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Kalitta Motorsports News

Richie Crampton Sat

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 5.024 sec. at 141.59 MPH
Q2: 5.098 sec. at 136.22 MPH
Q3: 3.878 sec. at 310.55 MPH
Q4: 5.509 sec. at 118.75 MPH

Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Brittany Force

Quotable: "Another first round with Brittany tomorrow with this DHL team. We will get this car turned around and be ready."

Doug Kalitta Sat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster  

Q1:
5.276 sec. at 137.93 MPH
Q2: 3.947 sec. at 257.43 MPH
Q3: 4.876 sec. at 155.40 MPH
Q4: 6.664 sec. at 107.30 MPH

Starting Position: 12th
First Round Matchup: Mike Salinas

Quotable: “Rough weekend for the Mac Tools team in qualifying. We were looking for more. However, tomorrow is a new day and we will be ready for the challenge ahead."

Shawn Langdon Sat

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

Q1: 4.488 sec. at 200.02 MPH
Q2: 4.024 sec. at 318.39 MPH
Q3: 4.013 sec. at 320.51 MPH
Q4: 4.013 sec. at 321.04 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the third session)
Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Bob Tasca III
Quotable: "Two good runs today with the Global Electronic Technology Camry. Third-best and fourth-best overall. We will adjust for tomorrow. A big match-up for us tomorrow with Bob Tasca III. It is not really just a 20 point win, it is a 40 point swing. It is the time of the year that everything is important. Every round is important. It is what we have been working all year for."

JR Todd Sat

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

Q1: 4.070 sec. at 316.67 MPH
Q2: 4.362 sec. at 211.59 MPH
Q3: 4.023 sec. at 318.17 MPH
Q4: 4.018 sec. at 316.15 MPH

Starting Position: 8th First Round Matchup: Bob Bode
Quotable: "We have made good runs in three out of the four passes this weekend. We are still trying to run a little better than we have, but it is nice to lane choice going into tomorrow. I am excited about the performance of the car it has started to come around. We are going to keep picking away at it, and we are going to get quicker and faster for sure."

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta ready for return to Brainerd winner’s circle

Brainerd Highlights: One win (2005, 2003); Two finals (2014, 2000); Three no.1 qualifiers (2010, 2004, 2002)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified second; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Bill Litton in the first round, lost to Mike Salinas in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Qualified third; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Terry Haddock in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “I am excited to get back on track with the Mac Tools team this weekend in Brainerd. The fans are always awesome and we are looking forward to a great race weekend.”

Career Stats: 474 starts; 647 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 94 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Four finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond, Denver); 24 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta would hit 650 career round wins with a final round appearance

Richie Crampton

Crampton looks to secure top ten placement

Brainerd Highlights: One win (2015); One no. 1 qualifier (2015)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Brittany Force in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “It is a big race for the DHL/Kalitta Air team. Points are becoming more and more important so it is time to hammer down and secure our spot deeper within the top 10. I have won at Brainerd before, and I love that track, so I cannot wait strap in for Q1 and get the weekend started.”

Career Stats: 94 starts; 86 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); 11 round wins; ninth in the standings

Shawn Langdon

Langdon looking to solidify Countdown berth

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified sixth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Jack Beckman in the first round, lost to Courtney Force in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

Quotable: “We felt leaving Seattle that the Global Electronic Technology Camry was trending in the right direction. The team has been doing a great job getting the car ready for the Countdown. We have lost two close races at the last two events, and those will start going out way. We have a car capable of winning races and the team is confident. The point of focus is to go to Brainerd and get the win which will solidify our spot in the Countdown.”

Career Stats: 221 starts; 258 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 16 starts; 11 round wins)

2018 Season: 16 starts; 11 round wins; ninth in the standings

JR Todd

Todd looks to clinch Countdown berth in Brainerd

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified 13th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Bob Tasca III in the first round, lost to Tim Wilkerson in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Ron Capps in the first round)

Quotable: “I am ready to get back in the seat this weekend. The performance of our DHL/WIX Filters Toyota seems to be coming back and it would be awesome to win in from front the great Brainerd fans.”

Career Stats: 188 starts; 185 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 40 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 36 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 18 round wins; sixth in the point standings 

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Kalitta turns stellar qualifying effort into a round win

The Mac Tools driver claimed the second starting spot with a 3.730 second pass in Friday evening's session. He was second after that run and would not be bumped on Saturday. Kalitta would earn lane choice over Bill Litton in the first round.

Kalitta was able to get a consisderable advantage on Litton on the tree. The Mac Tools ride steadily pulled ahead and easily reached the stripe first.

In the quarterfinals, Kalitta came up against Mike Salinas. The Mac Tools ride encountered tire smoke, and Salinas run the best run of the round to score the win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 2 (3.730 sec., 326.00 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Litton - 3.790 sec., 328.78 mph to 3.994 sec., 285.29 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Salinas - 4.565 sec., 170.60 mph to 3.792 sec., 326.08 mph

Quotable: “The Mac Tools team had a solid performance in qualifying. We had a solid Western Swing and locked in our place in the Countdown. My guys have worked hard and I am excited to get to Brainerd."

