Shawn Langdon is looking to keep two streaks going heading into the NTK Carolina NHRA Nationals. The second year Funny Car driver and Funny Car championship contender is looking for his second win at zMax Dragway this season as well as his second win in a row in the Countdown. If Langdon can keep these streaks alive the former Top Fuel champion will be closer to picking up his first Funny Car Mello Yello Funny Car championship.
“We have a lot of positive momentum coming out of St. Louis,” said Langdon. “That win was a total team effort. I did my job as a driver and Del and Nicky did a great job tuning throughout race day. We raced our teammate in the final round which is how you want the day to go.”
This weekend’s race will start a two race stretch where Langdon will be racing a pink Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry. This is the second year in a row Langdon and Global Electronic Technology will be supporting breast cancer awareness during the month of October. For Langdon he is hoping to raise treatment and awareness for all forms of cancer prevention since his father recently battled liver cancer.
“When you hear the word cancer it just breaks your spirit. I would like to be a part of turning that reaction around,” said Langdon. “My dad was really lucky and got a liver transplant just in time earlier this season. October is known as breast cancer awareness month but I think it is also important to talk about all forms of cancer treatment and awareness throughout the year. I have to thank Steve and Samantha Bryson for all their support of my family over the past two years. I think this pink Global Electronic Technology Funny Car looks amazing and I want to park it in the winner’s circle in Charlotte and Dallas.”
As a second generation racer Langdon grew up in the sport and has had success at every level beginning with the Jr. Dragster program. His sportsman skills were on full display during the second round of racing in St. Louis. A week earlier Langdon was in the final round of a $30,000 to win bracket race in his Super Comp dragster and on Sunday he had to pedal and run down Jim Campbell in his 11,000 hp Toyota Camry Funny Car for a surprising win. At the hit of the throttle Langdon’s Funny Car smoked the tires but he was able to gather it back up and chase down a tire-smoking Campbell for the win and save his wounded race car in the process.
“As soon as I smoked the tires I took the chance to get some experience pedaling my Funny Car,” said Langdon. “I wasn’t even thinking about winning the round. I saw Campbell smoke the tires I knew I had a chance and as I went past him I could tell my Global Electronic Technology Funny Car was hurting so I knew I had him covered and I lifted off the throttle just before the finish line. It was like I was in my Super Comp dragster.”
With the third race of the Countdown coming up Langdon is in seventh place in the Mello Yello point standings. He started the Countdown 110 points back but the win in St. Louis has him just 80 point out of first place with sixteen rounds of racing left. There will be double points at the season finale at Auto Club Raceway as well.
“We know if we can keep winning rounds we can move up in the points,” said Langdon. “That is the exciting part. We are not out of the championship hunt by a long shot. We do need another good weekend in Charlotte and I would love to sweep the two races at zMax Dragway.”
No Funny Car driver in the Countdown era has won both the Four-Wide Nationals and the NTK Carolina Nationals in the same season. Two Top Fuel drivers, Steve Torrence (2018) and Antron Brown (2015) have swept the Carolinas.
2018 NHRA Carolina Nationals Highlights: Qualified No. 11; Lost to Matt Hagan
Last Event Recap (2019 NHRA Midwest Nationals): Qual. No. 10; WINNER; Beat Tommy Johnson Jr., Jim Campbell, Bob Tasca III and J.R. Todd
Quotable: Langdon on heading to Charlotte: “The win in St. Louis showed what this Global Electronic Technology Camry team is capable of accomplishing. We are moving up in the points and I am excited to get to Charlotte. They have a great facility and every round matters now.”
Career Stats: 252 events, 249 starts, 285 round wins, 16 wins, 33 finals, 18 No. 1 qualifiers; in Funny Car: 44 events, 44 starts, 35 round wins, 2 wins, 3 finals, 0 No. 1 qualifiers
Winternationals: Qual. No. 6; Beat Jim Campbell; Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr.
Arizona Nationals: Qual. No. 7; Beat Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Matt Hagan
Gatornationals: Qual. No. 10; Lost to Cruz Pedregon
Las Vegas1: Qual. No. 8; Lost to Tim Wilkeron and Jeff Diehl
Houston: Qual. No. 10; Beat Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Ron Capps
Charlotte1: Qual. No. 5; WINNER; Beat Jeff Diehl and Terry Haddock; Beat J.R. Todd and Tommy Johnson Jr; Beat Robert Hight, John Force and Matt Hagan
Atlanta: Qual. No. 6; Lost to Ron Capps
Richmond: Qual. No. 5; Beat Tim Wilkerson; Lost to J.R. Todd
Chicago: Qual. No. 4; Lost to Jeff Arend
Topeka: Qual. No. 8; Lost to Robert Hight
Bristol: Qual. No. 2; Beat Jeff Diehl; Lost to Ron Capps
Norwalk: Qual. No. 12; Beat Blake Alexander; Lost to Jack Beckman
Epping: Qual. No. 5; RUNNER-UP; Beat Jim Campbell, Robert Hight, Tim Wilkerson; Lost to Matt Hagan
Denver: Qual. No. 9; Beat Tim Wilkerson; Lost to Robert Hight
Sonoma: Qual. No. 2; Beat Terry Haddock; Lost to John Force
Seattle: Qual. No. 6; Beat Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Matt Hagan
Brainerd: Qual. No. 6; Beat Paul Lee, Bob Bode; Lost to Ron Capps
Indianapolis: Qual. No. 7; Beat Tommy Johnson Jr.; Lost to Matt Hagan
Reading: Qual. No. 8; Lost to Matt Hagan
St. Louis: Qual. No. 10; WINNER; Beat Tommy Johnson Jr., Jim Campbell, Bob Tasca III and J.R. Todd