Krawiec Tops Field at Sonoma, Sullivan Makes the Show

July 25, 2009 by  
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Eddie Krawiec topped the field in qualifying for the 22nd annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals in Sonoma, CA. Karwiec ran his Screamin Eagle/Vance & Hines V-ROD to a blistering 6.915 second E.T. at 192.99 MPH pass during the final qualifying session on Saturday. Krawiec was followed closely by second place qualifier Matt Smith on his Nitrofish Suzuki running a 6.919 second E.T. at 192.58 MPH.

Rookie Douglas Horne qualified fourth on his Horne Racing Buell with a 6.970 E.T at 194.13 MPH. Another rookie making a big splash this year is Katie Sullivan on her Gann Custom / Sullivan Racing Suzuki. Following up her excellent performance at the Route 66 Nationals last month, Sullivan qualified fourteenth with a 7.093 second E.T. at 185.97 MPH. At just 18 years of age, Ms. Sullivan holds the record for being the youngest lady drag bike racer to qualify in PSM for an NHRA Full Throttle Racing event. NHRA has yet to create a driver profile page for Katie, but you can check out Katie Sullivan’s Myspace page for more information about this up and coming rider.

TV Schedule for the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals from Sonoma
Saturday July 25 - Qualifying 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST on ESPN2
Saturday July 25 - Repeat Qualifying 11:00 PM - 12:00 PM EST on ESPN2
Sunday July 26 - Eliminations 9:30 PM - 12:30 AM EST on ESPN2
Wednesday July 29 - Repeat Eliminations 3:00 AM - 5:00 AM EST on ESPN2

Qualifying Results
Rider - Sponsor / Bike - ET - Speed
Eddie Krawiec - Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines / HD V-ROD - 6.915 192.99
Matt Smith - Nitrofish / Suzuki - 6.919 192.58
Andrew Hines - Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines / HD V-ROD - 6.931 193.65
Karen Stoffer - Geico / Suzuki - 6.960 191.67
Douglas Horne - Horne Racing / Buell - 6.970 194.13
Hector Arana - Lucas Oil / Buell - 7.002 190.35
Craig Treble - Team Scream / Suzuki - 7.006 191.57
Matt Guidera - Rocklin Motorsports / Buell - 7.010 186.85
Shawn Gann - Rum Bum Racing / Buell - 7.012 190.70
Jim Underdahl - Suzuki Extended Protection / Suzuki - 7.052 189.52
David Hope - VRoom Racing / Buell - 7.056 186.92
Steve Johnson - Steve Johnson Racing Wyotech / Suzuki - 7.057 191.87
Michael Phillips - MPR & Damn Sport / Suzuki - 7.066 188.99
Katie Sullivan - Gann Custom - Sullivan Racing / Suzuki - 7.093 185.97
Bailey Whitaker - Rum Bum Racing / Buell - 7.110 183.64
Junior Pippin - Stone Mountain & Granite Mountain HD / Buell - 7.117 185.05

DNQ
Mike Berry - MB Machining - LAT Racing Oil / Buell - 7.137 182.33
Ryan Schnitz - Team Muzzy / Kawasaki - 7.200 183.42
Rhett Lougheed - Rhett Lougheed / Suzuki - 7.228 185.05
Ken Van Buren - AGP Turbo / Suzuki - 7.573 177.21
James Surber - South County Cycles Racing / Buell - 7.621 165.36

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Andrew Hines Top Qualifier at Summit Nationals

June 28, 2009 by  
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Andrew Hines led the qualifying in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Hines’ Screamin' Eagle / Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson V-Rod ran a 6.944 second E.T. at 192.28 MPH to take the top qualifying spot during the final qualifying session on Saturday. The 6.944 E.T. set a new track record for elapsed time. Hines will face off against Mike Berry in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.

