Pomona II: Lucas Oil Racing Saturday report

Langdon and Arana experiencing visions of grandeur as race day nears POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13) -- Lucas Oil teammates Shawn Langdon and Hector Arana believe they are in prime position to bring home their first victories of the season Sunday at...

Langdon and Arana experiencing visions of grandeur as race day nears

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13) -- Lucas Oil teammates Shawn Langdon and Hector Arana believe they are in prime position to bring home their first victories of the season Sunday at the 46th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals.

Langdon, driver of the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster, and Arana, rider of the Lucas Oil Buell in Pro Stock Motorcycle, both qualified their rides in the top half of their respective fields Saturday afternoon. Now the excitement of winning a race within shouting distance of Lucas Oil's west coast headquarters in nearby Corona, Calif., has them motivated to race harder than ever.

"It's the end of the year and we're in a pretty heated points battle for fourth place," Langdon said. "The car is running well and more consistent and with all the Lucas people out here this weekend it makes me want to win that much more."

Langdon will start out of the No. 6 spot after a best lap of 3.849 at 316.01 mph. He'll first face newcomer Ron August Jr., who qualified 11th with a 3.915 at 313.44 mph.

"We know we have a car that can go out and win on race day," said Langdon, who grew up 20 minutes south of the track in Riverside, Calif. "We hope to end this year on a good note. We want to go four rounds tomorrow, finish fourth, then look forward to next year."

Arana qualified a lofty No. 2 after a best pass of 6.851 seconds at 195.19 mph on the Lucas Oil Buell. Arana said earlier in the week that ending the season with a victory would mitigate much of the frustration he suffered earlier in the year thanks to an inconsistent bike.

"We wanted to qualify No. 1 but we didn't quite get that done," said Arana, the Day 1 leader. "The rear tire started spinning halfway through that last pass and it cost us just enough E.T. to lose the top spot. We're No. 2 instead so we'll take that and go into race day with our focus entirely on winning the race. The best news is our bike continues to run really strong like it has the last few races. All our problems from earlier appear to be gone."

Arana squares off against No. 15 qualifier David Hope, who qualified with a pass of 7.041 seconds at 177.16 mph.

"I'd like to end the year on a good note, with something that will get us motivated even more to work extra hard in the off season," said Arana, the 2009 champion. "We want to be back on top of the class again next year and winning the trophy tomorrow would be the perfect start for that."

Lucas Oil's other driver, Larry Morgan, wasn't able to get his Lucas Oil Ford Mustang into the Pro Stock field.

-source: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Ron August , David Hope , Shawn Langdon