SAVOIE NOT A FAN OF THIRD V&H BIKE, HINTS RETIREMENT
Jerry Savoie’s White Alligator Racing team won the Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals title when rider L.E. Tonglet beat Eddie Krawiec in the final.
In fact, Savoie’s Suzuki team, a customer of Vance & Hines’ engine program, eliminated two of the three Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson team bikes in competition. However, it wasn’t Krawiec’s full-time teammate with whom Tonglet beat in the second round of competition.
Though Savoie lost to Krawiec and not Ellis in the first round, he’s still not a fan of the most dominant team in Pro Stock Motorcycle bringing out a third bike ridden by Chip Ellis, in what his post-race press release describes as a blocker.
“I’m a little not so happy about the third Harley,” said Savoie. “I don’t know what that’s gonna prove, and why would they do that to their customers? I don’t get it. But that makes us wanna work harder and beat them even more.”
While it’s unclear whether the aforementioned situation has had any bearing on private talk of a semi-retirement or retirement as a rider, the fact is Savoie is now talking publicly about such a status change.
“I‘m gettin’ to that age now where I might just step back a little bit. I don’t want to get out completely—maybe make five or six races,” said Savoie, 59, and a past NHRA World Champion.
“But I’d like to keep Tim and the team running. The truck and the team will be out there—absolutely, whether I’m out there on a full season or not. We’re tryin’ to set up now what goes on next year. We’ve got some things coming down the pike that I think are pretty impressive.”
Savoie confirmed there is nothing set in stone for 2019 for either sponsorship from Nitrofish or rider L.E. Tonglet, so there is active search for both a rider and sponsor.
“So we’re looking for another rider to put on my bike,” Savoie confirmed. “It takes a good rider, but we have a proven product. I think we can get somebody that it takes to compete and win races.”
Tim Hailey contributed to this report