Vegas NHRA: Lucas Oil Buell Preview

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Motorcycle Drag Racing

For the last few races, the Lucas Oil Buell NHRA motorcycle did its best to put a few more gray hairs on the top of Hector Arana’s head, but all of that is in the past.

Heading into this weekend’s NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, Arana said he’s much more relaxed because he’s no longer having to obsess why his Buell motorcycle has been running inconsistently. Arana is the reigning Full Throttle Series champion in Pro Stock Motorcycle

Hector Arana says: “Mentally I’m ready for it. I’m going to concentrate, make the most of these next two races and get a good start for next year.”

Arana is currently fifth in the NHRA motorcycle season standings, but has been mathematically eliminated from being able to defend his title. However with some good motorcycle races and a little help he can finish as high as third in the final standings.

Right now, however, the top goal on Arana’s mind is to break through and pick up that first NHRA victory of the season, which has eluded the veteran driver this season.

Hector Arana says: “Our No. 1 goal is to get in that winner’s circle and bring some trophies home. We’ve done regular maintenance on the bike, and I’m going to be more focused on qualifying well and racing.”

However, no race at Las Vegas is totally business.

The Pro Stock Motorcycle class has traditionally celebrated Halloween at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a big way. Last year, one of Arana’s male crew members dressed as Wonder Woman at the starting line.

Hector Arana says: “”That same guy told me he’s got something else planned for this year,” Arana said. “But he won’t tell me exactly what. It’s going to be a surprise for everyone. As a team we do our best when we are enjoying the moment. Sometimes you fall into that regular work routine and it just gets tiring. We’ve got to take the time and enjoy life.”

NHRA Las Vegas Nationals TV Schedule:

Qualifying for the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals begin at 12:15 p.m. PDT on Oct. 29 with eliminations starting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 31. The qualifying show will air on ESPN2 starting at 1 a.m. EDT with eliminations being shown on ESPN starting at 9 p.m. Eliminations will be shown live on

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).