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Quarterfinal Finish for Langdon and DHL at Springnationals

Houston, TX – Heading into race day at the NHRA Springnationals at Houston Raceway Park Shawn Langdon and the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel team knew they would have their hands full with a tough first round opponent. As the No. 8 qualifier Langdon matched up with rookie of the year contender Justin Ashley for the sixth time in ten races. Langdon held a 3-2 winning advantage heading into today’s race.

The first round race went Langdon’s way from the start and he extended his head to head record to 4-2 against Ashley. He had a stellar reaction time of .031 to Ashley’s .037 and the DHL Kalitta Air dragster never trailed. As Langdon was pulling away Ashley tried to pedal his dragster but the 2020 U.S. Nationals champion was too strong and got the win.

For the second week in a row Langdon had to race the Camping World Top Fuel point leader. Last week Langdon faced Steve Torrence in the semifinals and today the quarterfinal match-up of two world champions was another tough race. The DHL dragster took off and was side by side as each dragster approached half-track. As the finish line approached Langdon hazed tires and slowed to 4.063 as he crossed the finish line.

“We had a good win in the first round for DHL, Kalitta Air and Toyota,” said Langdon. “Then we had tough competitor in the second round. We had an aggressive tune-up and gave it a good run. We are giving it our best every round. Today did not go the way we wanted. This DHL Kalitta Air dragster will be ready for Las Vegas.”

Langdon on wrapping season up in Las Vegas: “This season has had a lots of ups and downs. I am glad we got as many races as we did. There is one more chance to get a win. This DHL team will be ready for qualifying and race day in Las Vegas. We aren’t going to leave anything back at the shop. Our focus will be getting the best out of this DHL Top Fuel dragster for one more race.”

Qualified: No. 8 (3.812 sec., 369.67 mph)
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Race Details:

First Round
Driver                          Qual    R/T      ET        MPH
Shawn Langdon         8          .031     3.720   327.59 (W)
Justin Ashley                9          .037     4.741   169.72

Second Round
Driver                          Qual    R/T      ET        MPH
Shawn Langdon         8          .054     4.063   216.00
Steve Torrence            1          .043     3.686   328.46 (W)

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