Topeka: Shawn Langdon final report

Langdon full of condifence leaving Topeka TOPEKA, Kan. (May 23) -- It was the kind of weekend Shawn Langdon and the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster have been hoping for. Langdon got his first round win in more than month on Sunday at ...

Langdon full of condifence leaving Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 23) -- It was the kind of weekend Shawn Langdon and the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster have been hoping for.

Langdon got his first round win in more than month on Sunday at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, and despite losing in the second round by .008 seconds to Tony Schumacher, Langdon said the team has been energized by the overall solid weekend.

"We turned our program around this weekend," Langdon said. "We've been pretty far behind the last couple of races, and now were running within a couple of hundredths of the fast guys."

In the first round against Mike Strasburg, Langdon ran a 3.971 second pass at 276.18 seconds which was good enough to get around Strasburg's 4.026 at 306.88 mph.

Schumacher had lane choice in the second round. Langdon got the advantage off the starting line with a .040 second light to Schumacher's .065. Schumacher had too much engine and crossed the line in 3.882 seconds at 310.91 mph with Langdon inches behind with a 3.915 at 308.92 mph.

"In the first round we hurt our good blower," Langdon said. "We had to put our backup blower on for the second round. You test all these blowers on the dyno in the shop. When you get to the track you always second-guess if they are really as close as they are at the shop.

"In hindsight, we probably didn't have enough motor."

The second-round loss didn't spoil a weekend where all the experiments the team made finally bore some fruit.

"We've got nothing to hand our heads about," Langdon said. "We have a very competitive car again. We're excited for these next couple of races."

The Lucas Oil/Speedco team has a weekend off before loading up and hitting the road for four straight races starting with the United Association Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Speedway in Chicago, June 4-6.

"Nobody wants to win more than these guys," Langdon said. "We turned it around this weekend and it was a big confidence booster for everybody."

-source: lor

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Mike Strasburg , Shawn Langdon