Kalitta defeated in close quarterfinal race

Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team earned a round win earlier today at the U.S. Nationals.

The Mac Tools team were extremely solid in qualifying as Kalitta claimed seven bonus points in the first three sessions. Kalitta would eventually earn the fifth starting spot and a first round draw of his new teammate, Richie Crampton.

In the first round, Kalitta and Crampton would leave side-by-side, but Kalitta’s Mac Tools machine dropped a cylinder early on. However, Crampton encountered issues, and Kalitta was able to drive back around and claim the round win.

However, Kalitta would earn only one round win at this edition of the U.S. Nationals. He got the jump on Tony Schumacher in the second round, but Schumacher was able to drive back around and earn the round win. 

Qualified: No. 5 (3.682 sec., 329.42 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated Crampton – 3.874 sec., 315.56 mph to 4.084 sec., 207.75 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Schumacher – 3.757 sec., 325.30 mph to 3.734 sec., 328.78 mph

Quotable: “Very frustrating to end our U.S. Nationals with a early loss. However, we did move up in the standings which was a goal. We have a great Mac Tools machine for the Countdown and I know we will be one to watch for this title.”

Point Standings: Fifth; trails Tony Schumacher by 10 points for fourth; leads Brittany Force by 10 points for sixth.

Team Kalitta PR

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