Arana Jr. looks to repeat at 2019 Dodge Nationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Pro Stock Motorcycle returns to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is race No. 23 of the NHRA schedule.

This is the second-to-last race of the season. The Dodge NHRA Nationals are also event No. 5 of the Countdown to the Championship.

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)

The Spring race was a four-wide event. However, with this event, the teams will use one side of the track.

Hector Arana Jr. won the Spring race. He defeated Matt Smith, Eddie Krawiec, and Andrew Hines in the final round.

Arana Jr. went 6.907 at 195.79 mph to win the Wally. Smith was credited with the second place finish after going 6.903 at 197.02 mph.

Both Krawiec and Hines are on the entry list for this event. Their Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammate Angelle Sampey will also be there this weekend.

Smith will be racing this weekend on the property. Besides the reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, his wife Angie Smith, teammate Scotty Pollacheck will be there. In addition, Kelly Clontz, who receives assistance from Smith, will also be on the track.

Arana Jr. will be back to defend his Wally this weekend. His Lucas Oil teammate and father Hector Arana will also be competing this weekend.

White Alligator Racing riders Jerry Savoie and Karen Stoffer will be on the property. The Surber’s will be competing, as Melissa Surber and James Surber will be racing.

Other Pro Stock Motorcycle riders on the property include Andie Rawlings, Katie Sullivan, Steve Johnson, Eiji Kawakami, Ronald Tornow, Ryan Oehler, and rookie Jianna Salinas.

There are 20 Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers on the property this weekend. Only 16 teams and their respective drivers will make the show on Sunday. That means that four teams and their respective drivers will be eliminated following Saturday’s two qualifying sessions.

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