NHRA : Results from Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd Int’l Raceway
August 19-21, 2016

Results from Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd

Hines posted a perfect .000 reaction time in the final round to defeat alligator farmer Jerry Savoie in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final round. Hines’ 6.866 at 194.94, along with the perfect reaction time, on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson was enough for a holeshot victory against Savoie’s 6.863 at 194.88 on his White Alligator Racing Suzuki. This is Hines’ fourth win of the season, 46th of his career, and third at Brainerd Int’l Raceway. He rode past veteran Steve Johnson, Cory Reed, and Hector Arana Jr. in the earlier rounds.

“I was definitely a little nervous because we came here with the intentions of preparing for the Countdown,” said Hines, the winningest Pro Stock Motorcycle racer in NHRA history. “We put brand-new tires on the bike, which turned out, in hindsight, to be a very bad decision because the track is so good here. We were battling with the tune-up on Friday. We just pecked away at it all weekend. We took our chance at it in the final round, put an old tire back on it, and it went nice and straight. I was pressing it because I knew I needed an advantage over Jerry.”

Savoie, who has three runner-up finishes this season, rode past Scotty Pollacheck, No. 1 qualifier and Englishtown winner Angelle Sampey, and Eddie Krawiec in the first three rounds.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will continue in Indianapolis, Aug. 31-Sept. 5, with the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the final race of the regular season.

Elimination Round 1

(W) Jerry Savoie (Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuk 0.036 6.817 195.82
(L) Scotty Pollacheck (NitroFish Buell) 0.006 6.871 193.52
Savoie is 5 – 3 against Pollacheck in prior events.Pollacheck did his job at the tree, but Savoie runs low ET of the weekend for the win.

(W) Hector Arana Jr (Lucas Oil Racing TV Buell) 0.025 6.856 195.19
(L) Jim Underdahl (Bad Boy Buggies Suzuki) 0.008 6.924 192.66
Arana Jr is 11 – 2 against Underdahl in prior events. Underdahl left first but Arana had the difference made up by the 60-foot mark.

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(W) Cory Reed (Precision Service Equipment Buel 0.007 6.835 194.16
(L) Michael Ray (UPI Buell) 0.043 6.897 193.85
This is the first time Reed and Ray have faced each other in eliminations.A great light for Reed and he lead this one from wire-to-wire.

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(W) Eddie Krawiec (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hine 0.055 6.820 195.25
(L) Chip Ellis (PiranaZ Buell) -0.017(R) 6.870 194.86
Ellis is 7 – 6 against Krawiec in prior events. Eddie Krawiec won here in 2012 & 2015. Dave Schultz and Matt Hines are the only motorcycle riders to win here in consecutive years.
Ellis leaves early and Krawiec makes a strong pass for the win.

(W) Angelle Sampey (Precision Service Equipment 0.069 6.804 197.10
(L) Angie Smith (Victory Motorcycles Victory) 0.023 6.950 191.16
Smith is 2 – 1 against Sampey in prior events. Angelle Sampey is an impressive 164-38 in the first round in her career (81%) and she is 41-5 in round one when starting from the top spot in the field.Sampey runs the quickest pass of the weekend for the win. She will have lane choice over Savoie in round two.

(W) Karen Stoffer (Big St Charles Motorsports/S 0.028 6.929 195.14
(L) LE Tonglet (Nitro Fish Suzuki) 0.041 18.101 40.16
Tonglet is 7 – 4 against Stoffer in prior events. LE Tonglet won this race in 2011.Tonglet had shift problems early in this pass and Stoffer moves on to round two. She will give lane choice to Krawiec.

(W) Andrew Hines (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 0.034 6.836 195.25
(L) Steve Johnson (racethevote.com Suzuki) 0.052 6.898 193.52
Hines is 27 – 7 against Johnson in prior events. Andrew Hines has 2 wins here.Johnson gave it his best shot of the weekend but it wasn’t enough to defeat Hines. Hines will give lane choice to Reed in round two. Andrew Hines’ incremental margins: 60ft(0.022), 330 ft(0.046), 660ft(0.058), 1,000ft(0.071). MOV: 0.0809 seconds (approximately 23 feet).

