CHARLOTTE, NC. (March 24, 2015) – After a great post-race test in Gainesville, Kalitta Motorsports looks to rebound at a race that they put three cars in the finals last season: the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals.
The team also welcomes two-time and defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton to the NHRA family on Sunday.
Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, returns to the zMax Dragway in the top five of the standings. Last season, he was a final round qualifier, and in 2010, he was the runner-up, but is looking for his first win at the unique race.
J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster, is attending his second 4-Wide Nationals with the Kalitta Motorsports team. The 2014 event saw Todd take the early no. 1 lead and earn his first final round appearance with the team, as he finished in the third position. That finish returned him to the top ten in the point standings for the first time since 2008.
“We are very happy with the results that we saw during our Monday test in Gainesville,” said Todd. “With the gains the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air team made there, we are excited to return to the Charlotte track and build on our 2014 performance.”
Todd will help welcome Crafton to the zMax Dragway. On Sunday, they will participate in the SealMaster Track Walk.
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, also had a great test on Monday and looks to regain the consistency the team saw in the NHRA Mello Yello series’ first two events. Worsham, the winner of the 4-Wide Nationals during his Top Fuel Championship season in 2011, looks to become the first driver to win the race in the sport’s top two classes.
“It is always exciting to go back to the 4-Wides,” said Worsham. “When you face three cars versus one, there is always more excitement in the shut down area. After our test, the DHL Toyota Camry team looks to bounce back this weekend.”
Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, was the third member of the Kalitta Motorsports team to make the final round in 2014. Coming off of a great test and first round victory over defending Funny Car Champion Matt Hagan in Gainesville, DeJoria looks to pick up her first Wally of the new Mello Yello NHRA Series season.
The 4-Wide Nationals are the first race of the NHRA Mello Yello Series season that will be showcased live on ESPN. Sunday’s telecast starts at 2 PM/ET.
CHARLOTTE, NC. (March 24, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports and J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster, are excited to welcome Matt Crafton, two-time and defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion to the Charlotte 4-Wide Nationals and the SealMaster Track Walk this coming Sunday.
Todd and Crafton, along with Pro Stock drivers and brothers Shane and Jonathan Gray, will lead the SealMaster Track Walk at the Charlotte 4-Wide event. Fans are welcome to the event, which begins at 11:45am on Sunday.
“We always like to welcome stars from other forms of motorsports to the track,” said Todd. “Crafton is a champion in another motorsport, so it is always interesting to get their perspective on what we do at the track.”
Crafton, the only driver to win back-to-back championships in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, is coming off of a dominating win in Atlanta. On Saturday, Crafton will compete in the series’ third event of the season, the Kroger 250, at the historic Martinsville Speedway, a race he won just one year ago.
“I’m looking forward to attending the NHRA drag races this weekend on behalf of SealMaster, and Kalitta Motorsports,” said Crafton. “The 4-Wide Nationals are an experience like no other. To stand that close to the action and feel the 10,000-horsepower nitro engines go from 0 to 300mph in a four-wide configuration is insane. These guys are some of the best in the world.”
Crafton’s team, Thorsport Racing, and SealMaster, the most trusted name in pavement maintenance for more than 40 years, are part of the ThorWorks Family of Brands. SealMaster is in its second season of sponsorship of Kalitta Motorsports’ Top Fuel teams of Todd and Doug Kalitta.
“ThorSport Racing was known as SealMaster Racing 15 years ago when Matt was hired to drive the No. 88 truck,” says SealMaster spokeswoman Debbie Hufford, adding, “He and SealMaster have a special history, and to this day he’s a great brand ambassador. We’re excited he’s leading the SealMaster Track Walk with J.R. and championing our partnerships with the NHRA and Kalitta Motorsports.”