With an insurmountable points lead over his closest rival heading into last race of the year, all Krawiec needed to do was qualify for the final elimination round. He closed out his title run in style, charging to the top of the qualifying order with a 6.781 elapsed time in Saturday’s third round of qualifying races.
Krawiec’s win gave the team its ninth title of the past 14 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championships. He previously won championships in 2008 and in 2011-12, and joins five-time champion Hines and six-time winner the late Dave Schultz as the only racers to claim the title more than three times.
Making it an all-Harley final was Hines, who qualified second for the elimination round on Sunday, Nov. 12, with a best elapsed time of 6.799 seconds and topping just over 197 mph. Though he didn’t take the top podium spot on Sunday, Hines did defeat Krawiec in the final race. This was Hines’ 48th career win and first final round win of the 2017 season.
The win moved Hines up into second place in the final standings. The team closed out the season with its ninth world championship and eight final-round wins in 16 events. Since joining the team in 2008, Krawiec has not finished lower than third in the standings and has 43 career victories, third-most behind Hines (48) and Schultz (45).
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