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Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report - Dallas


Pre-Race Report

Event 21: Texas NHRA FallNationals
Texas Motorplex
Ennis, Texas
Oct. 4 - 7​






Kalitta aims to get back on track at Texas Motorplex
Dallas Highlights: Two wins (2002, 2013); One No.1 qualifier (2004)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Midwest Nationals): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to Antron Brown in the first round)

2017 Texas NHRA FallNationals Recap: Qualified fourth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Kebin Kinsley in the first round, lost to Brittany Force in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “We haven't gotten off to the start we had hoped for in the Countdown, but we have an excellent opportunity to win some rounds this weekend in Dallas and move up in the standings.”

Career Stats: 477 starts; 651 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 96 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Five finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond, Denver, Indianapolis); 28 round wins; sixth in the standings

Noteworthy: Kalitta would hit 50 career No. 1 qualifying positions if he takes the top spot in Dallas.​


Crampton sets sights on second career win in Ennis
Dallas Highlights: One win (2015)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Midwest Nationals): Qualified 11th; First round loss (Lost to Tony Schumacher in the first round)

2017 Texas NHRA FallNationals Recap: Qualified 8th, Quarterfinalist (Defeated Billy Torrence in the first round, lost to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “We've got things moving in the right direction to close out 2018, so we're hoping for a strong finish to the season."

Career Stats: 99 starts; 86 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); 11 round wins; 11th in the standings

Noteworthy: Dallas could mark the 100th career start for Crampton in the Top Fuel class.​


Langdon ready to go rounds at Texas Motorplex
Dallas Highlights: Two No. 1 qualifiers (2012, 2013 - Top Fuel)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Midwest Nationals): Qualified 10th; First round loss (Lost to J.R. Todd in the first round)

2017 Texas NHRA FallNationals Recap: Qualified seventh; Event runner-up (Defeated Clay Millican in the first round, Terry Haddock in the quarterfinals, Antron Brown in the semifinals, lost to Brittany Force in the final round)

Quotable: "We aren't completely out of the championship hunt, but we need to start off by qualifying better and then having some success in eliminations. We have had tough draws early in the last few races, but we are hoping for better success in Dallas.”

Career Stats: 226 starts; 261 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 20 starts; 14 round wins)

2018 Season: 20 starts; 14 round wins; Tenth in the standings​


Todd continues championship push at third race of Countdown
Last Event Recap (NHRA Midwest Nationals): Qualified seventh; Semifinalist (Defeated Shawn Langdon in the first round, Cruz Pedregon in the quarterfinals, lost to Tim Wilkerson in the semifinals)

2017 Texas NHRA FallNationals Recap: Qualified 14th; First round loss (Lost to Jack Beckman in the first round)

Quotable: “We're aiming to get as many qualifying points as we can this weekend, since we aren't too far out of the points lead. Each race is going to be extremely important for the rest of the season, and we know we have a shot at this thing.”

Career Stats: 192 starts; 197 round wins; 15 wins; 25 finals; 10 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 44 starts; Six wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); Six finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); 46 round wins)

2018 Season: Four wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston, Indianapolis, Reading); 30 round wins; Second in the point standings​

All photos are courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography.
 

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