Shawn Langdon scored a round win and gave the points leader quite a fight at today’s Norwalk Nationals.
Langdon was outside of the qualifying order going into Saturday, but the Global Electronic Technology team had a great plan. A stellar 4.050 second pass tuned by Nicky Boninfante and Kurt Elliott meant a bonus point and a top half starting spot for Langdon.
In the first round, Langdon was the final nitro pair to see the track with his opponent, former Kalitta driver and Funny Car world champion Del Worsham. Langdon got a slight advantage at the tree, and lowered his elapsed time from Saturday to advance past Worsham and further secure his top ten placement.
In the quarterfinals, Langdon came up against points leader Courtney Force. He was able to get three hundredths at the starting line, but he needed just a little more as Force was able to drive around Langdon despite a weekend-best run of 4.025 seconds.
Qualified: No. 8 (4.050 sec., 308.71 mph)
E1: Langdon defeated Worsham – 4.045 sec., 318.77 mph to 4.847 sec., 202.00 mph
E2: Langdon defeated by C. Force – 4.025 sec., 315.19 mph to 3.971 sec., 325.37 mph
Quotable: “We had a great weekend for how it started off. The Global Electronic Technology Toyota ended up the eighth qualifier and we made two good runs today. We gave the points leader a pretty solid run. We are picking away at it. We are back inside the top ten, which is a plus and we have a better race car, which is also a plus. We just came up a little bit short today in the quarterfinals. We have a week to go over everything and get ready for Epping.”
Point Standings: Ninth; leads Bob Tasca III by five points for 10th; trails John Force by 45 points for eighth.
Kalitta Motorsports PR/Photo Credit Gary Nastase Photography