Pro Stock Motorcycle riders chase bonus bucks in MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle in Sonoma
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Eddie Krawiec will lead the inaugural MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle field as the No. 1 seed when the lucrative special event takes center stage July 26 during the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
A purse of $61,000 is available for the eight Pro Stock Motorcycle riders competing in the MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle. The winner of the MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle will earn $25,000. The runner-up will earn $10,000, the two semifinalists $6,000 each, and the four first-round finishers $3,500 apiece.
Krawiec, of Indianapolis, qualified No. 1 at five of the eight NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events where riders could earn MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle points.
The $69,000 MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle showcases the eight quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle teams in a race-within-a-race bonus event. The teams qualified for the bonus event during qualifying at eight NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, from the 2014 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville to the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver.
Besides the $61,000 available in the MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle, bonuses of $8,000 were paid to the top Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifiers throughout the eight-race qualifying process, $1,000 to the No. 1 qualifier at each race.
Top qualifier Krawiec will race Scotty Pollacheck in the first round, and Hector Arana Jr. will face his father, Hector Arana Sr. Third seed Andrew Hines will meet John Hall, and Matt Smith will race Michael Ray in the opener.
MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle eliminations rounds are scheduled for 12:45, 3:15, and 4:40 p.m. July 26. The bonus race will be televised on ESPN.
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call Sonoma Raceway, 800-870-RACE (7223), or visit www.racesonoma.com/tickets.
|2014 MIRAMONTE RECORDS NHRA PRO BIKE BATTLE FINAL STANDINGS:
|1. Eddie Krawiec, Indianapolis, Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
|2. Hector Arana Jr., Milltown, Ind., Lucas Oil Buell
|3. Andrew Hines, Indianapolis, Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
|4. Matt Smith, King, N.C., Nitro Fish Buell
|5. Michael Ray, New Braunfels, Texas, Gottspeed/Star Racing Buell
|6. John Hall, Hamden, Conn., Matt Smith Racing Buell
|7. Hector Arana Sr., Milltown, Ind., Lucas Oil Buell
|8. Scotty Pollacheck, Medford, Ore., Petrolhead Apparel Buell
ROUND PAIRINGS: FIRST ROUND (12:45 p.m.):
Krawiec vs. Pollacheck
Arana Jr. vs. Arana Sr.
Hines vs. Hall
Smith vs. Ray
SEMIFINALS (3:15 p.m.):
Krawiec vs. Pollacheck winner vs. Smith vs. Ray winner
Arana Jr. vs. Arana Sr. winner vs. Hines vs. Hall winner
FINAL (4:40 p.m.)