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.

 

Reed aims for San Diego Supercross podium

San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium is the site of this weekend’s seventh round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an event at which TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed hopes to shine.

Early race pace has been the only chink in the armour of the two-time champion, who has shown on a number of occasions his ability to charge back through the pack after being caught in turn 1 crashes.

The mid-pack melee at last week’s Houston event made chasing a podium position incredibly difficult for the Aussie star, a scenario he is looking to avoid with a clean run from the start gates.

“Starts are critical on any night but the track at Houston made it even more important to get ahead of the pack,” said Reed.

“I got caught up and spent the race trying to make passes and get back positions.

“I wasn’t unhappy with the ride but it’s made that much tougher when you’re letting pace go to waste.

“Hopefully we see a more rider-friendly track this week, I’m pumped to get out there and put in a good result to get back into the top three.”

The TwoTwo Motorsports pilot has finished every race of the 2011 season inside the top ten.

Reed sits in fourth after six rounds, 7 points behind fellow Honda rider Trey Canard. He maintains a buffer of four points over defending champion Ryan Dungey.

Supercross Class Season Standings

1.    Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 132
2.    James Stewart, Haines City, Fla, Yamaha, 123
3.    Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 112
4.    Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla, Honda, 105
5.    Ryan Dungey, Belle Plain, Minn., Suzuki, 101
6.    Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 80
7.    Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 80
8.    Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 65
9.    David Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 62
10.    Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 61