Shawn Langdon raced to his third Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday at the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Matt Hagan in Funny Car and Mike Edwards in Pro Stock were also 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 miles-per-hour to hold off teammate Khalid alBalooshi, who ran at 3.869 seconds at 297.29 miles-per-hour 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 Tony Schumacher.
Hagan claimed his second Funny Car win of the season and seventh of his career by defeating 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.”
Hagan powered his Dodge Charger to a performance of 4.112 seconds at 308.00 miles-per-hour to hold off Beckman’s 4.182 second pass at 303.98 miles-per-hour in his Charger. With the win, his first at Englishtown, Hagan takes over the series points lead from DSR teammate Johnny Gray.
In Pro Stock, Edwards powered his 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 miles-per-hour to defeat Johnson’s 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.
Edwards defeated Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Jason Line in the semi-final round on his way to victory.
Still, Line is pleased with the progress he and Team Summit teammate Greg Anderson are experiencing at the track.
“We were decent this weekend; we were better and getting back to good,” Line said. “Our performance with my car showed that we’re heading in the right direction, and the KB Racing team made the car better as we went along. The guys all did a really good job. We’re certainly getting closer to where we should be.”
Pro Stock Championship point standings
1. Mike Edwards 853 2. Jeg Coughlin 701 3. Allen Johnson 698 4. Erica Enders-Stevens 586 5. Jason Line 582
Funny Car Championship point standings
1. Matt Hagan 689 2. Johnny Gray 645 3. Cruz Pedregon 639 4. Ron Capps 544 5. Jack Beckman 543
Top Fuel Championship point standings
1. Shawn Langdon 746 2. Tony Schumacher 742 3. Antron Brown 626 4. Spencer Massey 615 5. Khalid alBalooshi 544
The NHRA and Drag Race Central contributed to this report.