Shawn Langdon Makes Quarterfinal Showing

Shawn Langdon, Bristol 2024

Shawn Langdon, Kalitta Air Careers Top Fuel Dragster

Finals Broadcast Replay: 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2024 on FS2

Qualifying: Shawn Langdon was the No. 4 qualifier at the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. It was his third-straight No. 4 qualifier. His best pass came in the Friday evening session when he reached the finish line at 3.810 seconds and 323.74 mph.

Eliminations: Langdon defeated Shawn Reed before coming up short to eight-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals. The pair both left the starting line in .061 seconds and were identical at the 660-foot mark, but Langdon would slow to cross the finish line at only 300.86 mph in 3.835 seconds. Schumacher would get the win with a 3.815-second pass at 324.05 mph.

Unofficial Point Standings: Langdon leaves Bristol in third place in the NHRA Top Fuel point standings. He trails second place Justin Ashley by 26 points and leads Steve Torrence in fourth by 61.

Langdon on Bristol: “This Kalitta Air Careers team had a pretty good weekend for the conditions. The track was just really tricky, and the bumps are still there and there’s a big bump at 700 feet, but that’s something we all had to deal with. It was just tricky to be able to navigate around it, especially when the sun was out. First round today, it was cloudy. The track gets so much better when the track temperature goes down and you’re able to make really good runs, but the track temperature has to be under 100 degrees. For second round running Tony, we were trying to go high 3.70s. We just got a little behind it. It hit the bump down there and it spun. The motor shut off at about 900 feet. It would have been close within a couple thousandths had it not, but regardless just kind of a tricky weekend all in all. We’ll just put this weekend behind us. Nothing negative just ready to move onto Virginia.”

Next Race: Team Kalitta will be back in action June 22-23, 2024 at the Virginia NHRA Nationals in Dinwiddie, Va.  For additional information, please visit www.nhra.com.  For additional information on Kalitta Motorsports, please visit www.teamkalitta.com.