EPPING, New Hampshire: After a one-race hiatus, the Qatar Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel Team, the two-time World Championship team owned by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani, has returned to the apex of the Top Fuel point standings following inaugural NHRA New England Nationals.
Silver Al-Anabi driver Shawn Langdon had an excellent weekend in New Hampshire.
He was the No. 2 qualifier and dazzled the New England crowd with brilliant runs in each of the first three race-day rounds. Unfortunately, in the final round of eliminations, the Al-Anabi power plant was simply too strong for the New England Raceway surface, and the car smoked the tyres giving the win to Spencer Massey.
With his sixth final-round appearance of the season, Langdon returned to the top of the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings.
He leads second-place Tony Schumacher by 43 points in the point standings.
Langdon said: “The silver Al-Anabi car ran great today on race day and made some really strong runs. Going to the final was great, and we leave New Hampshire with the points lead - that was the goal for the weekend.”
He added: “We wanted to win the race, but it didn’t work out that way. We still had a strong car all weekend that qualified well and ran great in eliminations. We just have to move on from here and keep pressing on. We appreciate the support from everyone in Qatar, and we’ll do our best again next weekend.”
Second-year driver Khalid alBalooshi and the gold Al-Anabi team fought valiantly yet still had a challenging weekend.
He was the No. 12 qualifier and lost to race winner Spencer Massey in the first round of eliminations.
AlBalooshi dropped one spot to sixth place in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings. He trails fifth-place Doug Kalitta by 34 points and leads seventh-place Morgan Lucas by 57 points.
AlBalooshi, from Dubai said after the race: “Our Al-Anabi team did not have its best weekend, but that is okay.”
He added: “This is the race, and these things happen. We have done some very good things this year, but we are still learning and working to improve our race team.”
AlBalooshi thanked everyone on the team following his participation in the round.
He said: “I thank our everyone on our team for his hard work, and I thank Sheikh Khalid for giving me this opportunity.”
The Al-Anabi Racing team will be back in action June 28-30 at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill.