Indy ORP: Lucas Oil Racing Sunday report

Arana leads the way for Lucas Oil in Indianapolis INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5) -- Hector Arana will begin the defense of his NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series racing out of the No. 4 spot at the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by ...

Arana leads the way for Lucas Oil in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5) -- Hector Arana will begin the defense of his NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series racing out of the No. 4 spot at the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.

Arana is one of three drivers flying Lucas Oil colors during Monday's eliminations at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Shawn Langdon qualified 12th in Top Fuel and Bruce Litton qualified 16th in the Lucas Slick Mist Top Fuel rail.

Arana's best qualifying pass on the Lucas Oil Buell was in 6.874 seconds at 192.91 mph. He goes up against Redell Harris in the first round. Harris had a pass of 6.999 seconds at 191.67 mph to land No. 13th on the ladder.

"I can't worry about the numbers other guys are putting up," Arana said. "I've just got to worry about my bike and what I can do.

"We had a good hit early on, so we played around a little bit and didn't do so well a couple of times. The track was tricky and hard to read. We caught on and did well the last run, so we'll be ready for tomorrow."

Langdon had a best pass of 3.914 seconds at 292.96 mph in a Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster that suffered a few mechanical failures during qualifying.

"Testing went so smooth, it's almost like it's become one of those too good to be true things," Langdon said. "The car seems to be giving us little fits right now. We're just missing the target just a little bit right now."

Langdon, who also advanced through to Monday's eliminations in Super Gas, faces Antron Brown in the first round of eliminations. Brown had a best pass of 3.802 seconds at 319.22 mph.

"We know we have a good running car," Langdon said. "My teammate Morgan Lucas has shown what the tune-up we're both using can do. They've been feeding off our information for a few races, hopefully we can feed off of their info for this one.

"This is a race we need to do good. It's the first race of the Countdown, if you fall back now, it only gets harder to catch back up. We need to flat out make a good run in the first round tomorrow."

Litton, who normally races in the IHRA, qualified No. 16 in the Top Fuel field with a best pass of 4.194 seconds at 225.63 mph. He faces No. 1 qualifier Larry Dixon, who qualified with a 3.776 at 324.36 mph.

One Lucas Oil driver failed to qualify on Sunday. Larry Morgan got behind early in the Lucas Oil Ford Mustang in Pro Stock and never was able to catch back up.

"We just missed the setup," Morgan said. "We also wound up with some clutch discs that really bit us."

Morgan ended up 27th overall after a best pass of 6.722 at 205.72 mph.

-source: lucas oil racing

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Bruce Litton , Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Larry Morgan , Redell Harris , Shawn Langdon