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Arana Jr. gets first top spot of season

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Lucas Oil Racing TV sponsored and Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. picked up the Pro Stock Motorcycle No. 1 qualifier at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. He secured the top spot after his 6.879 at 194.24 mph pass on his Buell.

This is his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and the 19th of his career. He’ll face James Underdahl in the first-round of eliminations on Sunday after Underdahl went 7.091 at 189.02 mph on his Suzuki Extended Protection bike.

Hector Arana Jr. (Photo by the NHRA)

Hector Arana Jr. (Photo by the NHRA)

“This means a lot to me, not only me but everybody back at the shop, everybody on the crew,” he said. “Everybody worked so hard for this and it’s nice to finally get the results that we’re getting. It’s really awesome. It’s so awesome to get the number one. It really does mean a lot.”

Jerry Savoie, the reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, is the second qualifier with a 6.882 at 193.57 mph pass on his Suzuki. He’ll face Mike Berry in the first-round of eliminations, who went 7.058 at 188.96 on his Buell.

Matt Smith, who had a controversial finish with LE Tonglet in the last race on his Victory Gunner Motorcycle, qualified third with a 6.884 at 195.22 mph. He’ll face Freddie Camarena, who drives a Suzuki, in the first-round of eliminations after his 7.056 at 191.81 mph pass.

Scotty Pollacheck, who also rides another Suzuki Extended Protection bike, qualified fourth for the Oregon native with a 6.908 at 193.54 mph pass. He’ll face Team Liberty rider Cory Reed in the first-round of eliminations after his 6.978 at 187.18 mph pass on his Victory bike.

Tonglet qualified fifth on his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki with a 6.912 at 194.10 mph run. He’ll face veteran rider Steve Johnson in the first-round, who went 6.975 at 191.32 mph on his Steve Johnson Racing Suzuki.

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