NHRA : Pro Stock Motorcycle Results from U.S. Nationals

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series
Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
Aug 30 – Sep 04, 2017

MONDAY

Krawiec rode to the Pro Stock Motorcycle win with his 6.858 pass at 196.90 on his Screamin’ Eagle / Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to defeat Hector Arana Jr. and his Lucas Oil Buell’s 6.886 pass at 195.48. This was Krawiec’s second Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals victory, his third win of the season and 39th of his career. 

“We had a great motorcycle all weekend long,” said Krawiec, who was the No. 1 qualifier. “We just needed to keep finessing it and get it better and better and better. I couldn’t be prouder of my crew that I got right now; everybody that puts forth the effort in our program. It’s been nonstop the last two weeks at our shop and for it all to come together and to celebrate here having half of our shop here, it’s just something special.”

Krawiec took down Jim Underdahl, points leader LE Tonglet and Matt Smith before seeing Arana who beat 2016 rookie of the year Cory Reed, Scotty Pollacheck and reigning world champ Jerry Savoie, in the finals. 

The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues Sept. 15-17 at zMAX Dragway with the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals and the kickoff to the Countdown to the Championship.

 

ROUND 1 ELIMINATIONS

Former Indy champ Eddie Krawiec lowered the boom in the opening round of Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations with a 6.842, 196.56, in his win over Jimmy Underdahl. Matt Smith was close behind following his 6.858, 196.24 blast on his Polaris Victory Magnum. Including Krawiec and Smith, all eight of the top qualifiers advanced.  That field included points leader LE Tonglet, Chip Ellis, Andrew Hines, reigning champ Jerry Savoie, Hector Arana Jr., and Scotty Pollacheck. The opening round also helped to decide the top ten after Angelle Sampey, Cory Reed, and Steve Johnson each lost. That allowed Joey Gladstone, Karen Stoffer, and Angie Smith to clinch their spots in the playoffs, which start in two weeks in Charlotte.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Jerry Savoie .036 1.054 2.883 4.423 159.08 5.767 6.919 194.24
Angie Smith -.035 1.102 2.927 4.476 157.48 5.832 6.996 192.33

12:20 p.m. – Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 68 percent, barometer 28.97 inches, adjusted altitude 3,218 feet, track temperature 101 degrees. Jerry Savoie won this race in 2015 and was runner-up in 2011 and 2014. Savoie is 7 – 0 against Smith in prior events. Smith was too quick at the starting line and lit the red light. That gave Savoie the win. He had a good ride down the track.

WIN LE Tonglet .084 1.069 2.885 4.414 160.16 5.751 6.898 194.86
Karen Stoffer -.003 1.075 2.900 4.444 158.59 5.795 6.958 192.36

L.E. Tonglet won the Nationals in 2010. He has 15 wins and that is ninth best in the history of the motorcycle class. He clinched the number one spot in the Countdown by qualifying for this race. Tonglet is 8 – 5 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer was a bit too eager at the starting line and turned on the red light with an early start. Tonglet had a clean run down the groove and will move on to round two.

WIN Scott Pollacheck .020 1.047 2.847 4.383 159.23 5.728 6.881 193.93
Right Steve Johnson .060 1.075 2.887 4.427 158.37 5.778 6.940 191.95

Steve Johnson has won Indy twice, in 2005 and 2008. This is his 30th trip to the U.S. Nationals. Today marks the 83rd start for Scotty Pollacheck, who is looking for his first national event win. Johnson is 4 – 3 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck was quicker at the tree and quicker on the track. Both riders took their motorcycles straight down the groove, with Pollacheck moving on to round two.

WIN Andrew Hines .018 1.092 2.896 4.418 161.21 5.745 6.882 197.22
Angelle Sampey .035 1.081 2.884 4.428 158.59 5.776 6.933 193.35

Andrew Hines is the defending event champion. He also won here in 2012 and was runner-up in 2008 and 2010. Angelle Sampey won Indy in 2001 and 2002 and was runner-up three other times. This is the fifth time these two have met in the first round and Andrew has won all four of the previous meetings. Sampey is 14 – 10 against Hines in prior events. This race belonged to Hines from start to finish. He was quicker off the starting line and was quicker on the track to get the win and move on to round two. He’ll have lane choice over Savoie next time out.

WIN Chip Ellis .008 1.058 2.858 4.399 158.69 5.745 6.898 194.24
Mike Berry .027 1.092 2.952 4.891 109.88 7.108 9.374 93.07

Chip Ellis went to the final round here in 2015. He starts the day with an overall record of 137-125. This is Mike Berry’s 167th start. Ellis is 5 – 1 against Berry in prior events. Ellis was quicker off the starting line and pulled away from Berry on the track. He got the win and will move on to round two.

