Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report – Arizona Nationals

Richie Crampton

Kalitta carries momentum into Phoenix

Phoenix Highlights: One win (2001); Three finals (2015, 2010, 2004); Four no. 1 qualifiers (2016, 2014, 2013, 2003)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Winternationals): Qualified seventh; Race Winner (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, Billy Torrence in the quarterfinals, Terry McMillen in the semifinals and 2018 Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence in the finals)

2018 NHRA Arizona Nationals Recap: Qualified eleventh; First round defeat (Lost to Billy Torrence)

Career Stats: 490 starts; 656 round wins (ninth all-time); 45 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 97 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2019 Season: One Win (Pomona-I);  First in the standings

Noteworthy: Uncle and Team Kalitta founder Connie Kalitta celebrates his 81st birthday on Sunday; Sixth straight season with a win; Fourth straight season to lead the point standings at some point during the year; Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career, would be the 14th driver to earn that mark

Richie Crampton

Crampton looks for first round win in his DHL Top Fuel Dragster

Last Event Recap (NHRA Winternationals): Qualified sixth; First round defeat (Lost to Terry McMillen)

2018 NHRA Arizona Nationals Recap: Qualified fifth; First round defeat (Lost to Scott Palmer)

Career Stats: 103 starts; 88 round wins; Eight wins; Ten finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2019 Season: One start; Tied for 9th in the standings

shawn langdon

Langdon planning to continue success from 2018 Phoenix race

Phoenix Highlights: One no.1 qualifier (2012)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Winternationals): Qualified sixth; Second round defeat (Lost to Tommy Johnson, Jr.)

2018 NHRA Arizona Nationals: Qualified tenth; Semi-Final Appearance (Lost to Tommy Johnson, Jr.)

Career Stats: 233 starts; 264 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers 

2019 Season: One round win; Fifth in the standings

JR Todd

2018 Funny Car Champion brushes off slow start to the season

Last Event Recap (NHRA Winternationals): Qualified ninth; First Round Defeat (Lost to Bob Tasca, III)

2018 NHRA Arizona Nationals: Qualified eighth; First Round Defeat (Lost to Matt Hagan)

Career Stats: 201 starts; 211 round wins; 17 wins; 29 finals; 10 no.1 qualifiers 

2019 Season: One start; Tied for Tenth in the point standings