Weather changes provide fast platform for Lucas and Langdon HOUSTON (March 28) -- It got cold overnight at Houston Raceway Park, which turned the southeast Texas speedplant into a virtual mineshaft. Early in the day, ambient temperatures were in...
Weather changes provide fast platform for Lucas and Langdon
HOUSTON (March 28) -- It got cold overnight at Houston Raceway Park, which turned the southeast Texas speedplant into a virtual mineshaft. Early in the day, ambient temperatures were in the mid-to-high 50s with adjusted altitude readings dipping into negative digits at the facility, located just 11 feet above sea level and less than a mile away from Galveston Bay.
Morgan Lucas Racing Top Fuel drivers Morgan Lucas and Shawn Langdon took full advantage of the improved conditions, zooming to great passes under sunny skies. Lucas had a best of 3.881 at 305.77 mph in his GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster, while Langdon coaxed a 3.886 at 295.72 mph out of his Lucas Oil/Dixie Choppers dragster.
"Whenever the weather shifts from the moisture and humidity we had yesterday to the crisp, cool air we had today, the crew chiefs really earn their money," Lucas said. "It was a little tense because we didn't make our best run until the last session but Jimmy (Walsh, tuner) came through with a big number for us.
"It's a lot of fun to race under these conditions and I'm really excited about tomorrow, especially now that we feel like we've figured this track out a little better. The conditions are supposed to be pretty similar so we should be able to run quick."
Lucas' pass sets up a first-round meeting with David Baca, who qualified 11th with a 3.935 at 310.55 mph. The two men raced in Phoenix earlier this year with Lucas taking an easy win. Lucas qualified sixth overall at this event.
On Langdon's side of the pit, the driver and his crew were feeling great about making three strong runs during qualifying as they know consistency wins races.
"We ran a 3.92, a 3.89, and the 3.88 so we're really happy to have the car running so well every round," Langdon said. "I'm not sure how many cars can say they went down the track all three rounds. You need to give a lot of credit to Stewie (crew chief John Stewart) and the rest of the Lucas Oil crew.
A leading rookie-of-the-year candidate and the No. 8 qualifier at this event, Langdon will open racing against Cory McClenathan, the No. 9 qualifier with a 3.889 at 313.00 mph.
"Cory got me out in Pomona in my first pro race so I'd really like to even the score tomorrow morning," Langdon said.
The first round of eliminations begins at 11 a.m. Ranked seventh and eighth in the points heading into this race, Lucas and Langdon hope to improve with big Sundays.