NHRA: Pro Stock Motorcycle at zMax Dragway

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series
NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals
zMax Raceway
October 11-13, 2019

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Monday Eliminations

Andrew Hines picked up his eighth Pro Stock Motorcycle win of the season in his Harley-Davidson when his pass of 6.805 at 199.37 defeated Karen Stoffer in the final round. He secured wins against Michael Ray, Scott Pollacheck and Hector Arana Jr. before facing Karen Stoffer in the finals for the second consecutive time this season. Stoffer took the victory when they met in St. Louis in September.

Stoffer raced to her third final round of the season after defeating Kelly Clontz, Eddie Krawiec and No. 1 qualifier Steve Johnson.





“It was a tough day,” said Hines. “We were sitting around during the rain delay yesterday talking about this Pro Stock Motorcycle class and how stacked it is right now. If you look at the top ten in qualifying, any one of those people could be number one at any given time. You just never know when that’s going to happen, so these races right now are hard-fought and hard-earned.”

FIRST ROUND

Driver Ryan Oehler – WIN Angelle Sampey
RT .071 .005
60 FT 1.086 1.112
330 FT 2.888 2.939
660 FT 4.404 4.583
660 FT MPH 162.16 140.96
1000 FT 5.729 6.315
ET 6.860 8.078
MPH 198.15 120.27

Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 55 percent, barometer 29.39 inches, adjusted altitude 2,393 feet, track temperature 77 degrees. Sampey is 1 – 0 against Oehler in prior events. Sampey with a great light, but the bike is drifting out of the groove over by the centerline and she is off the throttle Oehler with his quickest pass of the weekend for the win.

Driver Angie Smith Hector Arana Jr – WIN
RT .104 .037
60 FT 1.080 1.050
330 FT 2.880 2.848
660 FT 4.410 4.361
660 FT MPH 160.50 162.41
1000 FT 5.749 5.684
ET 6.899 6.815
MPH 193.24 198.12

Arana Jr is 10 – 3 against Smith in prior events. Arana Jr. with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. He runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the win.

Driver Hector Arana Scott Pollacheck – WIN
RT .021 .001
60 FT 1.073 1.077
330 FT 2.876 2.876
660 FT 4.399 4.380
660 FT MPH 161.30 163.31
1000 FT 5.733 5.697
ET 6.872 6.831
MPH 196.87 197.39

Pollacheck is 6 – 5 against Arana in prior events. Pollacheck with a near-perfect light and never trailed for the win.

 

Driver Kelly Clontz Karen Stoffer – WIN
RT .074 .025
60 FT 1.095 1.066
330 FT 2.921 2.852
660 FT 4.462 4.353
660 FT MPH 159.36 163.67
1000 FT 5.810 5.666
ET 6.970 6.793
MPH 192.17 198.96

This is the first time Clontz and Stoffer have faced each other in eliminations. Stoffer with the starting line advantage and runs her quickest and fastest pass of the weekend for the win.

Driver Michael Ray Andrew Hines – WIN
RT .012 .029
60 FT 1.079 1.106
330 FT 2.887 2.913
660 FT 4.419 4.424
660 FT MPH 160.21 162.88
1000 FT 5.768 5.740
ET 6.927 6.866
MPH 193.05 198.88

Hines is 7 – 4 against Ray in prior events. Ray with the starting line advantage, but Hines was able to chase him down around 800 feet and take
the win. He will give up lane choice to Pollacheck in the next round.

Driver Andie Rawlings Steve Johnson – WIN
RT .057
60 FT 1.060
330 FT 2.869
660 FT 4.389
660 FT MPH 161.42
1000 FT 5.721
ET 6.867
MPH 194.69

Johnson is 1 – 0 against Rawlings in prior events. Rawlings is a no-show. Johnson was number one qualifier for the first time since Englishtown 2013. He is straight down the groove on the single. He will give up lane choice to Oehler in the next round.

