Langdon and Morgan peaking at the right time in Charlotte
Lucas Oil drivers Shawn Langdon and Larry Morgan saved their best runs of the weekend for last, blasting solidly into the field of the second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA 4-Wide Nationals Saturday afternoon with a pair of great runs.
Langdon guided the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster to the sixth spot in the field with a 3.853 at 317.64 mph, while Morgan piloted his Lucas Oil Ford Mustang Pro Stock car to one if its best passes of the entire season -- a 6.605 at 210.14 mph.
With shadows creeping over the track and a cool breeze blowing, Langdon said his run was just the jolt his team needed.
"When you can make your best run of the weekend in the last qualifying session it boosts your confidence," Langdon said. "We hit that first lane in stride, which is really good because most of the best runs were on the other side. Now we head into tomorrow and we know we've got to lay down another good run no matter what lane we are running and who we have to race."
Since this is the 4-Wide Nationals, Langdon has not one, but three first-round opponents. Langdon is grouped with No. 3 qualifier Larry Dixon, who ran a 3.808 at 323.43 mph, No. 14 Dom Lagana (3.957 at 303.03 mph), and No. 11 Terry McMillen (3.874 at 294.24 mph).
"We can't beat ourselves," Langdon said. "We've got to be in the top two (of each round) until we reach the final. Then we've just got to throw down and try to be the best out there."
Like Langdon, Morgan was all smiles after his big Round 4 run.
"We found some things wrong with the car that we didn't think were wrong," Morgan said. "You spend so much time putting the blame on the motor when things don't go right but we found some things outside the engine this morning, fixed them, and it made a difference.
"After tonight's last run, it still looks like there is .03 or .04 seconds left in it so if we find some of that then I think we'll really have something to work with here."
In Morgan's first-round quad is No. 3 Mike Edwards (6.573 at 210.80 mph), No. 14 Warren Johnson (6.630 at 209.98 mph), and No. 6 Greg Stanfield (6.582 at 210.37 mph).
"This makes me feel good for all the people who've stuck next to me," Morgan said. "Companies like Lucas Oil, Summit, Ford, Moldstar, and Speedco have done a lot to keep me out here.
"I'm also really excited for the guys back at the shop and the guys out on the road with me to see all their hard work really pay off."
Eliminations at the VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA 4-Wide Nationals get under way at noon EDT from Charlotte. Eliminations run in primetime from 7-10 p.m. ET on ESPN2.