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Krawiec Beats Hines In An All-Harley NHRA Final At St. Louis

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Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec widened his Pro Stock Motorcycle points lead with his seventh win of the season, defeating his teammate Andrew Hines in the final round of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. It was the fifth all-Harley final of the season, and Krawiec won for the fourth time when Hines left the starting line early.

The result puts the Harley-Davidson team back on track after its 13-racing winning streak was snapped last weekend in Charlotte, where both Hines and Krawiec lost in the semi-final round.

“Our team focus is back on winning races, rather than on the winning streak,” said Krawiec, the defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, who debuted a Hard Candy Pink Flake paint scheme and leathers at Gateway that he will run during the next two races in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“The Screamin’ Eagle team really had to work hard with my Harley-Davidson® V-Rod®  all weekend after we had transmission trouble in the fourth round of qualifying. The transmission skipped a gear again in the first round today and we would have lost if my opponent had not fouled. The third engine of the weekend got me to the finals.”

Krawiec now holds a 33-point lead over Hines after three of six races in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

Krawiec qualified third for the event with an Elapsed Time of 6.839 seconds. Hines qualified fourth at 6.862. Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. set a new track record of 6.809 seconds to lead all qualifiers.

On a day when red-light fouls for leaving the starting line early would decide eight of 15 races, Krawiec opened Sunday eliminations with red-light wins over the Steve Johnson Racing Suzuki and Kuryakyn Buell rider Chip Ellis. Hines defeated Suzuki Extended Protection rider Jim Underdahl in round one, and advanced on a red light by Geico Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer in round two.

That set up a semi-final showdown between the two Harley-Davidson riders and the Lucas Oil Buell team of Arana Jr. and Hector Arana Sr., third and fourth in points, respectively, behind Krawiec and Hines. Hines won with an ET of 6.874 to the 7.013 of Arana Jr., while Krawiec defeated Arana Sr. 6.852 to 6.892.

In the final, Hines left the line 0.036 seconds early to hand the automatic win to Krawiec.

“We both knew we’d need to go for it on the tree, and I had a 0.006, which is cutting it close,” said Krawiec, who now has 18 career victories. “Beating both of the Aranas in the semi-final really helps our points situation, but I think the top four riders are still within range. If one of us lost in the first round and they won, it would be really tight again. There are still three races left. If I have this cushion after Reading next week, I’ll be happy.”

Hines also used three different engines during the weekend.

“I lost an engine in the second round of qualifying, and we were behind the eight ball on our tune up all weekend,” said Hines. “We still need to get a little more performance out of my V-Rod, but it was a good effort to get both Screamin’ Eagle bikes in the final. In the final I was trying to get a little clever at the line and had some brain fade and blew the light. Next time I’m against Ed I’ll just line up and race.”

Krawiec leads all Pro Stock Motorcycle riders with 2415 points. Hines is second with 2382 points. Arana Jr. is third and 109 points behind Krawiec with 2306 points. Arana Sr. is 148 points back with 2267, and Stoffer is in fifth place with 2229 points.

The Pro Stock Motorcycles will be back in action Oct. 4-7 at the 28th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa.

Coolbeth Is Eighth On Factory Harley At Santa Rosa Mile

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Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Factory Team rider Kenny Coolbeth placed eighth in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship race on the Santa Rosa Mile at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The race was won by South East Harley-Davidson rider Sammy Halbert on a Harley-Davidson®  XR750 motorcycle.

Halbert was the fastest qualifier for the 25-lap main, but it was Crosley Radio Kawasaki rider Bryan Smith who took the lead on the opening lap and appeared headed for a run-away victory after stretching his advantage to 4.9-seconds over Halbert on lap 14. But a few laps later, Smith began to falter as track conditions changed, and Halbert and Rogers Racing/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees reeled him in. Halbert passed for the lead on lap 20, and Mees got by Smith on lap 21. Mees and Halbert battled in the closing laps, with Halbert finally winning by 0.874 seconds. Smith held off Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer`s Harley-Davison rider Jake Johnson to salvage a third-place spot on the podium, 3.726 seconds behind Halbert. Eaken Racing rider Robert Pearson was fifth on a Harley-Davidson. Coolbeth opened the race in 12th place, and moved up to eighth on lap 16.

“I spun out on the start and ended up way back on the first lap,” said Coolbeth. “The track was a little rough and very dusty, so we could hardly see on the straights, and it was really tough to pass. This was not a typical mile track.”

Halbert also won the four-lap Dash for Cash sprint bonus race.

After 14 of 16 AMA Grand National events, Mees leads the series with 262 points. Halbert moves past Johnson into second place with 248 points. Johnson is third with 246 points, followed by Smith with 193 points. Coolbeth is in eighth place with 124 points.

The Grand National Twins will next race on October 6 on the Tucson International Raceway half-mile in Tucson, Arizona.

Krawiec And Hines Take Harley To Semi-Finals At Dallas

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Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings after advancing to the semi-final round of eliminations at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, the second event in the six-race Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Krawiec has an 11-point lead over his teammate, Andrew Hines, who also advanced to the semi-finals at theTexas event. Michael Ray defeated Karen Stoffer in the final, the first of the season not to feature at least one of the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle riders, as the team’s winning streak came to end after 13 consecutive NHRA events dating back to 2011.

“It’s been almost a calendar year since there wasn’t a Harley-Davidson® V-Rod®  rider on the winner’s podium,” said Hines. “We can look back on this streak with pride. We may never do it again, but it’s a string of success we will always remember.”

