NHRA: Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals – Pro Stock Motorcycle

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NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series

Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented By Pennzoil
Houston Raceway Park
Oct 23-25, 2020

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Eliminations

Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Krawiec won for the first time in more than two years on his Harley-Davidson FXDR, going 6.801 at 198.61 in the finals to beat Ryan Oehler. Krawiec’s last victory came at Brainerd in 2018, but he was impressive in Houston on Sunday to pick up his 48th career victory. He had a series of 6.80 runs over the final three rounds, beating Michael Phillips, Jerry Savoie and Hector Arana Jr. to reach the final round. Oehler beat Kelly Clontz, Andrew Hines and points leader Matt Smith to earn his second final-round berth, but Krawiec led from start to finish in a strong championship round performance.





“It just feels good to win again,” Krawiec said. “I feel like I’ve accomplished all that I’ve needed to and I don’t have to prove anything, but it’s nice just to get it done. There’s a lot of great racers in the class and you can’t take anything for granted. You have to appreciate every win, even more so right now with the competition level in the class. We’ve got 4-5 motorcycles all fighting for the championship. It’s great racing and that’s the way it should be. You have to be on your game at all times. It’s a big team effort and that’s what I really attribute this to.”

Matt Smith kept the points lead and is 58 points ahead of Scotty Pollacheck with one race remaining. Defending world champ Hines trails Pollacheck by just eight points as he remains in title contention as well.

The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series finishes its 2020 season Oct. 30-Nov. 1 with the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

ROUND 1

Driver Jerry Savoie – WIN Steve Johnson
Car No. 2 751
RT .094 .021
60 FT 1.053 1.552
330 FT 2.844
660 FT 4.392
660 FT MPH 157.34
1000 FT 5.754
ET 6.935
MPH 187.65

 

Driver Hector Arana Jr – WIN Angie Smith
Car No. 6 8
RT .005 .032
60 FT 1.089 1.090
330 FT 2.883 2.881
660 FT 4.398 4.485
660 FT MPH 161.73 140.23
1000 FT 5.721 6.229
ET 6.854 8.003
MPH 197.51 119.68

Angie Smith - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver John Hall Scotty Pollacheck – WIN
Car No. 1628 11
RT -.003 .036
60 FT 1.058 1.080
330 FT 2.847 2.912
660 FT 4.379 4.425
660 FT MPH 159.46 162.16
1000 FT 5.726 5.747
ET 6.882 6.877
MPH 194.07 197.94

 

Driver Andrew Hines – WIN Chris Bostick
Car No. 1 17
RT .045 .026
60 FT 1.064 1.083
330 FT 2.848 2.997
660 FT 4.359 4.630
660 FT MPH 161.75 150.83
1000 FT 5.679 6.037
ET 6.810 7.225
MPH 198.15 189.23

Andrew Hines - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver David Barron – WIN Angelle Sampey
Car No. 402 7
RT .048 .139
60 FT 1.114 1.067
330 FT 2.959 2.925
660 FT 4.510 4.641
660 FT MPH 158.48 146.83
1000 FT 5.863 6.065
ET 7.028 7.314
MPH 191.29 169.53

Angelle Sampey - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver Kelly Clontz Ryan Oehler – WIN
Car No. 1981 9
RT .095 .028
60 FT 1.083 1.059
330 FT 2.893 2.870
660 FT 4.429 4.390
660 FT MPH 159.32 161.44
1000 FT 5.774 5.719
ET 6.929 6.850
MPH 193.71 198.12

Kelly Clontz - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver Matt Smith – WIN Marc Ingwersen
Car No. 3 370
RT .028
60 FT 1.077
330 FT 2.857
660 FT 4.350
660 FT MPH 164.37
1000 FT 5.653
ET 6.769
MPH 200.44

