Langdon and DHL Race to Quarterfinals at Houston SpringNationals

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Shawn Langdon and the DHL Toyota Top Fuel dragster continued to make progress as the young NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season made its turn into the warmer spring and summer months. Racing at Houston Raceway Park, in 80-degree temperatures which translated to temps well over 100 degrees on the track Langdon and his DHL Toyota team battled through two days of qualifying to head into eliminations as the No. 10 Top Fuel dragster in a 16-car field.

In a wild first round race Langdon picked up the win as he pedaled and muscled his DHL Toyota Top Fuel dragster down the right lane. Both race cars had traction issues but as Langdon was working to regain power his parachutes deployed just beyond half-track, and he carried that extra drag to the finish line. The 2013 NHRA Top Fuel champion had enough of a lead and skill to get to the finish line first.

“This is a good track but getting through the tough section is a little bit difficult to navigate,” said Langdon after the win. “I was just a little aggressive getting back on the pedal. I was a little quick and it kept smoking the tires. I really got lucky to get that round win. I didn’t do a great job, but I was better than my opponent and that is all that matters. I got a round win and that was good for DHL, CMR Roofing and Construction, Toyota and everybody. We have had some goofy stuff happen and that win light wasn’t completely goofy for us.”

In the quarterfinals for the second consecutive race Langdon was ready to go head-to-head with the No. 2 qualifier and eventual race winner Brittany Force. Langdon jumped off the starting line with a dominant starting line advantage and was pulling away when his dragster overpowered the race track. Force was able to drive around the 2013 Top Fuel world champion.

Langdon will be back in action in five days at the Circle K Four-Wide Nationals outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. He will be racing his CMR Construction and Roofing Top Fuel dragster for the third time this season.

Statistics:
Qualified: Qual. 10 (3.728 sec, 325.30 mph) 
Bonus points: 0

Race Details:

E1
Qual    Driver                                                  RT        ET        MPH
10        Shawn Langdon                                  .072     4.774   197.44 (W)
7          Leah Pruett                                         .052     5.078   201.04

E2
Qual    Driver                                                  RT        ET        MPH
10        Shawn Langdon                                  .060     5.589   128.73
2          Brittany Force                                     .103     3.773   330.47 (W)

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