Shawn Langdon knows what it’s like to win in the biggest drag racing scene, as the former NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world champion has two wins at the Dodge // SRT NHRA US Nationals, which is the biggest race of the NHRA season each year. .
The latest one arrived last year and Langdon will now try to score two in a row at the world’s biggest drag race, as the 67th annual Dodge // SRT NHRA US Nationals takes place this weekend. at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Langdon has carved out an impressive legacy in the Big Go before, but the talented 11,000-horsepower DHL dragster driver wants more, especially as he’s aiming for his first win of the season. As the Championship playoff countdown looms after stopping at Indy, Langdon, who is sixth in points, is eager to get the ball rolling at a key point in the season.
“It’s always exciting to come back to Indy for US nationals,” Langdon said. “I won in Super Gas and I have two wins in Top Fuel. Getting the win last year was important with Connie Kalitta as the team manager. I really wanted to win with him and the DHL team. It’s the last race of the regular season and teams are trying to get into the countdown or prepare for the playoffs, so there’s a lot of attention on this race.
With action in several exciting categories, special events like the Dodge HEMI Challenge and the JEGS Allstars bonus event for sport racers and show classes, the prestigious Dodge // SRT NHRA US Nationals promise to deliver something special. Langdon (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Scotty Pollacheck (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the event which will be televised on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX, including the eliminations final on Sunday, September 5th. This is the 13th of 20 events for the 2021 season and the last race of the regular season.
It’s an exciting time of year for Langdon, who has hopes of making a major breakthrough in the playoffs. To do so, and win for the third time in Top Fuel at Indy, Langdon will have to defeat Steve Torrence, the current points leader and three-time reigning world champion, Antron Brown, Brittany Force, veteran and Kalitta Motorsports teammate. Doug Kalitta, Leah Pruett, Clay Millican, Mike Salinas and Justin Ashley. It’s a huge task, but Langdon is focused on it, while also competing in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series action at Indy.
“I’m going to be racing Super Comp and Top Fuel this race so that will keep me busy,” Langdon said. “I like to run the extra class because with just one night pro session on Friday I can focus on race mode all day with my Super Comp dragster. I think that makes me a better rider because I I’m thinking about driving better, having good reaction times and I’m focusing on all the little details. Keeping your mind active and focused is a big deal when you have such a big race as the US nationals. “
In Funny Car, Ron Capps claimed his first victory at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis a year ago when a trio of races were held at the facility during the pandemic ahead of the US Nationals, but he is still looking for his first victory. to the greatest of racing sport. He’s lucky this weekend in his 11,000 horsepower NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, where a victory would be even more heartbreaking in Funny Car’s busy points race.
Capps was leading in points after his victory at Pomona earlier this month, but the lead has since changed hands two more times since then as there is now a new points leader after each of the last four races. Bob Tasca III, Capps, John Force and now Capps teammate Don Schumacher Racing Matt Hagan led the class with Capps currently only 25 points behind Indy.
“It’s been a long time, if ever, since we’ve seen points so close with so many different teams heading to Indy, the last chance to secure your starting position for the Championship Playoff countdown,” said said Capps. “That being said, our goal is to do what we’ve been doing most of the season, and that’s qualifying well. Our goal is to earn as many points as needed to be the regular season points leader on Monday morning after the US Nationals. There are a lot of teams vying for that.
“It’s very, very tight, and I’m pretty excited. These last two races, following our victory in Pomona, we seemed to lose a bit of performance but (team managers) Guido (Dean Antonelli) and John Medlen worked on consistency. I am delighted to arrive in Indianapolis, it is our biggest race of the season. I’ve never won the US Nats and I would love nothing more than to hand out an Indy Trophy.
Pro Stock’s Enders came out on top, winning the US Championships for the second time, en route to their second consecutive world title and fourth place overall. Enders will have their hands full against a class filled with veterans and young talents, including points leader Greg Anderson, Aaron Stanfield, rookie Dallas Glenn, who has two wins this season, Matt Hartford, Troy Coughlin Jr. and Kyle Koretsky. .
Pollacheck wouldn’t mind recreating the magic that helped him achieve his first career Pro Stock Motorcycle victory at last year’s US Nationals. He will try to pass his teammate and points leader Matt Smith, as well as Andrew Hines, Angelle Sampey, Eddie Krawiec, Ryan Oehler and Steve Johnson.
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service will also be looking to become the winners of this prestigious event. This is the seventh event of the 2021 Pro Mod season and reigning two-time world champion Stevie “Fast” Jackson is the reigning event winner. The fastest Super Stock cars will also compete for the ultimate bragging rights and bonus purse in the popular Dodge HEMI Challenge.
Races in the NHRA Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series will also take place at Indy, alongside the popular Constant Aviation NHRA Factory Stock Showdown category. The Big Go is also a huge weekend for sports runners for the second year in a row, as the event features the popular JEGS Allstars bonus event. This pits the top NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series racers from across the country in individual and team competitions, creating one of the most anticipated and unique weekends in athletic racing.
The action doesn’t end there either. After nitro qualifying on Friday and Saturday, fans can enjoy the entertaining “Walking Tall” PT Cruiser Wheelstander workout from “NitroMike”, while the weekend also includes a special exhibit and exhibition passes from the popular ScottRods AA / Gassers and Nostalgia Pro Stock Association. Cars in each category will perform a number of races over the weekend and will also be on display at the midway point.
As always, fans receive an exclusive pass to the most powerful and sensory motorsport attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity gives fans a chance to see the teams in action and maintain their hot rods between rounds.
Qualifying for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will include one round at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, September 3 and the final two qualifying rounds on Saturday, September 4 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. 10 a.m.ET Sunday, September 5.
TV coverage includes qualifying from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET on Friday, September 3 on FS1 and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 5. The eliminations will be broadcast live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on FS1 on Sunday, September 5. 5, move to FOX from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
To purchase general admission or reserved seats for the Dodge // SRT US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, call 800-884-NHRA or purchase online at www.nhra.com. Children 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paying adult. For more information on the NHRA, visit www.NHRA.com.
(Courtesy NHRA Communications)