Shawn Langdon is winding down the NHRA regular season with a consistent and quick Top Fuel dragster and the 2013 Top Fuel champion is eager to get to Brainerd International Raceway. The 15-time Top Fuel national event winner will be racing the CMR Construction and Roofing Toyota dragster that he powered it to a runner-up finish at the Thunder Valley Nationals earlier this season. Since that race Langdon has tallied another final round, a semifinal and two quarterfinal finishes.
“We have been on a pretty good run since Bristol and I am looking forward to getting back in the CMR Construction and Roofing Top Fuel dragster,” said Langdon. “I almost got the double up win in Bristol with a Super Comp and Top Fuel Wally. We got close in Denver but had an issue in the final. This team can win every weekend which is the position you want to be in at this time of the season.”
Langdon and the CMR Construction and Roofing Toyota dragster will once again be facing the toughest group of competitors the Top Fuel class has seen in recent memory. This season seven different drivers have won in Top Fuel with an almost equal number scoring runner-up finishes. The past six races have seen six different winners.
“Anyone can win any weekend in Top Fuel right now and we just need to keep working hard and putting ourselves in position to be that team,” said Langdon. “We have come close the winning a lot this season and it seems like the teams we lost to usually went on to win the race. There is no margin for error and I know our time is coming.”
Brainerd International Raceway is one of the few tracks Langdon has not raced to at least one final round. Langdon looks at this fact as an opportunity for his CMR Top Fuel team to turn their luck around. His team is led by some of the brightest crew chief minds in the sport with Connie Kalitta, Kurt Elliott and Jason McCulloch working together and calling the shots.
“Every race is a new opportunity for success,” said Langdon. “Connie, Kurt and Jason work so well together I have a great race car every weekend. It won’t be as hot on track like we have seen the past couple of races so everyone will have to adjust. I like my chances with this CMR team.”
2021 NHRA Brainerd Nationals Highlights: Qual. No. 7; Lost to Antron Brown
Last Event Recap 2022 Topeka Nationals: Qual. 9; Beat Clay Millican; Lost to Mike Salinas
Career Stats: 301 events, 297 starts, 325 round wins, 17 wins, 37 finals, 19 No. 1 qualifiers; in Top Fuel: 253 events, 249 starts, 15 wins, 34 finals, 286 round wins, 19 No. 1 qualifiers
Winternationals: Qual 8; Lost to Josh Hart
Arizona Nationals: Qual 7; Beat Antron Brown; Lost to Mike Salinas
Gatornationals: Qual 21; DNQ
Las Vegas1: Qual 11; Beat Doug Kalitta and Rob Passey; Lost to Steve Torrence and Brittany Force
Houston: Qual 10; Beat Leah Pruett; Lost to Brittany Force
Charlotte1: Qual 14; Lost to Clay Millican, Josh Hart
Richmond: Qual 12; Beat Doug Foley; Lost to Brittany Force
Epping: Qual. No. 12; Beat Josh Hart, Doug Kalitta; Lost to Justin Ashley
Bristol: RUNNER-UP; Qual. No. 9; Beat Spencer Massey, Mike Salinas, Antron Brown; Lost to Justin Ashley
Norwalk: Qual. No. 9; Lost to Tripp Tatum
Denver: RUNNER-UP; Qual. No. 12; Beat Greg Carrillo, Mike Salinas, Josh Hart; Lost to Leah Pruett
Sonoma: Qual. 9; Beat Antron Brown, Leah Pruett; Lost to Brittany Force
Seattle: Qual. 6; Beat Mike Salinas; Lost to Tony Schumacher
Topeka: Qual. 9; Beat Clay Millican; Lost to Mike Salinas
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