NHRA: Pro Stock Motorcycle from Bandimere Speedway

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Bandimere Speedway
July 20-22, 2018

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Arana Jr. raced to his first win since the St. Louis event in 2015 on his Lucas Oil EBR for his 12th career win when he bested Jerry Savoie in the finals. Arana Jr. was victorious at the start of the race when Savoie red lit. Arana Jr. went on to record a pass of 7.170 at 185.89. This was the first final round of the year for Arana Jr.

“We have had a fast bike all the time, just been working on consistency and then when the bike was good I was making little errors,” said Arana Jr. “Dedication, hard work, and practicing to bring it all together. Finally got over some hurdles over here and now we should be back on track.”

The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues with the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway July 27-29.


Round 1
Karen Stoffer scored her first round win since the first race of the season in Gainesville by defeating No. 1 qualifier Eddie Krawiec. She snuck into the field in the No. 16 qualifying position after failing to qualify at the past three races and managed to get to the finish line under power, something Krawiec could not do. That turned into a big win for Stoffer and the entire Stoffer-Underdahl contingent. She’ll race Steve Johnson in the second round. That leaves Andrew Hines as the highest qualified racer left in competition; he will take on Scotty Pollacheck.

Round 2
Hector Arana Jr. ran low e.t. of the round with a strong 7.159 to defeat LE Tonglet and will take on Andrew Hines, who got a freebie into the final four on Scotty Pollacheck’s -.010 red-light start. Former world champ Jerry Savoie also got a free pass into the semifinals after Matt Smith’s bike would not start and will take on Karen Stoffer, who continued her resurgence by reaching the semifinals for the first time this season, defeating Steve Johnson in a battle of two of the class’ most seasoned riders.

Round 3
2016 Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Jerry Savoie will chase his second Wally of the season, but he won’t get lane choice against the fastest motorcycle in Bandimere Speedway history. That bike, the Lucas Oil TV EBR, is ridden by Hector Arana Jr. The younger Arana will have lane choice against the veteran rider thanks to a 7.163-second pass. He’s looking for his first win of the season and is having his best day of the season thus far on the back of three-straight 7.1-second passes. Arana has also cut two-straight incredible reaction times – he’ll likely need another one against Savoie.

Final Round
Hector Arana Jr., near lane, earned his 12th career Wally and his first since 2015 when he beat a red-lighting Jerry Savoie at Bandimere Speedway. Arana also turned on the red light, but by .002 second fewer than the Louisiana native. He made a great pass (7.170) and rolled to victory to become the fifth winner in the two-wheel category this season.


