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.

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.

 

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