NHRA : Pro Stock Motorcycle Results from Gainesville

NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway
March 24-26, 2017

Photos by Matt Polito
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Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Eddie Krawiec defeated teammate Andrew Hines for his 37th career victory, second consecutive and fifth total at Gainesville Raceway. Krawiec rode his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.763 pass at 199.76 bettering Hines’ 6.802 at 197.10 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.

“This helps set the pace for the year,” Krawiec said. “Get that first win off your back, keep that momentum rolling, get the points. You know once you win one or two races you kind of solidify your spot. With the extra competitive class we have this year it definitely helps. There’s a lot of great motorcycles. My Harley-Davidson this weekend really has been really fast, we just haven’t been able to harness that power and get it sorted out. I think as the year goes on we’re going to get better.”

 

Krawiec rode past Mike Berry, Matt Smith and Joey Gladstone before racing Hines in the finals. Hines defeated Angelle Sampey, Scotty Pollacheck and Steve Johnson before being defeated himself.

ELIMINATIONS

Round 1

W – Jerry Savoie (0.068) 6.790 197.22
L – Karen Stoffer (0.038) NT-Broke After Staging

W – Scotty Pollacheck (0.061) 6.876 194.41
L – Hector Arana (-0.007 foul) 6.819 198.50

W – LE Tonglet (0.083) 6.805 197.19
L – Cory Reed (0.011) 6.952 190.16

W – Matt Smith (0.139) 6.826 195.99 def.
L – Hector Arana Jr NT-Broke Before Staging

W – Andrew Hines (0.049) 6.764 198.52
L – Angelle Sampey (0.087) 10.641 69.49

W – Joey Gladstone (0.038) 6.881 195.65
L – Melissa Surber (0.069) 6.965 186.30

W – Eddie Krawiec (0.044) 6.888 194.32
L – Mike Berry (0.021) 6.977 191.78

W – Steve Johnson (0.093) 6.876 195.31
L – Angie Smith (0.031) 6.956 192.08


Round 2

W – Steve Johnson(0.043) 6.863 195.08
L – Jerry Savoie (0.125) 6.803 197.39

W – Joey Gladstone (0.021) 6.839 195.96
L – LE Tonglet (0.060) 6.839 196.04

W – Eddie Krawiec (0.048) 6.793 197.65
L – Matt Smith (0.061) 6.901 192.63

W – Andrew Hines (0.051) 6.827 196.27
L – Scotty Pollacheck (0.059) 6.870 194.41


Round 3

W – Andrew Hines (0.096) 6.793 197.36
L – Steve Johnson (0.020) 9.767 77.55

W – Eddie Krawiec (0.053) 6.766 198.70
L – Joey Gladstone, (0.023) 6.886 195.85

Round 4

W – Eddie Krawiec (0.058) 6.763 199.76
L – Andrew Hines (0.023) 6.802 197.10

The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 31-April 2.

SATURDAY – QUALIFYING

Defending Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Savoie earned the ninth No. 1 qualifier of his career with a 6.753 pass at 198.99 on his White Alligator Racing Suzuki in the third qualifying session. He will race Shawn Gann in the first round of eliminations. 

“I’ve been coming to the Gators six years now,” Savoie said. “My first year out we qualified No. 6. I had really thought, when I bought all of Mr. (Don) Schumacher’s stuff and everything, that it was going to be easy, I thought we were going to qualify No. 1 and win the race. Six years later finally, finally we get to qualify No.1 in Gainesville. For me it’s a special privilege.”

Savoie bumped Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Eddie Krawiec who is second with his 6.791 pass at 198.17 from Friday. Joey Gladstone, in his second season, qualified third with a pass of 6.810 at 197.51 on his San Marino Excavation Suzuki.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE Q3 (12: 35 p.m.): There was a lot of shuffling in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class after a spirited session where 12 of 23 qualifiers showed an improvement over yesterday’s runs and several racers recorded the best runs of their careers. Reigning Mello Yello champ Jerry Savoie took over the top spot with a 6.753 on his White Alligator Suzuki while Eddie Krawiec tied the fastest speed in the history of the class with a 199.88-mph blast on his Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson. The bump spot plummeted from a 7.02 to a near-record 6.94 with one more session to go.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE (Q4 4:18 p.m.): Rookie Joey Gladstone picked up three bonus points after making the quickest pass of the final qualifying session. After stunning the field with a 6.810 earlier in the day, Gladstone rode the San Marino Excavating Suzuki to a 6.793 to move into the third spot in the field behind leader Jerry Savoie and second-place Eddie Krawiec. Five-time champ Andrew Hines also ran a 6.793 but Gladstone’s slightly faster speed will give him the higher qualifying position. There was also plenty of drama in the back of the pack where Angelle Sampey rallied to qualify with a 6.898 on her new Team Liberty Polaris entry. Sampey has qualified for 210 of her 211 previous events.

