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Fri, 07 Feb 2020, 21:51 PM

Langdon, Hagan and Coughlin Provisional No. 1 Spots at 2020 Season Opener
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Shawn Langdon
POMONA, Calif. - Shawn Langdon kicked off the 2020 season opener in style, grabbing the Top Fuel provisional No. 1 qualifier spot on Friday at the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by after making the switch from Funny Car back to Top Fuel dragster.

Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) also claimed provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the first of 24 races on the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Langdon knocked off Brittany Force during Q2 to claim the quickest run with a pass of 3.699-seconds at 322.42 mph in his DHL Toyota Top Fuel Dragster to kick off the season. Langdon is looking to start off the season strong after a two year hiatus in the Top Fuel class to run Funny Car. Langdon is chasing his third No. 1 qualifier at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, and 19th of his career.

"There are tracks you go to and it seems like everything just clicks. I could stage this thing in reverse and it seems like it just works out. There are tracks you go to and it feels like you fall out of bed awkwardly. Pomona is one of those tracks I feel like I've had good success at. I'm just excited about today. It's a good start," said Langdon. "Every run we're making small little changes trying to get me more comfortable. It's a big change going back from a Funny Car to a dragster. We feel confident right now. For Connie (Kalitta, owner and crew chief), I know he's excited."

Brittany Force follows close behind in second with a 3.706 at 329.10 mph, which Leah Pruett seeded in third after a 3.715 second pass at 324.75 mph.

Matt Hagan
Hagan is looking to continue the momentum from 2019, posting a 3.867 at 331.20 to grab the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot for Funny Car in his MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sandvik Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. If it holds, Hagan will grab his 37th career No. 1 qualifier and fifth at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Jack Beckman is currently seeded second with a 3.868-second pass at 326.95 mph, while defending Funny Car champion Robert Hight trails close behind in third with a 3.885 at 330.31 mph.

Jeg Coughlin
Pro Stock's Jeg Coughlin Jr. sits in the provisional No. 1 qualifier spot with a 6.530 at 210.73 mph pass. If the position holds, this will be Coughlin's 33rd career No. 1 qualifier. Close behind him in second place is Coughlin's Elite Motorsports teammate and three-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders, who ran a 6.552 at 210.70mph. Kenny Delco follows close behind in third after running a 6.553-second pass at 210.60 mph.

Qualifying continues Saturday at the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by at 1:00 p.m. PT.

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