Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Langdon Assaults DI Top 8 Right Out of the Gate

Led by Shawn Langdon’s astonishing 3.700-second all-time standard at the wheel of Alan Johnson’s “Knuckle Sandwich” Top Fuel dragster at the NHRA Circle K Winternationals, the Drag Illustrated Record List has taken a pounding in the first seven weeks of the new season.

Langdon eclipsed Antron Brown’s 3.701 thousand-feet pass from October 2012 but also beat Brown’s eighth-mile record by two thousandths of a second with a 2.965. At the NHRA CARQUEST Nationals at Phoenix, Brown returned the favor by erasing Langdon’s 293.22 mph eighth-mile Top Fuel speed record with an incredible 294.88 mph to inch closer to the stated goal of several Top Fuel crewchiefs to run a “two ninety-five at two ninety-five”.

Meanwhile, defending NHRA Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagan reset the eighth-mile FC speed record for the third time in four months with a staggering 278.35 mph pass at Phoenix on his event-winning 3.975/324.83 which was also the second-fastest speed in FC history.

Finally, Don St. Arnaud’s Edmonton, Alberta-based injected nitro dragster blasted to a 285.35 mph quarter-mile speed to become the fastest naturally-aspirated machine ever and topple the 284.75 mph A/FD mark set on April 1, 2007 by retired champion Bill Reichert. By one month, Reichert’s reign at the top exceeded Robert’s Hight’s 1000-feet FC elapsed time standard, (beaten by Matt Hagan in December, 2014), with a final duration of 2,885 days to become the longest-held record in wheel-driven drag racing.

This story was originally published on March 20, 2015. Drag Illustrated

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


The star-studded STREET OUTLAWS: No Prep Kings series is set to return for its 6th season in the summer of 2023. Fans can expect to...


Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings star and renowned engine builder Pat Musi joined the recent episode of The Wes Buck Show and provided an update...


Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings star Lizzy Musi announced today that she has been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer via her Youtube channel....


Tony Christian, one of the pioneering drivers of the Pro Street movement, passed away Thursday, June 9. Christian was infamous for his battles with...

Since 2005, DI has informed, inspired and educated drag racers from every walk of the racing life - weekend warrior and street/strip enthusiasts to pro-level doorslammer and Top Fuel racers. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-worthy videos to electric live events, DI meets hundreds of thousands of racers where they live, creating the moments that create conversations.