NHRA: Pro Stock Motorcycle Results from Denver

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Presented By Pennzoil
Bandimere Speedway, Colorado
Jul 19-21, 2019

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Points leader Hines continued to roll in Pro Stock Motorcycle, picking up his sixth win in eight races this year by going 7.174 at 186.67 in the final round on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson FXDR to beat teammate Eddie Krawiec’s 7.222 at 186.38. Hines, who extended his points lead, put together an impressive result in the debut race of the new FXDR, beating Cory Reed, Hector Arana and defending world champ Matt Smith en route to the win.

Krawiec reached the final round with victories against Karen Stoffer, Jerry Savoie and defending event winner Hector Arana Jr., but there seems to be no stopping Hines in 2019 after he earned his class-best fifth win in Denver and 54th career victory. Hines, the winningest driver in the class, also became the first rider in Pro Stock Motorcycle to reach 500 career round wins on Sunday.





“Rolling out this new FXDR, it’s been so much work these last few months,” Hines said. “Bringing that motorcycle here, we didn’t know what quite to expect, but we put them both in the final round. You’ve got to have the full preparation and make sure your mind is right coming to these national events. Everybody in the class can step up at any time, and it seems like my bike has been in the right place at the right time in the right round. We just ride the wave when we can.”

The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues July 26-28 with the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. It is the second race of the NHRA’s famed three-race Western Swing, and eliminations will be shown live on the FOX national broadcast network.

Driver Hector Arana – Winner Eiji Kawakami
RT .010 -.026
60 FT 1.088 1.091
330 FT 2.993 2.999
660 FT 4.611 4.640
660 FT MPH 151.14 149.53
1000 FT 6.023 6.071
ET 7.228 7.295
MPH 186.25 183.29

Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 42 percent, barometer 24.38 inches, adjusted altitude 9,214 feet, track temperature 101 degrees. Kawakami is 1 – 0 against Arana in prior events. Kawakami turns on the red light to give Arana the win.

Driver Angelle Sampey Scott Pollacheck – Winner
RT .161 .039
60 FT 1.106 1.099
330 FT 3.001 3.015
660 FT 4.614 4.645
660 FT MPH 151.44 150.40
1000 FT 6.031 6.071
ET 7.250 7.301
MPH 183.72 182.08

Angelle Sampey’s first race was here in 1996. She won this race in 2000 and 2001. Sampey and Pollacheck have each won 4 times against the other in prior events. Pollacheck with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. Scotty Pollacheck’s MOV: 0.0719 seconds (approximately 19 feet).

 

Driver Eddie Krawiec – Winner Karen Stoffer
RT .053 .026
60 FT 1.095 1.074
330 FT 2.993 2.976
660 FT 4.605 4.616
660 FT MPH 152.37 149.08
1000 FT 6.011 6.050
ET 7.218 7.278
MPH 185.31 182.35

Eddie Krawiec has four wins in Denver. He is 10-2 in round 1 here. This is the 200th consecutive race for which Eddie has qualified. Karen Stoffer won here in 2011. Krawiec is 24 – 9 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer with the starting line advantage, but Krawiec chased her down around 800 feet and took the win. He runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the win.

 

Driver Hector Arana Jr – Winner Ryan Oehler
RT .042 .038
60 FT 1.082 1.106
330 FT 2.979 3.039
660 FT 4.599 4.678
660 FT MPH 151.37 149.55
1000 FT 6.013 6.103
ET 7.225 7.319
MPH 185.00 184.88

Hector Arana Jr. is the defending event champion. Arana Jr is 4 – 0 against Oehler in prior events. Oehler with a few ticks on the tree, but Arana Jr. had the difference made up by the time they went by the Christmas tree and never trailed from there on for the win. Arana Jr. with his quickest pass of the weekend for the win.

Driver Angie Smith – Winner Joey Gladstone
RT .031 -.086
60 FT 1.085 1.110
330 FT 2.976 3.051
660 FT 4.595 4.702
660 FT MPH 151.19 148.62
1000 FT 6.013 6.145
ET 7.224 7.383
MPH 185.05 181.25

Gladstone is 2 – 1 against Smith in prior events. Gladstone goes red to give Smith the win. Smith with a good looking pass for the win. She will have lane choice over Arana Jr. by 0.001 seconds.

