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Doug Kalitta to Race with LaBounty at Brainerd Nationals

For veteran Top Fuel racer Doug Kalitta every race is the chance to make history it seems. This season he raced in his 500thTop Fuel national event and moved into the top spot as all-time leader in Top Fuel events contested. The perennial Top Fuel championship contender is looking for his second win of the season and a guaranteed spot in the Countdown heading into the NHRA Brainerd Nationals this weekend. Kalitta will also be sporting a new look on his dragster as LaBounty, a member of the Stanley Black & Decker family of tools will be branded on his 330 mph land rocket for this race.

“I have had a great relationship with Mac Tools and Stanley for many years so bringing LaBounty on to my Top Fuel dragster is a perfect extension of that partnership,” said Doug Kalitta, 45-time Top Fuel national event winner. “Their business is built on maximizing up time on job sites which is very similar to what we are doing at the track when my guys are servicing my 11,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster between rounds.”

The success Kalitta has seen at the NHRA Brainerd Nationals has run the gamut from race wins to No. 1 qualifiers. His two Top Fuel wins were recorded in 2006 and 2003. One more Top Fuel win would move him into a five way tie for second place all-time. Currently he has the most wins at Brainerd of any active Top Fuel racer.

The Mac Tools dragster has also recorded two runner-up finishes at the fan-friendly race track coming within one round of victory in 2014 and 2000. In addition to race day success Kalitta has posted three No. 1 qualifying efforts going into race day as the quick Top Fuel dragster in 2002, 2004 and 2010. 

“When you come to Brainerd you know it is going to be a fun weekend,” said Kalitta. “We have great fans that come down from Canada and this part of the country has a lot of passion for drag racing. We have had success here and I would definitely like to win this race for LaBounty as well as Mac Tools and Stanley Black & Decker.”
 
2018 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Highlights: Qual. No. 12; Lost to Mike Salinas

Last Event Recap (2019 NHRA Northwest Nationals):Qual. No. 8; Beat Scott Palmer; Lost to Mike Salinas

Quotable:  Kalitta on heading to Brainerd: “The fans are great and you can have great weather too. That combination makes for a fun event. You can see some record runs at Brainerd and I just hope we can be in the mix with this LaBounty Top Fuel dragster.”  

Career Stats: 505 events, 498 starts, 671 round wins, 45 wins, 97 finals, 50 No. 1 qualifiers

2019 Season: 
Winternationals: Qual. No. 7, WINNER; Beat Scott Palmer, Billy Torrence, Terry McMillen and Steve Torrence
Arizona Nationals: Qual. No. 5; Beat Jim Maroney; Lost to Jordan Vandergriff
Gatornationals: Qual. No. 11; Beat Terry McMillen, Steve Torrence; Lost to Clay Millican
Las Vegas1: Qual. No. 7; Beat Terry McMillen and Steve Chrisman; Beat Steve Torrent and Richie Crampton; Lost to Mike Salinas and Brittany Force
Houston: Qual. No. 8; Beat Terry McMillen; Lost to Brittany Force
Charlotte1: Qual. No. 4; Beat Richie Crampton and Lex Joon; Lost to Clay Millican and Leah Pritchett
Atlanta: Qual. No. 3; Lost to Shawn Reed
Richmond: Qual. No. 5; Lost to Scott Palmer
Chicago: Qual. No. 5; Beat Shawn Reed, Pat Dakin; Lost to Mike Salinas
Topeka: Qual. No. 5; Beat Leah Pritchett; Lost to Antron Brown
Bristol: Qual. No. 1; Beat Cameron Ferre, Terry McMillen; Lost to Mike Salinas
Norwalk: Qual. No. 13; Beat Clay Millican; Lost to Steve Torrence
Epping: Qual. No. 3; Lost to Terry McMillen
Denver: Qual. No. 10; Lost to Clay Millican
Sonoma: Qual. No. 5; Beat Scott Palmer; Lost to Antron Brown
Seattle: Qual. No. 8; Beat Scott Palmer; Lost to Mike Salinas

JR

DHL Team and J.R. Todd Looking To Pick Up Pace in Brainerd

The reigning NHRA Funny Car champion knows that this is the part of the season when championship momentum starts to build. Last year heading into the NHRA Brainerd Nationals Todd and his DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car team were sitting in the No. 6 position in the point standings with a 1-4 record over the previous four races. They raced to the semifinals in Brainerd, then won their second consecutive U.S. Nationals before storming to the Funny Car championship with a 20-3 round win record including three wins.
 
