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2014 NHRA: The Al-Anabi Racing Team - Charlotte NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Preview
Posted by: newsla on Apr 09, 2014 - 07:20 AM
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2014 NHRA: The Al-Anabi Racing Team - Charlotte NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Preview


Khalid alBalooshi, Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel Dragster (gold):

Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Hometown: Dubai, UAE
Date of Birth: July 27, 1979
Crew Chief: Jason McCulloch
Al-Anabi Racing Team Owner: His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani
Al-Anabi Racing Team Manager: Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson Racing Owner: Alan Johnson
2014 wins/final rounds: 1/1 (1.000)
Career wins/final rounds: 3/5 (.600)
2014 No. 1 Qualifiers: 0
Career No. 1 qualifiers: 0
Career-best points finish: 8th (2013)
Countdown to the Championship NHRA Playoffs appearances: 1 (2013)
First professional start: Pomona1, 2012
Career-best elapsed time: 3.735 seconds (Reading 2012)
Career-best speed: 328.46 mph (Reading, 2012)

 

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■ Dubai native Khalid alBalooshi, the first Middle Eastern driver to compete in a major United States Motorsports series, enters the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in sixth place in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings. He trails fifth-place Spencer Massey by seven points and leads his teammate, Shawn Langdon, by six points.

■ AlBalooshi won the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., last month. It was the third Top Fuel win of his career, and with that win, he became the first Top Fuel driver to qualify for the 2014 Traxxas Nitro Shootout. The third-year special event for eight Top Fuel teams and eight Funny Car teams is set for Indianapolis during the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend. AlBalooshi also qualified for the Traxxas Nitro Shootout last year but was eliminated in the first round.

■ Last month in Las Vegas, alBalooshi was the No. 9 qualifier and raced his teammate Shawn Langdon in the first round. He made an excellent pass, but Langdon was a bit quicker and won by .0225 seconds.

■ One year ago at this event, alBalooshi was the No. 4 qualifier but lost to Doug Kalitta and Bob Vandergriff in the first round of four-wide eliminations despite an excellent first-round pass. The Al-Anabi Racing Team won at Charlotte in 2010 with driver Larry Dixon, in 2011 with driver Del Worsham in the Four-Wide Nationals and in 2012 with Shawn Langdon.

■ AlBalooshi finished a career-best eighth in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings. He won a race and recorded two runner-up finishes along the way. Now a three-time Top Fuel winner, he is far more experienced in Top Fuel than he was when he began making the move from Pro Mod to Top Fuel two years ago. The Dubai native had 25 round wins last season. In his 2012 rookie season, alBalooshi won a total of 14 rounds of racing showing an improvement of nearly 79% last season.

■ AlBalooshi’s gold Al-Anabi dragster has a new look for 2014. New this year, the car has gold lettering on a black background making the car radically different from that of teammate Shawn Langdon. For those who had problems telling the difference between the Al-Anabi cars, it is a welcome change.

■ AlBalooshi won the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio last July. It was his first win of the season and the second of his Top Fuel career. He had one win in three final rounds and four semifinals last season. He won the NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa., in 2012 – his first-career Top Fuel victory.

■ AlBalooshi’s rookie year was a story of two very different half seasons. In the first half of the 2012 season, alBalooshi was defeated in the first round of eliminations at all 12 races. However, after getting his first Top Fuel round win at Denver in July, alBalooshi advanced to at least the second round of eliminations at10 of the last 11 races of the season including each of the last nine. He had a win and a semifinal in the last three races, and before he lost in the Las Vegas semifinals at the second-to-last race of the year, he had won six consecutive rounds of racing.

■ Because he finished eighth in the final 2013 NHRA MelloYello Top Fuel point standings, alBalooshi is able to display the No. 8 on the rear wing of the gold Al-Anabi Racing dragster. However, alBalooshi chose to keep the No. 99 on the car as a tribute to Al-Anabi Racing team owner His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani; nine is Sheikh Khalid’s favorite number.

■ AlBalooshi, the first Middle Eastern driver to compete in a major United States Motorsports series, joined the Al-Anabi Racing Team as a Pro Mod driver when it was formed in 2009 racing in both Arabian Drag Racing League and American Drag Racing League competition. He is the 2011 NHRA Pro Mod champion. Prior to joining the Top Fuel portion of the Al-Anabi Racing Team in 2012, he had 158 career race wins in various classes of competition; he now has 162 career wins.

