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2021 NHRA US Nationals – Pro Stock Motorcycle

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series

Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S.Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway
September 1-5, 2021

Pro Stock Motorcycle

To suggest this hasn’t’ been a typical year for Eddie Krawiec would be an understatement. The four-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion missed the first two races of the year and then struggled at others. As a result, he came dangerously close to missing the Countdown to the Championships playoffs.

That’s all forgotten now after Krawiec rode his Vance & Hines Buell to his third Indy title. Racing against teammate Angelle Sampey in the the final round, Krawiec made his best run of the day with a 6.840 to hold off Sampey’s competitive 6.880 on her Vance & Hines/Mission Foods Suzuki.









“I feel like I finally got my head out of my butt this weekend,” said Krawiec who was also an Indy winner in 2014 and 2017. “Drew [teammate Andrew Hines] has put in a lot of work at shop and the credit for this goes to him. Man, I feel like I’m about to cry like a little baby. This means a lot to me. To have the chance to tune my own bike is special. For the crew behind me and everyone at Vance & Hines this is for you. Yeah, it’s Indy baby!”

Krawiec shot to the pole position on Friday night during the lone pro qualifying session with a 6.826 but he faced perhaps the toughest opponent imaginable when he had to run teammate Hines in round one. Krawiec survived that battle and then went on to defeat Michael Phillips and Joey Gladstone before topping Sampey in the final.

Eddie Krawiec - Pro Stock Motorcycle

With the victory, the 49th of his career, Krawiec moved to fourth in the Countdown to the Championship meaning he’s in a prime position to claim his fifth world championship.

As for Sampey, she was fortunate just to be able to race in Indy after Hurricane Ida devastated her homestate of Louisiana. The three-time world champion had to drive to Mississippi just to catch a flight to Indy, was able to maintain her focus and went to the final following wins against Cory Reed, Charlotte winner Steve Johnson, and defending Indy champ Cory Reed.

Sampey finished the regular season as the No. 5 seed in Pro Stock Motorcycle behind Matt Smith, Steve Johnson, Pollacheck, and Krawiec.

Eliminations – Round 1

Driver Karen Stoffer W – Michael Phillips
Car No. 777 412
RT -.007 .017
60 FT 1.080 1.117
330 FT 2.883 2.957
660 FT 4.416 4.538
660 FT MPH 159.40 154.78
1000 FT 5.763 5.915
ET 6.923 7.092
MPH 192.33 190.11

Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 88 percent, barometer 29.93 inches, adjusted altitude 2,118 feet, track temperature 82 degrees. Karen Stoffer and Michael Phillips first raced at Denver in 2004. Stoffer goes red to give Phillips the win.

 

Driver Angie Smith W – Joey Gladstone
Car No. 5 1550
RT -.005 .047
60 FT 1.082 1.155
330 FT 2.884 3.122
660 FT 4.409 5.445
660 FT MPH 160.18 93.19
1000 FT 5.747 8.098
ET 6.888 10.891
MPH 196.73 74.60

This (#5) matches the best qualifying spot for Angie Smith at this event. Joey Gladstone is 2 – 2 against Angie Smith. All 4 matchups have been in the first round. Smith goes red to give Gladstone the win. Gladstone sits up on the bike, but gets the win.

 

Angelle Sampey - Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver W – Angelle Sampey Cory Reed
Car No. 6 574
RT .037 .014
60 FT 1.057 1.096
330 FT 2.841 2.945
660 FT 4.360 4.482
660 FT MPH 161.04 159.64
1000 FT 5.688 5.824
ET 6.835 6.979
MPH 194.30 192.47

Angelle Sampey’s 31 round wins here are tied (with A. Hines) for 2nd most in PSM history. Cory Reed has won the last 2 meetings against Sampey. Reed with the starting line advantage, but Sampey has the difference made up by the time they go by the christmas tree and takes the win.

 

Driver W – Scotty Pollacheck Ron Tornow
Car No. 3 1138
RT .117 .026
60 FT 1.063 1.103
330 FT 2.861 3.017
660 FT 4.377 4.621
660 FT MPH 161.46 152.71
1000 FT 5.707 6.018
ET 6.846 7.217
MPH 196.93 186.43

Scotty Pollacheck is the defending event champion. Ron Tornow is making his 1st start at this event. Tornow with the starting line advantage, but Pollacheck has the difference made up before they get to the 330 feet. Pollacheck with his quickest pass of the weekend.