This season they are in a similar position sitting No. 8 in the points just 36 points out of sixth place and similar 2-4 round win record over the past four races. The team knows the time to make a move is now and Brainerd International Raceway is the perfect venue for quick times and round wins.
 
“Last year we turned a corner in Brainerd I think,” said Todd. “We didn’t get the win but we figured a few things out that had been bothering us throughout the season. I don’t see why we can’t do that again this weekend and beyond. (Crew chiefs) Todd Smith and Jon Oberhofer are two of the smartest guys out here. My Yella Fellas have been busting their tails all season. I really think things are going to start going our way.”
 
When Todd and his DHL team roll off the trailer and make solid qualifying runs their chances of success on race day rise dramatically. They only have one first round loss from the top half of the ladder. In the highly competitive Funny Car class simply being in the top half does not guarantee a favorable match-up. Top to bottom the class has seen championship caliber drivers and teams make one misstep in qualifying and have to start race day from deep in the ladder.
 
“It seems like if you are not in the top three or four qualifiers you could still get a Countdown level team or a previous world champion driver in the first round,” said Todd. “You have to take every round like it is a final round. There is no room for error. You have to be perfect if you want to get a round win on Sunday. I am not talking about a race win I mean just getting out of the first or second round. I don’t think the competition has ever been tougher. That is what makes it so great out here.”
 
2018 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Highlights:  Qual. No. 8; Beat Bob Bode, Robert Hight; Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr.

Last Event Recap (2019 NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qual. No. 2; Beat Jeff Diehl; Lost to Ron Capps
 
Quotable:J.R. Todd on heading to Brainerd: “Brainerd is always a great race. You have the drama of the regular season coming to an end. The U.S. Nationals are right around the corner. You can run really good times there because of the conditions and weather. It has a history of being a performance track and I definitely want to have this DHL Toyota Camry at the top of the class going into race day.”

Career Stats:216 events, 208 starts, 228 round wins, 18 wins, 32 finals, 12 No. 1 qualifiers; in Funny Car: 64 events, 64 starts, 9 wins, 12 finals, 78 round wins, 3 No. 1 qualifiers

2019 Season: 
Winternationals: Qual. No. 9; Lost to Bob Tasca III
Arizona Nationals: Qual. No. 5; RUNNER-UP; Beat Terry Haddock, Tommy Johnson Jr., Robert Hight, Lost to Matt Hagan
Gatornationals: Qual. No. 11; Lost to Jack Beckman
Las Vegas1: Qual. No. 4; WINNER; Beat Gary Densham and Jim Campbell in first quad, Matt Hagan and Jeff Diehl in second quad and in the final quad beat Tommy Johnson Jr., Jack Beckman and Tim Wilkerson.
Houston: Qual. No. 4; Beat Jim Campbell; Lost to Robert Hight
Charlotte1: Qual. No. 8; Beat Bob Tasca III and Bob Glibertson; Lost to Shawn Langdon and Robert Hight
Atlanta: Qual. No. 2; Beat Jim Campbell; Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr.
Richmond: Qual. No. 4;RUNNER-UP; Beat Bob Tasca III, Shawn Langdon, Jonnie Lindberg; Lost to Ron Capps
Chicago: Qual. No. 6; Lost to John Force
Topeka: Qual. No. 1; Beat bye; Lost to Robert Hight
Bristol: Qual. No. 5; Beat Terry Haddock; Lost to Jack Beckman
Norwalk: Qual. No. 7; Beat Robert Hight; Lost to John Force
Epping: Qual. No. 1; Beat bye; Lost to Tim Wilkerson
Denver: Qual. No. 11; Lost to John Force
Sonoma: Qual. No. 11; Lost to Matt Hagan
Seattle: Qual. No. 2; Beat Jeff Diehl; Lost to Ron Capps

Richie

Richie Crampton and DHL Team Ready To Reclaim Brainerd Magic

With two races left in the NHRA regular season Richie Crampton and the DHL Top Fuel dragster are racing for their second win of the season while also looking to lock down their playoff spot in the Countdown to the championship. This weekend at the NHRA Brainerd Nationals Crampton will be looking to capture the magic from 2015 that led him to the No. 1 qualifier position and straight to the winner’s circle. The 2015 edition of the Brainerd Nationals was the only time in Crampton’s career that he won a race from the No. 1 qualifier spot.
 