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Antron Brown by 68 points for sixth; trails Leah Pritchett by 88 points for fourth

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Crampton earns redemption

Race Recap: Richie Crampton and the DHL/Kalitta Air dragster earned a round win in Seattle today.

The team started the weekend with a solid 3.792 second pass in the first round in qualifying, which was good enough for top five in the session. Crampton would eventually be bumped down just outside of the top half of the field and would start in the ninth position.

For the second straight race, Crampton drew Brittany Force in the first round. Both drivers encountered trouble, but Crampton gathered the Kalitta Air machine up quicker and was able to drive around the reigning Top Fuel champion for the round win.

In the second round, Crampton faced the points leader Steve Torrence. The Kalitta Air driver moved first, but Torrence made a better run and scored the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.792 sec., 323.50 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated B. Force - 4.308 sec., 274.94 mph to 4.429 sec., 238.72 mph

E2: Crampton defeated by Torrence - 3.863 sec., 318.69 mph to 3.813 sec., 325.30 mph

Quotable: “It was another constructive racing weekend for us. We’re trying to put some ground between us and the other drivers we’re duking it out with for a spot in the top 10. We didn’t seal the deal, but we’re trending in the right direction and we’re going to be good. I’m looking forward to Brainerd. Connie and Rob are definitely making strides to put us back where we need to be at the top end of the field and Brainerd’s a good place to forge ahead.”  

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Scott Palmer by 11 points for 11th; trails Brittany Force by 82 points for eighth

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Langdon has solid weekend in Seattle

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon had a solid weekend in Seattle with six good runs and a round win.

In qualifying, Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team had four great passes. Each of their runs were amongst the top five of the session, and two of which earned bonus points. Langdon earned the sixth starting spot and the Global Electronic Technology Toyota team drew Jack Beckman in the first round.

In the first round, Langdon got the jump on Beckman. It was the closest race in the first round, but the Global Electronic Technology Camry got to the stripe first and earned lane choice over points leader Courtney Force in the quarterfinals.

In that race, Langdon left on Force. The Global Electronic Technology machine led at every increment down the track except for the final stripe, where Force was able to drive around Langdon by two ten-thousandths of a second. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.977 sec., 325.37 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Beckman - 4.017 sec., 318.69 mph to 4.026 sec., 315.56 mph

E2: Langdon defeated by C. Force - 4.036 sec., 318.02 mph to 4.023 sec., 322.11 mph

Quotable: “I can not complain about this weekend. After qualifying, we really thought we’d have a shot at the race win today. We just lost a great drag race to the points leader by two ten-thousandths of a second. There’s nothing to hang your head about. We’ve been making great runs all weekend. The guys have done a great job of turning this car around right before a crucial time for the Countdown. I feel good on the tree and I feel good driving the car. The crew’s done a great job of giving me a great Global Electronic Technology Camry. This is the best I’ve felt all year and I’m really looking forward to getting to Brainerd and then to Indy and then the start of the Countdown. This is the best car we’ve had and I feel I’m driving my best. This is our time to shine.”

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Bob Tasca III by 45 points for 10th; trails John Force by 88 points for eighth

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Todd turns the corner on raceday

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team closed the Western Swing with a solid round win at Pacific Raceways today.

Qualifying did not yield the desired results for the DHL/WIX Filters team for the second straight weekend. The best run, a 4.056, earned Todd the 13th spot in the competitive Funny Car field.

In the first round, Todd drew Bob Tasca III. The DHL/WIX Filters driver left right beside Tasca, but the Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith tuneup helped Todd extend the lead all the way down the track and gave the DHL/WIX Filters driver the round win with Todd's best run of the weekend. 

In the second round, Todd faced Tim Wilkerson. Todd made another clean pass, a 4.049, but Wilkerson ran a 4.037 to move to the semifinals ending Todd's day. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 13 (4.056 sec., 308.43 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated Tasca III - 4.037 sec., 319.75 mph to 4.057 sec., 314.46 mph

E2: Todd defeated by Wilkerson - 4.049 sec., 316.23 mph to 4.037 sec., 316.52 mph

Quotable: “I am really proud of the resolve of this DHL/WIX Filters Toyota team. We have had a couple rough races, but I think we found what our issues were this weekend in Seattle. I wish we had a better Western Swing, but I am excited to get to Brainerd and continue to learn and prepare for the Countdown."
 
Point Standings: Sixth; leads Tommy Johnson Jr. by 22 points by seventh; trails Jack Beckman by 85 points for fifth

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Q1: 4.360 sec. at 186.02 MPH
Q2: 3.730 sec. at 326.00 MPH
Q3: 3.913 sec. at 259.86 MPH
Q44.754 sec. at 160.35 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second best of the second session)
Starting Position: 2nd

First Round Matchup: Bill Litton
Quotable: “The Mac Tools team had a great run in the Friday evening session, and we have a solid spot on the qualifying sheet. We are looking to close the Western Swing strong with a win."

