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Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report - Chicago


Pre-Race Report

Event 09: JEGS Route 66 Nationals
Route 66 Raceway
Joliet, Ill.
June 1-3​






Kalitta wants another Chicago win
Chicago Highlights: Three wins (2006, 2004, 2002); Three no. 1 qualifiers (2014, 2003, 1999)

Last Event Recap (Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals): Qualified eighth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, lost to Clay Millican in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Route 66 Nationals Recap: Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

Quotable: “Route 66 Raceway is a track we always love going to. It is very close to home. This race starts our longest stretch of consecutive races and my Mac Tools team is ready to have a lot of success on this run.”

Career Stats: 466 starts; 634 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 93 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Two finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I); 11 round wins; fourth in the standings

2017 Season Recap: One win (Charlotte-II); Four finals (Pomona-I, Norwalk, Charlotte-II, St. Louis); Two no.1 qualifiers (Norwalk, Charlotte-II); 34 round wins; third in the standings

Noteworthy: Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career; current track MPH record holder (330.55 - set July 2016)​


Crampton looks for a turnaround this weekend in Windy City
Last Event Recap (Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Brittany Force in the first round)

2017 NHRA Route 66 Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “I cannot wait to get back in the Kalitta Air/DHL Toyota dragster at the legendary Route 66 Raceway on its 20th anniversary. We definitely have our sights set on winning rounds. With this being the first weekend of a four race swing, we are looking to start it out with some success.”

Career Stats: 86 starts; 80 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); Five round wins; ninth in the standings

2017 Season Stats: Seven starts; One final (Charlotte-II); Five round wins​


Langdon planning for some Chicago success
Last Event Recap (Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals): Qualified 10th; Semifinalist (Defeated Ron Capps in the first round and Jonnie Lindberg in the quarterfinals, lost to Robert Hight in the semifinals)

2017 NHRA Route 66 Nationals (Top Fuel) Recap: Qualified sixth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, lost to Clay Millican in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “Coming off of the semifinal finish in Topeka, the Global Electronic Technology team has momentum. We have made a lot of changes to the car and have some new things going on with Kurt coming aboard. I am excited to get to Chicago. It is a great facility and the fans are awesome.”

Career Stats: 213 starts; 253 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: Eight starts; Six round wins)

2018 Season: Eight starts; Six round wins; ninth in the standings

2017 Season Stats: 20 starts; Two finals (Dallas, Pomona II); 17 round wins; seventh in the point standings

Noteworthy: Kurt Elliott has been named assistant crew chief for Langdon beginning this weekend in Chicago. Elliott will team with crew chief Nicky Boninfante; Langdon won 2005 and 2006 JEGS All-Stars event in the Super Comp class​


Todd looks for first Route 66 triumph
Chicago Highlights: One final (2016)

Last Event Recap (Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals Nationals): Qualified fourth; Semifinalist (Defeated Dale Creasy in the first round and Jack Beckman in the quarterfinals, lost to Courtney Force in the semifinals)

2017 NHRA Route 66 Nationals Recap: Qualified 14th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Courtney Force in the first round, lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “I am looking forward to getting this four race swing going. Our DHL Camry runs well in the heat and I am hopeful this will play to our advantage.”

Career Stats: 180 starts; 178 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 32 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 29 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 11 round wins; fifth in the point standings

2017 Season Stats: 24 starts; Two wins (Sonoma, Indianapolis); Three finals (Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis); 18 round wins; ninth in the point standings​
 

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