Shawn Langdon Looking Forward to Joliet

Route 66 Raceway

Busy weekend on tap for Lucas Oil Top Fuel pro Langdon

Shawn Langdon is going to be pulling an unusual double-duty at this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Route 66 Nationals.

Langdon will be in his normal spot behind the wheel of the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster this weekend, but he'll also take on the additional role of car owner to a Super Comp machine participating in the JEGS Allstars, the annual showdown of Sportsman racing's best drivers.

Shawn Langdon climbs aboard for first round on Sunday
Shawn Langdon climbs aboard for first round on Sunday

Photo by: Glenn F. Katauskas

"Eric Kennard is going to be running my dragster there," Langdon said. "I'll be acting as his crew chief this weekend too. That'll be fun."

Langdon knows competition in the JEGS Allstars is as fierce as it is anywhere.

"I was a part of it for three years," Langdon said. "I won it twice. It's an honor to have my car involved. I hope Eric does a good job with it, and we give him a fast car.

"It can be nerve wracking because I hope no one wads up my expensive racecar. But I love Sportsman racing, so any time I can get back into it, it's a good time."

A native of southern California who now lives in Indianapolis, Langdon added his extra work should help out the Lucas Oil dragster crew quite a bit.

"I can radio back track condition reports to Stewie (crew chief John Stewart)," Langdon said. "I'm not sure if he'll listen, but any data is helpful."

As for his day job in the NHRA Full Throttle Series, Langdon is trying to lock the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster into a spot in the Countdown to the Championship, the NHRA's version of the postseason. Langdon currently sits ninth in the standings, with a 65-point cushion over the 10th and final spot the Countdown.

"The car has been making some good runs lately," Langdon said. "If we can find some consistency and a little luck, we'll hopefully be able to make a run and build some momentum once the Countdown gets started."

By: lucas oil racing

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