“We had a great race in 2015 for sure,” said Crampton. “We had a lot of confidence from being the No. 1 qualifier and then we took care of business on race day. I would love to get a repeat performance this weekend in Brainerd.”
 
This season Crampton has been running well but has not been able to get that elusive second win of the season. His highlight so far was a commanding back to back win at the historic Gatornationals. Since that win the DHL team has been more than competitive but it just hasn’t translated quick runs in qualifying to success on race day.
 
They are currently tied for eighth in the Mello Yello point standings and amazingly only one Top Fuel team has clinched a spot in the playoffs. Points leader Steve Torrence will for sure go into the playoffs in the No. 1 position, but after Torrence, who has handed Crampton three of his last four losses, it could be anyone’s game. Crampton has faced the points leader or his teammate Billy Torrence six times in the last eight races with unsuccessful results. Crampton has a much improved record against all his other Top Fuel competitors combined.
 
“We just keep running into Steve Torrence lately,” said Crampton. “They have a great race car right now. No one is beating them with any consistency. We know if you want to be the best you have to take out the best. We are working on a tune up that will beat everyone in the Countdown not just one team. These next two races will be important because you want to stay in the Top Ten. After Indy it is six races for the championship.”
 
2018 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Highlights: Qual. No. 11; Lost to Brittany Force

Last Event Recap (2019  NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qual. No. 6; Lost to Antron Brown

Quotable: Crampton on heading to Brainerd: “Our goal is to get this DHL making consistent passes down the track every run. When we get four good qualifying runs we are a dangerous team on Sunday.”
 
Career Stats: 119 events, 118 starts, 99 round wins, 9 wins, 11 finals, 5 No. 1 qualifiers

2019 Season: 
Winternationals: Qual. No. 6; Lost to Terry McMillen
Arizona Nationals: Qual. No. 15; Lost to Terry McMillen
Gatornationals: Qual. No. 12; WINNER, Beat Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett, TJ Zizzo and Clay Millican
Las Vegas1: Qual. No. 6; Beat Scott Palmer, Cameron Ferre; Lost to Doug Kalitta and Brittany Force
Houston: Qual. No. 13; Lost to Clay Millican
Charlotte1: Qual. No. 12; Lost to Doug Kalitta and Leah Pritchett
Atlanta: Qual. No. 7; Lost to Scott Palmer
Richmond: Qual. No. 7; Lost to Austin Prock
Chicago: Qual. No. 11; Beat Austin Prock; Lost to Steve Torrence
Topeka: Qual. No. 7; Beat Terry McMillen; Lost to Billy Torrence
Bristol: Qual. No. 9; Lost to Terry McMillen
Norwalk: Qual. No. 8; Lost to Billy Torrence
Epping: Qual. No. 2; Beat Audrey Worm, bye; Lost to Steve Torrence
Denver: Qual. No. 8; Beat Austin Prock; Lost to Steve Torrence
Sonoma: Qual. No. 7; Beat Terry McMillen; Lost to Steve Torrence
Seattle: Qual. No. 6; Lost to Antron Brown

Shawn

Shawn Langdon Focused on Continuing Global Electronic Technology On-Track Success

As one of the hottest current teams in the Funny Car category Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car team will enter the NHRA Brainerd Nationals with one goal in mind, getting another win in 2019. The second year driver picked up his first career Funny Car victory in Charlotte and has followed it up with a runner-up finish in Epping three races ago. The last six races have seen Langdon qualify in the top half four times, run a career best elapsed time and race to at least the quarterfinals every race. He is one of only two Funny Car drivers that have advanced out of the first round every race since mid-June.
 
“We made some changes after Norwalk and we have really seen our consistency improve and also our performance,” said Langdon. “Our biggest Achilles heel has been the quarterfinals. We just need to get over that hump.”
 
