Tonglet Keeps Cool in 4-Wide Melee | Drag Racing

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

The Pro Stock Motorcycle final of NHRA’s disturbingly unique Four-Wide Nationals at North Carolina’s zMAX Dragway was par for the course of this annual twist on the Mello Yello circuit.

Andrew Hines

Andrew Hines

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First, Scotty Pollacheck blew his cool in lane 4, leaving before the tree was activated and spoiling a great day of performance on his Underdahl/Stoffer Suzuki. Staging late and apparently mesmerized by Pollacheck's flickering bulbs, Andrew Hines and his Vance & Hines/Screamin' Eagle teammate Eddie Krawiec (remarkably bad .402 and .317 on the tree in lanes 4 and 3, respectively) froze and watched LE Tonglet notch a mundane-but-spectacular-by-comparison .071 bulb in lane 1.

C. Ellis

C. Ellis

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Tonglet streaked to the 6.86 holeshot win while Krawiec threw away a 6.82. "I had a great light—if it were like 12 years ago," laughed Hines, referring to the days when perfect lights were recorded as .400s.

C. Reed

C. Reed

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It should have been a great final. 4-Wide Meister Hines had won three straight of these deals and ran a 6.868 in the semi—.001 behind Krawiec. Pollacheck and Tonglet advanced to the final with 6.886 and 6.889 respectively.

Eddie Krawiec

Eddie Krawiec

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It was a good weekend for Pollacheck and teammates Karen Stoffer and Joey Gladstone, as all advanced to E2. The bad news was they all had to line up against each other and Tonglet in that foursome, with Stoffer and Gainesville revelation Gladstone heading back to the trailer.

H. Arana Jr.

H. Arana Jr.

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Champion Jerry Savoie started raceday with his fifth straight number one qualifier but fell victim to the whole 4-Wide concentration thing. But since Tonglet rides Savoie’s other White Alligator Racing bike, Jerry still won anyway as team owner—not that he was easily convinced of that at the end of the day.

Hines, Krawiec, Tonglet

Hines, Krawiec, Tonglet

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Chip Ellis qualified the Junior Pippin EBR fourth with a best of 6.852 at 194.69 mph, but Chip also stumbled at the tree with a .130 and was done in E1.

J. Gladstone

J. Gladstone

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Joining the first round losers club was Angie Smith, Cory Reed, Shawn Gann, the Hector Aranas Jr. and Sr., and Steve Johnson. Matt Smith and Angelle Sampey went to E2 at a performance disadvantage to foursome opponents Krawiec and Hines, and that’s where their days ended.

J. Savoie

J. Savoie

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Johnny "Balls" Hall was back on a Matt Smith Racing Buell this weekend, but the bike was lackluster at best and Hall was never a threat to qualify.

K. Stoffer

K. Stoffer

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The PSM field moves a few hours down the road to Junior Pippin’s home track, Atlanta Dragway, in Commerce, Georgia next weekend for a welcome return to the drag racing’s traditional “two go down, one comes back” format. Thank God.

LE Tonglet

LE Tonglet

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LE Tonglet

LE Tonglet

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Starting Line Up

Starting Line Up

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Pollacheck/Clontz

Pollacheck/Clontz

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Pollacheck, Tonglet, Savoie, Johnson

Pollacheck, Tonglet, Savoie, Johnson

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S. Pollacheck

S. Pollacheck

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T. Kulungian

T. Kulungian

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PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

Position Rider Team Points
1. Eddie Krawiec Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson 225
2. Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson 177
3. LE Tonglet Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki 172
4. Joey Glandstone 135
5. Scott Pollacheck Pertrolhead Buell 124
6. Gerald Savoie White Alligator Racing Suzuki 108
7. Steve Johnson Steve Johnson Racing Suzuki 105
8. Matt Smith Victory Gunner 104
9. Karen Stoffer Stoffer Enterprises Suzuki 83
10. Angelle Sampey Team Liberty Victory Gunner 82

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