Langdon pushes points leader to brink to lead Lucas Oil team action BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 15) -- Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster pilot Shawn Langdon thrilled the Sunday crowd at Brainerd International Raceway with a valiant quarterfinal effort...
Langdon pushes points leader to brink to lead Lucas Oil team action
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 15) -- Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster pilot Shawn Langdon thrilled the Sunday crowd at Brainerd International Raceway with a valiant quarterfinal effort against points leader Larry Dixon but ultimately came up two-hundredths of a second short of advancing to the semifinals of the 29th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
The sophomore driver left the starting line well ahead of Dixon with a .058-second reaction time to Dixon's .085-second start, but just before the eighth-mile mark Dixon was able to pass Langdon and pull away for the miniscule win, running a 3.823 at 314.53 mph to Langdon's 3.874 at 311.34 mph.
"I had my best light (reaction time) of the weekend and the car posted its best elapsed time of the weekend so there's nothing more we could have done," Langdon said. "That team's No. 1 for a reason. We stepped up to the plate, tried our best, and just came up a little short. They're getting ready for the playoffs and they aren't leaving anything on the plate. It was just a good drag race that Larry won."
Langdon's impressive charge was the best of the Lucas Oil pro team in Brainerd.
Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Hector Arana lost in Round 2 when his Lucas Oil Buell crept through the lights and caused him to red-light, while Pro Stock veteran Larry Morgan lost in the opening session when his Lucas Oil Ford Mustang spun its' tires.
"Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong this weekend," said Arana, who won this event in 2009. "It was the exact opposite of last year.
"I'm really glad we've got a few weeks off because we have some work to do. We're gonna go home and take this bike down to the bare chassis and check every little thing. Then we'll redo the motors and make them perfect. Then we'll go to the Indy test and make absolutely sure we're ready for the Countdown."
The No. 7 qualifier in Pro Stock, Morgan was upset by V. Gaines. Morgan ran a competitive 6.668 at 207.66 mph but early tire spin allowed Gaines to power away for the victory with a 6.636 at 207.82 mph.
"For the first time this year we lost a race we should have won," Morgan said. "It cooled off so much overnight and our Boss motor was making so much more horsepower we just over-cooked it and spun the tires. I didn't make the right call with the clutch, plain and simple, and V. made a superrun and beat us.
"I'll tell you what, it sure feels a lot better knowing we can run with the better cars. We qualified in the top half and it wasn't a fluke; we earned the spot. We're making all the right moves to get where we need to be. I'm excited to get to Indy and race this Lucas Oil Mustang again."
The NHRA tour takes two weeks off before the Countdown to the Championship begins Sept. 2-6 at the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil in Indianapolis.
-source: lucas oil racing