NHRA : Pro Stock Motorcycle Finals at Pomona

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

NHRA Auto Club Finals
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
November 9-12, 2017

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Hines won the Pro Stock Motorcycle portion of the race to continue his streak of 14 consecutive seasons with at least one victory. He defeated teammate and newly crowned 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Eddie Krawiec with a 6.856 pass at 196.02 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley Davidson. Krawiec rode to a 6.930 run at 177.58.

“It was a long season for my side of the team, but we found a way to get better throughout the season to get back to the level we expect ourselves to perform at,” Hines said. “There were plenty of long hours from the Vance & Hines team this year, and it’s really special to have a team of guys like I do that make sure we’re heading down the right path as we continue to push forward going into next year.”

Hines rode past Ryan Oehler, Joey Gladstone and LE Tonglet before facing his Harley-Davidson teammate. With the victory, Hines finishes the season second in points. Krawiec defeated Lance Bonham, 2016 world champ Jerry Savoie and Matt Smith before falling in the finals.

The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season will kick off with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com Feb. 8-11 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. 

Round 1 Eliminations

All three of the Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson bikes of Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines, and Chip Ellis advanced to the second round of eliminations but most of the talk after the first round centered around two-time champ Matt Smith who thrilled the huge Pomona crowd with a savage burnout prior to his round one win over Hector Arana Jr. Hines made the best run of the round with a  6.820, but Scotty Pollacheck was also extremely competitive with a 6.831, 196.07 run in his win against Fred Camarena.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Jerry Savoie .027 1.059 2.866 4.400 159.46 5.744 6.902 191.81
Steve Johnson .041 1.053 2.863 4.403 158.82 5.753 6.912 192.99

12:14 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 60 percent, barometer 28.95 inches, adjusted altitude 2,339 feet, track temperature 83 degrees. Jerry Savoie is the defending event champion. He has 206 rounds of racing already with a 64% round one win advantage. Steve Johnson has already run in 608 rounds of NHRA PSB racing. He has a 41% win record in his 381 first round appearances. Savoie is 7 – 4 against Johnson in prior events. Savoie is away first and pulls steadily ahead for the win. Steve Johnson’s incremental times: 60ft-1.053 sec., 330ft-2.863, 660ft-4.403/158.82 mph, 1,000ft-5.753. Jerry Savoie’s incremental times: 60ft-1.059 sec., 330ft-2.866, 660ft-4.400/159.46 mph, 1,000ft-5.744.

WIN Joey Gladstone .050 1.062 2.864 4.408 158.19 5.763 6.926 192.71
Angie Smith -.002 1.052 2.835 4.360 159.61 5.701 6.852 194.60

This is the first time Smith and Gladstone have faced each other in eliminations. Smith goes red by -0.002 and then makes her best run of the weekend. Clean pass for Gladstone, but he got lucky! Joey Gladstone’s incremental times: 60ft-1.062 sec., 330ft-2.864, 660ft-4.408/158.19 mph, 1,000ft-5.763.

WIN LE Tonglet .098 1.063 2.861 4.386 160.42 5.721 6.867 195.22
Karen Stoffer .013 1.099 2.992 4.597 148.07 6.251 7.962 123.62

LE Tonglet already has 125 first round appearances, with a 62% win record. He has won 21 of his 41 final round matchups. Karen Stoffer has already been in 358 rounds of racing, winning just over half of her 202 first round matchups. Tonglet is 10 – 5 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer nails the tree and leads Tonglet until near the 330 lights, where he rides on by for the win. LE Tonglet’s incremental times: 60ft-1.063 sec., 330ft-2.861, 660ft-4.386/160.42 mph, 1,000ft-5.721. Karen Stoffer’s incremental times: 60ft-1.099 sec., 330ft-2.992, 660ft-4.597/148.07 mph, 1,000ft-6.251.

WIN Matt Smith .041 1.106 2.930 4.479 157.74 5.833 6.996 192.85
Hector Arana Jr .060

Hector Arana Jr. won here in 2014. He has 262 rounds of racing behind him, with over a 72% round one win advantage. Matt Smith has already been in 488 prior rounds of racing and has over a 66% win record in his 216 round one match ups. Arana Jr and Smith have each won 9 times against the other in prior events. For the third time this weekend, the bike stumbles at the green and shuts off. Smith did a monster burnout and takes the easy win with a clean pass. Matt Smith’s incremental times: 60ft-1.106 sec., 330ft-2.930, 660ft-4.479/157.74 mph, 1,000ft-5.833.

