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NHRA : Midwest Nationals Results from St. Louis

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NHRA Midwest Nationals
Gateway International Raceway
September 27, 2015

Sunday

Arana Jr. raced to his second Pro Stock Motorcycle win of the season when he defeated his father Hector Arana in the finals. Arana Jr. raced his Lucas Oil Buell to a winning pass of 6.860 at 196.50 to his father’s trailing run of 6.932 at 195.03, also on a Lucas Oil Buell. This is the first career win in St. Louis for Arana Jr. The win moves him to 34 points behind Andrew Hines and caps a significant week for the racer.

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 “This has been a great week; I don’t know if I could ask for anything more,” said Arana Jr. “On Monday, I pulled the trigger and asked my beautiful girlfriend [Nicole Nobile] to marry me and to get this win is just icing on the cake. I tell you what, that is a bittersweet win. I watched my dad win in the semis and I said to myself, ‘I have to win’ so we can see which one of us can take home the Wally. I want to see him win and of course he wants to see me win, but at the same time I want to beat him. We also needed this to move forward in the points.”

Round 1 Eliminations

W – Jerry Savoie (Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuk 0.081 6.980 193.82
L – Scotty Pollacheck (Petrolhead Apparel Buell 0.050 7.136 185.64

W – Chip Ellis (PiranaZ Buell) 0.022 6.897 193.54
L – Angie Smith (Kandy Racing Victory) -0.007(R) 7.033 189.71

W – Karen Stoffer (Big St Charles Motorsports/S 0.090 6.919 194.41
L – Adam Arana (ProtecttheHarvest.com/MAVTV Bue 0.083 7.009 191.59

W – Hector Arana (Lucas Oil Buell) 0.014 6.907 194.38
L – Mike Berry (Vroom/MBP/LAT Racing Oil Buell) 0.012 6.915 192.00

W – Andrew Hines (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 0.048 6.858 195.19
L – Brian Pretzel (Buell) -0.010(R) 7.051 189.95

W – Steve Johnson (Build Your Future Suzuki) 0.040 6.867 194.21
L – Matt Smith (Nitro Fish Victory) -0.011(R) 6.922 192.55

W – Chaz Kennedy (UPI Performance Buell) 0.025 6.974 191.89
L – Eddie Krawiec (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hine 0.071 6.938 193.99

W – Hector Arana Jr (Lucas Oil Buell) 0.096 6.870 196.42
L – Jim Underdahl (Bad Boy Buggies Suzuki) 0.024 7.098 174.28

 

Round 2

W – Hector Arana (Lucas Oil Buell) 0.005 6.876 195.22
L – Jerry Savoie (Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuk 0.025 6.866 194.30

W – Chip Ellis (PiranaZ Buell) 0.082 6.886 193.49
L – Chaz Kennedy (UPI Performance Buell) 0.027 6.966 190.97

W – Steve Johnson (Build Your Future Suzuki) 0.001 6.919 194.58
L – Karen Stoffer (Big St Charles Motorsports/S -0.013(R) 6.915 195.48

W – Hector Arana Jr (Lucas Oil Buell) 0.047 6.872 195.73
L – Andrew Hines (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 0.045 6.882 194.91


Semi-Final

W – Hector Arana (Lucas Oil Buell) 0.005 6.889 195.00
L – Chip Ellis (PiranaZ Buell) 0.013 6.925 193.16

W – Hector Arana Jr (Lucas Oil Buell) 0.028 6.881 196.30
L – Steve Johnson (Build Your Future Suzuki) 0.020 6.902 195.42

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Final

W –  Hector Arana Jr (Lucas Oil Buell) 0.075 6.860 196.50
L – Hector Arana (Lucas Oil Buell) 0.060 6.932 195.03

Saturday

Defending Pro Stock Motorcycle event winner Savoie raced to his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and second of his career with his Friday run of 6.832 at 196.50 on his Savoie Alligator Farms Suzuki. He will face Scotty Pollacheck in the first round of eliminations.

