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2014 NHRA: Arana Sr. Pleased With Progress Of Lucas Oil Team In Sonoma
Posted by: newsla on Jul 28, 2014 - 06:54 AM
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2014 NHRA: Arana Sr. Pleased With Progress Of Lucas Oil Team In Sonoma


Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Sr. had one of the best elapsed times in the second round of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, but it wasn't quite enough to get him into the semifinals.

 

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Arana ran into a buzz saw in No. 1 qualifier Jerry Savoie, who raced to the semifinals with a pass of 6.839 seconds at 195.65 mph. Arana was right there with his best pass of the weekend, 6.841 at 196.87 mph, but came up .02-second short.

"We finally started coming around," Arana said. "We picked up speed. We lost second round, but on a good note: We picked up some e.t., we picked up speed. We learned something that had thrown us for a loop in qualifying, so overall I'm happy."

Arana, who raced to two finals and one semifinal in the three previous races, qualified No. 8 here as the Arana Racing team struggled to find the right tune-up. He had to race son Hector Jr. in the first round, getting the win light when Hector Jr. went red.

"A win is a win," said Arana, who made a run of 6.898 seconds at 193.60 mph in the first round. "It seems like he's in a little funk, but the way I see it, it's better now than in the Countdown. We all have our ups and downs, and we go through that period of trying to find out what's going on. I've been there and it happens, but I know he'll turn his program around."

Arana's program has been good lately, and his recent streak has helped him solidify fourth place in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings with one race remaining before the Countdown to the Championship begins.

"The last couple races things have been going smoothly," Arana said. "I've been able to relax more and haven't been tired or stressed out. I had a good night's sleep last night, and when those things happen, everything slows down and I can think clearly. Let's hope this keeps on going."


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