DHL Dragster and Shawn Langdon Exit Early at NGK NTK Four-Wide Nationals
Charlotte, NC – The DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster and driver Shawn Langdon will leave zMAX Dragway right in the middle of the Top Fuel championship hunt. The Gatornationals finalist and Southern Nationals semifinalist maintained his position as the No. 4 driver in Top Fuel at the conclusion of the 11th NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
The team battled through three rounds of qualifying entering the race as the No. 11 dragster and starting the day in a quad that included Antron Brown, Leah Pruett and rookie Krista Baldwin. Langdon was first off the line and was beginning to pull away when his dragster overpowered the track. The loss of traction opened the door for Brown and Baldwin to advance to the second quad.
“We felt good going into the first round,” said Langdon. “We got off the line first and it was on a good run. At the top end it just lost traction a little and that was enough for a couple dragsters to get around us. This DHL Kalitta Air dragster has a lot of power and we are going to take a look at it and be ready for Houston. We had a busy weekend in Charlotte and we will be back at it in a couple days.”
Last weekend Langdon and his DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster raced to the semifinals at the final Southern Nationals. In five days the team will be back on track at Houston Raceway Park.
Langdon on racing at zMAX Dragway: “It was great to see so many people in the grandstands. The crowds seemed to get bigger every day. The weather was awesome and Bruton and Marcus Smith have an amazing facility.”
Qualified: No. 11 (3.830 sec., 317.05 mph)
Bonus points: 0
Driver Qual R/T ET MPH
Shawn Langdon 11 .059 3.947 245.67
Antron Brown 6 .063 3.804 315.56 (W)
Krista Baldwin 14 .117 3.855 319.52 (W)
Leah Pruett 3 .095 4.310 193.32