Gainesville: Langdon, Arana final report

Two semifinal berths for Lucas Oil team GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13) -- Team Lucas Oil Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon and Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana both earned semifinal berths at the 41st annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals on...

Two semifinal berths for Lucas Oil team

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13) -- Team Lucas Oil Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon and Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana both earned semifinal berths at the 41st annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals on Sunday.

The event at Gainesville Raceway was the season opener for the motorcycle class, and Arana, who won the 2009 bike title, was honored during prerace ceremonies. Arana took one step better by bestowing a championship ring and leather jacket to Lucas Oil founder, Forrest Lucas.

Once the racing began the Lucas drivers started to turn the win light on and advance.

Langdon guided the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster past Chris Karamesines and recent nemesis Cory McClenathan on a holeshot before falling in the semis to Antron Brown. Brown ran a lap of 3.801 seconds at 318.24 mph to Langdon's 3.909 at 304.74.

It was the deepest Langdon has progressed in a race this season.

"It was a very satisfying weekend," Langdon said. "We've been trying a few things lately, and we're making big strides a hundredth of second at a time. We're running with the best of them right now, and it's a good feeling."

Against Brown, Langdon said the car hurt the motor during the run.

"We dropped a cylinder in that run, and you try to to step it up but still not beat yourself with a mistake," Langdon said. "Even if we made a perfect run, it would have still been tough to beat Antron. He just laid down an awesome run."

Arana and his Lucas Oil Buell diced his way through LE Tonglet and got Andrew Hines to foul out. Arana was on the edge of red lighting himself in his two wins with a reaction time of .005 seconds each time. He pushed his luck too far in the semis against Shawn Gann. Arana hit the line .013 seconds too soon, handing the win light to Gann.

"We had some troubles leaving the starting line," Arana said. "So my last tuneup, the clutch isn't working. But we did move forward each run we made. " Arana said he has some great data to take back to the prepare for the next stop on the circuit.

"I've got nothing to complain about, everything went smooth," Arana said. "Before the season I didn't have a chance to work on the motor , and now I'm fired up to get home, take the bike down and start working.

"I know I'm going to have to work harder than ever to find a couple more ponies in that engine. Winning the championship is so awesome, I want to repeat."

-source: morgan lucas racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Chris Karamesines , Shawn Gann , Cory McClenathan , Andrew Hines , LE Tonglet