NHRA : Pro Stock Motorcycle Results from Las Vegas

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

NHRA Toyota Nationals
The Strip in Las Vegas
October 27-29, 2017

Pro Stock Motorcycle

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, category points leader Krawiec rode his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.924 at 193.16 defeating Hector Arana Jr. This is his third career victory at this event, seventh of the season and 43rd of his career.

“My motorcycle has been a pleasure to ride,” Krawiec stated. “I’ve got a great group of guys behind me. That make tune-up calls and make the bike as good as it is. By no means is it just one person. It’s really about the whole crew that those guys do for me and give me the opportunity to have a bike that can win a race is really something special.”

Krawiec’s road to victory was lined with wins over John Hall, Angelle Sampey and Scotty Pollacheck. The win puts him 150 points ahead of LE Tonglet who remains second. Arana Jr. rode past Katie Sullivan, Mike Berry and Tonglet.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series concludes at the final event of the season at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Nov. 9-12, with the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals.

Eliminations Round 1

Low qualifier Eddie Krawiec also had low e.t. of the opening stanza, powering his Harley-Davidson Street Rod to a 6.939. Hector Arana Jr. also impressed with a 6.947 with his Lucas Oil TV Buell and Scotty Pollacheck’s Suzuki pounded out a 6.955. L.E. Tonglet, who is chasing points leader Krawiec, beat Melissa Surber to keep his mathematical chances alive.

WIN Angelle Sampey .083 1.054 2.865 4.439 154.62 5.821 7.009 188.25
Jerry Savoie .150 1.077 2.926 4.496 155.90 5.866 7.044 189.82

12:10 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 27.78 inches, adjusted altitude 4,592 feet, track temperature 109 degrees. Angelle Sampey won this race in 2002 and she has been runner-up three times. She starts the day with 400 round wins and is one of only 27 pro drivers to win 400 or more rounds in their career. Savoie is 7 – 3 against Sampey in prior events. Jerry Savoie is coming off his runner-up finish in Dallas. Sampey gets the advantage off the line and starts to pull away. Savoie makes up a little ground late in the run but couldn’t run down Sampey.

WIN Mike Berry .062 1.070 2.896 4.469 155.26 5.851 7.035 189.28
Hector Arana -.084 1.117 3.095 5.233 101.38 7.655 10.168 83.62

Arana is 10 – 1 against Berry in prior events. Arana leaves too soon and goes red giving the win to Berry.

WIN LE Tonglet .049 1.067 2.889 4.449 156.53 5.815 6.987 191.00
Melissa Surber .033 1.078 2.895 4.462 155.58 5.837 7.021 188.96

Tonglet is 2 – 1 against Surber in prior events. Surber gets out of the gate first and makes her quickest pass of the weekend, but it wasn’t enough. Tonglet reels her in just past half track and goes around for the win. LE Tonglet’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.005), 330 ft(-0.010), 660ft(-0.003), 1,000ft(0.006). MOV: 0.0185 seconds (approximately 5 feet).

WIN Karen Stoffer .008 1.065 2.923 4.492 156.01 5.862 7.040 189.84
Angie Smith -.045 1.074 2.894 4.463 155.58 5.834 7.008 190.97

Stoffer is 8 – 2 against Smith in prior events. Smith leaves too soon and goes red giving the win to Stoffer. Tonglet will have lane choice over Stoffer in the next round.

WIN Andrew Hines .064 1.080 2.887 4.444 157.48 5.803 6.967 192.30
Joey Gladstone .036 1.072 2.899 4.463 156.28 5.830 7.005 190.38

Andrew Hines has won this race five times and that is the most for any pro driver and it is also the most for Andrew at any event on the tour. Hines is 2 – 0 against Gladstone in prior events. Gladstone gets the advantage off the line and makes his quickest pass of the weekend. it isn’t enough to take down Hines who reels him in at the end of the run to take the win. Andrew Hines’ incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.036), 330 ft(-0.016), 660ft(-0.009), 1,000ft(-0.001). MOV: 0.0102 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

WIN Scott Pollacheck .009 1.053 2.868 4.419 157.56 5.778 6.955 189.39
Matt Smith .046 1.064 2.886 4.442 157.54 5.799 6.964 192.11

Smith is 5 – 3 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck gets out of the gate first and makes the quickest pass of the day so far to take the win. Smith makes a good pass but was falling behind all the way through the run. Scotty Pollacheck’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.048), 330 ft(0.055), 660ft(0.060), 1,000ft(0.058). MOV: 0.0466 seconds (approximately 13 feet). Pollacheck will have lane choice over Hines in the next round.

