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Rested Lucas Oil racer Langdon ready to attack Western Swing SEATTLE (July 6) -- After a well-deserved week away from the track, Shawn Langdon and his Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster team is ready to face the NHRA's Western Swing head ...

Rested Lucas Oil racer Langdon ready to attack Western Swing

SEATTLE (July 6) -- After a well-deserved week away from the track, Shawn Langdon and his Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster team is ready to face the NHRA's Western Swing head on.

Langdon said he's spent the week off recharging his mental batteries in preparation for the Western Swing of consecutive races through Seattle, Sonoma, and Denver, which begins this weekend at Pacific Raceways with the NHRA Northwest Nationals.

"Really, I've spent the time just relaxing," Langdon said. "I've been hanging out at the house with my girlfriend, Jessica. I've really just been enjoying the time off. I've not had a lot of time away from the racetrack this year been Sportsman racing and the Top Fuel car so it's been nice to go to the shop every day and slow the pace down."

Langdon is a solid seventh in the Full Throttle Series Top Fuel standings, and he's hoping the team can crack the victory column before the three-week trek out west ends.J

Four races are left before the top 10 in points are locked in and the NHRA's postseason, the Countdown to 1, begins.

"We're really going to try to start the Western Swing on the right foot," he said. "Our main thing is to go a couple of rounds here and there, and just let the luck factor fall into place. Our goal is to get one win out of the three-race swing.

"Things are coming around for us right now. We're excited."

It's a positive feeling that has filtered through the entire Lucas Oil/Speedco team.

"We were racing a lot early in June and not getting the results we wanted," Langdon said. "That was frustrating for the team because we know we can win, but we were making little mistakes that were hurting us.

"The frustration built up and guys got down, but I'll give them credit, everyone stood together and were ready for the next race. We spent a lot of time together during the Fourth of July weekend, that's the kind of close-knit team we have, and I think that brotherhood will help us moving forward."

Pacific Raceways holds a special place in Langdon's memory, so he's always excited to make his way back there.

"I won my first national event there in 2002," said Langdon, a three-time world champion before he turned professional in 2009. "I'm always excited to get back there. I've got a lot of good memories at Pacific Raceways and it's always great to race at a track where you've had some success."

-source: lucas oil racing

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