Arana Jr. wins first PSM event in the Spring at the 2019 Denso Four-Wide

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Hector Arana Jr. can say he won the first Pro Stock Motorcycle event in the Spring. Traditionally, the bikes went to Las Vegas in the fall, but not during the 2019 season.

Arana Jr. won the 20th annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arana Jr. also won the fall event in Oct. 2018.

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

“That consistency does come in some part because of the extra runs because we’re always working on it,” Arana Jr. said. “It’s also just me getting more and more comfortable riding the bike. We’re constantly looking for gaines and we’re just picking away at it right now here and there. That consistency is just a huge part of our success right now.”

Arana Jr. had the starting line advantage of the quad. He won on a holeshot win over Matt Smith.

The East Northport, New York native went 6.907 at 195.79 mph. The King, North Carolina native went 6.903 at 197.02 mph.

Arana Jr. and Smith were joined in the quad by Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammates Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines. However, neither of these two bikes had a chance to win.

The Avon, Indiana native had a red-light as Krawiec was -0.003 red. The Brownsburg, Indiana native was broke and could not start before the staging lane.

This is Arana Jr.’s 15th career win.

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