Langdon says Lucas Oil team on cusp of something good TOPEKA, Kan. (May 19) -- Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon knows his Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster is primed for a breakthrough race, and he's hoping this weekend's 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer...
Langdon says Lucas Oil team on cusp of something good
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 19) -- Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon knows his Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster is primed for a breakthrough race, and he's hoping this weekend's 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka is the place where it will happen.
"I was talking with Stewie (crew chief John Stewart) and even though our results haven't shown it lately, he's really happy with what we're doing with the racecar right now," Langdon said. "Besides, Topeka owns us one, so we're coming to take it back."
With limited testing dates available for race teams to use throughout the year, Langdon and Stewart elected to tinker with their tune-up during the last two national events. They're still running hard on race days, but they've used a few select qualifying sessions to try some things they think will ultimately help them improve.
"We had reached a point with the tune-up where it was pretty much maxed out in the early part of the run," Langdon said. "Stewie and the guys moved some things around in the clutch where it's safer down low and our tuning window has grown. It's showing progress where it's not so overly aggressive on the tire.
"We're slowly creeping up on things. It's been running good out the back, which shows that we're making good power, it's been the early part of the run that was keeping us from running the ETs we need to keep up with the top teams every pass."
Langdon hopes the car improves enough this weekend that he can exact a little revenge on Heartland Park Topeka.
"We were running so strong last year at this race, totally handling the heat, and then we got to the semifinals and the car wouldn't go into reverse after the burnout," Langdon said. "We didn't even get a chance to run and that left a bad taste in my mouth. I've been wanting to get back to Topeka ever since.
"I expect it will be a lot Atlanta was last weekend -- hot and greasy. We've got some ideas of how we want to run the car and we'll be ready to race when we get there.
"It's never fun when you have to take a little step back to figure out what's best for the long haul but I know when I was running my Super Comp dragster, you have to be patient at times. I know we'll be stronger once the Countdown starts and that's when we'll be running for the championship."
Another item on Langdon's to-do list is to improve his 17-1 starting line record this season. So far in 2010, Langdon has left ahead of 17 of the 18 people he's faced.
"We started 17-0 and Cory McClenathan treed me the other day in Atlanta so I'm not happy," Langdon said, referring to McClenathan's miniscule .004 advantage he gained in Round 1. "It's time to start another streak. It's something I really take pride in and I want to get back on track right away."