Category Archives: Kalitta Racing

Kalitta Racing–Heartland Park Topeka

Post-Race Report
Event 08: Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals
Heartland Park Topeka
Topeka, Kan.
May 19-21

Kalitta hits milestone in first round win
Race Recap: The Mac Tools team arrived in Heartland Park Topeka looking for a repeat in last year’s winning fortune.

Qualifying was uncharacteristically rough for the Mac Tools team and Doug Kalitta. They made one clean pass in the three available attempts after Friday evening’s session was cancelled due to weather. However, the one run was a good one as it earned Kalitta the seventh starting spot. Continue reading Kalitta Racing–Heartland Park Topeka

Kalitta Earns Milestone Round Win

Post-Race Report
Event 07: NHRA Southern Nationals
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 5-7

Kalitta earns milestone round win
Race Recap: Doug Kalitta came back to the site of one of his most exciting wins, last season’s near tie with his teammate J.R. Todd, which was the closest finish in NHRA history. The Mac Tools team were looking for a repeat.

Kalitta and the Mac Tools team were solid again in qualifying earning another top five start with their 3.764 second effort in the afternoon qualifying session on Saturday. That gave him the fifth starting spot and a first round pairing with Chris Karamesines. Continue reading Kalitta Earns Milestone Round Win

Pre-Race Report Event 06: NHRA 4-Wide Nationals

Pre-Race Report
Event 06: NHRA 4-Wide Nationals
zMax Dragway
Charlotte
April 28-30

Kalitta looks to claim first Charlotte Wally
Charlotte Highlights: Three finals (Fall 2016, Fall 2010, Spring 2010); One no. 1 qualifier (Fall 2016)

Last Event Recap (Houston): Qualified third; Quarter-final finish (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, lost to Leah Pritchett in the quarter-finals)

2016 4-Wides Recap: Qualified fourth; Third in final quad (Defeated Smax Smith and Scott Palmer in the first quad and Steve Torrence and Tony Schumacher in the second quad, lost to Brittany Force in the final quad.) Continue reading Pre-Race Report Event 06: NHRA 4-Wide Nationals

Post-Race Report Event 05: NHRA SpringNationals Royal Purple Raceway Houston April 21-23

DeJoria continues run of opening round success
Race Recap: After picking up her first round win of the season in Las Vegas, DeJoria was looking for more in Texas, her adopted home state.

DeJoria started out qualifying strong with a solid pass that earned her two bonus points. The Tequila Patrón team closed with an even better run that earned her the ninth starting spot.

DeJoria and her foe, Tim Wilkerson, were the last nitro pair to see the track. The Tequila Patrón Camry was straight and true down the track giving DeJoria her second straight opening round win after Wilkerson encountered immediate issues. In the quarter-finals, DeJoria was able to get the jump on her opponent, Courtney Force, but was unable to make a clean pass yielding the round win to Force. Continue reading Post-Race Report Event 05: NHRA SpringNationals Royal Purple Raceway Houston April 21-23

Defending Houston event champion Kalitta has potential for major career milestone

Defending Houston event champion Kalitta has potential for major career milestone
Houston Highlights: Defending event champion; Only driver in Top Fuel history with back-to-back wins at Houston; Three wins (2016, 2015, 2003); Three no.1 qualifiers (2013, 2003, 2002)

Last Event Recap (Las Vegas): Qualified third; Semi-finalist (Defeated Steve Chrisman in the first round and Clay Millican in the quarter-finals, lost to Tony Schumacher in the semi-finals) Continue reading Defending Houston event champion Kalitta has potential for major career milestone

Kalitta Motorsports–Las Vegas

Post-Race Report
Event 04: NHRA Las Vegas Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas
March 31 – April 2

Kalitta earns second consecutive semi-final result
Race Recap: After earning a semi-final finish at the Gatornationals, Kalitta and the Mac Tools team turned to Las Vegas where he had seen much success. However, the talented driver was still searching for his first spring Vegas win to add to his two Toyota Nationals triumphs.

Kalitta failed to make a clean pass on Friday, but the Mac Tools team more than made up for it on Saturday. They earned five of the possible six bonus points with two solid passes. The best, a 3.758, moved him all the way to third overall. Continue reading Kalitta Motorsports–Las Vegas

Kalitta Racing Gainesville Pre-Race

Pre-Race Report
Event 03: Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, Fla.
March 17-19, 2017

Kalitta desires fourth Gator triumph
Gainesville Highlights: Three wins (2014, 2005, 2000); Two no.1 qualifiers (2013, 2003)

Last Event Recap (Phoenix): Qualified fifth; First round defeat (Lost to Shawn Reed in the first round)

2016 Gatornationals Recap: Qualified eighth; First round defeat (Lost to Dave Connolly in the first round) Continue reading Kalitta Racing Gainesville Pre-Race

Kalitta–Arizona Nationals Advance

Pre-Race Report
Event 02: Arizona Nationals
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Chandler, Ariz.
Feb. 24-26, 2017

Track record holder, Kalitta, looks to build on strong 2017 start
Phoenix Highlights: One win (2001); Three finals (2015, 2010, 2004); Four no.1 qualifiers (2016, 2014, 2013, 2003); Track Elapsed Time Record Holder (3.716 sec.)

Last Event Recap (Pomona): Qualified second; Finalist (Defeated Steve Faria in the first round, Terry McMillen in the quarter-finals and Antron Brown in the semi-finals, lost to Leah Pritchett in the finals.) Continue reading Kalitta–Arizona Nationals Advance

Kalitta makes plans for second straight Pomona win

Pre-Race Report
Event 01: Circle K Winternationals
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 10-12, 2017

Kalitta makes plans for second straight Pomona win
Pomona Highlights: Two wins (Fall 2016, Spring 2009); Six finals (Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2010, Spring 2004, Fall 1999); Six no.1 qualifiers (Spring 2014, Fall 2006, Fall 2004, Spring 2004, Spring 2003, Spring 2001)

2016 Winternationals Event Recap: Qualified second; Finalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, Antron Brown in the quarter-finals, J.R. Todd in the semi-finals, lost to Steve Torrence in the finals.)
Continue reading Kalitta makes plans for second straight Pomona win