Al-Anabi Racing driver Khalid AlBalooshi raced to his second win of the season and the fourth of his career on his 35th birthday last Saturday in Sonoma, CA. He defeated Billy Torrence, Clay Millican, Richie Crampton to make it to the finals. In the final, alBalooshi piloted his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a 3.912 at 309.42, defeating teammate Shawn Langdon. After the winner’s circle celebration, alBalooshi gave the race-win trophy to NHRA legend Ed “The Ace” McCulloch who spent the weekend with the team in Sonoma. Ed McCulloch is Al-Anabi crew chief Jason McCulloch’s father.
“Winning on my birthday is very special for me," said alBalooshi. "Really, I don’t feel much because I was racing my teammate, but this is a very big race for our team. This trophy is the best birthday present I could get, and it came from my crew chief Jason McCulloch and all my crew guys. It was a close race with Shawn. I saw him at half-track, and I thought, ‘Oh No.’ From there, he smoked the tires a little bit, and we won the race. I am very happy. I thank 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 Aug. 1-3, 2014 at the 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Wash. For additional information, please visit www.nhra.com. For additional information on the Al-Anabi Racing Team, please visit www.alanabiracing.com.