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2014 NHRA: The Al-Anabi Racing Team - Sonoma, Calif., NHRA Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 22, 2014 - 04:28 PM
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2014 NHRA: The Al-Anabi Racing Team - Sonoma, Calif., 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: 1/4 (.250)
Career wins/final rounds: 9/22 (.409)
2014 No. 1 qualifiers: 3
Career No. 1 qualifiers: 16
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 NHRA Sonoma Nationals in third place in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings. He trails second-place Antron Brown by 164 and leads fourth place Tony Schumacher by 143 points.

■ Langdon is the defending champion of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. The team also won at Sonoma Raceway in 2010 with driver Larry Dixon. Langdon was the No. 6 qualifier last year; he defeated Bob Vandergriff, Doug Kalitta, Antron Brown and Morgan Lucas on his way to the winner’s circle.

■ Langdon has advanced to at least the semifinals at six of the last 10 races. He won his first race of the season and the ninth of his career last month in Bristol, Tenn. He has one win (Bristol), three final rounds (Charlotte, Topeka and Norwalk) and two semifinal appearances (Houston and Englishtown) in the last 10 races.

■ With his June Bristol win, Langdon qualified for the 2014 Traxxas Nitro Shootout in Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend. Langdon is the defending champion of the special event; last year, he defeated Brittany Force, Antron Brown and Steve Torrence on his way to winning the second-year event and its $100,000 prize. He went on to win the U.S. Nationals the next day.
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■ Langdon has been a solid qualifier this season; he has qualified in the top-five positions at nine of the 14 races; his average qualifying position in 2014 is 4.93. He has three No. 1 qualifiers this season and 16 in his career. He was an excellent qualifier last year when his average qualifying position was 3.75.

■ The NHRA Sonoma Nationals is the second event of the grueling three-race Western Swing. Racing on three-consecutive weekends is no longer unique as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series now races on four consecutive weekends somewhat routinely, but what makes these three races so difficult is the distance the crews must drive between races in Denver and Sonoma, Calif., 1,250 miles, between Sonoma and Seattle, 775 miles and then the distance between Seattle and the race shops mostly located near Indianapolis, 2,271 miles.

■ Langdon and his teammate Khalid alBalooshi have raced each other eight times in their respective Top Fuel careers, and in five of the eight meetings, the winner has gone on to win the race. Langdon leads the career head-to-head series, 6-2.
Year Winner Loser Location Round Winner's Result
2012 Langdon alBalooshi Sonoma First Second
2012 alBalooshi Langdon Reading Semifinals Win
2013 Langdon alBalooshi Pomona1 Semifinals Win
2013 Langdon alBalooshi Houston Semifinals Final Round
2013 Langdon alBalooshi Englishtown Finals Win
2014 alBalooshi Langdon Pomona1 Semifinals Win
2014 Langdon alBalooshi Las Vegas1 First Second
2014 Langdon alBalooshi Bristol First Win

■ Langdon is the reigning NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Champion for the first time in his career. The 2013 title was Langdon’s fourth NHRA National Championship. He won the 1997 NHRA Junior Dragster National Championship in the 14 year old 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.

■ Last year’s NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Championship was the third in the last four seasons for the Al-Anabi Racing Team. Larry Dixon won in 2010, and Del Worsham won in 2011. When Langdon won the title 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, Dixon and 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.

■ Including former Al-Anabi drivers Larry Dixon and Del Worsham, the Al-Anabi Racing Team won 39 races and three World Championships in its first five seasons (2009 -’13) for an average of 7.8 wins a season or nearly a third of the races. Including the 2014 season, the Al-Anabi Racing Team has now won 41 races.

Year Driver Wins Driver Wins Team Wins Season Result
2014 Langdon 1 alBalooshi 1 2
2013 Langdon 7 alBalooshi 1 8 Langdon Championship
2012 Langdon 1 alBalooshi 1 2 Langdon 4th; alBalooshi 11th
2011 Worsham 8 (TF) Dixon 2 10 Worsham Championship
2010 Dixon 12 Worsham 0(FC) 12 Dixon Championship
2009 Dixon 5 Worsham 2(FC) 7 Dixon 2nd; Worsham 7th

■ 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-year old division making him a three-time NHRA national series champion.

