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Kalitta Motorsports News

 Doug Kalitta

Kalitta desires first 2017 trophy in Chicago

Chicago Highlights: Three wins (2006, 2004, 2002); Three No.1 qualifiers (2014, 2003, 1999)

Last Event Recap (Norwalk): Qualified first; Finalist (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round, Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals and Leah Pritchett in the semifinals, lost to Steve Torrence in the final)

2016 Chicago Recap: Qualified first; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Kyle Wurtzel in the first round, lost to Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “We had a great finish to the four race swing and the Mac Tools team is ready to get back to racing. We have a strong running machine and I know we will be competing for the win this weekend in Chicago.”

Career Stats: 446 starts, 606 round wins (ninth all-time), 42 wins (fifth all-time in Top Fuel), 89 finals, 47 no.1 qualifiers (13th all-time)

2017 Season Stats: Two finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk); One no.1 qualifier (Norwalk); 17 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta and his late cousin, Scott, won three straight races in Chicago with Doug winning in 2004 and 2006 and Scott claiming the 2005 trophy.

 Shawn Langdon

Langdon works to cut gap on top ten in Chicago

Last Event Recap (Norwalk): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Terry McMillen in the first round)

2016 Chicago Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified fifth; First round loss (Lost to Terry McMillen in the first round)

Quotable: “Our main mindset is to keep doing what we have been doing. We have had some bad luck but the Global Electronic Technology car has been running great. We have a great chance to gain points this week but our main focus is to win the race. I know the car is there because this is the same machine that J.R. took to the final last season. I am also very excited to be double entering this weekend. This is just another way to keep me sharp behind the wheel.”

Career Stats: 193 starts, 236 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Eight starts; Six round wins; 11th in the point standings

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports from Don Schumacher Racing after Las Vegas in a full-time third Top Fuel entry; Additionally, Langdon is competing in the Super Comp category this weekend, his first Super Comp National Event this season (first since 2016 Atlanta)

 Troy Coughlin Jr

After successful test, Coughlin Jr. looks for improvement in Windy City

Noteworthy: 13th career pro event; a candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former two-time Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former six-time NHRA champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.); part of Coughlin family with 113 career wins

Last Event Recap (Norwalk): Qualified 14th; First round loss (Lost to Steve Torrence in the first round)

Quotable: “Chicago is one of my favorite tracks. We are coming off a few good laps from our last test session so the SealMaster Toyota team has some confidence going into this weekend.”

2017 Season Stats: 12 starts; Four round wins; ninth 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

Todd plans to start second half of the season strong  


Chicago Highlights: One final (2016)

Last Event Recap (Norwalk): Qualified 12th; First round loss (Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round)

2016 Chicago Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified seventh; Finalist (Defeated T.J. Zizzo in the first round, Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals and Tony Schumacher in the semifinals, lost to Antron Brown in the final)

Quotable: “Chicago is one of those tracks that when the conditions are right we can make some really good runs. This is a good place for our DHL team to get back on track and pick up some much needed points.”

Career Stats: 160 starts, 159 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 12 starts, One final (Charlotte); six round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 12 starts; One final (Charlotte-I); six round wins; ninth 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 Chicago pre-race notes

Last Event Recap (Norwalk): Qualified seventh; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Del Worsham in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarterfinals)

2016 Chicago Recap: Qualified third; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Brian Stewart in the first round, lost to Robert Hight in the quarterfinals)

Career Stats: 124 starts; 86 round wins; Four wins; Seven finals, Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Nine starts; Four round wins; 14th in the point standings

 

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta makes the Norwalk final

Race Recap: After suffering a tough first round loss to his teammate in Bristol, Doug Kalitta was looking for redemption at his home track.

The redemption started early. Kalitta earned five of the possible six bonus points in resetting his own track elapsed time record with a 3.709 second pass on Friday evening. This time, Kalitta's run would hold through Saturday's qualifying efforts and Kalitta would have his first no.1 qualifier of the season and 48th of his career. It was his third straight and fourth in the last five seasons at Norwalk. 

Kalitta would start race day in his Mac Tools ride versus the 16th qualifier Troy Buff. Kalitta and Buff left together, but the Mac Tools ride started pulling away early and clinched the first round win with the best elapsed time of the first round to give him lane choice over Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals.

In their 85th career matchup, Kalitta's Mac Tools Toyota and Schumacher were side-by-side early, but Jim Oberhofer, crew chief of the Mac Tools machine, had the right tune-up in place as Kalitta would again score the best elapsed time of the session and he would advance to the semi-finals with lane choice versus Leah Pritchett.  