Driver Matt Smith Eddie Krawiec – WIN
RT .002 .043
60 FT 1.080 1.074
330 FT 2.866 2.863
660 FT 4.369 4.379
660 FT MPH 163.73 162.00
1000 FT 5.699 5.703
ET 6.942 6.835
MPH 171.42 198.06

Krawiec is 24 – 16 against Smith in prior events. Smith with a near perfect light and lead until on the top end when the bike has problems again and Krawiec rides around him for the win. He will give up lane choice to Stoffer in the next round.

Driver Jianna Salinas – WIN Jerry Savoie
RT .069 -.012
60 FT 1.093 1.054
330 FT 2.983 2.844
660 FT 4.569 4.345
660 FT MPH 155.88 163.53
1000 FT 5.948 5.657
ET 7.125 6.784
MPH 190.19 198.26

This is the first time Salinas and Savoie have faced each other in eliminations. Savoie goes red to Salinas the win, her first-round win in her young career. She will give up lane choice to Arana Jr. in the next round. Savoie runs low E.T. of the event in the losing effort.

 

SECOND ROUND

Driver Steve Johnson – WIN Ryan Oehler
RT .048 -.020
60 FT 1.066 1.083
330 FT 2.881 2.892
660 FT 4.425 4.434
660 FT MPH 158.99 158.97
1000 FT 5.778 5.777
ET 6.937 6.923
MPH 192.66 195.96

Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 42 percent, barometer 29.39 inches, adjusted altitude 2,316 feet, track temperature 97 degrees. This is the first time Johnson and Oehler have faced each other in eliminations. Oehler goes red to give Johnson the win.

Driver Andrew Hines – WIN Scott Pollacheck
RT .030 .000
60 FT 1.068 1.069
330 FT 2.852 2.885
660 FT 4.367 4.397
660 FT MPH 162.24 162.31
1000 FT 5.688 5.721
ET 6.815 6.855
MPH 198.82 197.54

Hines is 23 – 5 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck with a perfect light, but Hines chases him down at half-track and takes the win in a close one. Andrew Hines’ MOV: 0.0102 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

Driver Jianna Salinas Hector Arana Jr – WIN
RT .067 .004
60 FT 1.084 1.088
330 FT 2.905 2.904
660 FT 4.446 4.428
660 FT MPH 158.67 161.54
1000 FT 5.808 5.764
ET 6.983 6.984
MPH 189.87 172.96

Arana Jr is 1 – 0 against Salinas in prior events. Arana Jr. with a great light and the holeshot win. Arana Jr. slows on the top end, but holds for the win. He will give up lane choice to Hines in the semifinal. Salinas with her quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.

Driver Eddie Krawiec Karen Stoffer – WIN
RT .025 .030
60 FT 1.080 1.075
330 FT 2.876 2.861
660 FT 4.394 4.367
660 FT MPH 161.98 163.04
1000 FT 5.721 5.683
ET 6.855 6.809
MPH 197.48 199.05

Krawiec is 25 – 11 against Stoffer in prior events. Krawiec with the slight starting line advantage, but Stoffer has the lead by the time they go by the Christmas tree and never trails from there on for the win. Karen Stoffer’s MOV: 0.0412 seconds (approximately 12 feet). She runs low E.T. of the round and will have lane choice over Johnson in the semifinal.

SEMI-FINAL ROUND

Driver Hector Arana Jr Andrew Hines – WIN
RT -.041 .048
60 FT 1.072 1.075
330 FT 2.874 2.861
660 FT 4.395 4.381
660 FT MPH 161.63 161.73
1000 FT 5.723 5.703
ET 6.859 6.831
MPH 196.76 198.90

Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 38 percent, barometer 29.36 inches, adjusted altitude 2,206 feet, track temperature 108 degrees. Hines is 19 – 11 against Arana Jr in prior events. Arana Jr. goes red to Hines the win. Hines advances to his 10th final round this season and the 96th of his career.

