Likkeable Louisiana alligator farmer Jerry Savoie completed one of the most improbable championship runs in history on Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA FInals in Pomona when he clinched the NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle title. Savoie, on his White Alligator Suzuki, held off the factory-backed Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson V-Rods of Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines to win the championship.
“I can’t believe it,” said a very emotional Savoie. “I didn’t want to cry, but to only dream of winning one race and to come out here and put a deal together and the support of Vance & Hines and my crew – Tim and Steve and Jeremy – and to win the championship, man. I went to church this morning and the message was encouragement and to get encouraged, and people inspire you. There is a God, and he is watching, and I want to thank everybody: NHRA, Mello Yello, the [Safety] Safari crew, everybody. I don’t know what to say, but especially thank you to the fans. Without you guys, this would not be possible. You make our dreams come true, and you guys are my family.