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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta aims to get back on track at Texas Motorplex

Dallas Highlights: Two wins (2002, 2013); One No.1 qualifier (2004)

Kalitta aims to get back on track at Texas Motorplex

Last Event Recap (NHRA Midwest Nationals): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

2017 Texas NHRA FallNationals Recap: Qualified fourth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Kebin Kinsley in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: "We haven't gotten off to the start we had hoped for in the Countdown, but we have an excellent opportunity to win some rounds this weekend in Dallas and move up in the standings."

Career Stats: 477 starts; 651 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 96 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Five finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond, Denver, Indianapolis); 28 round wins; sixth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta would hit 50 career No. 1 qualifying positions if he takes the top spot in Dallas.

Richie Crampton

Crampton sets sights on second career win in Ennis

Dallas Highlights: One win (2015)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Midwest Nationals): Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Tony Schumacher in the first round)

2017 Texas NHRA FallNationals Recap: Qualified 8th, Quarterfinalist (Defeated Billy Torrence in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: "We've got things moving in the right direction to close out 2018, so we're hoping for a strong finish to the season."

Career Stats: 99 starts; 86 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); 11 round wins; 11th in the standings

Noteworthy: Dallas could mark the 100th career start for Crampton in the Top Fuel class.

Shawn Langdon 

Langdon ready to go rounds at Texas Motorplex

Dallas Highlights:  Two No. 1 qualifiers (2012, 2013 - Top Fuel)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Midwest Nationals): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to J.R. Todd in the first round)

2017 Texas NHRA FallNationals Recap: Qualified seventh; Event runner-up (Defeated Clay Millican in the first round, Terry Haddock in the quarterfinals, Antron Brown in the semifinals, lost to Brittany Force in the final round)

Quotable: "We aren't completely out of the championship hunt, but we need to start off by qualifying better and then having some success in eliminations. We have had tough draws early in the last few races, but we are hoping for better success in Dallas."

Career Stats: 226 starts; 261 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 20 starts; 14 round wins)

2018 Season: 20 starts; 14 round wins; Tenth in the standings

JR Todd

Todd continues championship push at third race of Countdown

Last Event Recap (NHRA Midwest Nationals): Qualified seventh; Semifinalist (Defeated Shawn Langdon in the first round, Cruz Pedregon in the quarterfinals, lost to Tim Wilkerson in the semifinals)

2017 Texas NHRA FallNationals Recap: Qualified 14th; First round loss (Lost to Jack Beckman in the first round)

Quotable: "We're aiming to get as many qualifying points as we can this weekend, since we aren't too far out of the points lead. Each race is going to be extremely important for the rest of the season, and we know we have a shot at this thing."

Career Stats: 192 starts; 197 round wins; 15 wins; 25 finals; 10 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 44 starts; Six wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); Six finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); 46 round wins)

2018 Season: Four wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); 30 round wins; Second in the point standings

JR Sunday

Todd reaches semifinal as consecutive round winning streak halts at 10

Race Recap: Coming off back-to-back wins, J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team reached the semifinals in St. Louis, seeing their streak of 10 consecutive round wins come to an end.

Todd continued his remarkably consistent streak through qualifying, as he entered eliminations seventh in the qualifying order after four strong passes: all of which were under the four-second mark. He was able to pick up one bonus point with the third-best run in the first round of qualifying.

In the first round of eliminations, Todd lined up against teammate Shawn Langdon. The DHL team, led by Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith, powered Todd to a 3.954-second pass, which was the fifth-best pass of the round to give him the victory against a strong run from Langdon. 

In the second round, Todd lined up with No. 15 qualifier Cruz Pedregon who had upset Ron Capps in the first round. Although Todd was slower than Pedregon, Todd's 4.064 run was enough to take out his opponent due to a red light violation. 

In the semis, Todd matched up with Tim Wilkerson, who he defeated in the finals last week in Reading, Pa. The DHL/WIX Filters team ran into almost instant smoke, and his 6.100 at 152.28 was not enough to keep his winning streak alive.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.928 sec., 323.66 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated Langdon - 3.954 sec., 318.69 mph to 3.997 at 320.20

E2: Todd defeated Pedregon - 4.064 sec., 307.58 mph to red light start

E3: Todd defeated by Wilkerson - 6.100 sec., 152.28 mph to 5.186 sec., 175.23 mph

Quotable: “We definitely got a lucky break there in the second round against Cruz. We had a hole out pretty early and I thought it was over. I didn’t realize he had red-lit. Then in the semis, we had a fuel leak out of the header on the right side and that caused us to smoke the tires. Then I just couldn’t get it to hook up and get by Wilkerson. It’s a shame to give up the points lead that way, but it’s still early in the fight. We’re not going to give up. We’ll go to Dallas and be ready to go there. It’s nice to have a week off for the guys. They’ve been working non-stop since Reading. We’ll go back to the shop, go through all of our parts and stock up. We’ll go to Dallas and try to get as many of those qualifying points as we can. We didn’t get as many as we needed here, but we’re leaving here less than two rounds out of the lead. As long as we can keep it close, we still have a chance at this thing.”

