Pro Motorcycle Spring Nationals
On Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, Andrew Hines claimed his first Pro Motorcycle win of the season and 24th of his career by holding off Michael Phillips in the final round.
Hines rode his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.900 at 195.14 while Phillips trailed with a 6.946 at 195.25 on his Racers Edge Suzuki.
Hines defeated Chip Ellis, Jerry Savoie and Karen Stoffer to advance to the final round and successfully defend his win here from a year ago.
Andrew Hines (Harley-Davidson) says: “To come to Houston, a track that was our nemesis for 20 years, and get two wins in a row is pretty special. These pewter Wallys are really cool. Eddie (Krawiec, teammate) won his at Gainesville and I told him I didn’t want to touch it until I got one of my own.
“I didn’t expect to win mine this fast, but I am glad to get it. My brother Matt (Hines, crew chief) gave me a great motorcycle all weekend long and it was consistent and going perfectly straight down the track.”
Krawiec kept the points lead in the two-wheel class with his semifinal finish, and sits 18 ahead of Hines.
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series continues May 13-15 with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Baytown, Texas, Pro Stock Motorcycle Spring Nationals Results:
1. Andrew Hines; 2. Michael Phillips; 3. Karen Stoffer; 4. Eddie Krawiec; 5. Shawn Gann; 6. Hector Arana Jr; 7. Gerald Savoie; 8. Steve Johnson; 9. Matt Smith; 10. LE Tonglet; 11. Chip Ellis; 12. Michael Ray; 13. David Hope; 14. Jim Underdahl; 15. Angie Smith; 16. Hector Arana.