By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle driver Eddie Krawiec is the No. 1 qualifier at the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. This is Krawiec’s first No. 1 qualifier of the season.
He now has 34 No. 1 qualifiers in his career. He got the top spot after having a 6.849 at 194.21 mph on his Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.
“This is a big race for us, the motorcycles and all of the NHRA,” Kraweic stated. “It’s definitely a tough field out there. I think for Pro Stock Motorcycle it’s going to be a nice tight battle. I’m confident in myself and my abilities. We just need to string it all together.”
He’ll face Steve Johnson in the first-round of eliminations on Sunday. Johnson went 7.005 at 190.59 mph.
LE Tonglet — who got his first win with White Alligator Racing last weekend at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals — is the No. 2 qualifier on his Suzuki after going 6.858 at 194.24 mph. He’ll face Cory Reed — the 2016 Rookie of the Year — who went 7.004 at 190.06 on his Victory motorcycle.
Chip Ellis is the No. 3 qualifier on his Buell with a 6.864 at 192.69 mph. He’ll face Karen Stoffer on her Suzuki in the first-round after she went 6.968 at 191.57 mph.
Lucas Oil-sponsored Hector Arana Jr. is the No. 4 qualifier after going 6.866 at 194.88 on his Buell. Arana Jr. will face Mike Berry after he went 6.951 at 191.16 on his Buell.
Jerry Savoie — the reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion — is the No. 5 qualifier after going 6.867 at 194.58 on his Suzuki. He’ll face Matt Smith, who went 6.928 at 192.93 on his Victory motorcycle.
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