Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team lost in the first round of the Thunder Valley Nationals this weekend in Bristol.
With the track tempature nearing 140 degrees, this season’s Bristol event proved to be a race of survival. The best run for Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team proved to be the Friday evening session with temperatures dipping slightly. Langdon was able to score a 4.191 second pass at nearly 300 mph, which secured Langdon a spot in the field and a top ten starting spot.
The first draw for the Toyota driver was former Funny Car champion Jack Beckman. With the sun beating down on the track, Langdon and Beckman were neck-and-neck early. However, shortly after 200 feet, Langdon’s Global Electronic Technology Camry began to haze the tires. He was able to get it to recover, but Beckman made a clean run to score the round win.
Qualified: No. 10 (4.191 sec., 299.20 mph)
E1: Langdon defeated by Beckman – 4.569 sec., 266.37 mph to 4.283 sec., 281.30 mph
Quotable: “Tough weekend for the Global Electronic Technology team, and not the result we were hoping for. Looking forward to Norwalk, Kalitta’s home track. We are gaining on it, and I am ready for another shot next weekend.”
Point Standings: 11th; leads Jonnie Lindberg by 36 points for 12th; trails Bob Tasca III by seven points for 10th.
Kalitta Motorsports PR/Photo Credit Gary Nastase Photography