Langdon claims first Funny Car win in Charlotte

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Global Electronic Technology Toyota Funny Car pilot Shawn Langdon won his first career Funny Car win on Sunday. He won the quad from the fourth lane at the 10th annual NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.

Langdon won with a 4.125 at 305.08 mph pass. Robert Hight, who has dominated the the first six races of the season with three wins, was the runner-up. Also, in this quad, it included living legend John Force and Matt Hagan.

Funny Car pilot Shawn Langdon racing on Sunday at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Shawn Langdon racing on Sunday at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“There’s so many things that I’ve gone through to get to this point,” said Langdon. “The reason I’m here is because of the people I’ve been surrounded by. They’re the ones who picked me to drive the car and I’ve been so fortunate to get to drive for a legend like Connie Kalitta. Working with a guy like that, and then working with a guy like J.R. (Todd) who’s a teammate and champion, very talented.

“I bounce ideas off of him all the time. And then working with Nicky Boninfante who’s worked with some of the greatest drivers out here and to bring Del Worsham in, that has been a big key factor. Working with these guys has really elevated my game.”

Hight went 4.159 at 242.89 mph in his runner-up finish. Living legend Force finished third after he went 4.517 at 200.59 mph.

Hagan was the last finisher, as he had problems and went 5.252 at 172.89 mph.

Funny Car pilot Shawn Langdon after winning the Wally at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Shawn Langdon after winning the Wally at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)


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