Epping, NH – Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools Top Fuel team roll into the NHRA New England Nationals with a recent runner-up finish and a very dominant race car. Two weeks ago Kalitta blasted through a tough field of Top Fuel teams at the rain delayed NHRA SpringNationals in Houston to race to his second final round of the season. The Mac Tools team will be heading to New England Dragway looking to capture some of the success they had early in the event’s history.
In 2014, the second year the NHRA was racing at the track just north of Boston, Kalitta drove to the final round. The previous year at the inaugural race the Mac Tools Top Fuel team was the No. 1 qualifier.
“We had some pretty good races the first couple of years we started coming up to New England,” said Kalitta. “We have run pretty well here we just need to get some more win lights on Sunday. This Mac Tools team has been really strong all season and we have a couple runner-up finishes and some low qualifiers. I have a lot of confidence coming into this race.”
Epping, NH – The last time Shawn Langdon was racing at the NHRA New England Nationals he was sitting behind the 11,000 horsepower motor of his Toyota Camry Funny Car. It was 2019 and Langdon raced to the final round beating Jim Campbell, Robert Hight and Tim Wilkerson before getting edged out by Matt Hagan. This year Langdon will be back in in New England racing the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster with Connie Kalitta calling the tuning shots.
“When you are racing with Connie Kalitta as your crew chief you have a lot of confidence every time you go out on the track,” said Langdon, the 2020 U.S. Nationals champion. “We have been running really well most of the season and we are going round every race.”
Langdon started the season with a runner-up finish at the historic Gatornationals and has since collected two more semifinal finishes and a quarterfinal finish. Two weeks ago in Houston it was an all-Kalitta Motorsports semifinal with Langdon squaring off against teammate Doug Kalitta.
Epping, NH – When J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota Camry rolled into New England Dragway in 2019 they established themselves as the quickest Funny Car on the property running to the No. 1 qualifier position. This year, almost two years later Todd will be looking to add New England Nationals event winner to his resume. The 2018 NHRA Funny Car world champion, who is currently No. 2 in the Camping World Drag Racing Series Funny Car point standings, is looking to add his second win of the season this weekend.
“We have gotten off to a great start with this DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car,” said Todd, following a quarterfinal finish at the SpringNationals in Houston. “We won the first race of the season at the Gatornationals and followed that up with a semifinal finish in Atlanta and a runner-up in Charlotte at the Four-Wide Nationals. I feel really good about how well the team is working together and the kind of performance we are bringing to the races.”
Todd has only started one race from outside the top half of the field this season when he was the No. 9 qualifier in Las Vegas. He still managed to make a run to the second round of that event. So far he has collected three top six qualifiers including the No. 1 qualifier at the final Southern Nationals in Atlanta.
EPPING, NH – A strong and consistent start to the season has John Force and the PEAK / BlueDEF Chevrolet Camaro SS team sitting comfortable in the top three of the NHRA Camping World Championship points standings as they head to New England Dragway for the TascaParts.com NHRA New England Nationals June 11-13.
In the first four events of the 2021 season, Force and his Daniel Hood and Tim Fabrisi led PEAK / BlueDEF team had steadily worked their way to victory starting with a quarterfinal finish at the season opening Gatornationals. At the first four-wide event of 2021 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Force would qualify No. 2 and at the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, Force and his PEAK / BlueDEF team would make their 257th final round appearance. Force earned his 161st No. 1 qualifying position before continuing his dominance into race day at the NHRA Four Wide-Nationals at zMAX Dragway and coming out with his 152nd national event victory.
Heading to New England Dragway, Force will be looking to get back to his consistent and steady form after a first-round exit at a rain plagued NHRA SpringNationals in Houston.
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EPPING, NH – Matt Hartford turned around his 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season with a victory at the most recent race in Houston. Now, the challenge for the Pro Stock veteran will be trying to keep that rolling in a loaded class at this weekend’s TascaParts.com NHRA New England Nationals presented by Bandero Premium Tequila at New England Dragway.
With a host of standouts in Pro Stock, the racing continues to be as close as ever. Hartford faced the brunt of that early in the year, but he rose to the occasion in Houston driving his Total Seal/CIP 1 Chevrolet Camaro. Repeating that won’t be easy during Pro Stock’s first appearance in Epping since 2018, but Hartford promises to be ready to try.
“We just need to keep our head down and capitalize on the little bit of momentum we’ve built,” Hartford said. “Our entire team realizes we had some good fortune go our way in Houston and hopefully that can continue. In Pro Stock, the cars are so closely matched. You’re winning and losing by inches, and you really have to be able to perform when it counts.”
EPPING, NH – Robert Hight and the AAA New England Chevrolet Camaro team are coming into the TascaParts.com NHRA New England Nationals tied for fifth in points after jumping four spots when they ended a string of bad luck with their first victory of the season at the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston. They’ll look for another jump in points as they head to New England Dragway in Epping, N.H. June 11-13.
Hight and the AAA New England team started the 2021 NHRA Camping World Series season with a runner-up finish at the Gatornationals and in Las Vegas, the first four-wide event of the season, they were quickest each of the qualifying rounds and bettered themselves with low ET of the event during the first round of eliminations. It was in Atlanta at the NHRA Southern Nationals that the team ran into trouble to only qualify 12th and have a first-round exit. The gremlins continued at the four-wide event at zMAX Dragway, Hight and the AAA team qualified 15th and had another early exit.
After two disappointing race finishes, the AAA New England team were back in championship form when they raced to their first victory of the season at Houston Raceway Park. The 52nd win of Hight’s career tied him with Top Fuel driver Joe Amato for 12th on the all-time win list.
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Kalitta Closing In On Milestone…Doug Kalitta advanced to his second final round appearance of the season at the most recent NHRA event in Houston. Now, if the Mac Tools Toyota driver can register one additional round win this weekend in Epping he would become just the fifth driver in history to register 50th Top Fuel wins. Kalitta is just three victories away from tying Antron Brown and Joe Amato for third all-time.
Brown Looks For Second New England Win…Antron Brown will be shooting for his second career victory at the New England Dragway this weekend after winning the 2016 New England Nationals by defeating Steve Torrence in the finals. Should the long-time Toyota driver triumph this weekend, it would be his third victory in the last six Camping World Drag Racing Series events after closing out 2020 with a win in Las Vegas and then taking home the Wally earlier this year at Atlanta.