Las Vegas II: Shawn Langdon preview

Langdon will have two chances to win in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS -- (Oct. 25) -- With two races left in the season, Shawn Langdon, driver of the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster, has two goals -- stay in the top five in the Full Throttle Series...

Langdon will have two chances to win in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- (Oct. 25) -- With two races left in the season, Shawn Langdon, driver of the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster, has two goals -- stay in the top five in the Full Throttle Series points and collect his first win as a pro.

"It should be a fun race for us," Langdon said of the tour's next stop at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "The car has been running good and we've been going rounds. We just need to keep that momentum up."

But that's not to say Langdon and his team aren't going to totally ignore the recreational opportunities that Sin City affords when they arrive for the 10th annual Las Vegas Nationals.

"We've always enjoyed it out there," Langdon said. "It's a fun race at a good track. It's always a little bit more fun in Vegas because there's a nightlife there and the whole team can enjoy it. You don't have to just race."

Langdon enters this weekend's rce in fifth place in the Top Fuel points. He leads sixth place Brandon Bernstein by one point and is less than one round out of fourth spot, held by Doug Kalitta.

"These last two races of the year are shaping up to be our two biggest races of the season," Langdon said. "You want to finish strong to head into the offseason; a good finish often leads into a good start for next year."

Langdon will be pulling double duty this weekend as he will be driving the Lucas Oil Super Gas Corvette, owned by Lucas Oil executive, Tom Bogner. Langdon has won the last two Super Gas national events he's entered (Sonoma and Indianapolis).

While some might see the extra driving duties as a distraction, Langdon sees the additional time behind the wheel to be beneficial.

"I think it's better for me because I think I race better when I am running two cars," Langdon said. "I try not to get too much going on, but mentally I feel better when I am driving two cars. I feel like I'm more focused and not over-thinking everything."

-source: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Brandon Bernstein , Shawn Langdon