Post-Qualifying Report Event 21: NHRA Keystone Nationals Maple Grove Raceway Reading, Penn. September 30 – October 2

Doug Kalitta

**Note: Both of Friday’s qualifying sessions and the second Saturday qualifying session were cancelled due to inclement weather.

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the DEWALT FLEXVOLT Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.750 sec. at 326.54 MPH
Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Ike Maier
Quotable: “Definitely is not fun to only get one lap on the track, but I am glad we got a solid run under our belts in this DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota. Tomorrow holds a lot of uΩnknowns, but I have the best team in the business and I know we will be prepared.”

JR Todd

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

Q1: 5.589 sec. at 125.19 MPH
Starting Position: 15th
First Round Matchup: Antron Brown
Quotable: “We had some great fans at Maple Grove this weekend, and I wish we could have given them a better show. We only had one run, so we are not qualified where we would like. However, I know these SealMaster Toyota guys will be ready to go regardless of what the conditions hold for tomorrow.”

Del Worsham

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.904 sec. at 325.77 MPH
Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best of the first session)
Starting Position: 3rd
First Round Matchup: John Force
Quotable: “Great to get a solid number on the board there in our only pass, but we have a tough draw in round one. We are ready to make some noise tomorrow in this DHL Toyota.”

Alexis DeJoria

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

Q1: 12.151 sec. at 81.44 MPH
Starting Position: 13th
First Round Matchup: Ron Capps

#NHRAonFOX Telecast information:
10/02 Race (FS1) – 2:00pm – 5:00pm – LIVE All times are EST.

PR Contact:

(Doug Kalitta, Del Worsham, J.R. Todd)
Cody Poor

For further requests for Alexis DeJoria, please contact:

Allison McCormick

All photos are 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.