Krawiec's Thrash and Dash Cool as a cucumber and as composed as Beethoven's 5th, Eddie Krawiec assembled his borrowed Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle in his trailer. Parked at the edge of the pro pits at the recent NHRA event at National ...
Krawiec's Thrash and Dash
Cool as a cucumber and as composed as Beethoven's 5th, Eddie Krawiec assembled his borrowed Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle in his trailer. Parked at the edge of the pro pits at the recent NHRA event at National Trail Raceway, Krawiec and MSP Suzuki's Joe Marasco were fitting carbs to bodywork, sorting out the MSD box, and generally running through the list of tasks it takes to turn a rolling chassis into a race bike, and they were doing it all at the track.
Eddie sold his much-coveted old Craig Adams/Schultz Race Products Hayabusa to tuner/builder Harry Lartigue for Rickey Gadson to ride. "That was a great bike," said Krawiec. "People were always asking me to sell that bike to them." Gadson qualified at the Atlanta race on the 'Busa the week before Columbus.
As part of the deal, Eddie got to use the chassis that Chip Hunter rode last year. This was all a part of a recovery plan that started when Eddie blew his motor at the Gatornationals. "It took out the crank, piston block, all that stuff," said Krawiec. "That sort of tore my budget apart for the season."
But Eddie picked up another motor from Vance & Hines and then made the chassis swap with Lartigue. "I used only the bare roller, more or less," said Krawiec, who rewired the bike and updated all of the electronics. "It's Harry's chassis, bodywork and wheels. Everything else is all new stuff."
Krawiec made a bold move a while back, purchasing the 'Busa to facilitate the leap from AMA/Prostar 600 Supersport winner to NHRA Pro Stock Biker. He received a little support from his employer of 13 years, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, known simply as Englishtown. Eddie put in a lot of practice time at his home track, but raced seldom as he sought sponsorship. But the competition kept pushing relentlessly forward and the playing level of the field rose higher and higher. And now with billet Buells breeding like rabbits, it is harder and harder for the privateer Suzuki racer to make the field. It's a difficult cycle: going to races and stressing parts costs lots of money. But to have any chance at landing a sponsor, the young and relatively unknown racer needs to keep going to races.
So here was Krawiec at his second NHRA race of the season. After assembling the bike halfway at Marasco's MSP Suzuki dealership and the remaining half in the trailer at the track, Krawiec encountered an electronics problem with the MSD remote box/shift light deep into the night on Thursday. That problem was solved in time for the first round of qualifying on Friday, but just barely. Not wanting to put his investment at risk, Eddie sat out round 1 and set his sights squarely on the second round.
Eddie ran a 7.26 right off the truck in round 2, his first time ever on the bike and the first time that this combination had ever been down the track. That would have put him in the field at the time, but the bike and rider were a few pounds short of the 600 pound minimum and Eddie's time was disallowed. Still, it was a very good lap and the team felt positive about their chances on Sunday.
Eddie runs another .26, but it's not quick enough to make the field this time. "You know, I'm pretty happy with what we did here," said Krawiec. "We met all our goals. Number one was making sure the bike started, and then getting down the track straight and running respectably. And we did it under a lot of pressure too, obviously.
"It's tough at this level to miss the first qualifier and make your first shakedown run ever on the bike during second qualifier," Eddie continued. "Remember, it was a new motor, new bike, everything."
Krawiec finished the weekend by waxing Steve Johnson 6 times straight on the practice tree at Marasco's MSP Suzuki grand opening.
Eddie is tentatively scheduled to run next at a thrill show match race at Englishtown before the NHRA Powerade series outing there. "My main focus is the NHRA race at Englishtown," said Krawiec. "Englishtown means everything. We'll be tuning from what we've learned this weekend. Of course, every time has different characteristics to deal with."