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Kalitta Motorsports News

Doug Kalitta 

Kalitta looking for first Vegas spring race win

Las Vegas Highlights: Two wins (Fall 2015, Fall 2004); Four finals (Spring 2014, Fall 2007, Spring 2005, Spring 2003); Two no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2005, Spring 2003)

Last Event Recap (Gainesville): Qualified second; Semi-finalist (Defeated Ike Maier in the first round and Leah Pritchett in the quarter-finals, lost to Antron Brown in the semi-finals)

2016 Las Vegas Nationals Recap: Qualified second; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Steve Faria in the first round, lost to Dave Connolly in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: "The Mac Tools team had a solid Gatornationals, but I would really love to pick up that first win of the season this weekend in Las Vegas. The Mac Tools Toyota dragster has performed strong here in the past, and I am confident in our chances."

Career Stats: 437 starts, 594 round wins (10th all-time), 42 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 88 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: One final (Pomona-I); 5 round wins; fourth in the standings

2016 Season Stats: Four wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka, Pomona-II); Four no.1 qualifiers (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk, Charlotte-II); Two finals (Pomona-I, Charlotte-II); 44 round wins; second in the final standings

Noteworthy: With a win, Kalitta would pass Bob Glidden for ninth all-time in total round wins; Could become the ninth driver to hit 600 round wins this season; also will reach 1,000 career rounds competed early this year (currently at 989)

Troy Coughlin JR

Coughlin Jr. planning for strong Vegas debut

Noteworthy: National event win at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Super Comp in 2009 (first career national event win); Fourth career pro event; a leading candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former Pro Stock champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)

Last Event Recap (Gainesville): Qualified sixth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Pat Dakin in the first round, lost to Antron Brown in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: "The learning continues and what better place to get back on track than Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The SealMaster Toyota dragster is fresh and ready to go thanks to my guys."

2017 Season Stats: Three starts; Two round wins; seventh in the point standings

Career Info: Five national event wins (Three in Super Gas, Two in Super Comp); 2013 Division III Super Gas Champion; 2015 NHRA Pro Mod Rookie of the Year

JR TODD 

Last fall's finalist, Todd desires Vegas trophy

Las Vegas Highlights: Three finals (Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2006); Two No.1 Qualifiers (Spring 2015, Fall 2014)

Last Event Recap (Gainesville): Qualified seventh; First round defeat (Lost to Jonnie Lindberg in the first round)

2016 Las Vegas Nationals Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified ninth; Semi-finalist (Defeated Tony Schumacher in the first round and Steve Chrisman in the quarter-finals, lost to Troy Buff in the semi-finals)

Quotable: "Team Kalitta machines always run well in Las Vegas and we hope to keep the trend going with the DHL Toyota Camry."

Career Stats: 151 starts, 151 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 3 starts, 2 round wins)

2017 Season Stats: Three starts; Two round wins; Ninth in the point standings

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Three finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago); One no.1 qualifier (Pomona-II); 37 round wins; fourth in the finals standings

Noteworthy: Attempting to become the 16th driver in NHRA history with a Top Fuel and Funny Car win; DHL celebrating 10th season of NHRA sponsorship

Media Availability & Special Guest: On Thursday, Todd will be a part of the Las Vegas pre-race Press Conference at Joe's Seafood, Steak and Stone Crab. On Friday, Todd will welcome GRC star Alex Keyes to Las Vegas. Todd and Keyes are participating in a crossover event with Todd making laps in a GRC machine the following Tuesday.

 Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria Las Vegas pre-race notes

Las Vegas Highlights: Reigning event champion; Two wins (Spring 2016, Spring 2014)

Last Event Recap (Gainesville): Qualified 11th; First round defeat (Lost to Ron Capps in the first round)

2016 Las Vegas Nationals Recap: Qualified sixth; Event Winner (Defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round, Robert Hight in the quarter-finals, John Force in the semi-final and Del Worsham in the final )

Career Stats: 119 starts, 82 round wins, 4 wins, 7 finals, 4 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Three starts; 12th in the point standings

2016 Season Stats: One win (Las Vegas-I); One semi-final (Bristol); One No. 1 qualifier (Charlotte-I); 13 round wins; 10th in the final standings

Doug Kalitta 

Kalitta advances to the semis

Race Recap: After a quick end to his Arizona Nationals, Kalitta was hoping for a big rebound in Gainesville.

He succeeded in qualifying by earning two bonus points and running a 3.6 second pass for the third consecutive race to start the season. He just missed out on his first no.1 qualifier of the season as the Mac Tools driver was seeded in the second spot.