Matt Smith - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver Eddie Krawiec – WIN Michael Phillips
Car No. 5 412
RT .047 .001
60 FT 1.074 1.074
330 FT 2.853 2.884
660 FT 4.356 4.429
660 FT MPH 162.70 158.48
1000 FT 5.679 5.783
ET 6.818 6.944
MPH 196.50 192.91

ROUND 2

Driver Hector Arana Jr – WIN David Barron
Car No. 6 402
RT .044 .072
60 FT 1.058 1.082
330 FT 2.850 2.908
660 FT 4.369 4.446
660 FT MPH 161.27 159.17
1000 FT 5.697 5.796
ET 6.835 6.964
MPH 196.79 190.32

 

Driver Jerry Savoie Eddie Krawiec – WIN
Car No. 2 5
RT .049
60 FT 1.071
330 FT 2.848
660 FT 4.355
660 FT MPH 162.59
1000 FT 5.676
ET 6.808
MPH 198.29

Jerry Savoie - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver Ryan Oehler – WIN Andrew Hines
Car No. 9 1
RT .007 .052
60 FT 1.076 1.074
330 FT 2.876 2.857
660 FT 4.392 4.366
660 FT MPH 161.67 162.08
1000 FT 5.719 5.688
ET 6.855 6.818
MPH 197.16 198.15

 

Driver Matt Smith – WIN Scotty Pollacheck
Car No. 3 11
RT .021 .030
60 FT 1.076 1.066
330 FT 2.876 2.889
660 FT 4.377 4.405
660 FT MPH 163.61 162.12
1000 FT 5.685 5.725
ET 6.801 6.854
MPH 200.68 198.26

Scotty Pollacheck - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

SEMI-FINAL

Driver Hector Arana Jr Eddie Krawiec – WIN
Car No. 6 5
RT .039 .029
60 FT 1.084 1.076
330 FT 2.885 2.850
660 FT 4.410 4.358
660 FT MPH 160.44 162.65
1000 FT 5.743 5.677
ET 6.883 6.803
MPH 196.59 199.11

Eddie Krawiec - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver Matt Smith Ryan Oehler – WIN
Car No. 3 9
RT .034 .041
60 FT 1.056 1.066
330 FT 2.840 2.867
660 FT 4.340 4.388
660 FT MPH 163.39 160.84
1000 FT 5.663 5.722
ET 6.962 6.859
MPH 163.06 197.13

Ryan Oehler - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

FINAL

Driver Ryan Oehler Eddie Krawiec – WIN
Car No. 9 5
RT .061 .026
60 FT 1.072 1.074
330 FT 2.878 2.850
660 FT 4.398 4.355
660 FT MPH 160.88 162.55
1000 FT 5.730 5.673
ET 6.905 6.801
MPH 181.37 198.61

Eddie Krawiec - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

Eddie Krawiec ends two-year winless drought with impressive Pro Stock Motorcycle victory

by Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor

For the first time since the Brainerd event in 2018, a span of 26 months, Eddie Krawiec earned a Pro Stock Motorcycle Wally when he rode his Harley-Davidson FXDR to a final round win against Ryan Oehler at Houston Raceway Park. Appearing in his 85th career final, Krawiec nabbed career win No. 48 with a 6.801 to easily cover Oehler’s 6.905.

“I can tell you one thing; don’t take a Wally for granted because sometimes they don’t come,” said Krawiec, who had lost nine-straight final rounds following his Brainerd win, including five-straight against his teammate, Andrew Hines. “Sometimes it’s not what you because sometimes luck just rolls your way. With two plus years being out of it, it just feels good. I feel like I’ve accomplished everything I need to and don’t have to prove anyting. but it’s nice just to get it done. There is a lot of great racers in the class and you can’t take anyting for granted. Take every win for what it is and enjoy it. We now have four or five bikes fighting for the championship so it’s great racing and it’s the way it should be.”

Krawiec has been a strong qualifier at the first six events held this season but had little to show for it on race day other than three semifinal finishes. That changed in Houston. Krawiec continued to qualify well with a 6.799 that was good for the No. 3 spot but this time he was able to carry that momentum through race day with a consistent performance that included four runs between 6.801 and 6.818 in his wins against Michael Phillips, Dallas winner Jerry Savoie, Hector Arana Jr., and Oehler.

