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Team Kalitta Post-Qualifying Report – Las Vegas NHRA Toyota Nationals

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Post-Qualifying Report
Event 23: NHRA Toyota Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, Nev.
October 26 – 28

Doug kalittaDoug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

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Doug Kalitta

Q1: 10.520 sec. at 94.45 MPH
Q2: 3.790 sec. at 321.50 MPH
Q3: 3.742 sec. at 326.00 MPH
Q4: 4.621 sec. at 163.55 MPH

Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Richie Crampton

Quotable: “We have not had the most consistent weekend so far, but this is a track we feel confident at. This Mac Tools team is going to take things one round at a time and look to close out this season on a positive note.”
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richie cramptonRichie Crampton, driver of the CRAFTSMAN Top Fuel Dragster

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Richie Crampton

Q1: 5.406 sec. at 125.73 MPH
Q2: 3.799 sec. at 318.39 MPH
Q3: 5.226 sec. at 130.53 MPH
Q4: 4.924 sec. at 144.12 MPH

Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Doug Kalitta

Quotable: “This has been a tricky weekend for us so far, but we had one strong run on Friday that gives us some confidence. This Craftsman team is going to continue learning and getting better and we will see what happens in these final two races.”

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

Shawn Langdon

Shawn Langdon

Q1: 3.969 sec. at 321.27 MPH
Q2: 3.997 sec. at 315.42 MPH
Q3: 4.115 sec. at 250.55 MPH
Q4: 3.965 sec. at 319.67 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Robert Hight

Quotable: “We’ve got a tough first-round matchup tomorrow. Obviously, we know we can help out our teammate with a win in the first round, but our focus is on our car. We have had a pretty consistent car this weekend, and we are going to try and keep that consistency going tomorrow.”

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

J.R. Todd

J.R. Todd

Q1: 4.389 sec. at 200.65 MPH
Q2: 4.301 sec. at 225.33 MPH
Q3: 3.911 sec. at 327.19 MPH
Q4: 3.926 sec. at 320.43 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second best of the third session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Richard Townsend

Quotable: “It was really important to get that first run down the track, we knew we could do it. We just had an issue on Friday that doesn’t normally happen. We got some bonus points as well to cut into Robert’s lead a little bit. Now we need to go out and try to turn on four win lights tomorrow.”
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Photos courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography, driver photos: NHRA

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Sunday, October 28th – 7:00pm – 10:00pm EST – FS1

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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 CRAFTSMAN 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 CRAFTSMAN Top Fuel dragster and Troy Fasching 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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