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Langdon happy to return to 'normal drag racing' in Houston HOUSTON (April 5) -- A multi-time winner at Houston Raceway Park, Top Fuel sophomore Shawn Langdon is excited about his return to the Lone Star State and what he describes as "normal...

Langdon happy to return to 'normal drag racing' in Houston

HOUSTON (April 5) -- A multi-time winner at Houston Raceway Park, Top Fuel sophomore Shawn Langdon is excited about his return to the Lone Star State and what he describes as "normal drag racing" at the 23rd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals.

A drag racer for more than half of his 27 years, the three-time world champion is referring to the first-ever four-wide drag racing experiment the NHRA tried at the last tour stop in Charlotte. A purist at heart, Langdon prefers a traditional drag race where two cars go head-to-head with one driver advancing and the other being eliminated.

"We've been progressing really well with the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster this year and I'd like to get back to the way we were running in Gainesville (Fla.)," he said. "We were in the low 3.8s there, posting 3.82s and 3.83s, which is real close to where we want to be with the tune-up.

"The four-wide thing was fun but I'm glad to be past that and back to what we all know. Now we can drag race again."

Langdon won his first drag racing title in 1997 in the 14-year-old bracket of Junior Dragster. Ten years later in 2007-2008, he won back-to-back world championships in Super Comp, considered by many to be the toughest eliminator class in drag racing.

Along the way, Langdon won two races at Houston Raceway Park, taking the Super Gas hardware in 2005 and the Super Comp trophy in 2008.

"I really like HRP," he said. "It's one of my favorite tracks and we've always had good success there. (General manager) Seth Angel and his uncles put a lot into the facility and the track always is very well prepared. Galveston Bay is close and the track surface is just a few feet above sea level so if the air is good, you can fly.

"It's funny because Easter weekend was the first time in at least a year where I had absolutely nothing to do and I got bored pretty quick. Usually, I'll go bracket racing on my off weekends or we'll have some function to do but Easter was just dead. It was nice to relax but it made me miss racing."

Langdon currently is sixth in the early-season Full Throttle points but a big weekend in Houston could lift him as high as second overall.

-source: mlr

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