Charlotte II: Shawn Langdon preview

Langdon looking to take one step further at this year's Charlotte race CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 15) -- This weekend's third annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals might create the perfect storm that results in Shawn Langdon's first win in Top...

Langdon looking to take one step further at this year's Charlotte race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 15) -- This weekend's third annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals might create the perfect storm that results in Shawn Langdon's first win in Top Fuel, at least that's what the talented sophomore driver is hoping as the tour delves deep into NASCAR country.

Langdon is hot off the heels of a semifinal run in his Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis and he's returning to Charlotte with momentum, a good thing when one considers this event is the site of Langdon's best career finish, a runner-up result a year ago.

"We definitely started the Countdown off good at Indy," Langdon said. "Things are looking up. It's going to be a matter of keeping things on the right track and maintaining our fast, consistent race car.

"It's time for us to get that win. We've been after it for almost two years now and been close a few times, including last year's Charlotte race. We need to get it out of the way because once we get the first one, more are sure to quickly follow."

With his finish in Indy, Langdon moved up to fourth in the Top Fuel points. Langdon now is 132 points behind leader Larry Dixon and 45 behind third place Tony Schumacher.

"This is the best we've ever been in the standings," Langdon said. "During the Countdown is where you need to keep your momentum up and you need to keep going rounds. Now's the time to take all the data you've learned throughout the year and use it to your fullest ability."

The new hasn't yet worn off Charlotte's drag strip, which Langdon said can be both helpful and a challenge of its own.

"There's always a little bit of a concern because the track gets too good," Langdon said. "You've got to have a good, sticky track, because the fans want to see cars make record times during the Countdown. Going to a Bruton Smith owned track, you know you aren't going to get anything less than the best."

-source: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Shawn Langdon