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Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Chicago, Ill.
(June 5-8)

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Andrew Hines
Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson

Hines pads nhra points lead with semifinal run

Chicago, Sunday:  Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines rode a Harley-Davidson V-Rod to the semi-final round of Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations at the Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals. First-round losses by Matt Smith and Chip Ellis, his closest rivals in the 2008 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle standings, allowed Hines to add to his season points lead.

Hines qualified second for the event with a pass of 7.028 seconds, just behind Chris Rivas, who made a run of 7.027 seconds in the second qualifying round on Friday to take the number one position.

On Sunday, Hines won his first-round race when Buell-mounted Tom Bradford jumped the start. Krawiec (7.158) defeated Rockland Motorsports Buell rider Matt Guidera (7.189) to win his first-round race, and would face his teammate, Hines, in the second round. Severe weather moved through the area, however, and delayed the racing action for nearly four hours. When the second round resumed, Krawiec left early and gave the win to Hines on a red light. In the semi-final, Hines (7.156/.054 reaction time) lost at the starting line to Craig Treble (7.141/.013) on the Team Tigue Suzuki. The loss was the first for Hines in 11 consecutive elimination rounds. Treble (7.134) lost to Rivas (7.051) in the final round.

“The good news is we leave Chicago with a 99-point lead for the championship,” said Hines. “My Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod was not as strong this weekend as it has been earlier in the season. We tried a few new things with the set-up that didn’t seem to work, and we swapped motors after each round today, and it caught up with us. We’ll be going back to the set-up we used to win in St. Louis, and I’m confident we’ll get that performance back for Englishtown.”

After five rounds in the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Hines has 482 points to lead the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Smith is second with 349 points, followed by Ellis with 325

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