KRAWIEC HASN’T CLINCHED BIKE TITLE YET BUT GETS 43RD VICTORY
Eddie Krawiec is floating in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle stratosphere.
He rose to the top of the qualifying order, took his points lead to a virtually untouchable level with one race remaining in the schedule, and soared into the sport’s outer orbit Sunday with his final-round victory against Hector Arana Jr. at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
With a 6.924-second quarter-mile elapsed time at 193.16 mph, Krawiec earned his 43rd victory at the Toyota Nationals and expanded his lead over second-place L.E. Tonglet from 107 points to 150.
He’ll have to wait until the season finale in two weeks at Pomona, Calif., to claim his fourth championship officially.
But this weekend he passed Angelle Sampey for third on the career victories list and is one behind the late class icon Dave Schultz. Krawiec’s Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Street Rod teammate, Andrew Hines, is the class all-time leader with 47 victories.
“To be in that elite group, up there above 40 . . . it’s awesome. All I wanted was one back in 2008. I ended up with a championship trophy. I didn’t even have a win, but I had a championship. I felt cheated. It was weird.”
“This is really a dream season. I can’t believe the Countdown season going the way it is: four wins out of five [races]. Just the way it’s all rolling into place for me, it’s a dream season – couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Krawiec did it Sunday by beating John Hall, Sampey, and Scotty Pollacheck on the way to his seventh victory in eight final rounds this year.
Arana ran a 6.949-second, 192.91-mph pass in the final round after defeating Katie Sullivan, Mike Berry, and L.E. Tonglet.
He joined Terry McMillen (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) in the winners circle.