INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 5, 2011) -
Harley-Davidson® Screamin' Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec won in the first round of Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing eliminations at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway and secured the top seed in the Full Throttle NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoff series. Krawiec earned 20 bonus points for leading the top-ten riders who will compete for the championship over the last six events of the season.
"It's great to get that 20 points, because this is very competitive class," said Krawiec, who took over the points lead on August 21, riding a Harley-Davidson V-Rod® motorcycle to the semi-finals at the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. "The Screamin' Eagle team is putting me on a great motorcycle and I think we are all feeling confident."
Harley-Davidson® Screamin' Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines will start the countdown in fourth place. Hines made a dramatic 6.909-second pass in the final round of qualifying on Sunday to take the top position heading into Monday’s elimination rounds of the U.S. Nationals. Monday ended on a disappointing note for Hines, when his transmission locked up during his burn-out for the first round of eliminations. The crew was unable to fix the bike at the starting line.
"We really had my V-Rod dialed in and I thought we'd be the bike to beat today," said Hines. "We tested here last week and made 13 runs, and we found the problem that was holding me back at the end of the track the last few races. So I’m feeling good heading into the Countdown. I've got a very strong motorcycle and I'm just 50 points behind Eddie."
Krawiec qualified sixth for the U.S. Nationals at 6.953 seconds. He defeated Vroom Racing Buell rider David Hope in the first round of eliminations, and lost to SAF and Motorcycle Specialties rider Jerry Savoie in round two. Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. defeated Savoie in the final round to win the event.
The Pro Stock Motorcycle points will re-set for the top-ten riders as the series begins the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Riders qualifying for the Countdown are: Krawiec (2110 points), LE Tonglet (Nitrofish Suzuki, 2080), Karen Stoffer (Geico Suzuki, 2070), Hines (2060), Arana Jr. (2050), Matt Smith (Smith Racing Buell, 2040), Hector Arana Sr. (Lucas Oil Buell, 2030), Savoie (2020), Michael Phillips (The Edge Suzuki, 2010) and Jim Underdahl (Suzuki Extended Protection, 2000).
The first round of the Countdown to the Championship is the 4th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, September 15-18, at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.
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The Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team is sponsored by Matco Tools and Dunlop.