Hector Arana Jr. Joliet Friday Report

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Route 66 Raceway

Arana Jr. on top of Pro Stock Motorcycle class for second race in a row

Hector Arana Jr. was pushing his Lucas Oil Buell V-Twin to the starting line for the second round of Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying Friday night at Route 66 Raceway when he noticed who would run against him.

Hector Arana
Hector Arana

Photo by: Ted Rossino

Another Lucas Oil Buell rider was in the other lane, and it happened to be Hector Arana Sr., the 2009 world champion. But seeing his dad didn't give Hector Jr. butterflies. No, quite the opposite.

"I honestly didn't know I was running against him until we were pulling up," Arana Jr. said. "I found out we were going against each other, so it was like a little race for the Lucas Oil team, just for fun. You always try your best, but maybe give it a little more effort to try to beat your dad. This time it paid off."

Arana Jr. sped down the quarter-mile in 6.950 seconds at 188.86 mph to earn the provisional No. 1 qualifier slot, which would be his second in a row if it holds up through two more rounds Saturday.

The rookie rider also qualified No. 1 in Norwalk, Ohio, two weeks ago for the first pole of his inaugural NHRA season in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Arana Jr. is using a new engine named after his mom in Chicago and Norwalk.

"I'm finally getting some seat time, getting comfortable on the bike," Arana Jr. said. "It's all coming together. We have a new motor, Gracie, named after my mother. That's all we've done. We've stayed consistent, and it's paid off."

Arana Sr. holds down the No. 6 qualifying position with a pass of 7.005 at 186.48 mph from the first round.

"My dad's going to get a lot better," Arana Jr. said. "He had some issues this last run. I look forward to seeing him improve the next session."

The 22-year-old Arana hopes to get better in Saturday's rounds, too, including during another night session, where elapsed times should be low.

"I don't know if my number will hold or not," Arana Jr. said, "but I intend to improve."

By: lucas oil racing

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