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PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE ROUND 1 (12:31 p.m.): It was an adventure for some riders, but ultimately the top four qualifiers and six of the top eight advanced in the opening round of Pro Stock Motorcycle. Andrew Hines had low E.T. of the round with a 6.764 on his Harley V-Rod and low qualifier Jerry Savoie also found the 6.7s in his win over Karen Stoffer, who broke. It was a tough round for the Lucas Oil Buell team. After qualifying in the top half of the field, Hector Arana Sr. fouled and Hector Jr. was shut off on the starting line against Matt Smith. Eddie Krawiec also had an adventure when his Harley-Davidson got close to the centerline. Krawiec was able to hold on and defeat Mike Berry with a 6.888.
Second-round pairings (lane choice first): Andrew Hines vs. Scotty Pollacheck; Jerry Savoie vs. Steve Johnson; Matt Smith vs. Eddie Krawiec; LE Tonglet vs. Joey Gladstone.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE ROUND 2 (1:55 p.m.): Harley-Davidson teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec are on pace for a possible all-V-Rod final round after solid wins in the second round of Pro Stock Motorcycle. Krawiec overcame his handling issues in the first round to post a 6.791 in his win over Matt Smith’s Polaris entry and Hines outran Scotty Pollacheck with a6.827. The round featured a huge upset when reigning Mello Yello champ Jerry Savoie lost to Steve Johnson on a big holeshot, 6.863 to a 6.803. Rookie Joey Gladstone also made it to his first semifinal with a narrow 6.839 to 6.839 win over LE Tonglet.
Semifinal pairings (lane choice first): Eddie Krawiec vs. Joey Gladstone; Andrew Hines vs. Steve Johnson
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE SEMIFINALS (3:01 p.m.): For the 21st time, Harley-Davidson teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec will meet in the final round of a Pro Stock Motorcycle race. Hines, who holds a slight 11-10 advantage, defeated Steve Johnson in the semifinals. Johnson grabbed a big lead at the start but his Suzuki encountered a mechanical issue and slowed allowing Hines to take the win with a 6.79. Hines also stopped Angelle Sampey and Scotty Pollacheck earlier in the day. Krawiec will have lane choice in the final after his 6.76 held on to defeat rookie Joey Gladsone’s 6.86. Krawiec’s path to the final included wins against Mike Berry and Matt Smith.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE FINAL ROUND: Eddie Krawiec, far lane, won for the 37th time in his career and the fifth at Gainesville Raceway when he defeated teammate Andrew Hines in an all-Harley-Davidson final round. Krawiec rode to a 6.763 to hold off Hines, who grabbed a lead at the start but fell behind to a 6.802. Krawiec has now appeared in 64 final rounds.
Eddie Krawiec described his first-round win over Mike Berry as “ugly” but that doesn’t begin to describe what could have been a disaster. Krawiec’s Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson drifted toward the centerline and it took just about all of his vast experience to keep it upright.
“I was leaning pretty hard and when you do that, the front tire washes out and starts to skid,” said Krawiec. “These bikes tend to do that once in a while. It’s a scary deal but you have to stay with it. If you roll off the throttle, the bike will stand up and at that point, it might dart left or right and then you’ve got a real problem.”
All things considered, Krawiec wasn’t too disappointed with his 6.888-elapsed time since he figures he scrubbed off at least a tenth of a second.
“If we make it run straight, it will go a 6.75 or .76,” Krawiec said. “We’ll make a small axle changed and then make sure we’re lined up straight at the start and go from there.”
Krawiec’s second run yielded a much better 6.793 that was good enough to beat two-time Mello Yello champ Matt Smith.