WIN Eddie Krawiec .032 1.078 2.877 4.429 158.20 5.780 6.939 192.85
John Hall .014 1.085 2.910 4.467 156.94 5.832 7.009 189.73

Eddie Krawiec won here in 2011 & 2012. Eddie’s final round in Dallas was the 70th of his career and that ties him with Dave Schultz for 3rd place on the all-time motorcycle list. This is the 38th #1 spot for Eddie and he is 36-1 in the first round when starting from the top spot. Krawiec is 5 – 1 against Hall in prior events. Hall gets the advantage off the line, stays in front for the first sixty feet, then Krawiec goes around him and pulls away for the win with the quickest pass of the round. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.011), 330 ft(0.015), 660ft(0.020), 1,000ft(0.034). MOV: 0.0521 seconds (approximately 14 feet). Krawiec will have lane choice over Sampey in the next round.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Hector Arana Jr .026 1.059 2.872 4.427 157.39 5.783 6.947 192.30
Katie Sullivan

Arana Jr is 2 – 1 against Sullivan in prior events. Sullivan breaks and is unable to make a pass. Arana goes right down the groove with a good pass for the win. Arana Jr. will have lane choice over Berry in the next round.

Eliminations Round 2

Scotty Pollacheck jumped up and set low e.t. of the event aboard his Suzuki, powering to a 6.924 to defeat Andrew Hines. Hines’ teammate, Eddie Krawiec, escaped into the semifinals with a shutoff 11-second pass following Angelle Sampey’s red-light. L.E. Tinglet kept his slim title hopes alive by beating Karen Stoffer and will face Hector Arana Jr in the semifinals.

WIN LE Tonglet .024 1.096 2.922 4.465 158.30 5.815 6.974 193.18
Karen Stoffer .001 1.142 2.995 4.582 153.98 5.968 7.152 189.34

1:37 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 27.74 inches, adjusted altitude 4,685 feet, track temperature 114 degrees. Tonglet is 9 – 5 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer gets a great light but the engine bogged a little off the line. Tonglet pulled ahead quickly and went right down the groove with a good pass to take the win.

WIN Scott Pollacheck .026 1.065 2.879 4.420 158.82 5.765 6.924 192.49
Andrew Hines .043 1.081 2.885 4.445 156.63 5.809 6.974 192.60

Hines is 15 – 4 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck gets out of the gate first and goes right down the groove with the quickest pass of the event to take the win. Hines makes a decent pass but was falling behind all the way through the run. Scotty Pollacheck’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.033), 330 ft(0.023), 660ft(0.042), 1,000ft(0.061). MOV: 0.0672 seconds (approximately 19 feet).

WIN Hector Arana Jr .058 1.069 2.885 4.445 156.88 5.805 6.966 192.99
Mike Berry -.026 1.078 2.910 4.499 152.87 5.896 7.092 187.44

Berry misses the tree on the wrong side and goes red giving the win to Arana. Arana makes a clean pass and will have lane choice over Tonglet in the next round.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Eddie Krawiec .040 1.081 3.147 5.685 85.31 8.563 11.547 70.41
Angelle Sampey -.006 1.069 2.881 4.448 154.92 5.824 7.002 190.14

Sampey is 5 – 3 against Krawiec in prior events. Sampey leaves too soon and goes red giving Krawiec the win. Krawiec gets about 200 feet out and sits up on the bike, not sure why. Pollacheck will have lane choice over Krawiec in the next round.

Eliminations Round 3

L.E. Tonglet was late and lost a championship-crucial semifinal battle on a holeshot, 7.06 to 7.00, to Hector Arana Jr. Points leader Eddie Krawiec, who will carry a huge, almost insurmountable points lead into the season finale, earned final-round lane choice with a stout 6.93 to end the day of Scotty Pollacheck, who was gunning for his first career victory.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Hector Arana Jr .057 1.100 2.950 4.516 155.61 5.888 7.061 191.10
LE Tonglet .157 1.085 2.911 4.478 156.35 5.841 7.009 191.62

2:42 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 27.72 inches, adjusted altitude 4,645 feet, track temperature 117 degrees. Tonglet is really late off the line, starts making up ground but quickly runs out of race track. Arana makes a clean pass and takes the stripe for the holeshot win. Hector Arana Jr’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.085), 330 ft(0.061), 660ft(0.062), 1,000ft(0.053). MOV: 0.0482 seconds (approximately 14 feet).

