Krawiec Takes Harley V-Rod To Semi-Finals At Denver Drags

MORRISON, Colo. (July 24, 2011) –  Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec raced his Harley-Davidson V-Rod®  to the semi-final round of Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Krawiec also posted the top speed of the event at 185.84 mph. Karen Stoffer rode the Geico Suzuki to win the final round.

Krawiec qualified third for Sunday eliminations with an elapsed time (ET) of 7.258 seconds. Andrew Hines qualified the other Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines V-Rod® in sixth position with a 7.276-second run. Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana led all qualifiers with a 7.240-second pass in qualifying.

In Sunday eliminations, Hines (7.316) lost in the first round to Nitrofish Suzuki rider LE Tonglet (7.285).

“Facing Tonglet in the first round was luck of the draw after he qualified in the final round, a repeat of last year’s championship and one of us was going to be disappointed,” said Hines. “I had an up-and-down weekend with my riding, and I wish I had more to show for this trip to the mountain, but we have the V-Rod motorcycles running closer to each other. Now we have to re-boot for racing near sea level at Sonoma.”

Krawiec opened Sunday’s action with a win over Suzuki Extended Protection rider Jim Underdahl in round one, and advanced in round two after Tonglet fouled at the start, leaving 0.014 second early. Krawiec faced Stoffer in the semi-finals, and lost on a hole-shot. Stoffer’s 0.002-second reaction time and 7.338-second ET was just 0.0343 quicker than the 0.049/7.325 run posted by Krawiec.

“Well, Karen did not leave much on the plate with that start,” said Krawiec. “I would have liked to be a little quicker off the line, but not a lot. We are still in a tight race, and there are a lot of points left to win.”

Stoffer defeated The Edge Suzuki rider Michael Phillips in the final.

With her win at Denver, Stoffer takes the series points lead from Krawiec. After seven of 16 scheduled Pro Stock Motorcycle events, Stoffer has 599 points. Krawiec drops to second with 566 points. Matt Smith, who lost in the first round at Denver, is third with 456 points. Tonglet is fourth with 453 points, followed by Hines in fifth position with 436 points.

The Pro Stock Motorcycles will next race when the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series stops at the 24th annual Fram/Autolite NHRA Nationals, July 29-31, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Company Information

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit harley-davidson.com

 The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team is sponsored by Matco Tools and Dunlop.

Krawiec Holds On To NHRA Pro Stock Points Lead At Route 66

Takes Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® Into Round 2 in Sunday Eliminations

JOLIET, Ill. (July 10, 2011) –  Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec left the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals leading the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle series after winning one round of eliminations. Krawiec took over the series lead after winning the last event in Norwalk, Ohio, but could not build on that momentum in the heat and humidity at Route 66 Raceway.

“We still don’t have a good hot-weather tune-up for the Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod®, and that’s something we’ve been working on for a few seasons,” said Krawiec. “So we’ll keep working on it. It wasn’t a terrible outing for us. We got one win and keep the points lead.”

Krawiec qualified fifth for the event with an elapsed time (ET) of 6.988 seconds. Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines qualified the team’s other Harley V-Rod in 11th position with a 7.029-second pass. Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. led all qualifiers with an ET of 6.950 seconds.

Hines was done on Sunday after a first-round loss to VRoom Racing Buell rider David Hope. Hines ran 7.099 to 7.040 for Hope.

“My bike was struggling this weekend, and on Sunday we went back to the set-up we used for Eddie’s bike, but we were off on the tune-up,” said Hines. “We are going to stay here and test on Monday and try to find a better combination for this hot weather that we can use later this season, and then go right to Denver for the next event. We need to find some consistency.”

Krawiec opened the Sunday elimination rounds with a 7.014-second run and a win after the Suzuki ridden by Steve Johnson broke at the starting line. Krawiec ran 7.094 and lost to the 7.065 effort of Kuryakyn Buell rider Chip Ellis in round two.

Nitrofish Suzuki rider LE Tonglet defeated Ellis in the final round to win the event.

