NHRA: Pro Stock Motorcycles – Virginia Nationals

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

Virginia NHRA National
Virginia Motorsports Park
May 17-19, 2019

Pro Stock Motorcycle

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hines, the No. 1 qualifier, earned his third straight victory, fourth overall of 2019 and 52nd in his career after going 6.845 at 195.68 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Street Rod to defeat teammate Eddie Krawiec in the final round. The last Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to win four of the first five events to start the season was Hines’ brother, Matt Hines, in 1998.

“We have developed a very good hot weather tune up for our Street Rods and that’s saying a lot,” Hines said. “We typically tend to not look forward to the middle of the season because that’s where our performance tends to fall off and people make up ground on us. Today we were able to take what we’ve learned the last couple of weeks between Charlotte when it got hot and Atlanta when it was really hot. We don’t ever go up there (the starting line) with the same tune up, ever. It was a little bit of picking on it here and there which has led to us finding the window where we need to be.”





The category points leader defeated Jiana Salinas, Ryan Oehler and defending world champion Matt Smith to reach the final round. Krawiec took down Kelly Clontz, Karen Stoffer and Hector Arana Jr. en route to his 25th final round against Hines.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues to Chicago for the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway May 30th – June 2nd.

 

ROUND 1

Matt Smith laid down the hurt in the first round of Pro Stock Motorcycle. His 6.813-second pass was only a thousandth from being the quickest of the entire event. He will battle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Angelle Sampey in the second round. All three Harley-Davidson riders posted times within .002-second of each other. That’s the good news.

The bad news? They’re all .04-second behind Smith. That means the team has its work cut out for itself to get Sampey ready for the second round of competition.

Joey Gladstone booked himself a matchup with Hector Arana Jr. by defeating Hector Arana Sr. on a holeshot to score his first round win since the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Ryan Oehler also picked up a tight win by defeating Angie Smith by .029-second.

Lane WIN
Driver Angie Smith Ryan Oehler
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .018 .006
60 FT 1.110 1.094
330 FT 2.925 2.903
660 FT 4.458 4.440
660 FT MPH 159.42 159.06
1000 FT 5.799 5.780
ET 6.944 6.927
MPH 195.68 195.36

Weather conditions: air temperature 89 degrees, relative humidity 54 percent, barometer 29.79
inches, adjusted altitude 3,058 feet, track temperature 123 degrees. Oehler with a great light and never trailed for the win. Ryan Oehler’s MOV: 0.0297 seconds (approximately 9 feet).

Lane WIN
Driver Karen Stoffer Steve Johnson
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .024 .062
60 FT 1.092 1.065
330 FT 2.916 2.887
660 FT 4.458 4.438
660 FT MPH 158.93 157.36
1000 FT 5.802 5.796
ET 6.954 6.962
MPH 194.27 192.03

Stoffer is 15 – 9 against Johnson in prior events. Stoffer with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Karen Stoffer’s MOV: 0.0462 seconds (approximately 13 feet).

Lane WIN
Driver Joey Gladstone Hector Arana
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .017 .052
60 FT 1.085 1.101
330 FT 2.909 2.937
660 FT 4.469 4.476
660 FT MPH 156.37 158.87
1000 FT 5.835 5.825
ET 7.006 6.979
MPH 191.51 194.30

Arana is 2 – 0 against Gladstone in prior events. Gladstone with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. Joey Gladstone’s MOV: 0.0086 seconds (approximately 2 feet).

Lane WIN
Driver Angelle Sampey John Hall
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .050 .037
60 FT 1.045 1.098
330 FT 2.840 2.925
660 FT 4.372 4.457
660 FT MPH 159.87 159.44
1000 FT 5.710 5.802
ET 6.855 6.956
MPH 195.56 193.88

Angelle Sampey starts the day with 414 round wins and that is second best in the Pro Stock
Motorcycle class (A. Hines – 489). John Hall is making his 49th start. Hall is 1 – 0 against Sampey in prior events. Hall with the starting line advantage, but Sampey has the difference made up by the time they went by the Christmas tree and never trailed from there on for the win.

Lane WIN
Driver Matt Smith Scott Pollacheck
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .062 .035
60 FT 1.059 1.074
330 FT 2.844 2.951
660 FT 4.362 4.507
660 FT MPH 161.27 157.78
1000 FT 5.685 5.860
ET 6.813 7.024
MPH 198.64 191.65

Smith is 8 – 4 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck with the starting line advantage, but Smith has the difference made up by 100 feet and never trailed from there on for the win. Smith runs low E.T. of race day and will have lane choice over Sampey in the next round.

Lane WIN
Driver Cory Reed Hector Arana Jr
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .051 .012
60 FT 1.073 1.098
330 FT 2.933 2.916
660 FT 4.524 4.441
660 FT MPH 153.89 160.33
1000 FT 5.915 5.772
ET 7.108 6.909
MPH 187.78 197.05

Arana Jr is 3 – 1 against Reed in prior events. Arana Jr. with a great light and never trailed for the win.

