Shawn Langdon was hunting his third win at the NHRA Finals driving his DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster. In 2015 and during his Top Fuel championship season of 2013 Langdon closed out the season with a win at the fabled Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. This year the Gatornationals finalist was looking to close out the season with one final win. Langdon has also made two runner-up appearances and was No. 1 qualifier in 2012.
This weekend Langdon powered the DHL Top Fuel dragster to the top half of the qualified field entering race day as the No. 8 qualifier. His best run of qualifying was a solid 3.746 second pass at 324.83 mph. In the first round be matched up with Tripp Tatum in a very tight No. 8 versus No. 9 race.
Langdon took a dominant starting line advantage leaving with a .041 reaction time against Tatum’s .090 but as the dragsters closed in on the finish line Langdon’s dragster hazed the tires while Tatum was making an unblemished 3.704 second pass.
“This was a tough way to end the season but I have to thank DHL and Kalitta Air for all their support,” said Langdon. “No one on this team ever gave up. We are going to get back to work after a little time off and be ready for 2022.”
This season Langdon posted several quarterfinal and semifinal finishes and will finish the season No. 9 in Top Fuel points.
Qualified: No. 8 (3.746 sec, 324.83 mph)
Driver Qual R/T ET MPH
Shawn Langdon 8 .041 4.525 191.78
Tripp Tatum 9 .090 3.704 327.51 (W)
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