After a pair of runs on Friday that he described as “very average,” Eddie Krawiec and his Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson came to life on Saturday with a 6.843 to take over the top spot in the field. Even though he was later bumped back to No. 2 by Angelle Sampey, Krawiec was encouraged by the improvement.
“It was a pretty good run. It rattled the tire a little bit, but otherwise it’s been very good,” said Krawiec. “We just need to work on our tune-up a little bit and try to get the bike running right. I’ve done pretty well at this track in the past, and I’m one of the few people who actually enjoy racing in the Countdown; the pressure doesn’t bother me, so I’m looking forward to eliminations.”
Krawiec will face Karen Stoffer’s Suzuki in round one, and there is a distinct possibility that he could face off with teammate Andrew Hines in the semifinals because the two Harley-Davidson V-Rods are on the same side of the ladder.