Harley Racer Ed Krawiec Holds Pro Stock Motorcycle Points Lead After Two Events
CONCORD, N.C. (March 29, 2015) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines notched his first event win of the season at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. The defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion rode a Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® motorcycle to a pair of wins in two elimination rounds before defeating his Screamin’ Eagle teammate, Ed Krawiec, and Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. in the final of the four-wide format unique to this event. Petrolhead Apparel Buell rider Scott Pollacheck, the fourth rider in the final, fouled at the start.
“The Screamin’ Eagle team posted the same results as last year and we were even in the same lanes,” said Hines, who won the Four-Wide Nationals in 2014 and now has 39 wins in his career. “It was great to put both Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the final with live ESPN coverage today. I’m still not sold on this four-wide racing but we seem to have it figured out. Last year this race really propelled our season, so I hope that happens again.”
On Saturday Hines qualified second for Sunday eliminations with an Elapsed Time (ET) of 6.826 seconds. Krawiec qualified fifth at 6.870 seconds. Arana Jr. set a new track ET record for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class with a 6.794-second run to lead all qualifiers. Friday qualifying was rained out.
On Sunday, four riders lined up for each round of eliminations, with the first- and second-place rider in each heat advancing to the next round. Hines and Krawiec each won their first two elimination rounds to advance to the final. Arana Jr. had the quickest bike of the field on Sunday, posting a 6.795 ET in the second round at 199.26 mph, tying the Pro Stock Motorcycle national top-speed record set by Krawiec at Gainesville, Fla., in 2011. In the final, however, Arana Jr. lost to both Hines and Krawiec on a hole shot. Hines combined a reaction time of 0.036 with an ET of 6.805 seconds to win. Krawiec ran 0.047/6.812 to finish 0.0186 second behind Hines. Arana Jr. posted the quickest ET of the round at 6.804 seconds but a reaction time of 0.068 seconds left him 0.0199 seconds behind Hines at the finish. Arana Jr. did reset the national top speed record at 199.88 mph in the final.
“It was really cold down here this weekend,” said Krawiec. “There was ice in the water buckets we use to wash clutches this morning. We made a last-minute change to our tune-up for the final round and that worked well for us. Both bikes are really consistent off the line, which helped us go 1-2 in the final.”
The Screamin’ Eagle team has a seven-week break before the next NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle event.
“We’ve got some good data from these first two races, and that change we made before the final round was the right direction for us to go,” said Hines. “We are still adjusting to the new Sunoco race fuel. We see the speed Hector Arana Jr. went today and know that team has got a handle on the fuel. We’ll spend this break looking for ways to dial in our engines.”
After two of 16 events on the 2015 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule, Krawiec leads the series with 192 points. Hines is second with 180 points, followed by Suzuki Extended Protection rider Karen Stoffer with 148 points and Nitro Fish Suzuki rider LE Tonglet with 128 points.
The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag team will next race May 15-17 at the 35th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
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