NHRA: Pro Stock Motorcycle Results from Norwalk

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Summit Motorsports Park
June 22-24, 2018

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Krawiec secured his third Pro Stock Motorcycle victory at Summit Motorsports Park with his pass of 6.923 at 195.05 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to defeat Jerry Savoie.

“It was a good one for me,” Krawiec stated. “It’s been a good weekend for us. It was a struggle early on trying to dance through the raindrops. We were trying to get a handle on a new track and understand what it is we need to do. We were able to get it done and get our bike in the winner’s circle.”

Savoie has two final round appearances on the season with a victory at Charlotte earlier in the year.

 

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE ROUND ONE

Just one Pro Stock Motorcycle from the bottom half of the field upset a higher qualified rider but it was a big one as No. 16 see Jimmy Underdahl used a starting line holeshot to take out low qualifier Matt Smith, 6.926 to 6.899. Underdahl is joined in the quarterfinals by fellow Suzuki riders Jerry Savoie and LE Tonglet, who defeated Hector Arana Sr. and Mark Paquette, respectively. Hector Arana Jr., the No. 2 qualifier, made the best pass of the round with a 6.866 on his Lucas Oil EBR. Arana Jr. will have lane choice when he races Tonglet in round two.

LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINAngie Smith0.0171.0712.8734.412158.335.7666.932192.17
Steve Johnson0.0351.0892.9094.459157.435.8196.993190.19
12:09 p.m. -- Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 72 percent, barometer 29.88 inches, adjusted altitude 2,870 feet, track temperature 108 degrees. Smith was quicker off the starting line and pulled away from Johnson on the track. She got the win and will be back for round two.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINLE Tonglet0.0231.0692.8864.422159.575.7626.907195.56
Mark Paquette0.031.0742.8824.413159.295.766.932189.6
L.E. Tonglet is the defending event champion. In the 11 years of this race, no motorcycle rider has won in consecutive years. This is Mark Paquette sixth start. Tonglet was quicker out of the gate and led to 330 feet. Paquette pulled ahead and was out in front at 660 feet, then Tonglet regained the lead and went on to take the win.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINEddie Krawiec0.0511.0892.884.413159.365.7536.906193.85
Cory Reed0.0581.0742.8884.432157.835.7926.959192.11
Eddie Krawiec won this race in 2011 and 2016. This time, he was first off the starting line but Reed got by him and took the lead before they reached the 60-foot marker. By the time they reached 330 feet, Krawiec had retaken the lead and went on to win the race.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINJerry Savoie-0.0081.0582.8664.403159.145.7476.896194.6
Hector Arana-0.0491.1332.9754.514159.645.8567.01194.21
Arana lit the red light so Savoie got the win.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINAngelle Sampey0.0511.0562.8494.388158.395.7416.903193.29
Joey Gladstone01.0682.9274.507155.335.8847.066189.71
This was Angelle Sampey's best starting position in her last 21 races. She is 25 - 6 in round round throughout her career when she started from the number three spot. This is the Joey Gladstone's 27th start. Gladstone had a perfect reaction time and led the race at 60 feet. After that, Sampey rode by him and pulled ahead to take the win. She'll have lane choice over Krawiec in the next round.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINHector Arana Jr0.0821.062.8534.382160.55.7186.866195.39
Ryan Oehler0.031.0872.9044.451158.25.8056.964193.71
Oehler was first off the starting line and still out in front at 330 feet. Arana Jr. rode by him and then kept pulling away to take the win. Arana Jr. will have lane choice over Tonglet in the next round.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINJim Underdahl0.0141.0752.8824.423158.955.776.926193.32
Matt Smith0.0521.0612.8724.41159.255.7516.899195.48
Matt Smith won this race in 2010 and was runner-up three times, including last year. His win in Chicago gave him 502 round wins. That made him only the fifth motorcycle rider to win 500 or more rounds in their career. Underdahl took the holeshot win and will have lane choice over Angie Smith in the next round.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINAndrew Hines0.0471.0882.8914.436158.265.796.953192.69
Scotty Pollacheck-0.0061.0582.8754.425157.545.7876.952192
Andrew Hines has won here four times before this weekend. He started the day with 460 round wins. That is 19th most among all pro drivers. Scotty Pollacheck has lost 94 rounds in his career. Thirty-four of those losses have come against the two Harley-Davidson riders. Pollacheck left the starting line too soon and gave the win to Hines. Andrew Hines will race Jerry Savoie in the next round and Savoie will have lane choice.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE ROUND 2

Angie Smith secured her first semifinal appearance of 2018 with a second-round win against Jimmy Underdahl, who upset Angie’s husband and No. 1 qualifier Matt Smith in the opening round. A second Smith upset wasn’t in the cards, as Angie’s 6.972 sets up a matchup with Jerry Savoie, who went 6.916 in his second-round victory against points leader Andrew Hines. Hines’ teammate, Eddie Krawiec, enjoyed better fortunes with the quickest winning run of the round, going 6.889 to knock off Angelle Sampey. Krawiec will race LE Tonglet, who went 6.940 but was bailed out by a red light from Hector Arana Jr.

LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINAngie Smith0.0051.0782.8854.437157.365.7996.972191.1
Jim Underdahl0.0171.082.9194.501154.475.897.08188.73
1:29 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 72 percent, barometer 29.90 inches, adjusted altitude 2,839 feet, track temperature 108 degrees. Smith was first off the starting line. She had to lean the motorcycle at mid track but continued to pull away from Underdahl and extend her lead to take the win.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINEddie Krawiec0.0351.0712.8544.385159.315.7316.889193.46
Angelle Sampey0.1251.0562.8584.404157.875.7616.922193.35
Krawiec was first out of the gate and pulled away to take the win and a spot in the next round.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINJerry Savoie0.0631.0522.864.405158.375.7576.916193.13
Andrew Hines0.0251.0832.8884.454156.35.8236.991192.25
Hines led this race to 330 feet, then Savoie took over and went for the win. Savoie will have lane choice over Angie Smith in in the next round.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINLE Tonglet0.0181.0692.8944.437158.545.7876.94194.58
Hector Arana Jr-0.0231.062.8584.398159.175.7416.887196.02
Arana Jr. left the starting line too soon and that let Tonglet take the win. Tonglet will race Krawiec in the semi-final round and Krawiec will have lane choice.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE SEMIFINALS

Eddie Krawiec and Jerry Savoie, the riders who have won the last two NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series world championships, will race in the final to decide the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle title. Krawiec, on his Screamin’ Eagle Harley Street Rod, defeated LE Tonglet, 6.865 to 6.898 to make it to the final for the third time this season and he will be joined by Savoie, the winner of the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte. Savoie will be in the final for the 22nd time in his career but his crew will have work to do after he wounded an engine in his semifinal win over Angie Smith. Ironically, both riders encountered mechanical problems but Savoie was able to coast to the win, 7.187 to 7.627. Savoie and Krawiec have not raced this season and in 2017, Krawiec enjoyed a 3-1 edge in four meetings against the White Alligator Suzuki rider.

LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINJerry Savoie0.0371.0532.8744.43157.265.8237.187155.1
Angie Smith0.0051.0892.894.428158.395.9897.627128.07
3:17 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 69 percent, barometer 29.90 inches, adjusted altitude 2,947 feet, track temperature 112 degrees. Smith was quicker out of the gate and was out in front at mid track. Then Smith got near the finish, her motorcycle shut down and she sat up to coast the rest of the way down the track. At just about the same time, Savoie's motorcycle started letting out a lot of smoke and he slowed. Savoie will be going to the final round for the second time this season and 22nd time in his career.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINEddie Krawiec0.0221.0772.8534.377159.995.7156.865194.24
LE Tonglet0.0211.0562.8654.404159.255.7486.898195.11
Tonglet got off the starting line 0.001 seconds before Krawiec, but Krawiec took the lead by the time they reached 330 feet. Krawiec got the win and will be going to his third final round of the season. He won the previous two finals this season. Krawiec will have lane choice over Jerry Savoie in the final round.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE FINAL

