PSM Qualifying Carnage and Competition at Route 66

Eddie Krawiec led a tight pack at the top of the Pro Stock Motorcycle field after qualifying on Friday evening at the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. Krawiec ran a 6.835 at 196.87 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Street Rod to edge defending world champion Matt Smith’s 6.837 at 198.32 on his EBR.

Hector Arana Jr.

Hector Arana Jr. and his EBR sit a very close third with a 6.838 at 197.22, followed by Krawiec’s teammate Andrew Hines (6.844 at 196.90) and Hector Sr. (6.849 at 197.54).

The back half of the field saw wholesale mechanical destruction in round 1. Steve Johnson sawed his only motor in half, while Kelly Clontz and Andie Rawlings chewed up some trannies.

One of the most interesting stories at Route 66 is Michael Ray testing a Maxx ECU on a Matt Smith Racing Victory. The bike made one pass so far, an off-the-trailer shut-off pass of 7.43 at only 145
With her own chassis damaged by a broken axle, Andie Rawlings has her George Babor bullet in the old Joey D./Joey Gladstone “Poison Dart” bike that Gary Stoffer has up for sale. Andie sat out Q2 with a masticated tranny.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.835, 196.87; 2. Matt Smith, EBR, 6.837, 198.32; 3. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.838, 197.22; 4. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.844, 196.90; 5. Hector Arana, EBR, 6.849, 197.54; 6. Angelle Sampey, Harley-Davidson, 6.867, 195.36; 7. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.901, 195.96; 8. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.912, 195.00; 9. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 6.934, 196.42; 10. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.987, 193.16; 11. Jianna Salinas, Suzuki, 6.989, 190.97; 12. Marc Ingwersen, Buell, 7.025, 191.00; 13. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.343, 139.14; 14. Michael Ray, Victory, 7.435, 145.28; 15. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 19.922, 26.98.

Ron Capps paced the Funny Car category Friday evening with a run of 3.893-seconds at 326.00 mph in his NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. “To go No. 1 in the first session and have it hold was pretty cool,” said Capps. “In the first run, I actually shut off about a car length early so it was on a little bit better run. Then in the next session, (Rahn) Tobler (crew chief) kept coming back and de-tuning it. In the end, he just made it so it would just go down the track.”
Funny Car — 1. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.893, 326.00; 2. J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 3.907, 327.74; 3. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.938, 327.90; 4. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.940, 325.92; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.951, 323.04; 6. Blake Alexander, Ford Mustang, 3.959, 325.22; 7. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.973, 316.15; 8. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.973, 301.40; 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.983, 318.09; 10. Jeff Arend, Mustang, 3.985, 321.12; 11. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.003, 311.49; 12. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.004, 318.24; 13. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.032, 258.67; 14. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.055, 314.75; 15. Justin Schriefer, Charger, 4.056, 305.01; 16. Paul Lee, Charger, 4.061, 312.42. Not Qualified: 17. Dale Creasy Jr., 4.085, 308.07; 18. Bob Bode, 4.159, 297.94; 19. Terry Haddock, 7.940, 87.99.
Mike Salinas finished atop the qualifying order in Top Fuel with a 3.693 at 328.30 in the second qualifying session of the day. He will look for his third No. 1 qualifier of the season in his Scrappers Racing dragster. Antron Brown finished the day in second position after his pass of 3.753 at 320.74.
Top Fuel — 1. Mike Salinas, 3.693 seconds, 328.30 mph; 2. Antron Brown, 3.753, 320.74; 3. Steve Torrence, 3.757, 322.34; 4. Doug Kalitta, 3.764, 322.96; 5. Austin Prock, 3.769, 321.19; 6. Clay Millican, 3.774, 324.98; 7. Leah Pritchett, 3.776, 327.82; 8. T.J. Zizzo, 3.783, 323.12; 9. Shawn Reed, 3.800, 319.67; 10. Dom Lagana, 3.806, 322.04; 11. Pat Dakin, 3.808, 324.12; 12. Brittany Force, 3.819, 320.36; 13. Cameron Ferre, 3.950, 297.48; 14. Kyle Wurtzel, 3.961, 295.40; 15. Scott Palmer, 3.962, 311.70; 16. Luigi Novelli, 4.054, 249.39. Not Qualified: 17. Jordan Vandergriff, 4.203, 206.92; 18. Chris Karamesines, 4.468, 191.38; 19. Richie Crampton, 4.622, 166.37; 20. Terry McMillen, 6.040, 110.06; 21. Lex Joon, 8.670, 76.25.
In Pro Stock Car, Jason Line has a provisional lead in the category with his run of 6.582 at 207.56. He is looking for his second No. 1 qualifier of the season in his KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro. His KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson currently sits in the second qualifying position with a pass of 6.583 at 207.50.
Pro Stock — 1. Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.582, 207.56; 2. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.583, 207.50; 3. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.585, 206.76; 4. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.595, 207.94; 5. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.599, 209.26; 6. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.606, 207.15; 7. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.606, 206.92; 8. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.609, 209.85; 9. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.611, 207.27; 10.
Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.617, 207.75; 11. Richard Freeman, Ford Mustang, 6.622, 207.69; 12. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.636, 208.46; 13. Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.657, 206.23; 14. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.658, 206.51; 15. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.660, 206.54; 16. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Camaro, 6.745, 204.39. Not Qualified: 17. Alan Prusiensky, 6.748, 205.91; 18. Wally Stroupe, 6.795, 203.37; 19.
Robert River, 6.899, 200.83.
story by NHRA and Tim Hailey, photos by Hailey
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