(W) Matt Smith (Victory Motorcycles Victory) 0.019 6.833 196.07
(L) Hector Arana (Lucas Oil Buell) 0.070 6.885 195.05
Smith is 17 – 10 against Arana in prior events. Hector Arana won here in 2009. Matt Smith was the 2008 champion in Brainerd.Smith left first and increased his lead at every increment. He will have lane choice over Arana Jr. in round two. Matt Smith’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.062), 330 ft(0.085), 660ft(0.093), 1,000ft(0.099). MOV: 0.1035 seconds (approximately 30 feet).

Elimination Round 2

(W) Andrew Hines (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 0.015 6.893 193.60
(L) Cory Reed (Precision Service Equipment Buel 0.011 8.178 113.22
Hines is 2 – 0 against Reed in prior events. Reed couldn’t shift his transmission before half track and he lifted. A trouble-free pass for Hines.

(W) Hector Arana Jr (Lucas Oil Racing TV Buell) 0.049 6.871 194.83
(L) Matt Smith (Victory Motorcycles Victory) 0.028 6.920 192.74
Arana Jr is 8 – 7 against Smith in prior events. Smith left first but Arana was able to chase him down. Arana will have lane choice over Hines in round three.

(W) Eddie Krawiec (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hine 0.054 6.911 195.39
(L) Karen Stoffer (Big St Charles Motorsports/S 0.049 7.622 130.73
Krawiec is 15 – 6 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer was off the throttle early.

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(W) Jerry Savoie (Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuk 0.004 6.831 196.82
(L) Angelle Sampey (Precision Service Equipment 0.022 6.829 196.16
Savoie is 3 – 2 against Sampey in prior events. Savoie gets the win on a holeshot. He’ll have lane choice over Krawiec in round three.

 

Elimination Round 3

(W) Jerry Savoie (Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuk 0.058 6.822 195.93
(L) Eddie Krawiec (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hine 0.015 6.872 194.83
Krawiec is 14 – 5 against Savoie in prior events. A very good looking side-by-side drag race!

(W) Andrew Hines (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 0.007 6.893 194.27
(L) Hector Arana Jr (Lucas Oil Racing TV Buell) -0.052(R) 9.016 97.36
Hines is 12 – 8 against Arana Jr in prior events.Arana leaves too soon and Hines moves on to the final round.

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Final

(W) Andrew Hines (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 0.000 6.866 194.94
(L) Jerry Savoie (Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuk 0.069 6.863 194.88
Hines is 8 – 2 against Savoie in prior events and each has won 1 time against the other in final rounds. Jerry Savoie is 0-2 in final rounds this year and 4-8 in his career. Andrew Hines is 3-2 in final rounds this year and 45-28 in his career. He won this event in 2007 and 2010. Andrew Hines is perfect at the tree and he takes the Pro Stock Motorcycle win by about 19 feet.

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PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE POINTS (following the ninth of 16 events)
1. Eddie Krawiec, Brownsburg, Ind., Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson (3) * 898
2. Andrew Hines, Brownsburg, Ind., Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson (4) * 856
3. Angelle Sampey, Mathews, La., Precision Service Equipment Buell (1) * 659
4. Jerry Savoie, Cut Off, La., Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki * 651
5. LE Tonglet, Metairie, La., Nitro Fish Suzuki (1) * 522
6. Hector Arana Sr., Milltown, Ind., Lucas Oil Buell 459
7. Chip Ellis, Brownsburg, Ind., PiranaZ Buell 454
8. Matt Smith, King, N.C., Victory Motorcycles Victory 402
9. Hector Arana Jr., East Northport, N.Y., Lucas Oil Racing TV Buell 386
10. Steve Johnson, Irondale, Ala., RaceTheVote.com Suzuki 331

 

Saturday

Angelle Sampey rode her Star Racing/Precision Service Equipment Buell to the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a 6.830 at 196.64 to claim the 47th No. 1 qualifier in her career, second No. 1 of the season, and her second at Brainerd Int’l Raceway. Sampey, the winningest female racer in NHRA history with 42 victories, won earlier this season in Englishtown to claim her first win since 2007. She will hope to ride to her first victory in Brainerd tomorrow as she opens eliminations against Angie Smith.

