Post-Qualifying Report Event 03: NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville Raceway Gainesville, Fla. March 17-19

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.436 sec. at 175.52 MPH
Q2: 3.698 sec. at 328.78 MPH
Q3: 3.753 sec. at 324.20 MPH
Q4: 4.420 sec. at 178.19 MPH

Bonus Points: 3 pts. (Second best of the second session, third best of the third session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Ike Maier
Quotable: “Solid qualifying effort for the Mac Tools team. We are feeling good with our setup selections for tomorrow and hope to go rounds. My Mac Tools guys are working hard and we would love to claim another Gatornationals Wally.”

Tory Coughlin

Troy Coughlin Jr., driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.748 sec. at 327.03 MPH
Q2: 3.747 sec. at 306.88 MPH
Q3: 5.635 sec. at 113.83 MPH
Q4: 3.738 sec. at 328.86 MPH

Bonus Points: 5 pts. (Best of the first session, second best of the final session)
Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Pat Dakin
Quotable: “I think the bonus points are the work of the SealMaster Toyota guys. They are working hard. They have this thing dialed in. I am gaining experience and getting in some new situations which is going to be huge in the long run. I feel really good and optimistic for tomorrow. The guys are working really hard. We will put a little more nitro and Red Line in it, and be ready for tomorrow.”
Note: The 328.86 MPH from the final session reset Coughlin’s career-best MPH and is the top speed in Top Fuel on the weekend.

JR Todd

J.R. Todd, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.913 sec. at 325.77 MPH
Q2: 3.871 sec. at 332.51 MPH
Q3: 4.475 sec. at 177.67 MPH
Q4: 4.901 sec. at 160.48 MPH

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Jonnie Lindberg
Quotable: “We were trying some things today, so basically testing, so we know what we can’t do tomorrow with this DHL Toyota. I think we are in good shape for raceday. I think we can run with the guys in front of us for sure.”
Note: The 3.871 second pass at 332.51 MPH in the second Friday qualifying session reset both of Todd’s career-bests.

Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.965 sec. at 324.75 MPH
Q2: 3.963 sec. at 305.84 MPH
Q3: 3.928 sec. at 327.98 MPH
Q4: 3.963 sec. at 326.40 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second best of the third session)
Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Ron Capps