Eliminations Round 1
WINSteve Johnson0.0541.0852.9914.624149.786.0597.29182.26
Cory Reed0.0831.0953.0774.731148.586.1727.412180.6
12:13 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 91 degrees, relative humidity 27 percent, barometer 24.36 inches, adjusted altitude 9,646 feet, track temperature 105 degrees. Reed is 1 - 0 against Johnson in prior events. Reed was to the right of the groove for much of this pass. Johnson gets the win.
WINScotty Pollacheck0.0311.0582.9524.571150.985.9967.229181.11
Angie Smith0.0011.0842.9794.614149.96.0457.276181.86
Pollacheck is 3 - 1 against Smith in prior events. Smith was almost perfect at the tree but Pollacheck had enough power to take the win by about 5 feet.
WINJerry Savoie0.0061.0752.9764.608150.136.047.265182.75
Hector Arana0.0681.0982.9944.616150.856.0377.252184.85
This is the 301st race for Hector Arana. His first was at Indy in 1990. This is the lowest starting spot for Jerry Savoie since the second Charlotte race at the end of the 2014 season, 58 races ago. Arana and Savoie have each won 3 times against the other in prior events. Savoie leaves first and hangs on for the win.
WINLE Tonglet0.0421.062.9574.58151.095.9977.212184.55
Angelle Sampey0.0621.123.0354.658150.876.0797.296184.32
Angelle Sampey competed in her first race at this event in 1996. She has won here twice. Tonglet is 1 - 0 against Sampey in prior events. Tonglet had the advantage at the tree and increased his lead at every increment.
WINAndrew Hines0.0471.0822.9674.583151.755.9937.199186.25
Joey Gladstone0.011.0823.0154.669148.016.1217.364180.4
Andrew Hines has 4 wins here and is 13 - 3 in the first round at this event. When starting 3rd he has won his last 19 consecutive round-one races. Hines is 5 - 0 against Gladstone in prior events. Hines had the much superior machine for the win here. Hines will have lane choice over Pollacheck in round two.
WINHector Arana Jr0.0141.0622.9464.554152.815.9527.142188.75
Ryan Oehler0.0821.1123.044.68149.586.1157.349181.5
This is the 27th time Hector Arana Jr. has qualified #2. He is 22 - 4 in round one when starting from the 2nd spot in the field. Arana Jr is 2 - 0 against Oehler in prior events. Arana left first and pulled farther away at every increment. He'll have lane choice over Tonglet in round two.
WINKaren Stoffer0.0041.0963.0194.663148.876.1067.345180.36
Eddie Krawiec0.0431.0852.9554.626138.56.3047.982125.4
Eddie Krawiec is the defending event champion and he has three other wins here. He is 10 - 1 in the first round here. This is only the 5th time in her career that Karen Stoffer has qualified 16th. Krawiec is 20 - 7 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer left first, Krawiec caught and passed her by the 330-foot mark, then something broke on Krawiec's bike. Stoffer gets the win, and she'll give lane choice to Johnson in round two.
WINMatt Smith0.0541.0722.9574.574151.565.9867.194186
Jim Underdahl0.0721.0782.9854.6181506.0517.279182.48
Matt Smith has a pair of wins here and he was runner-up last year. This is the 127th race for Jim Underdahl. Smith is 10 - 6 against Underdahl in prior events. Smith has this race from wire-to-wire. He'll have lane choice over Savoie in round two.
Eliminations Round 2
WINKaren Stoffer0.0521.0943.0124.663148.026.1117.347181.2
Steve Johnson0.0151.1293.0654.726147.286.1827.427180.19
1:23 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 95 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 24.37 inches, adjusted altitude 9,931 feet, track temperature 117 degrees. Stoffer is 14 - 9 against Johnson in prior events. Johnson left first but Stoffer was able to catch and pass him for the win.
WINAndrew Hines0.0261.0882.9774.597151.146.0127.219186.18
Scotty Pollacheck-0.011.0772.9784.6151.296.0167.236182.5
Hines is 18 - 5 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck leaves too soon and Hines gets the easy win.
WINJerry Savoie0.1031.092.9934.627149.866.0557.274183.82
Matt Smith----------------
Savoie is 11 - 10 against Smith in prior events. Smith couldn't get his engine to fire so Savoie made a solo pass for the win. He'll have lane choice over Stoffer in round three.
WINHector Arana Jr0.0031.0692.9524.563152.065.9667.159188.46
LE Tonglet0.0391.1243.0454.676150.686.0977.312184.37
Tonglet is 13 - 7 against Arana Jr in prior events. Arana had the advantage at the tree and he steadily drove away from Tonglet. He'll have lane choice over Hines in round three.
Eliminations Round 3
WINJerry Savoie0.0221.0812.9854.626149.486.067.284183.19
Karen Stoffer0.0151.0782.9944.645148.126.097.329181.25
2:32 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 90 degrees, relative humidity 27 percent, barometer 24.36 inches, adjusted altitude 9,563 feet, track temperature 98 degrees. Stoffer is 7 - 4 against Savoie in prior events. Stoffer had the advantage at the line but Savoie was able to get the win. He is 1-1 in final rounds this year.
WINHector Arana Jr0.0191.0732.9554.567152.335.9697.163188.15
Andrew Hines0.0181.0782.9644.589150.886.0057.215185.31
Hines is 17 - 9 against Arana Jr in prior events. Almost dead even at the tree, Arana runs the better number for the win. This will be his 1st final round this season.
Eliminations - Final
WINHector Arana Jr-0.0021.0622.9444.554152.355.9637.17185.89
Jerry Savoie-0.0041.0612.9584.588150.286.0177.244181.64
3:23 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 90 degrees, relative humidity 27 percent, barometer 24.36 inches, adjusted altitude 9,563 feet, track temperature 99 degrees. Arana Jr is 8 - 7 against Savoie in prior events and each has won 1 time against the other in final rounds. Both riders leave early with Savoie leaving a couple ticks earlier than Arana. Hector Arana Jr. gets his first win this year, and he evens up his overall record to 12-12 in final rounds.


Saturday Qualifying

Krawiec earned his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and 40th of his career on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson with his run of 7.111 at 187.03 during the first session on Saturday. His elapsed time bettered the track record he set during qualifying on Friday. Krawiec has three wins on the season and is the current points leader. He will face Karen Stoffer in the first round on Sunday.

“I got a good bike and we went .711 both laps today and I think that is something to say about how good the program is being very consistent,” said Krawiec. “It makes me feel comfortable going into raceday, we have a good setup for both lanes no matter what, and I have a very consistent motorcycle.”

Hector Arana Jr. qualified second and will face Ryan Oehler and Andrew Hines is third matching up with Joey Gladstone.

