Norwalk where Arana turned the corner in his career

| June 24, 2010
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Hector Arana
Lucas Oil Products Buell

Norwalk, pre-race: Summit Motorsports Park will always be a magical place for defending NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Hector Arana. After all, the Hector AranaNHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals is the first place where Arana guided the Lucas Oil Buell to the victory circle.

“It’s special to me in my heart,” Arana said. “It’s a good location. It’s a beautiful track. The fans over there are awesome. Combine that with it being where I got my first win and it’s an unbeatable place for me.”

Arana said the atmosphere surrounding the event is always one he and his Lucas Oil camp enjoys very much.

“I’m looking forward to going there and having a good time,” said Arana, a veteran of two decades of competition. “My family is excited too, because we go to Cedar Point amusement park on Thursday and have a great day over there. And when we get to the track there’s the pound of ice cream for one dollar. You can’t beat that. I already know which flavors I’m going to get.”

That first win at Norwalk was the catalyst in the chain of events that lead to Arana’s championship a year ago. Currently he’s the man with the target on his back, leading the Pro Stock Motorcycle points by 127 markers over second-place Michael Phillips. Four bike races remain before the start of the NHRA’s postseason, the Countdown to 1.

“I’m not going to worry about who’s chasing me and everything,” Arana said. “I’ve really got to concentrate on the Lucas Oil bike and see if we can win the next race.

“I really am looking forward to winning another Wally soon.”

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