Krawiec (6.887 seconds) and Hines (6.892 seconds), racing Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® motorcycles finished in dazzling metalflake Hard Candy paint, qualified third and fourth, respectively, for the event. Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. paced all qualifiers with an Elapsed Time of 6.852 seconds.

Hines defeated the Steve Johnson Suzuki and MB Precision/LAT Racing Oil Buell rider Mike Berry in the first two rounds of Sunday eliminations before losing to Ray on the Viper Motorcycle Company Buell in the third round.

Krawiec got wins over PiranaZ Racing Buell rider Shawn Gann and ZLOOP Suzuki rider LE Tonglet in the first two rounds, and then lost to Geico Suzuki rider Stoffer on a holeshot in the third round.

“Both of our V-Rods really fell off in performance between the second and third rounds,” said Krawiec. “We’ve had that happen at this track in the past, as the temperature goes up and the track surface starts to get a little greasy. I’m not sure why. We knew the win streak would end eventually. It’s more important that we gained points on our two closest rivals in the Countdown.”

As a result of bonus points earned during qualifying, Krawiec gained a single point on Hines over the weekend, and is now up by 11 with 2295 points. Hines is second with 2284 points. Hector Arana Jr., who lost on a red light in the second round at Texas, is third with 2216 points and drops from 64 to 79 points behind Krawiec. Ray, who won the first National event of his career atTexas, jumps to fourth place with 2187 points. Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Sr., who broke at the starting line in the first round, drops to fifth place with 2185 points. Stoffer is sixth with 2175 points.

The Pro Stock Motorcycles will be back in action September 28-30 at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.

Barnes Wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Race at Homestead-Miami

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KLR Group/Spyke’s Harley-Davidson rider Michael Barnes won his second AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series race of the season Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a day after his teammate Kyle Wyman’s season come to a disappointing end after a qualifying crash.

 

Barnes battled polesitter Tyler O’Hara (Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade) and Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson), who rounded out the podium spots, along with Suburban Motors H-D’s Benjamin Carlson and MOB Racing’s Jake Holden throughout the 11-lap contest. After leading the third and fourth laps of the race, Barnes fell back to third behind O’Hara and Wyman, who traded the lead for the next several laps. But on lap ten, Barnes picked off Wyman for second, setting up a decisive move for the lead and eventual win on the final lap, when he passed O’Hara on the back straight. With yellow flags out for a crashed rider on the last lap, Barnes was able to hold that lead through the final few corners and fend off O’Hara’s late draft-pass attempt at the start/finish line by 0.132 second.

“It’s been a real emotional rollercoaster weekend with Kyle getting hurt yesterday,” Barnes said. “It affected the whole team but it made us dig that much deeper, and I know Travis was digging deeper for his brother out there too. He was riding hard. It was hard to out-brake him, but I needed to get by Travis in order to get by Tyler. I dug deep for that one.”

On Saturday, XR Showdown contender Kyle Wyman (KLR Group/ Spyke’s Harley-Davidson) high-sided in damp track conditions during qualifying and was air-lifted to a local hospital for observation. Wyman was released later that evening and returned to the track to root for his teammate Barnes on Sunday, but decided to call an end to his season to recuperate after several hard crashes in recent races.

 With Wyman out of contention, the fight for the XR Showdown title will likely come down to a battle between Barnes, O’Hara, and Carlson, who are separated by eight points with one race remaining in the series.

 The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series concludes October 6-7 at NOLA MotorsportsPark in New Orleans, La.

 

 Homestead-Miami Race Result:

 

1. Michael Barnes (KLR Group/Spyke’s H-D), 11 laps

2. Tyler O’Hara (Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade), +0.132 second

3. Travis Wyman (Harv’s H-D), +0.515 second

4. Benjamin Carlson (Suburban Motors H-D), +1.843 seconds

5. Michael Corbino (XP Motorsports/Rossiter’s H-D), +14.014 seconds

6. Shane Narbonne (MOB Racing/Teterboro Rams LLC), +25.216 seconds

7. David Estok (Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D Racing), +32.734 seconds

8. Barrett Long (Longevity Racing), +53.345

9. Josh Chisum (Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade), +53.350 seconds

10. Eric Haugo (MOB Racing/Teterboro Rams LLC), +1:20.960

11. Jake Holden (MOB Racing/Teterboro Rams LLC), 10 laps, mechanical

12. Ray Delaney (Fury Offshore Racing Team), +1:26.767

13. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), +39.124 seconds, 9 laps

14. Kyle Wyman (KLR Group/Spyke’s H-D), DNS

 

XR1200 Showdown Points Standings

 

1. Michael Barnes, 1,090

2. Tyler O’Hara, 1,088

3. Benjamin Carlson, 1,082

4. Michael Corbino, 1,064

5. Kyle Wyman, 1,062

6. Travis Wyman, 1,062

7. David Estok, 1,049

8. Josh Chisum, 1,042

9. Gerry Signorelli, 1,018

10. Darren James, 1,000

Camping California: On Two Wheels – Solvang, CA

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We ride because we like to be outdoors, and camping fills that bill.  But like any respectable biker, I also enjoy a cold beer while soothing my tired muscles in a hot Jacuzzi after a long ride.  Writing/riding for a living, it suddenly dawned on me that there are hundreds of camping options in California that vary from a patch of sand on the beach to luxurious campsite living. Camping offers affordable accommodations and amazing locations. Whether travelling solo or with a group, we will scrutinize each destination and highlight several options, providing rider friendly tips and reviewing motorcycle friendly camping gear. READ MORE CLICK HERE