November 8, 2013 |
It's been a challenging, rewarding and revealing year for America's first family of drag racing, the Forces of Yorba Linda. John Force, the 64-year-old patriarch, was in fifth place in the Mello Yello Series funny-car standings in July before a switch to a new chassis on his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang vaulted him toward his 16th title, which he clinched in Las Vegas two weeks ago. He followed that up Friday by leading the funny-car qualifying at...
October 16, 2013 |
It's final exam time for Orange Lutheran quarterback Luke Langdon, a senior who has been under the radar among the many talented quarterbacks in the Trinity League. Next up is a showdown game on Friday night against top-ranked Bellflower St. John Bosco (6-0) at St. John Bosco. Langdon has quietly helped the Lancers to a 6-0 start. “He's been in the system for a year and a half,” second-year Coach Chuck Petersen said. “He's doing exactly what we ask him to do and doing it at a high level.” The Orange Lutheran quarterback has to make judgment calls on option plays.
July 8, 2013 |
Former USC quarterback and current Philadelphia Eagles rookie Matt Barkley married longtime girlfriend Brittany Langdon over the weekend. Though Trojans fans have gotten to know Barkley pretty well over the last four years (and even more if they followed him during his days as a star QB for Mater Dei), he and Langdon have kept their relationship private. Well, private is a relative term. Keep in mind that this is 2013, so every now and then Barkley sometimes just can't seem to help himself from gushing on Twitter.
June 11, 2013 |
Turns out Shawn Langdon's win at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona was just the start of a breakout year for the drag racer from Mira Loma. Langdon, 30, drives in the premier top-fuel class of the National Hot Rod Assn.'s Mello Yello Series, and he's won the last two races: In Topeka, Kan., and last weekend in Englishtown, N.J. That's vaulted Langdon into the lead of the championship standings by a slim four points over seven-time champion Tony Schumacher as the series heads to Bristol, Tenn., this weekend for the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals.
May 18, 2013 |
Some years ago, I was on a book reviewing panel when someone in the audience asked what we, the panelists, thought of "The Bridges of Madison County," which was then a fixture on bestseller lists. We hemmed and hawed, tried to talk around the question, until our moderator acknowledged that, most likely, none of us had read the book. This led to a discussion of the difference between critics and readers. How, if the book was selling so widely, could we not have read it? What did that say about us?
February 18, 2013 |
Adding to a banner day for women in U.S. motor racing, Courtney Force won drag racing's funny car event Sunday at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona. Hours after Danica Patrick made history by capturing the pole position for NASCAR's Daytona 500, Force powered her Ford funny car past Ron Capps of Carlsbad in the final round of eliminations at Auto Club Raceway. Force, the 24-year-old daughter of legendary funny car driver John Force of Yorba Linda, prevailed with a run of 4.025 seconds at 317.12 mph down the 1,000-foot drag strip.