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JR Todd Sunday


Todd advances to Topeka semifinal

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team earned two round wins at the rain delayed Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka. 

Qualifying saw a strong performance from Todd, as the DHL/WIX Filters Camry was one of just four drivers to dip into the three second range. Todd also earned one bonus point in the final session and was seeded fourth overall going into Sunday's eliminations. 

After the lengthy rain delay, Todd was able to finally get on track in the first round against Dale Creasy. Todd got the jump at the line, but the DHL machine begun to smoking tires downtrack. Todd pedaled and was able to keep his Camry ahead of Creasy's ride and scored the round win.

Todd advanced to the quarterfinals with lane choice over Jack Beckman. Todd and Beckman left side-by-side but the DHL/WIX Filters Camry kept inching ahead, and lit up the scoreboard in his lane with the best run of his weekend, a 3.949. That moved Todd to the semifinals, which after weather conditions forced eliminations to cease for the evening, was run on Monday morning.

With new conditions and a new day, Todd lined up against points leader Courtney Force in the delayed semifinals. Todd and Force were together when the DHL ride lost traction. Force laid down low elapsed time of the race in the opposite lane to score the round win.

Statistics: Qualified: No. 4 (3.996 sec., 320.89 mph) E1: Todd defeated Creasy - 4.385 sec., 237.17 mph to 5.347 sec., 155.06 mphE2: Todd defeated Beckman - 3.949 sec., 323.12 mph to 4.058 sec., 310.20 mphE3: Todd defeated by C. Force - 4.495 sec., 188.81 mph to 3.895 sec., 330.39 mph

Quotable:  "It is disappointing to lose after such a marathon race. My entire DHL/WIX Filters team worked so hard this weekend. However, I am very excited about some of the runs we made this weekend and I am looking forward to Chicago." 

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Tommy Johnson Jr. by 14 points by sixth; trails Robert Hight by eight points for fourth

Shawn Langdon Monday 

Langdon earns third semifinal of the season

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team advanced to their third semifinal of the season this weekend at Heartland Motorsports Park. 

Langdon had a consistent machine in qualifying as the Global Electronic Technology Camry made multiple clean passes down the Heartland Motorsports Park surface. Langdon was seeded 10th overall and had a tough draw of former Funny Car champion Ron Capps in the opposite lane.

In the first round, Langdon and Capps both had stellar reaction times. With several other Funny Cars having issues, the Nicky Boninfante-led team had no such problems. Langdon pulled away from the tire smoking Capps to earn the round win. 

Langdon moved on to the quarterfinals with fellow top 10 competitor Jonnie Lindberg in the other lane. Again, Langdon had no issues and got the easy round victory to advance the Global Electronic Technology machine to the semifinals for the third time in eight races.

Unfortunately for Langdon, the race weekend would end there. After the remainder of the eliminations were moved to Monday, Langdon came up against Robert Hight. This time, Langdon's ride smoked the tires and Hight moved to the final.

Statistics: Qualified: No. 10 (4.052 sec., 314.31 mph) E1: Langdon defeated Capps - 4.021 sec., 322.19 mph to 4.322 sec., 315.64 mph

E2: Langdon defeated Lindberg - 4.011 sec., 324.12 mph to 12.378 sec., 75.64 mphE3: Langdon defeated by Hight - 7.038 sec., 97.06 mph to 3.911 sec., 330.55 mph

Quotable: "We are still trying to figure out why we smoked the tires; it looks like it might have broke a clutch arm. We have just had some weird stuff happen this year. We are making good progress though. A lot of things happened this week; changes were made. I am proud of my team and what they were able to fight through and overcome. We came together as a team and they delivered a great car. We were able to deliver a semi-final finish; hopefully we can build on this."

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Jonnie Lindberg by 22 points for 10th; trails Cruz Pedregon by 26 points for eighth

Doug Kalitta Sunday 

Kalitta earns Topeka round win

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team scored a round win in Topeka in the rain delayed Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals. 

Kalitta scored the best qualifying pass of his weekend on Friday night. His 3.798 second pass slotted the Mac Tools team in the third spot and earned Kalitta one bonus point. The team was unable to improve on Saturday and was bumped from third to the eighth starting spot and a first round draw of Scott Palmer.

After a long rain delay, Kalitta and Palmer were the final Top Fuel pair to see the track. It was the best race of the first round in Top Fuel, but Kalitta got Palmer at the line and was able to outrun Palmer by a couple thousandths to score the round win.

In the quarterfinals, Kalitta faced no.1 qualifier, Clay Millican. Kalitta's Mac Tools machine encountered troubles shortly after launching and Millican was able to run clean to move to the semi-finals.

Statistics: Qualified: No. 8 (3.798 sec., 321.81 mph)E1: Kalitta defeated Palmer - 3.774 sec., 326.24 mph to 3.798 sec., 327.90 mphE2: Kalitta defeated by Millican - 7.301 sec., 72.09 mph to 3.724 sec., 334.90 mph

Quotable: “I am so proud of my Mac Tools team for the hours the put in today. It wasn't our day, but the effort was definitely there. We will work hard in the off week and get ready for Chicago."

Point Standings: Fourth; leads Leah Pritchett by eight points for fifth; trails Tony Schumacher by 42 points for third

Richie Crampton Sunday 

Crampton's expert pedaling wasn't enough in first round loss

Race Recap: Richie Crampton was defeated in the first round of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park yesterday evening.

Crampton saw some improvement in qualifying with multiple clean runs throughout the weekend. The best for the Kalitta Air driver was a 3.811 second pass that slotted Crampton amongst the top ten qualifiers. For the first time since the second race of the season in February, Crampton did not race his teammate, Doug Kalitta. Instead, he had Brittany Force in the other lane.

The start of eliminations were delayed by eight hours, but after the Topeka surface was dry, Crampton and Force were the first pair to see the track. Force and Crampton left together, but shortly after Crampton was forced to pedal. He got the Kalitta Air machine to cooperate quickly, but Force made the quickest run of her weekend in the other lane to score the round win. 

Statistics: Qualified: No. 10 (3.811 sec., 321.65 mph) E1: Crampton defeated by B. Force - 4.264 sec., 303.98 mph to 3.723 sec., 328.06 mph

Quotable: “After such a long wait, I really wanted to reward my guys with a round win, but it wasn't our day. We will get the Kalitta Air Toyota dragster fixed up and get ready the month of June."

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Mike Salinas by four points for 10th; trails Antron Brown by 111 points for eighth

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.

 For those who follow on All Access, NHRA will have coverage. 

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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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)