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“This is good; I’ve been bumped off the pole three or four times this year by Chip [Ellis] and Eddie [Krawiec],” said Savoie. “I don’t like getting squeezed out. I want to be the guy who dominates, but we got this one by the skin of our teeth. Andrew [Hines] almost got us at the end, but we held on. Now we can go for the gusto tomorrow.”

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Andrew Hines, who lead the Pro Stock Motorcycle points qualified second on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson and will face Brain Pretzel. Steve Johnson qualified third, his best starting position of the season, and will face two-time world champion Matt Smith in the first round of eliminations.

Final Qualifying

1. Jerry Savoie Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki 6.832 196.50
2. Andrew Hines Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.839 196.47
3. Steve Johnson Build Your Future Suzuki 6.852 195.73
4. Chip Ellis PiranaZ Buell 6.856 194.69
5. Eddie Krawiec Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.861 195.65
6. Karen Stoffer Big St Charles Motorsports/SEP 6.868 196.44
7. Hector Arana Jr Lucas Oil Buell 6.886 196.16
8. Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.889 195.22
9. Mike Berry Vroom/MBP/LAT Racing Oil Buell 6.916 192.71
10. Jim Underdahl Bad Boy Buggies Suzuki 6.926 195.48
11. Adam Arana ProtecttheHarvest.com/MAVTV Bu 6.929 193.40
12. Chaz Kennedy UPI Performance Buell 6.950 192.41
13. Angie Smith Kandy Racing Victory 6.953 189.20
14. Matt Smith Nitro Fish Victory 6.984 192.55
15. Brian Pretzel Buell 7.016 191.67
16. Scotty Pollacheck Petrolhead Apparel Buell 7.028 191.32

Friday

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Savoie grabbed the qualifying lead with a 6.832 at 196.50 on his Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki. Savoie, who raced to his first career victory at this event one year ago, currently sits third in points with two wins this season. The Louisiana alligator farmer is two sessions away from his second career No. 1 qualifier.

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“All week I said that whatever you leave Charlotte with is what you’re going to have coming in here, and we have some good momentum,” said Savoie. “I’ve found that on these bikes, the fastest passes are the smoothest. After our first run, I told (crew chief) Tim Kulungian that we had more left because the bike was not graceful. On the second run, I hit third gear and I said to myself, ‘Boys, we’ve got us a motorcycle now.’”

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Karen Stoffer sits second with a 6.885 at 194.21 on her Big St. Charles Motorsports/Suzuki Extended Protection Suzuki. Stoffer, who is sixth in the points standing, has two wins this season. Defending world champion Andrew Hines is third after two sessions with a 6.895 at 193.16 while Hector Arana is fourth with a 6.902 at 194.35.

Final Qualifying

1. Jerry Savoie Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki 6.832 196.50
2. Karen Stoffer Big St Charles Motorsports/SEP 6.885 194.80
3. Andrew Hines Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.895 193.16
4. Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.902 194.35
5. Steve Johnson Build Your Future Suzuki 6.903 194.16
6. Jim Underdahl Bad Boy Buggies Suzuki 6.926 195.48
7. Eddie Krawiec Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.935 193.07
8. Chip Ellis PiranaZ Buell 6.936 194.35
9. Hector Arana Jr Lucas Oil Buell 6.952 193.68
10. Mike Berry Vroom/MBP/LAT Racing Oil Buell 6.953 191.54
11. Adam Arana ProtecttheHarvest.com/MAVTV Bu 6.955 193.05
12. Matt Smith Nitro Fish Victory 6.987 192.55
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13. Brian Pretzel Buell 6.991 191.67
14. Scotty Pollacheck Petrolhead Apparel Buell 7.011 190.54
15. Chaz Kennedy UPI Performance Buell 7.063 189.18
16. Angie Smith Kandy Racing Victory 9.097 94.46

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