Lang advanced easily in round three when Chuck Norton fell victim to a leaky tire, and John Shaul was -.067 off the starting line in the fourth round, handing the win to Lang along with a quarterfinals bye run, and when Mike Johnston broke out by three-thousandths in the semi's, Lang was faced with the reality of possibly doubling up in Las Vegas. DeFrank, the reigning Pacific Division Super Stock champ, won a Stock title last season at the divisional event at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.
STOCK — 10th annual SummitRacing.com 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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