Kalitta Races to Runner-Up Finish in Atlanta; Takes over Mello Yello Top Fuel Points Lead

COMMERCE, Ga., (May 19, 2014) – Doug Kalitta, driver of the 10,000-horsepower “Big Red” Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, raced to his fourth final round of the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series today during eliminations of the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga., a few miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

The trip to the “money” round for Kalitta and the Mac Tools team was the 72nd of his 17-year career at the wheel of a Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster. Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for eliminations in Atlanta after blistering both ends of the Atlanta Dragway track record, 3.732 seconds (elapsed time) and 328.86 mph (speed). Kalitta is also now closing in on a major milestone in his career – He needs only eight more elimination-round wins to reach the historic 500 round-win mark.

With his runner-up in Atlanta, Kalitta takes control of the Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points lead, seven points ahead of second place Antron Brown.

Results Recap; Eliminations Finalized on Monday as Rain Shortens Racing Sunday

Persistent rain and unstable track conditions at Atlanta Dragway Sunday forced NHRA officials to postpone the conclusion of eliminations of the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals until Monday at 11:40 a.m.

After an eight-hour rain delay Sunday, Top Fuel eliminations began at approximately 7:00 p.m. After five pairs of Top Fuelers struggled mightily to acquire and maintain traction on the “green” Atlanta Dragway racing surface, including the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts driven by J.R. Todd, NHRA officials wisely chose to suspend eliminations Sunday night with three pairs of Top Fuel dragsters remaining.

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

Monday E1: Kalitta defeats Karamesines – 4.470 sec., 164.55 mph to 16.419 sec., 42.07 mph
Monday E2: Kalitta defeats Langdon – 3.774 sec., 325.45 mph to 3.786 sec., 320.58 mph
Monday E3: Kalitta defeats Torrence – 3.811 sec., 323.43 mph to 3.830 sec., 322.65 mph
Monday E4: Kalitta defeated by Massey – 4.413 sec., 218.48 mph to 4.269 sec., 245.85 mph

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

Monday E1: DeJoria defeated by T. Pedregon – 4.383 sec., 301.54 mph to 4.277 sec., 282.72 mph

– DeJoria remains in 3rd place in Mello Yello Funny Car championship points

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Monday E1: Worsham defeated by Head – 4.335 sec., 277.66 to 4.173 sec., 303.84 mph

– Worsham is now in 5th place in Mello Yello Funny Car championship points

J.R. Todd  – Driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster:

Sunday E1: Todd defeated by Massey – 11.696 sec., 80.22 mph to 4.268 sec., 241.58 mph

– Todd is now tied for 9th place in Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points

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