AlBalooshi prior to Charlotte:
“I like racing at Charlotte, and I am looking forward to this weekend. Our team has been very good at that track; Shawn won his first race there, and our team has won some other races there. Our team was very good in this race last year – we qualified fourth. We made another good run but lost in the first round. So I know our team can win in Charlotte. We won the first race of the year in California, and I know our team can do very good things this year. Our team will keep getting better. I appreciate the hard work everybody on our team is doing.”

Shawn Langdon, Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel Dragster (silver):

Residence: Avon, Ind.
Hometown: Mira Loma, Calif.
Date of birth: Sept. 3, 1982
Crew chief: Brian Husen
Al-Anabi Racing Team Owner: His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani
Al-Anabi Racing Team Manager: Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson Racing Owner: Alan Johnson
2013 wins/final rounds: 7/11 (.636)
Career wins/final rounds: 8/18 (.444)
2014 No. 1 qualifiers: 1
Career No. 1 qualifiers: 14
Best points finish: 1st (2013)
Countdown to the Championship NHRA Playoffs appearances: 5 (2009, ’10, ’11, ’12, ‘13)
First start: Pomona 1, 2009
Career-best elapsed time: 3.712 seconds (Reading, 2012)
Career-best speed: 334.15 mph (Reading, 2012)

■ 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon enters the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in seventh place in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings. He trails his teammate, sixth-place Khalid alBalooshi, by six points and leads eighth-place Brittany Force by 32 points.

■ Langdon and Al-Anabi Racing general manager Brandon Bernstein will attend the first round of the Masters Tournament in August, Ga., on Thursday of this week. They are attending the first “Major” of the PGA TOUR season as guests of The Coca-Cola Company, and each will be making his first visit to Augusta National Golf Club.

■ Langdon was the No. 8 qualifier at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas last month; it was the first time this season that he qualified outside the top-four positions. In the first four races of the season, Langdon has qualified second, fourth, first and eighth. In Las Vegas eliminations, he defeated his teammate, Khalid alBalooshi, in the first round, but in the second, he raced No. 1 qualifier Antron Brown; the two cars were side-by-side until about half track when the engine in the Al-Anabi car had problems allowing Brown to pull away and win the round.

■ Langdon’s silver Al-Anabi car has been running well in 2014 despite winning just three rounds in the season’s first four races. He qualified second at the season-opening race in Pomona, Calif., but lost a very close drag race to his teammate, Khalid alBalooshi (3.73 to 3.76 seconds with a .007 margin of victory), and alBalooshi went on to win the race. In Phoenix, he was the No. 4 qualifier but lost to race winner Antron Brown in the second round when the engine on the Al-Anabi dragster dropped a cylinder. In Gainesville, Langdon claimed his first No. 1 qualifier of the season but lost in the first round. The silver Al-Anabi dragster continues to compete at a very high level despite some unfortunate racing luck.

■ One year ago at this event, Langdon was the No. 1 qualifier but lost to Spencer Massey and Tony Schumacher in the final round of four-wide eliminations. The silver Al-Anabi car dominated the 2013 Four-Wide Nationals and seemed destined to win until the car smoked the tires in the finals. The Al-Anabi Racing Team won at Charlotte in 2010 with driver Larry Dixon, in 2011 with driver Del Worsham in the Four-Wide Nationals and in 2012 with Shawn Langdon – his first-career Top Fuel win.

■ Langdon’s average qualifying position in 2014 is 3.25; he has one No. 1 qualifier. He was an excellent qualifier last year; his average qualifying position was 3.75. He had seven No. 1 qualifiers and qualified in the top-five positions at 19 of the 24 events last year. Langdon has 14 career No. 1 qualifiers.

■ Langdon leads the career head-to-head series with his teammate, Khalid alBalooshi, 5-2. In 2012, Langdon defeated alBalooshi in the first round at Sonoma, Calif., and alBalooshi defeated Langdon in the semifinals at Reading, Pa.; both won their respective races. In 2013, Langdon defeated alBalooshi in the Pomona1 semifinals and won the race, the Houston semifinals and the Englishtown finals. This year, alBalooshi defeated Langdon in the second round at Pomona and went onto win the race, and Langdon defeated alBalooshi in the first round at Las Vegas.

