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NHRA

Feb 7 - 2020
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2020 NHRA Season Preview

February 07, 2020, With three race wins, Doug Kalitta came so close to that elusive first title. 2020 NHRA Season Preview
Five U.S. Nationals champions banner Toyota in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series this season as they look for race wins and championship titles.

Top Fuel

With three race wins, Doug Kalitta came so close to that elusive first title. Despite ending the season with his third win in the last four events at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Kalitta came three points short of the title and earned his fifth runner-up finish in the final standings. However, Kalitta was able to cross one big milestone off his list with his first U.S. Nationals win at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis in his 22nd try to add to his Hall of Fame career. The majority of Kalitta’s team – with co-crew chiefs Rob Flynn and Troy Fasching – return for another run at the championship.

While Kalitta’s team is mostly status quo, the other two Toyota Top Fuel drivers – Antron Brown and Shawn Langdon – have had off-season changes

February 07, 2020, Despite ending the season with his third win in the last four events at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Kalitta came three points short of the title and earned his fifth runner-up finish in the final standings.
Antron Brown, who was named the NHRA Driver of the Decade, went winless last year for the first time in his NHRA Top Fuel career. This year, Brian Corradi returns to the team. Corradi, who has spent the last two seasons with John Force Racing, was a part of Brown’s team for all three of his Top Fuel championships. Brown also made an exciting announcement towards the end of the offseason as he moves to an owner/driver role during the 2020 season with AB Motorsports.
February 07, 2020, Antron Brown, who was named the NHRA Driver of the Decade, went winless last year for the first time in his NHRA Top Fuel career.
Shawn Langdon, the 2013 Top Fuel champion, returns to the Top Fuel class with Kalitta Motorsports after two seasons in the Funny Car ranks. Langdon saw some success in Funny Car in 2019 as he recorded two wins and became the 17th driver in NHRA history to win in both nitro classes. This year, he returns to the seat of the Connie Kalitta and Kurt Elliott-tuned DHL Top Fuel Dragster. The combination proved strong early, as Langdon was fastest at the pre-season test.
February 07, 2020, Shawn Langdon, the 2013 Top Fuel champion, returns to the Top Fuel class with Kalitta Motorsports after two seasons in the Funny Car ranks.

Funny Car

2018 NHRA Funny Car Champion J.R. Todd returns to the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for his fourth season in the class. Todd qualified for the Countdown to the Championship on the strength of one win in Las Vegas and three final round appearances. His team, led by two-time Funny Car champion crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith, returns most of its members as they look for another successful season.

February 07, 2020, Todd qualified for the Countdown to the Championship on the strength of one win in Las Vegas and three final round appearances.
Alexis DeJoria returns to the seat of a Toyota Camry Funny Car after taking two seasons off from the sport. Her team is owned by former Toyota Top Fuel and Funny Car champion Del Worsham and his wife, Connie. The 2014 U.S. Nationals champion has completed three different tests this off-season to prepare for her return and is looking forward to getting back on track in Pomona.
February 07, 2020, Alexis DeJoria returns to the seat of a Toyota Camry Funny Car after taking two seasons off from the sport.

The 24-event NHRA schedule begins this weekend at Auto Club Raceway of Pomona. All events are televised on the FOX Sports family of networks.