Gainesville: Langdon, Lucas Saturday notes

Langdon and Lucas take aim at successful Sunday GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 14) -- Shawn Langdon and Morgan Lucas are prepared for a strong Sunday showing after both men successfully qualified for the 40th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at ...

Langdon and Lucas take aim at successful Sunday

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 14) -- Shawn Langdon and Morgan Lucas are prepared for a strong Sunday showing after both men successfully qualified for the 40th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

After a hot second day of professional qualifying, Langdon earned the No. 5 spot on the elimination ladder for his Lucas Oil/Dixie Choppers dragster, while his teammate and car owner Lucas secured the No. 9 position for his powerful GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster.

"The weekend has been very productive so far," Lucas said. "Shawn is running great and our car is really responding to the new components we're trying out so we're excited. It's been hot this weekend and it's the first time we've really had to deal with these kind of conditions this year. For the parts and pieces we're using to work so well right out of the box is very encouraging."

Lucas' quickest pass so far registered a 3.971 at 295.14 mph, while Langdon has posted a pair of low 3.9-second runs including a best of 3.937 at 309.63 mph.

"Both of the good runs we made were on the left side so I'm really glad we have lane choice tomorrow morning," said Langdon, one of the top rookie-of-the-year candidates. "Now we need to make sure we keep it all day. It's not going to be easy. Everyone is getting after it, even though it's hot and humidity. It never takes these crew chiefs long to figure it out."

Langdon will open eliminations against IHRA racer Terry McMillen, who used an off weekend from his regular tour to test his mettle against the NHRA's best. McMillen's best run put a 4.014 at 299.73 mph on the Gainesville Raceway scoreboards.

On the same side of the ladder, Lucas will open against Joe Hartley, who was slightly quicker in qualifying with a 3.965 at 307.72 mph. Lucas and Hartley opened the 2009 season racing against one another in Pomona, Calif., with Lucas taking the win.

Eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

-credit: lor

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Series NHRA
Drivers Morgan Lucas , Joe Hartley , Shawn Langdon , Terry McMillen