Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Hines has two wins coming into former home track
The Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Motorsports Harley-Davidson V-Rod rider has been in three consecutive NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle finals – winning two of them.
The 24-year-old three-time defending NHRA champion was in 13th place after a first round loss at the season opener in
And he's already won at his former home track – a mental edge the
So with a win from
"The team did amazing things to tune the V-Rod to the win in extreme heat last year," Hines said. "It was worth all the work. When Matt (Hines, brother and crew chief) won at
Hines is coming off his 10th career win, logged last weekend at the NHRA event in
Hines is quick to give the team even more credit for the turnaround that has been made this season. He never expected to have to climb out of 13th place to compete for what could be a NHRA category record fourth consecutive championship.
"We struggled with a few things at the start of the season but the entire team has been determined to get everything figured out," Hines said. "We did a lot of testing and that really made a difference. The testing is what got us into three final rounds so far. The Screamin' Eagle V-Rod has been a lot of fun to ride lately and I think it's just going to get better throughout the rest of the season."
Hines always looks forward to going back to the track where he started his racing career.
"Bandimere is where I learned how to race," Hines said. "It's my true home track and it's always exciting going back there and seeing old friends and family who still live in the area. I was just there a few weeks ago for a wedding and now I get to go back to race.
"We were based in
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