Ed Krawiec powered his Harley-Davidson to win number three in the 2009 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado, outside of Denver.
“Three wins and six-consecutive finals after going last year without a win. That’s pretty amazing,” said Krawiec, the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. “The Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team is really clicking right now. Winning over your teammate is the best victory I can get because we are so competitive with each other.”
Hines qualified second for the event with a run of 7.342 seconds, while Krawiec’s best pass of 7.363 was good for fourth in qualifying. Hector Arana lead all qualifiers with an elapsed time of 7.319 seconds.
Both Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines riders advanced through Sunday eliminations with the benefit of opponent’s starting-line fouls, as eight of the 15 races during Sunday’s action were decided by red lights. Hines got red-light wins over Suzuki rider Jim Underdahl and NitroFish.com Buell rider Matt Smith in the first two rounds, and defeated Team Scream Suzuki rider Craig Treble in round three with a 7.335-second pass that would be the quickest run of the elimination rounds. Hines was on the verge of a red light himself, with a perfect reaction time of 0.000 seconds in round two and a 0.004 start in round three.
“I told everyone I was playing with fire at the starting line,” said Hines. “But Matt Smith is right behind me in points and had just made a really quick run, and I knew it would take everything I had to beat him in round two. The perfect light was a little quicker than I wanted, but it worked out when he went early.”
Krawiec dispatched MB Machining Buell rider Mike Berry in round one, and got red-light wins over Doug Horne on the Horne Racing Buell in round two, and Arana in round three. Krawiec had a reaction time of 0.004 seconds in the second round, his closest brush with a red light before the final.
Hines was too quick at the line in the final, leaving 0.008 seconds early to hand the win to Krawiec, whose reaction time was just 0.001 seconds.
“I don’t try to kill the tree unless I need to, but today we had equal bikes and in the final round I knew the best reaction time would probably win, so I went for it,” said Krawiec. “I owed Andrew one after Norwalk anyway. I think all the red lights today are just an indication of the close competition in the class right now.”
After eight events on the 17-race 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule, Krawiec leads the series with 739 points. Hines is in second position with 651, followed by Smith in third with 559, Treble with 535 and Horne with 506 points.
The next event on the 2009 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule is the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals, July 24-25 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racing Results
Mopar Mile-High Nationals – Morrison, CO
Round Win/Loss Driver R-Time E-Time Speed
Final (W) Eddie Krawiec (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hine 0.001 7.450 175.62
(L) Andrew Hines (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines -0.008(R) 7.517 166.56
Round 3 (W) Eddie Krawiec (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hine 0.024 7.341 180.33
(L) Hector Arana (Lucas Oil Buell) -0.056(R) 7.365 181.42
(W) Andrew Hines (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 0.004 7.335 181.08
(L) Craig Treble (Team Scream Suzuki) 0.006 7.404 178.28
Round 2 (W) Craig Treble (Team Scream Suzuki) 0.030 7.483 174.46
(L) Michael Phillips (MPR & Damn Sport Suzuki) 0.022 7.492 175.25
(W) Hector Arana (Lucas Oil Buell) 0.013 7.415 179.04
(L) Steve Johnson (Steve Johnson Racing Wyotech 0.009 7.429 175.57
(W) Eddie Krawiec (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hine 0.004 7.388 178.02
(L) Douglas Horne (Horne Racing Buell) -0.003(R) 7.430 175.50
(W) Andrew Hines (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 0.000 7.388 178.59
(L) Matt Smith (Nitrofish Suzuki) -0.013(R) 7.382 176.03
Round 1 (W) Steve Johnson (Steve Johnson Racing Wyotech 0.037 7.396 176.07
(L) Karen Stoffer (Geico Suzuki) 0.067 7.393 176.49
(W) Matt Smith (Nitrofish Suzuki) 0.030 7.384 175.89
(L) Junior Pippin (Stone Mtn & Granite Mtn HD B 0.008 7.448 171.40
(W) Douglas Horne (Horne Racing Buell) 0.014 7.442 173.16
(L) David Hope (VRoom Racing Buell) -9.999(R) NT-Broke Before Staging
(W) Eddie Krawiec (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hine 0.081 7.373 179.71
(L) Mike Berry (MB Machining/ LAT Racing Oil Bu 0.006 7.488 171.93
(W) Craig Treble (Team Scream Suzuki) 0.016 7.423 178.35
(L) Shawn Gann (Rum Bum Racing Buell) -9.999(R) NT-Broke Before Staging
(W) Andrew Hines (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 0.022 7.367 180.02
(L) Jim Underdahl (Suzuki Extended Protection S -0.036(R) 7.443 175.00
(W) Hector Arana (Lucas Oil Buell) 0.037 7.381 179.85
(L) Bailey Whitaker (Rum Bum Buell) 0.105 7.546 169.42
(W) Michael Phillips (MPR & Damn Sport Suzuki) 0.031 7.439 179.25
(L) Matt Guidera (Rocklin Motorsports Buell) -0.006(R) 7.396 176.14