Crandall: Series spotlight - Kenny Lang

Defending champ Lang ready to tackle new track While much of the focus surrounding the upcoming Nitro Jam race at Dallas Raceway has been about the track itself, it is the drivers that will walk away from this weekend's event with the fame and...

Defending champ Lang ready to tackle new track

While much of the focus surrounding the upcoming Nitro Jam race at Dallas Raceway has been about the track itself, it is the drivers that will walk away from this weekend's event with the fame and glory that comes with winning a first-time event.

And defending IHRA Pro Modified champion Kenny Lang hopes he is the one hoisting the inaugural Amalie Oil Texas Nationals trophy Sunday night.

"We are really looking forward to the Dallas race. It will be a big race for us and could set the tone for the rest of our season," Lang said. "It looks like an incredible facility and we can't wait to get there."

Lang heads to Dallas Raceway just 39 points out of first and is coming off of a runner-up finish to Tim Tindle at Rockingham Dragway last month. Using that momentum, Lang hopes the long drive from Grande Pointe, Manitoba to Dallas this weekend will pay off in a big way with his first win of the year.

"We are serious about our chances of going for our second straight championship and are going to do whatever we can to achieve that goal," Lang said. "Hopefully we can show that to everyone there in Dallas."

With the series entering the third of 10 races on the year, Lang knows that the time to strike is now. It was this time last year that Lang made a move that positioned him for the 2008 championship and he hopes to have similar results this weekend.

"Our start this year has been a little slower than I would have liked, but we also started a little slow last year and then got it going after that at the Rock. This year we had a similar start followed by a runner-up finish last month," Lang said. "Now we need to get after it and try to put ourselves up there again in the points lead."

And with the so-called bugs worked out in the early portion of the schedule, Lang feels that he has a great chance to walk away from this weekend's event as the Pro Mod point leader.

"We think we have our few issues sorted out now and are back on pace," Lang said. "The new track is going to present a bit of a challenge, but the quality of that track should make our job a lot easier."

The Amalie Oil Texas Nationals will get underway Friday and run through Sunday at the brand-new Dallas Raceway in Crandall, Texas.

The race will feature an added bonus for fans of Pro Modified racing as over a dozen Texas Outlaw Pro Mods will join the thrilling IHRA Pro Modified show at the inaugural event.

-credit: ihra

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