CHANDLER, AZ (October 16, 2011) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec holds the Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing points lead after advancing to the final round of eliminations at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway. Krawiec lost in the final to Hector Arana Jr., and holds a 10-point lead over Arana Jr. with two events remaining in the Full Throttle NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
Krawiec advanced through Sunday eliminations, riding a Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® to wins over Suzuki Extended Protection rider Jim Underdahl, Mike Berry on the Vroom/LAT Racing Oil Buell, and Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana. That set up a final-round pairing with top-qualifier Arana Jr. on the other Lucas Oil Buell. Arana Jr. left the line with a perfect 0.000 reaction time and tripped the timing lights in 6.884 seconds to best Krawiec’s 0.040/6.994 pass and win his second consecutive final-round match.
“Arana took a chance on the tree and got away with it this time,” said Krawiec. “We are happy with our weekend because our performance was consistent run after run, and I believe it’s consistency that’s going to win a championship. Our lead is down to 10 points, but it’s still a lead. We’ll just stay on our game and hope they bobble and give us an opportunity.”
Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines lost in the first round to Nitrofish Suzuki rider LE Tonglet.
“We had a fouled spark plug on my bike at the burn-out and it was only running on one cylinder and stumbled away from the start,” said Hines. “Just another example of bad racing luck for my season, but I’ll be back at Las Vegas and we’ll keep working toward bringing that championship to Harley-Davidson.”
After four of six Countdown events, Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle class with 2466 points. Arana Jr. is second with 2456 points. Matt Smith, who lost in round three at Firebird, is third with 2369 points. Geico Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer lost in round two and has 2319 points. Hines is fifth with 2286 points.
The next stop in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals, October 27-30, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.