NORWALK, Ohio (July 8) – Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Sr. hates losing to anyone, but when his son beats him in a Pro Stock Motorcycle race, the sting is drastically diminished.
That's what happened Sunday in the semifinals of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park, when Arana Sr. fell on a holeshot to Hector Arana Jr.
Arana Sr.'s pass was 6.947 seconds at 193.21 mph, which was quicker than his son's run of 6.960 at 192.55 mph. But Arana Sr. had a reaction time of .077 seconds, compared to his son's excellent .027 light.
"Losing to him is no big deal," Arana Sr. said. "Lucas Oil is still going to the finals."
And Arana Sr. is also motivated to work on his reaction times before the next race, the Mopar NHRA Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
"What I've got to do, and I just realized this, we do have a Christmas Tree," Arana Sr. said. "They get to play with it a lot more than I do. Sometimes I'm so busy doing other things and getting everything ready, and they're practicing with it. I just have to do the same thing. It'll come. We've still got plenty of time to make up."
Arana Sr., the No. 2 qualifier, started Sunday with a single run after Angie Smith's crash in qualifying. He made a pass of 6.929 seconds at 192.06 mph that was low elapsed time of the round. In the second round, Arana Sr. took out No. 10 qualifier Scott Pollacheck with a pass of 6.942 at 189.87 mph to Pollacheck's 7.038 at 187.60 mph.
The run was low ET of the round again, but it wasn't perfect. After overcoming electrical issues in qualifying, Arana Sr. ran into another issue.
"It backfired in third gear," Arana Sr. said. "We thought we had found it. This has been an expensive weekend, replacing a bunch of parts. But the bike's performance is there. I'm OK."
Arana Sr. has reached the semifinals in the last four races, a good sign for the summer run and the buildup to the Countdown to the Championship. Plus, he's qualified No. 1 or 2 in each of the last five races.
"We're still learning," Arana Sr. said. "We're going to keep trying different combinations. That's the good thing about having two teams. I can see what he's doing, and he can see what we're doing, and we learn from it and go forward. This is only the beginning of the summer."
Source: Lucas Oil Racing