Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster runs strong in testing
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 5) -- If this week's test session is any indication, the 2011 season could be an exciting one for Shawn Langdon and the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster.
Langdon made several strong runs during the week before leaving Palm Beach International Raceway with a new personal best.
"We made a couple of runs late in the week and put together a 3.81 (seconds) at 320 mph," Langdon said. "That was a big step in the right direction.
"All-in-all, we've got some good information and we've got my car and Morgan (Lucas's) car running identically."
Langdon's crew chief John Stewart said he was able to shakedown some parts and run some different combinations.
"We've found some clutch discs that are working pretty good," Stewart said. "We found a problem with the fuel system and fixed that. We just made sure everything was working properly."
Stewart said finding the parts that work the best in February will save the team a lot of headaches during the season.
"The clutch discs are some of the most important parts on the car," Stewart said. "You can make all the power in the world, but if you don't have consistency in those discs, that'll bite you."
Stewart said he was relieved the Lucas Oil/Speedco rail threw a few challenges his direction during the test.
"Sometimes when it goes too good, it's not good," Stewart said. "You like to have a few problems to get them out of the way. It's like buying a new dirt bike. The first thing you want to do is throw it on the ground so you won't worry about scratching later."
It's the kind of start that has Langdon brimming with confidence heading into the season opening Kragen O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 24-27, at Pomona, Calif.
"We're ready to go to Pomona," Langdon said. "It was a pretty good deal. We finished in the top five last year, and with the start we've had I feel like we can contend for a top three or maybe the championship.
"It's going to be an exciting year."
-source: lucas oil racing