Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec leaves the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway as the number-one Pro Stock Motorcycle seed for the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.Krawiec has three wins in six final-round appearances in the first 10 races of the season and leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle class by 135 points. For the upcoming six-race Countdown, points for the Top 10 racers will reset with a 10-point interval between each, plus a 20-point bonus for Krawiec as the top seed. The Countdown playoffs begin Sept. 18 at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, N.C., at the zMax Dragway.
“The Screamin’ Eagle team is heading into the Countdown with a lot of confidence and two very fast Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycles,” said Krawiec, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion (2008, 2011 and 2012). “We know what it takes to win this championship, and that’s with consistent performance by both the rider and the motorcycle.”Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines, the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, is the third seed for the Countdown. Hines has one win in two final-round appearances this season.“We are in a great position to start the Countdown,” said Hines, a four-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion (2004-2006, 2014). “The V-Rods are running well and responding to tuning changes, and that’s only going to improve as we head into cooler weather during the Countdown.”Hines qualified in second position at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, he won in the first round of eliminations on Monday and lost in round two. Krawiec qualified eighth at Indy and also won a single round on Monday.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!