Final Qualifying Order

1 Jerry Savoie, Cut Off LA, Suzuki TL1000 6.753 198.99
2 Eddie Krawiec, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 6.791 198.17
3 Joey Gladstone, Townsend DE, Suzuki GSXR 6.793 198.35
4 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 6.793 198.15
5 Hector Arana, Milltown IN, Buell XB9R 6.813 197.02
6 LE Tonglet, Metairie LA, Suzuki GSXR 6.819 195.08
7 Hector Arana Jr, E. Northport NY, Buell XB9R 6.828 195.42
8 Steve Johnson, Irondale AL, Suzuki TL1000 6.831 197.94
9 Angie Smith, King NC, Buell 6.848 197.77
10 Matt Smith, King NC, Victory Gunner 6.857 195.17
11 Cory Reed, Cordele GA, Victory 6.888 192.71
12 Scotty Pollacheck, Central Point OR, Suzuki 6.890 189.71
13 Angelle Sampey, Mathews LA, Victory 6.898 194.02
14 Melissa Surber, Mooresville NC, Buell 6.910 193.99
15 Mike Berry, Littleton CO, Buell XB9R 6.918 195.00
16 Karen Stoffer, Gardnerville NV, Suzuki TL1000R 6.922 194.07

———— Not Qualified ————

17 Shawn Gann, Stoneville NC, Buell XB9R 6.941 191.21
18 John Hall, Hamden CT, Buell XB9R 6.952 192.22
19 Chip Ellis, China Grove NC, Buell XB9R 6.955 192.49
20 Scott Bottorff, Brentwood CA, Buell 6.969 191.62
21 David Hope, Denver CO, Buell XB9R 6.970 191.24
22 James Surber, Redway CA, Buell 7.307 179.83
23 Andie Rawlings, Kissimmee FL, Suzuki GSXR 8.273 135.65
24 Brian Pretzel, Belding MI, Suzuki GSXR 10.993 72.09

Elimination Ladder

1 Gerald Savoie
16 Karen Stoffer

8 Steve Johnson
9 Angie Smith

4 Andrew Hines
13 Angelle Sampey

5 Hector Arana
12 Scott Pollacheck

2 Eddie Krawiec
15 Mike Berry

7 Hector Arana Jr
10 Matt Smith

3 Joey Gladstone
14 Melissa Surber

6 LE Tonglet
11 Cory Reed

 

FRIDAY – QUALIFYING

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, three-time world champion Eddie Krawiec currently sits in the No. 1 qualifier position with a 6.791 pass at 198.17 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.

“To come off the trailer and to set the pace like that it kind of sets your trend for the weekend,” Krawiec said. “We knew we had fast Harleys we just had to continue to work on the setup. Our main focus was come here, unload off the truck, get a solid run, get qualified, get in the show and then start working.” 

Hector Arana Sr. sits in second position with a 6.813 pass at 197.02 on his Lucas Oil Buell and LE Tonglet on his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki is in third. Defending world champion Jerry Savoie sits fifth.

Qualifying After Round 2

1 Eddie Krawiec, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 6.791 198.17
2 Hector Arana, Milltown IN, Buell XB9R 6.813 197.02
3 LE Tonglet, Metairie LA, Suzuki GSXR 6.819 195.08
4 Hector Arana Jr, E. Northport NY, Buell XB9R 6.828 195.42
5 Jerry Savoie, Cut Off LA, Suzuki TL1000 6.830 197.65
6 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 6.855 196.96
7 Angie Smith, King NC, Buell 6.868 194.74
8 Scotty Pollacheck, Central Point OR, Suzuki 6.890 189.71
9 Matt Smith, King NC, Victory Gunner 6.911 176.03
10 Cory Reed, Cordele GA, Victory 6.921 190.51
11 Shawn Gann, Stoneville NC, Buell XB9R 6.941 191.21
12 Joey Gladstone, Townsend DE, Suzuki GSXR 6.950 195.56
13 Karen Stoffer, Gardnerville NV, Suzuki TL1000R 7.001 189.52
14 David Hope, Denver CO, Buell XB9R 7.003 188.57
15 Steve Johnson, Irondale AL, Suzuki TL1000 7.015 192.96
16 Chip Ellis, China Grove NC, Buell XB9R 7.020 187.94

———— Not Qualified ————

17 Scott Bottorff, Brentwood CA, Buell 7.072 189.68
18 Mike Berry, Littleton CO, Buell XB9R 7.168 168.66
19 Melissa Surber, Mooresville NC, Buell 7.178 188.89
20 James Surber, Redway CA, Buell 7.307 179.83
21 Andie Rawlings, Kissimmee FL, Suzuki GSXR 8.273 135.65
22 John Hall, Hamden CT, Buell XB9R 8.496 115.11
23 Angelle Sampey, Mathews LA, Victory 9.619 79.61
24 Brian Pretzel, Belding MI, Suzuki GSXR NT


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