First up was Ike Maier. Maier was making his first start of the season and the Mac Tools team was focused on running strong. They did just that by running the low elapsed time of the first session to give Kalitta lane choice over the points leader, Leah Pritchett, in the second round.

Billed as the marquee match-up, they were the last pair to see the track in the second round. Kalitta moved first in the Mac Tools dragster and took that advantage to the stripe defeating Pritchett on the holeshot for her first round loss of the season.

In the semi-finals, Kalitta's Mac Tools Toyota again got the advantage early, but the defending champion Antron Brown was able to get by before the finish line ending Kalitta's day in the semi-finals.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 2 (3.698 sec., 328.78 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Maier - 3.706 sec., 328.70 mph to 3.929 sec., 289.69 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated Pritchett - 3.754 sec., 325.14 mph to 3.738 sec., 323.97 mph

E3: Kalitta defeated by Brown - 3.738 sec., 327.03 mph to 3.719 sec., 326.24 mph

Quotable: “Solid day for this Mac Tools team. Wanted the win, but today was not our day. I am confident in our set-up, and I am excited to get back on track in Vegas and try to pick up the trophy there."

Point Standings: Fourth (-80); trails Antron Brown by 23 points for third; leads Steve Torrence by 30 for sixth

Troy Coughlin 

Coughlin Jr. has tough end to Gatornationals debut

Race Recap: Coughlin Jr.'s weekend started on the top of the pile as the driver of the SealMaster Toyota claimed three bonus points as he led the first session of Gatornationals qualifying. He would go on to earn two more bonus points and earn the sixth starting spot for the third consecutive race to start his nitro career.

The SealMaster Toyota driver would face Pat Dakin for the first time in the opening round. Dakin went early yielding the win light to Coughlin Jr., who tore down the track in 3.724 seconds.

Next up was the reigning Top Fuel champion Antron Brown. Coughlin left with Brown and was ahead before the SealMaster machine made a big move forcing Coughlin Jr. off of the throttle. The car would make minor contact with the wall, but Coughlin Jr. was okay.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.738 sec., 328.86 mph)

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated Dakin - 3.724 sec., 322.42 mph to Foul

E2: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Brown - DQ to 3.787 sec., 321.42 mph

Quotable: “It was a pretty decent weekend. I am getting more laps; I am uncovering things that I haven't experienced yet, so I am learning. We had a great first run in the SealMaster Toyota. Took on Antron, the former champ, in the second. Felt optimistic about it, was trying to go a .72 or a .73. We had the lead at the eighth mile, and then the car made a large move to the left and went over and tagged the guardrail. The SealMaster Toyota has a little mark on it, but we will buff it out."

Point Standings: Seventh (-157); trails Steve Torrence by 42 points for sixth, leads Shawn Reed by seven points for eighth

JR Todd 

Solid qualifying effort for Todd derailed by mechanical issue

Race Recap: After earning his second Funny Car round win in Phoenix, Todd and the DHL team were focused on going even further in the season's third race.

Co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith tuned Todd to another career-best pass in the second session on Friday with a 3.871 second pass at over 332MPH. That pass earned Todd his second straight top half start. His first round opponent was first-time competitor Jonnie Lindberg.

Todd would get the jump at the tree, but the DHL Toyota suffered immediate tire smoke due to another mechanical woe. This time, they blew a o-ring in the cannon pressure line, which allowed clutch to engage way before the tune-up dictated. Todd attempted to pedal the machine to catch Lindberg, however, it was not enough as Lindberg was able to achieve his first round win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.871 sec., 332.51 mph) **CAREER-BEST ET & MPH**

E1: Todd defeated by Lindberg - 10.000 sec., 74.70 mph to 4.735 sec., 187.05 mph

Quotable: "Tough way to end the weekend, especially when it is mechanical woes again. This DHL Camry has a gremlin that I know these guys will get a hold of here, but it is never fun to be out early. We will make a couple laps tomorrow and then get ready for Vegas."

Point Standings: Ninth (-170); trails Jack Beckman by six points for eighth; leads Tim Wilkerson by 21 points for 10th

Alexis DeJoria 

DeJoria suffers tough first round loss

Race Recap: DeJoria and the Tequila Patrón team was solid throughout qualifying. The Tommy DeLago and Nicky Boninfante-tuned Toyota Camry was the only Funny Car to make four sub-four second passes. Her best, a 3.928, earned her the 11th starting spot.

