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Hector Arana Sr. and Jr. Stopped Short at Indy

Hector Arana Sr. and Jr. stopped short at Indy but remain confident as Countdown looms

Hector Arana Sr. and son Hector Arana Jr., both past winners of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, were stopped short this year during eliminations at Lucas Oil Raceway. The father-son Pro Stock Motorcycle duo sponsored by Lucas Oil exited the competition in the first and third rounds, respectively.

Arana Sr., who won the prestigious U.S. Nationals in 2009, qualified sixth aboard his son’s Buell from the 2014 campaign and faced Steve Johnson in the first round of eliminations. Arana Sr. pulled a starting-line advantage thanks to a reaction time of .015.

Johnson caught Arana at the 60-foot mark and the pair stayed together until the timing traps. Johnson crossed the finish line first, 6.946 seconds at 193.38 mph to 6.977 at 194.83.

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Arana Sr. is ninth in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle points and is a contender in the Countdown to the Championship.

“It’s great that I have an opportunity to win the championship,” Arana Sr. said. “We’re going to regroup and look at everything we’ve done over the year and come up with a plan so we can be consistent and get back into the winner’s circle.”

Arana Jr., who won the U.S. Nationals in 2011, lost in the semifinals to Jerry Savoie, who went on to win the final. Arana Jr. also will compete for the 2015 title in the Countdown to the Championship.

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“It’s not too bad,” Arana Jr. said. “I felt like I did a pretty good job riding my Lucas Oil Buell. I had some good lights. We had some good, tight, close racing. Those other two guys, Chip Ellis and Jerry Savoie, they’re there (in the final) because they have this track figured out. They’re leaving the starting line well. Their 60-foot runs are good. They’re making really good runs. We need to go back home, go testing, and figure it out so we can catch up to these guys. The Countdown is starting and we just have to test, get it figured out, and we’ll be OK.”

Arana Jr. met Jim Underdahl in the opening round and won easily because his opponent fouled on the starting line.

In the second round, Arana Jr. faced Andrew Hines and pulled a .003-second lead on the start. It was a tight race, with the Arana Racing rider winning by .0023-second (approximately eight inches).

The Lucas Oil Arana Racing team will next compete Sept. 18-20 at the first race of the Countdown to the Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

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