Shawn Langdon Reaches Semifinals

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 NHRA New England Nationals. It was his second-straight No. 4 qualifier. His best pass came in the Friday evening session when he needed just 3.722 seconds to reach the finish line at 329.58 mph.

Eliminations: Langdon defeated Shawn Reed and Billy Torrence before losing to his teammate, Doug Kalitta, in the semifinals by two thousandths of a second. Langdon left the starting line first and was leading the race, but his 3.884-second effort was not enough to beat Kalitta’s 3.848-second pass at 330.72 mph.

When Langdon advanced to the semifinals, he earned a spot in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge next week in Bristol, Tenn. During Saturday’s qualifying sessions in Bristol, the drivers who reached the semifinals in Epping will re-run the semifinals and final earning additional purse and championship bonus points.

Unofficial Point Standings: Langdon leaves Epping in second place in the NHRA Top Fuel point standings. He trails points leader Justin Ashley by 12 points and leads his teammate, Doug Kalitta, by 14 points.

Langdon on Epping: “The Kalitta Air Careers car is running very well especially racing in the hot conditions we’ve had these last couple of races and heading into the summer months. The car is responding well. We’re just learning more and getting more confidence with every run we make so we feel really good about everything; we just lost a close race to Doug. It was great to have two Kalitta cars in the semifinals – Brian (Crew Chief Brian Husen) and the guys are doing a great job for Kalitta Air, Toyota, Revchem, Future Energy Solutions, and we’re rollin’. We have nothing to hang our heads about. We’ll head onto Bristol and get our stuff prepared for Thunder Valley.”

Shawn Langdon Image Courtesy: Kalitta Motorsports