Pre-Race Report Event 10: Virginia NHRA Nationals Virginia Motorsports Park Richmond, Va.

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta looking for another Richmond victory

Richmond Highlights: One win (2007)

Last Event Recap (JEGS Route 66 Nationals):Qualified eighth; Semifinalist (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round and Luigi Novelli in the quarterfinals, lost to Clay Millican in the semifinals)

Quotable:“I am ready to get to Richmond. They have a new surface and fans that are excited for us to get there. My Mac Tools team is ready, and we are looking for a win this weekend.”

Career Stats:467 starts; 636 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 93 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season:One Win (Pomona-I); Two finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I); 13 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; Kalitta is the only current Top Fuel driver with a win in Richmond

Richie Crampton

Crampton excited for first Richmond event

Last Event Recap (JEGS Route 66 Nationals):Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Blake Alexander in the first round) 

Quotable:“It is looking like a good weekend. The race car is responding and the team are doing a great job as always, so I cannot wait to get on the new track surface in Richmond.” 

Career Stats:87 starts; 80 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season:One win (Gainesville); Five round wins; 10th in the standings

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

Shawn Langdon

Langdon and his team are ready for Richmond

Last Event Recap (JEGS Route 66 Nationals):Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round, lost to Ron Capps in the quarterfinals) 

Quotable:“I am just looking forward to getting back to Richmond. I only have raced there once, and they have gone through a lot of changes since then. We have made a lot of progress with the Global Electronic Technology Camry. I am excited we have several races in a row to keep this momentum going. We are looking for big things at Richmond this weekend.”

Career Stats:214 starts; 254 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Nine starts; Seven round wins)

2018 Season:Nine starts; Seven round wins; ninth in the standings

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

Noteworthy:Langdon has made one start at Richmond in the 2009 season

JR Todd

Todd ready for the return to Richmond

Last Event Recap (JEGS Route 66 Nationals):Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Bob Tasca III in the first round) 

Quotable:“We have a really good DHL Toyota right now and I am anxious to get back in the seat this weekend and redeem myself from last Sunday.”

Career Stats:181 starts; 178 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 33 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 29 round wins)

2018 Season:Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 11 round wins; fifth 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:Todd has made three starts at Virginia Motorsports Park from 2006-2008.