Pomona II: Lucas Oil Racing Thursday report

Lucas Oil's Arana enjoys early edge in Pomona POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11) -- Hector Arana, rider of the Lucas Oil Buell, is looking to fill two holes in his trophy collection at one event -- the Auto Club NHRA Finals. "It would be nice to finish...

Lucas Oil's Arana enjoys early edge in Pomona

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11) -- Hector Arana, rider of the Lucas Oil Buell, is looking to fill two holes in his trophy collection at one event -- the Auto Club NHRA Finals.

"It would be nice to finish up the season with a win here in Pomona," Arana said. "I don't have one for this track so it would be nice to add to my shelf."

Arana also hasn't won yet this season, so walking away with the trophy on Sunday would end the season on a high note. On Thursday, Arana made a strong step in that direction by qualifying No. 1 during the day's lone qualifying session by running a 6.870 second pass at 194.35 mph.

"I'm going to try to win this weekend," Arana said. "We now have the performance so I just have to do my job at the light."

The performance had been hit or miss a various points during the season. Arana's bike would ride like a rocket one round and then run like a rock the next.

After tearing the bike apart several times, Arana believes that the Lucas Oil Buell is back the way it needs to be.

"We started wondering about ourselves and losing confidence in the middle of the season," Arana said. "But we never gave up and kept on working and look at our performance now."

Getting a good number on Thursday give Arana some wiggle room to get started on getting the NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle championship back into his hands in 2011.

"This is going to be great for the next year," Arana said. "Now we can do some research and figure out what we can improve on since we found what we were missing."

-source: lucas oil racing

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