Driver Steve Johnson Karen Stoffer – WIN
RT .029 .110
60 FT 1.083 1.069
330 FT 2.930 2.846
660 FT 4.466 4.354
660 FT MPH 160.61 162.90
1000 FT 5.804 5.671
ET 6.952 6.797
MPH 193.85 199.20

Stoffer is 17 – 9 against Johnson in prior events. Johnson with the starting line advantage, but Stoffer has the difference made up by 330 feet and never trails from there on for the win. She will have lane choice in the final. She is advancing to her third final round this season and the 23rd of her career.

FINAL ROUND

Driver Andrew Hines – WIN Karen Stoffer
RT .041 .100
60 FT 1.069 1.077
330 FT 2.850 2.857
660 FT 4.361 4.363
660 FT MPH 162.57 163.12
1000 FT 5.681 5.679
ET 6.805 6.804
MPH 199.37 199.20

Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 29 percent, barometer 29.34 inches, adjusted altitude 2,579 feet, track temperature 110 degrees.Hines is 23 – 9 against Stoffer in prior events and Hines is 2 – 1 against Stoffer in prior final rounds. Hines with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. Andrew Hines’ MOV: 0.0589 seconds (approximately 17 feet). He wins his eighth Wally this season and the 56th of his career.

POINTS STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND
LEADER
VEHICLE
01 Andrew Hines 2387 0 Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
02 Karen Stoffer 2330 -57 White Alligator Racing Suzuki
03 Eddie Krawiec 2272 -115 Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
04 Jerry Savoie 2245 -142 White Alligator Racing Suzuki
05 Hector Arana Jr 2242 -145 Lucas Oil Buell
06 Matt Smith 2236 -151 Elite Motorsports Denso Auto Parts EBR
07 Angelle Sampey 2171 -216 Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
08 Angie Smith 2148 -239 Elite Motorsports Denso Auto Parts EBR
09 Ryan Oehler 2127 -260 Flyin’ Ryan Racing/B&K Cylinder Heads
10 Hector Arana 2096 -291 Lucas Oil Buell
11 Scotty Pollacheck 550 -1837 Matt Smith Racing EBR
12 Steve Johnson 494 -1893 Steve Johnson Racing Suzuki
13 Kelly Clontz 416 -1971 Steamfitter Local 602
14 Joey Gladstone 408 -1979 Cory Reed Racing
15 Cory Reed 318 -2069 Cory Reed Racing
16 Jianna Salinas 277 -2110 Scrappers Racing Suzuki
17 Michael Ray Jr 190 -2197
18 Jimmy Underdahl 147 -2240 Suzuki Extended Protection
19 Andie Rawlings 143 -2244 In the Sun Concepts Suzuki
20 John Hall 95 -2292
21 Melissa Surber 83 -2304 Kosman Specialties / Junior Pippin Trucking Buell
22 Marc Ingwersen 83 -2304 Thiel’s Wheels Buell
23 Katie Sullivan 72 -2315 Sullivan Drilling Suzuki
24 Chris Bostick 48 -2339
25 Eiji Kawakami 32 -2355
26 Fred Camarena 31 -2356 Prolong Suzuki
27 Ronald Tornow 31 -2356
28 Lance Bonham 10 -2377 Constellation Motorsports EBR
29 Odolph Daniels 10 -2377
30 James Surber 10 -2377
31 Dylan Hendrix 10 -2377
32 Scott Bottorff 5 -2382

 


Sunday Eliminations

With continuing precipitation in the forecast, Sunday’s activities at the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway have been postponed until Monday.

Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. ET with competition beginning at 10:00 a.m. with Top Fuel eliminations.


Saturday Qualifying

In one of the most surprising developments of the year, Steve Johnson will start from the top of a Pro Stock Motorcycle field for the first time since the 2013 Englishtown race. Johnson took the qualifying lead after round three with an impressive career-best pass for him at 6.786!