WIN Matt Smith .028 1.056 2.854 4.384 160.21 5.716 6.858 196.24
Joey Gladstone .009 1.080 2.908 4.462 156.94 5.830 7.003 190.94

Matt Smith was the winner here in 2006. He also has three runner-up finishes to his credit at Indy. Smith is 1 – 0 against Gladstone in prior events. Gladstone had the quicker light but Smith got by him before they reached the 60-foot marker. Both riders had clean runs down the groove but Smith just pulled away from Gladstone. Smith will have lane choice over Ellis in the next round.

WIN Eddie Krawiec .034 1.075 2.854 4.377 160.73 5.704 6.842 196.56
Jim Underdahl .011 1.092 2.920 4.472 157.65 5.828 6.989 193.16

Underdahl was quicker off the starting line and led this race to 60 feet. Krawiec passed him before they reached the 330-foot marker and pulled away to take the win. Krawiec will have lane choice over Tonglet in the next round.

WIN Hector Arana Jr .072 1.058 2.861 4.394 159.27 5.741 6.891 194.74
Cory Reed .018 1.060 2.884 4.436 156.97 5.802 6.976 190.54

Hector Arana Jr. was the 2011 champion at this event and the runner-up last year. Arana came close to losing this race. Reed beat him off the starting line and was out in front at 660 feet. Then Arana found the power he needed to get by Reed and take the win. Arana will race Pollacheck in the next round and Pollacheck will have lane choice.

ROUND 2 ELIMINATIONS

As a testament to the parity in the class, the semifinals of Pro Stock Motorcycle will feature a Harley-Davidson, a Suzuki, a Buell, and a Victory Magnum. World champion Jerry Savoie opened the round with a 6.901 to 6.929 win over defending Indy winner Andrew Hines. Buell rider Hector Arana Jr., stopped Scotty Pollacheck with a 6.882 and Matt Smith rode his Victory to a 6.916 win against Chip Ellis. Eddie Karwiec closed out the quarterfinals with the best pass of the round, a 6.881 in his win against LE Tonglet.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Jerry Savoie .010 1.054 2.863 4.402 158.84 5.747 6.901 193.65
Andrew Hines .011 1.094 2.906 4.447 158.74 5.786 6.929 195.96

1:46 p.m. – Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 59 percent, barometer 28.92 inches, adjusted altitude 3,752 feet, track temperature 109 degrees. Savoie and Hines came off the starting line 0.001 seconds apart, then Savoie started to pull away. Hines closed the gap a little bit after 660 feet but was not able to get the win.

WIN Hector Arana Jr .054 1.055 2.863 4.396 159.57 5.734 6.882 195.14
Scott Pollacheck .074 1.053 2.858 4.405 157.80 5.758 6.915 193.63

Arana is 5 – 1 against Pollacheck in prior events. Arana had this race from start to finish. Pollacheck closed the gap before they reached the 660-foot market but then Arana pulled away for the win. Arana will have lane choice over Savoie in the next round.

WIN Matt Smith .011 1.064 2.870 4.417 158.52 5.764 6.916 195.03
Chip Ellis .043 1.049 2.855 4.401 157.93 5.755 6.922 192.11

Smith got out of the gate first and pulled away to take the win.

WIN Eddie Krawiec .031 1.080 2.867 4.398 160.00 5.735 6.881 195.31
LE Tonglet .042 1.116 2.947 4.486 159.02 5.831 6.985 193.93

Krawiec was first out of the gate and pulled away to take the win. He’ll move on to round three and will have lane choice over Matt Smith. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.047), 330 ft(0.091), 660ft(0.099), 1,000ft(0.107). MOV: 0.1152 seconds (approximately 33 feet).

ROUND 3 ELIMINATIONS

The Pro Stock Motorcycle final will feature the Lucas Oil Buell of Hector Arana Jr. and the Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Street Rod of Eddie Krawiec. Arana Jr. used a nearly-perfect .002-reaction time and a 6.920 to defeat Jerry Savoie’s White Alligator Suzuki while Krawiec rode to a 6.922 to beat Matt Smith, who broke just off the starting line. Arana Jr. and Krawiec are both former Indy winners. Arana Jr. won as a rookie in 2011 and Krawiec won in 2014.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Hector Arana Jr .002 1.073 2.884 4.426 158.73 5.770 6.920 194.88
Jerry Savoie .075 1.075 2.927 4.497 155.94 5.868 7.043 190.57

2:59 p.m. – Weather conditions: air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 48 percent, barometer 28.90 inches, adjusted altitude 3,948 feet, track temperature 119 degrees. Savoie is 7 – 6 against Arana Jr in prior events. This time, Arana had a great start and pulled farther ahead as they traveled down the track to take the win. He’ll move on to the final round.

WIN Eddie Krawiec .015 1.102 2.905 4.439 159.72 5.778 6.922 195.90
Matt Smith .035 1.404 7.444 16.603 22.52 29.078 29.078

Krawiec is 21 – 16 against Smith in prior events. Smith’s bike quit on him just after he launched. Krawiec will move on to the final round but he gave up lane choice to Arana.

