Shawn Langdon – Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel Driver

Residence: Avon, Ind.
Hometown: Mira Loma, Calif.
Date of birth: Sept. 3, 1982
Crew chief:  Brian Husen
Al-Anabi Racing Team Owner: His Excellency Sheik Khalid Bin Hamad Al Thani
Al-Anabi Racing Team Manager: Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson Racing Owner: Alan Johnson
2014 wins/final rounds:  1/6 (.167) 
Career wins/final rounds: 9/24 (.375)
2014:  No. 1 qualifiers: 3
Career No. 1 qualifiers: 16
Best points finish: 1 (2013)
Countdown to the Championship NHRA Playoffs appearances:  3 (2009, ’10, '11, '12, '13, '14)
First start: Pomona 1, 2009
Career-best elapsed time: 3.712 seconds (Reading, 2012)
Career-best speed: 334.15 mph (Reading, 2012)

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Marital Status: Single
Children: None
Height/weight: 5’10”, 190 lbs.
Hobbies: Bracket Racing, baseball, golf and bowling
Notable: Three-time NHRA series champion joined the Al-Anabi Racing Team prior to the 2012 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season after three successful seasons at Morgan Lucas Racing; won 2007 and ’08 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp championship; won 2005 and ’06 Super Comp title at JEG’s All Stars; won 1997 NHRA Junior Dragster championship in 14-under division; has competed in Top Fuel, Top Alcohol Dragster, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator and Junior Dragster.    

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2014:  Drove silver Al-Anabi Racing Team dragster for third-consecutive season; finished fourth in final NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings; made sixth-consecutive Top-10 finish in final season point standings; won the Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., raced to five runner-up finishes; competed in Traxxas Nitro Shootout at Indianapolis; realized lifelong dram when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Boston Red Sox-St. Louis Cardinals baseball game in August.
  • 2013:  Enjoyed breakout season in second year with Al-Anabi Racing team; won first-career NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Championship; won seven races (listed below) and the Traxxas Nitro Shootout at Indianapolis; became first driver to sweep season races at Pomona, Calif., since 2004; won all three races in state of California; won two of six races in Countdown to the Championship NHRA Playoffs and won championship by 164 points over second place; became first NHRA Junior Dragster alumnus to win NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series World Championship.
  • 2012:  Joined the Al-Anabi Racing Team prior to the NHRA season teaming with crew chief Brian Husen; finished fourth in the final NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings; won first-career race at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMax Dragway near Charlotte; made fourth-consecutive top-10 finish in season's final point standings; led the Top Fuel class with an average reaction time of .057 seconds; led the Top Fuel class leaving the starting line before his opponent 72% of the time.       
  • 2011:  Drove for Morgan Lucas Racing and finished ninth in season-ending point standings for third consecutive top-10 points finish; was runner-up in season opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. losing to his teammate, Morgan Lucas, in the final round.  Joined Al-Anabi Racing after the season ended. 
  • 2010: Finished then career-best fifth place in NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings driving for Morgan Lucas Racing.  Recorded two runner-up finishes during Countdown to the Championship NHRA Playoffs; posted a semifinal finish at the U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis. Led Top Fuel class in reaction time with .052-second average start; left the starting line before his opponent in 86 percent of his elimination rounds.
  • 2009:  Made NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series debut at season-opening NHRA Winternationals driving for Morgan Lucas Racing; was finalist for Auto Club Road to the Future Award with an impressive rookie class including Spencer Massey, Matt Hagan and Doug Horne; advanced to first-career final round in Charlotte and claimed first-career No. 1 qualifier at the spring Las Vegas race; finished ninth in NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings. 
  • 2008: Won NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp championship winning one national event and two division events; won NHRA Division 3 Super Comp championship; finished eighth in season ending Super Gas point standings; competed in Alcohol Dragster. 
  • 2007: Won NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp National Championship winning two national events; won NHRA Division 7 Super Comp championship winning one race.  
  • 2006: Won Super Comp title at JEG’s All Stars event in Joliet, Ill.; drove Super Comp races while driving for Jack Brand with sponsorship from CSS Drywall. 
  • 2005: Won Super Comp title at JEG’s All Stars in Joliet, Ill.; won Super Gas national event in Houston; drove Super Comp and Super Gas while driving for Jack Brand with sponsorship from CSS Drywall.
  • 2004: Drove Super Comp races while driving for Jack Brand with sponsorship from CSS Drywall.
  • 2003: Drove Super Comp races while driving for Jack Brand with sponsorship from CSS Drywall.
  • 2002: Drove Super Comp races while driving for Jack Brand with sponsorship from CSS Drywall; won first career national event in Seattle, Wash. at the Lucas Oil Nationals.
  • 2001: Drove Super Comp races while driving for Jack Brand with sponsorship from CSS Drywall.
  • 2000:  Final season in NHRA Junior Dragster program; won Pomona track championship.
  • 1999: Won Division 7 Junior Dragster Championship after winning national Junior Dragster title for 14-under in 1997.

