Langdon picks up crucial round victory in Vegas LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31) -- Shawn Langdon guided the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster to a crucial round win on Sunday at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals to maintain his hold on fifth place in the...
Langdon picks up crucial round victory in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31) -- Shawn Langdon guided the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster to a crucial round win on Sunday at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals to maintain his hold on fifth place in the season standings and keep fourth place within his grasp.
"We did good today," Langdon said. "The car ran good. We struggled a little in qualifying, but we showed in the first round what we're capable of. We can run with these guys."
Langdon faced Brandon Bernstein in the first round. Bernstein trailed Langdon by a single point when the day started and fourth place Doug Kalitta did not qualify.
Langdon took care of business against Bernstein by getting a significant jump at the start before cruising to a 3.840 second pass at 317.42 mph. Bernstein raced to a 4.470 at 169.40 mph lap.
Up next for the Lucas Oil rail crew was eventual race winner Tony Schumacher, who was by far the fastest car at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"Tony just made an excellent run," Langdon said. "We didn't make a terrible run. We never expected him to do that well. We made a clean run and they made an excellent run."
Schumacher ran a 3.820 at 325.61 mph to Langdon's 3.901 at 310.41 mph. Now with once race to go, Langdon remains in fifth place and trails Antron Brown (who leapfrogged four places with a semifinal run) by 14 points. He is 20 points ahead of Bernstein and 24 up on Kalitta.
Langdon also made the quarterfinals of Super Gas in the Lucas Oil Corvette.
Hector Arana also reached the second round in Pro Stock Motorcycle on the Lucas Oil Buell. He beat Scotty Pollachek with a lap of 6.993 at 188.41 mph to Pollachek's 7.286 at 178.19 mph.
In the second round, Arana crossed paths with another eventual race winner, LE Tonglet. The Rookie of the Year candidate ran a 7.004 at 187.26 mph to Arana's 13.665 at 36.45 mph.
"I thought everything was great then the bike just lost performance," Arana said. "It just won't run. We don't know what it is, but I'm sure we'll be able to fix it."
In Pro Stock, Larry Morgan's Lucas Oil Ford Mustang was bounced from the field in the first round by eventual finalist Jason Line. Morgan ran a 6.678 second lap at 206.26, but it wasn't enough to chase down Line who ran a 6.659 at 207.11 mph.
"It was a good weekend," Morgan said. "There were a lot of good cars that didn't make it. We're just inches away from being real, real good."
Next for Lucas Oil's drivers is the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Pomona, Calif., which begins on Nov. 11.
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