WIN Scott Pollacheck .044 1.048 2.848 4.365 161.50 5.691 6.831 196.07
Fred Camarena .084 1.115 3.045 4.629 155.40 6.007 7.197 184.88

This is the first time Pollacheck and Camarena have faced each other in eliminations. Big starting line advantage for Pollacheck and an easy win. He will have lane choice over Smith next round. Scotty Pollacheck’s incremental times: 60ft-1.048 sec., 330ft-2.848, 660ft-4.365/161.50 mph, 1,000ft-5.691. Freddie Camarena’s incremental times: 60ft-1.115 sec., 330ft-3.045, 660ft-4.629/155.40 mph, 1,000ft-6.007.

WIN Chip Ellis .071 1.056 2.849 4.369 161.25 5.693 6.830 197.02
Katie Sullivan .028 1.063 2.883 4.441 157.39 5.799 6.962 191.78

Chip Ellis is running the Vance and Hines tribute bike for the recently departed Junior Pippin. He has already been in 33 final rounds, with a 33% win record. His record in round one is 59%. The bike is the 2018 prototype for the H-D team. Katie Sullivan has over a 28% win record in round one match ups. This is the first time Ellis and Sullivan have faced each other in eliminations. Sullivan gets a big lead at the green and then has to watch Ellis ride on by for the win. He will keep lane choice over Tonglet later. Chip Ellis’ incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.036), 330 ft(-0.009), 660ft(0.029), 1,000ft(0.063). MOV: 0.0899 seconds (approximately 25 feet). Chip Ellis’ incremental times: 60ft-1.056 sec., 330ft-2.849, 660ft-4.369/161.25 mph, 1,000ft-5.693. Katie Sullivan’s incremental times: 60ft-1.063 sec., 330ft-2.883, 660ft-4.441/157.39 mph, 1,000ft-5.799.

WIN Eddie Krawiec .052 1.112 2.907 4.419 161.75 5.738 6.871 197.25
Lance Bonham .034 1.123 2.977 4.553 155.08 5.944 7.163 182.28

Eddie Krawiec wrapped up the 2017 Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship yesterday by just qualifying for the race. His four wins at this race are second only to the five that John Myers won in the motorcycle class. Eddie’s 43 wins are 3rd most in the motorcycle class. Lance Bonham is making his second first round appearance. This is the first time Krawiec and Bonham have faced each other in eliminations. Bonham shows his skill with a nice starting line advantage. He is no match for Krawiec though. krawiec gets lane choice over Savoie next round. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.007), 330 ft(0.052), 660ft(0.116), 1,000ft(0.188). MOV: 0.2747 seconds (approximately 73 feet). Eddie Krawiec’s incremental times: 60ft-1.112 sec., 330ft-2.907, 660ft-4.419/161.75 mph, 1,000ft-5.738. Lance Bonham’s incremental times: 60ft-1.123 sec., 330ft-2.977, 660ft-4.553/155.08 mph, 1,000ft-5.944.

WIN Andrew Hines .069 1.065 2.852 4.366 161.92 5.687 6.820 197.42
Ryan Oehler .208 1.120 2.965 4.521 156.66 5.889 7.065 190.30

Andrew Hines was the winner here in 2011 & 2012. He has won at least one race in every year since 2004 but he is winless so far in 2017. Ryan Oehler is making his second first round appearance. This is the first time Hines and Oehler have faced each other in eliminations. Oehler bike has problems at the green and Hines gets an easy win. He keeps lane choice over Gladstone next round. Andrew Hines’ incremental times: 60ft-1.065 sec., 330ft-2.852, 660ft-4.366/161.92 mph, 1,000ft-5.687. Ryan Oehler’s incremental times: 60ft-1.120 sec., 330ft-2.965, 660ft-4.521/156.66 mph, 1,000ft-5.889.

Round 2 Eliminations

Teammates Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines have moved on to the semifinals of Pro Stock Motorcycle and they’re joined by Matt Smith and LE Tonglet. The four remaining riders have combined to win 12 world champonships in the class. Hines was the quickest rider in the semi’s with a 6.824, 196.41 in his win over Joey Gladstone. Krawiec was also consistent with a 6.828, 196.42 when he defeated outgoing champ Jerry Savoie. Smith, who publicly stated in round one that he could not win the race, has restated that position following a 6.858, 193.74 in his win over Scotty Pollacheck. In the final pair of the quarterfinals, Tonglet used a big holeshot to defeat the Harley-Davidson of Chip Ellis.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Eddie Krawiec .024 1.072 2.851 4.364 161.63 5.689 6.828 196.42
Jerry Savoie .059 1.050 2.855 4.395 158.30 5.751 6.921 188.62

