Report: NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Adam Arana to leave sport to serve with U.S. Coast Guard


For some people, reaching the pro ranks of the NHRA is their calling.

But Adam Arana, in only his second year of competition in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle, has an even higher – and noble – calling.

In a story Saturday by veteran drag racing writer Susan Wade on, Arana announced that he will leave the drag racing world at the end of this season to serve in the United States Coast Guard.

The son of veteran PSM racer Hector Arana and brother of budding two-wheel star Hector Jr., Adam is currently studying business at Indiana University Southeast.

While serving his country is a worthy task, the 23-year-old Arana will leave just when he’s starting to hit his stride atop his Buell motorcycle.

He earned his second career No. 1 qualifying effort a few weeks ago at Maple Grove (Pa.) Raceway.

He’ll start Sunday’s NHRA Toyota Nationals in the ninth qualifying spot.

As a rookie in 2013, Arana was runner-up in a race at Epping, N.H., and was also top qualifier at the Denver race.

He also qualified for the Countdown to the Championship, finishing the season 10th in the final standings.

Arana reports for Coast Guard training on Jan. 6, 2015, at Cape May, New Jersey.

Sunday will be his next-to-last NHRA race – at least for the foreseeable future. He will also compete in the season-ending finals at Pomona, Calif., Nov. 12-15.

“My main goal is to have fun,” Arana told Wade. “I only have two races left in my Pro Stock Motorcycle career. I normally have fun out here, but I really want to try to have as much fun as I possibly can.”

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Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.