POMONA, Calif. - Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Sr. will have a new bullet in his gun for this weekend's Auto Club NHRA Finals at famed Auto Club Raceway.
"Abigail," a powerplant named after his daughter, will be installed in his Buell XB9R for the final race of the season.
He and the crew will have some extra work before the NHRA Finals begin on Thursday to get her installed.
"I know we have to swap engines," Arana Sr. said. "And the other thing is, we have to take a good look at Hector (Arana Jr.'s) motor, too, because on Sunday in Vegas it seemed to be slowing down. Let's hope everything's good there."
Arana Sr.'s primary engine, named "Forrest" after Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas, suffered damage in a semifinal loss in Las Vegas, so he'll be replaced with Hector Arana Jr.'s backup engine, Abigail.
"Hector already ran Abigail, and that's when he was doing really good in Dallas and St. Louis," Arana Sr. said. "I believe Abigail is ready to go and run."
Arana Jr. qualified No. 1 in Dallas and St. Louis with Abigail, so Arana Sr.'s bike should be fast in Pomona.
Of course, he's been fast all season, qualifying fourth or better in 14 of the 15 races and making two finals and seven semifinals in 2012. He's fourth in the points standings, which would be his best finish since winning the championship in 2009.
"It's been tough battle," Arana Sr. said. "All I've been doing, it seems, is replacing parts and keeping up, keeping the motors together.
It didn't give me extra time to do R&D and get some more horsepower and learn something. I'm glad the season's over. Harley won the championship, and congrats to them, but still want to fight.
"Right now, I'm going to Pomona with the attitude that I don't care what happens. We have nothing to lose, so we're going to really get after it."
That makes the goal simple for Pomona: Win.
"I've still got one more race to get a win," Arana Sr. said. "I'm going to be focused on trying to win at least one race this year."
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