After six of 16 scheduled Pro Stock Motorcycle events, Krawiec leads the series with 485 points. Karen Stoffer, who won one round at Route 66, stays in second place with 479 points. Matt Smith moves up to third with 424 points after winning two rounds at Route 66. Hines and Tonglet are tied for fourth with 401 points.

The Pro Stock Motorcycles will next race at the 32nd annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 22-24 at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

Krawiec Takes Pro Stock Points Lead With Win At Norwalk

Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines Team Gets Third Win of Season

NORWALK, Ohio (June 26, 2011) –  Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec rode a Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® to his second Pro Stock Motorcycle event win of the season at the 5th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Krawiec defeated Buell rider Matt Smith in the final, and leaves Norwalk leading the Pro Stock Motorcycle class in season points.

 

“It’s great to be back on top in points,” said Krawiec. “I want to stay there for the rest of the season. I feel like I’m moving in the right direction and riding with real confidence, and the team is really working hard.”

 

Friday qualifying was rained out, leaving the field with just two runs to qualify on Saturday. Krawiec’s best run was a 6.934-second blast that put him in the fifth position. Andrew Hines qualified the other Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod in ninth place with a 6.978-second run. Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. led all qualifiers with a 6.887-second run.

 

“We came to Norwalk with a plan and some new set-up ideas we wanted to try, and losing Friday really messed that up for us,” said Hines. “We needed to run more rounds to gather some data. We tried three different engines this weekend and it never ran very well. Ed’s V-Rod was great in the first two rounds on Sunday, but mine never came around. It’s very frustrating, but we’ll do some more testing at the shop see what we find.”

 

Hines lost to Varoom Racing Buell rider David Hope in the first round on Sunday, with a 7.164-second elapsed time (ET) to Hope’s 7.056.

 

Krawiec opened Sunday eliminations with a 6.919 ET that would be the quickest run of the day, good for a win over Varoom Racing/LAT Racing Oil Buell rider Mike Berry. Krawiec got a free pass in round two when Jim Underdahl did not make the start after changing engines in his Suzuki Extended Protection motorcycle. Krawiec defeated Hope in the semi-finals, and then got the win in the final round over Matt Smith after his Buell broke down mid-run.

 

“I was using my racing luck at the end today,” said Krawiec, who now has nine career Pro Stock Motorcycle event wins. “By the final the track was getting hot and greasy and the tire just spun at the start, my reaction time was not great and the bike was falling off at the end. We might have had a different result if Matt could finish the run, but I’ve been on the other end of that situation too. So it all evens out. The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle team really battled this weekend so I’ll take the win any way it comes.”

 

After five of 16 scheduled Pro Stock Motorcycle events, Krawiec leads the series with 425 points. Karen Stoffer, whose Geico Suzuki broke at the first-round starting line at Norwalk, drops from first to second with 418 points. Hines is third with 369 points, followed by Smith with 350 points.

 

The Pro Stock Motorcycles will next race at the 14th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, July 7-10, at Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill.

 

Hines And Harley V-Rod Are Hot In Big Houston Win

BAYTOWN, Texas (May 1, 2011) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines paced the Pro Stock Motorcycle field at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway, guiding his Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® through four rounds of eliminations to take his first event win of the 2011 season. Hines defeated Attitude Apparel Suzuki rider Michael Phillips in the final round.

“We got off to kind of a rocky start here on Friday,” said Hines, “but we turned the corner in the last qualifying session on Saturday. The weather today was the same as on Saturday, so we didn’t touch the tune-up and the bike ran consistently all day. The graphs for each run are identical. When the bike is working like that, it’s great for my confidence.” Hines posted an elapsed time (ET) of 6.901 seconds in the final round of qualifying on Saturday  and claimed the third slot for Sunday eliminations. Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec qualified eighth at 6.921 seconds. Nitrofish Suzuki rider LE Tonglet led all qualifiers with a pass at 6.849 seconds.