Her first foe was reigning champion Ron Capps. DeJoria left the starting line first, and ran another good pass but Capps was just able to drive around her before the finish line.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.928 sec., 327.98 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated by Capps - 3.925 sec., 328.46 mph to 3.895 sec., 330.96 mph

Point Standings: 12th (-207); trails Del Worsham by 15 points for 11th, leads Cruz Pedregon by six points for 13th

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.436 sec. at 175.52 MPH
Q2: 3.698 sec. at 328.78 MPH
Q3: 3.753 sec. at 324.20 MPH
Q4: 4.420 sec. at 178.19 MPH

Bonus Points: 3 pts. (Second best of the second session, third best of the third session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Ike Maier
Quotable: "Solid qualifying effort for the Mac Tools team. We are feeling good with our setup selections for tomorrow and hope to go rounds. My Mac Tools guys are working hard and we would love to claim another Gatornationals Wally."

Tory Coughlin

Troy Coughlin Jr., driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.748 sec. at 327.03 MPH
Q2: 3.747 sec. at 306.88 MPH
Q3: 5.635 sec. at 113.83 MPH
Q4: 3.738 sec. at 328.86 MPH

Bonus Points: 5 pts. (Best of the first session, second best of the final session)
Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Pat Dakin
Quotable: "I think the bonus points are the work of the SealMaster Toyota guys. They are working hard. They have this thing dialed in. I am gaining experience and getting in some new situations which is going to be huge in the long run. I feel really good and optimistic for tomorrow. The guys are working really hard. We will put a little more nitro and Red Line in it, and be ready for tomorrow."
Note: The 328.86 MPH from the final session reset Coughlin's career-best MPH and is the top speed in Top Fuel on the weekend.

JR Todd

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

Q1: 3.913 sec. at 325.77 MPH
Q2: 3.871 sec. at 332.51 MPH
Q3: 4.475 sec. at 177.67 MPH
Q4: 4.901 sec. at 160.48 MPH

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Jonnie Lindberg
Quotable: "We were trying some things today, so basically testing, so we know what we can't do tomorrow with this DHL Toyota. I think we are in good shape for raceday. I think we can run with the guys in front of us for sure."
Note: The 3.871 second pass at 332.51 MPH in the second Friday qualifying session reset both of Todd's career-bests.

Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.965 sec. at 324.75 MPH
Q2: 3.963 sec. at 305.84 MPH
Q3: 3.928 sec. at 327.98 MPH
Q4: 3.963 sec. at 326.40 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second best of the third session)
Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Ron Capps

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta desires fourth Gator triumph

Gainesville Highlights: Three wins (2014, 2005, 2000); Two no.1 qualifiers (2013, 2003)

Last Event Recap (Phoenix): Qualified fifth; First round defeat (Lost to Shawn Reed in the first round)

2016 Gatornationals Recap: Qualified eighth; First round defeat (Lost to Dave Connolly in the first round)

Quotable: “We stumbled a bit in Phoenix, but the Mac Tools team is ready for a rebound in Gainesville. I have been fortunate to win this race a couple times and I would love to pick up my first win of the new season this weekend.”

Career Stats: 436 starts, 592 round wins (10th all-time), 42 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 88 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: One final (Pomona-I); 3 round wins; fifth in the standings

2016 Season Stats: Four wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka, Pomona-II); Four no.1 qualifiers (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk, Charlotte-II); Two finals (Pomona-I, Charlotte-II); 44 round wins; second in the final standings

Noteworthy: Could become the ninth driver to hit 600 round wins this season; also will reach 1,000 career rounds competed early this year (currently at 986); owns Phoenix Track ET Record (also owns track records in Atlanta and Norwalk)

Troy Couglin

Coughlin Jr. makes pro Gatornationals debut

Noteworthy: Third career pro event; a leading candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former Pro Stock champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)

Last Event Recap (Phoenix): Qualified sixth; First round defeat (Lost to Scott Palmer in the first round)

Quotable: “My comfort level is definitely growing in the SealMaster Toyota Dragster. We have our leader, Connie, back with us at the track, along with my grandfather, Jeg Sr., so this will only enhance my learning."

2017 Season Stats: Two starts; One round win; eighth in the point standings

Career Info: Five national event wins (Three in Super Gas, Two in Super Comp); 2013 Division III Super Gas Champion; 2015 NHRA Pro Mod Rookie of the Year

Media Availability & Appearance: Coughlin Jr. will be in the Jacksonville market conducting interviews on Wednesday. On Thursday, he will be making an appearance at the University of Florida Health Shands Children's Hospital.

