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NHRA : Pro Stock Motorcycle Results from Brainerd

NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway

Aug 17-20, 2017

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Savoie, the Pro Stock Motorcycle reigning world champion, defeated teammate LE Tonglet in the finals for his second win of the season and eighth of his career. Savoie’s 6.846 pass at 194.80 on his Suzuki bettered Tonglet’s 6.910 at 194.02 on his Suzuki.

“The season has been really good,” Savoie said. “I’ve had some misfortune a couple times and my riding hasn’t been like it should be. LE is solid as a rock so when you beat him it’s pretty rewarding. He’s taught me a lot and I’ve taught him some things and we thrive off each other. We bring out the best in each other and that’s what it takes to win races.”





Savoie faced Mike Berry, Angie Smith and Matt Smith before lining up against Tonglet in his third finals appearance of the season. Tonglet, who has five victories this season, raced past 2016 Rookie of the Year Cory Reed and five-time world champ Andrew Hines before facing his teammate.

Eliminations Round 1

It was a good round for the Smith family. Matt Smith rocketed to a 6.859, low e.t. of the meet, to ride around Freddie Camarena’s holeshot and clinch his sport in the Countdown, and his wife, Angie Smith, 10th in points, has to also be feeling a little better after beating ninth-place Karen Stoffer and seeing No. 11 Steve Johnson foul after an apparent two-step malfunction. Points leader L.E. Tonglet also threw his hat into the performance ring with a stout 6.864, also quicker than the 6.879 pace set in qualifying by Hector Arana Jr.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Jerry SavoieWIN PSM .073 1.051 2.856 4.387 160.37 5.727 6.881 192.85
Right Mike Berry PSM .019 1.085 2.915 4.482 156.94 5.850 7.026 190.48

12:29 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 61 percent, barometer 28.62 inches, adjusted altitude 3,252 feet, track temperature 96 degrees.Savoie is 4 – 0 against Berry in prior events. Berry had the advantage at the line but Savoie caught and passed him before the 330-foot mark.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Andrew HinesWIN PSM .021 1.101 2.922 4.454 160.33 5.787 6.929 195.90
Right Angelle Sampey PSM .040 1.087 2.971 4.632 142.66 6.397 8.326 107.91

Andrew Hines won this race in 2007, 2010 & 2016. His brother, Matt, and the late Dave Schultz are the only motorcycle riders to win in Brainerd in back-to-back years. Sampey is 14 – 9 against Hines in prior events. Sampey was to the right of the groove early and she lifted. Hines makes his best pass of the weekend to move on to round two.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left LE TongletWIN PSM .137 1.047 2.852 4.380 160.61 5.717 6.864 194.66
Right Steve Johnson PSM

L.E. Tonglet won in Brainerd 2011. Tonglet is 11 – 4 against Johnson in prior events. Johnson rolled through the beams before the tree was activated. A good looking pass by Tonglet.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Angie SmithWIN PSM .032 1.074 2.883 4.424 158.74 5.776 6.935 193.29
Right Karen Stoffer PSM .087 1.073 2.881 4.426 158.46 5.780 6.942 192.58

Stoffer is 8 – 1 against Smith in prior events. Smith has the advantage at the tree and she gets the win by about 18 feet.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Eddie KrawiecWIN PSM .014 1.087 2.882 4.406 161.17 5.737 6.883 194.91
Right Joey Gladstone PSM .001 1.077 2.881 4.428 158.52 5.781 6.939 193.60

Eddie Krawiec won here in 2012 & 2015. Krawiec is 3 – 1 against Gladstone in prior events. Gladstone was almost perfect at the tree but Krawiec was able to chase him down for the win. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.023), 330 ft(-0.014), 660ft(0.009), 1,000ft(0.031). MOV: 0.0435 seconds (approximately 12 feet).

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Cory ReedWIN PSM .045 1.062 2.866 4.413 158.50 5.771 6.944 190.03
Right Scott Pollacheck PSM .067 1.069 2.889 4.440 158.13 5.795 6.960 191.54

Reed is 1 – 0 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck was off his usual pace and Reed gets the win. Cory Reed’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.029), 330 ft(0.045), 660ft(0.049), 1,000ft(0.046). MOV: 0.0387 seconds (approximately 11 feet).

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Matt SmithWIN PSM .085 1.049 2.837 4.366 160.31 5.708 6.859 194.55
Right Fred Camarena PSM .001 1.091 2.959 4.545 154.86 5.926 7.104 189.98

Matt Smith was the 2008 winner here. Smith is 1 – 0 against Camarena in prior events. A strong pass by Smith and he moves on to round two where he’ll have lane choice over Krawiec.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Hector Arana JrWIN PSM .058 1.056 2.863 4.400 159.61 5.742 6.893 194.49
Right James Underdahl PSM .002 1.123 2.967 4.535 156.48 5.905 7.079 190.46

Arana Jr is 12 – 2 against Underdahl in prior events. Arana has the better machine here and he’ll have lane choice over Hines in round two.