CAREER STATISTICS

Year No. Races Pts. Fin. Won Final Rnds Semi. Qtr. 1st Rd. No. 1 Qfy. DNQ Round W-L
2014 24 4 1 5 4 9 5 3 0 35-23
2013 24 1 7 4 7 3 4 7 0 54-17
2012 23 4 1 2 5 8 8 5 0 25-22
2011 22 9 0 2 2 6 11 0 2 13-20
2010 23 5 0 2 3 10 8 0 0 22-23
2009 24 9 0 1 7 7 8 1 1 24-23
Total 140 9 15 28 43 44 16 3 173-128

COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP NHRA PLAYOFFS STATISTICS:

Year No. Races Won Final Rds Semi. Qtr. 1st Rd. No. 1 Qfy. DNQ Round W-L
2014 6 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 7-6
2013 6 2 1 1 1 1 3 0 14-4
2012 6 1 1 1 3 1 3 0 9-5
2011 6 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 1-5
2010 6 0 2 1 2 0 1 0 10-6
2009 6 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 5-5
Total 36 3 6 5 9 11 8 1 46-30

CAREER FINAL-ROUND RECORD

2014:
Charlotte1 runner-up (Lost to Antron Brown; not included in official NHRA runner-up totals)
Topeka runner-up (Spencer Massey)
Bristol winner (Doug Kalitta)
Norwalk runner-up (Antron Brown)
Sonoma runner-up (Khalid alBalooshi)
St. Louis runner-up (Antron Brown)
2013: 
Pomona1 winner (Tony Schumacher)
Charlotte 1 Finalist (Spencer Massey, Tony Schumacher; not included in official NHRA final round totals)
Houston runner-up (Bob Vandergriff)
Topeka winner (Tony Schumacher)
Englishtown winner (Khalid alBalooshi)
New England runner-up (Spencer Massey)
Sonoma winner (Morgan Lucas)
Indianapolis winner (Steve Torrence)
Dallas runner-up (Doug Kalitta)
Reading winner (Antron Brown)

2012: 
Seattle runner-up (Steve Torrence)
Charlotte2 winner (Tony Schumacher)
Englishtown winner (Khalid alBalooshi)

2011:
Pomona1 runner-up (Morgan Lucas)
Charlotte 1 finalist  (Del Worsham, Larry Dixon; not included in official NHRA final round totals).

2010:
Dallas runner-up (Tony Schumacher)
Pomona2 runner-up (Antron Brown)

2009:
Charlotte runner-up (Cory McClenathan)

CAREER NO. 1 QUALIFIER RECORD

2014,(3):  Gainesville, Charlotte1, Norwalk
2013,(6):  Charlotte1, Atlanta, Topeka, Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Las Vegas2
2012,(5):  Phoenix, Indianapolis, Charlotte2, Dallas, Pomona2
2009,(1):  Las Vegas1