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Shawn Langdon races to first Top Fuel victory

  • Associated Press
  • September 16, 2012 - 9:39 PM

CONCORD, N.C. - Shawn Langdon raced to his first career Top Fuel victory Sunday, beating Tony Schumacher in the final of the rain-delayed O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

Langdon edged Schumacher with a 3.785-second run at 326.71 mph in the first event in the six-race NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. Schumacher finished in 3.808 at 322.27.

"To start the Countdown with a win is great for the team," Langdon said. "I think that puts us within a round of the points lead. We've really turned things around over the past couple races, and it builds my confidence as a driver. It was an excellent job all-around for the Al-Anabi team."

Ron Capps topped the Funny Car field, Jason Line won in Pro Stock, and Andrew Hines took the Pro Stock Motorcycle competition.

Capps raced to his fourth victory of the season, beating Mike Neff in the final to increase his points lead. Capps had a 4.067 run at 315.49 in his Dodge Charger.

Line claimed his second win of the season, powering his Chevy Camaro to a 7.518 at 200.20 in the final against points leader Allen Johnson.

Hines won for the fifth time this season and 30th overall, beating teammate Eddie Krawiec in 6.862 at 194.49 on a Harley-Davidson. Krawiec leads the standings, 10 points over Hines.

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