Las Vegas: Shawn Langdon final report

Langdon edged out by Dixon in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (April 18) -- The first round of NHRA Full Throttle Series eliminations is always a guessing game on a hot, sticky racetrack. On Sunday, the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster driven by ...

Langdon edged out by Dixon in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (April 18) -- The first round of NHRA Full Throttle Series eliminations is always a guessing game on a hot, sticky racetrack.

On Sunday, the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster driven by Shawn Langdon dialed up the right combination against Mike Strasburg for a first round victory before simply getting beaten by a better car in the second round.

"After we smoked the tires during our two rounds in Houston, I was prepared for that to happen again," Langdon said. "We were really trying to make a safe run first round and we did, but each round you need to step it up if you expect to win."

The safe route was the smart route as Langdon beat Strasburg with a pass of 4.020 seconds at 299.53 mph. Strasburg's lap was a 4.142 at 288.09 mph.

In the second round, the track temperature spiked to 128 degrees as Langdon was paired with two-time world champion Larry Dixon. Langon's 4.017 at 305.01 mph wasn't enough to track down Dixon who ran a 3.976 at 309.77 mph.

"When we go to St. Louis (in two weeks), it's usually pretty hot there too so we can use a lot of the things we learned here when we get to Gateway," Langdon said. "We're close, but no cigar, at least not yet. It's nothing to be down on ourselves about. We lost a race to a guy who was low for the round. We knew he was going to run good. We didn't want to hurt it or get in a pedalfest with him; we wanted to get a good clean run. That's what we did. He just beat me."

Langdon's 2010 streak of starting line perfection remained intact as he left the line first against both Dixon and Strasburg, pushing his season mark to 16-0. The round win also ensured he would not lose ground in the Top Fuel points race.

"We didn't hurt anything, we made it down the track, and won a round," Langdon said. "We came out of the weekend on a good note even though we didn't win the race."

Up next for Langdon and the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster team is the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals April 30-May 2 at Gateway International Raceway outside of St. Louis.

-source: lor

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Mike Strasburg , Shawn Langdon