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2014 NHRA: Arana Gets Redemption In Norwalk Eliminations
Posted by: newsla on Jul 07, 2014 - 07:07 AM
2014 NHRA: Arana Gets Redemption In Norwalk Eliminations

Making his first semifinal appearance since Epping, N.H., this year, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Adam Arana showed there is no reason for concern with his performance during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Sunday, in Norwalk.


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The ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAVTV Buell rider cut stellar reaction times all day, beating all three of the competitors he faced off the line.

In his third time meeting Matt Smith in the first round this season, Arana cut a .048 light and coupled it with a 6.913-second pass at 194.30 mph to outrun Smith's 6.911 at 193.96 mph.

Moving on to the second round, Arana faced No. 1 qualifier Eddie Krawiec. The sophomore Pro Stock Motorcycle rider pulled out a .021 light compared to Krawiec's .102 and sped down the lane to move on to his first semifinal of the 2014 season.

"I'm feeling great and, most of all, confident," Arana said. "Mentally I was great all weekend. I had a .048 light and won on the holeshot in the first round against Smith. I had a .021 against Krawiec and then I had a .018 against my dad.

"I'm in the right spot; I just need to tweak the bike a little bit more now. We need to be able to continually go rounds and hopefully end up in the finals soon and win a race."

The youngest Arana nailed the tree with a .018 reaction time in the semifinals against his dad Hector Arana Sr.; however, his pass of 6.960-seconds at 194.91 mph came up just short against "the Hammer," who tracked him down at the line with a 6.894-second pass at 196.10 mph.

"It was a win-win situation facing Dad in the semifinals," Arana said. "It sucks racing each other, but at least we knew we were going to have a bike in the finals, which is important.

"It seems like I can't beat him though. In qualifying I'll have him beat, but this is the third time I've raced him in eliminations and he's beat me all three times. He has my number when it comes to Sunday, but we're going to straighten that out next time."

Arana will look to continue his search of his first win at the next stop on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit, the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 18-20, at Bandimere Speedway in Denver.

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