Lane WIN
Driver Eddie Krawiec Kelly Clontz
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .069 .085
60 FT 1.075 1.091
330 FT 2.865 2.933
660 FT 4.388 4.495
660 FT MPH 161.00 156.73
1000 FT 5.718 5.856
ET 6.855 7.021
MPH 196.82 191.95

Eddie Krawiec is an amazing 168 – 30 (85%) in round 1. By comparison John Force wins 74% of his
first round races. Kelly Clontz is making her 12th start. Krawiec with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. He will have lane choice over Stoffer in the next round.

Lane WIN
Driver Andrew Hines Jianna Salinas
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .059 .055
60 FT 1.068 1.082
330 FT 2.859 2.928
660 FT 4.384 4.501
660 FT MPH 160.56 155.38
1000 FT 5.716 5.879
ET 6.853 7.065
MPH 196.87 188.23

Andrew Hines was runner-up here last year. He is 38 – 4 in round 1 after qualifying at the top of
the field. Jasmine Salinas is the 205th driver to qualify for a Pro Stock Motorcycle field and the 13th woman to do so. Salinas with the starting line advantage, but Hines had the difference made up by the time they went by the Christmas tree and never trailed from there on for the win. He will have lane choice over Oehler in the next round.

 

ROUND 2

The top four qualified cars advanced, including Matt Smith, who ran the quickest time of the second round yet again. He defeated Angelle Sampey with a 6.836-second pass to get to the semifinals. He will get lane choice against Andrew Hines, who ran a 6.871 to defeat Ryan Oehler in the second round at the Virginia NHRA Nationals.

The other side of the bracket features Eddie Krawiec, who took down Karen Stoffer on her Ray Skillman Suzuki with a 6.853-second pass, against Hector Arana Jr. Arana made a solo pass at 6.884 when Joey Gladstone failed to start his bike in time for the second-round matchup at Virginia Motorsports Park.

 

Lane WIN
Driver Joey Gladstone Hector Arana Jr
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .055
60 FT 1.059
330 FT 2.861
660 FT 4.395
660 FT MPH 159.10
1000 FT 5.735
ET 6.884
MPH 194.83

Weather conditions: air temperature 93 degrees, relative humidity 43 percent, barometer 29.76
inches, adjusted altitude 3,230 feet, track temperature 140 degrees. Arana Jr is 1 – 0 against
Gladstone in prior events. Gladstone can’t get the bike to fire and Arana Jr. gets the freebie.

Lane WIN
Driver Eddie Krawiec Karen Stoffer
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .053 .007
60 FT 1.073 1.088
330 FT 2.862 2.909
660 FT 4.383 4.454
660 FT MPH 160.81 158.09
1000 FT 5.714 5.806
ET 6.853 6.963
MPH 196.44 193.46

Krawiec is 23 – 8 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer with a great light, but Krawiec
chased her down by 330 feet and takes the win. Eddie Krawiec’s

Lane WIN
Driver Andrew Hines Ryan Oehler
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .041 .056
60 FT 1.067 1.101
330 FT 2.871 2.923
660 FT 4.395 4.472
660 FT MPH 160.50 157.76
1000 FT 5.729 5.820
ET 6.871 6.971
MPH 195.90 194.66

Hines is 5 – 0 against Oehler in prior events.
Hines with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win.

Lane WIN
Driver Matt Smith Angelle Sampey
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .050 .059
60 FT 1.070 1.049
330 FT 2.870 2.850
660 FT 4.386 4.387
660 FT MPH 161.73 158.78
1000 FT 5.708 5.735
ET 6.836 6.889
MPH 198.50 193.46

Smith is 14 – 7 against Sampey in prior events. Smith with the starting line advantage
and never trailed for the win. Matt Smith’s MOV: 0.0622 seconds (approximately 18 feet).
He will have lane choice over Hines in the semifinal.

 

SEMI-FINAL

A Harley-Davidson will bring home the Virginia NHRA Nationals Wally. Andrew Hines defeated Matt Smith with a 6.837-second elapsed time, his best of race day, to book a final-round matchup with Eddie Krawiec. Hines picked up nearly four-hundredths of a second from his second-round pass to defeat the 2018 Pro Stock Motorcycle champion and guaranteed the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team will earn the event trophy.

Krawiec defeated Hector Arana Jr. despite the Lucas Oil TV rider getting off the line first. Krawiec made a better pass by more than three-hundredths of a second to get into his fourth final of the year. He’s still looking for his first Wally, while Hines has won three of four. Hines has lane choice but there will be a big celebration in the Harley-Davidson pits regardless of the outcome.

 

Lane WIN
Driver Eddie Krawiec Hector Arana Jr
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .041 .027
60 FT 1.085 1.059
330 FT 2.877 2.872
660 FT 4.397 4.413
660 FT MPH 161.02 158.76
1000 FT 5.725 5.756
ET 6.863 6.902
MPH 196.56 195.39

Krawiec is 17 – 9 against Arana Jr in prior events.
Arana Jr. with the starting line advantage, but Krawiec chased him down by half track and never
trailed from there on for the win. Eddie Krawiec’s MOV: 0.0255 seconds (approximately 7 feet).

