Post-Qualifying Report Event 20: AAA Midwest Nats Gateway Motorsports Park St. Louis September 23 – 25

JR Todd

JR Todd

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

Q1: 3.901 sec. at 310.77 MPH
Q2: 3.772 sec. at 322.04 MPH
Q3: 3.781 sec. at 320.28 MPH
Q4: 3.750 sec. at 321.58 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second-best of the fourth session)
Starting Position: 3rd
First Round Matchup: Kyle Wurtzel
Quotable: “I said I would be happy with a .75 before that run, and that is exactly what it ran. Hats off to Connie, Rob and the SealMaster team; they just laid down a great pass. This really has us set up well for tomorrow and I am excited about our chances.”

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the DEWALT FLEXVOLT Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.006 sec. at 238.89 MPH
Q2: 3.752 sec. at 325.92 MPH
Q3: 3.771 sec. at 324.36 MPH
Q4: 3.765 sec. at 320.36 MPH

Bonus Points: 6 pts. (Second-best of the second session, best of the third session, third-best of the fourth session)
Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Terry McMillen
Quotable: “Great qualifying efforts by this entire DEWALT FLEXVOLT team. It is very cool to run these colors for the next couple races and we would love to put them in the winner’s circle tomorrow.”
Notes: Kalitta’s 325.92 MPH was Top Speed this weekend.

Del Worsham

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.970 sec. at 320.05 MPH
Q2: 3.929 sec. at 324.75 MPH
Q3: 3.989 sec. at 320.97 MPH
Q4: 4.749 sec. at 168.53 MPH

Bonus Points: 4 pts. (Second-best of the first session, second-best of the third session)
Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: John Force
Quotable: “Not necessarily the run that we were looking there at the end of qualifying but the DHL team knows the line now. We will work hard and get prepared for round one of eliminations tomorrow. I am confident this DHL Toyota team will be ready.”

Alexis DeJoria

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

Q1: 5.604 sec. at 125.37 MPH
Q2: 3.974 sec. at 323.27 MPH
Q3: 4.417 sec. at 201.10 MPH
Q4: 3.945 sec. at 323.19 MPH

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Tommy Johnson Jr.

#NHRAonFOX Telecast information:
9/25 Race (FS1) – 2:00pm – 5:00pm – LIVE

All times are EST.

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Photo is courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography.

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. Team Kalitta 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 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.