Final Qualifying Order

01	Eddie Krawiec	7.111	187.03
02	Hector Arana Jr	7.135	188.86
03	Andrew Hines	7.146	187.63
04	Matt Smith	7.158	185.54
05	Hector Arana	7.207	185.77
06      Scotty Pollacheck7.22	181.23
07	LE Tonglet	7.23	184.95
08	Cory Reed	7.23	184.6
09	Steve Johnson	7.234	185.61
10	Angelle Sampey	7.243	185.21
11	Angie Smith	7.243	181.69
12	Jerry Savoie	7.259	183.05
13	Jim Underdahl	7.261	182.95
14	Joey Gladstone	7.288	182.45
15	Ryan Oehler	7.306	182.92
16	Karen Stoffer	7.31	182.11
17	Kelly Clontz	7.382	179.95

Qualifying Round 3
LeftMatt Smith0.0261.0682.9594.57151.945.987.19184.67
5:01 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 32 percent, barometer 24.35 inches, adjusted altitude 9,243 feet, track temperature 82 degrees. Smith makes a decent pass but doesn't improve.
LeftKelly Clontz0.1781.0873.0274.686147.496.1377.382179.95
RightSteve Johnson0.1091.0983.0174.657149.356.0967.329181.89
Johnson was to the right of the groove for much of this pass. Clontz moves up into the number 15 spot for now.
LeftCory Reed0.11.0872.9964.62151.076.0417.258184.32
RightKaren Stoffer0.0351.13.034.672149.456.1047.337181.15
Both riders improve and Clontz is back in the 17th spot.
LeftJim Underdahl0.0241.09834.632149.816.0657.292182.33
RightRyan Oehler0.0651.0983.0214.657149.936.0887.314182.77
A good looking pass by both riders but neither improves.
LeftLE Tonglet0.0331.1093.0264.65151.056.077.287183.79
RightJerry Savoie0.0821.0632.9714.608149.66.0427.272181.74
Another good looking pair without improvement.
LeftJoey Gladstone0.0471.1053.0584.712147.866.1647.408180.33
RightAngie Smith0.0521.0892.9774.599150.786.0377.286179.09
Both riders stay in place in the order.
LeftAngelle Sampey0.0891.1013.0024.616151.046.0397.278174.93
RightScotty Pollacheck0.0621.0752.9724.604149.226.057.294179.47
No problems for either rider.
LeftHector Arana Jr0.0061.0632.954.552153.185.9467.135188.86
RightHector Arana3.1241.1313.0324.648151.836.0597.27184.55
Arana Jr. runs the 3rd quickest ET and the fastest speed by a Pro Stock Bike on Thunder Mountain. Hector Arana Jr's incremental times: 60ft-1.063 sec., 330ft-2.950, 660ft-4.552/153.18 mph, 1,000ft-5.946.
LeftAndrew Hines0.0421.082.9544.559152.975.9577.16185.87
RightEddie Krawiec0.0371.0772.944.529154.515.9167.111187.03
Krawiec sets the track ET record on this pass. Eddie Krawiec's incremental times: 60ft-1.077 sec., 330ft-2.940, 660ft-4.529/154.51 mph, 1,000ft-5.916.
Qualifying Round 4
RightKelly Clontz0.1391.0973.0384.699147.66.1537.401179.25
7:13 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 39 percent, barometer 24.31 inches, adjusted altitude 9,301 feet, track temperature 85 degrees. Clontz does not run quick enough to make it into the show.
LeftKaren Stoffer-0.0231.0893.0114.648149.636.0817.31182.11
RightJoey Gladstone0.0161.0813.0074.659148.286.1097.355179.68
Stoffer was to the right of the groove on the top end of the track.
LeftRyan Oehler0.111.0883.0144.649149.786.087.306182.92
RightJim Underdahl0.0621.0752.9834.612150.586.0387.261182.95
Both riders make their best runs of the weekend but they do not move up in the order.
LeftJerry Savoie0.0271.0973.0184.662148.436.1047.337181.74
RightCory Reed0.0421.0642.9674.591150.726.0157.23184.6
Savoie was to the right of the groove on the top half of the track. Reed moves up 3 spots in the order for now.
LeftAngie Smith0.0361.0892.9744.586151.466.0177.255180.98
RightAngelle Sampey0.1061.09534.618151.26.0337.243185.21
A decent pass by both riders and they swap position in the order - Angelle moves up to 10th and Angie moves back to 11th.
LeftSteve Johnson0.081.1153.0374.671150.036.17.325182.95
RightLE Tonglet0.0381.0973.0114.639150.886.0587.274184.09
No problems but no improvement either.
LeftScotty Pollacheck0.0371.0692.9724.596151.056.0137.231183.87
RightMatt Smith0.041.0732.9774.608150.826.0227.233185.1
A clean pass by both riders with no change in the order.
LeftHector Arana0.0521.0862.9974.623150.616.0457.256185.36
RightAndrew Hines0.0631.0822.9584.562153.235.967.157187.13
A good looking pass by both riders.
LeftEddie Krawiec0.0411.0832.9474.536154.585.9237.113187.81
RightHector Arana Jr0.0641.0722.9544.558153.025.9547.142188.86
A solid pass by both riders. Krawiec's pass is the second quickest PSM pass on Thunder Mountain, and Arana's pass is the 5th quickest. Eddie Krawiec's incremental times: 60ft-1.083 sec., 330ft-2.947, 660ft-4.536/154.58 mph, 1,000ft-5.923. Hector Arana Jr's incremental times: 60ft-1.072 sec., 330ft-2.954, 660ft-4.558/153.02 mph, 1,000ft-5.954.

