Express Represents Well at Atco
By: Jack Korpela
At his team's own event, the
Orient Express U.S. Nationals from Atco, NJ, "Steady"
Eddie Krawiec represented well by taking his Orient backed
Yamaha R-6 to the 600 Super Sport final.
With the season winding down
and the championship much on his mind, Krawiec qualified in
the number-four spot with an on-pace 9.95 at 139 mph.
"The competition is really
tough out here," Krawiec said. "I thought a .95
would have placed me higher than fourth."
Krawiec displayed great consistency
by keeping his Yamaha in the nine-second zone all through
Sunday's eliminations. Krawiec ran a 9.95, 9.97, 9.99, and
9.98 to defeat formidable opponents Trevor Royal, Ed Murphy,
Chad Millholland, and friend Pat Leonard.
"I had to win a lot of the
races on holeshots," Krawiec said. "I barely squeezed
by my friend Pat with a little bit of a better light. He ran
a quicker time than me. The championship doesn't matter; nobody
is laying down for anyone out here. If I'm going to win a
championship I'm going to do it myself."
In the final, with the points
lead on the line, Krawiec matched up against number-one qualifier
and Kawasaki-mounted nemesis, Chip Hunter. Krawiec banked
a tenth of a second advantage on the starting line but failed
to better Hunter's sizzling 9.85 with a respectable 9.97.
"I didn't make any changes on the bike for the final,"
Krawiec said. "I've found in this class, when you make
changes, you are more likely to go back than forward."
The final round appearance was
Krawiec's fifth of the year and leaves him only seven points
"The championship is there
for the taking, we just need to keep putting in consistent
finishes," Krawiec said.
Krawiec was very pleased to have
represented his team well at a race in which they sponsor.
"I won this race two years
ago and I wanted very badly to win it again for Orient,"
Krawiec said. "Skip has been very good to me and I am
trying my best to be good back."
If Krawiec can win the 600 Super
Sport championship, he will accomplish the prestigious feat
for three separate entities that have never won the title;
Yamaha, Orient Express, and himself.
Next up for Orient Express Yamaha
will be the seventh race of the year, the Schnitz Racing Fall
Nationals, October 4th-5th from Montgomery, AL.
Express Yamaha thanked all of its sponsors for their support;