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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta aims for another strong showing in Vegas

Las Vegas Highlights: Two wins (2004, 2015); Three runner-up finishes (2005, 2007, 2014); Two No.1 qualifiers (2003, 2005)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Carolina Nationals): Qualified fifth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, lost to Mike Salinas in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Toyota Nationals Recap: Qualified fifth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “We did well in Las Vegas earlier in the season, so we are going to have some solid data to look back on for this weekend. This Mac Tools team is going to do everything we can to finish the season on a strong note.”

Career Stats: 479 starts; 652 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); 29 round wins; eighth in the standings

Richie Crampton

Crampton focused on continued consistency to close out season

Las Vegas Highlights: One win (2015)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Carolina Nationals): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Leah Pritchett in the first round)

2017 NHRA Toyota Nationals Recap: Qualified 11th, First round loss (Lost to Terry McMillen in the first round)

Quotable: “Our goal is to qualify better this weekend, because our team has continued getting better throughout the year and we have seen some strong runs over the past few events."

Career Stats: 101 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

Langdon hopes for first career Las Vegas victory

Las Vegas Highlights:  Two No. 1 qualifiers (2009, 2013 - Top Fuel)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Carolina Nationals): Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Matt Hagan in the first round)

2017 NHRA Toyota Nationals Recap: Qualified seventh; Semifinalist (Defeated Antron Brown in the first round, Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals, lost to Terry McMillen in the semifinals)

Quotable: "We really want to get back on track in Las Vegas. We have two races left this season to make some noise in the class and try to finish out the year on a positive note.”

Career Stats: 228 starts; 261 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 22 starts; 14 round wins)

2018 Season: 22 starts; 14 round wins; Tenth in the standings

JR Todd

In the midst of a championship hunt, Todd sets sights on points lead with two races left

Las Vegas Highlights:   One win (2018); Three runner-up finishes (2006, 2014, 2016); Two No. 1 qualifiers (2014, 2015 - Top Fuel)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Carolina Nationals): Qualified fourth; Runner Up (Defeated Jonnie Lindberg in the first round, Cruz Pedregon in the quarterfinals, John Force in the semifinals, lost to Ron Capps in the finals)

2017 NHRA Toyota Nationals Recap: Qualified fifth; First round loss (Lost to Del Worsham in the first round)

Quotable: “We have a really good hot rod right now and we are hoping to carry that into these last two races. If we can keep reaching final rounds in the last two races then I like our chances.”

Career Stats: 194 starts; 203 round wins; 15 wins; 27 finals; 10 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 46 starts; Six wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); Eight finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading, Dallas, Charlotte-II); 54 round wins)

2018 Season: Four wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); 36 round wins; Second in the point standings 

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Todd secures second consecutive runner-up finish as he closes Funny Car points gap

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team continued their incredible streak of consistency with a final round appearance for the fourth time in the past five events. Unfortunately, for just the second time in six final round appearances this season, Todd was not able to earn the Wally.

Todd continued his incredibly consistent racing with four consecutive qualifying runs under the four-second range. He ended up fourth in qualifying for the second straight week and drove to a 3.874 at 330.55 to take down Jonnie Lindberg in the first round of eliminations.

In the quarterfinals, Todd lined up against Cruz Pedregon. The DHL team, led by Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith, powered Todd to a 3.919-second pass to give him the victory against Pedregon. 

Todd lined up with John Force in the semifinals and despite getting off the tree first, was able to earn the win with a 3.891 at 326.48.

In the finals, Todd matched up with Ron Capps. The DHL/WIX Filters team had their first four-second run of the weekend, and were unable to chase down Capps who ended up victorious.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 4 (3.894 sec., 327.90 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated Lindberg - 3.874 sec., 330.55 mph to 3.964 at 325.22

E2: Todd defeated Pedregon - 3.919 sec., 325.53 mph to 3.943 at 306.46

E3: Todd defeated J. Force - 3.891 sec., 326.48 mph to 3.968 sec., 331.12 mph

E4: Todd defeated by Capps - 3.890 sec., 331.20 mph to 4.311 at 214.96

Quotable: "You never want to go to the final and lose. It would have been nice to leave here with the points lead, but at least we've cut it down to less than a round. It's fun, and it's definitely a battle. We've got a really good hot rod right now. The consistency of the DHL/WIX Filters Toyota has just seemed to come around at the right time. I've never really been in this position, but I'm really enjoying it. We're just taking it one round at a time. Hopefully we can carry that into the last two races. If we can go to the next two finals, I like our chances."
 
