Shawn Langdon and the DHL Toyota Top Fuel team will be racing for their fifth win at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona this weekend. The 2013 NHRA Top Fuel champion won the season finale in 2013 and 2015 and has recorded two runner-up finishes (2007 and 2010) at the final race of the season. A win at the end of the season would give the team a high note to cap off a season that has shown flashes of greatness since they turned the corner over the summer.
Runner-up finishes at Bristol and Denver over a three-race stretch gave Langdon and his DHL team a big boost heading towards the end of the regular season and into the Countdown. Following the Denver final, they raced to a semifinal and three quarterfinals to close out the regular season. Once the Countdown began, they picked up the pace recording semifinal finishes in St Louis and Dallas before a quarterfinal finish two weeks ago at the Nevada Nationals.
Sitting eighth in the Top Fuel point standings, a move into the Top Five is not out of the question for one of the best drivers off the starting line in the category. This weekend each round will be worth 30 points and Langdon is less than 100 points out of fifth. Strong qualifying runs, which could earn between four and one point apiece, and could also contribute to closing the gap.
“This DHL team has never given up this season,” said Langdon. “We have lost some close races and won some close races. We have one more chance to get a win this season and I am going to give it my best. I know I have a whole team behind me that is going to be doing the same thing.”
Langdon’s DHL Toyota Top Fuel dragster in addition to racing for win lights will be raising awareness for men’s health as well as breast cancer research thanks to support from DHL. He has campaigned the pink livery for the past three races and will be looking to make four clean passes on Sunday to draw attention to each of these important causes.
The first two qualifying sessions will get underway this Friday with two more rounds on Saturday. Final eliminations for the 16-quickest 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragster will commence on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.
2021 Auto Club Finals Highlights: Qual. No. 8; Lost to Tripp Tatum
Last Event Recap 2022 Nevada Nationals: Qual. 5; Beat Krista Baldwin, Lost to Tony Schumacher
Career Stats: 308 events, 304 starts, 331 round wins, 17 wins, 37 finals, 19 No. 1 qualifiers; in Top Fuel: 260 events, 256 starts, 15 wins, 34 finals, 292 round wins, 19 No. 1 qualifiers
Winternationals: Qual 8; Lost to Josh Hart
Arizona Nationals: Qual 7; Beat Antron Brown; Lost to Mike Salinas
Gatornationals: Qual 21; DNQ
Las Vegas1: Qual 11; Beat Doug Kalitta and Rob Passey; Lost to Steve Torrence and Brittany Force
Houston: Qual 10; Beat Leah Pruett; Lost to Brittany Force
Charlotte1: Qual 14; Lost to Clay Millican, Josh Hart
Richmond: Qual 12; Beat Doug Foley; Lost to Brittany Force
Epping: Qual. No. 12; Beat Josh Hart, Doug Kalitta; Lost to Justin Ashley
Bristol: RUNNER-UP; Qual. No. 9; Beat Spencer Massey, Mike Salinas, Antron Brown; Lost to Justin Ashley
Norwalk: Qual. No. 9; Lost to Tripp Tatum
Denver: RUNNER-UP; Qual. No. 12; Beat Greg Carrillo, Mike Salinas, Josh Hart; Lost to Leah Pruett
Sonoma: Qual. 9; Beat Antron Brown, Leah Pruett; Lost to Brittany Force
Seattle: Qual. 6; Beat Mike Salinas; Lost to Tony Schumacher
Topeka: Qual. 9; Beat Clay Millican; Lost to Mike Salinas
Brainerd: Qual. 11; Beat Leah Pruett; Lost to Justin Ashley
Indianapolis: Qual. 15; Lost to Justin Ashley
Reading: Qual. 12; Lost to Steve Torrence
Charlotte2: Qual. 12; Lost to Doug Kalitta
St. Louis: Qual. 3; Beat Kyle Wurtzel, Tony Schumacher; Lost to Josh Hart
Dallas: Qual. 11; Beat Steve Torrence, Brittany Force; Lost to Justin Ashley
Las Vegas2: Qual. 5; Beat Krista Baldwin, Lost to Tony Schumacher
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