KRAWIEC RIDES HARLEY-DAVIDSON V-ROD TO NHRA CHAMPIONSHIPKRAWIECRIDES HARLEY-DAVIDSON V-ROD TO NHRA CHAMPIONSHIP.By: Jennifer GruberScreamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Rider Takes Title with Winin Semi-FinalsPOMONA, Calif. (Nov. 16,2008) – Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider EdKrawiec overcame a 20-point deficit to win the 2008 NHRAPro Stock Motorcycle championship at the season-endingAutomobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals atAuto Club Raceway. The championship is the fourth NHRAPro Stock Motorcycle title in five seasons for theScreamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team.Krawiec started the final weekend of the 2008 NHRAPOWERade Drag Racing Series in second place, 19 pointsbehind NitroFish Buell rider Matt Smith. Smith, thereigning a Pro StockMotorcycle champion, gined a point onKrawiec by leading all qualifiers for the event with a6.967-second run. Krawiec qualified second at 6.987 seconds.Trailing Smith by 20 points – exactly oneround of eliminations – Krawiec started Sunday eliminations bydefeating Peggy Llewellyn in round one and then used a0.019-second reaction time and 7.042 ET to narrowly defeat a0.043/7.022 pass by Chip Ellis. Smith beat Mike Berry in thefirst round, but saw his shot at a second title slip away whenhis motorcycle broke during his second-round run against ChrisRivas. That left Krawiec and Smith tied, with Krawiec needing awin over his Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines teammate, AndrewHines, to clinch the title in the semi-final round. Krawiec(7.098) beat Hines (7.609) to win the first NHRA title of hiscareer. Krawiec had a chance to cap the weekend with an eventwin, but his 7.009-second run was not enough to beat aevent-best 6.929 pass by Rivas.”I’ll tell you, coming into theseason I was hoping to get a win or two, and finish in the topfive in points,” said Krawiec. “That didn’t happen,but we’ve been able to accomplish something that’s only happenedonce before in NHRA history. The level of competition is sohigh, but this has always been a very consistent team, and thatpaid off this season.”Krawiec is only the second champion inNHRA history to win his title without winning a national event.The 31-year-old rider succeeded with consistency, making fourfinal-round appearances, reaching the semi-finals five times,and posting the No.1 qualifying time at three events. He lost inthe first round just three times in 17 events. Krawiec won theeight-rider Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle bonus event at theNHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend. Krawiecentered the five-race Countdown to One playoffs in seventhplace, 80 points behind first-place Smith, but was runner-up inCharlotte to jump to fourth place. He reached second place witha semifinal finish in Dallas then scored back-to-back runner-upsin Richmond and Las Vegas to pull within 19 points of Smith.In 2007 Krawiec left his job as trackmanager at Old Bridge Township Raceway in Englishtown, N.J., torace full-time for the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team,and placed seventh in the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings thatseason. Krawiec started motorcycle drag racing in the AMAProstar series in 1999, where he won nine events and placedsecond in series points in 2002 and 2003. He made his NHRAracing debut at Englishtown in 2004. He now lives in Avon, Ind.,near the Vance & Hines race shop.The championship is the fourth NHRA ProStock Motorcycle title for the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hinesteam. Andrew Hines rode a Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson to winthe title for three consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2006. TheVance & Hines organization has now won 11 professionalmotorcycle drag racing titles.Andrew Hines won at Atlanta and Madison,Ill., in 2008, and made three other final-round appearancesduring the season. Hines was the No. 2 qualifier in theCountdown to One playoffs and finished the season points race infourth place. Hines and crew chief Matt Hines also won the FullThrottle Pit Crew Championship in the Pro Stock Motorcycledivision, which recognizes teams for performance and consistencyduring qualifying over the course of the season.The 2008 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle finalpoint standings: 1. Eddie Krawiec, 2471; 2. Chris Rivas, 2466;3. Matt Smith, 2451; 4. Andrew Hines, 2334; 5. Angelle Sampey,2310.Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts areinspired by and built in the spirit of the raw adrenaline andpower of motorcycle racing. Screamin’ Eagle Pro parts arespecifically designed for race-use applications, while Screamin’Eagle parts offer street-use performance options for theHarley-Davidson motorcycle owner. Visit www.harley-davidson.comfor more information.The Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines ProStock Motorcycle team is sponsored by Ford Truck, Dunlop, MatcoTools and S100.If you liked what Steel Horse News has to say pass it on Clickhere to email this to a WidgetsCopyright© Steel Horse MotorcycleNews.  May 15, 2012.

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