Langdon looking sharp at season-opener; Veteran Morgan enjoying the ride
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 26) -- It may be a different month in a new season, but Shawn Langdon's momentum has not changed.
Langdon put the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster into the elimination field with a solid pass of 3.847 seconds at 314.31 mph, which is good enough for sixth on the grid. It follows up a final-round appearance at this same track last November.
"Our opening run turned out to be our saving grace because we smoked the tires both runs today," Langdon said. "The first one we went 3.84 and the top guys were going 3.80 so we tried to step it up and see if we could catch them. It didn't quite work out but it's fine because now we know what to do (on) race day."
Lucas Oil's other driver, Larry Morgan, put the Lucas Oil Ford Mustang into the Pro Stock field with a 6.588 seconds at 209.95 mph. He goes off 10th.
Langdon faces T.J. Zizzo, who had a best pass of 3.870 seconds at 312.57 mph in the first round.
"We open against T.J. so we'll need to be ready," Langdon said. "That's a good car over there and he's a good driver. We know they'll make a good run and it's not going to be easy. We'll need to make a good run and I'll need a good light. We definitely want to go a few rounds tomorrow."
Langdon also has been running his Lucas Oil Super Comp dragster at the this weekend, which he says helps him relax at the track.
"Mentally (running two cars) has helped me get into the right frame of mind," Langdon said. "All my eggs aren't in one basket. I have two different chances to win and that makes it exciting. Winning builds your confidence and when your confidence goes up you tend to drive better. The sooner you can get your driving in order early in the year, the better you're going to do."
It was a crazy weekend all the way around, but the Lucas Oil crews took care of business under weird conditions, which included a hail storm Saturday morning.
"I've been racing here for 28 years and, coming out of Ohio, I could never understand why they called this race the Winternationals until today," Morgan said. "To go from making snowballs in our pit to doing a burnout and making a run two hours later was surreal. You have to hand it to the Safety Safari. They did a phenomenal job."
Morgan faces No. 7 qualifier Kurt Johnson, who ran a best pass of 6.571 seconds at 210.21 mph.
"I'm thrilled to be in the field, and to be in the 10th spot," Morgan said. "Heck, I'm just thrilled to be here racing after it looked like we might not make it here. I knew the car would be good because it's about all we had to work on this off-season and it's run strong so far. I can't wait to go out there tomorrow and win this thing. That would be the best way to thank Speedco, Lucas Oil, Summit, and Ford for their support."
-source: lucas oil racing