Atlanta: Arana, Langdon Friday report

Lucas Oil pros Arana and Langdon start hot in Atlanta ATLANTA (May 14) -- Lucas Oil drag racer Hector Arana made two of the tree quickest passes of Friday's action at the 30th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals to earn second...

Lucas Oil pros Arana and Langdon start hot in Atlanta

ATLANTA (May 14) -- Lucas Oil drag racer Hector Arana made two of the tree quickest passes of Friday's action at the 30th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals to earn second place on the Pro Stock Motorcycle ladder. His Top Fuel teammate Shawn Langdon is 10th overall at the midway point of qualifying.

Arana led the two-wheel set after Round 1 with a 6.947 at 192.33 mph pass in the heat of the day. He returned in the early evening to post an improved 6.941 at 193.79 mph on his Lucas Oil Buell V-Twin but was bumped to second place by one-thousandth of a second.

"I'm definitely pleased," Arana said. "Today showed me we our tune-up is working well. Now we just need to get this clutch figured out. We started having problems with it in Houston and we just haven't found that sweet spot ever since.

"The heat was an issue, for sure. I didn't want to get dehydrated and as much as I was sweating I kept drinking a bunch of water. Then we go to the scales and we're five pounds heavy and it turned out it was me. And this is only the beginning. It's going to get worse from here."

The defending Full Throttle world champion will have two more chances to improve his standing at 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

"We've made two really good runs, back-to-back, and we just have one area we need to work on, so we know what we need to do tomorrow to get ready for eliminations," Arana said.

In Top Fuel, Langdon opened with a ninth-best 4.169 at 232.31 mph in his Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster. He later posted a quicker 3.960 at 3030.03 mph but fell one spot to 10th place overall.

"As long as we're in the show, we're fine," Langdon said. "We've still got lots of things we're working on. The guys are trying different things with the clutch so we can get up with the other teams that are running strong. It takes time to make progress but we all feel like we're going in the right direction."

-source: lor

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