Kalitta got the jump on Pritchett and never looked back. The Mac Tools ride recorded a 3.768 second pass to defeat Pritchett's 3.800. That moved Kalitta to the final for the second time this season and third time at his home track. He was stopped in the final in 2013 and scored his first Norwalk win in 2015.

Kalitta's final opponent was point leader Steve Torrence. It was a close race throughout the run but the win light would illuminate on Torrence's side of the track as he would get to the line four thousandths of a second before Kalitta's Mac Tools ride did.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 1 (3.709  sec., 327.43 mph) **TRACK RECORD ET**

E1: Kalitta defeated Buff - 3.749 sec., 329.99 mph to 8.421 sec., 82.77 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated Schumacher - 3.782 sec., 325.85 mph to 4.099 sec., 232.03 mph

E3: Kalitta defeated Pritchett - 3.768 sec., 328.62 mph to 3.800 sec., 314.46 mph

Final: Kalitta defeated by Torrence - 3.736 sec., 331.36 mph to 3.743 sec., 331.45 mph

Quotable: “Definitely disappointed to come up that close and not get the win for Mac Tools, Toyota and all of our great supporters. It felt great to run that strong all weekend, and I am confident the win is coming soon."

Point Standings: Fifth; trails Tony Schumacher by 75 points for fourth; leads Brittany Force by 47 points for sixth

Langdon

Langdon suffers close first round loss

Race Recap: Defending Norwalk race winner Shawn Langdon came into this season's running with momentum after a semi-final effort one race ago in Bristol.
Friday qualifying did not go the way the Global Electronic Technology team would have preferred as Langdon sat outside the qualified field going into Saturday. However, Langdon recorded two stellar passes on Saturday earning bonus points for his best, a 3.799, in the final session. The Global Electronic Technology Toyota would slot themselves in the 10th position for race day.

Langdon's first opponent was the man who held the 10th position in the standings coming into the race weekend, Terry McMillen. McMillen and Langdon were close at every timing mark down the track, but unfortunately, the Global Electronic Technology team needed a few more feet as they got to the line second by just seven thousandths of a second. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.799 sec., 320.66 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated by McMillen - 3.787 sec., 324.90 mph to 3.806 sec., 323.04 mph

Quotable: “It is just a bummer. Had a good car and it ran really well on Saturday. We made a great run first round. Not a good light by my standards. In qualifying, I was .050s to mid-.060s, and that was a .062; sometimes people take shots at the tree, and he took a shot, it stuck and we lost by seven thousandths of a second. It sucks. I am bummed for the Global Electronic Technology team because they did an excellent job this weekend. I'll take this week off to get my head right and come back for Chicago."

Point Standings: 11th; trails Scott Palmer by 108 points for 10th

Coughlin Jr

Coughlin Jr. falls in the first round

Race Recap: With many friends and family around, Delaware, Ohio native Troy Coughlin Jr. had Norwalk marked on his calendar for months.

The first three sessions of qualifying did not lead to the desired results for the SealMaster team as they set on the outside of the qualified field with one lap remaining. However, that did not faze the rookie driver as his last pass was clean and straight down the Norwalk surface. The 3.894 second run was good enough for the 14th qualified position. 

Unfortunately, the problems returned for the SealMaster driver in the first round of eliminations against Steve Torrence as Coughlin Jr.'s machine fell to near-immediate tire smoke. Coughlin Jr. pedaled, but Torrence was making a clean pass and he took that to the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 14 (3.894 sec., 313.37 mph) 

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Torrence - 8.501 sec., 87.48 mph to 3.786 sec., 326.32 mph

Quotable: “It is what it is. We are testing tomorrow and are going to make sure we have the SealMaster Toyota ready for Chicago."

Point Standings: Ninth; trails Terry McMillen by 13 points for eighth; tied with Scott Palmer for 10th

Todd

Todd sees progress despite early defeat

Race Recap: At the halfway mark of the season, J.R. Todd and the DHL team wanted to continue to show progress with the new tune-up on the DHL Toyota Camry.

The Camry was on a strong run in the lone evening session and then made two clean passes on Saturday, although they were not as quick as DHL co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith would have liked. The DHL team just missed getting their hot rod in the three-second bracket as their 4.002 second pass in the final Saturday qualifying session gave Todd the 12th spot on the qualifying sheet and a first round draw of Tommy Johnson Jr. 

