Heading into this weekend’s NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, Top Fuel standout Shawn Langdon is looking forward to the chance to make history. He is the most recent Funny Car winner in the race, and having moved back to the Top Fuel ranks, the former NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series champ has the chance to be the first driver in NHRA history to win in both Top Fuel and Funny Car at a four-wide event.
Langdon went to the final quad in Top Fuel in both 2013 and 2014, and won in Funny Car in 2019, and the Kalitta Motorsports driver will have the chance to finish the job this weekend in Top Fuel in his 11,000-hp DHL dragster. Del Worsham and J.R. Todd are the only other drivers to reach a final in both nitro classes in the 11-year history of four-wide racing, and Langdon is eager for the chance to pick up an early-season win at the sport’s biggest spectacle.
“The facilities at zMAX Dragway are one of the best we have on our schedule, if not the best,” said Langdon, who has 17 career victories in his career. "It is accessible, they have really nice pits, and a great racetrack. Those are all the things you look for when it comes to a great racetrack. They have it all.”
Langdon has had a solid start to his 2021 campaign, advancing to the final round at the opener in Gainesville, but he’s still searching for that first victory. If he wins in Charlotte, he would be the fourth winner in the first four races, joining a group that includes Josh Hart, three-time defending world champ Steve Torrence and Antron Brown, who won the most recent race in Atlanta. He’ll also have to contend with the likes of teammate Doug Kalitta, Clay Millican, Brittany Force, Leah Pruett, Billy Torrence, and Justin Ashley this weekend.
“We have been in a good groove, and at the last race in Atlanta, we had some things fall our way,” Langdon said. “We are in contention, and we are third in points. We still haven’t won a race yet, [but] I feel like we are there, and we definitely have an opportunity. We have the team and the resources to win races, led by [team owner] Connie Kalitta. Everything just needs to fall our way, and I really feel like we have a competitive car that we can race for wins. We are looking to be racing for a championship at the end of the year.”
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature one round at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, May 14, with the two final rounds slated for 1:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. Final eliminations are scheduled for noon on Sunday, May 16. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 15, and eliminations beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 16 on FS1.
Tickets are on sale for Friday’s and Sunday’s action at the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals and may be purchased by visiting www.zmaxdragway.com or calling 800.455.3267. Children 13 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.