Eddie Krawiec scored his fourth No. 1 qualifying effort of 2012. He will face Craig Treble in Sunday’s first round of eliminations.
Krawiec ran a 6.799-second pass at 196.56 to lead the bikes at the Auto Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Teammate Andrew Hines was second with a 6.824. Hector Arana finished third with a 6.834.
“Today’s first session was okay, rattled the tires a bit, the track was really tight and really good,” said Krawiec, whose No. 1 was his first at Maple Grove Raceway. “It’s actually hard to get down in these conditions. You rarely race on a track that tight. We got a little bit of data and information and came back for the second run.
“We worked it through there and get it past the 60-foot mark without rattling. It shook, a little bit, about .4 or .5 into the run. Luckily it drove right through it. We still had a great 330 run. That’s pretty much what you’re looking for. The 60-foot can be off a little as long as it continues to gain momentum.”
As good as the conditions are this weekend Krawiec believes the chances of a record for the class this weekend are slim to none.
“You’d have to have at least a 1.02 60-foot and I don’t see that happening,” said Krawiec. “It’s like I have been telling everyone … that was 30 pounds ago. I think if you knocked off a stellar run you could go 6.77 or .78.”
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