ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. --
Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.
Langdon powered his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to his first Englishtown win with a performance of 3.853 seconds at 316.38 mph to hold off his Al-Anabi Racing teammate Khalid alBalooshi, who ran at 3.869 seconds at 297.29 mph in the final round. This was the first time the two Al-Anabi drivers raced in the final round. With the victory, Langdon takes the points lead away from U.S. Army dragster driver Tony Schumacher.
Hagan claimed his second Funny Car win of the season and seventh of his career by defeating reigning Mello Yello world champion and Don Schumacher racing teammate Jack Beckman in the final round.
"To come back and be this strong, thrown together at the last minute, really blows me away," Hagan said. "Even though, we're teammates out there you still get to poke them in the chest and get bragging rights. It was such a huge round and felt like someone handed me the ball and we made a slam dunk. We're still learning each other and it doesn't quite feel like an old hat, but we're breaking her in."
In Pro Stock, Edwards powered his Interstate Batteries/I Am Second Chevy Camaro to his third victory of the season by defeating defending world champion Allen Johnson.
"The whole weekend was phenomenal," said Edwards of his second career win at Englishtown. "I think we've saved the best for last. Hats off to all my guys. It feels good to run good and win. Hopefully, we just keep it up."
Edwards covered the distance in 6.589 seconds at 210.21 mph to defeat Johnson's Team Mopar Dodge Avenger, which ran 6.641 at 209.95 in the final round. With the victory, his 37th of his career, Edwards retains the series points lead.
"To me the biggest thing to win was to get the [George Bryce] team back to the winner's circle since 2008," Ray said. "This is a dream come true. It's a true statement to how we're going to run in the coming months. We're trying to get that Mello Yello championship."
With the victory, Ray moves up to fourth in the points.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues June 14-16 with the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway.
Top Fuel -- Shawn Langdon, 3.853 seconds, 316.38 mph def. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.869 seconds, 297.29 mph.
Funny Car -- Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.112, 308.00 def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.182, 303.98.
Pro Stock -- Mike Edwards, Chevy Camaro, 6.589, 210.21 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.641, 209.95.
Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Michael Ray, Buell, 6.954, 193.49 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.952, 191.02.
Pro Modified -- Mike Janis, Chevy Camaro, 6.035, 240.51 def. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 6.060, 244.12.
Competition Eliminator -- Sal Biondo, Chevy Cavalier, 8.326, 139.41 def. Calvin Hill, Pontiac Grand Am, 8.507, 134.39.
Super Stock -- Lincoln Morehead, Chevy Camaro, 10.278, 126.61 def. Joe Santangelo, Camaro, 10.500, 125.47.
Stock Eliminator -- Don Pires Jr., Chevy Nova, 11.586, 107.25 def. Sterling Simmons, Chevy Camaro, 10.854, 121.30.
Super Comp -- Steve Sisko, Dragster, 8.919, 160.04 def. Mike Robilotto, Dragster, 8.883, 174.32.
Super Gas -- Tom Goldman, Chevy Corvette, 9.998, 152.04 def. Ralph Musi, Olds Ciera, 9.980, 154.94.
Top Sportsman -- Marco Abruzzi, Chevy Camaro, 6.830, 194.18 def. Ronald Riegel, Camaro, 7.304, 184.62.
11.50 Index -- David Harvey Jr, Plymouth Valiant, 11.487, 111.41 def. Bob Sanders, Chevy Monte Carlo, 11.466, 110.85.