Lucas Oil racer Arana calling the shots in Pro Stock Bike HOUSTON (April 9) -- It's been more than a decade since Hector Arana has seen the kind of at conditions he encountered Friday at Houston Raceway Park on Friday. The O'Reilly Auto Parts...
Lucas Oil racer Arana calling the shots in Pro Stock Bike
HOUSTON (April 9) -- It's been more than a decade since Hector Arana has seen the kind of at conditions he encountered Friday at Houston Raceway Park on Friday.
The O'Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals is normally the NHRA's first taste of the hot, humid weather that dominates during the summer months. However, Friday's conditions were cool and dry -- perfect for Arana to make good power on his championship-winning Lucas Oil Buell.
"The air conditions here are really great," Arana said. "It's been 14 or 15 years since we've had conditions this good at this track. It's looking great."
The defending NHRA Full Throttle Series champion in Pro Stock Motorcycle, Arana produced big power in the ideal conditions and ended the day as the provisional No. 1 qualifier after a best lap of 6.856 seconds at 193.49 mph.
Arana's Lucas Oil teammates Shawn Langdon ended the day seventh in Top Fuel, while Pro Stock veteran Larry Morgan will be looking to improve from his current 17th-place perch.
"I've been paying real close attention to the weather forecast," Arana said. "It's looking real good and we've got a chance to re-set the national record. The track seems to be hooking up pretty good.
"We just freshened this motor up and there's only two runs on those pistons and rings. We're still running out heavier break-in oil. After this run I was impressed with a 6.85. I just need to go back now and look at my data and look where we can improve."
Arana held the national record holder since the Memphis event last season but was dethroned in March by Karen Stoffer.
"The air conditions here are good enough to get the record back," Arana said. "The one thing I am keeping an eye on for the rest of the weekend is the wind. It can be nice and sunny in Houston, then turn around and get a gust of wind out of nowhere. You have to be careful.
"There is room to improve on that run. I'm running the heavier Lucas Oil, so we can pick up a little with the synthetic oil. There's also room to improve the clutch. We're going to take a shot."