Coming into the Houston race, Krawiec probably didn’t give much thought to the prospect of winning a fifth championship but he currently finds himself tied with Scotty Pollacheck for second place, 78-points behind leader Matt Smith with the points-and-a-half bonus available next week in Las Vegas.

As for Oehler, it’s not as though anyone thought his first win earlier this year was a fluke, but just in case there was any doubt, the hard-charging privateer backed his Indy title up with a second final round appearance in Houston. Oehler was also very strong in qualifying with a fourth-best 6.808. Oehler then cleaned out some of the class’ heaviest hitters on his side of the ladder with wins against Hines and Smith. He use a .007 light to take a 6.85 to 6.81 holeshot win over Hines and then went to the final with a 6.85 after Smith’s Denso EBR slowed.


Qualifying

Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Matt Smith continued to roll in qualifying on his Denso/Stockseth/MSR EBR, picking up his fourth straight No. 1 qualifier with a run of 6.729 at 199.88, as the class raced in Houston for the first time since 2013. Smith’s run set both ends of the track record and handed the points leader his fifth top spot in 2020 and 43rd in his career. He’ll take on Marc Ingwersen to open eliminations, giving Smith, a three-time world champion, plenty of momentum for race day after a tough first-round loss last weekend when his bike wouldn’t start. Angelle Sampey qualified second with a 6.789 at 198.88 and Eddie Krawiec took third after going 6.799 at 197.48.

Matt Smith’s monster 6.729-second run to take the top spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle could easily be a contender for run of the year. The run bettered Smith’s previous career best of 6.753 from the 2019 Gainesville event, and it was the third-quickest run in the history of the class behind Andrew Hines’ 6.702, also run last year in Gainesville and a 6.728 from Hines at the 2012 Reading event. For the record, 12 riders have been in the 6.7s including Smith, Hines, Eddie Krawiec, Angelle Sampey, Steve Johnson, Jerry Savoie, Joey Gladstone, Karen Stoffer, Scotty Pollacheck, Angie Smith, and Hector Arana Sr. and Hector Arana Jr.

Final Qualifying

DRIVER POSITION Bike # ET MPH
01 Matt Smith 3 6.729 199.88
02 Angelle Sampey 7 6.789 198.88
03 Eddie Krawiec 5 6.799 197.48
04 Ryan Oehler 9 6.808 197.08
05 Andrew Hines 1 6.811 197.65
06 Jerry Savoie 2 6.836 193.71
07 Angie Smith 8 6.842 199.17
08 John Hall 1628 6.875 193.05
09 Scotty Pollacheck 11 6.900 197.36
10 Hector Arana Jr 6 6.919 195.82
11 Steve Johnson 751 6.935 190.46
12 Chris Bostick 17 6.958 192.22
13 Kelly Clontz 1981 6.967 191.43
14 Michael Phillips 412 7.655 189.52
15 David Barron 402 15.035 48.32

 

Qualifying Round 1

DRIVER POSITION Bike # ET MPH
01 Ryan Oehler 9 6.808 197.08
02 Jerry Savoie 2 6.857 193.21
03 Angie Smith 8 6.859 198.23
04 Andrew Hines 1 6.881 195.51
05 Scotty Pollacheck 11 6.900 197.36
06 Eddie Krawiec 5 6.902 197.42
07 John Hall 1628 6.913 176.97
08 Steve Johnson 751 6.935 190.46
09 Hector Arana Jr 6 6.980 188.07
10 Kelly Clontz 1981 7.019 191.65
11 Angelle Sampey 7 7.488 135.92
12 Michael Phillips 412 7.655 189.52
13 Chris Bostick 17 8.952 96.1
14 Matt Smith 3 9.674 109.52
15 David Barron 402 15.035 48.32

David Barron - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle


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