Lucas Oil Top Fuel pro Langdon not looking for luck in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (March 28) -- Unlike most visitors to Glitter Gulch, Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon, the pilot of the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster, isn't looking for luck when he arrives at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this weekend's 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.
"What would mean the most to me is if we post solid runs every time we go down the track, in qualifying and eliminations," said Langdon, who grew up three hours from Vegas in the suburbs of Los Angeles. "If our car was in the top three every round, that would be much better than going some rounds because we caught some lucky breaks.
"We've got two good cars on this team between mine and Morgan (Lucas' GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster) and we're proving what we can do to a certain extent. But we still have a ways to go before we'll be satisfied."
Langdon, Lucas, and reigning world champion Larry Dixon are currently separated by just one point in the rankings. Langdon is third, while Lucas and Dixon are tied for fourth. Dixon's teammate Del Worsham leads the way, 38 markers ahead of Langdon.
"On any given day, we can compete with anyone in the class," Langdon said. "We want to get to a point where we're running the same elapsed times and top speeds as the elite teams every round, without thinking we need to catch a lucky break to be there.
"The only way I'll ever be satisfied is if we're low ET of every round. Then we'll lead the class outright and everyone else will be chasing us. Until then, we'll continue working as hard as we can."
Langdon was low qualifier at this race in 2009, so he has a fond memories of the racetrack, and the city of Las Vegas.
"Normally, you go to a race, then you go eat and go to your hotel room," Langdon said. "Vegas isn't like that at all. There is so much to do and it's always a good time. Plus, the track is great and we've run well there in the past.
"Still, our main thing is to stay focused and do what we need to do on the strip. If we do that, then we can have all the fun we want in the winner's circle."
- source: lucas oil racing