Buell Rider Wins Championship
After 19 years of futility, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana finally won his first NHRA national event last year when he claimed the race trophy in Norwalk, Ohio. The Puerto Rican native said at the time that life simply couldn’t get any better.
Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., the 51-year-old found a way to top that feat, clinching his first Full Throttle Championship by riding his powerful Lucas Oil Buell V-Twin to the top of the drag racing world.
Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines rode a Harley-Davidson V-Rod to his third NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle event win of the season, and his 18th career win, at the Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hines won in the final round of eliminations when Buell rider Hector Arana fouled at the starting line.
Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec, who came to Las Vegas in second place and 28 points behind Arana in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Countdown to the Championship, lost to the series points leader in the semi-final round.
Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec retained second place in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Countdown to the Championship, advancing to the final round of eliminations at the NHRA Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park. Krawiec, making his 10th final-round appearance of the season aboard a Harley-Davidson V-Rod, lost to Michael Phillips on the MPR & DAM Sports Suzuki. The event was postponed until Monday due to rain on Sunday.
With two events left in the Countdown playoffs, Krawiec is now 28 points behind Buell rider and points leader Hector Arana.
Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec was the number-one qualifier and advanced to the final round of Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations aboard a Harley-Davidson V-Rod at the O’Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Krawiec lost in the finals to Hector Arana, who rides a Buell. Krawiec is now in second place and 27 points behind Arana in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
"We ran well all weekend and made it to the final round," said Krawiec. "I’d call that a pretty successful outing for the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team.
Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec rode a Harley-Davidson V-Rod to the semi-final round of Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. Krawiec lost that round to top qualifier Hector Arana, who won the event by defeating Gieco Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer in the finals.
The loss to Arana dropped Krawiec, the defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, from first to second place and nine points behind Arana in the Countdown to the Championship points race, which began with the Carolina Nationals.
Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines riders Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines will open the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoffs seeded first and second in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category, as the field of 10 qualified riders was set during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park.
In the first 12 events of the 2009 NRHA Full Throttle season, Krawiec, the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, rode his Harley-Davidson V-Rod to eight final-round appearances and won four events to lead the series with 1,026 points.
Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec leads the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle series by more than 100 points after racing a Harley-Davidson V-Rod to the semi-final round of eliminations at the Lucas Oils NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
Krawiec’s closest rival in the points race both went out in the first round of eliminations. Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines, who is in second place, lost to Stone Mountain/Granite Mountain Harley-Davidson Buell rider Junior Pippin.
Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines defeated his teammate, Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec, to win the final round of Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations at the Fram Autolite NHRA® Nationals at Infineon Speedway. It was the third consecutive all-Harley® V-Rod® final round of the 2009 NHRA season, the second win of the season for Hines and the 17th of his career.