JR Todd

Todd makes plan to continue strong Funny Car start

Highlights: One of four Funny Car drivers to have round wins in each of the first two races of the season (Matt Hagan, Ron Capps, Tommy Johnson Jr.)

Last Event Recap (Phoenix): Qualified seventh; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Alexis DeJoria in the first round, lost to Jim Campbell in the quarter-finals)

2016 Gatornationals Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified 10th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Steve Torrence in the first round, lost to Clay Millican in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: “I am really looking forward to the Gatornationals since it is one of the biggest races of the year with all of its history. I feel like our DHL Toyota Camry is headed in the right direction and can contend for the win.”

Career Stats: 150 starts, 151 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 1 start, 1 round win)

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Three finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago); One no.1 qualifier (Pomona-II); 37 round wins; fourth in the finals standings

2017 Season Stats: 2 starts; 2 round wins; Sixth in the point standings

Noteworthy: Attempting to become the 16th driver in NHRA history with a Top Fuel and Funny Car win; DHL celebrating 10th season of NHRA sponsorship

Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria Gainesville pre-race notes

Last Event Recap (Phoenix): Qualified 10th; First round defeat (Lost to J.R. Todd in the first round)

2016 Gatornationals Recap: Qualified 11th; First round defeat (Lost to Matt Hagan in the first round)

Career Stats: 118 starts, 82 round wins, 4 wins, 7 finals, 4 no.1 qualifiers

2016 Season Stats: One win (Las Vegas-I); One semi-final (Bristol); One No. 1 qualifier (Charlotte-I); 13 round wins; 10th in the final standings

2017 Season Stats: Two starts; 12th in the point standings

JR Todd

Mechanical woes end Todd's Phoenix run

Race Recap: With his Funny Car debut in the rearview mirror, Todd was looking for more round wins in Phoenix.

The DHL Toyota team started strong with three solid passes; their best was Todd's first career Funny Car pass in the 3.8 second range. The 3.889 second pass in the third qualifying session bumped Todd into the top half of the field. However, it would prove to be a intramural battle with Todd facing his Funny Car teammate, Alexis DeJoria for the first time.

Todd was able to get the jump off of the line and led start-to-finish to pick up the round win. He lowered his career-best for the second straight day with a 3.887 second pass. That run gave him lane choice over Jim Campbell in the second round. However, when the DHL Toyota came up to the line to race Campbell, the team suffered mechanical problems as a leak was discovered in the air system, which in turn tripped the safety components on the Funny Car. This did not allow Todd to give the DHL Camry throttle and so it did not move once the tree dropped. With those issues, Campbell was able to pick up the round win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.889 sec., 326.63 mph)

E1: Todd defeated DeJoria - 3.887 sec., 330.07 mph to 5.829 sec., 119.55 mph **CAREER-BEST FUNNY CAR ET**

E2: Todd defeated by Campbell - Broke to 4.848 sec., 165.84 mph

Quotable: "Disappointing way to end our day for the DHL Toyota team. It is always tough when it is mechanical problems and you don't get a shot at the track. However, we will figure out the source of the issue. I look forward to making some more laps tomorrow at Wild Horse Pass and hopefully learning some more that can help us as we head into Gainesville."

Point Standings: Sixth (-135); trails John Force by seven points for fifth; leads Jim Campbell by three points for seventh

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta loses early in Phoenix

Race Recap: After a solid start to the 2017 Mello Yello season for Kalitta and the Mac Tools team, they turned to Phoenix with momentum.

Qualifying was a struggle early but the Mac Tools team got it figured it out by Saturday as they laid down a stellar 3.695 second pass to slot Kalitta in the top five overall in Top Fuel qualifying.

First up was Shawn Reed. Kalitta's Mac Tools ride left the line first, but encountered issues. Kalitta was able to get it going quickly, but at that point Reed had already drove around and he took the win light stopping Kalitta in the first round.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 5 (3.695 sec., 328.78 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by Reed - 3.971 sec., 270.10 mph to 3.929 sec., 276.35 mph

Quotable: “Very early ending to the Arizona Nationals for this Mac Tools Toyota team. Definitely not what the goal was for today. However, in racing you will have that. These Mac Tools guys will work hard at home, and we will see if we can change the tides in Gainesville."

Point Standings: Fifth (-105); trails Antron Brown by three points for fourth; leads Steve Torrence by 30 for sixth

Troy Coughlin Jr. 

