Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson
Hines rides to the top of the ladder
Las Vegas, Friday: Andrew Hines and the Screamin' Eagle/ Vance & Hines V-Rod Harley-Davidson team are so close and they know every point counts.
Hines is the current two-time defending NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. Right now he is second in the point standings with two races left this season. On Friday Hines rode his V-Rod to the top of the qualifying ladder with a 7.102-second pass at 187.13 mph.
Qualifying for the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway continues Saturday, but for now, the team is at the top of the ladder and is looking to earn as many points as possible in hopes of closing the 27-point gap between Hines and first place rider Antron Brown.
"It seems like we're going in the right direction due to my team and all the work they have put in trying to find as much horsepower as they can," Hines said. "Luckily we're in the running for a third championship and every point is important."
Hines said he earned the top spot with a less-than-perfect pair of passes.
"It's astonishing the way the bike ran because the bike felt like a bucking bronco," Hines said. "It tried to throw me past the handle bars about a dozen times. The good thing is that we have some good data and two more qualifying passes to make before final eliminations start on Sunday."
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