Two of three Lucas Oil drivers out before rains delay 4-Wide Nationals CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 28) -- Two team Lucas Oil drivers were eliminated from competition at the inaugural NHRA 4-Wide Nationals on Sunday with one still alive when the rains...
Two of three Lucas Oil drivers out before rains delay 4-Wide Nationals
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 28) -- Two team Lucas Oil drivers were eliminated from competition at the inaugural NHRA 4-Wide Nationals on Sunday with one still alive when the rains passed through North Carolina and postponed the event until Monday at 11 a.m. EDT.
Rider of the Lucas Oil Buell, Hector Arana advanced from his first round Pro Stock Motorcycle quad with a pass of 6.897 seconds at 192.22 mph before rain interruped the second of three scheduled elimination rounds.
Arana's next three opponents will be Matt Smith, Junior Pippin and David Hope. The two quickest elapsed times will move to the final round.
Shawn Langdon won his first round quad with a pass of 3.907 seconds at 307.72 mph in the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster. In the second round, he was off the pace of the other three cars and crossed the line in 3.914 seconds at 308.85 mph and did not advance to the final foursome.
"We were just kind of behind the 8-ball this weekend," Langdon said. "We just didn't have the air/fuel ratio right, and fought ourselves in the beginning of the weekend. Our setup was over center and had too much motor for the conditions.
"We fixed that on our last run, but it made us not know which direction to go with the tuneup. We did the best we could. Once we got our stuff figured out, the engine looks great. We just weren't laying down the kind of good runs everyone else was."
Langdon added that since the team was still able to earn some points on the day, the weekend was fine overall.
Mechanical issues continue to plague the Lucas Oil Ford Mustang of Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan.
He lost power during his run and cruised to a 6.744 second run at 199.79 mph and did not advance in his first round quad.
"I have no idea what happened," Morgan said. "It just started missing again. All the valves are still there. We've got the worst carburetor problem right now."