Fairly quickly, her sons realized that honoring her memory included getting back to drag racing, and at the 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, they were able to celebrate a momentous occasion when Jody scored the 18th double in the history of NHRA by sweeping the Super Stock and Stock categories. San Clemente, Calif., resident Mason got past Greg Luneack, Rob Youngblood, Brad Plourd, and John Rains before being thrown a curveball; wind blew debris through the lights in the quarterfinals, and Mason and Eric Bell were granted a rerun, in which the eventual event runner-up beat his opponent by .005-second and advanced to defeat a red-lighting Jackie Alley in the semi's.
SUPER STOCK — 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, April 2-5, Las Vegas Lang completes rare double in memory of Mom by Kelly Wade (Above) Dan Mason, far lane, left the starting line .020-second too soon, and Jody Lang scored an easy win, sealing the deal on his first double and becoming the 10th J anet Lang was a steady source of support for her three sons, Toby, Jody, and Cody, and she was a fixture at the dragstrip, cruising through the pits on driver to complete the task. Lang (right), the reigning Northwest Division Stock champion, entered the Super Stock final with the Stock event title already in hand. her little, red three-wheeler and standing beside “His miles per hour was down a little bit, other- at least I have Northwest Division racers Toby and Jody when they wise he might have been able to sneak around me,” one.’ Maybe that celebrated wins or lamented losses. said Lang. “That was one of several lucky rounds. helped keep me The drag racing community was dealt a sad blow “I raced [final-round opponent] Dan Mason’s dad, from getting too when Janet, a friend to many, died unexpectedly Feb. John, third round. I got lucky there because he had nervous.” 12 at the age of 72. Fairly quickly, her sons realized just destroyed Dan Fletcher the round before, but he Lang took ownership of a prestigious spot in NHRA that honoring her memory included getting back to missed the Tree against me.” history when Mason left the starting line .020-second drag racing, and at the 10th annual SummitRacing.com The fourth round was exceedingly close; Lang ran too soon in the final round, simultaneously illuminating NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, they were able to .008-second over his 11.36 dial to Mike Graham’s a red-light in his own lane and the win light in Lang’s. celebrate a momentous occasion when Jody scored the .002-second over 10.20, scoring by a mere seven- “I feel bad that he red-lit,” said Lang humbly. 18th double in the history of NHRA by sweeping the thousandths due to a superior .029 to .042 reaction “It’s a bad-luck deal for them that they didn’t get Super Stock and Stock categories. at the starting line. Lang then picked up a pair of to run the race. Luck was on Lang’s side at The Strip, but he was round-wins when he was the victor in a quarterfinal “It’s pretty cool to have won in both cars. It also a machine behind the wheel, posting lights in double-breakout match with Adam Emmer, which would feel cooler if Mom was still around, but I the teens and twenties and compensating for any earned him the crucial semifinal bye run. know somewhere she saw it happen and probably non-stellar launches by managing the finish line With the Stock victory already in his pocket, helped with a lot of those close ones.” better than his opponents. Lang pulled up to the starting line focused and After defeating Jack Bystrom at the Tree in ready for the Super Stock money round. The key race: “The one I couldn’t believe I won round one, second-round opponent Mike Cotten took “I had to stay pretty calm after that Stock final,” was the quarterfinal round against Adam Emmer,” the advantage at the starting line, .015 to .027, but said Lang. “If Jimmy [DeFrank, Stock runner-up] said Lang. “It was what I call a double-breakout Lang got the win light with an 11.32 on his 11.31 would have beaten me, I think I would have been dead heat. We were both under by exactly the dial to Cotten’s 10.34 (10.29 dial) at 120.80 mph. feeling some pressure. But maybe I was like, ‘Okay, same amount [.019-second], but I had the better About the winning car A 327-cid small-block Chevy NHRA-rated at 258 horsepower powers Jody Lang’s GT/JA ’81 Malibu. The car is fitted with an ATI Powerglide transmission and Hoosier tires and uses Valvoline lubricants. The rear end sports Richmond gears and Moser axles. Lang dedicated both wins to the memory of his mother, Janet, and thanked his father, Dale; brothers, Cody and Toby; Ashley and Martha Thompson; Valvoline’s Mike Gruber; Hoosier’s Farron Lubbers; Truck Town’s Dave Barcelon and Don Sefton; DG Machine’s Dale Green; Mike and Russell from Freeway Trailers; Hans Morgensen of A1 Transmission; Todd and Bob Sims; Greg Luneack; Pat (Above) In the semi’s, Mason got a break of his own when Jackie Alley, far Howard; Pat Duffy; Dennis Boley; Dwight Salyers; lane, fouled by .015-second. The final round was the second for Mason (right), Chris, Carole, and Justin Lamb; Mike Munsinger; who races in the Pacific Division. His first national event final was in 2006, George Scott; Tom Stockero; and Jim Meador. when he was runner-up to Dan Fletcher in Phoenix. 36 ✦ National DRAGSTER Super Stock Qualifying
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