NORWALK, Ohio: Reigning world champion Shawn Langdon raced to the final round of eliminations for the Qatar Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel Team, the three-time and defending World Championship team owned by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani, at the eighth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals yesterday, the 13h of 24 races that make up America’s 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season.
As Langdon, his teammate Khalid alBalooshi, and everyone else on the Qatar Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel team continue to work on returning to championship form following some mid-season challenges, the team leaves Ohio with many positives. Langdon made his best run of the weekend during yesterday night’s final round of qualifying and claimed his third No. 1 qualifier of the season. He seemed poised to lead the Al-Anabi team to its fifth Norwalk win in the last six years.
In eliminations, Langdon defeated Terry McMillen, Brittany Force and Troy Buff to advance to his fourth final round of the season and the 22nd of his career; he raced 2012 NHRA Mello Top Fuel World Champion Antron Brown for the win. In the final, the drivers left the starting line at virtually the same time, but Langdon surged ahead.
The Al-Anabi car was a tiny bit too aggressive, and the tires began losing traction with the race track. Langdon lifted off the throttle for an instant and then stood on it again, but the damage was done.
Brown cruised to the finish line and took his fifth win of the season. Still, Langdon made several impressive runs, recorded his third No. 1 qualifier this year and reached his fourth final round of the season. Langdon remains third in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings. “The Al-Anabi team made some great runs this weekend; we qualified No. 1 and made some excellent runs in eliminations,” Langdon said. The Peninsula