As the NHRA world heads into the Thanksgiving holiday Kalitta Motorsports would like to thank all our media members for their support. We will continue to engage with you and be available throughout the off-season. To that point J.R. Todd, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, took a look back at a trying 2020 NHRA season but one the 2018 Funny Car champion is happy was completed. He also looks ahead to the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and a promising chase...
PLAINVIEW, NY (November 24, 2020) --- Continuing a busy off-season of marketing partnership additions and renewals, 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year Justin Ashley announced today that Auto Shocker™, Biocide Systems’™ best odor eliminator on the market, has renewed their associate sponsor agreement on the Strutmasters.com Top Fuel team for the 2021 NHRA Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series. Auto Shocker has been aligned with Justin Ashley since the end of the 2019...
Driver of the Strutmasters.com powered by MANSCAPED™ Top Fuel dragster and 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year and Justin Ashley took some time to reflect on his successful rookie season. The young driver also looked ahead to a longer than usual off-season as well as his plans and goals for the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season which will begin in March. Was your rookie season what you expected?
Justin Ashley - “I think my rookie season went according to plan. It met and really exceeded my wildest expectations. Going into the year we wanted to run 12 races and we wanted to give ourselves an opportunity to win at every race, but at the same time we were realistic. We knew that in the Top Fuel category these are the best drivers in the world. These are the...
KALITTA MOTORSPORTS ADDS IDT AND OUTER CIRCLE AS PREMIER SPONSORS
YPSILANTI, MI (November 19, 2020) --- Kalitta Motorsports has added two premier level sponsors for the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season bringing on Ion Defense Technologies (IDT) and Outer Circle Motorsports wear, to the multi-time world championship organization. IDT will be recognized as the premier face covering sponsor and Outer Circle Motorsports wear will be the premier team apparel provider. Both companies will begin supplying Kalitta Motorsports immediately with products and apparel.
STRUTMASTERS.COM EXTENDS SPONSORSHIP WITH JUSTIN ASHLEY
PLAINVIEW, NY (November 17, 2020) --- National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Rookie of the Year Justin Ashley announced today that Strutmasters.com will continue its marketing and sponsorship relationship with the Davis Motorsports Top Fuel team. The marketing partnership will cover the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season beginning with the historic Gatornationals, March 21-22, 2021. Strutmasters.com and owner Chip Lofton back a number of NHRA competitors throughout the various NHRA classes and his involvement with Justin Ashley Racing remains strong.
“I am thankful for the support Chip Lofton and Strutmasters.com continue to provide our team,” Ashley said. “They have been with us from the beginning and we wouldn’t be in...
Matt Hagan Crowned 2020 NHRA Funny Car World Champion
Hagan Join Illustrious Group by Clinching Third Funny Car Title
LAS VEGAS (November 1, 2020) – Don Schumacher Racing driver Matt Hagan was crowned the 2020 NHRA Camping World Funny Car champion on Sunday during the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, the 37-year-old clinched his third Funny Car title in the semifinals to capture championship No. 18 for...
LAS VEGAS (October 31, 2020) --- In one of the most unusual years in NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series history Top Fuel racer Justin Ashley prevailed as the 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year. The 25-year-old from Plainview, New York, raced his Strutmasters.com Top Fuel dragster powered by MANSCAPED™ to a victory in the rain delayed NHRA Summernationals, qualified for every national event during the eleven race season, led the category in reaction time advantage and secured ten round wins. Second generation Pro Stock racers Mason McGaha and Kyle Koretsky were also eligible for the award which was voted on by a national panel of motorsports journalists.
“This is a huge honor and I have to thank my family...
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DEJORIA CLOSES WITH A FLOURISH
Takes ROKiT Phones/ABK Beer Toyota Camry to the Semifinals at Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Buoyed by an impressive late season run that included semifinal appearances in three of the last four races in an abbreviated NHRA Camping World championship series, Alexis DeJoria left The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday counting down the days until the 2021 season opener.
After qualifying third and once more taking her ROKiT Phones/ABK Beer Toyota Camry to the semifinals, the former U.S. Nationals Funny Car champion ran afoul of newly-crowned series champ Matt Hagan, who prematurely ended her bid in the 20th annual Dodge Finals.
Although she failed to add a third LVMS victory to her resume, the Texas resident nevertheless was exhilarated by her car’s consistency over the last two months during which she put together the best five-race qualifying performance of her professional career.
