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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta Indy

Kalitta desires that first U.S. Nationals win

Indianapolis Highlights: Two finals (2008, 2004); Two no.1 qualifiers (2004, 2000)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Brainerd Nationals): Qualified 12th; First round loss (Lost to Mike Salinas in the first round)

2017 NHRA U.S. Nationals Recap: Qualified fifth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, lost to Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “I am ready for another shot at the U.S. Nationals. It is a great race with so many people in attendance. We would love nothing more than to put this Mac Tools ride in the winners circle.”

Career Stats: 475 starts; 647 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 94 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Four finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond, Denver); 24 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta would hit 650 career round wins with a final round appearance

Richie crampton Indy.jpg

Crampton debuts new scheme and plans to score a Countdown berth

Indianapolis Highlights: One win (2014)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Brainerd Nationals): Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Brittany Force in the first round)

2017 NHRA U.S. Nationals Recap: Qualified 12th, First round loss (Lost to Doug Kalitta in the first round)

Quotable: “I am excited to represent CRAFTSMAN this weekend at the U.S. Nationals and for the rest of the season. We have a tough task ahead of us, but we control our own destiny. If we win, we are in the Countdown and that is exactly what we plan on doing.”

Career Stats: 95 starts; 86 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

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

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Langdon looks to clinch Countdown berth

Indianapolis Highlights: One win (2013); One No. 1 Qualifier (2012); Super Gas in 2010

Last Event Recap (NHRA Brainerd Nationals): Qualified sixth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Bob Tasca in the first round, lost to Jack Beckman in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA U.S. Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Brittany Force in the first round, lost to Kebin Kinsley in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “We are very excited. Indianapolis is the biggest race and we have a lot on the line. We had a great test session last week. The car is running great and we really learned a lot of about our setup and advanced it. We feel really good going into Indianapolis about clinching our spot in the Countdown and winning the race.”

Career Stats: 222 starts; 259 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 17 starts; 12 round wins)

2018 Season: 17 starts; 12 round wins; ninth in the standings

JR Todd Indy.jpg

Reigning U.S. Nationals champion Todd looks to go back-to-back

Indianapolis Highlights: One Win (2017 - Funny Car)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Brainerd Nationals): Qualified eighth; Semifinalist (Defeated Bob Bode in the first round and Robert Hight in the quarterfinals, lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the semifinals)

2017 NHRA U.S. Nationals Recap: Qualified sixth; Race Winner (Defeated Brian Stewart in the first round, Cruz Pedregon in the quarterfinals, Tim Wilkerson in the semifinals and Ron Capps in the finals)

Quotable: “I am really excited with the way our DHL Toyota Camry performed last week in testing. That should give us good data heading into The Big Go where we are going to do our best to go out and repeat.”

Career Stats: 189 starts; 187 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 41 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 38 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 20 round wins; sixth in the point standings 

JR Todd Brainerd

Todd clinches a spot in the Countdown with a semifinal finish

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team had a solid raceday with two round wins before getting defeated in the a close race in the semifinals. 

Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team made three clean passes in qualifying and the tuning duo of Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith saved the best for last as Todd scored a 4.018 second run, which bumped Todd inside the top half of the field.

In the first round, Todd drew Bob Bode. Todd got an advantage at the starting line and never trailed. The DHL/WIX Filters Camry was clean to the stripe with another good run. His 4.022 second pass gave him lane choice over no.1 qualifier Robert Hight in the quarterfinals. That round win also clinched Todd's spot in the 2018 playoffs. 

Todd trailed Hight at the start, but the DHL team made a clean pass and Hight could not. Todd crossed the line first and moved back to another semifinal. 

In the semifinals, Todd drew Tommy Johnson Jr. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team made their strongest run of the weekend, a 3.973 second pass, but Johnson Jr. was just a tick quicker and got to the line first ending Todd's day.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 8 (4.018 sec., 316.15 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated Bode - 4.024 sec., 318.02 mph to 4.552 sec., 189.15 mph

E2: Todd defeated Hight - 4.022 sec., 318.84 mph to 4.143 sec., 243.28 mph

E3: Todd defeated by Johnson Jr. - 3.973 sec., 324.05 mph to 3.950 sec., 323.97 mph

Quotable: “It is good to be going to the semis; that is a small victory. The performance of the car is coming around. I missed the tree there in the semis; I definitely could have made up the difference. On a good note, we are going to the Indy test. We are going to try to pick it up even more and get ready for the Big Go."
 