Coughlin Jr. suffers tough first round defeat

Race Recap: Coughlin Jr.'s weekend was filled with many highs, but unfortunately a quick ending to Sunday.

On Friday, the SealMaster Toyota driver earned his first career bonus point in the first session and then made his career-best pass, a 3.696, on Friday evening. After the close of Saturday, he earned the sixth starting spot; his second straight top half start to begin his Top Fuel career.

His opponent would prove to be Scott Palmer, who is embarking on his first full-time season in NHRA Top Fuel action. Coughlin Jr. moved first, but dropped a clyinder down track which allowed Palmer to drive by at the line ending Coughlin Jr.'s day in the first round.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 6 (3.696 sec., 326.48 mph)

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Palmer - 3.872 sec., 266.21 mph to 3.833 sec., 317.42 mph

Quotable: “We are making progress. I really believe that the strings are loosening as far as the hesitations in this SealMaster machine. I am getting more and more comfortable. Everybody on this SealMaster Toyota team is doing a great job. I really appreciate all the guys for all they do. They are not rookies at this, and I really appreciate the good attitudes and their hard work. I can't do it without them; this is a team."

Point Standings: Eighth (-156); trails Shawn Reed by 10 points for seventh, leads Scott Palmer by five points for ninth

Alexis DeJoria 

DeJoria defeated by teammate in round one

Race Recap: DeJoria started the weekend strong as her qualifying spot was ensured after her 3.920 second pass in the first session on Friday. The Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry nearly matched that in the last session, but was unable to move up in the qualifying order leading to a date with her Funny Car teammate, J.R. Todd, in the first round of eliminations.

DeJoria and Todd were close at the 60' line, but DeJoria's Camry encountered troubles soon after ending her day early at the Arizona Nationals.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.920 sec., 325.14 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated by Todd - 5.829 sec., 119.55 mph to 3.887 sec., 330.07 mph

Point Standings: 12th (-163); trails Del Worsham by 18 points for 11th, leads Phil Burkart Jr. by five points for 13th

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.520 sec. at 167.14 MPH
Q2: 3.709 sec. at 322.88 MPH
Q3: 4.320 sec. at 183.00 MPH
Q4: 3.695 sec. at 328.78 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the final session)
Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Shawn Reed

Quotable: "The Mac Tools guys dug hard and finished the qualifying portion of our weekend strong. Really excited to get to Sunday and see what this Mac Tools Toyota has for the field."

SealMaster

Troy Coughlin Jr., driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.732 sec. at 322.59 MPH
Q2: 3.696 sec. at 326.48 MPH
Q3: 3.741 sec. at 320.81 MPH
Q4: 4.757 sec. at 151.02 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the first session)
Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Shawn Reed

Quotable: "I feel like everything is going great thus far. I keep learning and these SealMaster Toyota men are doing an awesome job on this machine. We are jelling and everything is coming together. It was really exciting to get into the .60's in the second race and I feel like the SealMaster team has more to show tomorrow."
Note: Coughlin Jr's 3.696 second pass from the second session reset his career-best elapsed time. He earned his first career bonus point in the first session on Friday

JR Todd

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

Q1: 3.913 sec. at 325.77 MPH
Q2: 3.904 sec. at 328.22 MPH
Q3: 3.889 sec. at 326.63 MPH
Q4: 5.084 sec. at 146.91 MPH

Starting Position: 7th

First Round Matchup: Alexis DeJoria

Quotable: "I am still learning how to drive the DHL Toyota Camry but we made a good run there in Q3. It stinks that we have to run our teammate, but that's the way it goes sometimes so we will go out there and try to beat her in the first round."

Note: The 3.889 second pass in the first qualifying session on Saturday reset Todd's career-best Funny Car elapsed time.

Alexis DeJoria 

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.920 sec. at 325.14 MPH
Q2: 4.460 sec. at 190.03 MPH
Q3: 5.169 sec. at 143.38 MPH
Q4: 3.922 sec. at 328.14 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: J.R. Todd 

Doug Kalitta

Track record holder, Kalitta, looks to build on strong 2017 start

Phoenix Highlights: One win (2001); Three finals (2015, 2010, 2004); Four no.1 qualifiers (2016, 2014, 2013, 2003); Track Elapsed Time Record Holder (3.716 sec.)

Last Event Recap (Pomona): Qualified second; Finalist (Defeated Steve Faria in the first round, Terry McMillen in the quarter-finals and Antron Brown in the semi-finals, lost to Leah Pritchett in the finals.)

