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2014 NHRA: With No 5 Spot In Hand, Arana Sr Looks For More From Lucas Oil Buell
Posted by: newsla on Jun 29, 2014 - 12:50 PM
2014 NHRA: With No 5 Spot In Hand, Arana Sr Looks For More From Lucas Oil Buell

Past Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Hector Arana Sr. qualified No. 5 for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals on Saturday at Route 66 Raceway, but he is looking for more speed from his Lucas Oil Buell.


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Arana grabbed the No. 5 spot with a pass of 6.959 seconds at 192.74 mph and hopes he can improve during Sunday's eliminations.

"I'm going to think real carefully about what to do for tomorrow," Arana said. "I know that the potential is definitely there. If I can get the clutch going, I'll be in good shape."

Arana's qualifying pass came in the first session on Friday, but despite a concerted effort to improve he couldn't get the bike to go faster.

"I thought my weekend started good," Arana said. "But there's something strange going on in that clutch that I haven't been able to put my finger on and get it to work for me right."

He slowed a tick in the second qualifying session and then had to sit up in Q3.

"The bike bogged and wouldn't shift out of third gear," Arana said. "As soon as I heard that, I tried it a couple of times but it wouldn't work. I just bailed out and decided to abort the run."

Arana then made a big change to the tune-up for the final qualifying session but it didn't work as planned.

"This last setup I did something drastic that I thought was going to go the other direction," Arana said. "It still didn't happen, so I just don't know what's going on."

Arana hopes to hit on the right tune-up for the first round of eliminations Sunday, when he squares off against No. 12 qualifier Michael Ray. Ray's best qualifying pass was 7.011 seconds at 189.07 mph.

Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. Central on Sunday, with ESPN2 providing three hours of live coverage starting at 2 p.m.

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