Las Vegas II: Lucas Oil Racing Saturday report

Arana leads Lucas Oil efforts in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30) -- Hector "The Hammer" Arana led Lucas Oil's efforts at the 10th running of the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals when he drove his Lucas Oil Buell to his sixth pole position of the ...

Arana leads Lucas Oil efforts in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30) -- Hector "The Hammer" Arana led Lucas Oil's efforts at the 10th running of the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals when he drove his Lucas Oil Buell to his sixth pole position of the season.

"We got back in there and started tuning from our run last night," Arana said, "and as you can see we're going in the right direction."

Arana went into the final session with the pole position, but had to earn it back when Eddie Krawiec out ran the low number from Friday's qualifying. The reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion ran a blistering 6.909 at 193.60 mph on his way to the top of the field.

Arana who has been struggling for most of the season, saw his bike turn around this weekend and hopes that the success continues on race day.

"We had a problem, went and found it then fixed it," Arana said. "We're finally back to doing what we should have been doing from the get go."

Although Arana doesn't have a chance to defend his 2009 Full Throttle championship, it doesn't make his desire to win races any less.

"For me, it's everything for me to come back and show everyone that it's not over for me," Arana said. "I'm going to fight until the end; I'm going to keep working harder."

Shawn Langdon, driver of the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster locked up the ninth qualifying position with his run of 3.891 seconds at 315.19 mph.

"We made a good run today," Langdon said, "which should translate great in race day conditions. We're still in good shape."

Langdon is fifth in the championship hunt has a great shot to move up in the points standings during eliminations Sunday. Brandon Bernstein is close on his tail in sixth and Doug Kalitta is in fourth but failed to make the show.

"We race Brandon Bernstein tomorrow," Langdon said, "which is really good for us since we're real close in points. Plus with Doug not qualifying, our goal of finishing in the top five is in our hands."

The Lucas Oil Pro Stock Ford Mustang driven by veteran Larry Morgan secured the 12th qualifying position during Saturday's opening qualifying session when he ran a 6.685 at 205.66 mph.

Morgan thought there was a chance that the track was going to be able to hold a lower number during the final qualifying session so he really went after the tune up but unfortunately was not able to improve his qualifying position.

"We didn't make a very good run last run," Morgan said, "we blew the tires off it."

Morgan is the event's defending champion and is hoping to make it two years in a row at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I'm just excited to be in the field," Morgan said. "I just hope I can repeat the win that we had last year."

-source: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Larry Morgan , Brandon Bernstein , Eddie Krawiec , Shawn Langdon