Shawn Langdon raced to his first Bristol Dragway victory and ninth win of his career in his Red Line-equipped Al-Anabi Racing dragster by posting a final round performance of 3.819 seconds at 320.51 mph to defeat series points leader Doug Kalitta. With the win, Langdon moves to third in the points standings.
“With the stiff competition in Top Fuel, one thing you have to learn is patience and not to take anything for granted,” Langdon said. “We knew it was going to be tough. We’re still learning. Fortunately, we got this win and most importantly, we hope to continue earning those Mello Yello points.”
Langdon, who qualified No. 7 for the event, defeated teammate Khalid alBalooshi, Terry McMillen and Bob Vandergriff Jr. en route to his third final round appearance of the season.
“I was a little worried about pedaling in the final going up against the Kalitta group,” Langdon said. “They are definitely the hottest car in the circuit. That’s why it is great to be a part of the Alan Johnson and Al-Anabi Racing. You feel like you have a pretty good race car too.”
Doug Kalitta’s runner-up run in Bristol was the second consecutive final round appearance for the Mac Tools team. They were also runner-up finishers at the previous event in Englishtown, N.J. Kalitta entered the event in Bristol with the Top Fuel class points lead (103) and was able to build upon that lead, now 120 points, after defeating the second place points holder Antron Brown in the semifinals and by reaching the 74th final round of his illustrious 17-year career at the helm of one of the quickest and fastest race cars on the planet.