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2014 NHRA: Lucas Oil Rider Arana Sr Overcomes Controversy At Four-Wide Nationals
Posted by: newsla on Apr 14, 2014 - 09:05 AM
2014 NHRA: Lucas Oil Rider Arana Sr Overcomes Controversy At Four-Wide Nationals

After a roller coaster of a weekend for Lucas Oil rider Hector Arana Sr., being the No. 14 qualifier didn't stop "The Hammer" from pulling an upset in round one of eliminations at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte.


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When the Lucas Oil Buell crossed the finish line in round one, the win light showed Arana advancing to the second round but the announcer said otherwise. After a scoring correction was made, Arana did move on to the next round to face son Hector Arana Jr., Eddie Krawiec, and Andrew Hines. Unfortunately, luck didn't fall his way, and Arana's pass of 6.980 seconds at 195.28 mph wasn't enough to move on to the final.

"I had a very up and down weekend of emotions, especially after the confusion in the first round of eliminations," Arana said. "I heard them announce Shawn Gann as the winner of our round and for that split second I hesitated. I knew that I had crossed the line before he did, but I wasn't really paying attention to what the announcer was saying.

"It wasn't until one of my crewmembers showed me the ticket with the mistake; they had swapped mine and Gann's numbers. In what seemed like forever, an NHRA official had to call the tower to confirm that I was in fact moving to the second round."

But nothing about the chaos of Arana's elimination day in Charlotte fazed him. He knows that it's too early in the season to get worked up about the little things and should instead focus on the rest of the races ahead.

"I made it to the second round in Charlotte and that's an improvement for me," Arana said. "Overall, last year we started out running great and at the end of the season things started going the other way. Hopefully, this year we can iron things out to be on the right path and go on to win the championship. There's no reason to stress; we just need to stay focused."

Arana will now turn his focus to fixing the issues that has caused him so much trouble this season before the Pro Stock Motorcycles return to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series May 16-18 for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

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