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2013 NHRA: Career-Best e.t. Places Adam Arana No 8 In Eliminations Field
Posted by: newsla on Apr 21, 2013 - 06:12 AM
2013 NHRA: Career-Best e.t. Places Adam Arana No 8 In Eliminations Field

The learning experiences continue to pile up for ProtectTheHarvest.com Buell rider Adam Arana at the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.


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After making his Pro Stock Motorcycle debut in Gainesville, where he qualified for his first race and made his first pass in eliminations, the 21-year-old rookie made his first Four-Wide pass in Charlotte and got to experience what it's like to be outside the top 16 going into the final round of qualifying.

He responded with aplomb, rocketing down the track with a 6.895 at 193.24 mph to grab the No. 8 qualifying spot. The effort also resulted in a career-best elapsed time and qualifying position.

"Now it's good," Arana said of his first Four-Wide experience. "After the first run today, when the bike didn't shift out of second gear, I was nervous. I wasn't qualified, I was 17th, and I was thinking, 'Oh crap.' And then everyone was going fast in Q3 and I said, 'I've got to be on my game.' "

Arana's run in Friday's lone qualifying session was a 7.090 at 192.82 mph that was bumped out of the top 16 in Saturday's Q2. Arana knew what he needed to do in the final qualifying session: Focus on his lap and make it a good one.

"You try not to think about it because you don't want to frazzle yourself," Arana said. "A lot of times if you're worried about going fast you'll shift too soon. You have to stay patient and wait for the shift light, hit your shift points, and ride like you're supposed to."

The No. 8 qualifying spot puts Arana in a powerhouse quad on Sunday that includes No. 1 qualifier and older brother Hector Arana Jr., No. 9 qualifier Andrew Hines, and defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Eddie Krawiec, who qualified No. 16.

"It could go really well," said Arana. "I sure hope it does. I'm not going to think about it too much. I'm going to get a good night's sleep. We'll tune on the bike because we bogged pretty bad in Q3, so we need to get that fixed. That should make us run quicker. The bike's running good. It's smooth and it goes straight. It is easy to ride."

Sunday's opening ceremony at the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals will get under way at 11 a.m. EDT with eliminations beginning at noon. ESPN2 will air the eliminations show Sunday at 7 p.m. EDT.

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