Pre-Race Report Event 06: NHRA 4-Wide Nationals zMax Dragway Charlotte, NC

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta

Charlotte’s most recent Top Fuel winner, Kalitta, looks for his first 4-Wide win

Charlotte Highlights: One wins (Fall 2017); Three finals (Fall 2016, Fall 2010, Spring 2010): Two no. 1 qualifiers (Fall 2017, Fall 2016)

Last Event Recap (NHRA SpringNationals): Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals Recap: Qualified second; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Brittany Force and Chris Karamesines in the first round, lost to Tony Schumacher and Terry McMillen in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “It was great to get the win last fall in Charlotte, and we are looking to win back-to-back at this incredible facility. The Mac Tools team is ready to make a strong run at the race win and continue the success Kalitta Motorsports has had at the start of the season.”

Career Stats: 463 starts; 630 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 92 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time) 

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Seven round wins; fifth in the standings

2017 Season Recap: One win (Charlotte-II); Four finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk, Charlotte-II, St. Louis); Two no.1 qualifiers (Norwalk, Charlotte-II); 34 round wins; third in the standings

Noteworthy: Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career, won his first Charlotte event last fall (2017)

Richie Crampton

Crampton desires first Charlotte win

Charlotte Highlights: One final (Fall 2017)

Last Event Recap (NHRA SpringNationals): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Doug Kalitta in the first round)

2017 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “I am looking to redeem myself this weekend in NASCAR country at the second 4-Wide event of the season in Charlotte, I am more motivated than ever, being that as an organization, we are two wins away from getting Connie win 100.”

Career Stats: 84 starts; 80 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); Five round wins; eighth in the standings

2017 Season Stats: Seven starts; One final (Charlotte-II); Five round wins

Shawn Langdon

Langdon pulls double-duty in Charlotte

Charlotte Highlights: One win (Fall 2012); Two finals (Spring 2014, Fall 2009); Three no. 1 qualifiers (Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2012) 

Last Event Recap (NHRA SpringNationals): Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Tim Wilkerson in the first round)

2017 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals (Top Fuel): Qualified eighth; First round loss (lost to Leah Pritchett and Clay Millican in the first round)

Quotable: “It is always cool to go back to Charlotte since that was the site of my first Top Fuel win. The fans in Charlotte love the 4-Wide racing, so it will be a great weekend. Charlotte is a fast track and a great venue overall. I am looking forward to the weekend and hopefully getting two wins: one with the Super Comp car and the other with the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Funny Car.”

Career Stats: 210 starts; 251 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Five starts; Four round wins)

2018 Season: Five starts; Four round wins; eighth in the standings

2017 Season Stats: 20 starts; Two finals (Dallas, Pomona II); 17 round wins; seventh in the point standings

Noteworthy: Langdon will be competing in Funny Car and Super Comp at zMax Dragway; Langdon scored his first career win at the fall Charlotte event in 2012

JR Todd

After career-moment in Houston, Todd looks for third straight victory

Charlotte Highlights: One final (Fall 2015); Two no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2015, Fall 2014); Top Fuel Elapsed Time Track Record Holder (3.713 seconds – March 2015) 

Last Event Recap (NHRA SpringNationals): Qualified 10th; Race Winner (Defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round, Jeff Diehl in the quarterfinals, Tim Wilkerson in the semifinals and Robert Hight in the finals)

2017 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals: Qualified eighth; Third in the final quad (Defeated Bob Tasca and Courtney Force in the first round and Jonnie Lindberg and Tim Wilkerson in the quarterfinals, lost to Ron Capps and Jack Beckman in the finals)

Quotable: “Charlotte is a lot like Vegas for me; I have had a lot of success there, just have not left Charlotte with a Wally. Hopefully our DHL team can keep this momentum going and change that outcome this weekend.”

Career Stats: 177 starts; 172 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 28 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 27 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); Eight round wins; third in the point standings 

2017 Season Stats: 24 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins; ninth in the point standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta Motorsports has won four of the first five races for the first time in team history (team was established in 1959); Houston victory gave Todd his first back-to-back race wins in his career)