“We actually weren’t able to make a tune-up call on the last run,” said Sampey. “In the third round of qualifying, the bike took off and went to the right, and I had to hang off the left side of it all the entire way down the racetrack. The wire that goes from the computer to the motorcycle broke, and we weren’t able to do it, so we went with the exact tune-up from the third session, but fortunately, we went faster because I went straight this time and shifted on time. I’m so proud of my guys, and they provide me with a really fast motorcycle, and I’m the lucky one who gets to sit on the bike and have some fun.”

Reigning world champion Andrew Hines qualified second with a 6.852 at 194.24 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. Hines is a two-time Brainerd winner and has notched three victories in five final-round appearances so far this season. He is paired with veteran Steve Johnson in the first round.

Hector Arana Jr. is in the No. 3 spot with a 6.855 at 193.82 on his Lucas Oil Buell. He will race Jim Underdahl in the first round. Recent Sonoma winner LE Tonglet is fourth and will go up against Karen Stoffer, and Matt Smith is sixth and will battle Hector Arana Sr.

Order for Qualifying Round 3
1. Angelle Sampey Precision Service Equipment Bu 6.848 194.94
2. Andrew Hines Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.852 194.24
3. Hector Arana Jr Lucas Oil Racing TV Buell 6.871 193.74
4. LE Tonglet Nitro Fish Suzuki 6.877 194.94
5. Matt Smith Victory Motorcycles Victory 6.879 194.66
6. Scotty Pollacheck NitroFish Buell 6.896 194.02
7. Cory Reed Precision Service Equipment Bu 6.896 192.22
8. Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.917 194.94
9. Jerry Savoie Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki 6.923 195.31
10. Eddie Krawiec Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.924 191.92
11. Michael Ray UPI Buell 6.925 193.27
12. Karen Stoffer Big St Charles Motorsports/SEP 6.950 192.11
13. Jim Underdahl Bad Boy Buggies Suzuki 6.964 193.43
14. Steve Johnson racethevote.com Suzuki 6.998 190.57
15. Angie Smith Victory Motorcycles Victory 7.021 191.02
16. Kristen Ashby RBR Racing Suzuki 7.236 183.67
——— Not Qualified ———
17. Chip Ellis PiranaZ Buell 7.285 189.58
18. Melissa Surber Kosman Specialties Buell 10.921 190.59
19. Joe DeSantis Team Joey D Suzuki NT

Order for Qualifying Round 4
1. Angelle Sampey Precision Service Equipment Bu 6.830 196.64
2. Andrew Hines Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.852 194.24
3. Hector Arana Jr Lucas Oil Racing TV Buell 6.855 193.82
4. LE Tonglet Nitro Fish Suzuki 6.865 195.08
5. Eddie Krawiec Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.874 195.19
6. Matt Smith Victory Motorcycles Victory 6.879 194.66
7. Cory Reed Precision Service Equipment Bu 6.884 192.22
8. Jerry Savoie Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki 6.895 195.31
9. Scotty Pollacheck NitroFish Buell 6.896 194.02
10. Michael Ray UPI Buell 6.915 194.46
11. Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.917 194.94
12. Chip Ellis PiranaZ Buell 6.943 193.52
13. Karen Stoffer Big St Charles Motorsports/SEP 6.950 192.11
14. Jim Underdahl Bad Boy Buggies Suzuki 6.964 193.43
15. Steve Johnson racethevote.com Suzuki 6.998 191.08
16. Angie Smith Victory Motorcycles Victory 7.007 191.02
——— Not Qualified ———
17. Joe DeSantis Team Joey D Suzuki 7.033 189.82
18. Kristen Ashby RBR Racing Suzuki 7.236 183.67
19. Melissa Surber Kosman Specialties Buell 7.277 190.59

 

Friday

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Louisiana’s Sampey leads qualifying with a 6.848 at 194.94 on her Star Racing/Precision Service Equipment Buell. Sampey, who won earlier this season in Englishtown to claim her first win since 2007, was the No. 1 qualifier in Atlanta and has 46 in her career. She has clinched a spot in the Countdown and is the winningest female driver in NHRA history, yet she has never won in Brainerd.

