Eddie Krawiec pulled off an impressive display of killing two birds with one stone during Saturday’s final Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying session at the NHRA Big O Tires Nationals at the Strip in Las Vegas. Not only did he successfully hold onto his fifth pole position of the season with a 6.902-second elapsed time from Friday qualifying, he also scored his eighth victory of the season.
Krawiec completed unfinished business by defeating teammate Andrew Hines to win the rain-delayed NHRA Auto Plus Nationals final round from Maple Grove Raceway. The victory extended his point lead over Hines to 51.
“The win today is huge,” said Krawiec, who will race GT Tonglet Jr., in Sunday’s first round of eliminations. “I had mixed emotions a few weeks ago when we didn’t run the finals. I felt we had a great opportunity and then we unloaded my bike here and still had a fast motorcycle.
“We work on the tune-up and tried to refine it. Made some good laps and I feel I have a good race day motorcycle. I think we missed the set-up just a little in the last session. Overall the end result is the motorcycle went down the track. A lot of little points … I think 11 total. Those are huge when you are in a tight points battle. Looking back at this weekend I’m glad we did it here.”
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