Point Standings: Second; trails Robert Hight by 11 points for first; leads Ron Capps by 98 points for third

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Kalitta eliminated in tight quarterfinal matchup against Salinas

Race Recap: After four consecutive strong passes from Doug Kalitta during qualifying, the MAC Tools team was once again up to the task of producing strong runs on Sunday.

Kalitta entered Sunday as the No. 5 qualifier, and the MAC Tools crew put up a solid 3.718 at 326.00 mph to take down Scott Palmer in the first round.

Kalitta was knocked out in the quarterfinals at zMAX Dragway despite a strong 3.741 at 328.30, as Mike Salinas was able to outrun him in the second round.

With two races remaining on the season, Kalitta is hoping to reach the winner's circle for the first time since the season-opening Pomona event.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 5 (3.727 sec., 327.59 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Palmer - 3.718 sec., 329.42 mph to 3.788 sec., 326.00 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Salinas - 3.723 sec., 329.83 mph to 3.741 sec., 328.30 mph

Quotable: “We felt like we had a really good handle on the track this weekend, but Mike [Salinas] and his team made a good run. This MAC Tools has figured things out recently and we feel really confident going into the final two races of the year."

Point Standings: Eighth; leads Terry McMillen by four points for ninth; trails Mike Salinas by three points for seventh

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Langdon runs into tire smoke and drops first round race with Hagan

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team found some consistency in qualifying, but struggled in their first round matchup of eliminations at the NHRA Carolina Nationals.

After three out of four qualifying runs coming in at 4.000 seconds or lower, Langdon was unable to put together a clean pass on Sunday.

In the first round of eliminations, Langdon did get off the tree first, as his .054 off the line was better than Hagan's .064. The Global Electronic Technology team unfortunately ran into almost instantaneous tire smoke and coasted across the finish line at 9.638 at 78.22 mph.

With two races remaining in the 2018 season, Langdon and his team are hoping to get back on track and lock down his first career Funny Car win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.937 sec., 318.02 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by Hagan - 3.891 sec., 328.62 mph to 9.638 sec., 78.22 mph

Quotable: "We obviously weren't happy with that run today, but overall it wasn't a bad weekend for this team. We have two races left to make some noise in the Countdown and our focus is still on getting that first Funny Car win.

Point Standings: Tenth; trails Jack Beckman by 52 points for ninth.

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Crampton falls in round one matchup at Charlotte

Race Recap: Richie Crampton and the CRAFTSMAN team made improvements throughout qualifying and brought them into race day at zMAX Dragway.

Qualifying concluded with Crampton sitting in the No. 10 qualifying spot, and his 3.774 at 318.99 showed continued improvements that the team has made in recent weeks.

In his first round matchup with Pritchett, Crampton left first with a .068 light, but Pritchett was able to overcome that starting line edge and turn on the win light. Crampton was unable to run down his opponent and now hopes that his team can continue their improvements in the final two races of the 2018 campaign.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.774 sec., 318.99 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated by Pritchett - 3.707 sec., 324.67 mph to 3.750 sec., 317.79 mph

Quotable: "We had some good runs this weekend but it really comes down to us qualifying better. This CRAFTSMAN team responded well to the cooler conditions we had today, so it was really impressive to see how well this team reacted."

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.921 sec. at 273.22 MPH
Q2: 3.729 sec. at 327.19 MPH
Q3: 3.735 sec. at 327.59 MPH
Q4: 3.727 sec. at 327.59 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second best of the third session)

Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer
Quotable: “This Mac Tools machine has been really consistent all weekend long. We enjoy racing here in Charlotte and feel like we have a good chance to bring home another win this weekend."

Richie Crampton

Richie Crampton, driver of the CRAFTSMAN Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.774 sec. at 318.99 MPH
Q2: 3.909 sec. at 239.87 MPH
Q3: 5.439 sec. at 122.56 MPH
Q4: 4.727 sec. at 154.69 MPH

Starting Position: 10th 
First Round Matchup: Leah Pritchett
Quotable:
"We've figured a few things out over the past couple races so we feel pretty strong about our chances tomorrow. We have a tough first round matchup but we are going to do everything we can to get our second win of the season."

