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.

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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Steve Johnson Does It Again! Wins Carolina Nationals


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Steve Johnson rode his Snap-On Tools Suzuki to victory at the inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals at zMax Dragway in Concord, North Carolina on Sunday. This makes two in a row for Johnson, after his win at the U.S. Nationals in Indy two weeks ago. Johnson qualified his Suzuki in the fifth spot for the Carolinas Nationals. He defeated the third fastest qualifier, Eddie Krawiec, in the final round when Krawiec jumped the start by -0.002 of a second.

Steve Johnson began the weekend eighth in Countdown to One championship points. His performance this weekend have bumped him up to second in the points standings. Matt Smith currently sits first in points, 34 points ahead of Johnson.

Notably, Andrew Hines gave a first round win to Wesley Wells by taking a red light. Joe De Santis also took a first round win after Craig Treble’s Suzuki refused to start. In the second round, Joe Read more

Matt Smith wins in Denver and Peggy Llewellyn returns in good form


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Matt Smith defeated Steve Johnson to win the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 29th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Colorado. Smith rode his NitroFish/Torco Buell to a 7.326 second elapsed time at 180.74 MPH with a reaction time of 0.005, beating Steve Johnson's 7.340 second E.T. at 180.81 MPH with a 0.043 reaction time. Steve Johnson defeated Eddie Krawiec in the semi-final round when Krawiec's Harley-Davidson broke at the line.

Matt Smith made his way to the final round by defeating Peggy Llewellyn in the semi. Smith ran a 7.370 second E.T. at 181.06 MPH compared to Llewellyn's 7.529 second E.T. at 176.19 MPH. Matt's reaction time was 0.048 to Peggy's 0.040. This was Peggy Llewellyn's first race this year and she returned in fine form. Llewellyn has had to sit most of the season out because she has been unable to secure a title sponsor so far. Peggy joined forces with Matt Guidera of Rocklin Motorsports for a two race deal covering Denver and Sonoma. Peggy is riding a Rocklin Motorsports S&S powered Buell for both races, while she and Guidera make a serious push to secure a sponsor for her to race with for the race of the season.

Guidera and Llewellyn have created a unique program where you can sponsor their bikes. Visit the Rocklin Motorsports sponsoship page for more details on how you can sponsor Peggy or Matt's racing.

Editor's note: When this article was originally published, it erroneously reported Steve Johnson as winning the Mile-High Nationals. We goofed up.

Chris Rivas wins Route 66 NHRA Nationals


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Chris Rivas won his first Wally at the NHRA Powerade 11th annual Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, IL. (Chicago) on his S & S Drag Specialties Buell. Rivas (7.051 seconds, 185.43 MPH) defeated Craig Treble (7.134 seconds, 185.38 MPH) on his Team Tigue Suzuki in the final round of the rain delayed race.

Angelle Sampey had a perfect 0.000 reaction time during second round elimination, which was a byerun, because Shawn Gann unable to make the run after going off the end of the track in the prior round against Matt Smith. Gann reported that the high wind almost blew him off of his Suzuki.

Ellis Eager to Get Back to Competition After Month-Long Layoff


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It's been four weeks since Schumacher Electric Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Chip Ellis has ridden his Suzuki in competition and he's eager to get back in the saddle at this weekend's Route 66 NHRA Nationals, the fifth race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series for the two-wheel class.

Ellis has had an impressive season so far in his first year racing for Don Schumacher Racing. The Florida native enters the event third in the point standings on the strength of three semifinal finishes and one runner-up effort. He's qualified in the top half of the field at all four events this year, and has been ...

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Johnson “Chomping At The Bit To Get Back On The Track” in Chicago


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It’s been 30 long days since Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Steve Johnson has swung his leg over the black and red trim of his Snap-on Tools Suzuki, which makes him more than a little anxious for this coming weekend’s NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, IL to begin.

“I’m counting the hours,” he admitted with a grin from his office in Irondale, AL. “Racers don’t live normal lives. In fact, we kind of experience things in dog years. That means the last month has seemed like more than a year to me. Wait! Did I get that right? Who cares, you get the idea.

“It’s been a while since we’ve raced, and I’m just as anxious as is my ...

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Pro Stock Motorcycle Veteran Steve Johnson Ready To Race Now!


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Johnson’s team of Tim Kulungian, Richie Wiley and top WyoTech gradate Jeffrey Imhoff will once again be headed by noted tuner/crew chief Mark Peiser, who guided Johnson’s Snap-on Tools Suzuki to his 15th Top 10 points finish in 21 years in 2007. “To be completely honest with you,” Peiser said, “we want to have the best Suzuki at the race. But Steve and I, with many others Suzuki teams, look at the V-Twin’s qualifying number one 75% of the time for the past 4 years and feel the 160 cubic inches they have is too much of an advantage over our 101 cubic inches Suzuki engines. NHRA.com thinks that’s parity because different teams win on Sunday. It’s my job to tune the motorcycle to get the most out of it and try for the number one spot no matter what the rules are. After qualifying, it’s about racing and our short term goal is to be in the NHRA’s Countdown program.”...

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