Lucas Oil Racing press release
Arana duo fighting for the spotlight in Dallas
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 24) – Lucas Oil Buell riders Hector Arana Sr. and Hector Arana Jr. were both No. 1 after the final qualifying session of Pro Stock Motorcycle for the AAA of Texas NHRA Nationals at Texas Motorplex.
Arana Jr. held the overall No. 1 qualifier title, while Arana Sr. was quickest in the final session.
The pole was Arana Jr.'s fourth of his rookie season, and he'll be looking for his second victory in three races in Sunday's final eliminations. Arana Jr. earned the No. 1 in Q3 with a pass of 6.828 seconds at 195.42 mph.
"Our actions speak more than our words," Arana Jr. said. "All I can say is we found our tune-up and fixed out motor, and we're back to where we need to be."
Arana Jr.'s primary engine, named "Gracie" after his mom, suffered some minor damage in Charlotte, but the Lucas Oil team repaired it in time for Dallas.
"We just did a couple little tune-up adjustments, and the bike finally came to us," Arana Jr. said. "The power was always there, but we were just a little lost when it came to the starting line. We got that straightened out, and we're back on the pole."
Now, Arana Jr. hopes he can go four rounds on Sunday to repeat his winning performance at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis two races ago. He sits sixth in the Countdown to the Championship.
"We hope to stay consistent all four rounds tomorrow," said Arana Jr., who faces Jim Underdahl in the first round. "We need some good reaction times and to go some rounds.
"We need to beat them all. I don't single out anybody. I'm there to beat them all."
Arana Sr. used the clutch setup in his son's bike to go 6.875 seconds at 194.91 mph in the final qualifying session, which was fastest of the 21 motorcycles. He qualified No. 3 with a pass of 6.856 seconds at 195.76 mph and will face Michael Phillips in round one. Arana Sr. is seventh in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings.
"We made three good runs, which makes things easier," Arana Sr. said. "I should be able to go to sleep tonight. I went to sleep yesterday wondering if there was something wrong, why we weren't running as quick as we should.
"Our first hit, I was concerned. I was paying attention to the motor and how she sounded. We'd seen something that didn't look good, but the motor ran great, so that's a good sign. To repeat again and stay consistent is what I needed. I haven't had that in a long time. I definitely needed that."
The solid performance of the Lucas Oil bikes came after an extended stay in Charlotte because the generator broke in the Aranas' motorhome, which is used to tow the hauler containing the bikes.
"Our choice was, we could work on the motor (in the bike) or we could work on the generator," Arana Sr. said. "I said, 'Well, 97 degrees in Dallas – the generator's coming first.'
"We stayed in Charlotte and ran around, going to different auto parts stores to chase the parts that we needed to get the generator fixed."