By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Lucas Oil TV Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr. won the NHRA Toyota Nationals on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arana Jr. defeated Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Eddie Krawiec in the final round.
Arana Jr. — who was also the PSM No. 1 qualifier for the event — went 6.885 at 193.35 mph. Krawiec — who was the PSM No. 2 qualifier in Vegas — went 6.911 at 195.05 mph.
“We did a great job qualifying and that sent the tone for [Sunday],” Arana Jr. said. “It gave me the confidence I needed. I had great lights in qualifying and did it again today on race day. Great preparation and everything came back together. We just want to qualify well, win rounds and win races.”
In prior events, Krawiec held a 16-8 advantage over Arana Jr. He also held a 4-2 final round advantage over Krawiec, as well, before Sunday’s final round.
The East Northport, New York native had the starting line advantage. He was then able to pull away, before Krawiec was able to catch up around the 330-foot mark.
However, the Avon, Indiana then ran out of room to catch Arana Jr. before the finish line. He won by 0.0471 seconds, or approx. 13 feet.
This is Arana Jr.’s third win this season. In addition, it is also his 14th career win.
Arana Jr. now trails points leader Matt Smith by 64 points. Krawiec trails Smith by four points and LE Tonglet is third with 61 points.
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