Langdon prior to Sonoma:
“It will be good to get back to Sonoma this weekend; Sonoma Raceway is one of the nicest facilities we go to, and it’s always nice to be up there in wine country. I always enjoy racing there because I grew up racing Super Comp at Sonoma, and I always have a lot of friends and family there. If the weather is nice, hopefully we can get back to racing in the 3.70s and over 320 mph; that will be fun for everyone.

“Sonoma is a good track for the Al-Anabi team; we’re very familiar with it. It’s always nice to go back to a track as the defending champion. We obviously ran really well there last year so we’re familiar with how to make our car run well at Sonoma - especially when the track heats up on Sunday. The Al-Anabi car isn’t that far off, it’s just taking a little bit of time to get things adjusted to where we need them to make it consistently fast. We just have to keep working at it.

“I also like going to Sonoma because there’s lots to do during the week out there to kind of get your mind off of racing which might be a good thing after a first-round loss in Denver. I’m looking forward to getting out to California to play some golf and do some wine tasting before getting ready to qualify on Friday.”

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 NHRA Sonoma Nationals in ninth place in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings. He trails eighth-place J.R. Todd by 20 points and leads 10th-place Richie Crampton by seven points.

■ The Al-Anabi team has two wins at Sonoma Raceway; Larry Dixon won in 2010, and Shawn Langdon won last year. One year ago in Sonoma, alBalooshi was the No. 4 qualifier; he defeated Brandon Bernstein before losing to Spencer Massey in the quarterfinals.

■ AlBalooshi, the first Middle East native to compete in a major United States Motorsports Series, has a win, a runner-up finish and a semifinal appearance this season. In his two previous Top Fuel seasons, he finished eighth last year and 13th in his 2012 rookie season.

■ 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 and his teammate Shawn Langdon have raced each other eight times in their respective Top Fuel careers, and in five of the eight meetings, the winner has gone on to win the race. Langdon leads the career head-to-head series, 6-2.
Year Winner Loser Location Round Winner's Result
2012 Langdon alBalooshi Sonoma First Second
2012 alBalooshi Langdon Reading Semifinals Win
2013 Langdon alBalooshi Pomona1 Semifinals Win
2013 Langdon alBalooshi Houston Semifinals Final Round
2013 Langdon alBalooshi Englishtown Finals Win
2014 alBalooshi Langdon Pomona1 Semifinals Win
2014 Langdon alBalooshi Las Vegas1 First Second
2014 Langdon alBalooshi Bristol First Win

■ 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.

■ Prior to the 2014 season, alBalooshi had two race wins. He won the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio in 2013 and the NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa., in 2012, his rookie season.

■ Including former Al-Anabi drivers Larry Dixon and Del Worsham, the Al-Anabi Racing Team won 39 races three World Championships in its first five seasons (2009 -’13) for an average of 7.8 wins a season or nearly a third of the races. Including the 2014 season, the Al-Anabi Racing Team has now won 41 races.

Year Driver Wins Driver Wins Team Wins Season Result
2014 Langdon 1 alBalooshi 1 2
2013 Langdon 7 alBalooshi 1 8 Langdon Championship
2012 Langdon 1 alBalooshi 1 2 Langdon 4th; alBalooshi 11th
2011 Worsham 8 (TF) Dixon 2 10 Worsham Championship
2010 Dixon 12 Worsham 0(FC) 12 Dixon Championship
2009 Dixon 5 Worsham 2(FC) 7 Dixon 2nd; Worsham 7th

■ 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 Sonoma:
“Denver was not a good race for our team, and I know we are happy to race in Sonoma this week. I think in Sonoma, everyone will have his car back. We need to forget what happened in Denver. I think over there (in Sonoma), it will be different. We can go back to working on the things we were doing on the car before we changed everything to race in Denver. We have been fighting to find our tune-up this year, and we are very close. Sonoma is a good track for our team; Shawn won the race there last year. We can look back at all our notes from the past to get our car back to being one of the best in the show.”

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