Driver Andrew Hines – Winner Cory Reed
RT .053 .028
60 FT 1.087 1.099
330 FT 2.968 3.040
660 FT 4.571 4.698
660 FT MPH 152.73 148.01
1000 FT 5.975 6.145
ET 7.179 7.385
MPH 185.95 180.84

Andrew Hines has won this race four times. He starts the day with 497 round wins, by far the most in the motorcycle class. Hines is 6 – 1 against Reed in prior events. Reed with the starting line advantage, but Hines has the difference made up by the 150 feet and never trails from there on for the win. Hines with his quickest pass of the weekend and low E.T. of race day for the win. He will have lane choice over Arana in the next round.

 

Driver Jerry Savoie – Winner Kelly Clontz
RT .001 .050
60 FT 1.055 1.096
330 FT 2.948 3.825
660 FT 4.569 7.577
660 FT MPH 151.29 56.32
1000 FT 5.987 12.222
ET 7.205 17.740
MPH 183.47 36.29

Jerry Savoie was the runner-up here last year.This is  the first time Savoie and Clontz have faced each other in eliminations. Savoie with a near perfect light and the win. He will have lane choice over Krawiec in the next
round. Clontz with problems right off the starting line and coast on down the track.

Driver Matt Smith – Winner James Underdahl
RT .091 -.001
60 FT 1.073 1.196
330 FT 2.964 3.198
660 FT 4.576 4.876
660 FT MPH 152.12 146.30
1000 FT 5.981 6.344
ET 7.180 7.629
MPH 186.95 168.39

The No.1 qualifier in Pro Stock Motorcycle is 25-2 in the first round in Denver. Matt Smith won
here in 2007 and 2008. Smith is 12 – 7 against Underdahl in prior events. Underdahl is a tick advantage on the tree and turns on the red light to give Smith the win. Smith with the second quickest pass of race day for the win. He will have lane choice over Pollacheck in the next round.

Round 2

Driver Angie Smith Hector Arana Jr – Winner
RT -.023 -.006
60 FT 1.124 1.109
330 FT 3.030 3.104
660 FT 4.651 4.752
660 FT MPH 151.44 149.60
1000 FT 6.064 6.179
ET 7.274 7.400
MPH 185.54 183.69

Arana Jr is 9 – 3 against Smith in prior events. Smith goes red to give Arana Jr. the win. He then has problems, but still gets the win.

 

Driver Jerry Savoie Eddie Krawiec – Winner
RT .025 .031
60 FT 1.083 1.096
330 FT 2.987 2.992
660 FT 4.615 4.607
660 FT MPH 150.40 151.80
1000 FT 6.039 6.017
ET 7.258 7.220
MPH 183.69 186.51

Krawiec is 23 – 8 against Savoie in prior events. Savoie with starting line advantage, but Krawiec had the difference made up by the time they go by the Christmas and never trailed from there on for the win. He will have lane choice over Arana Jr. in the semifinal.

 

Driver Matt Smith – Winner Scott Pollacheck
RT .025 .107
60 FT 1.079 1.105
330 FT 2.973 3.023
660 FT 4.591 4.662
660 FT MPH 151.49 149.66
1000 FT 6.002 6.094
ET 7.207 7.325
MPH 186.00 181.86

Smith with the starting line advantage and the win. He runs low E.T. of the round.

 

Driver Andrew Hines – Winner Hector Arana
RT .055 -.086
60 FT 1.085 1.101
330 FT 2.964 3.260
660 FT 4.568 5.982
660 FT MPH 152.80 79.91
1000 FT 5.974 9.067
ET 7.179 12.288
MPH 185.72 65.24

Hines is 23 – 7 against Arana in prior events. Arana goes red to give Hines the win. Hines runs low E.T. of the round for the win and lane choice over Smith in the semifinal.

 

SEMI-FINAL

Driver Eddie Krawiec – Winner Hector Arana Jr
RT .028 -.014
60 FT 1.096 1.105
330 FT 2.997 3.007
660 FT 4.615 4.635
660 FT MPH 151.85 150.26
1000 FT 6.026 6.058
ET 7.235 7.274
MPH 185.10 184.42

Krawiec is 18 – 9 against Arana Jr in prior events. Arana Jr. goes red to give Krawiec the win.

