Post-Qualifying Report Event 16: Northwest Nationals Pacific Raceways Seattle, Wash. August 5-7

Del Worsham

Del Worsham

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.922 sec. at 321.88 MPH
Q2: 3.886 sec. at 327.98 MPH
Q3: 3.841 sec. at 330.15 MPH
Q4: 3.832 sec. at 330.82 MPH

Bonus Points: 12 pts. (Best in the first session, best in the second session, best of the third session, best of the fourth session)
Starting Position: 1st
First Round Matchup: Tim Gibbons

Quotable: “We just have an incredible team working well together. We have been running this new Bounty Hunter chassis since Denver and these team at the shop built an incredible piece. Nicky and Jon O, and the guys, I cannot say enough about what they are doing. I have to thank Toyota and TRD for their help too. It is an incredible honor to be driving this DHL Toyota Camry for Connie and this entire Kalitta Motorsports team and I am excited. Tomorrow is what matters though, and we look forward to accomplishing more then.”

Notes: Worsham’s 3.832 is the new NHRA National Funny Car elapsed time record. Worsham last held the national record after the 2015 St. Louis event. It is the first time in Worsham’s Funny Car career that he has won back-to-back top qualifiers. It is his third number one qualifier of the season, all of which have occurred in the last five events.

JR Todd

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

Q1: 3.816 sec. at 318.69 MPH
Q2: 9.888 sec. at 88.73 MPH
Q3: 3.779 sec. at 280.31 MPH
Q4: 3.706 sec. at 328.14 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second best of the final session)
Starting Position: 3rd
First Round Matchup: Troy Buff

Quotable: “We tuned her up for that last run there and that is what we were looking for. Connie, Rob and the SealMaster boys did a great job with that pass. I have to say thank you to the SealMaster guys from Hawaii that are here in Seattle this weekend to watch us run. That is a long trip and hopefully that pass was worth it.”


Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.781 sec. at 324.98 MPH
Q2: 3.741 sec. at 323.81 MPH
Q3: 8.066 sec. at 113.67 MPH
Q4: 4.485 sec. at 172.12 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best in the first session)
Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Richie Crampton

Quotable: “We went for it in the last session and lost some traction. However, Kalitta Motorsports as a whole has been very strong at Pacific Raceways these past couple seasons and we have great notes. Tough first round draw, but I look forward to the challenge ahead.”

#NHRAonFOX Telecast information:
8/7 Qualifying (FS1) – 2:00am – 3:00am
8/7 Race (FOX) – 4:00pm – 7:00pm – LIVE

All times are EST.

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 Champions, 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. Kalitta Motorsports also manages the McLeod Racing Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Paul Lee. 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, Todd Smith on the McLeod Racing 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.