Pre-Race Report Event 15: Toyota Sonoma Nationals Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, Calif. July 29-31

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta

All-time Sonoma wins leader Kalitta looks to add another victory to his tally

Sonoma Highlights: Five wins (2005, 2004, 2000, 1999, 1998); One final (2002); Four poles (2012, 2004, 2003, 1998)

2015 Sonoma Event Recap: Qualified 11th; First round defeat (lost to Clay Millican in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Denver): Qualified eighth; First round defeat (lost to Tony Schumacher in the first round)

Quotable: “I am excited to be headed back to Sonoma. I have a lot of great memories at this race, and would love to add another with my Mac Tools team this weekend. The performance is there; just need a little luck to go our way.”

Career Stats: 424 starts, 573 round wins (11th all-time), 41 wins (Fourth all-time in Top Fuel), 85 finals, 46 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2016 Season Stats: Three wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka); Three poles (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk), One final (Pomona), 28 round wins

Point Standings: Second (-57); trails first-place Antron Brown by 57 points, leads third-place Steve Torrence by 106 points

Noteworthy: has won his first round pairing in 12 of 14 events this season; all-time Top Fuel wins leader in Sonoma; 2008 Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame inductee; earned first career win and pole at Sonoma Raceway

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Sonoma Highlights: One win (2006); one pole (2009)

2015 Sonoma Event Recap: Qualified third; Semi-Final finish (defeated Jenna Haddock in the first round, Clay Millican in the second round; lost to Dave Connolly in the semi-final)

Previous Event Recap (Denver): Qualified sixth; Semi-Final finish (defeated Scott Palmer in the first round and Richie Crampton in the second round; defeated by Antron Brown in the semi-final)

Quotable: “I am really pleased with the growth and the signs of consistency we have seen with the SealMaster Toyota these past couple races. This is a big race for one of Team Kalitta’s partners, Toyota, and we would love to celebrate with them in the winner’s circle on Sunday.”

Career Stats: 138 starts, 130 round wins, 8 wins, 16 finals, 8 no.1 qualifiers

2016 Season Stats: Three finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago); Three semi-finals (Pomona, Las Vegas, Denver); 18 round wins

Point Standings: Seventh (-346); trails sixth-place Shawn Langdon by one point, leads eighth-place Clay Millican by 118 points

Noteworthy: Second career win occurred at Sonoma Raceway; won a race on the Western Swing each of the last two seasons; earned eight round wins in the last three races

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Sonoma Highlights: One win (2001); One final (2007)

2015 Sonoma Event Recap: Qualified ninth; First round defeat (lost to Chad Head in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Denver): Qualified third; Semi-Final finish (defeated Todd Simpson in the first round and Ron Capps in the second round; defeated by John Force in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “I have won in Sonoma, but it has been a while and we would love to get another this weekend in this DHL Toyota. We made some gains in Denver, and the new chassis performed well. Jon O, Nicky and the DHL team are working hard, and I hope that work is rewarded this weekend.”

Career Stats: 497 starts, 540 round wins, 38 wins (30 in Funny Car, 8 in Top Fuel), 63 finals (52 in Funny Car, 11 in Top Fuel), 18 no.1 qualifiers (11 in Funny Car, 7 in Top Fuel)

2016 Season Stats: Two finals (Pomona, Las Vegas); Three semi-finals (Epping, Englishtown, Denver); One pole (Norwalk); 18 round wins

Point Standings: Sixth (-243); tied with fifth-place Robert Hight, leads seventh-place Tommy Johnson Jr. by 22 points

Noteworthy: 2015 Funny Car Champion, 2011 Top Fuel Champion; one of three drivers with championships in both nitro classes, second in the Funny Car class with 11 first round wins this season.

DeJoria Sonoma pre-race notes

2015 Sonoma Event Recap: Qualified sixth; First round defeat (Lost to Cruz Pedregon in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Denver): Qualified fourth; First round defeat (Lost to John Hale in the first round)

Career Stats: 109 Starts, 81 Round Wins, 4 Wins, 7 Final Rounds, 4 No. 1 Qualifiers

2016 Season Stats: One Win (Las Vegas I); One No. 1 Qualifier (Charlotte I); One Final (Las Vegas I); 12 Round Wins

Point Standings: 733 points, ranked 10th