Andrew Hines Wins NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway
The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Team of Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec has shown no remorse so far throughout the Pro Stock Motorcycle class of the 16-round 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.Out of six Pro Motorcycle finals, the team has won five final rounds. The latest for the Harley-Davidson V-Rod pilots arrived this past weekend during the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
This time was Hines who earned the win, his second in the final-round appearances; Krawiec has won the other three.During the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Hines qualified Saturday in eighth with a 6.881-second run aboard the bike inspired by the Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special and its 60-degree V-twin engine. But come Sunday, he improved on that time in three of four elimination runs, including a 6.833, which became a new record ET for Pro Stock Motorcycle.“I was hunting around for a good tune-up in qualifying, and after that first round on Sunday I knew my V-Rod would be the bike to beat in eliminations,” said Hines, the defending 2015 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion.“Low ET for the race and a new track record is a great way to start the day, and that may have been my best run of the season so far. From there it was just a matter of making straight, consistent runs down the track.”Following round six of 16, Krawiec has the Pro Stock Motorcycle lead with 639 points, and Hines is in second with 505.The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team is back in action July 22-24 at the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Colorado.
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