For the second-consecutive round, Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines pilot Ed Krawiec was victorious. The Harley-V-Rod rider swept the NHRA Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, taking the Pro Stock Motorcycle number-one qualifier, the Pro Bike Battle special event and then the win. Krawiec beat Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki’s Jerry Savoie by 0.010 of a second.After eight of 16 rounds Krawiec now has 702 points – 106 ahead of Hector Arana Jr. (Lucas Oil Buell). Krawiec’s teammate Andrew Hines is in third with 546 points.
“We’ve known all season what potential the Harley V-Rods have,” said Krawiec. “We just needed to find the right performance mix. We are going to keep working and testing to make what we’ve got even better. There are two races left before the Countdown starts and we want to be ready to run for the title.”Krawiec, the defending Sonoma champion, topped Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying with a best Elapsed Time of 6.787 seconds. Hines, the defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, qualified the team’s other V-Rod motorcycle in second position with an ET of 6.837 seconds.On Saturday, Krawiec won an all-Harley final in the NHRA Pro Bike Battle when Hines fouled at the start. The Pro Bike Battle is a special event conducted during qualifying rounds at Sonoma and open to the top-eight qualifying performers from the previous season. Hines defeated Hector Arana and Hector Arana Jr. to reach the final, while Krawiec advanced with wins over Scotty Pollacheck and Jerry Savoie.“We started with this power combination on the V-Rods in Denver and now after Sonoma, we’ve got some valuable data from a sea-level track,” said Hines. “We are preparing for the next race at Brainerd and then will head into the U.S. Nationals and the Countdown with some momentum.”Krawiec defeated Angie Smith, Steve Johnson and Pollacheck to reach a final-round match with Savoie. Krawiec posted an ET of 6.881 seconds to better the 6.891 second-run of Savoie, a margin of victory of about 14 inches. Krawiec now has two victories in five final-round appearances this season and has 29 final-round wins in his career.The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag team will be back in action Aug. 20-23 at the 34th Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.