Arana Jr. is the PSM leader on Friday at 2019 Spring Vegas race

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

A few months after winning the Fall Las Vegas race, Hector Arana Jr. is the provisional Pro Stock Motorcycle leader on Friday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. He picked up his provisional lead with a 6.884 at 195.17 mph on his second qualifying pass at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

He will attempt to get his third No. 1 qualifier of his career at Las Vegas.

Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr. racing on Friday at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Hector Arana Jr. racing on Friday at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The King, North Carolina native went 6.911 at 196.50 mph.

Smith was able to perform despite the beef with Steve Johnson on Wednesday.

Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec is the No. 3 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 6.919 at 195.05 mph.

His teammate Andrew Hines is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Brownsburg, Indiana, who also rides for Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson, went 6.947 at 194.16 mph.

White Alligator Racing rider Karen Stoffer is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Minden, Nevada native went 6.949 at 193.49 mph.

Here is how the rest of the PSM field panned out on Friday:

6. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 6.980, 193.65

7. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.983, 192.25

8. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.991, 195.42

9. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.997, 190.43

10. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 7.017, 189.36

11. Angelle Sampey, Harley-Davidson, 7.043, 192.00

12. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 7.046, 192.25

13. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 7.053, 190.51

14. Joey Gladstone, EBR, 7.063, 189.79

15. Cory Reed, EBR, 7.083, 190.54

16. Jianna Salinas, Suzuki, 7.097, 187.60.

Not Qualified:

17. Katie Sullivan, 7.156, 188.81

18. Hector Arana, 7.439, 146.21

19. Kelly Clontz, 16.925, 38.60

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