The last time Shawn Langdon was on track at New England Dragway he was driving a Kalitta Motorsports Toyota Camry Funny Car in the final round. The race was not contested in 2020 and this year the 2013 NHRA Top Fuel champion is back on track in the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel team. Langdon has raced to the final round at the New England Nationals in a Top Fuel dragster as well but this year he was focused on getting his first event win at the New England track.
Two days of qualifying had Langdon moving into race day as the No. 8 qualifier and a tough race against teammate Doug Kalitta. Two weeks ago in Houston Langdon had to race Kalitta in the semifinals and was not able to get the round win in a clash between two of the most consistent race cars.
Today Langdon got a lead off the starting line and the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster was right beside the Mac Tools dragster. Langdon’s race car smoked the tires but the veteran driver quickly lifted off the throttle and regained control of his dragster. He was able to keep power but was unable to catch back up with Kalitta.
“That was a tough first round for the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel team,” said Langdon. ”We advanced a car to the second round but it was a shame we had to race each other. I am proud of this DHL team and we will keep grinding. We have Norwalk in two weeks and that will be a busy race for us. I am looking forward to getting back at it.”
Langdon and the DHL Kalitta Air team will head to the next race in Norwalk, Ohio, sitting No. 4 in the points.
Qualified: No. 8 (3.811 sec., 314.53 mph)
Bonus points: 0
Driver Qual R/T ET MPH
Shawn Langdon 8 .057 4.080 292.96
Doug Kalitta 5 .081 3.842 293.98 (W)
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