NHRA Pro Bike battle at Sonoma Raceway to Continue in 2017

GLENDORA, CA – July 29, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  NHRA and Sonoma Raceway officials announced today that the NHRA Pro Bike Battle at Sonoma Raceway, an all-star bonus event for the eight quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle riders in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, will continue in 2017.

The 2017 NHRA Pro Bike Battle at Sonoma Raceway will be contested as a special race-within-a-race during the 2017 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Saturday, July 29, with television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

“This popular all-star event for the Pro Stock Motorcycle teams creates an extra layer of excitement during the famed Western Swing,” said Graham Light, NHRA senior vice president of racing operations. “We are pleased that we can partner with Sonoma Raceway to continue to showcase the very best racing in the world of professional motorcycle drag racing through this competitive bonus program.”

Riders will begin earning points for the 2017 NHRA Pro Bike Battle at Sonoma Raceway during the 2016 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, and will continue earning points through the 2017 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver. The eight riders accumulating the most qualifying points during the 16-race qualifying period will earn a berth in the 2017 NHRA Pro Bike Battle at Sonoma Raceway.

“The Pro Stock Motorcycles have a huge following in Northern California and adding the Pro Bike Battle to our weekend schedule has really enhanced that part of the program,” said Steve Page, president and general manager, Sonoma Raceway. “We’re delighted to confirm this as an ongoing feature of the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals.”

Eddie Krawiec, who rides the Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson, is the defending winner of the NHRA Pro Bike Battle at Sonoma Raceway.  He will try to defend his crown as the top seed entering the 2016 NHRA Pro Bike Battle at Sonoma Raceway. He will face veteran rider Steve Johnson, the No. 8 qualifier, in round one on Saturday, July 30 during the 2016 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Other qualified riders include Andrew Hines, Jerry Savoie, Chip Ellis, Hector Arana, Matt Smith and Hector Arana Jr. Elimination rounds for the all-star event will be held at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. with television coverage provided by Fox Sports 1.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call 800-870-RACE (7223). Tickets also are available online at www.sonomaraceway.com. Kids 12 and under are admitted free on Saturday, July 30, in general admission areas with a paid adult (advance only). For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

About National Hot Rod Association

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 23 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Source: National Hot Rod Association