Charlotte II: Lucas Oil Racing Saturday report

Arana hopes to keep the good times rolling for Lucas Oil CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 18) -- After celebrating his birthday on Friday and qualifying in the top half of the Pro Stock Motorcycle field on Saturday, Hector Arana believes there is no...

Arana hopes to keep the good times rolling for Lucas Oil

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 18) -- After celebrating his birthday on Friday and qualifying in the top half of the Pro Stock Motorcycle field on Saturday, Hector Arana believes there is no reason to stop the celebration on Sunday during eliminations for the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

Arana, rider of the Lucas Oil Buell and defending class champion, qualified No. 8 in the field on Saturday.0

"It's been a good weekend overall," Arana said. "We've discovered and fixed a few little things that have been giving us problems. Now we need to find the right tune-up."

Lucas Oil's other drivers also made the field at Charlotte. Shawn Langdon qualified in Top Fuel's No. 9 spot in the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster, and Larry Morgan put the Lucas Oil Ford Mustang into the Pro Stock show.

On Friday, Arana celebrated his 52nd birthday by inviting passing fans to come into his pit for some cake. On Saturday he ended qualifying with a best pass of 6.976 seconds at 190.54 mph.

Arana will face Matt Smith, who qualified No. 9 with a best run of 6.980 at 190.62 mph.

"We've been using a tune-up based on what was going wrong," Arana said. "We've got to retune this motor to what it wants. We should be fine."

Langdon's dragster is following a similar path to the one it followed during a semifinal run at the U.S. Nationals. It didn't qualify all that well at Indy, but come race day, everything came together.

"We've still got a good race-day car," Langdon said. "That's what we're going to have to bank on. We've got Hot Rod Fuller first round. He got us first round in Denver, so that gives us some more motivation on Sunday."

Langdon qualified with a best run of 3.930 seconds at 306.05 mph, while Fuller, the No. 8 qualifier, got in with a 3.893 at 311.49 mph.

After not qualifying at the U.S. Nationals, Morgan got back into the show at No. 13 with a best run of 6.648 seconds at 207.66 mph. He goes up against No. 4 qualifier Greg Anderson, who had a best lap of 6.613 at 209.10.

"We finally made a better run," Morgan said. "In the last run Saturday we decided to make a big move in the transmission, bell housing and gear ratios, and it worked out for us.

"My guys work awful hard, and I thank them and everyone who supports us. It's feels great to be back racing on Sunday."

-source: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Larry Morgan , Rod Fuller , Matt Smith , Shawn Langdon