Scott Pollacheck .101 1.071 2.898 4.450 157.95 5.805 6.974 190.89
WIN Eddie Krawiec .036 1.075 2.876 4.428 158.13 5.778 6.932 194.24

Krawiec is 15 – 1 against Pollacheck in prior events. Krawiec gets out of the gate first and starts pulling away. Pollacheck makes a decent pass but was falling behind all the way through the run. Krawiec will have lane choice over Arana in the final round.

 

Eliminations Round 4

Eddie Krawiec, scored his fourth win in five Countdown to the Championship events to move to within a successful qualifying effort at the season finale in Pomona of clinching another season championship. Krawiec earned his 43rd career win – third all-time in the class – by defeating Hector Arana Jr., 6.92 to 6.94.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Eddie Krawiec PSM .022 1.077 2.877 4.419 159.04 5.765 6.924 193.16
Hector Arana Jr PSM .036 1.070 2.888 4.438 158.00 5.789 6.949 192.91

3:41 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 27.70 inches, adjusted altitude 4,634 feet, track temperature 110 degrees. Krawiec is in his eighth final this year. He has six wins. He has 42 wins in his career. Arana is in his fourth final round this year and he has no wins. He has eleven career wins. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.007), 330 ft(0.025), 660ft(0.033), 1,000ft(0.038). MOV: 0.0393 seconds (approximately 11 feet). Krawiec gets out of the gate first, starts pulling away and extends his lead all the way through the run. he takes the stripe for his seventh win this year and the 43rd of his career. The 43 wins puts him in third place for all-time wins in this class. With the win Krawiec is now 150 points ahead in the points battle.


Eddie Krawiec

Eddie Krawiec knows that even if he wins the event today he still won’t have a big enough lead over second-place L.E. Tonglet to clinch the championship before the tour heads to Pomona for the season finale.

There is a big carrot waiting though as an event victory would be his 43rd, which would break his tie with Angelle Sampey and move him into third place overall in class wins, trailing only his teammate, Andrew Hines (47), and the late, great Dave Schultz (45).

“That’s awesome,” he said. “When I started riding in 2007 I wanted to get just one win. Here I am, three championships later and 42 wins 10 years into my career. It’s staggering. Any time you’re mentioned with Dave Schultz and Andrew Hines and Angelle, it’s an awesome deal.”

 


Hector Arana Sr.

It took some last-second heroics, but Hector Arana Sr., competing at his first event since the Summernationals following rotator-cuff surgery, qualified the Lucas Oil team’s EBR for the field.

The former world champ, who sat out Q2 after wounding an engine in Q1, had run just 7.088 and faced a 7.067 bump spot in the final session but blasted his bike all the way to the No. 7 spot with a 6.973.

“It’s been a while since I raced so when I first got here, my first hit I was so happy but on the other hand, I was really nervous and thinking, ‘What’s it going to do? Am I going to be able to handle it?,’ ” he said. “I dropped that clutch and I’ll tell you what, the bike left and I didn’t feel nothing and I thought this is nothing but then we had engine issues in third gear.

“I couldn’t make the second qualifying run so we talked about it overnight and decided to stick another motor there just to play around. I’m here just to have fun, which I am now, having fun. To come out now and run a 6.97 and qualify in the top half, I am stoked.

“It is like riding a bike,” Arana Sr. said of his return to action. “That is true. Once you know, you know. You might be rusty, and I was at the first hit but then it just keeps getting better and better.”

“It’s been a while since I raced so when I first got here, my first hit I was so happy but on the other hand, I was really nervous and thinking, ‘What’s it going to do? Am I going to be able to handle it?,’ ” he said. “I dropped that clutch and I’ll tell you what, the bike left and I didn’t feel nothing and I thought this is nothing but then we had engine issues in third gear.

“I couldn’t make the second qualifying run so we talked about it overnight and decided to stick another motor there just to play around. I’m here just to have fun, which I am now, having fun. To come out now and run a 6.97 and qualify in the top half, I am stoked.

“It is like riding a bike,” Arana Sr. said of his return to action. “That is true. Once you know, you know. You might be rusty, and I was at the first hit but then it just keeps getting better and better.”


