Jr wins All-Arana Joliet Final

NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries, Joliet, Illinois, USA, June 27-29, 2014

story and photos by Tim Hailey

Hector Arana Jr (near lane) routed his dad in an all-Arana final in Chicago

I should’ve posted it because I called it to no fewer than a dozen people, including Hector Sr. “It’s an Arana day,” I said after round 1. “The heat, the humidity—it’s an Arana day.” And indeed it was, as the family celebrated Hector Jr’s win over his father in the final.

“I told you it was an Arana day,” I said to Sr in the winners circle. “You’re just the wrong Arana.” He didn’t seem to mind.

Angie Smith (hanging the wheel in the far lane) bested 3X champ Eddie Krawiec for the second weekend in a row. This time around Krawiec redlit. Angie had lane choice against Hector Arana in the semi, and Hector Jr had his pick against Shawn Gann on the other side of the ladder

Sponsormeister Colbert Seagraves and those Kandy girls that follow Angie around

Matt Smith wore his new leathers only as far as round 2 before getting put out by Hector Sr’s .006 light

No matter which step of the seat he was on, Andrew Hines’ #504 Harley struggled at Chicago

Scotty Pollacheck and wife Susan showed off his new sponsor Petrolhead’s wares

Antron Brown took an all-canopy Top Fuel final over Brittany Force

Matt Hagan got a jump on Tommy Johnson Jr in Funny Car that he never relinquished

Vincent Nobile (near lane) lays down a smooth groove in his Pro Stock win over Jason Line

EARLIER: Krawiec Killin’em at Route 66

Eddie Krawiec qualified #1 with a track record