Sunday’s First Round Pairings
Rider Qualifying ET Speed
Andrew Hines 6.944 192.28
Mike Berry 7.154 185.92

Hector Arana 6.966 192.63
Angie McBride 7.139 183.82

Eddie Krawiec 6.971 191.46
Jim Underdahl 7.136 185.43

Matt Guidera 7.001 187.11
David Hope 7.130 187.39

Matt Smith 7.058 188.91
Junior Pippin 7.112 185.43

Karen Stoffer 7.070 188.04
Craig Treble 7.106 187.86

Steve Johnson 7.070 189.26
Shawn Gann 7.101 187.13

Douglas Horne 7.076 188.25
Michael Phillips 7.086 191.08

DNQ
Wesley Wells Kendall Suzuki 7.209 185.97
Bailey Whitaker Rum Bum Buell 7.242 178.50
Joe DeSantis Team Joey D Suzuki 7.248 186.72
Geoff Godfrey Zebra Racing Suzuki 7.522 177.95

TV Schedule
6/28 Eliminations 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET on ESPN2
7/03 Repeat Eliminations 3:00 AM to 5:00 AM ET on ESPN2

Doug Horne Top Qualifier at Route 66 Nationals

June 7, 2009 by  
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Doug Horne, riding his Horne Racing Buell, was the number one qualifier in Pro Stock Motorcycle for Sunday's NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 12th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago, IL. Horne ran 6.936 second elapsed time at 191.84 MPH in the first round of qualifying on Friday. Horne will face off in the first round of eliminations on Sunday against Wesley Wells on his Kendall Suzuki.

This is the first weekend with the new weight rule for Harley Davidson powered bikes. The rule increased the minimum weight of the four valve Harley's from 620 pounds to 640 pounds. Buell powered bikes still have a 625 pound minimum weight and Suzuki bikes remain at 595 pounds. As a result of the new weight rule, the two fastest qualifiers were on Buells, and the next two fastest were on Suzukis. Andrew Hines qualified fifth on his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley Davidson, with a 6.989 second E.T. at 191 MPH. Only the top five bikes broke the seven second barrier in qualifying.

Rookie Katie Sullivan qualified 14th for the Route 66 Nationals on Saturday. Sullivan, racing out of Corning, California, on her Gann Custom/Sullivan Racing Suzuki ran a 7.113 second E.T. at 187.23 MPH in the third round of qualifying. She will face third fastest qualifier Karen Stoffer in Sunday's first round of eliminations.

Rider Team & Bike E.T. MPH
1. Douglas Horne Horne Racing Buell 6.936 191.84
2. Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.954 191.89
3. Karen Stoffer Geico Suzuki 6.971 192.33
4. Matt Smith Nitrofish Suzuki 6.978 190.62
5. Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.989 191.00
6. Steve Johnson Steve Johnson Racing Wyotech Suzuki 7.001 194.07
7. Craig Treble Team Scream Suzuki 7.001 192.80
8. David Hope VRoom Racing Buell 7.005 188.99
9. Eddie Krawiec Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 7.011 189.04
10. Matt Guidera Rocklin Motorsports Buell 7.041 184.02
11. Shawn Gann Rum Bum Racing Buell 7.045 186.77
12. Joe DeSantis Team Joey D Suzuki 7.054 183.07
13. Mike Berry MB Machining/ LAT Racing Oil Buell 7.067 188.33
14. Katie Sullivan Gann Custom/Sullivan Racing Suzuki 7.113 187.23
15. Michael Phillips MPR & Damn Sport Suzuki 7.114 193.93
16. Wesley Wells Kendall Suzuki 7.168 188.54

Did Not Qualify
17. Redell Harris Master P/No Limit Record Suzuki 7.173 182.35
18. Jim Underdahl Suzuki Extended Protection 7.194 190.75
19. Junior Pippin Stone Mountain & Granite Mountain
Harley Davidson Buell 7.208 189.66
20. Bailey Whitaker Rum Bum Buell 7.977 185.59
21. Ryan Schnitz Team Muzzy Kawasaki 9.329 183.22

Fast Qualifying Field at the Southern Nationals in Commerce, Georgia

April 18, 2009 by  
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Andrew Hines set a track record during Friday’s Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 29th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Georgia. Hines’ first qualifying run on the Screamin’ Eagle / Vance & Hines V-Rod was a 7.008 second elapsed time at 190.65 MPH, putting him sixth in the field. During Firday’s second qualifying session, Hines ran an impressive 6.877 E.T. at 195.03 MPH, which set a track record and gave him the number one spot.