RT / .069
60’ / 1.047
330’ / 2.827
1/8 ET / 4.335
1/8 MPH / 163.14
1000’ / 5.653
1/4 ET / 6.786
1/4 MPH / 196.70

Steve Johnson qualifies No. 1 in Pro Stock Motorcycle for the first time since 2013

In one of the most surprising developments of the year, Steve Johnson will start from the top of a Pro Stock Motorcycle field for the first time since the 2013 Englishtown race when he rode his Slick 50 Suzuki to a stunning 6.786 on Saturday afternoon at zMax Dragway. With the best performance of his long career, Johnson knocked fellow Suzuki rider Jerry Savoie from the top spot in the quick field. Equally as surprising, Johnson didn’t’ stick around for the final qualifying session because he left the track in order to attend a wedding in Maryland. Johnson plans to return to Charlotte late tonight to prepare for tomorrow’s final eliminations.

Johnson’s performance aside, the quickest bike in Charlotte belongs to Jerry Savoie. The winner in Indy and Reading, Savoie rode his Tim Kulungian-tuned White Alligator Suzuki to a pair of 6.787 runs on Saturday, just missing the top spot by a thousandth of a second. Savoie was also the low qualifier after Friday’s qualifying rounds with a 6.801. Savoie has only competed in nine events this year, but he’s got two wins, a runner-up and a semifinal for his efforts. He will race rookie Jianna Salinas in round one.

Harley-Davidson teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec were both quick and consistent on their FXDR bikes. Hines, the incoming points leader, is the No. 3 seed with a 6.814 while Krawiec is just four-thousandths slower with a 6.818. Hines is paired against Michal Ray while Krawiec’s reward for his strong qualifying effort will be a match against Matt Smith. The reigning Mello Yello series champion struggled with transmission and clutch issues on his Denso EBR and never made a full run to the finish line. Smith’s best performance of 6.932 at just 179.85 is in no way indicative of his potential.

Karen Stoffer, who won the most recent event in St. Louis to move to the No. 2 spot in the standings, also put together a solid qualifying performance with a 6.819 on her Big St. Charles/Skillman Auto Suzuki. Stoffer is paired with Kelly Clontz in round one and faces a potential quarterfinal match against the winner of the Matt Smith vs. Eddie Krawiec battle.

Final Qualifying Order

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Steve Johnson 6.786 196.7
02 Jerry Savoie 6.787 198.73
03 Andrew Hines 6.814 198.79
04 Eddie Krawiec 6.818 198.47
05 Karen Stoffer 6.819 197.97
06 Scott Pollacheck 6.822 197.94
07 Hector Arana Jr 6.856 196.73
08 Angelle Sampey 6.860 196.5
09 Ryan Oehler 6.863 198.03
10 Angie Smith 6.866 198.15
11 Hector Arana 6.886 197.22
12 Kelly Clontz 6.915 194.88
13 Matt Smith 6.932 179.85
14 Michael Ray 6.945 193.43
15 Jianna Salinas 7.043 190.11
16 Andie Rawlings 7.214 182.26

Friday Qualifying

Jerry Savoie’s WAR Suzuki dominates day one qualifying in Charlotte

After the first day of qualifying for the NGK NHRA Carolina Nationals, Jerry Savoie’s White Alligator Suzuki leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle field at zMax Dragway.

After the first day of qualifying for the NGK NHRA Carolina Nationals, Jerry Savoie leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle field at zMax Dragway. Savoie, the 2016 Mello Yello champion, rode his White Alligator Suzuki to a 6.801 on Friday afternoon and that run held up as the quickest pass of the day. The next quickest bike in the field is Eddie Krawiec’s Harley-Davidson with a 6.818. Savoie, the winner of the Countdown opener in Reading, did not get down the track on the second run of the day, but still managed to bank three additional qualifying points and the qualifying lead heading into Saturday’s final qualifying.

“I’m being a little greedy this weekend. I felt like I didn’t get a fair shake at the last race in St. Louis,” said Savoie. “I lost to Hector [Arana] Jr. in the first round and that cost me the points lead. I made the decision to change things. We’ve been testing a lot of things in qualifying and then trying to put it all together on race day. We can’t do that anymore. We have to gather up every point that we can in order to win this thing. You never know what it’s going to take when it gets down to the very end. I think I did a good job and Tim [Kulungian, crew chief] did a great job tuning. I felt like we got everything out of it for the first run.

