CHARLOTTE, NC. (April 7, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports and J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, are pleased to welcome NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and ThorSport Racing drivers Rico Abreu, Matt Crafton, Cameron Hayley and Ben Rhodes to the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. The drivers will join Todd in participating in the SealMaster Track Walk prior to the beginning of the NHRA race action.
ThorSport Racing and SealMaster, the most trusted name in pavement maintenance for more than 40 years, are part of the ThorWorks Family of Brands. SealMaster is in first season as the primary sponsor of Todd’s Top Fuel dragster and is an associate partner on the remainder of the Team Kalitta NHRA entries driven by Las Vegas winner Alexis DeJoria, Doug Kalitta and Del Worsham.
“It is always interesting to have drivers from other motorsports to the track and get to show them what we do,” said Todd. “I am excited to have my NASCAR teammates to the drag strip and let them experience some of the NHRA racing action.” Todd debuted the new look SealMaster ride to a semi-final finish in Pomona and returned to the semi-finals this past weekend in Las Vegas. He currently ranks sixth in the point standings.
Abreu is the two-time, and defending Chili Bowl Nationals Champion and is in his rookie season in the NCWTS with ThorSport Racing. Crafton, the only driver to win back-to-back championship titles in the NCWTS, is coming off a career-best 2015 season with six race wins. Hayley is in his sophomore season with ThorSport Racing and is the only full-time Canadian driver in the NCWTS. Rhodes, the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, started his NCWTS rookie season off with back-to-back top-10 finishes at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, and Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.
“Personally inviting drivers from our sister company, ThorSport Racing, to the 4-Wides is just one more example of the great job J.R. and Kalitta Motorsports do to serve partners and introduce fans of other teams and sports to the world of NHRA drag racing,” says SealMaster Communications Director Debbie Hufford.
Konnekt with Kalitta Motorsports: For more info about Kalitta Motorsports including exclusive content such as videos, photos and more, please visit #KalittaStrong online – Website: www.teamkalitta.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/KalittaMotorsports Twitter: www.twitter.com/TeamKalitta YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TeamKalitta Instagram: www.instagram.com/TeamKalitta
SealMaster, the nation’s only One-Stop Source for pavement maintenance products and equipment with retail presence, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 locations in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed distributors in Canada, China, and Mexico; and distribution in more than 50 countries. The company maintains its industry leadership consistently introducing high-performance, innovative pavement sealer formulations and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Pavement maintenance professionals, property managers and owners, municipalities and others charged with pavement maintenance use SealMaster products and equipment to protect, preserve and beautify asphalt and concrete pavement. For more information, visit sealmaster.net.
Follow SealMaster on:
About Kalitta Motorsports:
Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with six world championships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.
Team Kalitta is the home of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car World Champions, Del Worsham. He drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car. J.R. Todd drives the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster while Connie’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nick Boninfante on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar on the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, Rob Flynn on the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster and Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster.
Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include ARP, AutoDesk CAM, Champion, Cogistics, Darton Sleeves, DHL, Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Mac Tools, Optima Batteries, Phoenix Fuel Converter, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies, Tequila Patrón, TMS Titanium, Toyota and Ziebart.
About ThorSport Racing:
ThorSport Racing, based in a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot facility in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra driven by Cameron Hayley, the No. 41 Alpha Energy Toyota Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Rico Abreu in 2016. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com