Friday Qualifying

Krawiec is atop the Pro Stock Motorcycle category with his track record setting elapsed time pass of 7.132 at 186.56 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. Krawiec is the current category points leader with three wins but has yet to record a No. 1 qualifying position this season.

“It came out of the box and went a 13 with a two and it was a good clean run,” said Krawiec. “I there was a hundredth or two left in it on that run because I was fighting down the track and this place is very sensitive to changes.”


Qulaifying Round 1
RightKelly Clontz0.1291.2825.66912.27131.2920.86432.10279.31
5:24 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 90 degrees, relative humidity 17 percent, barometer 24.32 inches, adjusted altitude 9,404 feet, track temperature 92 degrees. Clontz made a move toward the centerline just past the tree and she had to lift.
LeftKaren Stoffer01.1883.1784.861145.936.3337.59178.64
RightJoey Gladstone-0.0121.073.0114.673147.216.1317.38180
Stoffer was a little slow off the line.
LeftRyan Oehler0.0351.1433.0824.724149.536.1567.383182.77
RightJim Underdahl0.0231.0812.994.617150.826.0417.266182.45
Straight down the groove in both lanes.
LeftSteve Johnson0.1041.0972.9934.613151.446.0267.234185.61
RightCory Reed0.0141.1843.184.845147.426.2977.539180.31
Reed bogged on the launch. A smooth pass by Johnson.
LeftHector Arana0.0951.0862.9764.585152.115.9987.207185.77
RightAngelle Sampey0.1071.1083.0534.7148.996.1347.359183.19
A clean pass by both riders.
LeftAngie Smith0.1151.0852.9864.623148.96.0677.307180.94
RightMatt Smith0.0121.0662.9464.55152.695.9527.158185.54
No problems for Angie and Matt ties the 5th quickest pass made here at Bandimere.
LeftScotty Pollacheck0.0011.1023.0084.629150.986.0537.279182.43
RightHector Arana Jr0.1431.0742.9694.571153.495.9647.155188.23
Arana makes the third fastest and fifth quickest pass here at Bandimere. Hector Arana Jr's incremental times: 60ft-1.074 sec., 330ft-2.969, 660ft-4.571/153.49 mph, 1,000ft-5.964.
LeftJerry Savoie0.0631.0762.9754.607150.26.0357.259183.05
RightLE Tonglet0.0221.0712.9744.6151.046.0197.23184.95
Another good looking pair.
LeftEddie Krawiec0.0471.0742.9454.537153.965.9327.132186.56
RightAndrew Hines0.0291.0922.9764.582153.45.9767.168188.04
Krawiec sets the track ET record on this pass. Hines makes the 6th fastest pass here at Bandimere.
Qualifying Round 2
LeftKelly Clontz0.2381.1943.1834.858146.856.3137.555180.69
7:44 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 24.32 inches, adjusted altitude 9,354 feet, track temperature 85 degrees. Clontz goes straight down the groove.
LeftCory Reed-0.0171.1433.0944.739148.466.1827.417182.23
RightKaren Stoffer-0.0191.1153.0364.687147.676.1447.393178.92
Reed was to the right of the groove for most of this pass. Both riders improve.
LeftJoey Gladstone-0.0291.0712.9864.626149.556.0587.288182.45
RightRyan Oehler0.0931.1033.024.657149.936.0877.309183.57
Both riders improve.
LeftAngelle Sampey0.0411.0932.9974.623150.46.0437.253185.46
RightAngie Smith0.0121.0812.9694.587150.856.0137.243181.69
Straight down the groove by both riders.
LeftJim Underdahl0.0121.0912.9954.635148.926.0757.306182.13
RightScotty Pollacheck0.0011.0572.9434.564150.885.9897.22181.23
Pollacheck moves six spots up in the order for now.
LeftLE Tonglet-0.0161.1183.0364.661150.836.0817.297184.75
RightJerry Savoie0.141.0782.9784.61150.086.0377.262182.67
Both riders stay in the same spots in the order.
LeftAndrew Hines0.0361.0852.9564.555153.565.9517.146187.63
Hines runs the 4th quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle ET on Thunder Mountain.
LeftMatt Smith0.0611.0613.0755.56487.48.37111.26173.03
RightHector Arana-0.0611.092.9794.59152.186.0017.215184.67
Smith was sitting up on the bike before the finish.
LeftHector Arana Jr0.0661.0682.9544.564152.375.9667.159188.2
RightEddie Krawiec0.0231.0782.9514.55153.215.9497.15186.15
Krawiec runs the 6th quickest Thunder Mountain pass. Arana runs the 4th fastest Thunder Mountain speed.