■ Langdon is the reigning NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Champion for the first time in his career. Last year’s title was the third in the last four seasons for the Al-Anabi Racing Team. In addition, it was Langdon’s fourth NHRA National Championship. He won the 1997 NHRA Junior Dragster National Championship in the under 14 division and the NHRA Lucas Oil Super Comp championship in 2007 and ’08. He is the first alumnus of the NHRA Junior Dragster program to win a Mello Yello Championship.

■ When Langdon won the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Championship last year, he became the fifth driver to win a Top Fuel title with Alan Johnson serving as the crew chief, team owner or team manager. The other Top Fuel champions that worked with Johnson during their championship seasons are: Gary Scelzi, Tony Schumacher, Larry Dixon and Del Worsham.

■ When Langdon won the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Championship last year, it was the 11th Top Fuel title for legendary tuner and Al-Anabi Racing team manager Alan Johnson. He won his previous 10 Top Fuel championships serving as crew chief, team owner and team manager. Including his NHRA National Championships in alcohol dragster, Johnson now has 15 NHRA National Championships.

■ Langdon had seven wins in 11 final-round appearances last season, and he advanced to at least the semifinals at 16 of the season’s last 20 races. He has eight-career Top Fuel wins.

■ Langdon recorded the fastest speed to 1,000 feet in NHRA history in October of 2012 in Reading, Pa. when he reached 334.15 mph. In addition, during the same Reading race weekend, his 3.712-second elapsed time was the national elapsed-time record until Antron Brown made a quicker pass in the same weekend and set the record. Langdon’s run still stands as the second-quickest 1,000-foot run in NHRA history; in fact, Langdon holds the second, third and eighth-quickest elapsed times in NHRA history.

■ Langdon won the second annual Traxxas Nitro Shootout in Indianapolis last year; he qualified for the special event when he won the 2013 Circle K Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. Langdon defeated Brittany Force, Antron Brown and Steve Torrence on his way to winning the second-year special event and its $100,000 prize. He went on to win the U.S. Nationals the next day.

■ The Al-Anabi Racing Team has won 40 races in its first five seasons (2009 -’13) for an average of eight wins a season or a third of the races. The team won a total of eight races in 2013 with Langdon taking seven wins and Khalid alBalooshi winning once. In 2012, Langdon and alBalooshi each reached the winner’s circle once – the two-win total was the lowest since the Al-Anabi Racing team began racing in 2009. That season, the team won eight times with five in Top Fuel and three in Funny Car; in 2010, Al-Anabi Racing visited the Top Fuel winner’s circle 12 times followed by 10 wins in 2011 when the team fielded two Top Fuel dragsters for the first time. Including the 2014 season, the Al-Anabi Racing Team has now won 41 races.

■ Langdon qualified for the Countdown to the Championship NHRA Playoffs in each of his five previous seasons driving a Top Fuel car. He won the 2013 NHJRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Championship last year, finished fourth in 2012 after finishing ninth in 2011, fifth in 2010, and ninth in 2009, his rookie season.

■ Langdon joined the Al-Anabi Racing team prior to the 2012 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. He won the 2007 and ’08 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp championships and the 1997 NHRA Junior Dragster championship in the 14-under division making him a three-time NHRA national series champion.

Langdon prior to Charlotte:
“The Al-Anabi Team always seems to do well in Charlotte; the Four-Wide Nationals is a once-a-year event, and it’s always nice to change it up a little bit and do something different. With how the Al-Anabi team has started the season, having a little bit of a change might be a good thing for us. Going back to a track like zMAX Dragway - where I won my first Top Fuel race and where last year we had a great car through qualifying and eliminations until the final where it smoked the tires – could be a very good thing for us, and I am definitely looking forward to getting back there.

“Every track has different characteristics. Sometimes the way a team runs the car with its setup just makes it easier to adapt to certain tracks. There’s really no rhyme or reason to it – it just seems to work out that way. Charlotte is definitely one of the tracks we seem to get along with; we can make some excellent runs there. Last year at the Four-Wides, we had a great race car. It’s definitely a confidence booster to go into a track like that where you know you can have a great race.

“To me the format doesn’t matter. Doing whatever it takes to draw more attention to the sport works for me. To me, as a driver, it really doesn’t matter if we race two wide or four wide. You don’t really notice anything different as the driver. You just do your same thing and stay with you routine. It’s a matter of getting all four cars ready to stage in a timely fashion so nobody gets hung up on the starting line, but other than that, there’s really no difference to it. I think the fans are starting to warm up to the format.”


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