Krawiec PSM Top Qualifier at the NHRA Fall Nationals

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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
6.912 193.07
Joe DeSantis Team Joey D
7.127 188.81
Andrew Hines Screamin'
Eagle/Vance & Hines VROD
6.930 191.95
Steve Johnson
Racing Suzuki
7.113 183.72
Matt Smith Nitrofish
6.944 192.14
Junior Pippin Stone Mountain
& Granite Mountain Harley Davidson Buell 
7.094 188.89
Douglas Horne  Horne Racing
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
7.074 187.50
Karen Stoffer Geico Suzuki 6.997 190.75
David Hope VRoom Racing
7.068 185.28
Shawn Gann Rum Bum Racing
7.014 190.62
Angie McBride NitroFish/MSR/Redline
Oil Buell
7.049 186.56
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

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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

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

Chris Rivas wins Pomona, Eddie Krawiec Wins Championship

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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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Chris Rivas Wins in Vegas, Matt Smith Holds Point Lead

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Chris Rivas won the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class at AC Delco NHRA Las Vegas Nationals on Sunday. Rivas' Drag Specialties S&S Buell V-Twin ran a 7.052 E.T. at 185.79 MPH in the final round to defeat Eddie Krawiec and his Screamin' Eagle / Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson VROD. Rivas remains third in POWERade Championship points and is just 39 points behind points leader Matt Smith. The win by Rivas tightened the points race, reducing Smith's lead from 79 points. Krawiec's final round appearance also helped him edge closer to a possible championship. Krawiec remains second in the Countdown to One, but he reduced Smith's lead from 42 points to just 19 points with one race left in the season.

Angelle Sampey was the event's quickest qualifier when her Rush Racing Products Buell set a track elapsed time record of 6.993 seconds in qualifying on Friday. Sampey improved on that time with a 6.980 E.T. at 188.17 MPH run in the first round against Junior Pippin and his Stone Mountain & Granite Mountain Harley-Davidson Buell, Read more

Angelle Sampey Quickest at Las Vegas Qualifying

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Angelle Sampey set an NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle track E.T. record in qualifying on Friday at the AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at LVMS. Sampey ran her Rush Racing Products Buell to a 6.993 second elapsed time at 188.23 MPH to secure the top qualifying position for Sunday’s race. Sampey currently sits fourth in the NHRA POWERade Countdown to One championship points, 102 points behind the leader. Sampey will race Junior Pippin in the first round of Sunday’s elimination.

Eddie Krawiec and his Screamin' Eagle / Vance & Hines Harley Davidson VROD took the second qualifying spot with a 7.035 E.T. at 189.52 MPH. Krawiec is second in championship points and is 42 points behind points leader Matt Smith. Krawiec will face Shawn Gann and his X-Treme Rebellion / XXX Racing Fuel S&S-powered Buell in the first round on Sunday. Gann qualified fifteenth with a 7.169 E.T. at 182.26 MPH in his first outing with his new sponsors and bike.

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Craig Treble Wins O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals in Memphis

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Craig Treble wins at the NHRA POWERade 21st annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil in Memphis, TN on Sunday. Treble took his Pro Stock Motorcycle race win with a solid weekend on his Albrecht's Fast Track Suzuki. Treble qualified eighth for the Mid-South Nationals, but found that the bike had more speed when he needed it. Treble came into this race ninth in Countdown to One championship points, and leaves Memphis eighth in points.

Treble's first round match-up was against Michael Phillips on his Phillips Racing Suzuki. Phillips had great reaction time of 0.012 and a 7.097 second E.T. at 190.46 MPH, but it wasn't enough to make up for Treble's 7.034 E.T. at 187.00 MPH. Treble's next challenger was GT Tonglet and his GT Motorsports Buell. Tonglet won his first round against top qualifier Chip Ellis, when Ellis left early and took a red light. Tonglet also had a great reaction time of 0.015, but it couldn't make up for his 7.105 E.T. at 185.43 MPH against Treble's 7 .061 E.T. at 184.60 MPH.
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Eddie Krawiec wins the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle

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In a Harley-Davidson versus Harley-Davidson final round, Eddie Krawiec defeated Andrew Hines to win the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle. The Battle was held Saturday during the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 54th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle gives the top eight riders in Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle Points earned during the season a chance to race for the $25,000 first place prize, from a total purse of $76,000.

This year’s competitors were:
Chip Ellis
Matt Smith
Andrew Hines
Eddie Krawiec
Angelle Sampey
Karen Stoffer
Chris Rivas
Matt Guidera

Angelle Sampey’s bike broke at the line when the bike had a clutch issue that kept her from holding the bike still, handing the first round win to Kraweic. Krawiec’s teammate Andrew Hines defeated Karen Stoffer in the first round. Kraweic got another break when Chip Ellis took a red light during the second round of the battle. Andrew Hines defeated Matt Smith to get in the final round against his teammate.

The final round match-up of both Vance & Hines Screamin' Eagle Harley Davidson V-RODs was decided as soon as it began. Andrews Hines’ reaction time of -0.011 seconds tripped the red light and gave Krawiec the $25,000 prize and trophy. Hines' day didn’t end too bad though, he gets to walk away with a $10,000 runner-up prize.

Eddie Krawiec takes top qualifying spot at Mile-High Nationals

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Eddie Krawiec takes top qualifying spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 29th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Colorado. Krawiec took the top spot by riding his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson V-Rod to a 7.328 second elapsed time at 1818.74 MPH. Krawiec's teammate, Andrew Hines, qualified fourth with a 7.332 second E.T. at 182.23 MPH.

Many competitors struggled to adjust to the thiner atmosphere in Denver, but the full field qualified for Sunday's race. Ryan Schnitz qualified his Team Muzzy Kawasaki sixteenth and will face Krawiec in the first round.

Another notable entry is the long awaited return of Peggy Llewellyn on a Rocklin Motorsports Buell. In Peggy's first race weekend since finishing fourth in championship points during the 2007 season, she ran a 7.509 second E.T. at 178.42 MPH qualifying fifteenth in the field. Peggy will face-off against Chip Ellis on Sunday. Welcome back Peggy!

First round pairings and qualifying times:

Rider Sponsor / Team E.T. MPH
Eddie Krawiec Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 7.328 181.74
Ryan Schnitz Team Muzzy Kawasaki 7.884 168.64

Chip Ellis Schumacher Electric Suzuki 7.328 181.28
Peggy Llewellyn Rocklin Motorsports Buell 7.509 178.42

Matt Smith NitroFish/Torco Buell 7.331 181.67
Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 7.465 177.42

Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 7.332 182.23
David Hope R&J Racing Buell 7.438 179.83

Steve Johnson Snap-On Tools Suzuki 7.332 179.59
Junior Pippin Stone Mountain & Granite 7.434 176.49
Mountain HD Buell

Matt Guidera Rocklin Motorsports Buell 7.339 181.30
Mike Berry MB Precision Machining Buell 7.431 177.49

Chris Rivas Drag Specialties/S&S/G2 Buell 7.350 180.72
Angelle Sampey Rush Racing Products Buell 7.418 180.12

Craig Treble Team Tigue Suzuki 7.354 182.23
Karen Stoffer Geico Suzuki 7.371 181.89

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