Point Standings: Sixth; tied with Tommy Johnson Jr. seventh; trails Matt Hagan by 115 points for fifth

Shawn Sunday Brianerd

Langdon earns a crucial round win in Brainerd

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon's Global Electronic Technology team continued a good run with a crucial round win and more solid performances.

In qualifying, Langdon closed with three stellar passes including back-to-back 4.013 second runs. That moved Langdon inside the top half of the field and the sixth starting spot. The draw was Bob Tasca III.

The round win would prove to be very important. Tasca came into eliminations 11th in the standings, and needing the round win, while Langdon's Global Electronic Technology team wanted to protect their spot. Langdon moved first and would not look back. The round win helped Langdon expand his advantage over 11th and give him an over 60 point advantage heading into the final race before the Countdown.

Langdon made another 4.019 second pass with a stellar .049 reaction time in the quarterfinals against Beckman, but it was not enough to advance. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (4.013 sec., 321.04 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Tasca III - 4.019 sec., 320.20 mph to 4.032 sec., 320.58 mph

E2: Langdon defeated by Beckman - 4.019 sec., 321.42 mph to 3.980 sec., 324.83 mph

Quotable: “That was a huge run against Bob Tasca due to the playoff implications. So we accomplished our goal there. It was a bummer that we lost to Jack Beckman because we really felt that we had a good car. The car was just beating down 4.01s and we’ve been trying to massage the tune-up and try to pick it up a little bit earlier to try to get this Global Electronic Technology Camry into the 3’s. We know that’s where we need to be come Countdown. I feel good in the car. We’ve been making adjustments to try to make the car react better and I think we’ve accomplished that. I think we’re in a good position heading into Indy, the last race before the playoffs. We had a decent week here.  Now we’re going to go testing and try to improve the set-up a little bit more.”

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Tim Wilkerson by 44 points for 10th; trails John Force by 63 points for eighth.

Richie Crampton Brainerd 

Crampton falls in the first round

Race Recap: Richie Crampton and the DHL/Kalitta Air dragster fell in the first round today.

In his last run in DHL/Kalitta Air colors, Crampton earned the 11th qualifying position with a 3.878 second pass. Qualifying did not go as planned as that was the only run Crampton was able to make below four seconds.

In the first round, Crampton faced Brittany Force for the third straight race. Crampton had the advantage at the starting line, but had troubles. He did a great job pedaling the DHL/Kalitta Air ride, but Force had too much of an advantage and earned the round win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.878 sec., 310.55 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated by B. Force - 4.178 sec., 260.61 mph to 3.910 sec., 255.97 mph

Quotable: “Today produced a very tough result for this DHL/Kalitta Air team. I wanted to finish the run in the DHL colors strong, but it was not our weekend. We can still clinch a spot in the Countdown at the U.S. Nationals with our new CRAFTSMAN scheme, and that is exactly what we plan on doing."

Point Standings: 11th; trails Mike Salinas by two points for 10th

Doug Kalitta Brainard 

Kalitta has a weekend to forget in Brainerd

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team had a weekend to forget in Brainerd.

Kalitta's Mac Tools ride had one-sub four second pass in qualifying with a 3.947 second run, but the Mac Tools team were looking for more than a 257mph top speed. They were still able to score the 12th starting spot and drew Mike Salinas in the first round, which was the second consecutive time Kalitta faced the California native.

In the opening round, Kalitta got the early advantage against Salinas. However, the Mac Tools machine again encountered difficulty, and Salinas made a clean run to advance.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 12 (3.947 sec., 257.43 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by Salinas - 4.662 sec., 161.40 mph to 3.807 sec., 321.73 mph

Quotable: “A very tough weekend for this Mac Tools team, but we will rebound. I am looking forward to the testing this week in Indianapolis and the U.S. Nationals in a few short days."

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Antron Brown by one point for sixth; trails Leah Pritchett by 91 points for fourth

Richie Crampton Sat

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 5.024 sec. at 141.59 MPH
Q2: 5.098 sec. at 136.22 MPH
Q3: 3.878 sec. at 310.55 MPH
Q4: 5.509 sec. at 118.75 MPH

Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Brittany Force

Quotable: "Another first round with Brittany tomorrow with this DHL team. We will get this car turned around and be ready."

Doug Kalitta Sat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster  

Q1:
5.276 sec. at 137.93 MPH
Q2: 3.947 sec. at 257.43 MPH
Q3: 4.876 sec. at 155.40 MPH
Q4: 6.664 sec. at 107.30 MPH

Starting Position: 12th
First Round Matchup: Mike Salinas

Quotable: “Rough weekend for the Mac Tools team in qualifying. We were looking for more. However, tomorrow is a new day and we will be ready for the challenge ahead."

