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Kalitta Motorsports News

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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Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

  • Q1: 4.843 sec. at 151.09 MPH
  • Q2: 3.862 sec. at 316.38 MPH
  • Q3: 3.823 sec. at 320.36 MPH
  • Q4: 3.789 sec. at 319.98 MPH

Starting Position: 6th

First Round Matchup: Antron Brown
Quotable: “We picked up some momentum with that last qualifying run. We have a tough draw with Antron Brown in the first round, but we feel like we have a car that is capable of winning some rounds this weekend."

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Richie Crampton, driver of the CRAFTSMAN Top Fuel Dragster

  • Q1: 3.942 sec. at 303.71 MPH
  • Q2: 6.125 sec. at 103.16 MPH
  • Q3: 3.946 sec. at 295.66 MPH
  • Q4: 5.290 sec. at 131.56 MPH

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


Starting Position: 16th 
First Round Matchup: Clay Millican
Quotable: "We had a few good qualifying passes this weekend, and we will need to continue building on that in our first round matchup tomorrow since we are facing a tough No. 1 qualifier."

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

  • Q1: 4.047 sec. at 317.05 MPH
  • Q2: 4.955 sec. at 154.99 MPH
  • Q3: 4.008 sec. at 319.14 MPH
  • Q4: 4.033 sec. at 310.91 MPH 

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

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Cruz Pedregon
Quotable: "We were pretty consistent throughout qualifying, but we will need to improve to go rounds tomorrow. The plan is to take it one round at a time, but this whole team feels confident with the car we are bringing into race day."

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

  • Q1: 4.108 sec. at 305.56 MPH
  • Q2: 3.962 sec. at 320.05 MPH
  • Q3: 3.991 sec. at 316.97 MPH
  • Q4: 3.990 sec. at 308.99 MP

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

Starting Position: 4th
First Round Matchup: John Hale
Quotable: "We're in a good spot because this DHL/Wix Toyota Camry has gotten down the track every time. We are going to go out and race the track and conditions and take it one round at a time tomorrow."

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

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Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (2592)
2. Clay Millican (2423)
3. Tony Schumacher (2382)
4. Leah Pritchett (2297)
5. Antron Brown (2253)
6. Brittany Force (2243)
7. Mike Salinas (2228)
8. Doug Kalitta (2225)
9. Terry McMillen (2221)
10. Scott Palmer (2149)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Robert Hight (2445)
2. J.R. Todd (2434)
3. Ron Capps (2336)
4. Tim Wilkerson (2334)
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2296)
6. Courtney Force (2264)
7. Matt Hagan (2241)
8. Jack Beckman (2229)
9. John Force (2204)
10. Shawn Langdon (2152)

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