“I’m not as happy as I should be with that .84 because my 1st-gear shifting was a little short again,” Sampey said. “I don’t know what’s going on with that. I’m struggling and need to hold out that gear a little bit longer. We have more in store and are hoping to pull it out of it. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the weather tomorrow, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can hold on to No. 1. I’m really hoping we can get a win here for a couple of reasons: I’ve never won it and would love to do it, and I have a lot of friends and family hurting back home with the devastation from the floods. I think bringing home a Wally to them would probably lift their spirits, and that would be the happiest I could be — to do that for them.”

LE Tonglet, who won the most recent Pro Stock Motorcycle event in Sonoma, is in the second spot with a 6.877 at 194.94 on his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki. Tonglet won this event in 2011. In third is Hector Arana Jr., who navigated the track on his Lucas Oil Buell in 6.894 at 192.88. Matt Smith is fourth and Hector Arana Sr. is fifth. Jerry Savoie, who is currently eighth, clinched his spot in the Countdown to the Championship during the first round of qualifying.

Qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Int’l Raceway will resume Saturday with sessions at 1 and 3:30 p.m. and will set the stage for Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations.

Order for Qualifying Round 1
1. Matt Smith Victory Motorcycles Victory 6.908 192.93
2. Jerry Savoie Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki 6.929 194.55
3. Andrew Hines Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.930 192.30
4. Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.940 193.77
5. LE Tonglet Nitro Fish Suzuki 6.942 193.21
6. Hector Arana Jr Lucas Oil Racing TV Buell 6.946 192.14
7. Karen Stoffer Big St Charles Motorsports/SEP 6.950 192.11
8. Angelle Sampey Precision Service Equipment Bu 6.956 192.25
9. Michael Ray UPI Buell 6.967 191.76
10. Melissa Surber Kosman Specialties Buell 6.973 190.59
11. Cory Reed Precision Service Equipment Bu 6.986 190.62
12. Eddie Krawiec Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.996 191.29
——— Not Qualified ———
13. Jim Underdahl Bad Boy Buggies Suzuki 7.002 193.29
14. Angie Smith Victory Motorcycles Victory 7.014 188.25
15. Steve Johnson racethevote.com Suzuki 7.017 189.36
16. Joe DeSantis Team Joey D Suzuki 7.095 187.68
17. Kristen Ashby RBR Racing Suzuki 7.375 180.33
18. Chip Ellis PiranaZ Buell 7.797 143.90
19. Scotty Pollacheck NitroFish Buell 9.569 91.84

Order for Qualifying Round 2
1. Angelle Sampey Precision Service Equipment Bu 6.848 194.94
2. LE Tonglet Nitro Fish Suzuki 6.877 194.94
3. Hector Arana Jr Lucas Oil Racing TV Buell 6.894 192.88
4. Matt Smith Victory Motorcycles Victory 6.908 192.93
5. Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.917 194.94
6. Michael Ray UPI Buell 6.925 193.24
7. Cory Reed Precision Service Equipment Bu 6.925 192.03
8. Jerry Savoie Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki 6.929 195.31
9. Eddie Krawiec Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.929 191.40
10. Andrew Hines Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.930 192.30
11. Karen Stoffer Big St Charles Motorsports/SEP 6.950 192.11
12. Jim Underdahl Bad Boy Buggies Suzuki 6.964 193.29
——— Not Qualified ———
13. Melissa Surber Kosman Specialties Buell 6.973 190.59
14. Angie Smith Victory Motorcycles Victory 7.014 188.60
15. Steve Johnson racethevote.com Suzuki 7.017 189.36
16. Scotty Pollacheck NitroFish Buell 7.043 190.11
17. Joe DeSantis Team Joey D Suzuki 7.095 187.68
18. Kristen Ashby RBR Racing Suzuki 7.373 180.33
19. Chip Ellis PiranaZ Buell 7.797 143.90


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