Driver Andrew Hines – Winner Matt Smith
RT .047 .016
60 FT 1.080 1.079
330 FT 2.959 2.969
660 FT 4.569 4.599
660 FT MPH 151.94 149.76
1000 FT 5.978 6.023
ET 7.183 7.238
MPH 185.79 184.80

Hines is 31 – 12 against Smith in prior events. Smith with the starting line advantage, but Hines chased him down just past half track and took the win. Hines will have lane choice over Krawiec in the final.

FINAL

Driver Andrew Hines – Winner Eddie Krawiec
RT .056 .040
60 FT 1.086 1.100
330 FT 2.969 3.000
660 FT 4.573 4.614
660 FT MPH 152.81 152.02
1000 FT 5.974 6.020
ET 7.174 7.222
MPH 186.67 186.38

Krawiec is 31 – 22 against Hines in prior events and Krawiec is 14 – 11 against Hines in prior final rounds. Krawiec with the starting line advantage, but Hines has the lead by 100 feet and never trailed from there on for the win. Andrew Hines’ MOV: 0.0321 seconds (approximately 9 feet). He wins his sixth Wally this season and the 54th of his career.

 

 

POINTS

Unofficial point standings following the completion of the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals.

1 Andrew Hines 847
2 Eddie Krawiec 734 -113
3 Hector Arana Jr. 625 -222
4 Matt Smith 608 -239
5 Karen Stoffer 413 -434
6 Angie Smith 385 -462
7 Ryan Oehler 355 -492
8 Angelle Sampey 346 -501
9 Hector Arana Sr. 328 -519
10 Joey Gladstone 304 -543
11 Scotty Pollacheck 295 -552
12 Jerry Savoie 294 -553
13 Kelly Clontz 243 -604
14 Cory Reed 243 -604
15 Steve Johnson 188 -659
16 Jim Underdahl 147 -700
17 Jianna Salinas 118 -729
18 John Hall 95 -752
19 Mark Ingwersen 83 -764
20 Andie Rawlings 81 -766
21 Melissa Surber 73 -774
22 Fred Camarena 31 -816
23 Katie Sullivan 20 -827
24 Lance Bonham 10 -837

SATURDAY QUALIFYING

Matt Smith makes a monster run to lead Denver Pro Stock Motorcycle field

Reigning world champ Matt Smith made the third quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle pass at Bandimere Speedway to earn the top qualifying spot for the second time this year and 33rd time in his career. After watching the Pro Stock car class make dramatic improvements, it was a given that their two-wheel counterparts would also improve but no one predicted his 7.132-second run, just short of the 7.111-second track record. Even Smith was shocked when he was handed his time slip.

“I didn’t think we’d see a number like that,” said Smith, who was also the low qualifier at the Las Vegas four-wide event and has been second in his two most recent events in Chicago and Norwalk. “After I saw [wife] Angie run a 7.20 I thought we might be able to run 7.17 or 7.16. I didn’t see a .13 coming. After we had that rain the track tightened up with no sun on it and my combination just stuck. That’s the fastest I’ve ever been up here. I took a tooth [sprocket] off today and it still nosed over before the finish line. I should have run almost 190-mph.

“I can’t say enough about my team and Denso and all those who support us,” said Smith. “You know, we’re just a little team out here. If you look at that black [Vance & Hines] trailer and see all they’ve got in there they should never lose a race. I’m also happy for Angie because this is the highest she’s ever qualified. We were just a hundredth or so from being No. 1 and No. 2 and that would have been cool.

Smith, a back-to-back winner in Denver in 2007-08, will have a round one match-up against bump spot qualifier Jimmy Underdahl who ran 7.377 on his Suzuki Extended Protection entry. Smith cannot race his wife, Angie, until the final round since she finished as the No. 3 qualifier, her best qualifying performance of the season.

Nearly as impressive as Smith run was the performance of 2016 world champion Jerry Savoie, who rode his White Alligator Suzuki to a 7.197 for the No. 2 spot. Savoie, who has sat out the three most recent events, was a runner-up in his most recent appearance in Atlanta. Harley-Davidson’s Andrew Hines, the leader after Friday’s two runs did not improve from his earlier 7.232 and was bumped to fourth with his new FXDR model. Hines’ teammates, Eddie Krawiec, and Angelle Sampey, finished in the top half of the field as the seventh and eighth qualifier respectively.

