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									                               STOCK — 10th annual NHRA Nationals, April 2-5, Las Vegas

                               Lang scores 15th win on the way to double

by Kelly Wade                                                  Jody Lang was halfway to doubling up by driving his
                                                               M/SA ’81 Malibu wagon to the win against Division 7’s
                                                               Jimmy DeFrank, far lane, who was .013-second slower
D    ivision 6 racer Jody Lang went all of 2008
     without a national event win but scored a pair
of divisional victories for his sixth Northwest
                                                               off the starting line and lost the round to Lang by .0135.
                                                               (Left) The Stock victory was the 15th win of Lang’s career
Division Stock championship.                                   in his 22nd final round and came just a short while before
   The new year got off to a rough start, though,              he scored in Super Stock at the same event.
when Lang severely hurt an engine in Pomona, and
then the unthinkable occurred when his mother,                    In the first round of Stock, Lang was a
Janet Lang, died in mid-February.                              thousandth over his dial at the finish line after
   Support from the drag racing community has                  Danny Missbrenner fouled by .075, and in round two,
helped Lang and his family, including father Dale              Lang squeaked out the win with a 13.035 (13.03 dial)
and brothers Toby and Cody, through an                         to Chad Langdon’s breakout 11.925 (11.93).
exceptionally tough period.                                       Lang advanced easily in round three when Chuck
   “Jim Meador was really there for us when Mom                Norton fell victim to a leaky tire, and John Shaul
passed,” said Lang. “That was really big.                      was -.067 off the starting line in the fourth round,
   “And after I ruined that motor in Pomona, Dick              handing the win to Lang along with a quarterfinals            both racers clocked e.t.s .019-second over their
Meierhenry of Dick’s Automotive, lent me a spare               bye run, and when Mike Johnston broke out by                  respective dials.
motor. That was pretty cool of him, and I definitely           three-thousandths in the semi’s, Lang was faced with             “Jimmy’s got a lot of luck over there, and he tends
wouldn’t be racing if it wasn’t for him.”                      the reality of possibly doubling up in Las Vegas.             to run his number, so I knew it was going to be tough,”
   Lang put together luck and skill to score his first            “It got serious when we started bringing both              said Lang. “I was thinking about how he’s pounded on
double at an NHRA national event by winning Stock              cars up at the same time so I could come right back           me in Super Stock quite a few times, and I was hoping
and Super Stock.                                               to the lane,” said Lang. “But I tried not to think            to put together a good run, which I did. I was also
                                                               about it. You definitely don’t want to get overly             lucky that the wind didn’t seem to change that much
                                                               confident. If anything, I was thinking that somebody          on Sunday, which it usually tends to do in Vegas,
 About the winning car                                         was going to kick my butt sooner or later.”                   because in a slower car that makes me a sitting duck.
 J ody Lang’s M/SA ’81 Malibu wagon won in Las Vegas              In the final, Lang was out of the gate with a .021            “I was really happy to win, and after that, I had
 with a 305-cid engine complemented by a blue-printed          reaction to Jimmy DeFrank’s .034 to win the title;            to focus on the next task: winning Super Stock.”
 Quadrajet carburetor from Bob and Charlene Gullet’s
 B&C Carburetors, MSD ignition, Crane camshaft, and
 Hooker headers. It has an ATI-built Turbo Hydro 350
 three-speed automatic transmission, 12-bolt rear end
 with Richmond gears and Moser axles, and 9-inch
 Hoosier radial slicks.
    Lang dedicated his victories 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
 Howard; Pat Duffy; Dennis Boley; Dwight Salyers; Chris,
 Carole, and Justin Lamb; Mike Munsinger; George Scott;
 Tom Stockero; Dick Meierhenry; and Jim Meador.
    Lang also thanked NHRA for its assistance,
 particularly in the later rounds.                             In a close semifinal match, Lang was quicker out of the gate, .036 to .050, and ran 13.137 on his 13.12 dial to beat Mike
                                                               Johnston, near lane, who broke out by just three-thousandths.
40 ✦ National DRAGSTER
                                                                                                                                                               Stock Qualifying
                                                                                                                                                                            (Top 16 of 105 qualifiers)
                                                                                                                                          1. Scott Burton, Golden, Colo. (D/SA ’71 Formula). . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       10.767 (-1.383)
                                                                                                                                          2. Brad Burton, Golden, Colo. (E/SA ’72 Formula) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       10.918 (-1.382)
                                                                                                                                          3. Jimmy DeFrank, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (B/SA ’69 Camaro) . . . . .                                  10.489 (-1.351)
                                                                                                                                          4. John Shaul, Fultonham, N.Y. (A/SA ’64 Fury) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     10.269 (-1.311)
                                                                                                                                          5. Paula Cotten, Broken Arrow, Okla. (G/SA ’73 Duster) . . . . . . . . . .                           11.300 (-1.310)
                                                                                                                                          6. Wesley Libby, Mead, Wash. (B/SA ’71 Challenger). . . . . . . . . . . . .                          10.535 (-1.305)
                                                                                                                                          7. Kevin Cour, Flanders, N.J. (H/SA ’86 Camaro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      11.461 (-1.299)
                                                                                                                                          8. Brian McClanahan, Alta Loma, Calif. (A/SA ’02 Firebird). . . . . . . .                            10.282 (-1.298)
                                                                                                                                          9. Joe Sorensen, Woodburn, Ore. (A/SA ’69 Camaro) . . . . . . . . . . . .                            10.287 (-1.293)
                                                                                                                                         10. Steve Hagberg, Berthoud, Colo. (A/SA ’64 Savoy) . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         10.296 (-1.284)
                                                                                                                                         11. Jim D
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