POMONA, Calif. (November 12, 2016) – J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Toyota Top Fuel dragster claimed his first no.1 qualifier of the season earlier today at the Auto Club Finals.
Friday saw team SealMaster make two nice runs and had Todd seeded sixth heading into Saturday. With the sun beating down on the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona surface, crew chiefs Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn were not afraid. Todd drove the SealMaster ride straight down the strip in an incredible 3.680 seconds at 327.82 MPH. That run not only reset Todd's career-best and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona track record, but also tied the fifth-best run in NHRA Top Fuel history.
"That surprised me. When I drove by the scoreboards and saw the 3.68, I thought that was pretty impressive from Connie, Rob and all of the SealMaster Toyota guys," said Todd. "This thing has been trying to run really well for a long time now and here these last couple races it has really come together. Hopefully we are going in the right direction for 2017 in this SealMaster Toyota machine."
This is Todd's first no.1 qualifier of the season, first at Auto Club Raceway and ninth of his career. For Kalitta Motorsports, it is the team's ninth no.1 qualifier of the season and 96th in the team's history. With this no.1 spot, all full-time Team Kalitta drivers have earned a no.1 qualifier and a win this season.
Additionally, Doug Kalitta qualified second in his Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster giving Team Kalitta the sweep of the top two positions in qualifying for the first time since they qualified one-two in Dallas of 2014.
Todd will race Troy Buff in round one of eliminations of the Auto Club Finals.
J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 3.768 sec. at 324.36 MPH
Q2: 3.739 sec. at 321.58 MPH
Q3: 3.680 sec. at 327.82 MPH
Q4: 3.758 sec. at 306.12 MPH
Bonus Points: 5 pts. (Second best in the first session, best in the third session)
Starting Position: 1st
First Round Matchup: Troy Buff
Quotable: "That surprised me. When I drove by the scoreboards and saw the 3.68, I thought that was pretty impressive from Connie, Rob and all of the SealMaster Toyota guys. This thing has been trying to run really well for a long time now and here these last couple races it has really come together. Hopefully we are going in the right direction for 2017 in this SealMaster Toyota machine."
Note: This is Todd's first no. 1 qualifier of the season, first at Auto Club Raceway of Pomona and ninth of his career. His 3.680 second pass is a career-best and a new track record. The pass is tied for the fifth-best run in NHRA Top Fuel history. Todd and Kalitta start first and second for the first time since Dallas in 2014.
Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 4.704 sec. at 138.76 MPH
Q2: 5.149 sec. at 142.29 MPH
Q3: 3.764 sec. at 324.83 MPH
Q4: 3.709 sec. at 327.90 MPH
Bonus Points: 3 pts (Best of final session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Shawn Reed
Quotable: "Great way to end qualifying for the Mac Tools, Red Line Oil Toyota team. Jim O and the Mac Tools team put a great number on the board and I am excited to go for the trophy tomorrow!"
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car
Q1: 5.979 sec. at 118.36 MPH
Q2: 7.022 sec. at 98.83 MPH
Q3: 3.912 sec. at 327.35 MPH
Q4: 3.970 sec. at 294.75 MPH
Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Tim Wilkerson
Quotable: "The DHL team struggled a little in qualifying on Friday, but we did better today. We did not end up where we wanted, but this DHL Toyota is still strong and I feel good about our chances to repeat what we did last season at the Auto Club Finals."
(Doug Kalitta, Del Worsham, J.R. Todd)
Jeff Arend, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car
Q1: 4.408 sec. at 204.91 MPH
Q2: 3.930 sec. at 317.19 MPH
Q3: 6.149 sec. at 109.34 MPH
Q4: 5.803 sec. at 120.90 MPH
Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Matt Hagan
Note: The 3.930 second elapsed time is a career-best for Arend.
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Paul Lee, driver of the McLeod Racing Toyota Camry Funny Car
Q1: 3.935 sec. at 305.36 MPH
Q2: 3.950 sec. at 324.83 MPH
Q3: 3.973 sec. at 316.82 MPH
Q4: 3.941 sec. at 320.89 MPH
Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Robert Hight
Note: The 3.935 elapsed time is a new career-best for Lee.
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#NHRAonFOX Telecast information:
11/13 Qualifying (FS1) - 11:30am - 12:30pm
11/13 Race (FS1) - 4:00pm - 7:00pm - LIVE
All times are EST.
Top Fuel (Unofficial)
1. Leah Pritchett (122)
2. Doug Kalitta (105)
3. Antron Brown (79)
4. Tony Schumacher (70)
5. Brittany Force (57)
6. Troy Coughlin Jr. (54)
7. Steve Torrence (53)
8. Terry McMillen (48)
9. Shawn Reed (32)
9. Scott Palmer (32)
Funny Car (Unofficial)
1. Matt Hagan (119)
2. Courtney Force (99)
3. John Force (80)
4. Ron Capps (77)
5. Jack Beckman (53)
6. J.R. Todd (52)
6. Del Worsham (52)
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (52)
9. Robert Hight (36)
10. Alexis DeJoria (35)