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Youngest Arana's Luck Runs Out In Second Round At Epping
Posted by: newsla on Jun 23, 2014 - 06:12 AM
Youngest Arana's Luck Runs Out In Second Round At Epping

Despite mechanical issues, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Adam Arana made it to the second round of the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals, Sunday, at New England Dragway.


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In the first round of eliminations, Arana, who qualified 11th on his ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAVTV Buell, faced No. 6 seed Michael Ray. Arana recorded a pass of 6.995 at 193.85 mph after Ray red-lighted, sending Arana into the second round.

"I definitely got lucky in the first round," Arana said. "I like Michael and it sucks that he red-lit, but racing's racing and I'm glad for the win. I'm glad that this ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAVTV bike went forward. I just wish we could have had a little bit more luck in the second round."

Arana went up against defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith in the second round, and while he had a .007-second reaction time, his 6.979 at 193.88 mph was not enough to move on.

"Today overall was really not that bad," Arana said. "We're having a tough time getting this tune-up right on the 60-foot and from 60 to 330 feet. From there on it's good, but that's the most crucial part. I lost five-hundredths right there from the start to the 60-foot, and then that multiplies as you're going down the track."

Arana also battled tire shake during his pass against Smith.

"It was frustrating," Arana said. "It rattled the tire really, really bad and I could feel it in the handlebars. Usually if it rattles and it's not too bad, you just feel the bike have a little jitter and then it carries on and clears up. But this one, I felt it in the handlebars and I shifted into second and continued to feel it. That's an issue that we need to address."

Arana's next race is the O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, June 26-29, at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago.

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