Infinenon Raceway Sears Point
Arana Jr. leads Pro Stock Motorcycle class into Sonoma race day
Every rider in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category took their shots at Friday leader Hector Arana Jr. during Saturday's final two qualifying sessions for the 24th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals, but ultimately none of them had the horsepower to prevent the rookie rider camp from collecting his third low qualifier honor of the last four events.
Past class champion Eddie Krawiec's 6.882 at 194.21 mph severely threatened Arana Jr.'s perch, but the 22-year-old answered back with a career-best, final-round pass of 6.881 seconds at a 193.99 mph on his Lucas Oil Buell to salt the bonus away.
"I saw Eddie make his run and I was like, 'Oh no, he just took it from me,'" Arana Jr. said. "I felt sick to my stomach and my nerves really kicked in. I was shaking, but I knew if I made a perfect run we could take it back.
"I let the clutch out and it fishtailed a little. Then I went through the gears and tucked as tight as I ever have and we got it back by a thousandth of a second. That was about asd exciting as it gets right there."
It was a different story for Hector Arana Sr., the top qualifier last weekend in Denver, as he continued to battle engine issues. Arana Sr. blew up a motor in Friday's second round and couldn't make the call in Saturday's first session. The team hustled to put another engine in the bike between rounds but couldn't improve on their best pass of 6.998 at 189.44 mph from Friday morning, which placed him 14th on the grid.
"We went back to our top motor for Q4 and that's the one we'll use tomorrow," Arana Sr. said. "We really didn't have any choice. We had a brand-new motor to use this weekend and it had shown so much promise on the dyno, but we blew it up after two runs. I mean, that thing was destroyed, right down to the clutch.
"We can win with this (motor). It was the one we qualified No. 1 with in Denver and we went to the semis there so it will do the job. I just didn't want to wear it out before we had a chance to go back home and freshen it up. We'll race hard and keep our fingers crossed."
By: lucas oil racing