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TORRENCE WINS CAMPING WORLD TITLE
Joins Schumacher and Amato as Winner of Three Straight NHRA Top Fuel Titles
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Steve Torrence did what was necessary Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway but fell just short of winning for the 41st time in his professional drag racing career.
The 37-year-old Texan drove his Capco Contractors dragster into the final round at the season-ending 20th annual Dodge Finals but couldn’t add the icing to the championship he celebrated with family and crew including injured teammate Dom Lagana, who texted congratulations from his hospital bed in Indianapolis.
Torrence clinched the very first Camping World championship in somewhat anticlimactic fashion when his principal rival for the title, veteran Doug Kalitta, lost a heartbreaking first round race to Rookie-of-the-Year Justin Ashley.
That rendered moot the myriad other possible title scenarios and made Torrence just the third driver in NHRA...
SEMIFINAL FINISH CAPS STRONG ROOKIE SEASON FOR ASHLEY
LAS VEGAS (November 1, 2020) --- Justin Ashley’s race weekend started with the first year racer being award NHRA Rookie of the Year after the first qualifying session yesterday. Ashley, driver the Strutmasters.com Top Fuel dragster powered by MANSCAPED™, finished Saturday as the No. 12 qualifier after a couple of uncharacteristic qualifying runs. Crew chief Aaron Brooks tuned up his dragster overnight in anticipation of good racing conditions and more run data evaluation.
The reflection on the tune up paid off in a first round upset win over Doug Kalitta. Ashley ran low elapsed time of the event 3.700 seconds to get the win and even his win/loss record against the...
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TORRENCE ON CUSP OF THIRD TITLE
Point Leader Drives Capco Contractors Dragster in 2020 Season Finale
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Steve Torrence’s path to an historic third straight NHRA Top Fuel Championship is not a circuitous one. In fact, all the driver of the Capco Contractors dragster must do at this week’s season-ending 20th annual Dodge Finals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is exactly what he’s been doing.
Despite the fact that the Finals will award drivers one-and-a-half times as many points as any other event in the Camping World series, the reality is that if Torrence qualifies third or better on Saturday and wins his first-round match on Sunday, he’ll lock up another championship and once again relegate Doug Kalitta to bridesmaid status.
What’re the odds? Suffice it to say that on a weekend when the Kansas City Chiefs are hosting the hapless and winless New York Jets in pro football, Torrence still is the closest thing you can find to a...
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DEJORIA BETTING ON A BIG FINISH
Five-Time Tour Winner Drives ROKiT/ABK Toyota on Her Favorite Track
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – With earlier mechanical issues apparently resolved, Alexis DeJoria and her ROKiT Phones/ABK Beer Toyota Camry loom as the biggest threat to the continued Funny Car dominance of Don Schumacher Racing this week when an abbreviated version of the NHRA Camping World tour speeds to a close at the 20th annual Dodge Finals.
Contested at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a track on which DeJoria has enjoyed her greatest success, the series finale provides the five-time tour winner and her crew chiefs, Del Worsham and Nicky Boninfante, an opportunity to show off what they’ve learned in a season meant to lay the foundation for a serious championship run in 2021.
“Words can’t describe how much I’m looking forward to this weekend with this Toyota and this race team on that racetrack,” she said.
NHRA® Team Report
Dodge® NHRA Finals – Las Vegas
Cruz Pedregon and team are looking ahead to the upcoming Dodge® NHRA Finals in Las Vegas with the fortitude brought on by the tragic loss of a team member and co-crew chief in wanting to honor his memory. Eric Lane was killed in an off-track accident last week and the team has been fighting through the emotions to do what they say he would have wanted them to do in the last race of the season.
"It still hasn't fully settled in with us, so we're pressing on to implement so many of the things 'Hop' helped us with in doing away with the things that weren't working on the car, keeping the good, and trying several new things," Cruz says. "His impact during his short time with the team is already paying off in the success we had last weekend -- making the best pass of our 2020 season and coming so close to a semi's win only to be denied it by a one-second hole shot."
SEASON FINALE CAPS STRONG ROOKIE SEASON FOR JUSTIN ASHLEY
MELVILLE, NY (October 27, 2020) --- As his rookie season comes to a close this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Justin Ashley, driver of the Strutmasters.com Top Fuel dragster powered by MANCAPED™, has checked the boxes on most of his rookie goals. Entering the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season almost nine months ago the 25 year-old driver could never have anticipated all the ups and downs that transpired. Through all the starts and stops Ashley and his team never lost focus and were able to contend for the championship and have a chance at a Top Five finish this weekend.
“We were only planning on running 12 races this season when the 24 race schedule was released. Our...