1:48 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 71 degrees, relative humidity 53 percent, barometer 28.91 inches, adjusted altitude 2,578 feet, track temperature 84 degrees. Krawiec is 17 – 7 against Savoie in prior events. 2016 Champ vs. 2017 Champ. Savoie has issues off the line and Krawiec goes on to round three without drama. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental times: 60ft-1.072 sec., 330ft-2.851, 660ft-4.364/161.63 mph, 1,000ft-5.689. Jerry Savoie’s incremental times: 60ft-1.050 sec., 330ft-2.855, 660ft-4.395/158.30 mph, 1,000ft-5.751.

WIN Matt Smith .017 1.051 2.846 4.374 160.06 5.708 6.858 193.74
Scott Pollacheck .035 1.036 2.838 4.362 160.94 5.694 6.841 194.21

Smith is 5 – 4 against Pollacheck in prior events. Smith gets the staring line advantage and just holds off Pollacheck for the hole shot win. He gives up lane choice to Krawiec later. Check the MOV: Matt Smith’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.003), 330 ft(0.010), 660ft(0.006), 1,000ft(0.004). MOV: 0.0017 seconds (approximately 6 inches). Scotty Pollacheck’s incremental times: 60ft-1.036 sec., 330ft-2.838, 660ft-4.362/160.94 mph, 1,000ft-5.694. Matt Smith’s incremental times: 60ft-1.051 sec., 330ft-2.846, 660ft-4.374/160.06 mph, 1,000ft-5.708.

WIN LE Tonglet .013 1.071 2.874 4.405 159.72 5.745 6.893 195.31
Chip Ellis .152 1.070 2.863 4.384 161.00 5.718 6.867 194.41

Tonglet is 4 – 2 against Ellis in prior events. Ellis is dead late and gives the hole shot win to Tonglet. Tonglet has problems getting the bike stopped and just misses going into the sand box. Chip Ellis’ incremental times: 60ft-1.070 sec., 330ft-2.863, 660ft-4.384/161.00 mph, 1,000ft-5.718. LE Tonglet’s incremental times: 60ft-1.071 sec., 330ft-2.874, 660ft-4.405/159.72 mph, 1,000ft-5.745.

WIN Andrew Hines .059 1.057 2.838 4.358 161.09 5.686 6.824 196.47
Joey Gladstone .020 1.088 2.902 4.458 156.79 5.823 6.991 192.33

Hines is 3 – 0 against Gladstone in prior events. Big lead for Gladstone at the green, but Hines rides quickly on by and takes a big win. He keeps lane choice over Tonglet in round three. Andrew Hines’ incremental times: 60ft-1.057 sec., 330ft-2.838, 660ft-4.358/161.09 mph, 1,000ft-5.686. Joey Gladstone’s incremental times: 60ft-1.088 sec., 330ft-2.902, 660ft-4.458/156.79 mph, 1,000ft-5.823.

Round 3 Eliminations

Harley-Davidson teammates Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines will race in the final Pro Stock Motorcycle race of the season. Krawiec, who locked up his fourth championship yesterday, will have lane choice after driving to a 6.803, 196.56 win over Matt Smith’s Polaris Victory Magnum. Hines, seeking his first win of the season and the 48th of his career, joined Krawiec in the final after a 6.817, 196.02 win over LE Tonglet, who trailed at 6.886, 195.39. Hines helped himself with a .06-second holeshot against the Nitro Fish rider.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Eddie Krawiec .025 1.061 2.837 4.346 162.37 5.666 6.803 196.56
Matt Smith .030 1.058 2.848 4.375 160.37 5.709 6.855 195.36

3:16 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 72 degrees, relative humidity 53 percent, barometer 28.97 inches, adjusted altitude 2,675 feet, track temperature 85 degrees. Krawiec is 23 – 16 against Smith in prior events. Krawiec gets a small 0.005 starting line advantage and pulls steadily ahead for a sixteen foot win. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental times: 60ft-1.061 sec., 330ft-2.837, 660ft-4.346/162.37 mph, 1,000ft-5.666. Matt Smith’s incremental times: 60ft-1.058 sec., 330ft-2.848, 660ft-4.375/160.37 mph, 1,000ft-5.709.

