MotoGP champ Marc Marquez is not the only racer to be winning from pole position lately. Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Eddie Krawiec was the dominant racer all weekend at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta. Krawiec qualified his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley Davidson in the number one qualifying spot and, in the rain-delayed final match up against his teammate Andrew Hines, raced to his first win of the season.
The final was a classic photo finish with Krawiec clocking a 6.806-second pass at 197.45 MPH to Hines’ 6.860 at 194.66 MPH.
“We’re happy to be back and winning,” said Krawiec, whose team had to make major changes to its engine program after off-season rules adjustments. “Going into the first year of the race, we were respectable but missed the tune-up on Sunday. We went to Charlotte and ran to what we were expecting but still hadn’t finished our
R&D process and all of the new components we’d been working on all winter long. We weren’t totally happy and felt we needed more performance because we thought we’d have to be spot-on the tune-up to run with everybody. We went back to the shop and really put forth the effort.”
It was Krawiec’s third career win at Atlanta Dragway. He sits second in points behind runner-up Hines. Hines was in his second final of the season, taking victory at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte last month.