Lucas Oil Racing press release
Arana Sr. and Jr. ready to attack Pro Stock Motorcycle class on Lucas Buells
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 4) – Lucas Oil Buell riders Hector Arana Sr. and Hector Arana Jr. start from the top half of the field in pursuit of the 57th Mac Tools U.S. Nationals title Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Both riders overcame some adversity this weekend, and Arana Jr. qualified No. 5 and Arana Sr. No. 7.
Arana Jr. has now qualified in the top half of the field for six consecutive races and has qualified fifth or better in his last four races with the engine named after his mom, Gracie. By qualifying for Monday's race, Arana Jr. also assured himself a spot in the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA's "playoffs" that begin in the next race at Charlotte.
At Indy, Arana Jr. posted his best lap in the fifth qualifying session, making a pass of 6.950 seconds at 192.22 mph. That came after his Lucas Oil Buell had some problems shifting in a prior run.
"We finally got down the track, made a pass and got through all the gears," Arana Jr. said. "We made a decent run, but not what we were wanting to run. I thought we could've run faster than that. But overall, I'm No. 5 for the U.S. Nationals, and me and my dad are on opposite sides of the ladder with a chance to meet in the finals. His bike's running good now, so it should be good tomorrow."
Arana Sr. qualified No. 7 with a new bike and a new engine, named "Forrest" after Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas. Plus, Arana Sr. said his crew chief, Adam Arana, can yell at the starting line, "Run, Forrest, run!"
Arana Sr. qualified with a pass of 6.961 seconds at 192.55 mph with the new bike and engine. "Forrest" was installed this weekend after a problem with another of Arana Sr's engines.
"Forrest is not running as fast as we want to, but we've only got two runs on that motor," Arana Sr. said. "I'm feeling good. I'm really feeling good going into tomorrow." Arana Sr. faces Mike Berry in Monday's first round, with Arana Jr. squaring off against Angie Smith.
"I'm definitely mentally prepared," Arana Jr. said. "Now that his bike's running good and I got down the track, we can all relax and get a good night's rest. We'll be good for tomorrow."