Hector Arana Jr. Joliet Saturday Report

Route 66 Raceway

Arana Jr. nails down second straight No. 1 qualifier

Hector Arana Jr. and his Lucas Oil Buell are flying high these days. And Grace Arana couldn't be happier.

Arana Jr. earned his second consecutive No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock Motorcycle by being tops in qualifying for this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Hector Arana Jr.
Hector Arana Jr.

Photo by: Ted Rossino

"I'm just having a good time, racing this Lucas Oil Buell," Arana Jr. said. "That new motor, she's killer. I'm just having fun."

"She" is named Gracie after Arana Jr.'s mom, Grace.

"She's loving it," Arana Jr. said of his mom. "She's loving that I'm doing well and that motor's named after her. She's kind of bragging, 'I'm doing better than you.'"

Arana Jr. grabbed the No. 1 qualifier with a pass of 6.950 seconds at 191.65 on Friday night. Conditions were worse on Saturday, when few riders improved their times.

"If the conditions got better, I figured I'd improve as well, so I was confident in staying No. 1," Arana Jr. said. "Q3, I improved for the heat. In the second session today, I spun the tire and drifted to the wall, and my run was off. But other than that, I'm feeling pretty confident for tomorrow."

Arana Jr. was also the top qualifier in Norwalk, Ohio, in the series' most recent race. Now, the 22-year-old rookie hopes to add another first, his first victory.

"Hopefully, that's next," Arana Jr. said. "We've got two No. 1s, so now I've got another great shot at getting that Wally. I'm just going to take it one round at a time. That's where I messed up in Ohio. I got too confident, and I was worried about the final round instead of worrying about the first round - and I messed up. I'm just going to go one round at a time Sunday."

By: lucas oil racing

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