Point Standings: Second; trails Robert Hight by 30 points for first; leads Courtney Force by 40 points for third

Doug Sunday

Kalitta knocked out in tight first round matchup

Race Recap: Despite four consistent runs in qualifying to start off the weekend, Doug Kalitta was unable to build off that momentum in eliminations on Sunday.

Kalitta entered Sunday as the No. 10 qualifier where he matched up against Antron Brown.

The Mac Tools team certainly put up a fight, but their 3.972 at 323.58 was not enough to earn a victory.

Kalitta was knocked out in the first round for the first time in the past three events, as he was also unable to add-on to his three career victories at the facility.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.790 sec., 326.63 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by Brown - 3.728 sec., 328.86 mph to 3.792 sec., 323.58 mph

Quotable: “This Mac Tools team worked hard all weekend and we had a consistent car each day. We ran into a tough opponent with Antron Brown and they were able to run a little quicker than us. We will regroup this week and be ready for Dallas."

Point Standings: Sixth; leads Mike Salinas by 16 points for seventh; trails Antron Brown by 34 points for fifth

Shawn Sunday

Langdon comes up short against teammate Todd in first round

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology crew had a consistent weekend overall, but could not take down teammate J.R. Todd in round one of Sunday's eliminations.

After four strong runs throughout qualifying, Langdon was once again able to put together a clean pass on Sunday. His 3.943 at 322.81 was enough to land in the No. 10 spot in qualifying, where he matched-up with Todd in eliminations.

In eliminations, Langdon was unable to get off the tree first, as his .075 off the line came up short against Todd's .065. The Global Electronic Technology team ended up with a 3.997, which came up short to Todd's 3.954 at 318.69/

He enters the third race of the Countdown 10th in the standings.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.943 sec., 322.81 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by Todd - 3.997 sec., 320.20 mph to 3.954 sec., 318.69 mph

Quotable: “We keep getting tough draws, so we need to start doing a better job with qualifying. We have made some good power, but we need to get the car better down low so it can accelerate to meet the times that we think we should be running."

Point Standings: Tenth; trails Jack Beckman by 27 points for ninth

Richie Sunday

Crampton knocked out in first round at Reading

Race Recap: Richie Crampton and the CRAFTSMAN team were unable to get out of the first round in St. Louis after falling against Tony Schumacher.

Qualifying concluded with Crampton 11th in the qualifying order, as a 3.774-second run was almost strong enough to move into the top half of the class. 

In his first round matchup with Schumacher, Crampton left first, but smoked the tires and Tony moved head. Crampton was unable to track down his opponent and now sets his sights on an improved weekend in Dallas in two weeks.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.774 sec., 320.05 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated by Schumacher - 5.641 sec., 115.95 mph to 4.067 sec., 257.73 mph

Quotable: “We knew it was going to be a tough race with Tony Schumacher, so we definitely didn’t want to leave anything on the table. It bit us in the end, but we’re trying to do our best to take out the people who are contending with Doug for the championship. Obviously, the performance wasn’t what we wanted today, but we’re moving in the right direction for Dallas. At this point, we’re just trying to get a head-start on 2019. Of course, we still want to do as well as we can over the final four races.”

Doug Saturday

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.996 sec. at 265.69 MPH
Q2: 3.801 sec. at 320.81 MPH
Q3: 3.828 sec. at 317.34 MPH
Q4: 3.769 sec. at 323.04 MPH

Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Antron Brown

Quotable: “This Mac Tools team has been extremely consistent this weekend, and we will need another strong showing on Sunday to get some round wins and close in on the top spots in the Top Fuel field.

Richie Saturday

Richie Crampton, driver of the CRAFTSMAN Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.863 sec. at 281.60 MPH
Q2: 3.774 sec. at 320.05 MPH
Q3: 5.311 sec. at 127.63 MPH
Q4: 3.815 sec. at 294.88 MPH

Starting Position:
9th 
First Round Matchup: Tony Schumacher

Quotable: "This Craftsman machine is running pretty good, we would have liked to be in the top half of the field but we put some strong runs up this weekend. We've got a good race car going into race day."

Shawn Langdon Sat

Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.026 sec. at 318.24 MPH
Q2: 3.957 sec. at 322.96 MPH
Q3: 3.983 sec. at 321.04 MPH
Q4: 3.943 sec. at 322.81 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: J.R. Todd

Quotable:
"I'm still aiming to get progressively in this funny car, and the car has been getting better each event. We're continuously working hard and hoping to get our first win."