The Friday qualifying sessions were fast, with the top 13 riders running sub-seven second elapsed times. PSM champion Eddie Krawiec wasn’t far behind Hines, as his Screamin’ Eagle / Vance & Hines V-Rod was the second fastest entry with a 6.881 E.T. at 194.49 MPH.

Douglas Horne and his Horne Racing Buell was seventh in Friday’s qualifying with a 6.934 E.T. at 193.57 MPH. Other notable qualifiers were Wesley Wells and his Kendall Suzuki, qualifying 11th and Michael Phillips qualifying twelfth on his MPR & Damn Sport Suzuki with a 6.995 second E.T. at 195.08 MPH. Steve Johnson was just outside of the qualifying on Friday with a 6.996 E.T. at 189.34 MPH, which was thirteenth fastest.

Qualifying continues on Saturday and will be televised on ESPN2 the same day (April 18th) from 6:00 to 8:00 PM EST.

Qualifying standings at the end of Friday’s sessions.
Rider Sponsor & Bike ET Speed
Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.877 195.03
Eddie Krawiec Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.881 194.49
Karen Stoffer Geico Suzuki 6.912 193.02
Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.924 194.02
Craig Treble Team Scream Suzuki 6.929 194.52
Matt Smith Nitrofish Suzuki 6.932 193.49
Douglas Horne Horne Racing Buell 6.934 193.57
Junior Pippin Stone Mountain & Granite Mountain HD Buell 6.964 190.27
Shawn Gann Rum Bum Racing Buell 6.971 188.23
Matt Guidera Rocklin Motorsports Buell 6.984 191.13
Wesley Wells Kendall Suzuki 6.986 191.21
Michael Phillips MPR & Damn Sport Suzuki 6.995 195.08

Yet to qualify:
Steve Johnson Steve Johnson Racing Wyotech S 6.996 189.34
LE Tonglet Suzuki 7.047 188.78
David Hope VRoom Racing Buell 7.071 187.96
Mike Berry MB Machining/ LAT Racing Oil Buell 7.102 187.83
Bailey Whitaker Rum Bum Buell 7.143 185.28
Joe DeSantis Javelina H-D & Green H-D Suzuk 7.178 189.04
Darin McCurdy G&M Racing Suzuki 7.194 184.25
Ryan Schnitz Team Muzzy Kawasaki 7.210 183.05
Angie McBride NitroFish/MSR/Redline Oil Buel 7.241 160.79
Katie Sullivan Suzuki 7.284 179.21
Redell Harris Master P/No Limit Record Suzuk 7.425 180.00
James Surber South County Cycles Racing Bue 7.675 149.17

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Hector Arana Wins PSM at Gatornationals in Gainesville

March 15, 2009 by  
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Hector Arana and his Lucas Oil Buell, beat fast qualifier Matt Smith in the final round for the Pro Stock Motorcycle win at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 40th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals. From his very first run on Friday, Smith had been a dominant force in Gainesville this weekend, but Arana ran flawlessly Sunday.

Hector Arana qualified second with 6.957 E.T. at 191.40 MPH, which put him up against Junior Pippin on his Stone Mountain & Granite Mountain Harley Davidson Buell in the first round. Pippin had problems at half track and had little chance against Arana’s scorching 6.935 E.T. at 192.66 MPH.

Douglas Horne of Horne Racing made his NHRA PSM eliminations debut, but his 7.066 E.T. at 185.31 MPH with a 0.024 reaction time, was not enough to beat Angie McBride’s quick 6.994 E.T. at 188.10. McBride’s reaction time was 0.052.

