Norwalk: Lucas Oil Racing Saturday report

Lucas Oil camp puts three racers in the mix for Norwalk trophies NORWALK, Ohio (June 26) -- The Summit NHRA Nationals will feature three Lucas Oil-sponsored professionals fighting for the various trophies up for grabs after Top Fuel pro Shawn ...

Lucas Oil camp puts three racers in the mix for Norwalk trophies

NORWALK, Ohio (June 26) -- The Summit NHRA Nationals will feature three Lucas Oil-sponsored professionals fighting for the various trophies up for grabs after Top Fuel pro Shawn Langdon, Pro Stock veteran Larry Morgan, and reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Hector Arana all earned spots in the elimination fields.

Driving the marquee Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster owned by Morgan Lucas, Langdon clicked the top-end timers in 3.929 at 307.16 mph to set-up a Sunday morning date with Steve Torrence (3.861 at 315.93 mph), against whom he has a 1-1 record this season.

"We made our best run of the weekend in the fourth qualifying session, which I think is key because it was one of the best runs of the session and I think the conditions are going to be pretty similar to what we saw just now when racing starts," Langdon said. "We've got Torrence and I feel like we're due a little redemption because we faced him in Chicago and had a mishap with the 'chutes coming out before the race started and never got a chance to run him.

"We didn't qualify where we wanted to but we got it figured out by Round 4 so I think we're gonna be good for tomorrow."

Arana will start race day from the No. 2 position on the Pro Stock Motorcycle ladder after running a 6.931 at 193.29 mph on his Lucas Oil Buell V-Twin. Considering he's usually first or second on the grid, the 2008 Norwalk winner didn't seem overjoyed by his spot.

"We need to tune this bike a little bit better," he said. "There's a bit more in there we could get. Then I need to do my job perfectly and we'll have a chance.J

"Norwalk is No. 1 for me. I won my first trophy here and I'll always have that memory. The fans are so awesome because they remember that moment and remind me about it all the time. It's a very special track."

Arana will face Suzuki rider Joe Desantis, who went 7.181 at 186.10 mph.

"The Suzukis haven't just caught up to the Buells and the Harleys, they've passed us,' Arana said. "The bigger bore is giving them more power and now they are 60-footing better and they're running good numbers. With their aerodynamic advantages, they keep accelerating at the top end. The Buells don't. I knew this was going to happen when they announced the rule changes."

With a full moon looming, Morgan earned the lucky 13th slot on the Pro Stock grid with a 6.636 at 207.69 mph in his Lucas Oil Ford Mustang. This is the third race in a row where the veteran engine builder from Newark, Ohio, has successfully qualified his hot rod, a nice upward trend after missing six races in a row from mid April through early June.

"We're trying to stay safe with it and make sure we get this Lucas Oil/Summit Racing Ford into the field at all of these races," Morgan said. "We're inching up on it every pass, and that's a good thing. We're feeling pretty good here and I'd like to win some rounds tomorrow and try and get in the final.

"It's a very important race because all of our families are able to join us at this event so it's big for the people that work for me and support our team. I'm also a big fan of the Bader family and what they do for drag racing. They're good people."

Morgan will face Warren Johnson in the first round. Johnson, the most prolific racer in Pro Stock history with 97 national event wins, posted a best of 6.609 at 208.68 mph.

-source: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Morgan Lucas , Steve Torrence , Shawn Langdon