Eliminations Round 2

Reigning world champ Jerry Savoie reset low e.t. with a 6.845 to take down Angie Smith while teammate L.E. Tonglet also sizzled to a 6.850 in besting Cory Reed. Andrew Hines took down low qualifier Hector Arana Jr. in a 6.91 to 6.91 battle while Matt Smith took out Hines’ teammate, Eddie Krawiec, with a strong 6.88.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Jerry SavoieWIN PSM .150 1.037 2.825 4.352 160.54 5.691 6.845 192.77
Right Angie Smith PSM .048 1.090 2.901 4.454 157.28 5.824 7.001 190.62

1:53 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 57 percent, barometer 28.63 inches, adjusted altitude 3,175 feet, track temperature 96 degrees. Savoie is 6 – 0 against Smith in prior events. Smith had a big advantage at the tree but Savoie was able to chase her down and take the win by about 15 feet.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Hector Arana Jr PSM .064 1.052 2.865 4.415 158.61 5.764 6.919 194.24
Right Andrew HinesWIN PSM .018 1.094 2.890 4.428 159.51 5.771 6.918 195.31

Hines is 15 – 9 against Arana Jr in prior events. Hines had the advantage at the tree and he had this one from wire to wire.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left LE TongletWIN PSM .094 1.036 2.837 4.364 161.00 5.701 6.850 194.77
Right Cory Reed PSM .037 1.077 2.875 4.423 157.71 5.787 6.961 190.00

Tonglet is 4 – 2 against Reed in prior events. Reed had the advantage at the line but Tonglet drove past him at half track. Tonglet will have lane choice over Hines in round three.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Matt SmithWIN PSM .030 1.053 2.844 4.384 159.12 5.731 6.884 194.21
Right Eddie Krawiec PSM .029 1.096 2.884 4.411 160.90 5.746 6.894 194.18

Krawiec is 21 – 14 against Smith in prior events. Smith clinched a spot in the countdown with his round one win. Almost dead even at the tree, Smith gets the win by about 3 feet. He’ll give lane choice to Savoie in round three.

Eliminations Round 3

With a final foursome composed exclusively of the current and three former world champs, no quarter was expected and none given. Points leader and 2010 champ L.E. Tonglet ran 6.896 to beat three-time titlist Andrew Hines while his teammate, reigning champ Jerry Savoie, got an easy one with a matching 6.869 after two-time Matt Smith’s bike faltered early. Savoie will earn lane choice based on his slight better speed, 194.66 to 194.63.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Jerry SavoieWIN PSM .031 1.036 2.836 4.377 159.59 5.720 6.869 194.66
Right Matt Smith PSM .016 1.066 2.949 4.789 118.25 6.863 9.011 97.00

2:58 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 53 percent, barometer 28.64 inches, adjusted altitude 3,350 feet, track temperature 103 degrees. Savoie and Smith have each won 9 times against the other in prior events. It looked like Smith had a difficult time shifting his transmission. Savoie advances to the final round.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left LE TongletWIN PSM .067 1.049 2.856 4.384 160.65 5.721 6.869 194.63
Right Andrew Hines PSM .016 1.092 2.920 4.467 159.01 5.807 6.952 195.79

Tonglet and Hines have each won 12 times against the other in prior events. Hines had the better light, but Tonglet had the quicker machine to get the win by about 9 feet. Savoie will have lane choice in the final after running a faster speed than his teammate Tonglet.

Eliminations Final Round

Reigning season champ Jerry Savoie, far lane, scored his second win of the season and the eighth of his career when he defeated his teammate, L.E. Tonglet, in the final round, 6.84 to 6.91.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Jerry SavoieWIN PSM .014 1.035 2.835 4.364 160.65 5.699 6.846 194.80
Right LE Tonglet PSM .017 1.062 2.872 4.413 159.04 5.758 6.910 194.02

3:49 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 51 percent, barometer 28.63 inches, adjusted altitude 3,509 feet, track temperature 103 degrees. Tonglet has been in five final rounds this year and he won all five of them. His career win-loss record is 15-4. Savoie has been in two final rounds this year. He won one and lost one. His career win-loss record is 7-11. Tonglet is 7 – 4 against Savoie in prior events and Tonglet is 1 – 0 against Savoie in prior final rounds. Jerry Savoie had the advantage at the tree and he increased his lead at every increment for the win. Jerry Savoie’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.030), 330 ft(0.040), 660ft(0.052), 1,000ft(0.062). MOV: 0.0671 seconds (approximately 19 feet). Jerry Savoie’s incremental times: 60ft-1.035 sec., 330ft-2.835, 660ft-4.364/160.65 mph, 1,000ft-5.699. LE Tonglet’s incremental times: 60ft-1.062 sec., 330ft-2.872, 660ft-4.413/159.04 mph, 1,000ft-5.758.

QUALIFYING

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Hector Arana Jr 6.879 194.24
02 Jerry Savoie 6.882 193.57
03 Matt Smith 6.884 195.22
04 Scott Pollacheck 6.908 193.54
05 LE Tonglet 6.912 193.68
06 Eddie Krawiec 6.92 194.55
07 Angie Smith 6.944 192.25
08 Andrew Hines 6.946 195
09 Angelle Sampey 6.959 191.78
10 Karen Stoffer 6.959 190.92
11 Joey Gladstone 6.965 192.85
12 Steve Johnson 6.975 191.32
13 Cory Reed 6.978 187.18
14 Fred Camarena 7.056 191.81
15 Mike Berry 7.058 188.96
16 James Underdahl 7.091 189.02
17 David Hope 7.107 186.15
18 Andie Rawlings 8.217 160.37

 

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