In the second round of eliminations, Arana was up against PSM champion and seventh place qualifier Eddie Krawiec on his Screamin' Eagle / Vance & Hines Harley Davidson V-Rod. Arana ran 6.942 E.T. at 191.84 with a 0.036 react time, beating Krawiec’s 7.031 E.T. at 188.89 MPH with a 0.013 reaction time. Another rider with a round two upset was Angie McBride, who lost to Andrew Hines when her NitroFish /MSR /Redline Oil Buell broke at the line.

Shawn Gann was having a great weekend on his Mastercam Buell, until he had to face Arana in the third round. Gann beat Craig Treble in the first round of eliminations. He then went on to beat third place qualifier Karen Stoffer on her Geico Suzuki. Gann’s great day was no match for Arana’s flawless performance. Hector ran a 6.981 E.T. at 192.17 MPH with a 0.120 reaction time, beating Shawn’s respectable 7.052 at 188.25 MPH, despite his 0.050 reaction time.

Matt Smith first round win against Ryan Schnitz on his Team Muzzy Kawasaki came easily when Schnitz left 0.014 too early, triggering a redlight. Smith then ran a 7.021 E.T. at 186.82 MPH, defeating Steve Johnson’s Wyotech Suzuki which ran 7.083 E.T. at 188.33 MPH, with an impressive 0.020 reaction time. In the third round, Smith faced off against Andrew Hines. Smith’s dominance continued as he dispatched Hines. Hines ran a 7.119 E.T. at 185.08 MPH with a 0.019 reaction time, but Smith ran a better 7.039 E.T. at 187.86 MPH with a 0.048 reaction time.

To get the win in the final round, Arana ran a 6.977 second E.T, at 191.4 MPH with a 0.076 reaction time, besting Matt Smith’s 7.133 second run at 185.51 MPH on his Nitrofish Suzuki. The win earns Arana his second Wally and starts his Pro Stock Motorcycle season on a high note.

Smith Fast Qualifier at Gatornationals Friday

March 13, 2009 by  
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Matt Smith and his Nitrofish Suzuki set the standard early during Friday's qualifying for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 40th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals. Smith's first run was 6.945 second E.T. at 189.44 MPH, putting him at the top of the field. NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion, Ed Krawiec, was sitting seventh in qualifying with a 7.007 second E.T. at 189.71 MPH.

Friday's Qualifying Results

Pos. Rider Sponsor / Bike E.T. / MPH
1. Matt Smith Nitrofish Suzuki 6.945 189.44
2. Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.957 191.40
3. Karen Stoffer Geico Suzuki 6.963 190.43
4. Angie McBride NitroFish/MSR/Redline Oil Buel 6.963 189.50
5. Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.991 188.62
6. Craig Treble Team Scream Suzuki 7.005 189.26
7. Eddie Krawiec Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 7.007 189.71
8. Steve Johnson Steve Johnson Racing Wyotech 7.024 190.30
9. Wes Wells Kendall Suzuki 7.034 191.65
10. Shawn Gann Mastercam Buell 7.063 189.23
11. Michael Phillips MPR & Damn Sport Suzuki 7.079 192.71
12. Redell Harris Master P/No Limit Record Buell 7.159 180.55
--------- Not Qualified Yet ---------
Mike Berry MB Machining/ LAT Racing Oil 7.160 181.54
Douglas Horne Horne Racing 7.169 184.27
Ryan Schnitz Team Muzzy Kawasaki 7.175 181.98
Matt Guidera Rocklin Motorsports Buell 7.208 160.42
Darin McCurdy G&M Racing Suzuki 7.239 183.07
James Surber South County Cycles Racing Buell 7.343 179.85
John Sachs Jr Yate Brothers Racing/SAX Suzuki 7.522 174.62
Junior Pippin Stone Mtn & Granite Mtn HD Buell 7.619 147.34
Joe DeSantis Javelina H-D & Green H-D Suzuk 12.912 49.69

ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals TV Schedule
Gainesville, Fla.
03/14/2009 Qualifying 2:00 AM - 4:00 AM ET - ESPN2
03/15/2009 Repeat Qualifying 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET - ESPN2
03/15/2009 Eliminations 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET - ESPN2
03/18/2009 Repeat Eliminations 2:30:00 AM - 4:30:00 AM ET - ESPN2

Gatornationals Entry List
Rider Hometown Make Sponsors
Ed Krawiec Englishtown, NJ '09 V-Rod Screamin Eagle/Vance & Hines
Matt Smith King, NC '01 Suzuki Nitro Fish/Suzuki
Andrew Hines Brownsburg, IN '09 Hd V-Rod Screamin Eagle/Vance & Hines
Steve Johnson Birmingham, AL '03 Suzuki GSXR Steve Johnson Racing Wyotech
Craig Treble Harvey, LA '98 Suzuki GSXR Team Scream Suzuki
Karen Stoffer Smith, NV '03 Suzuki GSXR Geico Motorcycle
Matt Guidera Loomis, CA '05 Buell Rocklin Motorsports
Douglas Horne Aberdeen, MD '09 Buell Horne Racing
James Surber Whitethorn, CA '06 Buell South County Cycles Racing
Angie Mcbride King, NC '08 Buell Nitro Fish/Msr/Redline Oil
Junior Pippin Conyers, GA '07 Buell Pirana Z
Shawn Gann Stoneville, NC '08 Buell Master Cam
Hector Arana Milltown, IN '07 Buell Lucus Oil Products
Darin Mccurdy Port Charlotte, FL '03 Suzuki G&M Racing
John Sachs Jr Royal Palm Bch, FL '05 Suzk 1500 Yates Brothers Racing/Sax
Ryan Schnitz Decatur, IN '07 Kawasaki Team Muzzy Kawasaki Trim-Tex
Joe Desantis Rootstown, OH '98 Suzuki GSXR Team Joey D
Wesley Wells Greenwood, IN '98 Suzuki Kendall
Eric Mckinney Hamersville, OH '07 Buell RJR Racing Inc
Michael Phillips Baton Rouge, LA '98 Suzuki GSXR MPR & Damn Sport
Redell Harris Prairieville, LA '08 Buell Master P/ No Limit Record
Mike Berry Littleton, CO '09 Buell MB Machining/LAT Racing Oil

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Chris Rivas wins Pomona, Eddie Krawiec Wins Championship

November 17, 2008 by  
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Chris Rivas Drag Specialties / S&S / G2 Buell won the Pro Stock Motorcycle race at the 44th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona and was a hair away from winning the Countdown to One Championship. Rivas defeated Eddie Krawiec’s Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson V-Rod in the final round, but ended the season just 5 points behind Krawiec. After the race, Eddie Krawiec was crowned the series champion. Krawiec won his first series championship through his consistent performance, despite not having a single final round win in NHRA.

Coming into the race at Pomona, Matt Smith held the series points lead, with Krawiec in second and Rivas third. Smith was the top qualifier for Sunday’s race and won his first round against Mike Berry on his MB Precision Machining Suzuki after Berry red-lighted. Smith lost the second round to Chris Rivas when his NitroFish/Torco Buell broke shortly after the launch.
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Matt Smith Fastest Qualifier at Pomona Finals

November 16, 2008 by  
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Matt Smith took the number one qualifying spot on his NitroFish / Torco Race Fuels Buell at the 44th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona. Smith started the weekend with a 19 point lead in the Countdown to One championship points. Smith will race Mike Berry on his MB Precision Machining Suzuki in the first round.

Eddie Krawiec is currently second in the points race and qualified his Screamin' Eagle / Vance & Hines V-ROD second this weekend. Krawiec’s 6.987 second E.T. keeps him well within striking distance of the championship. Krawiec will race Peggy Llewellyn on her Rocklin Motorsports Buell in the first round.

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