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2014 NHRA: ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAVTV Rider Arana Falls Short In First Round
Posted by: newsla on Apr 14, 2014 - 06:19 AM
2014 NHRA: ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAVTV Rider Arana Falls Short In First Round

In only his second NHRA Four-Wide Nationals start, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Adam Arana fell in the first round, yet he is still excited to keep his 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season going.


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The ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAVTV Buell rider had a phenomenal reaction time, but it just wasn't enough to overcome a slight driving mistake. Arana lost in the first round of eliminations to Scotty Pollacheck, John Hall, and Jerry Savoie after making a pass of 6.943 seconds at 192.08 mph.

"The motor was good Sunday, the loss was a complete driver error," Arana said. "When I shifted into third gear, the front end came down and washed out. Because of that, my thumb was too close to the shifter and the clutch. I then had to short-shift, which just completely eliminated one gear. The short-shift was really hard on the motor and made it pull real hard.

"That issue definitely slowed us down probably close to five-hundredths of a second, which I think honestly would have won that round."

Even though Arana went home early after final eliminations on Sunday, he still is positive about the gains he and the Arana Racing team have made so far this season. After a rocky start in Gainesville, Fla., the team is finally starting to get back to its competitive ways.

"It was a good race even though I went out earlier then I wanted," Arana said. "Everyone did a good job getting off the line in my round. I had a reaction time of .020 and I was still third off the line.

"I had fun this weekend and I have definitely regained my confidence in our motors. I'm still extremely comfortable on elimination Sunday, so I can't complain. I'm happy and looking forward to the next race in Atlanta."

Arana will continue his quest of scoring his first ever NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series win when the bikes rejoin the rest of the competition May 16-18 for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

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