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Doug Kalitta Takes Mac Tools TF to Quarterfinals in Epping

Epping, NH – The Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel team and Doug Kalitta made the most out of their time at the NHRA New England Nationals racing to a quarterfinal finish. The team took advantage of two days of qualifying with Kalitta closing out qualifying with his quickest run of the weekend a 3.728 second at 329.50 mph pass to jump to the No. 4 position. He was sitting seventh with a 3.752 second pass before his final qualifying pass. It was the second quickest run of the third qualifying session. He also had the fourth quickest run of the second session on Saturday. The consistent runs had Kalitta and the Mac Tools team ready for race day.

In the first round Kalitta never trailed versus Cameron Ferre getting a starting line advantage of .073 to. 096 and the veteran driver made a smooth pass for the win. His winning time of 3.742 seconds at 330.23 mph gave Kalitta lane choice over his teammate Shawn Langdon in the second round.

In the quarterfinals Kalitta had a tough draw with Langdon and the DHL Toyota dragster in the opposite lane. Both veteran drivers took off together but as the Mac Tools dragster closed in on half-track his Goodyear tires lost traction. Langdon was on a smooth run and pulled away for the win.


“This Mac Tools race car has been good. It is just unfortunate to get beat by Shawn,” said Kalitta, a 49-time national event winner. “The good thing is at least one Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragsters moved on to the semis. We are making big strides. Qualifying better is a huge deal for me and all my Mac Tools guys. Our goal was to go some rounds and we are moving in the right direction. We will be ready for the next race. We are working to stay in the hunt.”

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 4 (3.728 sec., 329.50 mph)
Bonus points: +2 (2nd quickest of Q3)

Race Details:

First Round
Qual    Driver                                                  RT        ET        MPH
4          Doug Kalitta                                       .073     3.742   330.23 (W)
13        Cameron Ferre                                    .096     10.412 76.22

Second Round
Qual    Driver                                                  RT        ET        MPH
4          Doug Kalitta                                       .079     5.270   170.97
12        Shawn Langdon                                  .057     3.734   330.96 (W)

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