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Arana Jr. hopes to keep on learning at Route 66

Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. heads to Route 66 Raceway for this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Route 66 Nationals on the heels of the first No. 1 qualifier of his career in Pro Stock Motorcycle's most recent race.

Hector Arana
Hector Arana

Photo by: Ted Rossino

Arana is now looking to go a little deeper in eliminations, as a mysterious problem left him on the sidelines after only one round in Norwalk.

"I'm always ready to go racing," Arana Jr. said with a smile.

Arana will be looking to improve his No. 10 points position with a good showing in Chicago. Like every track he's visited in 2011, this will be his first race on Route 66 Raceway, though he's traveled the NHRA circuit for years with his father, 2009 Pro Stock bike champion Hector Arana Sr.

"When I hear 'Chicago,' I always think, 'the Windy City,'" the 22-year-old Arana said. "Every year it seems like there's a big wind storm that comes through. I remember one year there were three tornadoes.

"I also think about the track itself. It has really good traction and is known for being able to get good 60-foot time. When a track has good traction like that, you can just put more power to it and not spin the tire."

Putting that traction to good use is key in drag racing, and it starts with having a powerful engine. Once again, Arana Jr. will have Gracie, a powerplant named after his mom and used for the first time at Norwalk, in his Lucas Oil Buell.

"We were happy with the power Gracie put out it Norwalk, and we hope to have a little more this weekend," Arana Jr. said. "She's a new engine, and we were excited about that. But we still need to find more horsepower, and that way we can have the edge."

By: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Hector Arana Jr. , Hector Arana Sr.
Tags arana jr. pro stock motorcycle, lucas oil, route 66 raceway