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Team-bonding experience has Langdon's Lucas Oil team ready for Denver DENVER (July 21) -- Second-year Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon and his Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster teammates are riding a wave of good feelings after Langdon's big win last...

Team-bonding experience has Langdon's Lucas Oil team ready for Denver

DENVER (July 21) -- Second-year Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon and his Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster teammates are riding a wave of good feelings after Langdon's big win last Sunday at Infineon Raceway in Northern California. Sure the victory came in Super Gas, not Top Fuel, but Langdon's nitro brothers shared in the glory and now find themselves as motivated as ever to win their first race together in the Top Fuel rail.

"We try to do everything we can as a group," Langdon said. "We win as a group, and we lose as a group. After we got beat in the first round (of Top Fuel) the guys got their work done and came over to the Super Gas pits and helped me get that car ready for each round. It meant a lot to me.

"To have them all there on the starting line at the end of the day was special. It brought us closer together, I think, and it definitely made us want to get a win in Top Fuel real soon. We can all taste it now."

A two-time national champion at the Sportsman level, Langdon remains one of the best drivers in the Top Fuel class. His car has been consistent, just not exceptionally lucky this season.

"Hopefully we can go a couple rounds in Denver and clinch our spot in the Countdown," Langdon said, referring to the NHRA's six-race playoffs. "That's our main focus right now. We want to get that weight off our shoulders. We're almost there, we're close, and we'd like to get it done in Denver and move on to the next goal.

"We've had a good racecar but we've been pretty conservative lately. We need to get a little more aggressive with the tune-up to get up there with the top guys.

"Denver's tough. Everything you think you know really doesn't apply up there. It's a whole different deal. You have to change your tune up pretty much all the way around. But we've run decent up there and we love the facility. It's one of the nicest tracks we go to each year."

Prior to the race, Langdon and his entire will visit the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in nearby Colorado Springs for a private tour of the facility, followed by a meet and greet session with the servicemen and women that work at NORAD and Peterson Air Force Base.

"We're really looking forward to going to NORAD," Langdon said. "It's something cool that most people don't get to do. To be able to do something like that and sign autographs for the guys and girls over there will be a lot of fun. Hopefully they're as excited to see us as we are to tour Cheyenne Mountain."

-source: lucas oil racing

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