Shawn Langdon will return to the blue and white CMR Construction and Roofing Top Fuel dragster this weekend at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
Since early 2021, CMR has expanded their relationship with Kalitta Motorsports, and throughout the 2022 season, they are highlighting their 20th anniversary and strategic partnership with a primary sponsorship presence on Langdon’s CMR Toyota Top Fuel dragster. The nationally known and award-winning business has utilized the business relationship to expand their footprint and host guests at NHRA national events across the country. Langdon is looking forward to putting on a good show for the guests and executives who attend the Thunder Valley Nationals.
“This will be a busy and exciting weekend with the CMR Construction and Roofing team in Bristol,” said Langdon. “They always bring a ton of guests and love to be at the races. CMR CEO Steve and Chandra Soule have been amazing to work with since this relationship started in 2021. Bristol is a track with a lot of history, and I would love to add to that with some win lights in this CMR Top Fuel dragster.”
Langdon has two previous wins at the Thunder Valley Nationals, collecting Wally’s in 2014 and 2016. The CMR team is hoping to capitalize on the success from the New England Nationals two weeks ago when they raced to the semifinals in Epping from the No. 12 spot.
“We had a good race a couple of weeks ago, and I feel like things are really coming together,” said Langdon, who has fifteen Top Fuel wins and two Funny Car national event wins. “We added [crew chief] Jason McCulloch over the offseason to work with Kurt Elliott and Connie Kalitta, and he has been a great addition. This Top Fuel class is tough, and we are battling every race.”
Langdon’s driving skills have been a huge asset for the 2013 Top Fuel champion with his starting-line reaction times on race day contributing to the team’s success. Langdon is consistently at or near the top of the race-by-race reaction time averages. Including Langdon, there are five current or former Top Fuel world champions filling up the top 11 spots in the points standings. With eight races left in the regular season, the driver of the CMR Toyota Top Fuel dragster knows this is the time to start making a move to lock in a Top 10 position for the Countdown to the Championship.
“You want to get as high as possible in the Top 10 heading into Indy since that is the last race before the cutoff for the Countdown,” said Langdon. “Everyone on this CMR Construction and Roofing team is focused on that. You can’t win a championship if you aren’t in the Countdown. This weekend will be a great opportunity for us to make a move headed into June and July.”
While Langdon will be keeping his focus on the track, he will also be spending time with guests and executives from CMR Construction & Roofing.
Langdon will get a chance to hit the track on Friday night with the rest of the Top Fuel field. Saturday will feature two qualifying sessions with the final eliminations getting started at noon ET on Sunday. The race will be broadcast nationally by Fox beginning at 3 p.m. ET.