01 Matt Smith 7.132 188.31
02 Jerry Savoie 7.197 183.84
03 Angie Smith 7.203 185.18
04 Andrew Hines 7.232 186.2
05 Hector Arana 7.232 184.65
06 Hector Arana Jr 7.240 183.47
07 Eddie Krawiec 7.249 186.28
08 Angelle Sampey 7.268 185.08
09 Scott Pollacheck 7.269 184.12
10 Karen Stoffer 7.272 183.12
11 Ryan Oehler 7.273 187.03
12 Eiji Kawakami 7.322 181.23
13 Cory Reed 7.328 182.62
14 Joey Gladstone 7.338 182.6
15 Kelly Clontz 7.339 180.69
16 James Underdahl 7.377 178.35
17 Michael Ray 7.445 180.72
18 Jianna Salinas 7.478 179.16
19 Andie Rawlings 7.635 172.7

Andrew Hines makes the Harley-Davidson FXDR a winner in its Denver debut

You only get one chance to make a positive first impression and the Vance & Hines team is keenly aware of that after teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec debuted their new Harley-Davidson FXDR models in the best way possible; with an all-Harley final round. Hines continued his record-setting season with his sixth win of the season in eight races, and the 54th of his career. Hines ran nothing but 7.1s on Sunday including a 7.174 in the final to easily cover Kraiewc, who ran an otherwise competitive 7.222. It was the fourth time the teammates have races in a final this season and Hines has won all of them.

While much has been made of Steve Torrence’s title defense in Top Fuel and rightfully so, Hines is also in the process of a history-making campaign. Following his latest win, the five-time class champion has a 25-2 record in elimination rounds and he’s only been beaten to the finish line once when he spun the tire in the opening round in Chicago against Andie Rawlings. His other loss came when his bike wouldn’t’ fire in the Las Vegas Four-Wide final.

Hines also earned the 500th round win of his career in his crucial semifinal win against low qualifier and reigning world champ Matt Smith. In what may have been the best race of the weekend, Smith grabbed a three-hundredths of a second lead at the start on his Denso EBR but it wasn’t enough after Hines rolled to a 7.183 to 7.238 victory. Hines is now 32-12 against Smith, who is easily the Harley team’s biggest rival.

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On Saturday night, Hines believed he had a shot to take the pole from Smith, but his bike spun the tire on the starting line. Starting from the No. 4 spot, Hines was money in eliminations. In addition to his wins against Smith and Krawiec, Hines also beat Cory Reed and Hector Arana Sr. at Bandimere Speedway, his former home track.

Krawiec is still looking for his first win of the season, but that’s only because Hines has not yielded an inch in a final round. Like Hines, Krawiec also adjusted quickly to the new FXDR motorcycle with race-day wins against Karen Stoffer, Jerry Savoie, and Hector Arana Jr. In eight races this season, Krawiec has four runner-up finishes and two semifinals, and he’s got a nearly insurmountable grip on the second seed in the points standings.


FRIDAY QUALIFYING

Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Andrew Hines continued his hot streak after going a class-best 7.232 at 186.20 on a new Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson FXDR the team debuted on Friday. Hector Arana is right behind in second after his 7.232 at 184.65, and defending world champ Matt Smith is third.

01 Andrew Hines 7.232 186.2
02 Hector Arana 7.232 184.65
03 Hector Arana Jr 7.240 183.47
04 Matt Smith 7.247 185.64
05 Jerry Savoie 7.265 182.33
06 Eddie Kraweic 7.283 185.05
07 Angelle Sampey 7.290 184.62
08 Angie Smith 7.311 183.97
09 Karen Stoffer 7.312 182.62
10 Scott Pollacheck 7.318 182.23
11 Cory Reed 7.354 181.52
12 Eiji Kawakmi 7.421 180.24
13 Joey Gladstone 7.425 180.91
14 James Underdahl 7.464 179.47
15 Kelly Clontz 7.499 179.14
16 Ryan Oehler 7.556 163.45
17 Andie Rawlings 7.833 168.39
18 Jianna Salinas 8.748 106.19
19 Michael Ray 12.002 66.43

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