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Kalitta Motorsports News

Matt Crafton 1CHARLOTTE, NC. (March 24, 2015)Kalitta Motorsports and J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster, are excited to welcome Matt Crafton, two-time and defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion to the Charlotte 4-Wide Nationals and the SealMaster Track Walk this coming Sunday.

Todd and Crafton, along with Pro Stock drivers and brothers Shane and Jonathan Gray, will lead the SealMaster Track Walk at the Charlotte 4-Wide event. Fans are welcome to the event, which begins at 11:45am on Sunday.

We always like to welcome stars from other forms of motorsports to the track,said Todd. Crafton is a champion in another motorsport, so it is always interesting to get their perspective on what we do at the track.

Crafton, the only driver to win back-to-back championships in NASCARs Camping World Truck Series, is coming off of a dominating win in Atlanta. On Saturday, Crafton will compete in the seriesthird event of the season, the Kroger 250, at the historic Martinsville Speedway, a race he won just one year ago.

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Im looking forward to attending the NHRA drag races this weekend on behalf of SealMaster, and Kalitta Motorsports,said Crafton. The 4-Wide Nationals are an experience like no other. To stand that close to the action and feel the 10,000-horsepower nitro engines go from 0 to 300mph in a four-wide configuration is insane. These guys are some of the best in the world.

Craftons team, Thorsport Racing, and SealMaster, the most trusted name in pavement maintenance for more than 40 years, are part of the ThorWorks Family of Brands. SealMaster is in its second season of sponsorship of Kalitta MotorsportsTop Fuel teams of Todd and Doug Kalitta.

ThorSport Racing was known as SealMaster Racing 15 years ago when Matt was hired to drive the No. 88 truck,says SealMaster spokeswoman Debbie Hufford, adding, He and SealMaster have a special history, and to this day hes a great brand ambassador. Were excited hes leading the SealMaster Track Walk with J.R. and championing our partnerships with the NHRA and Kalitta Motorsports.

Justin Verlander and Doug Kalitta Jersey Trade

GAINESVILLE,Fla. (March 15, 2015) J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster, and Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, picked up round one victories on Sunday in Gainesville to lead the Kalitta Motorsports four-car contingent.

Todd struggled through qualifying, but earned the number 14 qualifying spot. His draw was the number three qualifier, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, Doug Kalitta. It was a very even fight, but Todd came out on top with a 3.795 second pass. Kalitta followed closely at 3.809 seconds.

Happy to get a round win, but it was unfortunate that it had to be against my teammate,said Todd. The plan was to get the win after that, but the clutch problems that plagued us throughout the weekend came back to bite us in the second round. We are going to test and try to figure out our issues and come back better in Charlotte.

Kalitta remains in the top five in the point standings, while Todd is currently ninth.

The Mac Tools team was joined by Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander on Sunday. Verlander, who is in town for spring training, and Kalitta conducted a jersey trade on the the starting line.

In the first round, DeJoria outran the Matt Hagan, the defending Funny Car Champion and winner of the first two events. Her 4.145 second pass defeated Hagan, who ran a 5.312.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, was Kalitta Motorsportstop qualifier as he went into round one qualified second. However, he hazed the tires and was unable to get around Blake Alexander. This was Worshams first opening round loss of the season.

Unfortunately, the DHL Toyota Camry did not run the way we wanted it to in the first round,said Worsham. I am excited to test tomorrow and see if we can resolve our issues prior to the four-wide event in Charlotte.

The GatorNationals left Worsham still inside the top three in the point standings, while DeJoria ranks among the classestop ten.

All four Team Kalitta entries will test at the Auto Plus Raceway of Gainesville on Monday.

Through three events, Kalitta Motorsports’ four car effort has advanced to two final rounds. The next race for the team is the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte.

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

No. 11 Qualifier (4.116 sec., 308.14mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Hagan - 4.145 sec., 303.78 mph to 5.312 sec., 241.54 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Hale - 4.509 sec., 238.22 mph to 4.196 sec., 277.37 mph

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

No. 14 Qualifier (3.891 sec., 312.86 mph)

E1: Todd defeated Kalitta - 3.795 sec., 322.81 mph to 3.809 sec., 321.58 mph

E2: Todd defeated by Brown - 4.008 sec., 270.48 mph to 3.850 sec., 314.90 mph

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

No. 3 Qualifier (3.796 sec., 323.58 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by Todd - 3.809 sec., 321.58 mph to 3.795 sec., 322.81 mph

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

No. 2 Qualifier (4.057 sec., 312.57 mph)

E1: Worsham defeated by Alexander- 4.689 sec., 189.55 mph to 4.151 sec., 303.43 mph

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Team Kalitta Qualifying Recap - NHRA GatorNationals

GAINESVILLE, Fla., (March 13, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the NHRA GatorNationals. Results and quotes follow.

