Arana surges to 101-point lead with third runner-up result of the season; Langdon dismissed early ATLANTA (May 16) -- Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Hector Arana raced to his third final-round appearances of the 2010 season to pad...
Arana surges to 101-point lead with third runner-up result of the season; Langdon dismissed early
ATLANTA (May 16) -- Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Hector Arana raced to his third final-round appearances of the 2010 season to pad his lead in the Full Throttle standings to 101 points with five of 17 races completed.
"The points are adding up in our favor but I'm looking for the win," Arana said after dismounting his Lucas Oil Buell V-Twin. "I need to start my Wally collection for this year. Maybe I got a little spoiled last year but you get to where you want those things.
"I can't complain. My kids, Hector and Adam, they did a helluva job, especially in this heat. We did good and I've got a lot to be happy for."
After two six-second passes in wins over Wesley Wells and Craig Treble, Arana slowed in his last two passes, which were both clocked in 7.04 seconds.
"In third and fourth gear against (winner Drew) Hines the bike laid down for some reason," Arana said. "There's something wrong. I can't put my finger in there yet but we'll get it fixed before the next race."
Arana next races June 4-6 at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.
The struggles continue for Arana's Lucas Oil teammate Shawn Langdon in Top Fuel as he lost in the first round to Cory McClenathan with a weekend-best 4.003 at 308.71 mph eclipsed by McClenathan's 3.897 at 312.93 mph.
"It stinks losing two first rounds in a row," Langdon said. "We'll be able to bounce back. We've got a bunch of races coming up, so there'll be plenty of chances to get better.
"We've been trying new things and just really didn't have the tune-up all weekend. When you qualify bad you're going to get good first-round opponents, and that's the problem we ran into. Cory laid down a 3.89 and even in the best-case scenario I don't know if could have run that well.
"We're not down. The way that I am, if something isn't figured out, I get it figured out. That's the way I've been my whole career. I don't like to sit around and stew on what's wrong. In my Super Comp car, when I had bad streaks, I'd race it out. I wouldn't mope and sulk about it. I get back out there and get it figured out."
For the first time in 18 race day match-ups this season, Langdon was second out of the start gate as McClenathan edged him by four-thousandths of a second at the Christmas Tree, .065 to .069.
"Any time you can get any streak going out here with the amount of driving talent we face it's an incredible thing to do," Langdon said. "Ultimately, it's just a number and I try not to pay too much attention to stuff like that. It's something that says you are doing a good job, but it's not the end of the world now that it's over."