Post-Qualifying Report Event 14: Mile High Nationals Bandimere Speedway Morrison, Colo July 22-24



Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.893 sec. at 313.73 MPH
Q2: 3.959 sec. at 300.20 MPH
Q3: 3.906 sec. at 308.99 MPH
Q4: 3.835 sec. at 290.33 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best in the first session)

Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Tony Schumacher

Quotable: “Four passes down Bandimere, but we were looking for more with this Mac Tools machine. Tough first round draw, but I know my guys are working hard and I look forward to Sunday’s race.”
Notes: Kalitta retook the Top Fuel point standing lead in qualifying.


J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.898 sec. at 311.56 MPH
Q2: 7.800 sec. at 89.62 MPH
Q3: 3.878 sec. at 314.71 MPH
Q4: 3.816 sec. at 316.38 MPH

Starting Position: 6th

First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer

Quotable: “The SealMaster team has continued to improve each pass and we made a solid one there late. Tomorrow we are going to see conditions that we have yet to race in all weekend, but I am confident that we will have the setup we will need to do well.”


Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.008 sec. at 317.94 MPH
Q2: 3.963 sec. at 322.34 MPH
Q3: 5.666 sec. at 124.53 MPH
Q4: 3.969 sec. at 322.19 MPH

Bonus Points: 5 pts. (Second best in the first session, third best in the second session, second best in the fourth session)

Starting Position: 3rd

First Round Matchup: Todd Simpson

Quotable: “What a solid weekend for this entire DHL team. They worked hard during the off week on this new Bounty Hunter chassis and it has been consistent and strong. I feel great about our chances tomorrow.”

Notes: Worsham is the first driver in the NHRA 1,000-ft. era to go over 320 MPH at Bandimere Speedway. Worsham’s 322.34 MPH is the new track record. Worsham was a part of the first side-by-side three second passes at Bandimere Speedway with Jack Beckman in the final qualifying round.
PR Contact:

Q1: 4.684 sec. at 177.46 MPH
Q2: 7.744 sec. at 87.94 MPH
Q3: 4.066 sec. at 316.30 MPH
Q4: 3.975 sec. at 318.69 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best in the fourth session)

Starting Position: 4th

First Round Matchup: John Hale

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About Kalitta Motorsports:

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with six world championships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

Team Kalitta is the home of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car World Champion, Del Worsham. He drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car. J.R. Todd drives the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster while Connie’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nick Boninfante on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar on the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, Rob Flynn on the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster and Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster.

Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include ARP, AutoDesk CAM, Champion, Cogistics, Darton Sleeves, DHL, Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Mac Tools, Optima Batteries, Phoenix Fuel Converter, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies, Tequila Patrón, TMS Titanium, Toyota and Ziebart.