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2014 NHRA: Arana Jr. Knocked Out Of Denver Race By His Father
Posted by: newsla on Jul 21, 2014 - 07:39 AM
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2014 NHRA: Arana Jr. Knocked Out Of Denver Race By His Father


Moments after dropping a second-round match to his father in the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Bandimere Speedway, Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. was busy trying to make up for it.

 

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The racetrack awards No. 1 qualifiers a stack of lottery tickets, so Arana and his family were hard at work scratching them off to try to hit that jackpot.

"Maybe we can make up for not winning on the track in Denver and by winning with the lottery tickets," Arana said.

Arana saw his race end at the hands of his dad Hector Sr. After the two won in the first round, Arana had lane choice and picked the left lane.

His father, though, left first with a nice .021-second reaction time, gaining a quick .030-second lead. That was more than enough to beat Arana's quicker pass of 7.245 seconds at 185.84 mph.

His dad's run was 7.266 seconds at 184.74 mph and the margin of victory was .009-second, but it wasn't as simple as it sounds, as Arana actually had caught and passed his father.

"I felt good and comfortable racing against dad," Arana said. "He got the holeshot on me and I had already actually passed him, but then I had to correct the bike. It was going hard left and the wheel was still off the ground, but when it came down the front wheel shimmied.

"It was my fault. I short-shifted two gears, and once that happened I caught up to him again and still ran faster. I don't know how all that happened after, but it was all over from there."

Arana got to the second round with an easy victory over No. 16 qualifier Charlie Sullivan. After a rash of red-lights in the first round, Arana was careful on the Christmas Tree, trailing Sullivan off the line, but Arana's run of 7.201 seconds at 186.64 mph beat Sullivan's 7.453-second pass at 177.95 mph.

"First round was good," Arana said. "I was a little late but after hearing all those red-lights and watching them I got a little nervous. I knew I had a good bike, and I did not want to push it and go red with a really fast bike."

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