Oil team had mastered the hot conditions. Todd earned the sixth starting position to draw Texan Steve Torrence. Although Todd had the second-best reaction time in the first round, he was unable to get past Torrence.

“Our car ran well all weekend and to have a teammate win is always exciting,” said Todd. “We are looking to follow Doug’s lead in Atlanta with the Red Line Oil car.”

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, earned several bonus points in qualifying to earn the second starting position. Even though he qualified near the top of the ladder, Worsham drew the 16-time champion John Force in the first round. Worsham had much success in the first round this season, but it was not his weekend versus Force as the Camry fell to tire smoke early in the session.”

“Rough to lose in the first round,” said Worsham. “We are still confident in our set-up and look forward to going for the win in Atlanta.”

After six races, Team Kalitta nitro race cars have won one event, advanced to four final rounds and earned two no.1 qualifying positions. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has next two weekends off.

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HOUSTON, Texas, (April 25, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the OReilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. Results and quotes follow.

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 4.012 sec., 238.72 mph
Q2:3.760 sec., 324.12 mph
Q3: 3.765 sec., 323.58 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)
Q4: 4.832 sec., 153.70 mph

No. 4 Qualifier

Kalittas run in the third session was the best on Saturday for the Top Fuel Dragster class. With his qualifying bonus points, Kalitta moved into sixth place in points.

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

Q1: 6.293 sec., 105.74 mph
Q2:3.780 sec., 321.27 mph
Q3: 3.770 sec., 321.50 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.)
Q4: 3.834 sec., 317.49 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.)

No. 6 Qualifier

Todds third round qualifying effort was the second best of Saturday in the Top Fuel Dragster class. His four bonus points were the best in the class, and allowed him to move into eighth place in the point standings.

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.023 sec., 314.97 mph (Third bonus point for the quickest run of the session.)
Q2:7.257 sec., 91.19 mph
Q3: 4.097 sec., 306.53 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.)
Q4: 4.134 sec., 305.91 mph

No. 2 Qualifier

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

Q1: 4.041 sec., 310.77 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.)
Q2:8.456 sec., 85.20 mph
Q3: 4.150 sec., 299.80 mph
Q4: 4.106 sec., 304.64 mph

No. 4 Qualifier


First Round Competition:

4) Doug Kalitta v. 13) Troy Buff

6) J.R. Todd v. 11) Steve Torrence

2) Del Worsham v. 15) John Force

4) Alexis DeJoria v. 13) Bob Bode

Quotables:

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: I think we are in a good spot for tomorrow. Fourth place is strong, and we ran well in the conditions today which are probably going to be similar to tomorrow. I am proud of my Mac Tools guys, and we are confident we can get the win.

J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster: We made some great runs today in the heat. That is what it is going to take to turn on four win lights tomorrow. All in all it was a good qualifying effort for the Red Line Oil guys, and we are ready to go for tomorrow.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: We are really happy with our DHL Camry. It has done exactly what we have wanted it to all weekend. The Camry is consistent, and we are confident going into Sunday.

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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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