Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Starting Position: 3rd
First Round Matchup: Terry McMillen
Quotable: "Super proud of the work my Mac Tools guys have put in this weekend to run strong. We would like nothing more than a third straight SpringNationals title tomorrow."
Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel Dragster
Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Bob Vandergriff
Quotable: "For us, we are just making laps down the track and getting that seat time. We are not worried about who we are running; we just need to get laps and information. It is the first race out and we are going through the learning process. We are excited for tomorrow. Definitely hopeful to go rounds and hopefully win the race."
Troy Coughlin Jr., driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster
Starting Position: 12th
First Round Matchup: Brittany Force
Quotable: "We are getting the SealMaster Toyota in line, but I am excited about tomorrow. These SealMaster guys have put things together that normally take months in a couple weeks and I could not be prouder. Jim O, Nick, Glen and the whole SealMaster team are working hard and I know we will have a piece we can challenge with tomorrow morning."
J.R. Todd, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car
Starting Position: 12th
First Round Matchup: Cruz Pedregon Quotable: "We have been looking for more out of this DHL Toyota this weekend and haven't hit on it yet. However, we are in the show and I have the best guys in the business. We will work hard tonight to figure it out and give it a strong fight tomorrow."
Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car
Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second-best of the first session.) Starting Position: 9th
HOUSTON (April 20, 2017) – Earlier today, Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel dragster, was awarded a special honor by NASA, while on a tour of NASA's facilities. This honor was due to Doug and his company, Kalitta Charters, longstanding collaborative efforts with NASA on safely ensuring transportation of team members and critical spaceflight hardware to the Houston-area after work in the International Space Station (ISS).
"It is an honor to receive such an award from NASA due to my work with them in space station experiment deliveries," said Kalitta. "NASA does very interesting experiments in space and it is a honor to be a small part in making that successful."
The special award includes an ISS mission patch that was flown on the final Space Shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011.
“One of NASA’s primary goals of the International Space Station is to conduct world class research," said ISS Program Manager Kirk Shireman. "A key component of conducting this research is the rapid return of samples from space. Kalitta plays a key role in rapidly transporting the science samples as well as other critical hardware from the landing site to the Johnson Space Center. The partnership between Kalitta and NASA is helping scientists around the world conduct important research and is helping NASA operate the International Space Station.”
The driver of the Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel dragster will return to the drag strip to compete in the fifth event on the season, the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston beginning tomorrow afternoon. Kalitta is seeking his third consecutive event win and fourth overall at the Houston-area facility, which would establish new track records.
Top Fuel (Unofficial)
1. Tony Schumacher (382)
2. Leah Pritchett (376)
3. Antron Brown (357)
4. Doug Kalitta (301)
5. Brittany Force (258)
6. Steve Torrence (251)
7. Clay Millican (187)
8. Troy Coughlin Jr. (176)
9. Terry McMillen (164)
10. Scott Palmer (148)
Funny Car (Unofficial)
1. Matt Hagan (368)
2. Tommy Johnson Jr. (324)
3. John Force (314)
4. Ron Capps (275)
5. Courtney Force (218)
6. Jack Beckman (205)
7. Robert Hight (201)
8. Jonnie Lindberg (183)
9. Jim Campbell (180)
10. J.R. Todd (170)
12. Alexis DeJoria (154)