FINAL ELIMINATIONS

For the Vance & Hines team, the decision to fit their old chassis with the new Harley-Davidson Street Rod body paid big dividends after Eddie Krawiec, far lane, won his second Pro Stock Motorcycle title at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

Krawiec gave up a slight lead at the start to Hector Arana Jr., but managed to re-take the lead for a narrow win, 6.858, 196.90 to 6.886, 195.48. The difference between the two bikes at the finish line was .013-second. Krawiec has now won three races this season and 39 in his career. He also locked up the No. 2 seed in the Countdown to the Championship behind LE Tonglet.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Eddie Krawiec .025 1.080 2.872 4.395 161.13 5.721 6.858 196.90
Hector Arana Jr .010 1.067 2.870 4.405 159.72 5.741 6.886 195.48

3:48 p.m. – Weather conditions: air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 48 percent, barometer 28.90 inches, adjusted altitude 3,948 feet, track temperature 119 degrees. This was Krawiec’s second final round here at Indy. He won his first final round here in 2014. Krawiec’s record coming into this race was 38-28 for his career and 2-1 this year. This is Arana’s third final round this year and his third at Indy throughout his career. He won here in 2011. Arana’s career record before this race was 11-10 in final rounds. Krawiec was 11 – 7 against Arana Jr in prior events and each has won 2 times against the other in final rounds. Arana won lane choice for this race by o.002 seconds. Arana got out of the gate first and held the lead to 660 feet. After that, Krawiec’s Harley pulled ahead and he got the 39th win of his career. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.028), 330 ft(-0.017), 660ft(-0.005), 1,000ft(0.005). MOV: 0.0131 seconds (approximately 4 feet).

SUNDAY

Krawiec secured his third Pro Stock Motorcycle No. 1 qualifier of the season, 36th of his career and second at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals with his 6.822 pass at 196.62 on his Screamin’ Eagle / Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Saturday evening. 

“Fortunate for me I’ve had low elapsed time pretty much four out of the last five rounds and tied low E.T. of the first session,” Krawiec said “So, I have an awesome motorcycle going into tomorrow. And right now my main focus is just going out there keeping good reaction time, making clean laps down the drag strip. Lucas Oil Raceway has been good to me so far so hopefully its really good to me tomorrow.”

Krwaiec will face-off against Jim Underdahl in the first round of eliminations. Krawiec’s teammate, Andrew Hines, qualified second with his 6.825 pass at 194.74 on Saturday and he will race Angelle Sampey in the first round. Points leader LE Tonglet has clinched his No. 1 seed into the Countdown to the Championship after qualifying in the eighth position.

FINAL QUALIFYING

POS DRIVER ET MPH
01 Eddie Krawiec 6.822 196.62
02 Andrew Hines 6.825 194.74
03 Hector Arana Jr 6.84 196.16
04 Matt Smith 6.84 196.02
05 Chip Ellis 6.848 194.66
06 Scott Pollacheck 6.862 194.55
07 Jerry Savoie 6.864 193.21
08 LE Tonglet 6.876 195.96
09 Karen Stoffer 6.897 192.82
10 Angie Smith 6.914 193.21
11 Steve Johnson 6.932 192.47
12 Mike Berry 6.936 190.3
13 Joey Gladstone 6.94 191.81
14 Cory Reed 6.941 189.02
15 Angelle Sampey 6.944 192.06
16 Jim Underdahl 6.984 191.67
17 Ryan Oehler 7.026 189.12
18 Mark Paquette 7.061 187.31
19 Lance Bonham 7.347 178.66
20 Odolph Daniels 7.444 174.68
21 Wendell Daniels 7.605 171.29
22 Andie Rawlings 7.917 169.51

 

SATURDAY

Krawiec raced to the top of the Pro Stock Motorcycle category with a 6.822 pass at 196.62 on his Screamin’ Eagle / Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson during his third qualifying run to bump teammate Andrew Hines to the second spot. 

“Our bikes are performing well,” said Krawiec, who won the event in 2014. “We’ve made a lot of different chassis changes as the season has gone forward. It’s been a little bit of a challenge, a little bit of a struggle, but we’ve finally felt that we’ve turned the corner. That’s a tribute to our crew. It takes a lot of effort out here. It’s not one person, I just happen to be the individual on the motorcycle.” 

Hines’ 6.825 pass at 194.74 from Friday night keeps him above Matt Smith who ran a 6.840 at 196.02 in the third session and is in the current No. 3 spot. 

FRIDAY

Defending event winner Andrew Hines is at the top of the Pro Stock Motorcycle order with a 6.825 pass a 194.74 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. 

“We needed this cool weather because our guys have been burning it up so much at the shop trying to figure out what we need to do,” Hines said. “The last two weeks have been completely grueling but the guys at Vance & Hines never stop digging and we never stop striving to get to that next level. Right now, we’re real happy putting our street rods one and two. It’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of blood, sweat and tears, literally.” 

Hines’ teammate Eddie Krawiec matched Hines with a 6.825 at a slower speed of 193.57 for the second spot and reigning world champion Jerry Savoie is in third. 

 


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