Todd was away first with yet another solid reaction time. The DHL Toyota was clean to the stripe, but was unable to defeat Johnson Jr., who laid down one of the top three passes of the session. The DHL team will continue to learn tomorrow as they make several laps in testing. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 12 (4.002 sec., 320.89 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Johnson Jr. - 4.032 sec., 318.69 mph to 3.942 sec., 322.34 mph

Quotable: "We just didn't have enough in the first round for T.J. He ran a good lap. We just got behind after Friday. It was running really good then, and then the track got hot yesterday. Today, the first round was pretty good; we just didn't have enough. We will make some runs on Monday and hopefully get this DHL Toyota figured out by Chicago."

Point Standings: Ninth; trails Tim Wilkerson by 17 points for eighth; leads Cruz Pedregon by 77 points for 10th

DeJoria

DeJoria gains on top ten in the standings with round win

Race Recap: For the second week in a row, the Patrón team earned a spot in the top half of the qualifying field, starting Sunday seeded seventh. Three solid qualifying passes not only yielded the advantage of lane choice going into the first round of eliminations, but also a bonus point.
 
DeJoria’s first round matchup found her squaring off against former teammate and crew chief, Del Worsham. DeJoria had no trouble racing her way into round two, as her 3.972-second pass easily defeated Worsham’s tire smoking effort.
 
Unfortunately, DeJoria’s day would end at the quarterfinals. The Patrón Toyota Camry overpowered the track before the 660-foot cone, and her opponent Robert Hight was able to cross the finish line first and advance to the semifinals.
 
Despite the early exit, DeJoria was successful in gaining ground on the Top 10 points rankings, closing the margin from 70 to 50 points.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.943 sec., 318.77 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated Worsham - 3.972 sec., 324.75 mph to 7.528 sec., 98.54 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated by Hight - 4.741 sec., 180.16 mph to 3.978 sec., 321.73 mph

Point Standings: 14th; trails Jim Campbell by 28 points for 13th

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Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.730 sec. at 322.04 MPH
Q2: 3.709 sec. at 327.43 MPH
Q3: 4.574 sec. at 168.45 MPH
Q4: 4.180 sec. at 207.66 MPH

Bonus Points: 6 pts. (Second best of the first session, best of the second session)
Starting Position: 1st

First Round Matchup: Troy Buff

Quotable: “It has been a while since we have qualified first and there is no better place to do it than in your backyard. Looking forward to carry that momentum into tomorrow. It is a great starting spot for the Mac Tools Toyota team and we are pretty excited about it."
Note: This is Kalitta's first no.1 qualifier of the season and the 48th of his career. He ties Antron Brown for 15th all-time. Kalitta has won the no.1 qualifier at Norwalk the last three years and four of the last five seasons (2013, 2015, 2016). 

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Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 8.397 sec. at 90.16 MPH
Q2: 7.844 sec. at 95.61 MPH
Q3: 3.837 sec. at 319.60 MPH
Q4: 3.799 sec. at 320.66 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the final session)
Starting Position: 10th

First Round Matchup: Terry McMillen

Quotable: "We have consistently been getting better these last couple races. We have taken the car from where we were typically fifth or sixth each session, and have been steadily progressing. Today, we were fourth quick and then third quick. The Global Electronic Technology team has been doing a great job giving me a great race car. I am looking forward to tomorrow. We plan on going some rounds and keep closing the gap on the tenth spot."

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

Q1: 7.578 sec. at 92.35 MPH
Q2: 11.788 sec. at 70.69 MPH
Q3: 6.500 sec. at 92.40 MPH
Q4: 3.894 sec. at 313.37 MPH

Starting Position: 14th

First Round Matchup: Steve Torrence

Quotable: "With that last pass, you just have to leg it through there and do the best you can to get it in the show. We are happily in and are going to get this SealMaster Toyota ready for Sunday."

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

Q1: 4.461 sec. at 196.82 MPH
Q2: 4.119 sec. at 238.60 MPH
Q3: 4.061 sec. at 320.20 MPH
Q4: 4.002 sec. at 320.89 MPH

Starting Position: 12th

First Round Matchup: Tommy Johnson Jr.

Quotable: "So far the DHL Toyota has shown a lot of progress with the changes we have made a couple races ago. Last night, it was on a really good run, probably would have qualified in the top five, just had trouble keeping it in the groove and it spun the tires down track. Today, the track was hotter, but we went down it both runs. Hopefully that is a good sign for eliminations tomorrow."

