By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Screamin Eagle’ Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Krawiec went 6.843 at 197.45 mph on Friday to claim the top spot at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
This is Krawiec’s third No. 1 qualifier of the season. He was last the No. 1 qualifier at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Elwood, Illinois.
“I’ve got a great motorcycle currently right now,” said Krawiec, the defending event winner. “It just made a good clean run down the dragstrip at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. My run [on Saturday], we kind of missed it a little. The track was a little tricky. It’s really important to have a good motorcycle on Saturday because then you kind of know what to expect Sunday. It’s nice to have a green (No. 1 qualifier) hat today, but, man, you want a yellow (winner) hat [Sunday].”
The Danville, Indiana native will face Michael Ray Jr. In the first-round of eliminations. The New Braunfels, Texas native went 7.041 at 178.26 mph.
Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith is the No. 2 qualifier. The King, North Carolina native went 6.848 at 198.90 mph.
Smith will face Kelly Clontz in the first round of eliminations. The Hughesville, Maryland native — who receives assistance from Smith — went 7.020 at 191.43 mph.
Krawiec’s teammate Andrew Hines is the No. 3 qualifier. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 6.848 at 198.90 mph.
Hines will face Marc Ingwersen in the first-round of eliminations. The Upper Sandusky, Ohio native went 6.968 at 192.41 mph.
Lucas Oil sponsored Hector Arana Jr. Is the No. 4 qualifier. The East Northport, New York native went 6.868 at 196.19 mph.
He’ll face Joey Gladstone in the first-round of eliminations. The Milton, Delaware native went 6.968 at 193.21 mph.
Matt Smith Racing backed rider Scotty Pollacheck is the No. 5 qualifier. The Central Point, Oregon native went 6.881 at 194.04 mph.
Pollacheck will face Ryan Oehler in the first-round of eliminations. The Bloomington, Illinois native went 6.953 at 194.97 mph.
The rest of the pairings looked like this:
6. Angelle Sampey, Harley-Davidson, 6.887, 191.76 mph vs. 11. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.923, 193.68 mph
7. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.888, 197.28 mph vs. 10. Cory Reed, EBR, 6.915, 194.13 mph
8. John Hall, Suzuki, 6.902, 195.76 mph vs. 9. Hector Arana, EBR, 6.905, 196.22 mph
Did Not Qualify:
17. Odolph Daniels, 7.292, 176.60 mph