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.
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|
|660 FT MPH||159.40||154.78|
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|
|660 FT MPH||160.18||93.19|
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.
|Driver||W – Angelle Sampey||Cory Reed|
|660 FT MPH||161.04||159.64|
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|
|660 FT MPH||161.46||152.71|
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.
|Driver||W – Hector Arana Jr||Jianna Salinas|
|660 FT MPH||159.83||155.70|
Jianna Salinas is making her first start at this event.
|Driver||W – Steve Johnson||Marc Ingwersen|
|660 FT MPH||155.13||153.68|
Steve Johnson’s #2 spot is his best starting spot at Indy in 34 years at this event.
|Driver||W – Eddie Krawiec||Andrew Hines|
|660 FT MPH||161.07||158.22|
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|
|660 FT MPH||110.38||157.83|
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|
|660 FT MPH||136.83||157.95|
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|
|660 FT MPH||109.67||156.70|
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|
|660 FT MPH||160.31||156.88|
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.
|Driver||W – Angelle Sampey||Steve Johnson|
|660 FT MPH||161.21||160.75|
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|
|660 FT MPH||157.34||160.44|
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|
|660 FT MPH||160.61||160.71|
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.
Eliminations – FINAL
|Driver||Angelle Sampey||W – Eddie Krawiec|
|660 FT MPH||159.97||161.71|
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.
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.
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.
|04||Hector Arana Jr||9||6.871||196.64|
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