Arana Jr. Eclipses 200-mph Barrier And Krawiec Leads Qualifying

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Arana Jr. Eclipses 200-mph Barrier And Krawiec Leads Qualifying

  • Hector Arana Jr. set the Pro Stock Motorcycle national speed record at 200.23 mph to become the first rider to win $10,000 and be a part of the DENSO Spark Plugs 200 MPH Club
  • Eddie Krawiec sits atop of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class on the first day of the class’ season

Hector Arana Jr. made history Friday evening breaking the 200-mph barrier on his Pro Stock Motorcycle becoming the first rider to enter the DENSO Spark Plugs 200 MPH Club and received a $10,000 prize. The national speed record was set at the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

 

Hector Arana Jr. cracked the 200 mph barrier running 200.23 mph to become the first member of the Denso 200 MPH Club

 

His pass during the second qualifying session eclipsed his record of 199.88 set at Charlotte 1 in 2015.

“I would’ve never thought that was a run to go 200 (mph),” Arana Jr. stated. “At the beginning of today, we didn’t have our front fairings, front exhaust pipes and we weren’t ready at all. I don’t even know what the tune-up is on the bike. It’s honestly really incredible we did that.”

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, defending world champion Krawiec currently sits in the No. 1 qualifier position with a 6.785 pass at 199.67 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.

“It’s good to be back out racing,” Krawiec stated. “We pretty much started right where we left off and that’s our motive heading into these next couple races. We really didn’t change anything from Pomona on our motorcycles so we could come here to be fresh and ready.”

Doug Vancil leads qualifying in Top Fuel Harley with a run of 6.289 seconds 233.80 mph.

 

Qualifying continues at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at 12 p.m. on Saturday.


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