Pro Stock Motorcycle Standout Eddie Krawiec Coming On Strong

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
AAA Texas Fall Nationals
Texas Motorplex –  Ennis, Texas
October 13-16

Pro Stock Motorcycle Standout Eddie Krawiec Coming On Strong

16-1013-nhra-eddie-krawiec-01Starting the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship with a first-round loss is usually not an ideal recipe to winning a world championship.

It’s the exact scenario Pro Stock Motorcycle standout Eddie Krawiec was faced with, but the three-time world champion has recovered in impressive fashion. He won the most recent race at Maple Grove Raceway, surging to just 38 points behind teammate and points leader Andrew Hines, and will look to keep that momentum going at this weekend’s 31st annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex.





“We had that bad race early on and hopefully we’ve shown we can recover from that,” said Krawiec, who has four wins in 2016. “The key is just to stay consistent. We’ve left a lot on the plate and could be in a better position, but I have a saying that after the race you move onto the next one no matter what. If you think about yesterday, you’re not focused on tomorrow. You need to learn from your mistakes and if you can do that, you’re only going to become that much better.”

The first-round loss was the first of the season for Krawiec, who started the year with nine straight trips to the semifinals or better on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. That kept him in first place for the majority of the regular season, falling to second after the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

But as the likes of Savoie, Chip Ellis and three-time world champion Angelle Sampey faltered early at Maple Grove Raceway, Krawiec turned in one of his best performances of the season, knocking off rookie Cory Reed to jump back in championship contention.

“One thing you have to do is be consistent and we were great at that during the beginning of the year,” said Krawiec, who has 35 career victories. “Everyone has picked up and there’s so many good motorcycles in this class. When you get in these types of situations, you have to be able to take advantage when one is presented to you. If you can’t, you’re going to be in trouble.”

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Tracking down teammate Hines, who has five wins in 2016 and is after a third straight world title, will be difficult, but Krawiec is up for the challenge. The team spent the week off before Dallas searching for more horsepower and Krawiec is excited to see the end result at the Texas Motorplex. Ellis, Sampey and Savoie all remain within striking distance, but Krawiec has always preferred these high-pressure situations.

“Personally, I like the pressure,” Krawiec said. “I feel like I perform well under pressure and I would rather be in those situations. I know what I have to do in these races and I try to stay focused on what’s in front of me.

“My mindset is no different than any other race. I want to go there and win. We’ve got good momentum behind me, so there’s no reason to try to change things up. We’re trying to be a little more consistent and I think we’re onto some things.”

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 4:15 and 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12:45 and 3:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16.

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, Oct. 13 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying

FRIDAY, Oct. 14 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 4:15 and 7:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, Oct. 15 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

SUNDAY, Oct. 16 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Friday Oct. 14, FS1 will televise one hour of live qualifying coverage at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Sunday Oct. 16, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 1 a.m. (ET).
Sunday, Oct. 16, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage starting at 2 p.m. (ET).

2015 EVENT WINNER: Jerry Savoie, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

TRACK RECORD: Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.744 sec. and 198.99 mph by Jerry Savoie, Oct. ’15

NATIONAL RECORD: 6.728 sec. by Andrew Hines, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.; 199.88 mph by Hector Arana Jr., March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.

Pro Stock Motorcycle Points

1. Andrew Hines, 2,341
2. Eddie Krawiec, 2,303
3. Angelle Sampey, 2,289
4. Chip Ellis, 2,274
5. Jerry Savoie, 2,271
6. LE Tonglet, 2,215
7. Cory Reed, 2,196
8. Hector Arana, 2,159
9. Matt Smith, 2,150
10. Hector Arana Jr, 2,149


Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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