Langdon and Arana both score runner-up finishes in Pomona POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14) -- Lucas Oil drag racers Shawn Langdon and Hector Arana finished the 2010 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season with runner-up finishes at the 46th annual Auto...
Langdon and Arana both score runner-up finishes in Pomona
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14) -- Lucas Oil drag racers Shawn Langdon and Hector Arana finished the 2010 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season with runner-up finishes at the 46th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals.
After beating Ron August, Doug Kalitta, and new series champion Larry Dixon on a holeshot, Langdon finally fell to good friend Antron Brown when he had to pedal his Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster in the money round. With Langdon momentarily on-and-off the throttle, Brown was able to catch and pass his buddy and take the victory in 3.840 seconds at 311.99 mph. Langdon posted a resigned 4.185 at 306.46 mph.
"I wanted to win more than you know," said Langdon, who was raised in nearby Riverside, Calif. "I grew up 20 miles from here and this is all I've ever wanted to do. But you got to hand it to Antron and that team over there. They earned this one. We'll have to get the next one."
Up to that point, Langdon had been in command of his side of the elimination ladder, leaving ahead of all of his rivals while getting quicker each session. He beat August with a 3.903 at 312.06 mph, Kalitta with a 3.901 at 311.77 mph, and Dixon with a 3.860 at 312.64 mph. Dixon actually ran quicker, posting a 3.856 at 319.98 mph, but Langdon's .016 second advantage at the hit was the difference.
"This team really stepped it up in the Countdown (playoffs) and that's exactly what we wanted," Langdon said. "We're at a point now where we're running the same numbers as the top teams, not having to rely so much on the start every run, and it's showing on the track. We had two runner-up finishes in the last few races and that tells me we're heading in the right direction."
Arana, who was the No. 2 qualifier in bikes, had the Lucas Oil Buell running as consistently this weekend as it had all season.
He knocked out David Hope with a pass of 6.870 seconds at 193.40 mph to Hope's 7.088 at 180.84 mph in the first round, then followed it up with a 6.821 at 192.82 mph against Angie Smith, who took 20 seconds to cross the line.
Arana then bested Jim Underdahl in the semifinals with a pass of 6.856 at 192.85 mph to Underdahl's 6.936 at 192.88 mph, to set up a final-round showdown with fellow past champion Eddie Krawiec. Unfortunately, Arana jumped the start by -.008 seconds, handing the trophy to Krawiec at the line.
"We found what we were missing over these last few races and that makes me happy," Arana said. "Now we'll go and work hard to try and find some more horsepower so we can come out and get the championship back in the Lucas Oil camp next year.
"I've got a brand new Buell chassis that I need to test because I plan to switch to that bike and then Hector (Jr.) will take over this one here and we'll race as a two-bike team in 2011. It's hard to be super happy about losing in the final because we wanted to win but a few days from now we'll look back and see we had a pretty good year, even with all the struggles."
-source: lucas oil racing