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


Q1: 3.943 sec. at 318.77 MPH 
Q2: 7.132 sec. at 91.09 MPH
Q3: 4.043 sec. at 320.13 MPH
Q4: 4.057 sec. at 315.93 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the first session)
Starting Position: 7th

First Round Matchup: Del Worsham

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NORWALK, OHIO (June 23, 2017) – Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel dragster, took the track record and claimed the no.1 qualifying spot at Kalitta Motorsports' home track in Norwalk, Ohio, earlier this evening. 

Kalitta was strong in both sessions of qualifying in the home race for his primary sponsor, Mac Tools. In the early session, the Kalitta recorded a 3.730 second lap, which seeded the Mac Tools Toyota in the second spot after the early Friday session.

However, the Jim Oberhofer-led team was not done. The final pair to blaze down the Norwalk track surface, Kalitta earned a new track record 3.709 second pass that put him in the top spot at the end of Friday qualifying. Kalitta is looking for his first no.1 qualifying spot of the season.

"My record was taking a beating! But I was just hopeful that we could go up there and run strong. Fortunately, Jim and the Mac Tools Toyota guys had a great tune-up for the track tonight. The Mac Tools machine got to about half track and was really pulling. I knew it was on a good run. Great night! It is great to keep our record and see if we can keep it tomorrow."

If this holds, it would be Kalitta's fourth no. 1 qualifier in the past five seasons in Norwalk and his third in a row at the track based less than 100 miles from Kalitta Motorsports' home base in Ypsilanti, Mich.

The remainder of the five-car Kalitta Motorsports contingent also competed in qualifying. In Top Fuel, Troy Coughlin Jr. was 16th with Shawn Langdon in the 17th spot. Alexis DeJoria holds seventh in Funny Car and teammate J.R. Todd is 10th. 

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Kalitta desires another home track victory

Norwalk Highlights: Track Elapsed Time Record Holder (3.719 - set in 2016); One win (2015); One final (2013); Three No.1 qualifiers (2016, 2015, 2013)

Last Event Recap (Bristol): Qualified second; First round loss (Lost to Shawn Langdon in the first round)

2016 Norwalk Recap: Qualified first; Semi-finalist (First round bye, Defeated Pat Dakin the quarter-finals, lost to J.R. Todd in the semi-finals)

Quotable: “As an organization, we always want to do well at Norwalk with it being so close to our home base in Ypsilanti. We had a tough finish to a good weekend in Bristol, and we are definitely looking for redemption with this Mac Tools Toyota this weekend.”

Career Stats: 445 starts, 603 round wins (ninth 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); 14 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta has claimed the no.1 qualifier at Norwalk three of the past four seasons and was part of the third no.1 qualifier sweep with Del Worsham for Kalitta Motorsports last season.

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Langdon plans to deliver second straight Norwalk win

Norwalk Highlights: Defending race winner; One win (2016); One final (2014); One No.1 qualifier (2014)

Last Event Recap (Bristol): Qualified 15th; Semi-finalist (Defeated Doug Kalitta in the first round and Antron Brown in the quarter-finals, lost to Leah Pritchett in the semi-finals)

2016 Norwalk Recap (w/ DSR): Qualified seventh; Race Winner (Defeated Troy Buff in the first round, Antron Brown in the quarter-finals, Brittany Force in the semi-finals and J.R. Todd in the finals)

Quotable: “Definitely excited to get to Norwalk. Last week, the team had a great car with J.R. driving and that’s the car I am in now. Connie and Rob have a great tune for the hot weather track, so hopefully we can build on the momentum we gained in Bristol and get this Global Electronic Technology team into the top ten.”

Career Stats: 195 starts, 236 round wins, 14 wins, 28 finals, 18 no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Seven starts; Six round wins; 11th in the point standings

Noteworthy: Joined Kalitta Motorsports from Don Schumacher Racing after Las Vegas in a full-time third Top Fuel entry; Looking to claim second consecutive Norwalk trophy; Only driver other than teammate Doug Kalitta to win a no.1 qualifier at Norwalk since 2012

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Coughlin Jr. looks to shine at sponsor's home race

Noteworthy: 12th career pro event; 2013 Norwalk divisional Super Gas event winner; a candidate for Auto Club Road to Future trophy (best rookie driver); father is former two-time Pro Mod champion (Troy Coughlin Sr.); uncle is former six-time NHRA champion (Jeg Coughlin Jr.); part of Coughlin family with 113 career wins

Last Event Recap (Bristol): Qualified 14th; First round loss (Lost to Leah Pritchett in the first round)

Quotable: “Making progress. The SealMaster Toyota team saw improvement in Bristol, even if the numbers do not really show. It is the home race for SealMaster, so I am excited to have all of them there. They are great people and I am proud to represent a great company. Hopefully, we will give them four win lights on Sunday.”

