By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: September 12th, 2014 at 8:21 pm EST
Hector Arana Jr. is the Pro Stock Motorcycle provisional No. 1 qualifier following his 6.876 at 195.48 mph at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. Steve Johnson, who claimed the final Countdown to the Championship spot two weeks ago, went 6.893 at 193.77 for the second spot.
“This means a lot as far as my confidence goes,” Arana Jr. said. “It’s all about confidence. I know I have the equipment to take me to the winner’s circle, but confidence is the key.”
Eddie Krawiec, who claimed his first U.S. Nationals win last race, is third following his 6.901 at 191.38 mph. Matt Smith, who was the 2013 Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion, is fourth at 6.925 at 192.17.
John Hall is fifth with 6.940 at 192.44 mph. Andrew Hines is sixth with a 6.951 at 191.38 mph. Adam Arana, the younger brother to Hector Arana Jr., is seventh at 6.957 at 192.44.
Angie Smith, who won her first career race at the NHRA New England Nationals this past June, is eighth at 6.968 at 191.08. Jimmy Underdahl is ninth at 6.977 at 192.69, while Jerry Savoie, who missed the Countdown to the Championship in the final round to Krawiec, is tenth at 6.983 at 192.44.
Shawn Gann, Michael Ray, and Hector Arana did not make the show on Friday night. These three drivers have two more rounds to make the show tomorrow, or they will be heading home early.
Gann is currently in the 13th spot following his 7.038 at 190.11. Ray is 15th at 7.785 at 124.72. Hector Arana is 16th at 13.327 at 58.94.