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Arana grabs pole for Lucas Oil Racing with second quickest ET in history READING, Pa. (Oct. 9) -- Hector Arana guided the Lucas Oil Buell to the second quickest elapsed time in NHRA history to grab the No. 1 qualifying spot in Pro Stock...

Arana grabs pole for Lucas Oil Racing with second quickest ET in history

READING, Pa. (Oct. 9) -- Hector Arana guided the Lucas Oil Buell to the second quickest elapsed time in NHRA history to grab the No. 1 qualifying spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle Saturday at the 26th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

"To make this run was awesome. You start asking in the back of your head what's going on and you wonder," Arana said. "But I didn't give up. I just kept working hard and the guys kept working hard. I'm delighted. I'm grateful for everything and all the people supporting me.

"The guys at Larry (Morgan's) shop, every time I go there I always learn something and you have more people watching over to make sure everything goes well. I'll tell you, I'll take all the help I can get. It made a difference. This thing's an animal again."

Arana had been struggling with engine issues over the last couple of races but got them all straightened out in time to make a pass of 6.828 seconds at 196.16 mph.

"We started struggling at Brainerd and it's just kept getting worse," Arana said. "I replaced just about everything, including the ECU and the harness.

"I said, 'Guys, after this I have replaced everything. If it's still doing it, then we have to replace one more thing -- the loose nut between the seat and the handlebars. My son was the one that was the happiest, he said, 'Alright, I'm getting closer to riding this bike.'"

Arana faces Connie Cohen in the first round of eliminations on Sunday morning.

Shawn Langdon continued his recent momentum in the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster. He put his car seventh in the Top Fuel field with a best pass of 3.874 seconds at 309.84 mph.

"We kind of keep stumbling across little problems that we're fixing as we go," Langdon said. "We probably qualified better than it looks on paper and we're certainly not thinking down about tomorrow. The car has potential to go mid or low 3.8s and if we do that we can run with anyone here. We have good race day car."

Langdon, who was runner-up last time out in Dallas, faces No. 10 qualifier Steve Torrence in Sunday's first round.

Larry Morgan got the Lucas Oil Ford Mustang into the Pro Stock field with a best pass of 6.588 seconds at 209.52 mph, which puts him 14th in the field and has him squaring off against points leader Mike Edwards in the first round of eliminations.

"We have just not hit it right yet," Morgan said. "We tried something else right there (in Q4) and went backwards. I'm just happy to be in. We ran well last race with a motor that had been in service for five events. We switched to a new one that shows more horsepower on the dyno and we're slower.

"Maybe it just takes a few extra passes for these things to seal. No matter what, we're going for it tomorrow. We want to continue to shake things up."

-source: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Connie Cohen , Steve Torrence , Mike Edwards , Shawn Langdon