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Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report – Epping NHRA New England Nationals

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Pre-Race Report
Event 13: NHRA New England Nationals
New England Dragway – Epping, NH
July 6-8

doug kalittaKalitta looking to cross Epping off his list

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta

Epping Highlights: One final (2014); One no.1 qualifier (2013)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Norwalk Nationals): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Leah Pritchett in the first round)

2017 NHRA New England Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Steve Torrence in the first round)

Quotable: “I am really excited to get to Epping. The fans always pack the place out and the racing is great. My Mac Tools team is ready for a rebound and we are looking for a solid race this weekend.”

Career Stats: 470 starts; 640 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 93 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Three finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond); 17 round wins; fourth in the standings

Noteworthy: Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career; Epping is one of two tracks that Kalitta has not won at (Indianapolis), and the only track that Kalitta Motorsports has not won at

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richie cramptonCrampton plans to break back into the top ten in Epping

Richie Crampton

Richie Crampton

Last Event Recap (NHRA Norwalk Nationals): Qualified 10th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Pat Dakin in the first round, lost to Terry McMillen in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA New England Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “After a well deserved weekend off, my Kalitta Air/DHL team and I are ready to get back after it in Epping. It is one of our favorite races of the season. We love the way the fans get behind the race, and I cannot wait to strap in on Friday and get it started.”

Career Stats: 90 starts; 83 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

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

shalwn langdonLangdon excited for Epping weekend

Shawn Langdon

Shawn Langdon

Epping Highlights: One final (2013)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Norwalk Nationals): Qualified eighth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Del Worsham in the first round, lost to Courtney Force in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA New England Nationals Recap: Qualified sixth; Semifinalist (Defeated Dom Lagana in the first round and Smax Smith in the quarterfinals, lost to Brittany Force in the semifinals)

Quotable: “Epping is an awesome race track with a great fan base. I have been to a final before, but I would love to get Connie and Global Electronic Technology their first win this weekend and my first win in Funny Car.”

Career Stats: 217 starts; 255 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 12 starts; Eight round wins)

2018 Season: 12 starts; eight round wins; ninth in the standings

j r toddTodd ready for return to the winner’s circle

J.R. Todd

J.R. Todd

Last Event Recap (NHRA Norwalk Nationals): Qualified seventh; Semifinalist (Defeated Bob Tasca III in the first round and Ron Capps in the quarterfinals, lost to Matt Hagan in the semifinals)

2017 NHRA New England Nationals Recap: Qualified eighth; First round loss (Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round)

Quotable: “I am ready to hit the gas this weekend and hopefully keep our momentum going. It would be great to get Connie his first win in New Hampshire.”

Career Stats: 184 starts; 184 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 36 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; fifth in the point standings

Noteworthy: Todd will match his entire round win total from the 2017 season (18 round wins) with a first round win on Sunday
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Photos courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography, driver photos: NHRA

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About Kalitta Motorsports:

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with six world championships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

Team Kalitta fields four full-time entries in the NHRA Mello Yello nitro classes. Connie Kalitta’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster while former Rookie of the Year winner Richie Crampton drives the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster. In Funny Car, J.R. Todd is the driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car and Shawn Langdon pilots the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car. Connie Kalitta serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, Nicky Boninfante and Kurt Elliott on the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car, Rob Flynn on the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster and Jim Oberhofer leads the efforts on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster.

Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include ARP, AutoDesk CAM, Champion, Cogistics, Darton Sleeves, DHL, Global Electronic Technology, JEGS, Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Mac Tools, Racing Electronics, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Technicoat Companies, TMS Titanium, Toyota, WIX Filters and Ziebart.

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