2017 Season Stats: 11 starts; Four round wins; 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

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Last season's Top Fuel finalist, Todd, looks for redemption in the Funny Car 

Norwalk Highlights: One final (2016)

Last Event Recap (Bristol): Qualified 13th; First round loss (Lost to Courtney Force in the first round)

2016 Norwalk Recap (Top Fuel): Qualified fifth; Finalist (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, Leah Pritchett in the quarter-finals and Doug Kalitta in the semi-finals, lost to Shawn Langdon in the final.”

Quotable: “It is always good to be going back to a track that you have success at. Hopefully he get a handle on the DHL Toyota Camry. We have been testing some things the last couple races that showed some promise. It will be another hot racetrack, so it evens out the field. It will be a good opportunity to go some rounds and make up some points.” 

Career Stats: 163 starts, 159 round wins, 9 wins, 19 finals, 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 11 starts, One final (Charlotte); Six round wins)

2017 Season Stats: 11 starts; One final (Charlotte-I); six round wins; ninth 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

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DeJoria Norwalk pre-race notes

Last Event Recap (Bristol): Qualified seventh; First round loss (Lost to Ron Capps in the first round)

2016 Norwalk Recap: Qualified 12th; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Jack Beckman in the first round, lost to Courtney Force in the quarter-finals)

Career Stats: 123 starts; 85 round wins; Four wins; Seven finals, Four no.1 qualifiers

2017 Season Stats: Eight starts; Three round wins; 14th in the point standings 

Shawn Langdon Sunday

Langdon claims two more round wins in quest for top ten

Race Recap: The Global Electronic Technology team with driver Shawn Langdon came into Bristol looking to cut down the gap even more on the chase for the top ten in the standings. Statistically, Bristol was one of Langdon's best tracks as he had claimed victory at Thunder Valley two of the past three seasons.

Qualifying proved to be a struggle for the Global Electronic Technology team as tire smoke and dropped cylinders forced runs to be aborted. Langdon was able to sneak into the field in the 15th position, which forced a first round bout with his teammate Doug Kalitta.

The all-Team Kalitta pairing became a pedal fest as both drivers hit tire smoke at nearly the same point. Langdon pedaled and was able to regain traction and get to the stripe first. Defending champion Antron Brown was the next foe and Langdon again proved the master of pedaling as he was able to get his Global Electronic Technology dragster hooked back up to earn his second trip to the semi-finals this season.

In the semi-finals, Langdon got a reaction time advantage over his opponent, Leah Pritchett. However, Langdon's Global Electronic Technology machine suffered the loss of a cylinder and Pritchett's machine was running on all eight, which allowed her to drive around Langdon despite his excellent work at the starting line. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 15 (4.023 sec., 244.07 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Kalitta - 4.183 sec., 255.53 mph to 4.414 sec., 206.33 mph

E2: Langdon defeated Brown - 4.251 sec., 258.37 mph to 4.310 sec., 263.26 mph

E3: Langdon defeated by Pritchett - 3.901 sec., 308.00 mph to 3.798 sec., 319.90 mph

Quotable: “The track was very difficult. It threw a lot of curveballs at the crew chiefs this weekend and we did the best we could and tried to make the right calls. We were able to win some pedal-fests the first couple rounds and then we dropped a cylinder in the semis. We feel like we’re starting to roll. We made up some points toward trying to get in the top 10 for the Countdown, so we felt good about that.  We’re coming. We’re making moves. We’re learning every weekend. When we get this thing right, it’s going to be a bad hot rod.”

Point Standings: 11th; trails Terry McMillen by 101 points for 10th

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Kalitta on the wrong side of tough first round race versus teammate

Race Recap: After earning a semi-final finish in Englishtown, Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team turned to Bristol to continue that run of good fortune.

The strong performance continued in qualifying as the Mac Tools team set on the provisional no.1 qualifying spot after day one of the Thunder Valley Nationals. Kalitta nearly scored a record-earning first Bristol no.1 qualifier, but lost the top spot in the very last pass of the final qualifying session on Saturday, which ended up moving Kalitta to the second spot and a first round date with teammate Shawn Langdon. Kalitta's 326.71 MPH run did hold for top speed on the weekend.

