Andrew Hines says: "We bogged at the line in the semi-finals against Matt, but it was so close at the end I thought I caught him. I was looking for the win light in my lane but he got me by maybe an inch. Another five feet of track and I would have passed him."Smith lost to Tonglet in the final NHRA round. Tonglet has appeared in each of five final rounds in the Countdown playoffs, winning four times aboard his Harley. He trails Hines, who was the top seed at the start of the Countdown, by less than two rounds worth of points heading into the season finale in Pomona, Calif.Andrew Hines (a three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion) says: "This is not how we wanted the weekend to go. We wanted to leave Las Vegas with an 80-point lead. We are going home to Indianapolis, and the bikes are going straight to California, so we’ll be racing at Pomona with the equipment that’s on the truck. We’ve still got a few things we have not tried, but it’s going to go down to the wire."Krawiec raced a strong Harley V-Rod all weekend in Las Vegas, qualifying with a 6.911-second pass that was second only to the 6.909 track record set by Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana. On Sunday, Krawiec defeated Rockline Motorsports Buell rider Matt Guidera in round one before fouling against Hines in the second round. It was the first red-light foul for Krawiec in more than two seasons of NHRA racing.
Ed Krawiec says: "My last red light was at Charlotte in 2008. That’s quite a streak. I had a great motorcycle this weekend and I think we ran in the sixes every run except one. Now the entire team is focused on bringing home the championship in Pomona. We’ve got good equipment. We just need to work on a race-day set-up."After five of six rounds in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown, Hines leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle class with 2,640 points. Tonglet is second with 2,606 points. Smith moves up to third place with 2417 points, followed by Krawiec with 2413 points.The NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship will be decided at the final event of the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship schedule, the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 11-14, at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts are inspired by and built in the spirit of the raw adrenaline and power of motorcycle racing. Screamin’ Eagle Pro parts are specifically designed for race-use applications, while Screamin’ Eagle parts offer street-use performance options for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner. Visit www.harley-davidson.com for more information.The Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Harley Motorcycle team is sponsored by Matco Tools, Dunlop and S100.