Pre-Race Report Event 16: Northwest Nationals Pacific Raceways Seattle, Wash. Aug. 5-7



Recent Pacific Raceways winner Kalitta plans to close the Western Swing strong

Seattle Highlights: One win (2014); Three finals (2003, 2000, 1999); One pole (2010)

2015 Seattle Event Recap: Qualified 12th; First round defeat (lost to Larry Dixon in the first round)

Previous Event Recap (Sonoma): Qualified third; Semi-Final finish (defeated Bill Litton in the first round and Brittany Force in the second round, defeated by J.R. Todd in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “Seattle is a great way to end the Western Swing and I am confident in our chances. We chipped away at the points lead at the last race and I would like to continue to do that at the Northwest Nationals.”

Career Stats: 425 starts, 575 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), 30 round wins

Point Standings: Second (-37); trails first-place Antron Brown by 37 points, leads third-place Steve Torrence by 95 points

Noteworthy: has won his first round pairing in 13 of 15 events this season; 10 semi-final or better finishes in 15 events this season; matched season round win total from 2015

JR Todd

On career-best streak, Todd looks for consecutive wins

Seattle Highlights: One win (2015); one pole (2007)

2015 Seattle Event Recap: Qualified sixth; Race Winner (defeated Clay Millican in the first round, Terry McMillen in the second round, Tony Schumacher in the semi-final and Shawn Langdon in the final)

Previous Event Recap (Sonoma): Qualified seventh; Race Winner (defeated Clay Millican in the first round, Antron Brown in the second round, Doug Kalitta in the semi-final and Richie Crampton in the final)

Quotable: “I am really proud of these SealMaster guys and that we were able to get the victory in Sonoma. Now the goal is to be focused and finish the Western Swing strong in Seattle.”

Career Stats: 139 starts, 134 round wins, 9 wins, 17 finals, 8 no.1 qualifiers

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Three finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago); 22 round wins

Point Standings: Sixth (-307); trails fifth-place Tony Schumacher by 74 points, leads seventh-place Shawn Langdon by 61 points

Noteworthy: Coming off first win of the season; last year’s Seattle victor; Won at least one race on the Western Swing for the third consecutive season; 12 round wins in the last four races; has won more round wins in the first 15 races of 2016 (22) then the entire 2015 season (20)

Del Worsham

Last season’s finalist, Worsham looks for Seattle trophy

Seattle Highlights: One TF win (2011); One FC win (1999); One FC final (2015)

2015 Seattle Event Recap: Qualified second; Finalist (defeated John Hale in the first round, Tim Wilkerson in the second round and John Force in the semi-final, lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final)

Previous Event Recap (Sonoma): Qualified first (track-record elapsed time; career-best elapsed-time); Semi-Final finish (defeated Tim Gibbons in the first round and Jack Beckman in the second round; defeated by Ron Capps in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “The DHL team was really on their game in Sonoma, and now we head to Seattle and have great notes after our run last season. I feel confident and excited that we are going to have a stout DHL Toyota this weekend.”

Career Stats: 498 starts, 542 round wins, 38 wins (30 in Funny Car, 8 in Top Fuel), 63 finals (52 in Funny Car, 11 in Top Fuel), 19 no.1 qualifiers (12 in Funny Car, 7 in Top Fuel)

2016 Season Stats: Two finals (Pomona, Las Vegas); Four semi-finals (Epping, Englishtown, Denver, Sonoma); Two poles (Norwalk, Sonoma); 20 round wins

Point Standings: Fourth (-254); trails third-place Jack Beckman by 71 points, leads fifth-place John Force by 21 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 12 first round wins this season; won pole at most recent series event, reset career-best elapsed time (3.868 sec.)