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Do you feel fear? Spencer Massey...
I never think about the danger. Never. I know what could happen,
what’s happened to other people, but if something starts to cross
my mind, I just push it right out of there. I worry more about some
guy texting while he’s driving and running into my truck.
Rookie racer Hector Arana Jr.
is making a splash in Pro Stock
Motorcycle and learning from his
A year ago, Pro Stock Motorcycle’s next big star had never been down a drag strip. Today, Hector Arana Jr. rides one of the most feared bikes in the sport and has led the
qualifying pack at tracks from coast to coast.
“I’m still catching up to the speed,” he says. “The first time I did
it, it felt like I was fired out of a slingshot. I’ve been around drag
racing my entire life, and I never expected it to be like that. The pull
was unbelievable. I’m still learning every time I make a run, but if I
can work on my technique and form, and not make silly mistakes,
we can win races this year. We could win the championship.”
It wouldn’t be unprecedented. Reigning Pro Stock
Motorcycle champ L.E. Tonglet won the 2010 title as a 20-year-
old rookie. And no bike in the class is performing like Arana Jr.’s
Lucas Oil Buell. In a span of four races late in the regular
Hector Sr., the 2009 world champ, was.
“I’ve had the bike to beat for a while
“If it wasn’t for my
now,” Arana Jr. says. “I’ve just been beating
myself. It’s the fastest bike out there. It’s
mean. We have the latest engine and a
new Kosman chassis that puts the power
down better than anything we’ve had. I
just need to stay calm on the starting line
and have a little more finesse.”
The 22-year-old can be excused if he
doesn’t do everything perfectly every
time down the track. Unlike most riders,
who progress to the NHRA tour after
years of bracket racing at local tracks, he
didn’t learn his trade racing slower bikes
in lesser series. The first race of Arana
dad, I wouldn’t be
doing this. I do it
my dad’s way”
HECTOR ARANA JR.
Jr.’s promising career was this year’s
Gatornationals, and after missing the cut
there, he’s qualified for every race since.
Arana was taught by dragbike godfather
George Bryce at Frank Hawley’s school.
After a few hits at U.S. 60 Dragway, an