Even though Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. has made only two starts at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, he had some unfinished business to attend to last weekend during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
Arana earned his first career No. 1 qualifier in Norwalk in 2011 but lost in the first round, and last year he reached the final round but lost to Andrew Hines.
"There is definitely unfinished business," the Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader said. "It seems like so far this year I've been able to settle my unfinished business at other events, so I'm really looking forward to this race. Awesome fans, nice facility, $1 ice cream, first No. 1, final round last year. I'm excited.
|Hector Arana Jr.
"We run well in the heat and it's going to be a hot track, so I'm ready for it."
Temperatures were forecast to be in the 80s over the weekend, somewhat cooler than recent seasons, but Arana and his team were ready for whatever comes their way.
"We feel like we're always able to take advantage of the situation," Arana said. "We particularly seem to strive when it's hot. We tend to be able to still make it down with pretty good times. We're definitely exited and ready."
Heading into the weekend, Arana led the standings by 69 points after a semifinal finish in Chicago. He opened the season with three consecutive victories but then hit a rough patch after experiencing engine issues in Englishtown, N.J.
"I had a feeling something like this was going to happen," Arana said. "I did so well and I just felt like there was no way I was going to keep that amazing streak going. The whole time I felt like something was going to happen.
"I'm just glad it happened now, early in the season, instead of during the Countdown to the Championship. I think we got it all out of our system and we should be ready to rock and roll."
He was ready to celebrate Independence Day with his family in Norwalk, which had its traditional fireworks show set for Friday night.
"I've definitely been able to watch it every time with Friday Night Lights with NHRA," Arana said. "When Funny Car or Top Fuel is running, we are always in the stands making sure we are there to watch those amazing fireworks."