Pre-Race Report Event 11: NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol Dragway Bristol, Tenn.

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Doug Kalitta

Kalitta striving for history in Bristol

Bristol Highlights: Three wins (2006, 2005, 2001); Three finals (2014, 2012, 2009)

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified third; Semi-finalist (Defeated Dom Lagana in the first round and Tony Schumacher in the quarter-finals, lost to Steve Torrence in the semi-finals)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals Recap: Qualified second; Semi-finalist (Defeated Kyle Wurtzel in the first round and Pat Dakin the quarter-finals, lost to Shawn Langdon in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “Bristol is such a cool place to race. It is truly like no other track on the circuit. We have a great handle on the Mac Tools ride, and we are looking forward to going for the trophy this weekend.”

Career Stats: 444 starts, 603 round wins (ninth all-time), 42 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 88 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: One final (Pomona-I); 14 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Bristol is the only track that Kalitta has yet to claim a no.1 qualifier. If he would earn the no.1 qualifier this weekend, Kalitta would be the only active Top Fuel driver to own no.1 qualifiers at every track currently on the pro circuit.

Shawn Langdon

Langdon looking for third Bristol win in four seasons

Bristol Highlights: Defending race winner; Two wins (2016, 2014)

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified fourth; First round defeat (Lost to Scott Palmer in the first round)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals (w/ DSR): Qualified sixth; Race Winner (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, Brittany Force in the quarter-finals, Doug Kalitta in the semi-finals and Tony Schumacher in the finals)

Quotable: “Bristol can be tricky due to hot temperatures and humidity, but there are some tracks that just click with you and Bristol is one of those tracks that I enjoy going too. It is a beautiful place with a unique setting going into the mountains. The sound and the echo is extremely cool for the fans. I am happy to go back there as the defending champion and plan on trying to claim my third win in four years with the Global Electronic Technology team.”

Career Stats: 194 starts, 234 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Six starts; Four round wins; 11th in the point standings

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports from Don Schumacher Racing after Las Vegas in a full-time third Top Fuel entry; Looking to claim third Bristol trophy in the past four seasons with third different team (2014 – Alan Johnson Racing, 2016 – Don Schumacher Racing)

Troy Coughlin

Coughlin Jr. continues growth in Thunder Valley

Noteworthy: 11th career pro event; a candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former two-time Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former six-time NHRA champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.); part of Coughlin family with 113 career wins; announced engagement to Brenna McCullough on June 13th

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified 10th; First round defeat (Lost to Brittany Force in the first round)

Quotable: “The SealMaster Toyota is ready for Bristol. It is a special weekend with it being Father’s Day, and we are excited to get on track.”

2017 Season Stats: Ten starts; Four round wins; eighth in the point standings

Career Info: Five national event wins (Three in Super Gas, Two in Super Comp); 2013 Division III Super Gas Champion; 2015 NHRA Pro Mod Rookie of the Year


Todd desires win on Father’s Day

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified 15th; First round loss (Lost to Robert Hight in the first round)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Tony Schumacher in the first round)

Quotable: “Bristol is one of the more unique tracks on tour and always draws in a great crowd. I’d love to be able to share the winner’s circle with my dad on Sunday for Father’s Day.”

Career Stats: 157 starts, 155 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Ten starts, One final (Charlotte); Six round wins)

2017 Season Stats: Ten starts; One final (Charlotte-I); six round wins; eighth in the point standings

Noteworthy: Attempting to become the 16th driver in NHRA history with a Top Fuel and Funny Car win; DHL celebrating 10th season of NHRA sponsorship

Alexis Dejoria

DeJoria Bristol pre-race notes

Bristol Highlights: One final (2012)

Last Event Recap (Englishtown): Qualified 11th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Tim Wilkerson in the first round, lost to Ron Capps in the quarter-finals)

2016 Thunder Valley Nationals Recap: Qualified 10th; Semi-finalist (Defeated Chad Head in the first round and Del Worsham in the quarter-finals, Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the semi-finals

Career Stats: 123 starts; 85 round wins; Four wins; Seven finals, Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Seven starts; Three round wins; 14th in the point standings