Sonoma: Lucas Oil Racing final report

Top Fuel pro Langdon wins Super Gas title in Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. (July 18) -- Lucas Oil driver Shawn Langdon may have had a shorter-than-planned afternoon in his Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster, but his day at the Fram-Autolite NHRA ...

Top Fuel pro Langdon wins Super Gas title in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (July 18) -- Lucas Oil driver Shawn Langdon may have had a shorter-than-planned afternoon in his Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster, but his day at the Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals still ended in the winner's circle.

Langdon won the Super Gas title in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series racing at Infineon Raceway, his first Sportsman victory since 2008.

"This win is big, it's huge," Langdon said. "It's the bestfeeling in the world.

"With the Top Fuel car we're trying so hard and just haven't gotten the breaks to get a win, so to be able to come out here in this Lamb Motorsports Super Gasser and bring home the Wally is just awesome. I've got all my family and friends here, and I thank them for all the support.J

"I'll race anything I can get my hands on. It doesn't matter to me. Winning is just the best feeling in the world. It doesn't matter what class it is. And I want to tell my Top Fuel Lucas Oil crew boys that we're going to get one of these soon, I promise!"

Langdon's teammate, defending Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Hector Arana, had a decent day atop his Lucas Oil Buell, riding to the semifinals, while Lucas Oil Pro Stock racer Larry Morgan was eliminated in the first round.

Arana had one of the best bikes all weekend, and it showed in his two round wins. He beat Mike Berry with a 6.883 second lap at 194.16 mph to Berry's 7.067 at 185.00 mph in the opening round. Arana followed that win up with a 6.849 at 195.73 mph against Jim Underdahl, who had a 6.939 at 192.91 mph.

Both those runs by Arana set low ET of each round. In the semis Arana was caught a little flat footed, giving up .093 seconds at the starting line to three-time world champ Andrew Hines. It was a gap he could not close. Hines ran a 6.895 at 194.69 mph to Arana's 6.919 at 195.03 mph.

"What can I say? I just have to regroup," said Arana, who is still looking for his first victory of the season despite being the points leader for every race but one. "We'll keep working at it. The bike has been consistent, I just have to get consistent.

"We lost here, but we still learned something. We know once we start the Countdown we don't want to repeat those things."

In Top Fuel, well before his big win in Super Gas, Langdon was paired up against Doug Kalitta in the first round, and as has been the case more often than not this year, Langdon enjoyed a .008 second advantage. But Kalitta cruised to a 3.883 second run (tied for second best for the round) at 317.94 mph, while Langdon crossed in 3.941 seconds at 306.95 mph.

"The car ran good, we treed Doug off the line," Langdon said. "We made him earn it; he didn't have a gimme there. Bottom line, we just didn't qualify well. We really put ourselves in that position and we were vulnerable there. He had lane choice, got the better lane, and made a better run than we could.

"We really just started off behind. First (qualifying) run we dropped a cylinder. Then we didn't get the night session because of the curfew. On Saturday we were really trying to push it and get in the top half and we were too aggressive. The track wasn't there for us."

Morgan had the tall task of squaring off against Jeg Coughin Jr. in the opening Pro Stock round where Coughlin nailed the start and cruised to the victory by rolling to a 6.583 seconds at 209.92 mph to Morgan's 6.649 at 208.26 mph.

"We got this new car and we brought it out for the Western Swing because we knew there would be less cars and we'd have a good chance of qualifying every race," Morgan said. "This is the second race for it and we've qualified the thing and showed a lot of promise.J

"We'd like to go to Denver and win the race -- we're more than capable now. We're real happy with it, think we're going to do good."

Up next is the final stop on the NHRA's Western Swing, the July 23-25 Mopar Mile High Nationals.

-source: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Larry Morgan , Mike Berry , Andrew Hines , Shawn Langdon , Jim Underdahl