Shawn Langdon Sat

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

Q1: 4.488 sec. at 200.02 MPH
Q2: 4.024 sec. at 318.39 MPH
Q3: 4.013 sec. at 320.51 MPH
Q4: 4.013 sec. at 321.04 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the third session)
Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Bob Tasca III
Quotable: "Two good runs today with the Global Electronic Technology Camry. Third-best and fourth-best overall. We will adjust for tomorrow. A big match-up for us tomorrow with Bob Tasca III. It is not really just a 20 point win, it is a 40 point swing. It is the time of the year that everything is important. Every round is important. It is what we have been working all year for."

JR Todd Sat

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

Q1: 4.070 sec. at 316.67 MPH
Q2: 4.362 sec. at 211.59 MPH
Q3: 4.023 sec. at 318.17 MPH
Q4: 4.018 sec. at 316.15 MPH

Starting Position: 8th First Round Matchup: Bob Bode
Quotable: "We have made good runs in three out of the four passes this weekend. We are still trying to run a little better than we have, but it is nice to lane choice going into tomorrow. I am excited about the performance of the car it has started to come around. We are going to keep picking away at it, and we are going to get quicker and faster for sure."

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta ready for return to Brainerd winner’s circle

Brainerd Highlights: One win (2005, 2003); Two finals (2014, 2000); Three no.1 qualifiers (2010, 2004, 2002)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified second; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Bill Litton in the first round, lost to Mike Salinas in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Qualified third; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Terry Haddock in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “I am excited to get back on track with the Mac Tools team this weekend in Brainerd. The fans are always awesome and we are looking forward to a great race weekend.”

Career Stats: 474 starts; 647 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 94 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Four finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond, Denver); 24 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta would hit 650 career round wins with a final round appearance

Richie Crampton

Crampton looks to secure top ten placement

Brainerd Highlights: One win (2015); One no. 1 qualifier (2015)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Brittany Force in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “It is a big race for the DHL/Kalitta Air team. Points are becoming more and more important so it is time to hammer down and secure our spot deeper within the top 10. I have won at Brainerd before, and I love that track, so I cannot wait strap in for Q1 and get the weekend started.”

Career Stats: 94 starts; 86 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

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

Shawn Langdon

Langdon looking to solidify Countdown berth

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified sixth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Jack Beckman in the first round, lost to Courtney Force in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

Quotable: “We felt leaving Seattle that the Global Electronic Technology Camry was trending in the right direction. The team has been doing a great job getting the car ready for the Countdown. We have lost two close races at the last two events, and those will start going out way. We have a car capable of winning races and the team is confident. The point of focus is to go to Brainerd and get the win which will solidify our spot in the Countdown.”

Career Stats: 221 starts; 258 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 16 starts; 11 round wins)

2018 Season: 16 starts; 11 round wins; ninth in the standings

JR Todd

Todd looks to clinch Countdown berth in Brainerd

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified 13th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Bob Tasca III in the first round, lost to Tim Wilkerson in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Ron Capps in the first round)

Quotable: “I am ready to get back in the seat this weekend. The performance of our DHL/WIX Filters Toyota seems to be coming back and it would be awesome to win in from front the great Brainerd fans.”

Career Stats: 188 starts; 185 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 40 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 36 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 18 round wins; sixth in the point standings 

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Kalitta turns stellar qualifying effort into a round win

The Mac Tools driver claimed the second starting spot with a 3.730 second pass in Friday evening's session. He was second after that run and would not be bumped on Saturday. Kalitta would earn lane choice over Bill Litton in the first round.

Kalitta was able to get a consisderable advantage on Litton on the tree. The Mac Tools ride steadily pulled ahead and easily reached the stripe first.

In the quarterfinals, Kalitta came up against Mike Salinas. The Mac Tools ride encountered tire smoke, and Salinas run the best run of the round to score the win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 2 (3.730 sec., 326.00 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Litton - 3.790 sec., 328.78 mph to 3.994 sec., 285.29 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Salinas - 4.565 sec., 170.60 mph to 3.792 sec., 326.08 mph

Quotable: “The Mac Tools team had a solid performance in qualifying. We had a solid Western Swing and locked in our place in the Countdown. My guys have worked hard and I am excited to get to Brainerd."