Richie Crampton

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.792 sec. at 323.50 MPH
Q2: 10.892 sec. at 87.15 MPH
Q3: 3.950 sec. at 312.64 MPH
Q4:4.774 sec. at 152.64 MPH

Starting Position: 9th

First Round Matchup: Brittany Force
Quotable: "It has been pretty good. I am pretty happy with our efforts. The DHL/Kalitta Air team and I want some redemption from Sonoma. I am looking for a long day tomorrow."

Shawn Langdon

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

Q1: 4.009 sec. at 318.84 MPH
Q2: 3.977 sec. at 323.37 MPH
Q3: 4.072 sec. at 315.27 MPH
Q44.017 sec. at 319.37 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Third best of the first session, third best of the final session)
Starting Position: 6th

First Round Matchup: Jack Beckman
Quotable: "The Global Electronic Technology guys have done a great job. They turned the car around. We made some great competitive runs in qualifying. I am looking forward to tomorrow. It is a pretty tight field. Lot of good cars in the bottom half of the field, so it is going to be an interesting day. With only three races before the beginning of the Countdown, this is what we have prepared for."

JR Todd

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

Q1: 4.056 sec. at 308.43 MPH
Q2: 7.921 sec. at 84.78 MPH
Q3: 5.818 sec. at 117.15 MPH
Q44.069 sec. at 315.71 MPH

Starting Position: 13th

First Round Matchup: Bob Tasca III
Quotable: "It was not the qualifying effort that we were looking for. We struggled with a few things, but we made a couple good runs. We are just runs behind at this point. Hopefully, we got everything sorted out going into tomorrow. Good thing is tomorrow is a new day, and it is a great opportunity to turn on four win lights with all of our guests from WIX Filters here this weekend."

Doug Kalitta Seatlle

Kalitta looks to end strong Western Swing on a high note

Seattle Highlights: One win (2014); Three finals (2003, 2000, 1999); One no.1 qualifier (2010)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals): Qualified ninth; Semifinalist (Defeated Steve Torrence in the first round and Clay Millican in the quarterfinals, lost to Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals.)

2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals Recap: Qualified second; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Terry Haddock in the first round, lost to Terry McMillen in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “We have had a solid Western Swing and I am excited to race with the Mac Tools team in Seattle. Our goal is the win.”

Career Stats: 473 starts; 646 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 94 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Four finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond, Denver); 23 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta would hit 650 career round wins with a race victory

Richie Crampton Seattle

Crampton plans to continue consistent run

Seattle Highlights: One no. 1 qualifier (2015)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals): Qualified 12th; First round loss (Lost to Brittany Force in the first round)

2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “We had a good weekend in Sonoma and I feel that we are tending in the right direction. Connie and my team are doing an awesome job and I believe success is coming.”

Career Stats: 93 starts; 85 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); 10 round wins; 10th in the standings

Shawn Langdon seattle 

Langdon looking to solidify Countdown berth

Seattle Highlights: Two finals (2015, 2012); One no. 1 qualifier (2013)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals): Qualified eighth; First round loss (Lost to John Force in the first round)

2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals Recap: Qualified eighth; First round loss (Lost to Mike Salinas in the first round)

Quotable: “I am proud of the Global Electronic Technology team. The car is running better and I am ready for Seattle. We are looking for round wins and the plan is to grow the gap from us to the 11th spot. We only have three races left before the Countdown begins and we want to secure our spot."

Career Stats: 220 starts; 257 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 15 starts; 10 round wins)

2018 Season: 15 starts; 10 round wins; ninth in the standings

Noteworthy: Langdon scored his first national event win here in 2002 National in Super Comp

JR Todd Seattle

Todd ready to rebound in Seattle

Seattle Highlights: One win (2015); One no.1 qualifier (2007)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals): Qualified 15th; First round loss (Lost to Jack Beckman in the first round)

2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to John Force in the first round)

Quotable: “We are ready to get to Seattle and finish the Western Swing on a good note. Our DHL/WIX Filters Toyota showed promise in the first round last week and I feel confident about the changes Todd (Smith) and Jon (Oberhofer) made.”

Career Stats: 187 starts; 184 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 39 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 35 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 17 round wins; sixth in the point standings 

Noteworthy: Todd scored his first no.1 qualifier here in Top Fuel in 2007

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Mello Yello Championship Points:

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (1251)
2. Tony Schumacher (1090)
3. Clay Millican (1084)
4. Leah Pritchett (1083)
5. Doug Kalitta (995)
6. Antron Brown (927)
7. Terry McMillen (759)
8. Brittany Force (731)
9. Richie Crampton (660)
10. Scott Palmer (649)
 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Courtney Force (1300)
2. Ron Capps (1146)
3. Robert Hight (1085)
4. Matt Hagan (1064)
5. Jack Beckman (999)
6. J.R. Todd (914)
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. (892)
8. John Force (824)
9. Shawn Langdon (736)
10. Bob Tasca III (691)

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