NHRA: Ryan Oehler WINS Pro Stock Motorcycle at Lucas Oil Raceway
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
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Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
July 11-12, 2020
Ryan Oehler WINS Pro Stock Motorcycle
It was the perfect start to the Pro Stock Motorcycle season for Oehler, who won his first career NHRA race in his first final round, going 6.974 at 194.16 on his Flyin’ Ryan Racing/B&K Cylinder Heads EBR to defeat Matt Smith. After qualifying fifth, Oehler knocked off Marc Ingwersen, Scotty Pollacheck and Hector Arana Jr. to advance to the championship round for the first time in his career. He posted a remarkable .010 reaction time and never trailed en route to the biggest moment of his PSM career.
“We’ve been hunting for this for a long time,” Oehler said. “This has been my dad’s dream and we just keep working every day. When we pulled up to the line, I knew it was going to try to pull me through the beams. I waited to go on the two-step until that very last second and when it dropped, I knew we had a good light. Just to have it all come together for my dad, my mom, my wife, my team, I love it all.”
Smith, who qualified second, beat Chris Bostick, Angelle Sampey and defending world champ Andrew Hines to reach the final round for the 55th time. His 6.855 in the first round was the best for the weekend in the class.
ELIMINATIONS ROUND 1
|Driver||Hector Arana Jr||John Hall|
|660 FT MPH||158.02||157.82|
Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 68 percent, barometer 28.91 inches, adjusted altitude 3,167 feet, track temperature 80 degrees. Arana Jr is 6 – 0 against Hall in prior events. Arana Jr. with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. He runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the win.
|Driver||Steve Johnson||Angelle Sampey|
|660 FT MPH||158.06||158.20|
Sampey is 22 – 8 against Johnson in prior events. Sampey with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. Angelle Sampey’s MOV: 0.0309 seconds (approximately 9 feet). She runs her quickest pass of the weekend for the win. Johnson with his quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.
|Driver||Angie Smith||Jerry Savoie|
|660 FT MPH||158.59||157.34|
Savoie is 10 – 0 against Smith in prior events. Savoie switched bikes, he pulled out the bike Karen Stoffer rode last year. Savoie with the starting line advantage, but Smith with the power to chase him down for the win right in the lights. Angie Smith’s MOV: 0.0025 seconds (approximately 8 inches). Savoie runs his quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.
|Driver||Marc Ingwersen||Ryan Oehler|
|660 FT MPH||154.67||159.78|
This is the first time Ingwersen and Oehler have faced each other in eliminations. Ingwersen with the starting line advantage, Oehler had the lead by 330 feet and never trailed form there on for the win. He runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the win.
|Driver||Scott Pollacheck||Kelly Clontz|
|660 FT MPH||160.48||154.46|
Pollacheck is 1 – 0 against Clontz in prior events. Pollacheck with the starting line advantage, but bogged right at the hit. He gets it to recover and takes the win. He will give up lane choice to Oehler in the next round.
|Driver||Ron Tornow||Andrew Hines|
|660 FT MPH||154.12||159.36|
Hines is 1 – 0 against Tornow in prior events. Tornow with the starting line advantage, but Hines has the lead by 150 feet and never trails for there on for the win. Hines runs the quickest pass of the event for the win. Andrew Hines’ incremental times: 60ft-1.071 sec., 330ft-2.860, 660ft-4.397/159.36 mph, 1,000ft-5.741. Hines will have lane choice over Angie smith in the next round.
|Driver||David Barron||Eddie Krawiec|
|660 FT MPH||149.20||160.69|
This is the first time Barron and Krawiec have faced each other in eliminations.
|Driver||Matt Smith||Chris Bostick|
|660 FT MPH||160.67||136.51|
Smith is 1 – 0 against Bostick in prior events. Smith with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. He runs low E.T. of the event for the win. Matt Smith’s incremental times: 60ft-1.069 sec., 330ft-2.875, 660ft-4.399/160.67 mph, 1,000ft-5.723. He will have lane choice over Sampey in the next round.
ELIMINATIONS ROUND 2
|Driver||Angie Smith||Scott Pollacheck|
|660 FT MPH||158.39||160.75|
Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 56 percent, barometer 28.92 inches, adjusted altitude 3,389 feet, track temperature 113 degrees. Pollacheck is a tick too quick on the tree and turns on the red light to give Oehler the win.
|Driver||Angie Smith||Andrew Hines|
|660 FT MPH||158.09||158.76|
Hines is 18 – 4 against Smith in prior events. Hines with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win.
|Driver||Hector Arana Jr||Eddie Krawiec|
|660 FT MPH||158.37||160.69|
Krawiec is 21 – 9 against Arana Jr in prior events. Arana Jr. with a great light and the power to hold on for the hole shot win in a close one. Hector Arana Jr’s MOV: 0.0017 seconds (approximately 6 inches). He will have lane choice over Oehler in the semifinal.
|Driver||Matt Smith||Angelle Sampey|
|660 FT MPH||160.33||157.72|
Smith is 17 – 7 against Sampey in prior events. Sampey goes red to give Smith the win. smith runs low E.T. of the round for the win and lane choice over Hines in the semifinal.
ELIMINATIONS ROUND 3
|Driver||Hector Arana Jr||Ryan Oehler|
|660 FT MPH||156.94||159.99|
Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 56 percent, barometer 28.92 inches, adjusted altitude 3,389 feet, track temperature 113 degrees. Arana Jr is 6 – 0 against Oehler in prior events. Arana Jr. with the starting line advantage, but Oehler has the lead by 150 feet and never trails from there on for the win. Oehler is advancing to his first final round.
|Driver||Matt Smith||Andrew Hines|
|660 FT MPH||157.98||158.37|
Hines is 35 – 13 against Smith in prior events. Smith with a great light and the power to win on a hole shot as they run identical E.T.s Matt Smith’s MOV: 0.0200 seconds (approximately 6 feet). smith will give up lane choice to Oehler in the final.
ELIMINATIONS – FINAL
|Driver||Ryan Oehler||Matt Smith|
|660 FT MPH||159.01||102.68|
Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 51 percent, barometer 28.90 inches, adjusted altitude 3,750 feet, track temperature 123 degrees. Smith is 3 – 0 against Oehler in prior events and this is the first time they have faced each other in a final round. Oehler with a great light and never trailed for the win. Smith’s bike bogged right at the hit. Oehler wins his first National event Wally in his first final round.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues next weekend with the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals at Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Serving as the season opener in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, Krawiec jumped to the top spot on his Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson FXDR with an impressive run of 6.897 at 196.24. In earning his 47th career No. 1 qualifier, Krawiec was the first rider to reach the 6.80s on Saturday, going to the top during the first qualifying session. Krawiec will meet David Barron in the opening round of eliminations. Matt Smith qualified second thanks to his 6.899 at 196.04, while Krawiec’s teammate and reigning world champion Andrew Hines will start third after a run of 6.904 at 194.24.
|08||Hector Arana Jr||6||6.964||193.4|
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