Shawn Langdon

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

Q1: 3.980 sec. at 324.44 MPH
Q2: 4.000 sec. at 320.66 MPH
Q3: 5.380 sec. at 134.77 MPH
Q4: 3.937 sec. at 318.02 MPH

Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Matt Hagan
Quotable: "It was a really good sign for us to end qualifying on a high note. It's been a bit of a struggle for us of late but we feel like we are coming around and can put together a few stout runs tomorrow."

JR Todd

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

Q1: 3.961 sec. at 317.72 MPH
Q2: 3.894 sec. at 327.90 MPH
Q3: 3.929 sec. at 324.12 MPH
Q4: 3.894 sec. at 326.32 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Third best of the second session, third best of the third session)

Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup:
Jonnie Lindberg
Quotable: "The consistency we have put together is a testament to this team, we've been making the right tune-up decisions and making some smart runs each time we go out there. It's been a lot of fun to drive, and we're going to keep trying to be consistent so we can be in good shape in this championship hunt."

 

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Kalitta hopes to win second consecutive Fall Charlotte event

Charlotte Highlights: One win (2017); Two runner-up finishes (2010, 2016); Two No.1 qualifiers (2016, 2017)

Last Event Recap (Texas NHRA FallNationals): Qualified 6th; First round loss (Lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

2017 NHRA Carolina Nationals Recap: No. 1 qualifier; Event winner (Defeated Chris Karamesines in the first round, defeated Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals, defeated Clay Millican in the semifinals, defeated Richie Crampton in the finals)

Quotable: "We definitely feel comfortable racing at Charlotte. It's been a good track for us in the past, and we have some data we can look back at in order to have more success. It's an excellent facility and the entire MAC Tools team is hoping this is an event where we can get back on track."

Career Stats: 478 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; seventh in the standings

Noteworthy: A No. 1 qualifying position at zMAX Dragway would be his third consecutive at the Charlotte Fall event.

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After final round showing in 2017, Crampton seeks first Charlotte win

Charlotte Highlights: One runner-up finish (2017)

Last Event Recap (Texas NHRA FallNationals): Qualified 16th; First round loss (Lost to Clay Millican in the first round)

2017 NHRA Carolina Nationals Recap: Qualified 7th, Event Runner-Up (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, defeated Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals, defeated Brittany Force in the semifinals, lost to Doug Kalitta in the finals)

Quotable: "We're constantly learning and what we did in Dallas should put us in a good position to have some success this weekend."

Career Stats: 100 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 eager for return to friendly confines of zMAX Dragway

Charlotte Highlights:  One win (2012 - Top Fuel); Three No. 1 qualifiers (2012, 2013, 2014 - Top Fuel)

Last Event Recap (Texas NHRA FallNationals): Qualified 9th; First round loss (Lost to Cruz Pedregon in the first round)

2017 NHRA Carolina Nationals Recap: Qualified eighth; First round loss (lost to Tony Schumacher in the first round)

Quotable: "We always enjoy racing at Charlotte, it's a great facility and I have had some success there in the past. We haven't started off the Countdown the way we had hoped, but we are going to keep taking things one round at a time and try to finish the season on a positive note."

Career Stats: 227 starts; 261 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 21 starts; 14 round wins)

2018 Season: 21 starts; 14 round wins; Tenth in the standings

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Todd aiming for continued consistency heading into 4th playoff race

Charlotte Highlights:  One runner-up finish (2015 - Top Fuel); Two No. 1 qualifiers (2014, 2015 - Top Fuel)

Last Event Recap (Texas NHRA FallNationals): Qualified fourth; Semifinalist (Defeated John Hale in the first round, Jack Beckman in the quarterfinals, Tommy Johnson Jr. in the semifinals, lost to Robert Hight in the finals)

2017 NHRA Carolina Nationals Recap: Qualified second; Semifinalist (Defeated Jeff Diehl in the first round, Ron Capps in the quarterfinals, lost to Robert Hight in the semifinals)

Quotable: "We're just going out and racing smart, that's what it takes to contend for a title. We're going to battle it out with Robert [Hight] the rest of the season."

Career Stats: 193 starts; 200 round wins; 15 wins; 26 finals; 10 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 45 starts; Six wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); Seven finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading, Dallas); 51 round wins)

2018 Season: Four wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); 33 round wins; Second in the point standings

Todd Sunday

Todd reaches final round in Dallas; notches runner-up finish

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team remained one of the most consistent cars on the circuit with a final round appearance for the third time in the past four events. Unfortunately, for the first time in his five final round appearances in 2018, Todd was unable to pick up a victory.

