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NHRA

Dec 9 - 2019
Read Time 3 Min

Season In Review: NHRA

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. Team celebration.Season In Review: NHRA

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.

In Top Fuel, Doug Kalitta was amongst the leaders for the majority of the season. He started the year with his second straight NHRA Winternationals Wally which vaulted Kalitta to the top spot in the standings.
In Top Fuel, Doug Kalitta was amongst the leaders for the majority of the season. He started the year with his second straight NHRA Winternationals Wally which vaulted Kalitta to the top spot in the standings. He maintained a spot inside the top five throughout the balance of the regular season until the biggest drag race of the year: the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. For more than 20 years, Kalitta had tried to claim the U.S. Nationals crown, and this year was finally his year where his second win of the season hurdled him to the second seed in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. He had an up-and-down Countdown, however he still had a shot at the title at the season-finale. Kalitta did all he could as he drove to his third win of the season, but came up just three points short. It was the fifth time Kalitta would be runner-up to the title.
Doug Kalitta maintained a spot inside the top five throughout the balance of the regular season until the biggest drag race of the year: the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. For more than 20 years, Kalitta had tried to claim the U.S. Nationals crown, and this year was finally his year where his second win of the season hurdled him to the second seed in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Former Top Fuel champion Langdon became the 17th driver in NHRA history to earn wins in Top Fuel and Funny Car with his Four-Wide triumph in Charlotte, before adding a second Funny Car victory in St. Louis during the Countdown.
Former Top Fuel champion Langdon became the 17th driver in NHRA history to earn wins in Top Fuel and Funny Car with his Four-Wide triumph in Charlotte, before adding a second Funny Car victory in St. Louis during the Countdown. 
 
The NHRA season returns for a 24-race schedule in 2020 beginning in Pomona, California, where Kalitta looks to score his third straight race win.