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Back home in Cali, Langdon racing in a comfort zone SONOMA, Calif. (July 13) -- As a California native there's always something comforting for Shawn Langdon, driver of the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster, about racing in his home...

Back home in Cali, Langdon racing in a comfort zone

SONOMA, Calif. (July 13) -- As a California native there's always something comforting for Shawn Langdon, driver of the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster, about racing in his home state.

This week, Langdon races in California's wine country at the 24th annual Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma -- a place he knows as well as his own back yard.

"I've always enjoyed Sonoma," Langdon said. "I've raced there ever since I was a kid. I've always enjoyed that track and they always put on a great show there."

Langdon and the Lucas Oil team have been putting on a show of their own of late. Langdon raced to the semifinals Sunday in Seattle, strengthening his hold on seventh place in the standings and extending his streak of winning at least one round at a race to three straight national events.

"We're going to have a lot of top Toyota executives there this weekend," Langdon said. "It's going to be a great opportunity for us to show them what we can do."

Langdon said the team is building momentum toward getting that first win as a unit and getting prepared for the NHRA's version of the playoffs, the Countdown to 1.

"We know we're going to have to step it up in that Friday night session," Langdon said. "That's where we know we'll be able to get a good spot on the ladder. That Friday night session has been a bit of a weak spot for us lately.

"The conditions there should be similar to what we saw in Seattle last weekend, so we should be able to put up some good numbers if we do our jobs properly."

-source: lucas oil racing

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