Lane WIN
Driver Matt Smith Andrew Hines
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .057 .025
60 FT 1.063 1.058
330 FT 2.859 2.848
660 FT 4.385 4.368
660 FT MPH 159.91 160.75
1000 FT 5.718 5.698
ET 6.856 6.837
MPH 196.67 196.62

Hines is 30 – 12 against Smith in prior events. Hines with the starting line advantage
and never trailed for the win. Hines is advancing to his 90th final round.

 

FINAL

Andrew Hines won for the fourth time in five tries in 2019, continuing his incredible start to the Pro Stock Motorcycle season. He beat his teammate, Eddie Krawiec, after both Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson riders posted identical reaction times at the Virginia NHRA Nationals. Hines ran a 6.845-second elapsed time and beat Krawiec to the quarter mile by .013-second.

The win is the 52nd in Hines’ career and further extends his lead in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. Hines captured the 100th win for Harley-Davidson in NHRA at the last stop on tour, the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta. He led Krawiec at every incremental down the track and took his Harley-Davidson Street Rod into the winner’s circle. He will try to continue his winning ways when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series movies to Chicago for the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in two weeks.


Andrew Hines, near lane, collected his fourth win in five Pro Stock Motorcycle starts this season, finishing it off with a final-round victory over his Harley-Davidson teammate Eddie Krawiec.

“This new chassis is really good. It’s very forgiving and it just plants the tire completely differently than what we had in the past, so we’re able to plant the tire a lot better than we were able to in the past. So we’re able to apply more power and run more ignition timing in it.

“Eddie’s bike is close, we just need to work on the clutch a little bit, which we also do at Vance & Hines. It’s just the total package is really good – it doesn’t roll the front tire over like it did last year which was probably costing me a few hundredths of a second last year. We’re going to go celebrate and make sure our guys get treated really well.”

Lane Left WIN
Driver Eddie Krawiec Andrew Hines
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .034 .034
60 FT 1.090 1.060
330 FT 2.876 2.847
660 FT 4.393 4.369
660 FT MPH 161.30 160.65
1000 FT 5.720 5.702
ET 6.858 6.845
MPH 196.44 195.68

 


Qualifying

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson team leads the category securing the first two positions. Hines clinched his second No. 1 qualifying position of the 2019 season and 44th of his career with his run of 6.812 at 196.42 on his Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Street Rod. Eddie Krawiec sits in the No. 2 position following his pass of 6.822 at 197.51.

“Our team does a great job in the heat,” Hines said. “We are learning our setup in this hot weather. Typically, I don’t look forward to the middle of the season because that is typically when our struggles start to happen for our team. It seems like we are hitting our stride right now in this 90-degree weather. We will take it as it comes.”

Jianna Salinas qualified for her first Pro Stock Motorcycle race in the No. 16 position and will race No. 1 qualifier Andrew Hines in the first round at the Virginia NHRA Nationals. Salinas qualified with a 7.338-second pass, while Hines rode to a 6.812 in the third qualifying session. He also earned three bonus points thanks to his session-best 6.822 in the final session.

Hector Arana Jr. moved to the No. 3 qualifying position on the back of a 6.826-second hit in the fourth session at Virginia Motorsports Park. The Lucas Oil TV rider will face Cory Reed in the first round, while his father, Hector Arana Sr., will battle Reed’s teammate (Joey Gladstone) in the opening stanza.

Qualifying Order

01 Andrew Hines 6.812 / 196.42
02 Eddie Krawiec 6.822 / 197.51
03 Hector Arana Jr 6.826 / 197.36
04 Matt Smith 6.840 / 198.32
05 Angelle Sampey 6.854 / 195.22
06 Hector Arana 6.875 / 195.93
07 Karen Stoffer 6.879 / 195.65
08 Angie Smith 6.889 / 196.07
09 Ryan Oehler 6.893 / 196.22
10 Steve Johnson 6.898 / 193.82
11 Joey Gladstone 6.899  / 194.02
12 John Hall 6.914 / 195.59
13 Scott Pollacheck 6.944 / 193.46
14 Cory Reed 6.962 / 193.99
15 Kelly Clontz 7.020 / 191.62
16 Jianna Salinas 7.338 / 189.84

PSM Points Standing

1 Andrew Hines 569
2 Eddie Krawiec 468 -101
3 Hector Arana Jr. 435 -134
4 Matt Smith 318 -251
5 Ryan Oehler 263 -306
6 Karen Stoffer 257 -312
7 Jerry Savoie 233 -336
8 Joey Gladstone 222 -347
9 Angelle Sampey 210 -359
10 Hector Arana Sr. 203 -366
11 Angie Smith 201 -368
12 Cory Reed 180 -389
13 Steve Johnson 162 -407
14 Kelly Clontz 150 -419
15 Scotty Pollacheck 134 -435
16 Jim Underdahl 116 -453
17 Melissa Surber 73 -496
18 Jianna Salinas 61 -508
19 John Hall 42 -527
20 Fred Camarena 31 -538
21 Katie Sullivan 20 -549
22 Mark Ingwersen 20 -549
23 Andie Rawlings 20 -549
24 Lance Bonham 10 -559


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