The improvement has Langdon who is sitting in the No. 9 position in the Mello Yello point standings focusing on Countdown success. He has a healthy 190 point lead over the driver in the No. 11 spot. To mathematically lock into the Countdown all Langdon needs to do is exit the race with a 196 points lead over the teams behind him. Points will be reset following the U.S. Nationals Labor Day weekend opening up the Global Electronic Technology team for its run to the championship.
 
“We still have to clinch in the Countdown so we aren’t looking too far down the road,” said Langdon. “We got a huge first round win in Seattle. This is a big weekend for us to continue to put rounds on the drivers behind us and try and close the gap on some of the teams in front of us. When they reset the points for the playoffs you are right back in this championship. First we need to qualify well and go some rounds in Brainerd.”
 
Langdon has not advanced to a final round at Brainerd International Raceway in either his Top Fuel or Funny Car career. It is one of eight tracks on the tour where Langdon has not raced beyond the semifinals. His quest for his first win in Minnesota will begin on Friday when qualifying gets underway at 3 p.m. local time.
 
 
2018 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Highlights:  Qualified No. 6; Beat Bob Tasca III; Lost to Jack Beckman

Last Event Recap (2019 NHRA Nrthwest Nationals):Qual. No. 6; Beat Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Matt Hagan

Quotable:Langdon on first round win in Seattle: “That was a big win for us. You have to beat the teams that are right behind in the Mello Yello points you every chance you get. That was a 40 point swing. We put a round on a team that was chasing us. At this point of the season you are definitely aware of the points and the impact race day round wins can have on your season.” 

Career Stats: 248 events, 245 starts, 278 round wins, 15 wins, 32 finals, 18 No. 1 qualifiers; in Funny  Car 40 events, 40 starts, 28 round wins, 1 wins, 2 finals, 0 No. 1 qualifiers

2019 Season: 
Winternationals: Qual. No. 6; Beat Jim Campbell; Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr.
Arizona Nationals: Qual. No. 7; Beat Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Matt Hagan
Gatornationals: Qual. No. 10; Lost to Cruz Pedregon
Las Vegas1: Qual. No. 8; Lost to Tim Wilkeron and Jeff Diehl
Houston: Qual. No. 10; Beat Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Ron Capps
Charlotte1: Qual No. 5; WINNER; Beat Jeff Diehl and Terry Haddock; Beat J.R. Todd and Tommy Johnson Jr; Beat Robert Hight, John Force and Matt Hagan
Atlanta: Qual. No. 6; Lost to Ron Capps
Richmond: Qual. No. 5; Beat Tim Wilkerson; Lost to J.R. Todd
Chicago: Qual. No. 4; Lost to Jeff Arend
Topeka: Qual. No. 8; Lost to Robert Hight
Bristol: Qual. No. 2; Beat Jeff Diehl; Lost to Ron Capps
Norwalk: Qual. No. 12; Beat Blake Alexander; Lost to Jack Beckman
Epping: Qual. No. 5; RUNNER-UP; Beat Jim Campbell, Robert Hight, Tim Wilkerson; Lost to Matt Hagan
Denver: Qual. No. 9; Beat Tim Wilkerson; Lost to Robert Hight
Sonoma: Qual. No. 2; Beat Terry Haddock; Lost to John Force
Seattle: Qual. No. 6; Beat Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Matt Hagan

Ypsilanti, MI (August 16, 2019) --- Heading into the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals, August 16-18, Doug Kalitta will be campaigning a new look Top Fuel dragster adorned in the logo of new Team Kalitta business partner LaBounty. The Minnesota-based company is a part of the Stanley Black & Decker family of tools.

Team Kalitta’s long-standing relationship with Stanley and Mac Tools brought this partnership with LaBounty to fruition for the Brainerd event. LaBounty has a 100,000 square foot manufacturing space in Two Harbors, Minnesota where they are using the latest technologies in machine tools, welding equipment, testing equipment, computer software and the best employees the industry.

“I have had a great relationship with Mac Tools and Stanley for many years so bringing LaBounty on to my Top Fuel dragster is a perfect extension of that partnership,” said Doug Kalitta, 45-time Top Fuel national event winner. “Their business is built on maximizing up time on job sites which is very similar to what we are doing at the track when my guys are servicing my 11,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster between rounds.”

