Langdon wins NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Defending Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon raced to his first victory of the season Sunday, beating points leader Doug Kalitta in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Langdon edged Kalitta in the final with a 3.819-second run at 320.51 mph.

''With the stiff competition in Top Fuel, one thing you have to learn is patience and not to take anything for granted,'' Langdon said. ''We knew it was going to be tough. We're still learning. Fortunately, we got this win and most importantly, we hope to continue earning those Mello Yello points.''

Tommy Johnson Jr. won the Funny Car final for his first victory since 2007, and points leader Erica Enders-Stevens raced to her third Pro Stock win of the year.

Johnson had a 4.156 at 302.14 to beat Tim Wilkerson. Enders-Stevens won for the ninth time in her career, beating Jonathan Gray with a 6.698 at 207.15.

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