WIN Andrew Hines .023 1.060 2.837 4.349 161.75 5.676 6.817 196.02
LE Tonglet .061 1.064 2.877 4.405 160.31 5.741 6.886 195.39

Tonglet is 14 – 12 against Hines in prior events. Tonglet is a little late and Hines isn’t. Hines just pulls ahead all the way to the finish line, but gives up lane choice to Krawiec in the final round. Andrew Hines’ incremental times: 60ft-1.060 sec., 330ft-2.837, 660ft-4.349/161.75 mph, 1,000ft-5.676. LE Tonglet’s incremental times: 60ft-1.064 sec., 330ft-2.877, 660ft-4.405/160.31 mph, 1,000ft-5.741.

FINALS Eliminations

Andrew Hines picked up the 48th victory of his incredible career when he defeated teammate and newly crowned champion Eddie Krawiec in the final round. Krawiec was almost perfect on the starting line with a .005 light but slowed before the finish line, allowing Hines to win his first event of the season and move into second place in the standings. Hines won with a 6.856, 196.02 while Krawiec ran a 6.930 at just 177.58 mph.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Andrew Hines .031 1.096 2.875 4.389 161.09 5.715 6.856 196.02
Eddie Krawiec .005 1.078 2.857 4.368 161.50 5.720 6.930 177.58

 Krawiec has five wins in six countdown races and is 28 – 19 against Hines in prior events and Krawiec is 12 – 8 against Hines in prior final rounds. Krawiec nails the tree with a great 0.005 light and Hines can’t catch him until after half track. Hines starts a steady pull to the finish line and just gets on by after the 1000 foot lights for the win. Andrew Hines’ incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.044), 330 ft(-0.044), 660ft(-0.047), 1,000ft(-0.021). MOV: 0.0482 seconds (approximately 13 feet). Eddie Krawiec’s incremental times: 60ft-1.078 sec., 330ft-2.857, 660ft-4.368/161.50 mph, 1,000ft-5.720. Andrew Hines’ incremental times: 60ft-1.096 sec., 330ft-2.875, 660ft-4.389/161.09 mph, 1,000ft-5.715.



Krawiec powered his Harley Davidson to a 6.781-second pass at 197.68 mph to earn his sixth No. 1 of the season and 29th of his career.

Krawiec will face Lance Bonham in the first round of eliminations. His teammate, Andrew Hines is qualified second and will race Ryan Oehler in eliminations. Chip Ellis is third.

01 Eddie Krawiec 6.781 197.68
02 Andrew Hines 6.799 197.13
03 Chip Ellis 6.805 196.53
04 Scott Pollacheck 6.817 195.17
05 Hector Arana Jr 6.828 198.15
06 LE Tonglet 6.861 195.96
07 Joey Gladstone 6.873 193.79
08 Steve Johnson 6.878 193.96
09 Jerry Savoie 6.885 193.79
10 Angie Smith 6.912 191.08
11 Karen Stoffer 6.932 191.89
12 Matt Smith 6.953 192.85
13 Fred Camarena 6.955 195.11
14 Katie Sullivan 6.967 191.02
15 Ryan Oehler 7.002 188.17
16 Lance Bonham 7.152 187.94
17 Luke Crowley 7.154 186.51



Chip Ellis rode to a 6.805 pass at 196.53 to lead the field. Ellis was quickest in both of the qualifying sessions. Ellis is racing to secure his first No. 1 of the season and first since 2015.

“It’s a great bike with a great tune up and I was just able to ride it well,” Ellis said. “That was only my second lap ever on that motorcycle. It’s brand new. The bike is working good. I’m glad I’m able to do this. I’m just privileged to be able to ride and fortunately, so far, we’ve done pretty good so far.”

Ellis’s Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec are qualified second and third, subsequently. Krawiec needs only to qualify for the event to clinch his fourth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship. 

01 Chip Ellis 6.805 196.53
02 Andrew Hines 6.817 196.36
03 Eddie Krawiec 6.836 195.87
04 LE Tonglet 6.861 195.96
05 Scott Pollacheck 6.862 193.38
06 Steve Johnson 6.878 193.96
07 Joey Gladstone 6.905 193.68
08 Jerry Savoie 6.925 192.63
09 Angie Smith 6.927 193.6
10 Karen Stoffer 6.932 191.89
11 Hector Arana Jr 6.953 194.94
12 Katie Sullivan 6.967 191.02
13 Matt Smith 6.97 195.31
14 Fred Camarena 6.985 194.3
15 Lance Bonham 7.152 187.94
16 Luke Crowley 7.294 188.94
17 Ryan Oehler 8.168 113.09

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com

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