Through the marketing partnership LaBounty will host guests in Team Kalitta hospitality as well as incorporate the excitement and fan accessibility into their social media channels.

“LaBounty has always stood for high performance and partnering with Team Kalitta to showcase the brand on their Top Fuel dragster is a great opportunity for our end users to see the brand in a high performance environment,” said Doug Redpath, President of STANLEY Infrastructure and LaBounty. 

The innovation LaBounty has brought to the attachment industry is nothing short of legendary.   Since 1973 with the introduction of the contractors grapple and the world’s first mobile scrap shear LaBounty has been building the attachment market as an industry leader. LaBounty continues to lead the way with customer driven product development and innovation. They serve contractors, scrap metal recyclers, and demolition experts with products ranging from pulverizers, to shears, to grapples and breakers.

Doug Kalitta’s dragster will feature the LaBounty logo and branding throughout the weekend and his crew will also be wearing LaBounty branded crew shirts.

By Phil Burgess NHRA.COM With his appearance at this weekend’s Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals, Doug Kalitta is the new owner of an impressive stat: Most events competed in the Top Fuel class in NHRA history at 505.

Doug Kalitta says he didn’t see it coming but suddenly, with his appearance at this weekend’s Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals, he’s the owner of an impressive stat: Most events competed in the Top Fuel class.

This event is Race No. 505 for the veteran dragster pilot and nephew of nitro royalty Connie Kalitta. He started the season at 489, 15 behind eight-time world champ Tony Schumacher, but with Schumacher idle this year, it only took until race 16 of the season for Kalitta to assume the lead. Larry Dixon is a distant third behind the Top Fuel legends with 420 starts. (John Force is the all-time events leader with 777 starts counting this weekend.)

“I had no idea of what the numbers are until they told me this weekend,” Kalitta said. “I know it’s been a lot of years and a lot of races, but I don’t really keep track of those stats.”

When you consider all of the legends who have competed in the class since its inception in 1963, it's a stat worth crowing about, but that's not Doug's way, so we'll do it for him.

Kalitta’s first start in Top Fuel came at the 1998 Winternationals, where he replaced his cousin, Scott, in the seat of the family fuel dragster after Scott, a two-time season champion, decided to take some time off from the sport.

Doug had been around nitro racing for much of his life, and actually did the hot and messy job of bottom-end diver from 1982 to 1989. No one was talking about a third dragster, so Doug channeled his energy into oval racing.

Doug was pretty damned good, too. He was the 1991 USAC rookie of the year in the midget series, and won the 1994 championship in the sprint car category. He won 21 USAC events: 14 in midget races and 7 in sprint competitions. He often credits the car control he learned racing those cars with his reputation for pedaling his Top Fuel dragster.

“Connie and Scott were driving and there was no way another car was going to happen, so that’s when I got into sprint- and midget-car racing,” he remembers. “Then when Scott decided to retire, I thought I should give it a try when Connie asked me. It didn’t take a lot of convincing.”

He’s competed in 1,152 rounds of racing and when you consider he’s probably averaged 3-4 qualifying passes at most of them (with weather delays, etc., canceling some sessions, let’s just call it an even 3), you’re looking at well north of 2,600 laps but it only took him about 100 to get his first career win, in Sonoma in 1998, the same year he won the Auto Club Road to the Future award.

His career statistics are pretty gaudy: 45 event wins, 52 runner-ups, and an even 50 No. 1 qualifying berths against just seven DNQs (none since 2010). His win-loss record of 670-452 is well north of 50%. He’s finished in the top 10 in points in all 21 seasons and finished a career-high second four times and third four times.

There are two glaring omissions from his resumé, the first of which is evident in the previous paragraph -– he’s never won the championship -– and the second is that he’s never earned the sport’s other great honor: winning the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

Not that he hasn’t come close to doing both. Anyone who knows his history remembers the painful expression on his face when Schumacher picked his pocket with “The Run” at the 2004 Auto Club NHRA Finals and he’s been the Indy runner-up three times: twice to Schumacher in 2004 and 2008 and then last year to first-time U.S. Nationals winner Terry McMillen. Kalitta left on McMillen, .047 to 071, but the engine dropped a cylinder and he lost by just .006-second.

