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Langdon's reaching for new heights in Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster ATLANTA (May 10) -- The Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster is going to be a living laboratory of speed at this weekend's 30th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern...

Langdon's reaching for new heights in Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster

ATLANTA (May 10) -- The Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster is going to be a living laboratory of speed at this weekend's 30th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

Driver Shawn Langdon and his team have been together as a unit for a little more than a year, trying to find a consistent combination. Heading into the May 14-16 event, Langdon said the crew is confident in its baseline, and is now looking to push the performance envelope.

"We're in a transition mode with our team right now," Langdon said. "We've proved we can have a consistent car at times, and can keep up with the frontrunners. Now we're really wanting to take our program to that next level.

"We're really at the point where we need to start testing things and shooting for the moon."

It means looking hard at every 1,000 foot run, breaking it into segments, and finding ways to pick up fractions of a second that will add up to huge gains.

"We look at the incremental times and see where the other guys are making big moves," Langdon said. "They're getting more momentum up a little earlier than we are, and they are able to carry that momentum all the way down the track. We need to do that."

Langdon, who sits seventh in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel points, said the team has been putting in a lot of time in the shop and now it's time to take these theories to the track.

"We've been messing around with the clutches and blowers," he said. "Every day when our guys go to the shop, they find a little bit more power and better things with the clutch.

"I think Atlanta is going to be another testing weekend for us where we're going to try some new things on both of the cars. Hopefully we'll find some new things and start to make some really good runs."

-source: lor

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