Kalitta Motorsports News

After an eight-hour rain delay, the NHRA was able to begin eliminations for the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at 7:00 p.m. CST on Sunday evening. After two rounds, racing was suspended for the rest of the night when conditions made it impossible to continue. Eliminations will resume tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time beginning with Top Fuel semifinals.

 From Kalitta Motorsports, Richie Crampton was eliminated by Brittany Force in the first round and Doug Kalitta was eliminated by Clay Millican in the quarterfinals, but both of our Toyota Racing Camrys remain in the field! J.R. Todd's DHL Camry will face Courtney Force with Shawn Langdon's Global Electronic Technology Camry against Robert Hight. A complete post-race recap will follow tomorrow after the eliminations have been completed.

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Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.927 sec. at 297.61 MPH
Q2: 3.798 sec. at 321.81 MPH
Q3: 5.337 sec. at 136.41 MPH
Q47.296 sec. at 89.58 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third-best of the second session)
Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer

Quotable: “Solid weekend of qualifying for the Mac Tools team; we went for it in that last session and it just didn't stick. A little further down on the order than we would have liked, but we will will go to the line and hopefully score four round wins tomorrow.

richie crampton 

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 5.091 sec. at 139.60 MPH
Q2: 3.875 sec. at 318.32 MPH
Q3: 3.949 sec. at 313.51 MPH
Q4:3.811 sec. at 321.65 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Brittany Force

Quotable: "We made a couple good runs in qualifying. It has been challenging for everyone, but I have been proud of my DHL/Kalitta Air Toyota team. We are going to have our hands full tomorrow with this side of the ladder, but I think we have what it takes so I am looking forward to it."

 JR Todd

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

Q1: 7.109 sec. at 95.33 MPH
Q2: 3.996 sec. at 318.32 MPH
Q3: 4.546 sec. at 192.99 MPH
Q44.051 sec. at 313.80 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the final session)
Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: Dale Creasy

Quotable:"One of our better qualifying efforts of the season for this DHL, WIX Filters team. That is what you need to do to set yourself up good for race day. We are dealing with tricky track conditions and it is the ultimate equalizer. It is just a matter on who can navigate it the best."

 Shawn Langdon

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

Q1: 4.229 sec. at 296.96 MPH
Q2: 4.052 sec. at 314.31 MPH
Q3: 5.195 sec. at 144.74 MPH
Q45.620 sec. at 126.58 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Ron Capps

Quotable: "We have Ron Capps and qualified 10th. We didn't make a good run today, but the Global Electronic Technology team made a good one last night. We are going to work together with our team and give it our best shot tomorrow."

Doug Kalitta Topeka

Kalitta ready for another Topeka triumph

Topeka Highlights: Two wins (2016, 2006); Three finals (2004, 2003, 2000); One no. 1 qualifiers (2005)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Southern Nationals): Qualified sixth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals Recap: Qualified seventh; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, lost to Leah Pritchett in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: "Heartland Motorsports Park is great facility that has been kind to Kalitta Motorsports over the years. I am excited to get back behind the wheel of the Mac Tools car. I feel confident that we will have a car that can compete for the win."

Career Stats: 465 starts; 633 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 93 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Two finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I); 10 round wins; third in the standings

2017 Season Recap: One win (Charlotte-II); Four finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk, Charlotte-II, St. Louis); Two no.1 qualifiers (Norwalk, Charlotte-II); 34 round wins; third in the standings

Noteworthy: Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career; Team Kalitta owns 11 Top Fuel wins at Heartland Park Topeka (Scott Kalitta - 6, David Grubnic - 2, Doug Kalitta - 2, Hillary Will - 1)

Richie Crampton Topeka

Crampton wants to add to Kalitta legacy at Heartland Motorsports Park

Topeka Highlights: One win (2015)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Southern Nationals): Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Doug Kalitta in the first round)

2017 NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: "Topeka has been good to me and Team Kalitta. I am really searching for some valuable round wins, and I feel that this week is as good of a time as any to get back to our winning ways."

Career Stats: 85 starts; 80 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

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

2017 Season Stats: Seven starts; One final (Charlotte-II); Five round wins

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Langdon could make history in Topeka

Topeka Highlights: One win (2013); One final (2014); One no. 1 qualifier (2013)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Southern Nationals): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Tim Wilkerson in the first round)

2017 NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals (Top Fuel) Recap: Qualified sixth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Troy Coughlin Jr. in the first round, lost to Antron Brown in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: "It is always great to go back to Topeka; the track can be fast in the right conditions, but it looks like it is going to be hot this weekend so it could be tricky with the changes on how the track is being prepped. We feel like we made some good progress with the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry in qualifying in Atlanta. We had some changes this week, but I am confident in my team and we are going to go out and do the best job we can."

Career Stats: 212 starts; 251 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Seven starts; Four round wins)

2018 Season: Seven starts; Four round wins; ninth in the standings

2017 Season Stats: 20 starts; Two finals (Dallas, Pomona II); 17 round wins; seventh in the point standings

Noteworthy: With a win this weekend, Langdon would become the first driver in Heartland Motorsports Park history with wins in both Top Fuel and Funny Car 

JR Todd Topeka

Todd desires return to winner's circle

Topeka Highlights: One final (2007)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Southern Nationals): Qualified seventh; First round loss (Lost to Jack Beckman in the first round)

2017 NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Brian Stewart in the first round, lost to Matt Hagan in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: "I am looking forward to getting back on track with the DHL Toyota Camry. I think the track will be the equalizer this weekend with the hot temperatures and I think our team is up to the challenge."

Career Stats: 179 starts; 176 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 31 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 27 round wins)

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

2017 Season Stats: 24 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins; ninth in the point standings

YPSILANTI, Mich. (May 14, 2018) – Effective immediately, Tommy DeLago has been released from the role of co-crew chief on the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Shawn Langdon. Nicky Boninfante will continue with the Global Electronic Technology team as crew chief for Langdon beginning this weekend at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan. 

2011 Funny Car champion DeLago had served as crew chief at Kalitta Motorsports since the 2013 season for Alexis DeJoria and Langdon. He tuned DeJoria to all of her five career wins, including the 60th annual U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis in 2014.

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (1332)
2. Tony Schumacher (1145)
3. Clay Millican (1144)
4. Leah Pritchett (1118)
5. Doug Kalitta (1027)
6. Antron Brown (1026)
7. Terry McMillen (791)
8. Brittany Force (787)
9. Scott Palmer (701)
10. Mike Salinas (694)
11. Richie Crampton (692)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Courtney Force (1372)
2. Ron Capps (1177)
3. Robert Hight (1154)
4. Jack Beckman (1110)
5. Matt Hagan (1102)
6. J.R. Todd (987)
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (987)
8. John Force (855)
9. Shawn Langdon (791)
10. Tim Wilkerson (747)