Krawiec Wins Toyo Tires Nationals at Reading

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Eddie Krawiec, racing on his Screamin Eagle/Vance & Hines V-ROD, defeated Michael Phillips’ MPR & Damn Sport Suzuki in the final round to win the Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA. Phillips final round appearance was hampered when he shut down early. Michael Phillips damaged his in engine in the semi-final round against Bailey Whitaker, and borrowed Steve Johnson’s engine to race in the final.

Krawiec also cemented his 3rd place spot in the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle points standings. Krawiec will face off against 6th place Craig Treble in the Pro Bike Battle September 5th at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.

Krawiec secured the top spot in the Countdown to One during a race weekend that NHRA thought would never end. Race qualifying ended prematurely on Friday due to rain. On Saturday, qualifying resumed, only to be stopped for water seepage at the far end of the track. The Safety Safari and track worked clean and dry the track so that qualifying could continue. Saturday’s qualifying sessions ended early as the rain began to fall during the third round of PSM qualifying. Sunday’s final eliminations were plagued with major delays due to the water seepage issue again. Maple Grove Raceway issued a formal apology to fans and racers for the delays due to water seepage, as well as announcing plans to repair the track to prevent a recurrence.

Andrew Hines Top Qualifier at Summit Nationals

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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

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

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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

Smith Fast Qualifier at Gatornationals Friday

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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

Timing information courtesy of NHRA

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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Red Light beats 9 of sixteen riders at the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Reading

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Matt Smith won again on Sunday, while the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class had a tough day at the 24th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Reading, PA. The field was quick in qualifying, but the red light would be the challenger to beat, as nine of the sixteen riders fouled out. More than half the field left the line too soon, triggering the red light, and immediately handing the win to their competitors.

In the first round of eliminations, six of the eight elimination races were decided by the red light, mostly in the right lane. Hector Arana, Andrew Hines, Wesley Wells, Junior Pippin, Matt Guidera, and Paul Gast all lost the first round to the light. Elimination round two went the same way as the first with three out four runs decided by the red light.

In the semi-final round, the red light was no longer a problem. Angelle Sampey and her Rush Racing Products Buell defeated Karen Stoffer and her Geico Suzuki, with a 7.024 second E.T. at 187.21 MPH with a 0.107 reaction time (RT) to Stoffer’s 7.093 second E.T. at 186.15 MPH with a 0.069 RT. Karen Stoffer’s appearance in the semi-final round earned her enough points to break into the top ten in the points standings. Matt Smith’s NitroFish / Torco Buell defeated Steve Johnson’s Snap-On Tools Suzuki, with a 6.983 E.T. at 188.81 MPH with a 0.030 RT, to Steve’s 7.019 E.T. at 189.90 MPH with a 0.007 RT.

In the final round, Matt Smith outran Angelle Sampey for the win. Smith, the event’s top qualifier, ran a 6.957 E.T. at 188.81 MPH, beating Sampey’s 7.061 E.T. at 186.28 MPH.

This weekend also set the field for the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle scheduled for Saturday August 30th during the Mac Tools U.S Nationals at Indianapolis. The Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle is a race within the race for a $15,000 for the winner.

The field for the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle is:

Chip Ellis
Matt Smith
Andrew Hines
Eddie Krawiec
Angelle Sampey
Karen Stoffer
Chris Rivas
Matt Guidera

AMA Dragbike Cancels Pro Stock Motorcycle Races

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AMA Dragbike has announced that they've canceled all races in their Pro Stock Motorcycle class for the rest of the racing season. The cancellation is immediate, so the Pro Stock class will not run at the next race. The next scheduled AMA Dragbkie race is the Pingel Thunder Nationals at Indy.

AMA Dragbike president Scott Valetti stated,“the rising cost of racing in the class led to a lack of participation, which led to this decision. It simply makes no sense to continue running the class when racers are choosing not to run it.”

Pro Stock Motorcycle entries have been declining at AMA Dragbike and NHRA events this year. Racers have struggled to secure major season sponsors and have also suffered due to higher fuel expenses as they travel to major series events, causing some to stay home. The increased travel expenses have reduced racer participation in all professional drag racing series.

AMA Dragbike will introduce their new Factory Extreme class at the Pingel Thunder Nationals. AMA Dragbike says that the Factory Extreme class is the, Pro Stock for modern bikes." The class is for modern production sportbikes set up for drag racing, using slicks and wheelie bars, will be run an exhibition series this year. Factory Extreme will be a competition class series in 2009.

Pro Stock Motorcycle ace Llewellyn eyeing Denver return

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As we noted on May 31st, Peggy Llewellyn is returning to NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing this year, with Matt Guidera's Rocklin Motorsports Team. has this update:

Peggy Llewellyn, the popular San Antonio-based pro who finished fourth in last year's Pro Stock Motorcycle standings, is planning a return to the NHRA POWERade Series, most likely at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver July 11-13. Llewellyn, who was released from the Klement team at the end of 2007, will ride an S&S-powered Buell that is owned and maintained by the Guidera family's Rocklin Motorsports team.

“Ever since I found out I didn't have a ride for this season, I've been...

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