 

Hector Arana Jr - Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver W – Hector Arana Jr Jianna Salinas
Car No. 9 7253
RT .036 .071
60 FT 1.077 1.088
330 FT 2.873 2.925
660 FT 4.402 4.496
660 FT MPH 159.83 155.70
1000 FT 5.739 5.870
ET 6.878 7.063
MPH 196.70 186.79

Jianna Salinas is making her first start at this event.
Arana Jr is 2 – 0 against Salinas in prior events. Arana Jr. with the starting line advantage and is straight down the groove for the win. He will have lane choice over Gladstone in the next round.

 

Marc Ingwersen - Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver W – Steve Johnson Marc Ingwersen
Car No. 8 370
RT .024 .002
60 FT 1.083 1.106
330 FT 2.897 2.994
660 FT 4.464 4.587
660 FT MPH 155.13 153.68
1000 FT 5.846 5.976
ET 7.044 7.163
MPH 185.56 188.15

Steve Johnson’s #2 spot is his best starting spot at Indy in 34 years at this event.
Marc Ingwersen is the 98th different rider to race Johnson. Ingwersen with a near perfect light, but Johnson had the difference made up before they go by the Christmas tree and takes the win. He will give up lane choice to Sampey in the next round.

 

Steve Johnson - Pro stock Motorcycle

Driver W – Eddie Krawiec Andrew Hines
Car No. 2 4
RT .009 .046
60 FT 1.099 1.224
330 FT 2.884 3.156
660 FT 4.397 4.710
660 FT MPH 161.07 158.22
1000 FT 5.718 6.053
ET 6.848 7.199
MPH 198.38 195.56

This is just the 6th time overall that Krawiec and Hines have met in rd. 1. Krawiec leads 3 – 2 in those matchups. It is the first time in his career that Andrew Hines has qualified 16th. Eddie Krawiec is 46 – 2 in rd. 1 when qualified #1. Krawiec is 32 – 26 against Hines in prior events. Krawiec with a great light and the win. He will have lane choice over Phillips in the next round.

 

Driver Matt Smith W – Ryan Oehler
Car No. 1 7
RT .032 .019
60 FT 1.119 1.101
330 FT 3.138 2.948
660 FT 5.114 4.503
660 FT MPH 110.38 157.83
1000 FT 7.350 5.860
ET 9.692 7.020
MPH 89.33 192.91

Matt Smith wins 81% of his rd. 1 races when he has lane choice. Ryan Oehler is 2 – 2 against Smith in their last 4 meetings. Smith is 5 – 2 against Oehler in prior events. Oehler with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Smith with problems right off the starting line. Oehler will give up lane choice to Pollacheck in the next round.

 

Eliminations – Round 2

Driver Hector Arana Jr W – Joey Gladstone
Car No. 9 1550
RT -.008 .004
60 FT 1.120 1.111
330 FT 2.982 2.938
660 FT 4.624 4.486
660 FT MPH 136.83 157.95
1000 FT 6.411 5.841
ET 8.248 7.004
MPH 114.79 191.73

Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 58 percent, barometer 29.93 inches, adjusted altitude 2,547 feet, track temperature 103 degrees. Arana Jr and Gladstone have each won 2 times against the other in prior events. Arana Jr. goes red to give Gladstone the win. Gladstone with his quickest pass of the weekend for the win.

 

Driver W – Eddie Krawiec Michael Phillips
Car No. 2 412
RT .049 -.114
60 FT 1.245 1.130
330 FT 3.143 2.952
660 FT 5.122 4.511
660 FT MPH 109.67 156.70
1000 FT 7.365 5.879
ET 9.685 7.051
MPH 90.68 190.78

Krawiec is 12 – 6 against Phillips in prior events. Phillips goes red to give Krawiec the win. Krawiec’s bike boggs right at the hit, he sits up and coast to the finish line for the win. He will give up lane choice to Gladstone in the semifinal.

 

Driver W – Scotty Pollacheck Ryan Oehler
Car No. 3 7
RT .071 .042
60 FT 1.076 1.100
330 FT 2.877 2.951
660 FT 4.404 4.513
660 FT MPH 160.31 156.88
1000 FT 5.739 5.877
ET 6.881 7.043
MPH 196.24 192.44

Pollacheck and Oehler have each won 3 times against the other in prior events. Oehler with the starting line advantage, but Pollacheck has the lead by 100 feet and never trailed from there on for the win.

Scotty Pollacheck - Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver W – Angelle Sampey Steve Johnson
Car No. 6 8
RT .058 .062
60 FT 1.050 1.080
330 FT 2.821 2.851
660 FT 4.338 4.370
660 FT MPH 161.21 160.75
1000 FT 5.667 5.702
ET 6.806 6.843
MPH 196.16 196.16

Sampey is 24 – 9 against Johnson in prior events. Sampey with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. she runs the quickest pass of the round. She will have lane choice over Pollacheck in the semifinal.

