The DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car team and J.R. Todd are looking forward to getting to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park this weekend and pick up one more round win at this year’s edition of the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Last season Todd and his DHL crew blasted through three tough rounds of racing after qualifying No. 5 only to miss out on the Wally when his Funny Car backfired and deployed the emergency shutoff equipment at the hit of the throttle.
“That was a tough loss for sure,” said Todd. “We had been running strong leading up to the final and I felt like we really had something for them in that race. You hate to lose like that but we put those kinds of things behind us. This season we are looking forward to getting back to Phoenix and getting four win lights on Sunday.”
Two weeks ago at the season opening NHRA Winternationals Todd and his DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car hit the ground running qualifying No. 8. In the first round they were out-dueled by veteran driver Tim Wilkerson to give them an early finish. Todd took the early exit in stride and immediately turned his attention to the Arizona Nationals. Continue reading
Heading into his second race of the 2020 season behind the wheel of the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster Shawn Langdon feels more comfortable and confident. With the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park just a few days away the 2013 NHRA Top Fuel world champion is looking to capitalize on his strong qualifying effort at the Winternationals.
“We came off the trailer with some strong runs on Friday a couple weeks ago,” said Langdon. “We were provisional No. 1 qualifier and then we hit a couple snags on Saturday. I think if we get more qualifying runs in Arizona we will be in great shape for race day.”
As the No. 4 qualifier at the Winternationals Langdon drew second generation nitro driver Justin Ashley in the first round. The conditions had changed dramatically and his DHL Kalitta Air dragster was a little too aggressive. Langdon had to pedal his hot rod to try and stay in the race. It was good practice for Langdon who looked at the first round upset philosophically at the end of the day. Continue reading
The second race of the season will see Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team in a familiar and also new position heading to the NHRA Arizona Nationals. For the third year in a row Kalitta will head to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park as the points leader and the most recent event winner. The two go hand in hand naturally but the twist this year is no Top Fuel driver had ever won three Winternationals in a row before Kalitta secured his win two weeks ago.
“You love to start the season with a win and getting three Winternationals wins in a row is definitely special,” said Kalitta. “I love racing in Pomona and we have had a lot of success on that track. We are going to look to take this success with us to Phoenix and try and keep this winning streak going.”
In Pomona Kalitta qualified No. 5 and then took out a tough quartet of rising stars in the Top Fuel ranks. His reaction times were dead-on all day on Sunday including a .038 in the final round against 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future winner Austin Prock. In the semifinals against Brittany Force Kalitta got the jump off the line and laid down a blistering 3.675 second pass to get the win. It was the second quickest pass of the day and brought the Pomona crowd to their feet. Continue reading
Pomona, CA – Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster continued their mastery of the NHRA Winternationals and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona winning the season opening race for the third consecutive year. The team extended its round win streak to twelve rounds going back to last year’s Winternationals, the season finale Auto Club Finals and today’s event. Kalitta will leave Pomona with the Mello Yello points lead and the confidence earned by defeating the No. 1 and No. 2 qualifiers on the way to the winner’s circle.
“It was definitely an interesting day,” said Kalitta in the Shav Glick Media Center. “There was a lot of close racing today. You’ve got people up their trying to tear the tree down on you, so it makes you a little bit nervous. It worked out really well for us. I’m just so proud of my Mac Tools Toyota guys. They busted their tails today. We tore up a few parts, but it was all good. To win the 60th Winternationals is pretty special. Connie (Kalitta) was here at the first one and he’s here with us and I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s created an amazing legacy out here and I’m just glad this is one of our better tracks.”
The win today was Kalitta’s 48th career Top Fuel win. He was racing in his fifth consecutive final round at the Winternationals. The success at the race track located just outside Los Angeles has made Kalitta feel quite at home on the west coast. Putting a finger on the how and why of the success is something Kalitta has been unable to ascertain.
KALITTA, BECKMAN AND COUGHLIN SCORE START THE SEASON WITH AT THE 60TH ANNUAL LUCAS OIL NHRA WINTERNATIONALS PRESENTED BY PROTECTTHEHARVEST.COM
POMONA, CA – For the third straight time, Doug Kalitta took home a national event win at the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. Sunday’s win marks Kalitta’s 48th career win, placing him fifth in wins on the all-time Top Fuel list.
Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) also took home event wins in their respective categories, marking the first time in NHRA history that the winners from the Auto Club Finals also took home wins at the Winternationals.
Top Fuel veteran Kalitta went 3.698-seconds at 330.23 mph in his Mac Tools dragster to defeat JFR’s Austin Prock in the final round at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Kalitta has won four of the last five races at the track and has advanced to five final rounds in a row at the Winternationals. Kalitta defeated Brandon Welch, Justin Ashley and former world champion Brittany Force to advance to the finals on Sunday.
POMONA, CA – Doug Kalitta defeated Austin Prock in the final to become the first Top Fuel driver in history to win three consecutive Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in the 60th running of the event at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Sunday. Toyota Top Fuel drivers have now won eight of the last 11 Winternationals.
In the opening round of the day, Kalitta squared off with rookie Brandon Welch. Kalitta had a slight lead at the tree before rattling the tires and being forced to pedal it for the win. He would match-up with Justin Ashley in round two. Once again, he had an advantage at the light and never trailed in advancing to the semifinals. That set up an epic semifinal between the Mac Tools Toyota driver and pole-sitter Brittany Force. For the third straight race Kalitta had an advantage at the starting line and never trailed in nipping Force with a 3.675 to a 3.680 as both cars clocked in at more than 329 mph.
In the finals against Prock, Kalitta was once again out of the gate first with a stellar .038-second reaction time and then drove straight down the groove for the victory with a 3.698-second pass for his 48th career Top Fuel win. Kalitta closed out the event by running his two quickest passes of the weekend in his final two runs.