Angelle Sampey

Angelle Sampey and Cory Reed had a mixed weekend in the return of their Team Liberty bikes to competition after a four-race layoff that began after the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Sampey qualified in the No. 9 spot and defeated reigning world champ Jerry Savoie in round one but Reed missed the field. It was the first event in 2017 that both Sampey and Reed haven’t both qualified for eliminations.

“I’m very disappointed we didn’t get both bikes in the show this weekend because I know we are in a better position today than we were at Indy,” Sampey said. “It just isn’t showing on the track yet with Cory. We don’t know what’s going on with his bike yet. The whole class’ competition level has stepped up and I feel like we’ve stepped up with them. I know we’re in a better place.”

The team announced Sunday that it would not continue on to Pomona for the season finale to get a headstart on their 2018 program.


Saturday Qualifying

Krawiec, the Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader, secured his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 38th of his career with his 6.936 at 191.76 from the second round of qualifying on Friday on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.

“I’m happy with how the bike is performing,” Krawiec stated. “I just need to go out there and stay focused and race. We need to turn on those win lights since that’s what gets you points. That is all I’m concerned about right now at this point.”

Krawiec will face John Hall in the first round. Hector Arana Jr. is in the second spot with a 6.940 at 191.87 on his Lucas Oil Buell and will line up against Katie Sullivan. LE Tonglet is third on his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki.

POS DRIVER ET MPH
01 Eddie Krawiec 6.936 191.76
02 Hector Arana Jr 6.94 191.87
03 LE Tonglet 6.953 192.36
04 Andrew Hines 6.955 193.82
05 Scott Pollacheck 6.958 189.66
06 Angie Smith 6.97 190.38
07 Hector Arana 6.973 193.4
08 Jerry Savoie 6.977 191.73
09 Angelle Sampey 6.977 188.52
10 Mike Berry 6.998 189.39
11 Karen Stoffer 7.002 189.12
12 Matt Smith 7.013 189.66
13 Joey Gladstone 7.017 189.12
14 Melissa Surber 7.026 188.67
15 Katie Sullivan 7.038 189.76
16 John Hall 7.039 187.91
17 Steve Johnson 7.055 188.6
18 Fred Camarena 7.067 189.66
19 Charlie Sullivan 7.09 186.92
20 Ron “Rat” Tornow 7.111 187.68
21 Cory Reed 7.13 184.8
22 David Hope 7.149 181.64
23 Mark Paquette 7.175 182.77
24 Scott Bottorff 7.183 184.77
25 Lance Bonham 7.19 185.69
26 Andie Rawlings 7.899 165.9

Friday Qualifying

Krawiec currently leads the class in points and in qualifying with a 6.936 pass at 191.76 on his Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson from the evening qualifying session.

“I’ve got a great motorcycle under me and a great team behind me,” Krawiec stated. “I think there’s a good potential for people to go faster tomorrow though. You need to have your stuff together coming out of here and be on your game.”

Hector Arana Jr. is in the No. 2 spot with a 6.940 pass at 192.55 on his Lucas Oil Buell and Andrew Hines rounds out the top three.

POS DRIVER ET MPH
01 Eddie Krawiec 6.936 191.76
02 Hector Arana Jr 6.94 191.87
03 Andrew Hines 6.955 193.82
04 Scott Pollacheck 6.958 189.66
05 Angie Smith 6.97 190.38
06 Jerry Savoie 6.977 191.73
07 LE Tonglet 6.986 191
08 Mike Berry 6.998 189.39
09 Karen Stoffer 7.002 189.12
10 Joey Gladstone 7.017 189.12
11 Melissa Surber 7.026 188.67
12 Matt Smith 7.039 189.02
13 Katie Sullivan 7.043 189.71
14 Angelle Sampey 7.053 185.59
15 Steve Johnson 7.055 188.6
16 Fred Camarena 7.067 189.66
17 John Hall 7.084 186.69
18 Charlie Sullivan 7.09 186.92
19 Ron “Rat” Tornow 7.111 187.68
20 Cory Reed 7.13 184.8
21 David Hope 7.149 181.64
22 Mark Paquette 7.175 182.77
23 Scott Bottorff 7.183 184.77
24 Lance Bonham 7.19 185.69
25 Andie Rawlings 7.899 165.9
26 Hector Arana 10.777 76.33

 


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