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Shawn Langdon, Matt Hagan lead winners at NHRA drag races in Pomona
Shawn Langdon, Matt Hagan lead winners at NHRA drag races in Pomona

  One has to wonder what went through the mind of Sheik Khalid Al Thani when he heard the news from Pomona. Al Thani, a member of the ruling family of Qatar who loves drag racing, had spent the last six years sponsoring the NHRA top-fuel team led by 2013 champion Shawn Langdon and owned by famed crew chief Alan Johnson. But under orders from the government of the Persian Gulf nation, Al Thani abruptly pulled his funding a month ago, forcing Johnson and Langdon to scramble for new sponsors. They helped their cause enormously Sunday, when Langdon shook off the turmoil and won the top-fuel class in the Circle K Winternationals, the season opener of the National Hot Rod Assn.'s...

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