By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle driver Eddie Krawiec is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. Krawiec picked up his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season.
The Danville, Indiana native went 6.806 at 197.83 mph from Friday to claim the top spot. This is his 43rd No. 1 qualifier of the season.
Krawiec will face Jimmy Underdahl in the first-round of eliminations. The North Branch, Minnesota native went 6.905 at 195.11 mph.
“I was fortunate enough to keep the No. 1 spot,” Krawiec said. “One of my teammates, Chip Ellis, almost knocked me off, but we were able to get it done. Rolling into tomorrow, I think it should be some good racing. It’s definitely going to be a game-changer. You have to be on this weekend and whoever comes out of here going the most rounds is probably going to be the most comfortable in this points battle. It’s do or die time, really.”
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Chip Ellis is the No. 2 qualifier. The China Grove, North Carolina native went 6.806 at 196.90 mph.
He’ll face Joey Gladstone in the first-round of eliminations. The Milton, Delaware native went 6.903 at 194.30 mph.
White Alligator Racing rider Jerry Savoie is the No. 3 qualifier. The Cut Off, Louisiana native went 6.819 at 195.99 mph.
He’ll face Steve Johnson in the first-round of eliminations. The Birmingham, Alabama native went 6.891 at 194.27 mph.
Denso Racing/Elite Performance rider Matt Smith is the No. 4 qualifier. The King, North Carolina native went 6.836 at 197.71 mph.
He’ll face Karen Stoffer in the first-round of eliminations. The Gardnerville, Nevada native went 6.884 at 194.30 mph.
Lucas Oil TV rider Hector Arana Jr. is the No. 5 qualifier. The Milltown, Indiana native went 6.838 at 199.29 mph.
He’ll face Scotty Pollacheck in the first-round of eliminations. The Central Point, Oregon native went 6.879 at 195.03 mph.
Elimination Match ups
1) Eddie Krawiec vs. 16) Jimmy Underdahl
2) Chip Ellis vs. 15) Joey Gladstone
3) Jerry Savoie vs. 14) Steve Johnson
4) Matt Smith vs. 13) Karen Stoffer
5) Hector Arana Jr. vs. 12) Scotty Pollacheck
6) Andrew Hines vs. 11) Hector Arana
7) Angie Smith vs. 10) Ryan Oehler
8) Angelle Sampey vs. 9) LE Tonglet
There were six bikes on the property that did not qualify for the show. Ron “The Rat” Tornow was the No. 17 qualifier. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native went 6.908 at 193.43 mph.
Kelly Clontz was the No. 18 qualifier, as the Hughesville, Maryland native went 6.925 at 192.38 mph. John Hall was the No. 19 qualifier, as the Hamden, Connecticut native went 6.929 at 194.16 mph.
Mark Paquette was the No. 20 qualifier, as the Howell, Michigan native went 6.935 at 192.00 mph. Anthony Vanetti was the No. 21 qualifier, as the Elk Grove, California native went 7.101 at 185.92.
Maurice Allen was the No. 22 qualifier, as the Melbourne, Australia native went 7.110 at 188.04 mph.
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