By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Mohnton, Pa. — Lucas Oil TV Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr. has defeated Matt Smith in the final round at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Arana Jr. went 6.842 at 197.74 mph. Smith, who was the No. 1 qualifier of the event, went 7.306 at 145.88 mph.
“What matter are the wins in the Countdown and that’s what we’re working on,” said Arana Jr., who earned his second win at the facility. “We’re working on consistency and we’ve been working on that all year. We’ve got a strong championship contender with this bike and I can’t thank my team enough. They work super, super hard. We’re definitely working really hard for a championship.”
Smith had problems on his bike and stood up.
This was the fourth-time that these two faced each other in the final round. However, Arana Jr. has never lost against Smith in those final rounds.
Arana Jr. had an 0.003 light and was able to hold that advantage down the track.
In addition, this is his 13th career win. He is now in second place in the points standings, trailing Eddie Krawiec by just three points.
Arana Jr. has two wins this season. He last won at the Dodge Mile-High Nationals back in July at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado.