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2014 Summit NHRA Nationals qualifying: Langdon tops Top Fuel

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2013 NHRA Top Fuel champ Shawn Langdon set a new track record Saturday on his way to his third No. 1 qualifier of the season at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Del Worsham (Funny Car), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also took No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories.

Langdon’s quick pass of 3.745 seconds at 325.22 mph reset his previous track record for elapsed time; he faces Terry McMillen in Sunday’s opening round. Doug Kalitta, Antron Brown, Bob Vandegriff and JR Todd round out the top five in qualifying.

“Tonight, we felt like we could lay down and try to make the best run possible,” said Langdon. “I have a lot of confidence. The last couple races we’ve struggled in qualifying. We feel like we have that little bit of a handle back on the race car again.”

Worsham claimed the No. 1 spot in Funny Car with his Friday track record time of 4.000 seconds at 321.88 mph and faces Jeff Diehl in the first round. John Force qualified in the No. 2 position, followed by Tommy Johnson Jr. in the No. 3 spot. Matt Hagan and Ron Capps round out the Funny Car top five.

“The DHL Toyota Camry made a beautiful run down the track,” Worsham said. “When you can outrun guys like John Force and Tommy Johnson, that says something. You can’t take anyone lightly. I think if I take a first round win tomorrow that’ll be great. ”

Enders-Stevens’ track record performance of 6.523 seconds at 212.63 mph from Friday held up through Saturday’s qualifying rounds for her second No. 1 qualifying spot in the season and eighth of her career; she faces Travis Mazza in the opening round of eliminations. Shane Gray, Allen Johnson, Chris McGaha and Vincent Nobile round out the top five.

“We’ve got a really consistent hot rod right now,” Enders-Stevens said. “We went up there and tried some things that we hope will work tomorrow. Consistency is what’s going to get it done.”

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Krawiec took his fifth consecutive No. 1 qualifying spot with his Friday run of 6.844 seconds at 195.05 mph; he will meet rookie Elvira Karlsson of Sweden in the opener. Hector Arana Jr. qualified No. 2, followed by Jerry Savoie, Chaz Kennedy and Hector Arana.

“We’ll do our best tomorrow,” Krawiec said. “I’ve got a great motorcycle. You got stay consistent. I believe I have a motorcycle that can get the job done as long as I’m doing my job.”

Final eliminations for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals kick off Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nhra.com.

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