Todd continued his incredibly consistent racing with three out of four qualifying runs in the 3.9-second range. He ended up fourth in qualifying and used a 3.982 at 321.35 to take down John Hale in the first round of eliminations.

In the quarterfinals, Todd lined up against Jack Beckman. The DHL team, led by Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith, powered Todd to a 3.991-second pass, which was the fourth-best pass of the round to give him the victory against Beckman. 

Todd lined up with No. 1 qualifier Tommy Johnson Jr. in the semifinals and used a .033 reaction time to defeat the DSR driver with a 3.952 at 320.89.

In the finals, Todd matched up with points leader Robert Hight. The DHL/WIX Filters team had another strong run at 3.984, but were unable to chase down Hight who left first and ended up with the win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 4 (3.962 sec., 320.05 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated Hale - 3.982 sec., 321.35 mph to 5.554 at 129.49

E2: Todd defeated Beckman - 3.991 sec., 318.69 mph to 4.055 at 260.36

E3: Todd defeated Johnson Jr. - 3.952 sec., 320.89 mph to 3.964 sec., 321.58 mph

E4: Todd defeated by Hight - 3.955 sec., 325.69 mph to 3.984 at 319.52

Quotable: "No rounds are easy out here. We had a very consistent DHL/Wix Filters Toyota all day long. We're just going out and racing smart, that's what it takes to contend for a title. We didn't exactly run what I was hoping to in the final. I didn't have the reaction time I was hoping to in the final, either. We lost some ground to the point leader, but we distanced ourselves from the cars behind us. So we'll battle it out over the last three races with Robert [Hight]. We still have a long way to go, but we need to keep pace with Robert. It would have been nice to take some points away from him in the final, but we're still within striking distance.
 
Point Standings: Second; trails Robert Hight by 50 points for first; leads Tim Wilkerson by 83 points for third

Kalitta Sunday

Kalitta eliminated in close side-by-side first round race

Race Recap: After a solid weekend of qualifying, Kalitta had a first round matchup with Antron Brown for the second consecutive event.

Kalitta entered Sunday as the No. 10 qualifier, and the Mac Tools team put up a solid 3.830 at 316.82, but it was not enough to take down Brown's 3.777 at 323.43.

Kalitta was knocked out in the first round for the second consecutive event, as he was also unable to add-on to his two career wins at Texas Motorplex.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.789 sec., 319.98 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by Brown - 3.777 sec., 323.43 mph to 3.830 sec., 316.82 mph

Quotable: “This car was running well all weekend, but unfortunately we were not able to take down a strong run from Antron's team. We feel like we have a really strong car that is capable of putting up some good performances throughout the rest of the season."

Point Standings: Seventh; leads Mike Salinas by 19 points for eighth; trails Terry McMillen by 20 points for sixth

Langdon Sunday

Langdon falls in first round matchup with Pedregon

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team had a solid car throughout the weekend, but struggled in the first round and were unable to bring home a round win in Dallas.

After four consistent runs throughout qualifying, Langdon was unable to put together a clean pass on Sunday.

In the first round of eliminations, Langdon did get off the tree first, as his .146 off the line was better than Pedregon's .288. The Global Electronic Technology team ended up with a 4.495 at 217.60, which fell short to Pedregon's 4.015 at 310.27.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (4.003 sec., 310.91 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by Pedregon - 4.015 sec., 310.27 mph to 4.495 sec., 217.60 mph

Quotable: "We had a pretty good weekend overall, but obviously this was not the result we had hoped for. This Global Electronic team is going to regroup and be ready for Charlotte next week."

Point Standings: Tenth; trails John Force by 48 points for ninth.

Richie Sunday

Crampton knocked out by No. 1 qualifier Millican in Dallas first round

Race Recap: 

Richie Crampton and the CRAFTSMAN group were not able to overcome a stout run from No. 1 qualifier Clay Millican in the first round at Texas Motorplex.

Qualifying wrapped up with Crampton 16th in the qualifying order, and his 3.784 at 314.83 was amongst his better runs over the past few events.

In his first round matchup with Millican, Crampton left first, but Millican was able to overcome the starting line advantage and turn on the win light. Crampton was unable to track down his opponent and now will look for better results in Charlotte next weekend.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 16 (3.942 sec., 303.71 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated by Millican - 3.784 sec., 314.83 mph to 3.744 sec., 328.54 mph

Quotable: "This was another good weekend for gathering some data and building a strong car for the rest of the season. We put together an impressive run but it wasn't quite enough to take down one of the championship contender cars today."

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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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