Langdon faces NHRA Four-Wide challenge

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

Coming back this weekend to the site of his first victory in the NHRA’s Top fuel division, Shawn Langdon might find it twice as hard to win this time.

That’s because he will be racing in the Four-Wide Nationals, a unique event at ZMax Dragway in Concord in which four cars run at a time instead of the customary two.

“Going back to a place where you won recently is good,” said Langdon, who also won earlier this year at Ponoma, Calif. “It’s a confidence builder going back to a place where you know you can make strong runs. ... It will be a little different racing in the Four-wide but we know the same rules apply. We just have to make strong, consistent runs like we did last fall.”

Qualifying runs start today with eliminations on Sunday.

Tony Schumacher is the Top Fuel points leader by 14 over Antron Brown. Courtney Force is the Funny Car leader by 14 points over Johnny Gray, and Allen Johnson is 14 points ahead of Mike Edwards and Jeg Coughlin in Pro Stock.



The final NASCAR Southern Modified Tour race of the spring is slated Saturday night at Caraway Speedway.

The favorite is points leader George Brunnhoelzl III, who won three of the five Tour races at Caraway on the way to the title last year and led all the way in Saturday night’s race at South Boston Speedway. Brunnhoelzl also holds the current lead in the standings by 12 points over Kyle Ebersole.

Also on the card are Late Model, Limited Late Model, Legends Car, Mini-Stock, U-Car and Hornet races.

Winners last season included Brandon Hire (Late Model Truck), Chuck Isom (Street Stock), Brian Rose (Hornet), Kaz Garla (Legends Cars) and Johnny Warr Jr. (U-Car).



The World of Outlaws late model series visits 311 Speedway near Madison on Saturday night after hitting Fayetteville Motor Speedway on Friday. Josh Richards of West Virginia is the standings leader by two over Shane Clanton of Georgia. 311’s winners last Saturday included G.R. Smith (Crate Late Model), Jeff Parsons (Limited Sportsman), Aaron Bullins (Super Stock Four) and Chad McNeil (U-Car),  ... Ben Kennedy, the grandson of late NASCAR chairman Bill France, got his first K&N Series victory on Saturday at Five Flags Speedway in Florida. Harrison Rhodes of High Point finished 23rd. ... Piedmont Dragway hosts its first ET Bracket points race of the season on Sunday.