Langdon Beats Todd In All Camry St Louis Final in History Making NHRA Win
Langdon Beats Todd In All-Camry St. Louis Final in History-Making NHRA Win
Shawn Langdon knocked off teammate J.R. Todd in an all-Toyota Camry Funny Car final to win Sunday’s AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway and, in the process, he became just the second driver in history to win at the track in both Funny Car and Top Fuel.
His history-making day began in stellar fashion with a holeshot victory over Tommy Johnson, despite Johnson running the quickest pass of the day. In round two, Langdon won the wildest round of the day over Jim Campbell. Langdon hit the throttle and immediately went up in smoke as Campbell started to pull away, only to get about 200 feet out and strike his tires. Langdon pedaled his car and got the slicks to take hold and then drove around Campbell for the win. He would face Bob Tasca in the semis with Tasca getting a slight lead at the light, but Langdon reeled him in quickly and was out front by the 60 –foot mark and went on to the victory with a 3.953.
In the all-Camry final versus Todd, Langdon had a slight lead off the starting line, but Todd recovered and had taken the lead by 300 feet, but then hazed the tires with the car moving toward the centerline, forcing him to back off, while Langdon went straight down the groove with a clean, straight pass for the win
“Man, it was a pretty good day,” said a victorious Langdon. “It was a great morale booster for the whole team. We felt like we’ve had a Global Electronic Technology Camry that’s been capable of winning for a while now, we just seemed to be running into the buzzsaw and the low ETs of every round. Even here again today, we had Tommy Johnson who ran the low ET of the day, but, fortunately, we got the win on a holeshot. We felt like we just needed that one round to turn it around. I felt like we had a big day today.”
While Todd didn’t record the victory, he may have registered the most impressive performance leading up to the finals as he eliminated each of the top-three drivers in the Funny Car standings. Todd opened the day with a win over Jack Beckman, then followed with victories over John Force and Robert Hight to advance to the final.
“Looking at the ladder last night, I knew that if we were going to win or at least get to the final, we were going to have to work for it,” said Todd. “That was probably the toughest ladder I have seen in a long time. You hate to go that far and not win. All in all, it was a good day for this DHL Toyota team and Kalitta Motorsports. We had both Camrys in the final, so it was a good day on the points too.”
Antron Brown was up in smoke quickly in the opening round against Leah Pritchett, giving her the victory.The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to zMAX Dragway for the NHRA Carolina Nationals, round three of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, October 11-13.