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Sun, 12 Nov 2017, 15:35 PM

Pro Stock Motorcycle Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals:

  751 Steve Johnson                           1 Jerry Savoie                 
E1                   0.041  6.912 192.99     ****WINNER****  0.027  6.902 191.81
 Qualified:             #8  6.878 193.96                        #9  6.885 193.79
12:14 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 60 percent, barometer 28.95 inches, adjusted altitude 2,339 feet, track temperature 83 degrees.

Jerry Savoie is the defending event champion. He has 206 rounds of racing already with a 64% round one win advantage. Steve Johnson has already run in 608 rounds of NHRA PSB racing. He has a 41% win record in his 381 first round appearances. Savoie is 7 - 4 against Johnson in prior events.

Savoie is away first and pulls steadily ahead for the win.

Steve Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-1.053 sec., 330ft-2.863, 660ft-4.403/158.82 mph, 1,000ft-5.753.
Jerry Savoie's incremental times: 60ft-1.059 sec., 330ft-2.866, 660ft-4.400/159.46 mph, 1,000ft-5.744.

   77 Angie Smith                          1550 Joey Gladstone               
E1                  -0.002  6.852 194.60     ****WINNER****  0.050  6.926 192.71
 Qualified:            #10  6.912 191.08                        #7  6.873 193.79
This is the first time Smith and Gladstone have faced each other in eliminations.

Smith goes red by -0.002 and then makes her best run of the weekend.

Clean pass for Gladstone, but he got lucky!

Joey Gladstone's incremental times: 60ft-1.062 sec., 330ft-2.864, 660ft-4.408/158.19 mph, 1,000ft-5.763.

    7 LE Tonglet                            777 Karen Stoffer                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.098  6.867 195.22                     0.013  7.962 123.62
 Qualified:             #6  6.861 195.96                       #11  6.932 191.89
LE Tonglet already has 125 first round appearances, with a 62% win record. He has won 21 of his 41 final round matchups. Karen Stoffer has already been in 358 rounds of racing, winning just over half of her 202 first round matchups. Tonglet is 10 - 5 against Stoffer in prior events.

Stoffer nails the tree and leads Tonglet until near the 330 lights, where he rides on by for the win.

LE Tonglet's incremental times: 60ft-1.063 sec., 330ft-2.861, 660ft-4.386/160.42 mph, 1,000ft-5.721.
Karen Stoffer's incremental times: 60ft-1.099 sec., 330ft-2.992, 660ft-4.597/148.07 mph, 1,000ft-6.251.

    8 Hector Arana Jr                         6 Matt Smith                   
E1                   0.060 No Time           ****WINNER****  0.041  6.996 192.85
 Qualified:             #5  6.828 198.15                       #12  6.953 192.85
Hector Arana Jr. won here in 2014. He has 262 rounds of racing behind him, with over a 72% round one win advantage. Matt Smith has already been in 488 prior rounds of racing and has over a 66% win record in his 216 round one match ups. Arana Jr and Smith have each won 9 times against the other in prior events.

For the third time this weekend, the bike stumbles at the green and shuts off.

Smith did a monster burnout and takes the easy win with a clean pass.

Matt Smith's incremental times: 60ft-1.106 sec., 330ft-2.930, 660ft-4.479/157.74 mph, 1,000ft-5.833.

  635 Scotty Pollacheck                      32 Freddie Camarena             
E1   ****WINNER****  0.044  6.831 196.07                     0.084  7.197 184.88
 Qualified:             #4  6.817 195.17                       #13  6.955 195.11
This is the first time Pollacheck and Camarena have faced each other in eliminations.

Big starting line advantage for Pollacheck and an easy win. He will have lane choice over Smith next round.

Scotty Pollacheck's incremental times: 60ft-1.048 sec., 330ft-2.848, 660ft-4.365/161.50 mph, 1,000ft-5.691.
Freddie Camarena's incremental times: 60ft-1.115 sec., 330ft-3.045, 660ft-4.629/155.40 mph, 1,000ft-6.007.

    5 Chip Ellis                            745 Katie Sullivan               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.071  6.830 197.02                     0.028  6.962 191.78
 Qualified:             #3  6.805 196.53                       #14  6.967 191.02
Chip Ellis is running the Vance and Hines tribute bike for the recently departed Junior Pippin. He has already been in 33 final rounds, with a 33% win record. His record in round one is 59%. The bike is the 2018 prototype for the H-D team. Katie Sullivan has over a 28% win record in round one match ups. This is the first time Ellis and Sullivan have faced each other in eliminations.

Sullivan gets a big lead at the green and then has to watch Ellis ride on by for the win.

He will keep lane choice over Tonglet later.

Chip Ellis' incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.036), 330 ft(-0.009), 660ft(0.029), 1,000ft(0.063). MOV: 0.0899 seconds (approximately 25 feet).

Chip Ellis' incremental times: 60ft-1.056 sec., 330ft-2.849, 660ft-4.369/161.25 mph, 1,000ft-5.693.
Katie Sullivan's incremental times: 60ft-1.063 sec., 330ft-2.883, 660ft-4.441/157.39 mph, 1,000ft-5.799.

    2 Eddie Krawiec                        7012 Lance Bonham                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.052  6.871 197.25                     0.034  7.163 182.28
 Qualified:             #1  6.781 197.68                       #16  7.152 187.94
Eddie Krawiec wrapped up the 2017 Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship yesterday by just qualifying for the race. His four wins at this race are second only to the five that John Myers won in the motorcycle class. Eddie's 43 wins are 3rd most in the motorcycle class. Lance Bonham is making his second first round appearance. This is the first time Krawiec and Bonham have faced each other in eliminations.

Bonham shows his skill with a nice starting line advantage. He is no match for Krawiec though.

krawiec gets lane choice over Savoie next round.

Eddie Krawiec's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.007), 330 ft(0.052), 660ft(0.116), 1,000ft(0.188). MOV: 0.2747 seconds (approximately 73 feet).

Eddie Krawiec's incremental times: 60ft-1.112 sec., 330ft-2.907, 660ft-4.419/161.75 mph, 1,000ft-5.738.
Lance Bonham's incremental times: 60ft-1.123 sec., 330ft-2.977, 660ft-4.553/155.08 mph, 1,000ft-5.944.

    3 Andrew Hines                         3284 Ryan Oehler                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.069  6.820 197.42                     0.208  7.065 190.30
 Qualified:             #2  6.799 197.13                       #15  7.002 188.17
Andrew Hines was the winner here in 2011 & 2012. He has won at least one race in every year since 2004 but he is winless so far in 2017. Ryan Oehler is making his second first round appearance. This is the first time Hines and Oehler have faced each other in eliminations.

Oehler bike has problems at the green and Hines gets an easy win. He keeps lane choice over Gladstone next round.

Andrew Hines' incremental times: 60ft-1.065 sec., 330ft-2.852, 660ft-4.366/161.92 mph, 1,000ft-5.687.
Ryan Oehler's incremental times: 60ft-1.120 sec., 330ft-2.965, 660ft-4.521/156.66 mph, 1,000ft-5.889.

12:29 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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