Eliminations – SEMI-FINAL

Driver Joey Gladstone W – Eddie Krawiec
Car No. 1550 2
RT .018 .015
60 FT 1.072 1.128
330 FT 2.862 2.931
660 FT 4.412 4.458
660 FT MPH 157.34 160.44
1000 FT 5.771 5.786
ET 6.936 6.918
MPH 192.17 198.12

Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 49 percent, barometer 29.91 inches, adjusted altitude 2,718 feet, track temperature 116 degrees. Krawiec with a slight starting line advantage, but Gladstone has the lead when they went past the Christmas tree. He had the lead until right in the lights when Krawiec chases him down. Eddie Krawiec’s MOV: 0.0215 seconds (approximately 6 feet). Krawiec is advancing to his second final this season and 87th career final round.

 

Driver W – Angelle Sampey Scotty Pollacheck
Car No. 6 3
RT .022 -.036
60 FT 1.056 1.077
330 FT 2.829 2.875
660 FT 4.352 4.403
660 FT MPH 160.61 160.71
1000 FT 5.684 5.736
ET 6.831 6.882
MPH 194.18 195.14

Pollacheck is 8 – 7 against Sampey in prior events. Pollacheck goes red to give Sampey the win. She will have lane choice over her teammate in the final. She is advancing to her second final this season and 76th career final.

Eddie Krawiec - Pro Stock Motorcycle

Eliminations – FINAL

Driver Angelle Sampey W – Eddie Krawiec
Car No. 6 2
RT .043 .047
60 FT 1.062 1.098
330 FT 2.865 2.884
660 FT 4.399 4.399
660 FT MPH 159.97 161.71
1000 FT 5.735 5.717
ET 6.880 6.844
MPH 195.51 198.58

Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 46 percent, barometer 29.90 inches, adjusted altitude 2,744 feet, track temperature 115 degrees. Angelle Sampey has the 2nd most round wins in PSM at Indy (34) and Eddie Krawiec now has the 4th most (25). Sampey is 9 – 6 against Krawiec in prior events and this is the first time they have faced each other in a final round. Sampey with the starting line advantage and the lead until Krawiec chases her down around 800 feet and takes the win. Eddie Krawiec’s MOV: 0.0325 seconds (approximately 9 feet). Krawiec wins his first Wally this season and 49th of his career. This is is his third win at Indy.

 

Photo Highlights


Saturday Qualifying

Heavy rain showers on Saturday wiped out the final two qualifying sessions of the 67th annual Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Fields for Sunday’s eliminations are set from Friday’s single qualifying session due to the inclement weather.


Friday Qualifying

Looking to get his 2021 season going at the right time, Eddie Krawiec got off to a great start on Friday in Pro Stock Motorcycle, jumping to the top spot on his Vance & Hines Buell with a run of 6.826 at 199.40. If it holds, Krawiec would pick up his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and 49th in his career. Currently eighth in points and looking for his first win of the season before the Countdown to the Championship, Krawiec impressed on Friday with his standout run. Steve Johnson is currently qualified second with his run of 6.860 at 196.56 and Scotty Pollacheck, the defending U.S. Nationals winner, is third after going 6.866 at 197.74. Points leader Matt Smith went 6.892 at 200.17 to sit in the sixth spot.

DRIVER POSITION CAR NO. ET MPH
01 Eddie Krawiec 2 6.826 199.4
02 Steve Johnson 8 6.860 196.56
03 Scotty Pollacheck 3 6.866 197.74
04 Hector Arana Jr 9 6.871 196.64
05 Angie Smith 5 6.886 197.16
06 Matt Smith 1 6.892 200.17
07 Angelle Sampey 6 6.924 187.94
08 Karen Stoffer 777 6.954 190.48
09 Michael Phillips 412 6.970 191.97
10 Cory Reed 574 6.998 187.83
11 Ryan Oehler 7 7.003 191.76
12 Joey Gladstone 1550 7.012 192.36
13 Jianna Salinas 7253 7.057 191.02
14 Ron Tornow 1138 7.087 189.1
15 Marc Ingwersen 370 7.116 186.33
16 Andrew Hines 4 7.138 198.03
17 Kelly Clontz 1981 7.146 184.98
18 James Underdahl 533 7.160 190.43
19 Chris Bostick 17 7.160 185.84
20 Charles Poskey 201 7.162 186.87

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