“If I had to chose between winning just one of those two, it would definitely be the championship,” he said. “I can’t complain though It’s been a great career and I’m not ready to hang it up yet. It’s been fun because we’ve always run up front, and as long as we can do that I’ll still be very interested. I’ll keep at it.”

DOUG KALITTA CAREER STATS (entering this weekend)
Races Won R/U Semi Qtr 1st Rd. No. 1 Qual. DNQ Round W-L
504 45 52 88 160 150 50 7 670-452

J.R. Todd and DHL Camry Race to Quarterfinals in Seattle

Throughout qualifying J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car knew they had a great race car. They came off the trailer and picked up qualifying bonus points in the first two sessions. Their second run was only bested by one driver and the team rolled into race day as the No. 2 qualifier.
 
Todd took full advantage of his position as the second best Funny Car on the property by making a solid run in the first round. He was first off the line against Jeff Diehl and kept the DHL Camry right in the middle of the groove.
 
In the second round Todd faced off with tough competitor veteran Ron Capps. Capps had a slight advantage off the line and was able to make a smooth clean run to take out tire smoking Todd. The quarterfinal finish was a tough loss for Todd but not one that will linger with the reigning Funny Car champion.
 
”The performance of our DHL Toyota came around in qualifying,” said Todd. “Then we made a really good run in the first round of eliminations. We just overpowered the track in the second round. It’s really unfortunate. It would have been a good time to at least make up some ground. The last few races we dug ourselves a little bit of a hole. At least the car showed some good signs heading into Brainerd and Indy. I’m excited about the upcoming races because both last year and the year before we’ve run well at these upcoming events, so we’ll just move forward.”
 
Quotable:
J.R. Todd on wrapping up Western Swing: “The Western Swing is over and now my attention is going to switch to the final two regular season races including the biggest race of the year Indy. We have two wins in a row there and we are going to work on getting ready for the Countdown.”  
 
Statistics:
Qualified: No. 2 (3.886 sec., 325.85 mph)
Bonus points: +3 (3rdquickest of Q1 and 2ndquickest of Q2)

Race Details:
 
First Round
Driver                          Qual    R/T      ET       MPH  
J.R. Todd                   2          .091     3.934   321.35 (W)                  
Jeff Diehl                    15        .122     4.189   285.11
 
Second Round
Driver                          Qual    R/T      ET       MPH  
J.R. Todd                    2          .070     5.277   153.40             
Ron Capps                  7          .066     3.992   322.58 (W)

Doug Sunday 

Historic Start for Kalitta Leads to Quarterfinal Finish in Seattle

On a historic day for Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team confidence was high headed into eliminations at the NHRA Northwest Nationals. This race was the 505thrace for Kalitta moving him to the top of the list of drivers to compete in NHRA Top Fuel national events. 

The first round match-up against Scott Palmer was one that Kalitta was not taking lightly against a fellow Countdown competitor and one of the toughest drivers on tour.  Kalitta took a starting line advantage and never trailed in the race. His run of 3.789 seconds was quick enough to give him lane choice over No. 1 qualifier Mike Salinas in the quarterfinals.
 
In the second round it was Salinas who got the best of Kalitta. The tough race did not go the veteran driver’s way. The Mac Tools dragster was up in smoke early and his opponent was on a clean quick run in the adjacent lane.

“This Mac Tools team is just grinding right now,” said Kalitta. “We are working on winning rounds and this weekend in Seattle I felt good about our chances. We made a great run in the first round and just couldn’t duplicate it in the quarterfinals.”
 
Quotable: 
Doug Kalitta on wrapping up Western Swing: “Today was a big day getting the 505thstart and we would have liked to have gotten another win in Seattle. This Mac Tools team is getting ready for the Countdown and the best way to do that is to focus on the positive and move forward.
 
