NHRA: Ryan Oehler WINS Pro Stock Motorcycle at Lucas Oil Raceway

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
July 11-12, 2020

Ryan Oehler WINS Pro Stock Motorcycle

Billy Torrence powered his way to the Top Fuel win on Sunday as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series raced for the first time since February at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Ryan Oehler (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in their respective categories at the third race of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. It marked NHRA’s first event in more than four months after suspending competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Ryan Oehler

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.”

2020 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Ryan Oehler

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
Car No. 6 1628
RT .014 .056
60 FT 1.076 1.086
330 FT 2.894 2.905
660 FT 4.441 4.455
660 FT MPH 158.02 157.82
1000 FT 5.790 5.811
ET 6.942 6.978
MPH 194.66 191.43

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
Car No. 751 7
RT .110 .075
60 FT 1.060 1.057
330 FT 2.858 2.869
660 FT 4.403 4.416
660 FT MPH 158.06 158.20
1000 FT 5.755 5.766
ET 6.920 6.925
MPH 191.84 192.69

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
Car No. 8 2
RT .073 .034
60 FT 1.085 1.083
330 FT 2.921 2.927
660 FT 4.464 4.486
660 FT MPH 158.59 157.34
1000 FT 5.814 5.846
ET 6.971 7.012
MPH 193.65 192.36

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
Car No. 370 9
RT .022 .042
60 FT 1.073 1.091
330 FT 2.935 2.908
660 FT 4.513 4.442
660 FT MPH 154.67 159.78
1000 FT 5.896 5.780
ET 7.077 6.921
MPH 189.73 196.33

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
Car No. 11 1981
RT .051 .084
60 FT 1.131 1.107
330 FT 2.955 2.987
660 FT 4.479 4.575
660 FT MPH 160.48 154.46
1000 FT 5.808 5.960
ET 6.948 7.149
MPH 196.42 188.04

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
Car No. 1138 1
RT .025 .067
60 FT 1.101 1.071
330 FT 2.984 2.860
660 FT 4.566 4.397
660 FT MPH 154.12 159.36
1000 FT 5.963 5.741
ET 7.172 6.890
MPH 184.93 194.55

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
Car No. 402 5
RT .152 .081
60 FT 1.119 1.094
330 FT 3.017 2.886
660 FT 4.647 4.413
660 FT MPH 149.20 160.69
1000 FT 6.090 5.745
ET 7.341 6.887
MPH 176.26 195.53

This is the first time Barron and Krawiec have faced each other in eliminations.
Krawiec with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. He runs low E.T. of the event for the win. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental times: 60ft-1.094 sec., 330ft-2.886, 660ft-4.413/160.69 mph, 1,000ft-5.745. He will have lane choice over Arana Jr. in the next round.

 

Driver Matt Smith Chris Bostick
Car No. 3 17
RT .074 .103
60 FT 1.069 1.166
330 FT 2.875 3.258
660 FT 4.399 5.045
660 FT MPH 160.67 136.51
1000 FT 5.723 6.615
ET 6.855 7.963
MPH 197.71 166.21

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
Car No. 8 11
RT .053 -.001
60 FT 1.084 1.066
330 FT 2.899 2.864
660 FT 4.438 4.387
660 FT MPH 158.39 160.75
1000 FT 5.789 5.717
ET 6.942 6.859
MPH 194.41 195.53

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
Car No. 8 1
RT .102 .053
60 FT 1.088 1.077
330 FT 2.915 2.878
660 FT 4.457 4.420
660 FT MPH 158.09 158.76
1000 FT 5.807 5.771
ET 6.956 6.927
MPH 195.48 193.65

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
Car No. 6 5
RT .006 .062
60 FT 1.076 1.087
330 FT 2.886 2.873
660 FT 4.429 4.399
660 FT MPH 158.37 160.69
1000 FT 5.776 5.731
ET 6.928 6.873
MPH 194.16 195.53

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
Car No. 3 7
RT .030 -.013
60 FT 1.064 1.051
330 FT 2.867 2.860
660 FT 4.395 4.411
660 FT MPH 160.33 157.72
1000 FT 5.722 5.767
ET 6.856 6.926
MPH 197.36 192.88

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
Car No. 6 9
RT .032 .041
60 FT 1.072 1.072
330 FT 2.903 2.884
660 FT 4.462 4.417
660 FT MPH 156.94 159.99
1000 FT 5.823 5.756
ET 6.984 6.901
MPH 192.91 195.39

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
Car No. 3 1
RT .008 .028
60 FT 1.087 1.088
330 FT 2.905 2.889
660 FT 4.451 4.434
660 FT MPH 157.98 158.37
1000 FT 5.796 5.787
ET 6.943 6.943
MPH 195.42 193.68

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
Car No. 9 3
RT .010 .022
60 FT 1.116 1.153
330 FT 2.938 3.106
660 FT 4.473 5.215
660 FT MPH 159.01 102.68
1000 FT 5.821 7.618
ET 6.974 10.126
MPH 194.16 83.38

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.

2020 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Ryan Oehler

SATURDAY

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.

DRIVER POSITION CAR NO. ET MPH
01 Eddie Krawiec 5 6.897 196.24
02 Matt Smith 3 6.899 196.04
03 Andrew Hines 1 6.904 194.24
04 Scott Pollacheck 11 6.913 195.73
05 Ryan Oehler 9 6.931 195.59
06 Angie Smith 8 6.948 194.35
07 Steve Johnson 751 6.959 189.58
08 Hector Arana Jr 6 6.964 193.4
09 John Hall 1628 6.964 192.47
10 Angelle Sampey 7 6.966 192.58
11 Jerry Savoie 2 7.054 189.98
12 Marc Ingwersen 370 7.074 190.7
13 Kelly Clontz 1981 7.084 188.67
14 Ron Tornow 1138 7.171 186.59
15 Chris Bostick 17 7.304 183.1
16 David Barron 402 7.482 175

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