Pomona II: Shawn Landgon preview

Diehard drag racer Langdon melancholy about season's end POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 8) -- Most racers will tell you they embrace the off-season and the three months of inactivity it offers. Top Fuel pro Shawn Langdon, driver of the Lucas Oil/Speedco...

Diehard drag racer Langdon melancholy about season's end

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 8) -- Most racers will tell you they embrace the off-season and the three months of inactivity it offers. Top Fuel pro Shawn Langdon, driver of the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster, is just the opposite, wishing instead that his high-horsepower quests lasted year round.

"I'm kind of bummed it's all coming to an end," Langdon said. "I'd race every weekend if I could. I just love the sport. I don't want to stop.

"I am fired up to see how the points shake out and where we end up. We're shooting for fourth place, and considering this is my second year as a pro I think that would be a great finish for us."

Heading into this weekend's 46th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals, Langdon is just a two races removed from a season-best runner-up finish, which he scored at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas. In the playoffs alone he's won seven elimination rounds, moving him up two spots in the Full Throttle rankings to his current fifth-place perch.

"The car's been running pretty good," Langdon said. "We've been strong on race day but just a little inconsistent in qualifying. Maybe we can put it all together this weekend. That's the plan."

The race brings Langdon back to his roots. He grew up in Mira Loma, where his mother Debbie still resides, and frequents La Habra, where his father Chad lives. In fact, he skipped a trip back to Indianapolis after the last event in Las Vegas to come to California early to visit his family and friends.

The area also is home to Lucas Oil's corporate headquarters, which is in Corona.

"We'll have lots of support, that's for sure," Langdon said. "I'm actually scheduled to play a game or two with my old softball league team before the race so that will be fun to catch up with those guys. Everyone from back home is always so supportive of my racing and it's neat when they get to come to an actual event. It's better than following it on Facebook.

"Hopefully, we'll close the year with a big race and put smiles on everyone's faces."

-source: lucas oil racing

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