“The second run, I screwed that up,” he admitted. “I went up there and my glove got caught up in the clutch lever. I just shut it off. It was frustrating because I think the conditions were better. I think someone would have run a 6.78 out there. I’m surprised that no one did. That’s one thing about me. I’ll tell you when I do something wrong. I definitely gave one away there.”

Championship leader Andrew Hines also made just one clean pass on Friday. Hines, the runner-up two weeks ago in St. Louis, missed the afternoon session but returned to post a third-best 6.837 on his Harley-Davidson FXDR. Hines has been the championship leader after 11 of the first 12 events this season and has seven wins so far in 2019. Like Savoie, Hines also padded his score with three bonus points on Friday.

Karen Stoffer, the most recent winner on the tour, continued her recent string of strong performances with a 6.842 on her Big St. Charles/Skillman Auto Suzuki. Stoffer, currently ranked No. 2 in the Mello Yello standings, made two consistent runs in the 6.8s and holds down the No. 4 spot. The third Harley-Davidson ridden by Angelle Sampey is fifth-best with a 6.860.

Reigning series champion Matt Smith has also had his share of troubles on the first day of the zMax event. Smith could only muster a 7.07 on his Denso EBR during Q1 and things didn’t get any better on Q2 when he coasted to a stop before the finish line later in the day. Smith is currently in the No. 14 spot, well back of the leaders.

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Jerry Savoie 6.801 196.85
02 Eddie Krawiec 6.818 198.47
03 Andrew Hines 6.837 198.41
04 Karen Stoffer 6.842 196.64
05 Angelle Sampey 6.860 196.5
06 Steve Johnson 6.883 194.52
07 Hector Arana 6.886 197.22
08 Hector Arana Jr 6.886 197.13
09 Scott Pollacheck 6.892 195.62
10 Ryan Oehler 6.897 194.74
11 Angie Smith 6.956 193.32
12 Michael Ray 6.977 191.65
13 Kelly Clontz 7.031 192.36
14 Matt Smith 7.076 162.49
15 Andie Rawlings 7.214 182.26
16 Jianna Salinas 7.276 187.47

PRE-ENTRY LIST

# Driver Make Eng Entry
1 Matt Smith ’17 EBR S&S 160 DENSO/STOCKSETH/MSR
2 Eddie Krawiec ’18 V-Rod HD 160 SCREAMIN EAGLE/VANCE & HINES
3 Hector Arana Jr ’10 EBR S&S 160 LUCAS OIL
5 Gerald Savoie ’11 Suzuki SUZK 107 SAVOIE’S ALLIGATOR FARM
6 Andrew Hines ’19 H-D Street Rod HD 160 HARLEY-DAVIDSON/VANCE&HINES
7 Angelle Sampey ’19 H-D Street Rod HD 160 HARLEY DAVIDSON/VANCE&HINES
8 Angie Smith ’19 EBR S&S 160 DENSO RACING
10 Scott Pollacheck ’18 EBR S&S 160 QUALITY TIRE/MSR
206 Andrea Rawlings ’98 Suzuki GSXR SUZK 113 IN THE SUN CONCEPTS
235 Hector Arana ’10 EBR S&S 160 LUCUS OIL PRODUCTS
370 Marc Ingwersen ’08 Buell S&S 160 THIEL’S WHEELS H-D
413 Michael Ray Jr ’17 Victory S&S 160 MSR
751 Steve Johnson ’13 Suzuki SUZK 113 SLICK 50 SUZUKI
777 Karen Stoffer ’03 Suzuki SUZK 113 RAY SKILLMAN-BIG ST CHARLES
1981 Kelly Clontz ’03 Suzuki SUZK 113 UA STEAMFITTERS LOCAL 602
3284 Ryan Oehler ’18 EBR S&S 160 FLYIN RYAN RACING
7253 Jianna Salinas ’03 Suzuki SUZK 113 SCRAPPERS RACING

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