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Antron Brown by 68 points for sixth; trails Leah Pritchett by 88 points for fourth

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Crampton earns redemption

Race Recap: Richie Crampton and the DHL/Kalitta Air dragster earned a round win in Seattle today.

The team started the weekend with a solid 3.792 second pass in the first round in qualifying, which was good enough for top five in the session. Crampton would eventually be bumped down just outside of the top half of the field and would start in the ninth position.

For the second straight race, Crampton drew Brittany Force in the first round. Both drivers encountered trouble, but Crampton gathered the Kalitta Air machine up quicker and was able to drive around the reigning Top Fuel champion for the round win.

In the second round, Crampton faced the points leader Steve Torrence. The Kalitta Air driver moved first, but Torrence made a better run and scored the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.792 sec., 323.50 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated B. Force - 4.308 sec., 274.94 mph to 4.429 sec., 238.72 mph

E2: Crampton defeated by Torrence - 3.863 sec., 318.69 mph to 3.813 sec., 325.30 mph

Quotable: “It was another constructive racing weekend for us. We’re trying to put some ground between us and the other drivers we’re duking it out with for a spot in the top 10. We didn’t seal the deal, but we’re trending in the right direction and we’re going to be good. I’m looking forward to Brainerd. Connie and Rob are definitely making strides to put us back where we need to be at the top end of the field and Brainerd’s a good place to forge ahead.”  

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Scott Palmer by 11 points for 11th; trails Brittany Force by 82 points for eighth

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Langdon has solid weekend in Seattle

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon had a solid weekend in Seattle with six good runs and a round win.

In qualifying, Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team had four great passes. Each of their runs were amongst the top five of the session, and two of which earned bonus points. Langdon earned the sixth starting spot and the Global Electronic Technology Toyota team drew Jack Beckman in the first round.

In the first round, Langdon got the jump on Beckman. It was the closest race in the first round, but the Global Electronic Technology Camry got to the stripe first and earned lane choice over points leader Courtney Force in the quarterfinals.

In that race, Langdon left on Force. The Global Electronic Technology machine led at every increment down the track except for the final stripe, where Force was able to drive around Langdon by two ten-thousandths of a second. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.977 sec., 325.37 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Beckman - 4.017 sec., 318.69 mph to 4.026 sec., 315.56 mph

E2: Langdon defeated by C. Force - 4.036 sec., 318.02 mph to 4.023 sec., 322.11 mph

Quotable: “I can not complain about this weekend. After qualifying, we really thought we’d have a shot at the race win today. We just lost a great drag race to the points leader by two ten-thousandths of a second. There’s nothing to hang your head about. We’ve been making great runs all weekend. The guys have done a great job of turning this car around right before a crucial time for the Countdown. I feel good on the tree and I feel good driving the car. The crew’s done a great job of giving me a great Global Electronic Technology Camry. This is the best I’ve felt all year and I’m really looking forward to getting to Brainerd and then to Indy and then the start of the Countdown. This is the best car we’ve had and I feel I’m driving my best. This is our time to shine.”

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Bob Tasca III by 45 points for 10th; trails John Force by 88 points for eighth

JR Todd Sunday.jpg 

Todd turns the corner on raceday

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team closed the Western Swing with a solid round win at Pacific Raceways today.

Qualifying did not yield the desired results for the DHL/WIX Filters team for the second straight weekend. The best run, a 4.056, earned Todd the 13th spot in the competitive Funny Car field.

In the first round, Todd drew Bob Tasca III. The DHL/WIX Filters driver left right beside Tasca, but the Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith tuneup helped Todd extend the lead all the way down the track and gave the DHL/WIX Filters driver the round win with Todd's best run of the weekend. 

In the second round, Todd faced Tim Wilkerson. Todd made another clean pass, a 4.049, but Wilkerson ran a 4.037 to move to the semifinals ending Todd's day. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 13 (4.056 sec., 308.43 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated Tasca III - 4.037 sec., 319.75 mph to 4.057 sec., 314.46 mph

E2: Todd defeated by Wilkerson - 4.049 sec., 316.23 mph to 4.037 sec., 316.52 mph

Quotable: “I am really proud of the resolve of this DHL/WIX Filters Toyota team. We have had a couple rough races, but I think we found what our issues were this weekend in Seattle. I wish we had a better Western Swing, but I am excited to get to Brainerd and continue to learn and prepare for the Countdown."
 
Point Standings: Sixth; leads Tommy Johnson Jr. by 22 points by seventh; trails Jack Beckman by 85 points for fifth

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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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