Pre-Race Report Event 15: NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, Calif.

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All-time Sonoma Top Fuel wins leader, Kalitta, looks to add another trophy

Sonoma Highlights: Five wins (2005, 2004, 2000, 1999, 1998); One final (2002); Four no.1 qualifiers (2012, 2004, 2003, 1998)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Mile High Nationals): Qualified tenth; Finalist (Defeated Tony Schumacher in the first round, Jim Maroney in the quarterfinals and Blake Alexander in the semifinals, lost to Leah Pritchett in the finals)

2017 NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals Recap: Qualified third; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Shawn Reed in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “Sonoma is one of my favorite tracks on tour. It is where I got my first win, and has been a place that I and Kalitta Motorsports as a whole have earned so many wins. I am looking forward to representing Toyota at their sponsored event and my goal is to get this Mac Tools Toyota into the winners circle this weekend.”

Career Stats: 472 starts; 644 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 94 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Four finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond, Denver); 21 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career; Kalitta is the all-time Top Fuel wins leader with five at Sonoma Raceway; Kalitta scored his first NHRA Top Fuel no.1 qualifier and win at Sonoma Raceway in 1998

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Crampton desires to earn first Sonoma win

Sonoma Highlights: One final (2016)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Mile High Nationals): Qualified fifth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, lost to Clay Millican in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “It is going to be another important race for our Kalitta Air Toyota team. We are looking forward to earning more valuable round wins and contending for the trophy at one of the more coveted races on the tour. I have never been able to seal the deal in Sonoma, and I would love to do that this weekend.”

Career Stats: 92 starts; 85 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

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

Noteworthy: Crampton was runner-up to now teammate J.R. Todd in 2016

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Langdon ready to add a Sonoma Funny Car victory

Sonoma Highlights: One win (2013); One final (2014)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Mile High Nationals: Qualified eighth; lost in the first round (Lost to Tim Wilkerson in the first round)

2017 NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals Recap: Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Mike Salinas in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “I love going to Sonoma. Very excited to get there and represent Toyota at one of the coolest tracks on the circuit. The environment surrounding the track is awesome as well. It is a big race for us as we get closer to the beginning of the Countdown and we are focused on going rounds this weekend.”

Career Stats: 219 starts; 257 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 14 starts; 10 round wins)

2018 Season: 14 starts; 10 round wins; ninth in the standings

Noteworthy: Langdon also won in Super Gas in 2010.

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Todd plans on continuing Sonoma run of success

Sonoma Highlights: Three wins (2017-FC, 2016-TF, 2006-TF); One no.1 qualifier (2009)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Mile High Nationals): Qualified tenth; First round loss (Lost to Ron Capps in the first round)

2017 NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals Recap: Qualified tenth; Race Winner (Defeated Alexis DeJoria in the first round, John Force in the quarterfinals, Jack Beckman in the semifinals and Tim Wilkerson in the finals)

Quotable: “I am looking forward to getting back to one of my favorite tracks and seeing if we can create some more magic with this DHL/WIX Filters Toyota team. It is a big race for us since it is Toyota-sponsored and there is a lot of executives onsite to watch.”

Career Stats: 186 starts; 184 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 38 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 35 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 17 round wins; sixth in the point standings 

Noteworthy: Todd will match his entire round win total from the 2018 season (18 round wins) with a first round win on Sunday; Todd is also the only pro driver to have a win on the Western Swing the last four seasons (2014: Denver, 2015: Seattle, 2016: Sonoma, 2017: Sonoma); Todd scored his first career Funny Car win in Sonoma last season; Todd has won the past two seasons in Sonoma in two different classes (Top Fuel and Funny Car), he is only the second driver in NHRA history to have accomplished that; Todd is the only Funny Car driver to have started in the top ten at every race this season 

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