St. Louis: Hector Arana preview

Points leader Arana eyes St. Louis success ST. LOUIS (April 26) -- The Pro Stock Motorcycle class in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series has taken a few weeks off since its last race in Houston and defending series champion Hector Arana...

Points leader Arana eyes St. Louis success

ST. LOUIS (April 26) -- The Pro Stock Motorcycle class in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series has taken a few weeks off since its last race in Houston and defending series champion Hector Arana has taken full advantage of the break.

Arana has gone over his Lucas Oil Buell V-Twin with an eye for detail ahead of this weekend's 14th annual AAA NHRA Midwest Nationals. He wants to make sure everything's perfect when he pulls through the gates of Gateway International Raceway.

"We've been really going over this motorcycle and getting it ready," Arana said. "Pretty soon we're going to have some back-to-back races, so we're trying to do as much maintenance as we can right now so we don't have any problems down the road."

The fact this race is only a few hours down the road from Arana's home base in Corydon, Ind., just outside Indianapolis, doesn't make the prerace preparation any easier for the perpetual worrier.

"I've been watching the weather, because this race is later than we're used to running it," Arana said. "That's on my mind. And we're still feeling rushed with the work. I'm still in the process of putting the bike back together, then we have to get everything loaded on the trailer and get to the track no later than Wednesday.

"I feel like I'm already behind the gun, pressed for time. It's always like this in racing."

The work Arana has completed on the bike has been extensive.

"We've taken the motor off the frame and disassembled it to take a look at things carefully," Arana said. "We've also inspected the frame and looked for cracks here and there. We've replaced bearings and done everything else that needs to get done."

Arana, the current series points leader, is coming off a runner-up finish in Houston. He lost that race on a red light, but is determined to not be timid at the line.

"I've just got to overcome the red light," Arana said. "I've had my share of them and they should be over with. I'm still not going to be afraid of doing it, because if you are afraid of red lighting you are going to lose races. I'm just going to go out and do the best that I can."

-source: lor

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