In the tough first round draw, Kalitta was able to get the early advantage on Langdon. However, near the 330 foot mark, the Mac Tools ride began to lose traction. Kalitta pedaled twice but was unable to get the machine to corporate forcing him to lift and yield the round win to Langdon. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 2 (3.781 sec., 326.71 mph) 

E1: Kalitta defeated by Langdon - 4.414 sec., 206.33 mph to 4.183 sec., 255.53 mph 

Quotable: “The Mac Tools team saw some very tough conditions out there today, and Shawn just got to the line first. We will regroup and be ready to go in Norwalk in a couple days."

Point Standings: Fifth; trails Tony Schumacher by 123 points for fourth; leads Brittany Force by 29 points for sixth

Troy Coghlin Sunday 

Coughlin Jr. loses close first round race

Race Recap: With Englishtown in the rear-view mirror, the SealMaster team and driver Troy Coughlin Jr. looked to continue the growing process at his first race at Thunder Valley.

Qualifying did not go as planned as extreme conditions in Bristol caused several machines to have difficulty getting down the track. Coughlin was able to wheel the SealMaster machine to a 4.014 second pass and that was good enough to seed the SealMaster team in the 14th position. 

Their first opponent was Leah Pritchett. Coughlin Jr. was able to get the jump at the starting line. The SealMaster machine crossed the 60 foot and 330 foot marks still ahead, but soon after suffered tire smoke. Coughlin Jr. attempted to pedal twice, but the engine went silent and he was forced to watch Pritchett cross the line just in front of his dragster. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 14 (4.014 sec., 230.53 mph) 

E1: Coughlin Jr. defeated by Pritchett - 4.378 sec., 189.26 mph to 4.378 sec., 186.51 mph

Quotable: “It is a bummer the way the day ended up for the SealMaster Toyota. We are making strides. I am getting used to the car and how it acts; it is the first time we have pedaled it in eliminations. We will carry the momentum of experience on to Norwalk."

Point Standings: Eighth; trails Clay Millican by 196 points for seventh; leads Scott Palmer by 11 points for ninth

 JR Todd Sunday

Todd suffers opening round loss

Race Recap: The DHL team looked to continue to master a new tune-up at tricky Bristol Dragway. 

Despite rain showers in the forecast, the track stayed mostly dry and very hot all weekend. With track tempatures among the hottest we have seen this season, avoiding tire smoke was the key. The DHL team and J.R. Todd started strong with a bonus point earning run in the first session of qualifying and another clean run in the final session that gave them confidence heading into eliminations.

Todd's first draw was Courtney Force. Todd got the early advantage and led past the 60 foot mark before the DHL Toyota began dropping cylinders. Force was able to drive around Todd and take the opening round win.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 13 (4.067 sec., 307.72 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by C. Force - 4.305 sec., 240.89 mph to 4.132 sec., 255.43 mph

Quotable: "Definitely not the weekend we were looking for with the DHL Toyota Camry. It would have been awesome to win on Father's Day for my dad and Connie, but we will go on to Norwalk and keep working on this thing and hopefully keep protecting our spot in the top ten."

Point Standings: Ninth; trails Tim Wilkerson by 14 points for eighth; leads Cruz Pedregon by 79 points for 10th

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DeJoria defeated early in Bristol

Race Recap: The Tequila Patrón team and driver Alexis DeJoria ended qualifying strong at the Thunder Valley Nationals. As one of just seven drivers to dip into the 3-second range on the hot Bristol track surface, DeJoria claimed a bonus point and confidence heading into the first round of eliminations.

Defending Funny Car champion Ron Capps was the first draw. DeJoria's Toyota Camry dropped a cylinder early in the run which allowed Capps to blaze ahead and claim the round victory. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (3.998 sec., 295.08 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated by Capps - 4.246 sec., 278.75 mph to 4.104 sec., 315.34 mph

Point Standings: 14th; trails Jim Campbell by 51 points for 13th

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Brittany Force (2690)
2. Steve Torrence (2609)
3. Doug Kalitta (2553)
4. Antron Brown (2508)
5. Leah Pritchett (2452) 
6. Clay Millican (2419)
7. Shawn Langdon (2406)
8. Tony Schumacher (2395)
9. Terry McMillen (2310)
10. Scott Palmer (2218)

 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Robert Hight (2686)
2. Ron Capps (2588)
3. Courtney Force (2543)
4. Jack Beckman (2519)
5. Matt Hagan (2470)
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2452)
7. John Force (2388)
8. Tim Wilkerson (2296)
9. J.R. Todd (2282)
10. Cruz Pedregon (2178)

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