Hector Arana Tops Qualifying for Las Vegas Nationals

November 1, 2009 by  
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Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Hector Arana put his Lucas Oil Buell in the top qualifying position for this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Las Vegas Nationals. Arana ran a 6.979 second elapsed time at a 192.03 MPH during the second round of qualifying on Friday. Grabbing the number one qualifying spot pads Arana's 28 point lead over Eddie Krawiec. Arana will face Mike Berry on his MB Machining / LAT Racing Oil Buell in the first round of Sunday's eliminations.

Andrew Hines qualified second for Sunday's race, running his Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines V-Rod to a 6.990 second E.T. at 192.25 MPH. Hines is currently fifth in championship points and will run against Freddie Camarena on his Embee/Clay Smith Cams Suzuki.

Eliminations will broadcast on November 1st, from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM ET, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM PT on ESPN2 and again from 2:00 AM - 4:00 AM ET on November 13th / 11:00 PM - 1:00 AM PT on November 12th.

Qualifying Position Rider Sponsor
/ Bike
E.T. MPH
1 Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.979 192.03
16 Mike Berry MB Machining/ LAT Racing Oil
Buell
7.194 186.05
2 Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance &
Hines
6.990 192.25
15 Freddie Camarena Embee/Clay Smith Cams Suzuki 7.176 190.30
3 Matt Smith Nitrofish Suzuki 7.000 190.48
14 Larry Cook Coyner's Auto Body Buell 7.165 186.36
4 Eddie Krawiec Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 7.023 190.97
13 Jim Underdahl Suzuki Extended Protection Suzuki 7.161 188.75
5 Karen Stoffer Geico Suzuki 7.035 190.43
12 Steve Johnson Steve Johnson Racing Suzuki 7.103 188.96
6 Junior Pippin Stone Mountain & Granite
Mountain HD Buell
7.043 187.96
11 Shawn
Gann
Rum Bum Racing Buell 7.076 188.33
7 Michael Phillips MPR & DAM Sport Suzuki 7.051 189.63
10 Douglas Horne Horne Racing Buell 7.075 188.86
8 David Hope VRoom Racing Buell 7.061 189.76
9 Craig Treble Team Scream Suzuki 7.075 190.06
DNQ
Joe DeSantis Team Joey D Suzuki 7.266 185.89
James Surber South County Cycles Racing Buell 7.303 181.94
Redell Harris Master P/No Limit Record Buell 7.424 182.77
Bailey Whitaker Rum Bum Buell 7.462 182.26
Katie Sullivan Sullivan Racing Suzuki 7.477 178.95
GT Tonglet Rocklin Motorsports Buell 7.695 184.12

Mid-South Nationals Rain Delayed – Memphis

October 4, 2009 by  
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The eliminations for the 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals in Memphis, TN have been delayed by rain. The race is now scheduled for Monday. Races are scheduled to resume at 10:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

The eliminations broadcast is scheduled to be shown Monday night from 7:00-10:00 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN2.

Krawiec PSM Top Qualifier at the NHRA Fall Nationals

September 26, 2009 by  
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Eddie Krawiec came out of qualifying on top in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class at this weekends O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis, Texas.

This weekends scheduled TV coverage:
Sunday 9/27 Qualifying 12:15 AM - 2:15 AM ET on ESPN2
Sunday 09/27 Repeat Qualifying 1:00:00 PM - 3:00:00 PM ET on ESPN2
Sunday 09/27 Eliminations 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM ET on ESPN2
Friday 10/02 Repeat Eliminations 1:30 AM - 3:30 AM ET on ESPN2

Sunday's First Round Match-ups with qualifying times and speeds.

Rider Sponsor
/ Bike
E.T. Speed
Eddie Krawiec Screamin'
Eagle/Vance & Hines VROD
6.908 192.55
Redell Harris Master P/No
Limit Record Buell 
7.179 183.24
               
Hector Arana Lucas Oil
Buell
6.912 193.07
Joe DeSantis Team Joey D
Suzuki
7.127 188.81
Andrew Hines Screamin'
Eagle/Vance & Hines VROD
6.930 191.95
Steve
Johnson       
Steve Johnson
Racing Suzuki
7.113 183.72
Matt Smith Nitrofish
Suzuki
6.944 192.14
Junior Pippin Stone Mountain
& Granite Mountain Harley Davidson Buell 
7.094 188.89
Douglas Horne  Horne Racing
Buell
6.966 190.75
Mike Berry MB Machining/
LAT Racing Oil Buell
7.092 186.56
Michael Phillips MPR & DAM
Sport Suzuki
6.976 194.60
Craig Treble Team Scream
Suzuki
7.074 187.50
Karen Stoffer Geico Suzuki 6.997 190.75
David Hope VRoom Racing
Buell
7.068 185.28
Shawn Gann Rum Bum Racing
Buell
7.014 190.62
Angie McBride NitroFish/MSR/Redline
Oil Buell
7.049 186.56
DNQ
Bailey Whitaker Rum Bum Buell 7.256 183.34
Blaine Hale Suzuki 7.279 184.40



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

Timing data courtesy of NHRA

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

Timing data courtesy of NHRA.

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.

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