Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines is all smiles after securing the victory this past weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.
Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines defeated rookie sensation LE Tonglet in the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals to extend his lead to 74 points in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Hines 0.020-secoond reaction time and a 6.916-second run at Maple Grove Raceway helped him break a three-race losing streak to Tonglet and the Nitrofish Suzuki. Tonglet posted a faster time of 6.913-seconds in the finale but lost by virtue of his slower 0.043-second reaction time.
“This was a big win for the Screamin’ Eagle team,” said Hines. “We leave here with a little cushion in the championship race, up by 3.5 rounds with eight rounds left to go. Now we have two weeks off to go home and see the family, and find a little more power in the V-Rod.”
Hines piloted the Harley-Davidson V-Rod to his fifth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle event win of the season and the 23rd final-round win of his NHRA career. Hines has been on-fire lately, reaching his seventh-straight final.
The Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider defeated Mohawk Automotive Kawasaki rider Neil Jacobs in the first round and then scored a red-light win over Coffman Tank Trucks Buell rider Angie Smith in Round Two. Hines took out teammate Eddie Krawiec in the semi-finals to set up the fourth consecutive final with Tonglet.
“Well, we finally got by that blue bike,” said Hines. “As has been the case in the past couple of races, we were losing
horsepower as the day went on, but (crew chief) Matt Hines has got the clutch tuned just right. My holeshot is really consistent and the bike is easy to ride round after round, which is great for my confidence.”
Krawiec qualified second for the event with an elapsed time of 6.855 seconds. The Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines pilot advanced through the first two rounds with red-light wins over Team Joey D Suzuki’s Joe Desantis and Run Bum Racing Buell’s Shawn Gann before losing to teammate Hines in the semi-final round of eliminations on Sunday. Krawiec is third in Countdown points with 2351.
Tonglet made it to the finals after Karen Stoffer and Hector Arana both red-lighted against him in the first two rounds. Tonglet then used a 6.88-second run to take out Al-Anabi Racing Buell’s Matt Smith in the semi-finals after Smith covered the quarter-mile in seven seconds flat. Tonglet remains second in the Countdown points race with 2492.
After four of six rounds in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown, Hines leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle class with 2566 points. The Pro Stock Motorcycles paddock heads to Vegas for the next round. The NHRA Las Vegas Nationals will be held from Oct. 28-31. Hines has a strong track record in Vegas, with three victories to his credit, most recently in 2009.