Statistics:
Qualified: No. 8 (3.751 sec., 327.27 mph) 
Bonus points: 0

Race Details: 

First Round
Driver                          Qual    R/T      ET       MPH 
Doug Kalitta              8          .078     3.789   322.88 (W)
Scott Palmer               9          .095     6.073   110.96
           
Second  Round
Driver                          Qual    R/T      ET       MPH 
Doug Kalitta              8          .118     4.263   196.30
Mike Salinas               1          .074     3.748   326.32 (W)

Shawn Sunday 

Seattle Quarterfinals Set Up Langdon and Global Electronic Technology for Success

Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry took advantage of the chance to solidify their Countdown position today at the NHRA Northwest Nationals. A critical first round match-up against one their chief pursuers gave the championship contending team the opportunity to control their own destiny
 
The No. 6 qualifier was facing Cruz Pedregon in the first round and Langdon and his Toyota team did not miss the chance to make a dominant run. Both Funny Cars left the line simultaneously but it was Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology Camry that blasted down the Pacific Raceway track with a winning time of 3.926 seconds which was one of the quickest runs of the first round. The win added 20 points to Langdon’s lead over Pedregon and gave the second year Funny Car driver more confidence heading into the final two regular season races.
 
In the quarterfinals Langdon was paired up with two-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan. Langdon’s Camry took off from the starting line and began to smoke the tires down track. As Langdon’s day came to an end he knew a round two finish was something that could improve on in Brainerd in two weeks.
 
“We’re working hard to get this Camry into the Countdown,” said Langdon. “We’d like to have gone a little further today, but we’re consistently going rounds now. I have to thank Steve and Samantha Bryson of Global Electronic Technology for their support.”
 
Quotable:
Langdon on wrapping up Western Swing: “This is a tough three week stretch. Our biggest take away is we are holding our own in the Top Ten and we are going rounds. This Global Electronic Technology Camry is quick and fast. We are getting it ready for the U.S. Nationals and the Countdown.”
 
Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.898 sec., 328.30 mph) 
Bonus points: 0

Race Details:

First Round
Driver                          Qual    R/T      ET       MPH  
Shawn Langdon        6          .068     3.926   323.81 (W)      
Cruz Pedregon            11        .068     4.296   214.55
 
First Round
Driver                          Qual    R/T      ET       MPH  
Shawn Langdon        6          .082     5.067   148.69
Matt Hagan                 3          .057     3.970   325.53 (W

Richie Sunday 

Early Exit in Seattle Fires Up Crampton and DHL Team

The DHL Top Fuel dragster and Richie Crampton were focused on a long day at the races as the No. 6 qualifier. Consistent runs and lane choice gave the DHL team a lot of confidence going into round one at the Northwest Nationals.
 
Paired against Antron Brown, who has won the previous three NHRA Northwest Nationals, Crampton knew he would have to be at the top of his game. When the tree flashed Crampton took off with Brown but it was immediately evident that today was not going to be Crampton’s day. His DHL dragster began to smoke the tires just before half-track as Brown was hooked up for the full run. Crampton clicked off the engine to minimize damage.
 
“That wasn’t the outcome we were looking for,” said Crampton. “We knew we needed to be aggressive and I think we just barely got on the other side of it. We’ll take this info and get better at the next race.”
 
Quotable: 
Richie Crampton on wrapping up Western Swing: “We didn’t get the three wins we were looking for during the Western Swing. We are going to go back to the shop and get ready for Brainerd and then Indy. There are eight races left and a lot of rounds left to win.”
 
Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.740 sec., 326.79 mph)
Bonus points: 0

Race Details: 

First Round
Driver                          Qual    R/T      ET       MPH  
Richie Crampton       6          .086     4.990   142.64
Antron Brown              11        .059     3.798   321.12 (W)

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Funny Car Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

Funny Car

1 Robert Hight 1341
2 John Force 1155
3 Tommy Johnson Jr 1117
4 Ron Capps 1057
5 Jack Beckman 1039
6 Bob Tasca III 985
7 Matt Hagan 965
8 J.R. Todd 949
9 Shawn Langdon 840
10 Tim Wilkerson 792

Top Fuel Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

Top Fuel

1 Steve Torrence 1587
2 Antron Brown 966
3 Clay Millican 955
4 Brittany Force 953
5 Doug Kalitta 940
6 Mike Salinas 883
7 Leah Pritchett 786
8 Richie Crampton 753
8 Austin Prock 753
10 Terry McMillen 676
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