St. Louis: Hector Arana Saturday report

With help from his sons, Arana takes No. 1 slot for Lucas Oil race team ST. LOUIS (May 1) -- Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Hector Arana leaned on some familiar help Saturday at Gateway International Raceway to tune his Lucas Oil Buell...

With help from his sons, Arana takes No. 1 slot for Lucas Oil race team

ST. LOUIS (May 1) -- Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Hector Arana leaned on some familiar help Saturday at Gateway International Raceway to tune his Lucas Oil Buell V-Twin to his second straight No. 1 qualifying position.

"My crew this weekend is my two boys," Arana said of sons Hector Jr. and Adam. "One's working on the bike and the other has been watching the track conditions. They've been great and I'm No. 1 qualifier because they've worked hard for me."

The Arana boys helped tune their dad to a best of 6.905 seconds at 194.46 mph, which they posted in the third session of time trials. The pass held through the hotter afternoon round and set the team up with a Sunday morning date with No. 16 qualifier Angie Smith, who topped out with a 7.113 at 185.66 mph.

"To be running strong like this is my dream come true," Arana said. "When we posted that 6.90 the RPMs went really high early and I thought that might have hurt me but then (the track workers) gave me that No. 1 finger at the top end and I was smiling."

Arana's Lucas Oil teammates, Shawn Langdon and Larry Morgan, have experienced mix results this weekend. Langdon struggled with the track until the final session when he managed to limp down with a 4.072 at 295.08 mph to place his Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster in the No. 12 spot in Top Fuel. Morgan wasn't quite as fortunate, failing to make the Pro Stock elimination field by just .019 seconds.

"At least we made it down the track (in Round 4)," Langdon said. "The guys have been working on some new stuff to get the car ready for the summer months ahead. Some of it worked and some of it didn't.

"We'll shift back to race mode now and concentrate on getting the car down the track tomorrow."

Langdon will open eliminations against No. 5 qualifier Brandon Bernstein, who went 3.903 at 307.09 mph.

After making some major changes with the bearings and valves in the powerplant of his Lucas Oil Ford Mustang prior to the event, Morgan was hoping to earn a spot in the Pro Stock field and win some rounds on Sunday. That goal will have to wait for at least two more weeks as he just missed the field with a best of 6.705 at 206.45 mph.

"The car is way better than it was a week ago," Morgan said. "We've found our problems and we're on the road to recovery. We went back to a lot of things that worked for us in the past and if we had time to test before we got here we would have been in really good shape. I'm already looking forward to Atlanta because I think we'll be fast there."

-source: lor

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Brandon Bernstein , Angie Smith , Shawn Langdon