JR Saturday

J.R. Todd, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.977 sec. at 318.99 MPH
Q2: 3.928 sec. at 323.66 MPH
Q3: 3.939 sec. at 319.90 MPH
Q4: 3.929 sec. at 321.12 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pts. (Third best of the first session)

Starting Position:
 7th
First Round Matchup: Shawn Langdon

Quotable:
 "We ran well, just not as well as we had hoped in the Friday night session, but we are in the top half. Our DHL/Wix Filters Toyota Camry ran pretty well on Saturday and if it is overcast tomorrow, these runs we made today could be a pretty good indicator."

Doug Kalitta

After runner-up finish in 2017, Kalitta looks for 4th career win at Gateway Motorsports Park

St. Louis Highlights: Three wins (2001, 2003, 2004); Two No.1 qualifiers (2005, 2014)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Nationals): Qualified 8th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, Lost to Clay Millican in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Midwest Nationals Recap: Qualified fourth; Finalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, Brittany Force in the quarterfinals, Dom Lagana in the semifinals, lost to Steve Torrence in the finals)

Quotable: “We didn't get the results we had hoped for in Reading, but this Mac Tools team is looking to get back on track in St. Louis. We've got a great car, and we definitely need to go some rounds this weekend to move up in the Countdown standings.”

Career Stats: 477 starts; 651 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 96 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Five finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond, Denver, Indianapolis); 28 round wins; sixth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta would hit 50 career No. 1 qualifying positions if he takes the top spot in St. Louis.

Richie Crampton

Crampton hopes to bounce back with strong showing in St. Louis

St. Louis Highlights: One No.1 qualifier (2016)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Nationals): Qualified 9th; First round loss (Lost to Doug Kalitta in the first round)

2017 NHRA Midwest Nationals Recap: Qualified 9th, First round loss (Lost to Dom Lagana in the first round)

Quotable: “I'm hoping for a stronger performance this weekend, because we didn't perform very well in Reading. Our goal is to qualify better, and get a few round wins for the Craftsman team."

Career Stats: 98 starts; 86 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); 11 round wins; 11th in the standings 

Shawn Langdon

Following difficult start to the Countdown, Langdon hopes for stronger performance at Gateway Motorsports Park

Reading Highlights: One win (2016 - Top Fuel); One No. 1 qualifier (2013 - Top Fuel)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Nationals): Qualified sixth; First round loss (Lost to Robert Hight in the first round)

2017 NHRA Midwest Nationals Recap: Qualified tenth; First round loss (Lost to Steve Torrence in the first round)

Quotable: "We've had some bad luck recently, because we have run really well but lost a few races by extremely small margins. It's a part of drag racing, but we are going to keep trying to improve our car and have some more success going forward.”

Career Stats: 225 starts; 261 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 19 starts; 14 round wins)

2018 Season: 19 starts; 14 round wins; Tenth in the standings

JR Todd 

Coming off back-to-back wins, Todd hopes to extend Funny Car points lead

Last Event Recap (NHRA Nationals): Qualified eighth; Race Winner (Defeated Bob Tasca in the first round, Mike Smith in the quarterfinals, Ron Capps in the semifinals and Tim Wilkerson in the finals)

2017 NHRA Midwest Nationals Recap: Qualified tenth; First round loss (Lost to Courtney Force in the first round)

Quotable: “This DHL/Wix FIlters team has been racing smart, and we are glad to come out of Reading with the points lead. We know we are going to have to win a few more races to win a championship, because the Funny Car category is so tough, so we have to stay focused and keep going rounds.”

Career Stats: 191 starts; 195 round wins; 15 wins; 25 finals; 10 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 43 starts; Six wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); Six finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); 46 round wins)

2018 Season: Four wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); 28 round wins; First in the point standings 

Team Kalitta owner Connie Kalitta has decided that effective immediately, Jim Oberhofer has been released from Kalitta Motorsports and his position as crew chief for the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster team driven by Doug Kalitta.

Oberhofer has been a member of Kalitta Motorsports for over 30 years and has held numerous positions including Vice President of Operations as well as being crew chief on Kalitta’s dragster where he helped secure multiple top-ten point finishes for the veteran driver.

“I want to thank Jim for his years at Kalitta Motorsports and appreciate everything he accomplished here. I wish him the best in the future,” said team owner Kalitta.

Troy Fasching will continue as Crew Chief for the Mac Tools team for the remaining five races of the Countdown to the Championship beginning this weekend in St. Louis.

Kalitta currently sits sixth in the standings, 116 points behind leader Steve Torrence.

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Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (2718)
2. Clay Millican (2487)
3. Tony Schumacher (2454)
4. Leah Pritchett (2394)
5. Brittany Force (2302)
6. Antron Brown (2291)
7t. Mike Salinas (2259)
7t. Doug Kalitta (2259)
9. Terry McMillen (2221)
10. Scott Palmer (2182)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. J.R. Todd (2553)
2. Robert Hight (2479)
3. Ron Capps (2388)
4. Tim Wilkerson (2367)
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2362)
6. Courtney Force (2324)
7. Matt Hagan (2321)
8. Jack Beckman (2283)
9. John Force (2277)
10. Shawn Langdon (2204)

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