SONOMA, Calif. — official series release by Kevin McKenna, National DRAGSTER Senior Editor — NHRA photo —
Eddie Krawiec raced to victory in the NHRA Pro Bike Battle Saturday at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals and earned $7,500 for the win in the all-star bonus race featuring the eight quickest riders from last year’s qualifying results.
Krawiec accomplished the feat when Harley-Davidson teammate Andrew Hines red-lighted at the start.
It was the second win for Krawiec in the specialty event.
“I was a little surprised that Drew red-lighted,” said Krawiec, who won his first Bike Battle in 2008, when it was known as the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle. “I actually expected him to cut the Tree down. I thought he’d be .20 or better, but he said he changed the way he held the [clutch] lever, and we know what happens when you change your routine. His bike has come around a little and so has mine.”
“Everyone knows we’ve struggled a bit this year, and it took a lot of hard work to get down this road,” Krawiec added. “We ran we’ll, but we weren’t consistent. Before Denver, we went to a test session because we just didn’t know where to look. Now we do. I can’t thank Matt [Hines, crew chief] and the rest of the Vance & Hines team enough. We have a great bike for tomorrow, and I hope we can repeat what we did today.”
Hines, who won this event last year and has six specialty event titles to his credit, single-handedly stopped the Arana team on his way to the final round. In his opening battle against Hector Arana Sr., Hines won with a 6.837, and he then topped Hector Arana Jr. in the semifinals, 6.941 to 6.973.
In addition to the victory, Krawiec solidified his place atop the Pro Stock Motorcycle field by running a 6.787 during his first-round win over Scotty Pollacheck.
CREDIT: National Hot Rod Association