Tonglet, the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, was eliminated on a starting line foul in the first round on Sunday. Krawiec defeated Suzuki Extended Protection rider Jim Underdahl in round one, and the Steve Johnson Suzuki in round two, before losing to Johnson in the semi-finals.

“We need to figure out what happened to my bike in the third round,” said Krawiec, who had a 6.990 ET, a significant drop-off from a 6.910 in round one. “We may have hurt the motor or been off on the tune-up. My V-Rod should not have been running that slow.”

Hines opened the Sunday rounds with wins over Kuryakyn  Buell rider Chip Ellis and SAF Suzuki rider Gerald Savoie, and then made the day’s best pass at 6.888 seconds to defeat Karen Stoffer on the Geico Suzuki in round three. Hines led from the start in the final, with a 0.028 reaction time and 6.900 ET to beat the 0.034/6.946 run of Phillips. “We are extremely happy with the way our V-Rod motorcycles are performing so far this season,” said Hines, who now has 24 career NHRA final-round victories. “The bikes are just running a chalk line down the track. We came close to an all-Harley final today, and I’m sure we’ll have some this season.”

After two events, Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle division in points with 202. Hines is second with 184 points, followed by Stoffer with 179 and Lucas Oil Buell rider  Hector Arana with 141. The Pro Stock Motorcycles will next race at the 31st annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-15, atAtlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.

 

Company Information

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visitharley-davidson.com.

 

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team is sponsored by Matco Tools and Dunlop.

 

 

KRAWIEC RIDES HARLEY V-ROD TO DRAG VICTORY AT GAINESVILLE

Krawiec Runs 199.26 MPH to Set New NHRA Speed Record; Hines Qualifies Third

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2011) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec opened the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing season with a victory at the 42nd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Krawiec, who also won at Gainesville in 2010, posted the quickest elapsed time of Sunday eliminations in round three with a 6.825-second pass at 198.85 mph on a Harley-Davidson® V-Rod®, and won the final when Geico Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer fouled at the start.

“This track had some killer conditions, it was meant to go fast,” said Krawiec. “My V-Rod was very consistent all weekend and I just came to the line feeling very comfortable every round. I felt zero pressure today.”

Krawiec was the second-fastest qualifier for the event with a 6.788-second ET in the first round on Friday, and also set a new national class record for top speed at 199.26 mph. Krawiec was bettered only by Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana, who opened qualifying with a 6.777 run that reset the Pro Stock Motorcycle national ET record of 6.811 seconds set by Krawiec at Pomona in November, 2010. Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines used a 6.826-second pass in the second round on Friday to qualify third.

In Sunday eliminations, Hines won his opening round match with Suzuki rider Steve Johnson, but lost in round two to Nitrofish Suzuki rider LE Tonglet, who used a 0.020 reaction time and 6.825 ET to beat the 0.029/6.852 effort of Hines.

“After three days of testing last week, and then the performance of these Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle bikes at Gainesville, I can say we’ve had a successful off-season,” said Hines. “I had a great bike today, and had the bad luck to run into the defending champion on his best run of the weekend. That race between me and Tonglet may go have been one of the quickest combined times in history.”

Krawiec opened with a win over Suzuki rider Katie Sullivan in round one, and got a pass in round two when SAF/Motorcycle Specialties rider Gerald Savoie fouled at the start. In the semi-final round, Krawiec used that blistering 6.825-second pass to defeat Tonglet, the defending series champion, who ran 6.861.  Krawiec then advanced to his 20th career final round and secured his eighth career event win when Stoffer left the line just 0.002 seconds early.

“The third-round match with Tonglet was just great racing,” said Krawiec. “There will be no gimmee rounds this season. The level of competition is up a little, and there are a lot of racers out here that can run 6.8s. If we stay consistent and make good passes every round we’ll get our wins this year.”

Krawiec opens the season leading the Pro Stock Motorcycle division in points with 124. Arana, who lost to Stoffer in round three, is second with 104 points. Stoffer is third with 100 points, followed by Tonglet with 74 points and Hines with 62.

The Pro Stock Motorcycles will next race April 29 – May 1 at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.