NHRA Feature: Angelle Sampey

Angelle Sampey has turned her season around in a big way after failing to qualify at back-to-back races. The legendary Pro Stock Motorcycle racer made her NHRA debut in Denver in 1996 and since then has become one of the greatest bike riders in history, but this season has been a bit of a trying one.

“Denver will always hold a special place in my heart because this is where I made my Pro Stock Motorcycle debut,” Sampey said. “After two DNQ’s this year, we really dug deep and bounced back in Norwalk. The DNQ’s were a hard pill to swallow but I decided to use the experience as a life lesson for my daughter Ava. I hope we showed her that when times get tough, you don’t give up. I hope we showed her that you can work hard and do well; we’re not gonna quit.”

Sampey reached the second round in Norwalk, the last race on tour for the two-wheel class, before falling to Jerry Savoie. She also qualified in the No. 3 position, just her second time in the top half of the field and by far her best qualifying position of 2018. Sampey followed that up with a No. 10 qualifying effort at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals.

That’s a step in the right direction as Sampey fights to stay in the Countdown to the Championship. She’s currently in the No. 9 position with a 21-point lead over teammate Cory Reed and a first-round meeting with a tough customer in LE Tonglet Sunday morning.

NHRA Feature: Hector Arana Jr.

Hector Arana Jr. reset the track speed record to the tune of a 188.86 mph hit. That’s a great speed by Bandimere Speedway standards, but the fastest man in Pro Stock Motorcycle feels he can go faster still.

“I think we should go faster,” said Arana. “I wanted to go 7.0s and I wanted to go 190 (coming into the weekend). How realistic that was I don’t know. I don’t know if we’re going to pick up two mph, but I do thought we could go No. 1 still.”

If he’s going to break the 190-mph barrier it’ll have to happen during the first round of eliminations when the weather is at its best. That is, unless something really screwy happens with mother nature at some point during the day.

“It all depends on what kind of runs we make Sunday,” he said. “We actually have been a little bit off with our clutch down track and we just figured that out. So, we might be a little bit off (on the Q4 run) but I think that’s going to help us out tomorrow.”

Arana ended up slowing by .007 second from his third to his fourth run, as he predicted, but he feels that he’s better set up for the rest of the weekend. He’s got rookie rider Ryan Oehler in the first round of eliminations.

NHRA Feature: Scotty Pollacheck

Scotty Pollacheck enjoyed a breakout season in 2017, but the entire Stoffer-Underdahl team has struggled a bit during the 2018 campaign. Pollacheck is no exception, especially over the past few races. The Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals has been an exception for the Oregon-based racer, who enters eliminations qualified sixth.

“It’s no secret we’ve been struggling the last few races and we haven’t been qualifying very well and we haven’t been going as many rounds as we’d like to,” said Pollacheck. “Our run on Friday was a good step towards that. We figured if we could come here and run about what we ran last close to what we ran last year that we’d be doing okay.”

Aiding Pollacheck and the entire team is a set of great 60-foot times, which they credit to Greg Underdahl, who’s known for doing great work with the clutch. That comes especially in handy at Bandimere Speedway where it’s difficult to make power at the back end of the race track (or anywhere, for that matter).

“Everything is so funny here because it’s so different than everywhere else,” said Pollacheck. “It’s just a one-off deal. It’s not the easiest place to learn because unless you’re from here you don’t have a chance to test. It’s tough to do what you want to do with the information you have. We had some help because we ran well here a year ago but it’s never easy up here.”

Pollacheck races Angie Smith in the first round of eliminations.

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