2016 Arizona Nationals Recap: Qualified first; Semi-Finalist (Bye run in the first round, defeated Dave Connolly in the quarter-finals, lost to Brittany Force in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “We had a great start to the season in this Mac Tools Toyota. The team had a great test at Wild Horse Pass just a couple weeks ago, and I am ready to get back and see what we can get accomplished.”

Career Stats: 435 starts, 592 round wins (10th all-time), 42 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 88 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: One final (Pomona-I); 3 round wins; second in the standings

2016 Season Stats: Four wins (Houston, Atlanta, Topeka, Pomona-II); Four no.1 qualifiers (Phoenix, Atlanta, Norwalk, Charlotte-II); Two finals (Pomona-I, Charlotte-II); 44 round wins; second in the final standings

Noteworthy: Could become the ninth driver to hit 600 round wins this season; also will reach 1,000 career rounds competed early this year (currently at 985); owns Phoenix Track ET Record (also owns track records in Atlanta and Norwalk)

SealMaster TF

Coughlin Jr. desires to continue to learn

Noteworthy: Second career pro event; a leading candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former Pro Stock champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.)

Last Event Recap (Pomona): Qualified sixth; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Shawn Reed in the first round, lost to Antron Brown in the quarter-finals)

Quotable: “What I love most about the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is there are 24 races which makes 24 opportunities to learn how to win as a group. I am ecstatic to head to Wild Horse Pass with the SealMaster Toyota boys and continue our journey for a championship.”

2017 Season Stats: One start; One round win; sixth in the point standings

Career Info: Five national event wins (Three in Super Gas, Two in Super Comp); 2013 Division III Super Gas Champion; 2015 NHRA Pro Mod Rookie of the Year

JR Todd

After solid Funny Car debut, Todd plans for more success in Phoenix

Highlights: Round win in Funny Car debut in Pomona; Upon earning a spot in the field will qualify for his 150th career raceday start

Last Event Recap (Pomona): Qualified 11th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Tim Wilkerson in the first round, lost to Courtney Force in the quarter-finals)

2016 Arizona Nationals Event Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified seventh; First round defeat (Lost to Leah Pritchett in the first round)

Quotable: “I am really excited to see what we have now in this DHL Toyota Camry after we found a problem that plagued us all through testing and qualifying. It should be a great weekend in Phoenix.”

Career Stats: 149 starts, 150 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 1 start, 1 round win)

2016 Season Stats: One win (Sonoma); Three finals (Atlanta, Norwalk, Chicago); One no.1 qualifier (Pomona-II); 37 round wins; fourth in the finals standings

2017 Season Stats: 1 start; 1 round win; Sixth in the point standings

Noteworthy: Earned 150th career round win (combined with Top Fuel (149) and Funny Car(1)) with a first round win over Tim Wilkerson in Pomona; attempting to become the 16th driver in NHRA history with a Top Fuel and Funny Car win; Todd Smith joins Jon Oberhofer as co-crew chiefs on the DHL Toyota Camry; DHL celebrating 10th season of NHRA sponsorship

Alexis DeJoria

DeJoria Phoenix pre-race notes

Phoenix Highlights: One win (2014)

Last Event Recap (Pomona): Qualified seventh; First round defeat (Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round)

2016 Arizona Nationals Event Recap: Qualified 11th; First round defeat (Lost to Jack Beckman in the first round)

Career Stats: 117 starts, 82 round wins, 4 wins, 7 finals, 4 no.1 qualifiers

2016 Season Stats: One win (Las Vegas-I); One semi-final (Bristol); One No. 1 qualifier (Charlotte-I); 13 round wins; 10th in the final standings

2017 Season Stats: One start; 10th in the point standings

Noteworthy: DeJoria recorded her first career nitro Funny Car win at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in February 2014.

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On the Run with Ashley

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Leah Pritchett (300)
2. Tony Schumacher (279)
3. Antron Brown (243)
4. Doug Kalitta (220)
5. Brittany Force (202)
6. Steve Torrence (185)
7. Troy Coughlin Jr. (143)
8. Shawn Reed (136)
9. Clay Millican (133)
10. Scott Palmer (116)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Matt Hagan (308)
2. John Force (238)
3. Ron Capps (235)
4. Tommy Johnson Jr (209)
5. Courtney Force (177)
6. Robert Hight (150)
7. Jim Campbell (148)
8. Jack Beckman (144)
9. J.R. Todd (138)
10. Robert Hight (117)
12. Alexis DeJoria (101)

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