KRAWIEC TAKES NO. 1 SPOT ON VEGAS PSM LADDER
Eddie Krawiec keeps inching closer to his fourth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship.
After qualifying was complete, Krawiec held down the top spot with his 6.936-second lap at 191.76 mph on his Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson at the Toyota Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
More importantly, Krawiec remains in the points lead and holds a 108-point lead over second-place LE Tonglet.
This was Krawiec’s 37th career No. 1 qualifying position and his fifth this season. Krawiec faces John Hall in the first round.
“I wasn’t sure if it (his time) would hold and fortunately for me it did,” Krawiec said. “It was a little bit hotter and a little more of a cross wind, head wind going on and that made it a little bit more challenging to get down the dragstrip. We made two good clean runs (Saturday) and I’m happy with the way my bike is performing, and I just need to go out there, stay focused and get win lights. That’s what gets you points and that’s all that I’m concerned about right now.”
Krawiec’s other PSM championships came in 2008, 2011, and 2012.
“All I’m concerned about (Sunday) is making good, clean laps down the track, it doesn’t matter who my opponent is in the other lane,” Krawiec said. “I just need to go out there and do my job. If I have a good motorcycle under me and I do my job, I will get round wins whether it is Jerry (Savoie) or LE (Tonglet) in the other lane. Obviously, I would love for somebody else to take them out before I have to get there, but I think the way anything shakes out, you have to do it yourself. Let the path fall as the direction it may and work towards it. I’m just going to stay focused and look for round wins. I know if I can continue and stay in those later rounds, it is going to make it much hard on the others fighting for it (the world championship).”
The 2017 NHRA season concludes Nov. 9-12 in Pomona, Calif.
“I had two really good runs (Saturday), but I think we are giving up a little bit down low, down low in the 60 foot,” Krawiec said. “My bike is leaving really well and it’s staying under control and we’re probably going to make a couple changes going into (Sunday) which should make it a little better because now is your opportunity you need to go out there and make really good runs. It’s going to be a little bit of a chess match I think on how hard you run your motorcycle early on a track as it gets a little or a little greasy. So, we are going to definitely look at the data and we think where we can improve, and we are going to go after it in the first round.”