PHOENIX, AZ (February 26, 2022) — Coming into the NHRA Arizona Nationals Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel drivers Shawn Langdon and Doug Kalitta were on the outside looking in at the field of eight possible drivers eligible to compete in the $130,000 NHRA Pep Boys Allstar Callout specialty race. At the end of qualifying today on the strength of Kalitta’s No. 1 qualifier in the Mac Tools Toyota dragster and Langdon’s No. 7 qualifying position behind the wheel of the DHL Kalitta Air dragster they each moved up in the standings and secured the final two spots.
“We have been keeping an eye on the Pep Boys NHRA Allstar Callout for a couple of weeks now,” said Kalitta, who jumped over Billy Torrence and Clay Millican in the point standings. “I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to pull it off, but we did thanks to this effort this weekend. That is going to be a fun event. I am really happy Pep Boys and the NHRA are putting this specialty race on for us and hopefully we can come out with a win in Gainesville.”
The eight drivers qualified are No. 1 Steve Torrence, No. 2 Brittany Force, No. 3 Mike Salinas, No. 4 Justin Ashley, No. 5 Antron Brown, No. 6 Leah Pruett, No. 7 Doug Kalitta, and No. 8 Shawn Langdon.
“I think with me getting in at eight, I won’t be doing any of the call outs. I’ll be the one getting called out. But good. I like that because somebody’s gonna call me out and I’m gonna make them pay for it,” said Langdon.
The competitors will call out their first-round opponent during this specialty event. No. 1 in points gets the first opportunity to call out their opponent. No. 2 in points the get the second opportunity to select who they want to race. If No. 1 in selects No. 2 in points, then No. 3 gets second pick, etc. The callouts will take place on Friday, and all three eliminations rounds will be contested on Saturday. The first two rounds will also count towards qualifying for the national event; the final-round runs do not count towards qualifying.