Langdon and Morgan know they'll need to work hard to win Vegas race
LAS VEGAS (April 2) – Shawn Langdon would have liked to have qualified higher up the ladder at the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, but he doesn't mind filling the role of underdog at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, either.
"We've got Spencer Massey in the morning," Langdon said about his first-round matchup on Sunday. "Which is good for us, because I'd rather knock a car like that out early, than catch them later after they get on a roll during the day."
Langdon put the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster 11th in the field on Saturday after a best pass of 3.985 seconds at 290.26 mph.
"We really just struggled in qualifying this weekend," Langdon said. "It's the first hot race of the year, and you are going to run into that stuff."
He did draw Massey, who qualified No. 6 with a best run of 3.945 at 309.70 mph.
"We put ourselves in hole from the get-go it seems like," Langdon said. "We made a good pass on the opening round, but from there it seemed like we couldn't get it together.
"We know how to get a good car, but we're just having troubles dropping cylinders. The track is going to be way different tomorrow, so we're just going to need to put a good run together and go on from there."
The Lucas Oil Ford driven by Larry Morgan made the Pro Stock field in the No. 15 spot after a pass of 6.762 seconds at 204.88 mph.
"We changed the suspension around," Morgan said. "We blew through the clutch every time so far. I'm running a speed where I ought to be running a 6.71 or 6.72, which is a sign that we just need to make some fine adjustments to the tuneup and we'll be fine."
Morgan squares off against No. 2 qualifier Jason Line, who ran a best qualifying pass of 6.707 at 205.47 mph.
Eliminations for the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals begin at 11 a.m. from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
-source: lucas oil racing