LAS VEGAS, Nev. (October 28, 2012) – The Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines drag racing team clinched the 2012 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship as rider Ed Krawiec roared to his ninth Pro Stock Motorcycle win of the season and third in a row at the NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion now leads the class by 111 points with one event left on the schedule.
“What a great weekend for our team,” said Krawiec. “I had an outstanding V-Rod® to race and....all I’m thinking about is going to Pomona with a chance to end the season winning four Wallys in a row, which I’ve never done.”
Krawiec actually won two events at Vegas. On Saturday he and Hines raced in the last round of qualifying to complete the final elimination round of the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, which was postponed by rain on Oct. 8 at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. Krawiec won that face-off and pulled ahead of Hines, his closest rival for the championship, by 51 points.
On Sunday, Krawiec made his last appearance of the season on a Harley V-Rod with a special Hard Candy Pink Flake paint scheme and matching leathers, the end of a month-long effort to raise breast cancer awareness. For the finale at Pomona, both Screamin’ Eagle V-Rods will revert to the team’s traditional Black and Silver paint schemes.
In the final, Krawiec faced Viper Motorcycle Company Buell rider Matt Smith, and got the 20th win of his career and ninth of the season with a 6.959-second ET to 6.967 seconds for Smith.
Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle Countdown with 2672 points. Hines is second with 2561 points. Lucas Oil Buell rider Arana Jr., who lost in round two on Sunday, is third with 2448 points.
The Pro Stock Motorcycles will close out the 2012 season Nov. 8-11 at the 48th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.
The Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team is sponsored by Matco Tools, Dunlop and Traxxas.