Just three points separated Doug Kalitta from his first championship, and this year proved to be another outstanding season for Toyota drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, with eight wins and three No. 1 qualifiers.
This year was a bounce-back season for Richie Crampton, who scored multiple race wins for the first time since 2015. Crampton earned his second straight Gatornationals win as the Top Fuel driver drove to the win in the 50th annual Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. After securing a Countdown to the Championship berth in Indianapolis, Crampton started the playoffs strong with a victory in Reading, Pennsylvania. That win moved him up four spots in the standings, and with a runner-up finish to his teammate, Kalitta, in the final race of the season, Crampton ended the year sixth in the point standings – his highest since 2015.
Antron Brown drove to another top 10 finish in the Top Fuel standings this season. Although he didn’t win a race this year, Brown scored two final round appearances – in Houston in April and Richmond in June.
Although 2018 Funny Car Champion J.R. Todd didn’t earn a second straight title, he did earn his third consecutive Las Vegas win as he drove to victory in the Four-Wide Nationals in April. Once achieving a playoff spot, Todd joined teammate Shawn Langdon in the final round at St. Louis. He finished in the runner-up spot that day and went on to finish the season seventh in the standings.