Eddie Krawiec won his 46th career win and fourth at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park when he defeated Jerry Savoie in the final. Krawiec rode his Screamin’ Eagle Street Rod to a 6.923 for the win after Savoie stumbled off the starting line and slowed to a coasting 7.071. Krawiec has now won three of the first six events this season to extend his lead in the Mello Yello standings. He now has a 14-3 record in elimination rounds since the season-opener in Gainesville. Krawiec came from the No. 6 spot during abbreviated qualifying, and rode to wins against Cory Reed, Angelle Sampey, and LE Tonglet. Savoie wounded an engine in his semifinal win over Angie Smith but his White Alligator team had a fresh engine installed in time for the final round.

LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINEddie Krawiec0.0671.1122.9094.437159.745.7746.923195.05
Jerry Savoie0.2451.092.9264.489156.795.8567.071175.39
4:34 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 72 percent, barometer 29.93 inches, adjusted altitude 2,902 feet, track temperature 105 degrees. Savoie double-clutched his motorcycle at the start and was slow getting off the starting line. Krawiec had a good ride and recorded the 46th win of his career and his third win here at Norwalk.

Qualifying

Smith holds the Pro Stock Motorcycle top spot after running as 6.866 at 195.39 on his Victory Magnum. He looks to lock-in his first No. 1 qualifier of the season.

“It was good to get the first run down,” Smith stated. “We have a top three bike every weekend. I’ve just got to do my job, be focused and hurt some feelings.”

Angelle Sampey rode her Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnum to a 6.899 at 193.24 and Andrew Hines rounds out the top three with a 6.911 at 194.58.

POSITION	DRIVER	ET	MPH
01	Matt Smith	6.866	195.39
02	Hector Arana Jr	6.872	196.85
03	Angelle Sampey	6.899	193.24
04	Andrew Hines	6.911	194.58
05	Jerry Savoie	6.911	192.69
06	Eddie Krawiec	6.915	192.85
07	LE Tonglet	6.925	194.8
08	Steve Johnson	6.929	190.92
09	Angie Smith	6.938	194.66
10	Mark Paquette	6.94	192.55
11	Cory Reed	6.954	193.85
12	Hector Arana	6.975	195.7
13	Scotty Pollacheck	6.976	191.16
14	Joey Gladstone	7.008	189.71
15	Ryan Oehler	7.017	191.35
16	Jim Underdahl	7.02	190.94
17	Marc Ingwersen	7.043	190.19
18	Kelly Clontz	7.064	191.32
19	Ron Tornow	7.158	188.75
20	Karen Stoffer	7.304	172.1

NHRA NOTEBOOK

For Hector Arana Jr., the one thing that has been a constant this year is his ability to set top speed of the meet. Arana Jr. started the year with the sport’s first official 200-mph Pro Stock Motorcycle run and his Lucas Oil EBR has consistently been atop the speed charts at every event since. Arana’s improved performance has also yielded results on race day with three-straight semifinal finishes. Ranked tenth after an opening round loss in Gainesville, Arana entered the Norwalk race in the No. 5 spot and after qualifying No. 2, he’s got nothing but confidence heading into eliminations. Arana was just six-thousandths behind low qualifier Matt Smith, but with rain shortening qualifying to just two runs, he was cautious to not get overly aggressive.

“We always want to be at the top of the board, but we really couldn’t chance anything,” said Arana Jr. “We had to wait a few extra hours going into Q1 so we knew that might be the only run we were going to get. It just didn’t make any sense to try and chance it. Last year [in Norwalk] we had top speed of the event and got to the semi, which is something we’ve been doing a lot lately. It’s nice to bank solid points, but we’re ready to go four rounds on Sunday.”

Arana’s last win in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class came at the 2015 St. Louis event, when he defeated his father, Hector Sr. in a memorable father-son final round. Since then, he’s got six runner-up finishes including four last season.


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