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 3.949 sec., 284.87 mph
Q2:3.993 sec., 274.94 mph
Q3: No run; crossed the centerline
Q4: 3.796 sec., 323.58 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)

No. 3 Qualifier

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

Q1: 6.272 sec., 101.77 mph
Q2:5.439 sec., 125.27 mph
Q3: 3.891 sec., 312.86 mph
Q4: 7.047 sec., 92.06 mph

No. 14 Qualifier

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.057 sec., 312.57 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session.)
Q2:5.666 sec., 120.28 mph
Q3: 4.075 sec., 309.42 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.)
Q4: 5.411 sec., 133.33 mph
No. 2 Qualifier

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

Q1: No run; mechanical malfunction
Q2:10.877 sec., 75.53 mph
Q3: 4.193 sec., 298.93 mph
Q4: 4.116 sec., 308.14 mph


No. 11 Qualifier

First Round Competition:

3) Doug Kalitta v. 14) J.R. Todd

2) Del Worsham v. 14) Blake Alexander

11) Alexis DeJoria v. 6) Matt Hagan

Quotables:

Doug Kalitta, driver, Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: We are happy about the final run in our Mac Tools dragster. It got us where we want to be, and we are looking forward to tomorrow. The car sounded good and we should run well on Sunday.

J.R. Todd, driver, Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster: I am happy to qualify, but it sucks to have to go up against your teammate in round one. Good thing is one car will be in the second round and hopefully they can win the race.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 10, 2015) – Defending Gatornationals champion Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, along with the rest of Team Kalitta contingent look for Gainesville success to continue a strong start to the season. Currently, Kalitta Motorsports is the only multi-car team in the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes to have every team driver ranked in the top ten in the point standings.

Kalitta, who advanced to his first final round of 2015 at the series’ most recent stop in Phoenix, comes in to Gainesville in fourth place. Kalitta looks to join an elite group of drivers such as Joe Amato and “Big Daddy” Don Garlits with four Gatornationals trophies. Kalitta’s 2014 win put him at three wins total in Gainesville, also winning in 2005 and 2000, while starting no. 1 in 2013 and 2003.

“My Mac Tools group wants to win!” said Kalitta. “Having an owner like Connie and seeing how much fun he continues to have racing breeds success. Gainesville is a track filled with history. Team Kalitta continues to do well there and the fact it's Big Daddy's home track makes it special.”

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, has started the new season right where he finished 2014: fast. He sits second in the standings after his first final round appearance in Phoenix. Worsham has won the Gatornationals in NHRA’s Funny Car and Top Fuel classes. He picked up his first Gainesville trophy in 2004 in Funny Car and followed that up with a victory in his 2011 Top Fuel Championship season. Gainesville was also his first final round appearance for Kalitta Motorsports after returning to the Funny Car driver’s seat in 2013.

“We are excited to get back to the Gatornationals,” said Worsham. “The DHL Toyota Camry team is happy but not satisfied with the start to our season and we look forward to try and pick up our first Wally of the season in Gainesville.”

J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster, picked up his first round win of the season in Phoenix vaulting him into the top ten in the standings. Gainesville will be the last “first time” track for Todd with Team Kalitta, however, before joining Kalitta Motorsports last season at the first Las Vegas event in April, Todd qualified on the bump spot for the 2014 Gatornationals and eliminated no. 1 qualifier Shawn Langdon in the first round.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Todd will be featured at several media markets in Jacksonville and Gainesville before the racing begins on Friday.

“Gainesville is one of those special races that you rank right at the top with Indianapolis and Pomona,” said Todd. “The event holds a lot of history and to be able to win there puts you on the list with some of the greats in our sport. Our Red Line Oil team showed great promise in Phoenix and I'm certain we can build on that in Gainesville.”

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, currently sits seventh in the point standings after two more round wins in Phoenix. In 2013, DeJoria picked up her first round win of the season in Gainesville and turned that into early season success.

DeJoria will also fly in early to be featured in some pre-race media in Orlando, Fla.

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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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