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2014 NHRA: The Al-Anabi Racing Team - Bristol, Tenn., NHRA Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 10, 2014 - 03:21 PM
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2014 NHRA: The Al-Anabi Racing Team - Bristol, Tenn., NHRA Preview


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
2014 wins/final rounds: 0/2 (.000)
Career wins/final rounds: 8/20 (.400)
2014 No. 1 qualifiers: 2
Career No. 1 qualifiers: 15
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)

 

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■ Reigning NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon enters the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in third place in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings; it is his highest points position of the season. He trails second-place Antron Brown by 68 points and leads fourth-place Spencer Massey by 40 points.

■ Langdon has two final rounds (Charlotte and Topeka) and two semifinal appearances (Houston and Englishtown) in the last five races. Langdon has not yet reached the winner’s circle this season, but recent performance suggests the team has returned to the form it used in claiming the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Championship.

■ Langdon has been an excellent qualifier this season; he has qualified in the top-four positions at seven of the nine races. He has two No. 1 qualifiers this season and 15 in his career. Langdon’s average qualifying position in 2014 is 3.56. He was also an excellent qualifier last year when his average qualifying position was 3.75.


■ One year ago in Bristol, Langdon was the No. 7 qualifier; he defeated Bob Vandergriff before losing to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals. The Al-Anabi Racing Team has two wins at Thunder Valley; Del Worsham won in Funny Car during the team’s inaugural season in 2009, and Larry Dixon took the Top Fuel title in 2011.

■ 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 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, fourth and fifth-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 NHRA 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 Bristol:
“We are excited about the race this weekend. Bristol is probably my favorite track on the Mello Yello tour. I always enjoy going there because it’s a great race track at a great facility – I just enjoy racing there in the mountains. The Al-Anabi car is turning the corner; we have a lot better race car than we had at the beginning of the season. We’re qualifying well and starting to see a little bit better results on Sunday. With the tune-up on the car, we’ve reached the point where we feel we have a car that can win on any given Sunday. We have a manageable race car and a manageable tune-up. So it’s up to us as a team to make the right calls on Sunday and try to get that first win of the season.

“Every time we pull into the race track, we know we have a great car. In the beginning of the year, the Al-Anabi car would run well, but it wasn’t really manageable. We felt like we were making the right calls, but the car wasn’t responding to our changes. Now the Al-Anabi car is responding to what we’re doing, but after some of the Sunday runs in hindsight, we might have missed the call by a fraction or two. We’re getting in sync with the car, the driver is getting in sync with everything; it’s just a matter of putting it all together on race day. We’ve been really close. At the last couple of races, one little tweak here or there, and we would have had it.

“We all want to get our first win of the season really badly, and now there’s only one more automatic spot in the Traxxas Shootout before it goes to a fan vote so we really want to win and get that last spot. It’s for $100,000, and it’s a big race especially since we won it last year. We really want to get back in it and have an opportunity. We just need a shot; that’s all we need. It might add a little more pressure on us because we really need to get that win ASAP to clinch that final spot before it goes to the fan vote. And I can’t think of a better place to do it than Bristol.”

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: 1/2 (.500)
Career wins/final rounds: 3/6 (.500)
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)

■ Third-year Top Fuel driver Khalid alBalooshi enters the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in sixth place in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings. He trails fifth-place Steve Torrence by 77 points and leads seventh-place Tony Schumacher by eight points.

■ AlBalooshi has a win, a runner-up finish and a semifinal appearance in the first nine races of the season; he is off to the best start of his three-season Top Fuel career. One race ago at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., alBalooshi was the No. 6 qualifier, but Bob Vandergriff upset him in the first round of eliminations when both cars smoked the tires and Vandergriff got the win.

■ One year ago at Bristol Dragway, alBalooshi was the No. 6 qualifier, but Doug Kalitta upset him in the first round of eliminations. The Al-Anabi Racing Team has two wins at Thunder Valley; Del Worsham won in Funny Car during the team’s inaugural season in 2009, and Larry Dixon took the Top Fuel title in 2011.

■ With his season-opening win at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals in February, alBalooshi 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.

■ 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 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 Bristol:
“Our Al-Anabi car was very good last race in Englishtown. We had a problem on Sunday and lost in the first round. When it is not your day, anything can happen, but I think our car has been very close to where we want it. Our team and our Al-Anabi car – they are both getting better. Everything has been fine – we just need some race day luck, but it is what it is. This week, when we go to Bristol, I need to forget what happened last race and focus on what we can do this week. We have a very good hot rod, and I think this week will be a good week for us.”


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