If there is one thing Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. learned during the seven weeks since the last NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle races is that he doesn’t make a very good drag racing spectator.
“It seems like last year since we’ve raced,” Arana said. “I went out to watch the national event in Las Vegas (which didn’t feature bikes), but being there just made me want to race that much more. It was like torture.”
There is no rider who has been counting down the days to this weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries more than Arana.
“I went over everything on my bike,” Arana said. “Everything looked good. From there we’ve spent a lot of time working on the dyno trying to see if we can find any more horsepower. We’ve done everything 10 times. It’s time to race.”
Arana said he has resisted the urge to make a ton of changes to the bike as a way of filling the time between races.
“We have been working steadily, but not been killing ourselves.” Arana said. “Instead of working until 9 at night every night, we’ve been leaving at 6 and been able to have a nice dinner at home.”
Arana had hoped to get a little testing in before heading to Houston, but weather conditions at the team’s home base in Indianapolis were not cooperative.
“We attempted to go testing,” Arana said. “Unfortunately the day before we went to the track, it rained all day. We waited for a couple of cars to go down in order to get some heat in the track, but the rubber started to peel up from all the water. So there just wasn’t a good surface there for us to really try and hit it hard.
“There were also 20-mph winds that day, so it just wasn’t a good opportunity to try and get good data. It would have been nice, but we know exactly where we are with the Lucas Oil bike. I’m so glad to hit the track. I’m ready.”