Savoie Switching Bikes for Eliminations

Unhappy with the performance of his own White Alligator Racing Suzuki in Saturday’s two rounds of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying, Jerry Savoie will bring Karen Stoffer’s team bike to the ready line for round one of today’s eliminations at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Stoffer’s Big St. Charles Suzuki is available because—as you’ve read here on Eatmyink—she’s sitting 2020 out. Savoie’s bike is a brand new build that tested well, but has since been powder coated and reassembled. Savoie’s best today was a 7.05, placing him 11th in the order and .157 off the the pace of number 1 Eddie Krawiec.

Team tuner Tim Kulungian poured over the details in the rulebook, and the switch is legal. But known as the “Eddie Hill rule,” it is usually used when a vehicle is wrecked in the final round of qualifying. With only two rounds of qualifying at this event, it wasn’t like the WAR team could switch after Friday rounds and qualify the second bike on Saturday.

Angie Smith

Savoie will face Angie Smith in E1, and if the switch weren’t legal, you can bet that her husband Matt would be on top of it. “You do whatcha you gotta do,” Angie said. “He’ll probably run an .87 on that bike first time down the track.”

Or, a bike that hasn’t turned a wheel in months could fall flat on it’s face. It’s a risky, swing for the fences kind of move. At best, the Stoffer bike is heavier—built to her size. It will be interesting to watch no matter what happens.

John Hall

Savoie’s teammate John Hall sits 9th with the 6.964 he ran in Q1. His Q2 pass fell off due to an unplugged shiftlight. “Good thing I wasn’t on a solo pass and people couldn’t hear how bad that pass was,” Hall quipped to Kulungian at the end of the track.

“You were on a solo pass,” said Kulungian, noting that Steve Johnson broke a motor early in the other lane.

“It’s demoralizing,” Johnson said about the broken motor.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is qualified 2nd, only .002 off of Krawiec’s 6.897.

Flyin’ Ryan Oehler

Flyin’ Ryan Oehler had a good day and sits 5th with a 6.931.

Chris Bostick

Chris Bostick is running the 2 valve motor and is without builder/tuner George Babor on site. Bostick nearly missed Q2 and was not at all ready to make the lap. He’s 15th and has to race Matthew.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.897, 196.24  vs. 16. David Barron, EBR, 7.482, 175.00; 2. Matt Smith, EBR, 6.899, 196.04  vs. 15. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 7.304, 183.10; 3. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.904, 194.24  vs. 14. Ron Tornow, Victory, 7.171, 186.59; 4. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.913, 195.73  vs. 13. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 7.084, 188.67; 5. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.931, 195.59  vs. 12. Marc Ingwersen, EBR, 7.074, 190.70; 6. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.948, 194.35  vs. 11. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 7.054, 189.98; 7. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.959, 189.58 vs. 10. Angelle Sampey, Harley-Davidson, 6.966, 192.58; 8. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.964, 193.40  vs.
9. John Hall, Suzuki, 6.964, 192.47.
Funny Car — 1. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 3.983, 317.72  vs. 16. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.555, 184.70; 2. Jonnie Lindberg, Ford Mustang, 3.987, 318.24  vs. 15. Bob Bode, Mustang, 4.436, 221.74; 3. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.050, 298.47  vs. 14. Mike McIntire, Toyota Camry, 4.425, 199.11; 4. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.056, 282.95  vs. 13. Alex Miladinovich, Camry, 4.382, 246.53; 5. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.083, 310.48  vs. 12. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 4.317, 235.43; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.090, 289.07  vs. 11. Daniel Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.194, 256.80; 7. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.097, 304.53  vs. 10. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.168, 254.47; 8. Paul Lee, Charger, 4.110, 267.80  vs. 9. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.146, 259.36. Did Not Qualify: 17. Jim Campbell, 4.905, 167.72; 18. Terry Haddock, 5.073, 153.51.
Top Fuel — 1. Steve Torrence, 3.779 seconds, 321.19 mph  vs. 16. Luigi Novelli, 8.836, 91.78; 2. Doug Kalitta, 3.804, 316.30  vs. 15. Lex Joon, 5.221, 135.63; 3. Terry McMillen, 3.812, 316.75  vs. 14. Antron Brown, 4.397, 185.82; 4. Billy Torrence, 3.859, 316.08  vs. 13. Terry Totten, 4.286, 203.12; 5. T.J. Zizzo, 3.862, 310.41  vs. 12. Cory McClenathan, 4.120, 228.58; 6. Clay Millican, 3.866, 314.02  vs. 11. Doug Foley, 3.999, 268.28; 7. Tony Schumacher, 3.877, 292.90  vs. 10. Leah Pruett, 3.934, 306.33; 8. Shawn Langdon, 3.919, 314.02  vs. 9. Justin Ashley, 3.922, 270.64. Did Not Qualify: 17. Kyle Wurtzel, broke.
Pro Stock — 1. Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.626, 206.10  vs. 16. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.700, 205.10; 2. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.635, 206.89  vs. 15. Bruno Massel, Camaro, 6.692, 206.64; 3. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.637, 206.86  vs. 14. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.684, 205.72; 4. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.638, 206.70  vs. 13. Troy Coughlin Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.678, 206.16; 5. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.642, 206.29  vs. 12. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.677, 206.51; 6. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.653, 206.61  vs. 11. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.662, 205.60; 7. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.654, 206.95 vs. 10. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.661, 206.92; 8. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.658, 205.94  vs. 9. Deric
Kramer, Camaro, 6.660, 207.05. Did Not Qualify: 17. Mason McGaha, 6.706, 206.39; 18. Fernando Cuadra Jr., 6.721, 204.32; 19. Cristian Cuadra, 6.728, 204.60; 20. John Gaydosh Jr, 6.737, 205.01; 21. Fernando Cuadra, 7.888, 130.00.

story and photos by Tim Hailey

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