Drag: Al Balooshi wins on his birthday at the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel Nationals in Sonoma

Drag: Al Balooshi wins on his birthday at the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel Nationals in Sonoma

Al Balooshi wins the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel nationals in Sonoma, California

July 27, 2014- SONOMA, California – It was a picture-perfect day for the Qatar Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel Team, the three-time and defending World Championship team owned by His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani. Khalid alBalooshi defeated his teammate, Shawn Langdon, in the final round of eliminations at the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals yesterday, the 15th of 24 races that make up America’s 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season.

AlBalooshi, who was the No. 8 qualifier, celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday, and the race win was the perfect present. He was stellar. He defeated Billy Torrence, Clay Millican, Richie Crampton and his teammate, Langdon, on his way to the winner’s circle. It was alBalooshi’s second win in three final-round appearances this year and the fourth win of his three-year Top Fuel career. With the win, he moves back up to eighth place in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings.

Khalid alBalooshi celebrates his win in Sunday’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, California

“Winning on my birthday is very special for me,” alBalooshi said. “Really, I don’t feel much because I was racing my teammate, but this is a very big race for our team. This trophy is the best birthday present I could get, and it came from my crew chief Jason McCulloch and all my crew guys. It was a close race with Shawn. I saw him at half-track, and I thought, ‘Oh No.’ From there, he smoked the tires a little bit, and we won the race. I am very happy. I thank everyone on our team for his hard work, and I thank Sheikh Khalid for giving me this opportunity.”

While he did not get the race win, it was also an excellent race for reigning NHRA Top Fuel World Champion Shawn Langdon. He defeated J.R. Todd, points leader Doug Kalitta and seven-time World Champion Tony Schumacher before losing to alBalooshi in the finals. When he reached the semifinals, Langdon clinched his spot in the Countdown to the Championship NHRA Playoffs. He remains third in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings.

“Overall, it was a good day,” Langdon said. “Our car improved throughout the weekend and we made some big strides going to the finals. This was a brand new car that we were planning to bring out at Indianapolis, but brought it out a little early. It was responding really well. We might have been a little aggressive in the final. We just hazed the tires at about 500 feet. That left lane was a little tricky, but we were confident going in that we could run well in that lane. It was a great weekend for the Al-Anabi team, though, both cars made the finals, so it was a win-win regardless of who won, but I just wish it would have come in the other lane. It was nice to clinch our berth in the Countdown. We would have liked to have the extra points, but we gained on first and second-place and even if we finish third, we can close on that lead pretty quickly.”

The Al-Anabi Racing team will be back in action Aug. 1-3, 2014 at the 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington.

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8 hrs ago

MotoGP

Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

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Very cool video MotoGP. More like this one please!!!

I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

Fantastic battle 👍

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!

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Awesome pictures!

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Redding never got the ride he deserved.

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11 hrs ago

MotoGP

The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

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Encore! Encore! Do it again!

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Gave the rest a chance

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13 hrs ago

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