Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines riders Ed Krawiec and Andrew Hines closed out the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown the Championship as winners and world champions. Krawiec rode a screaming-fast Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle to victory in the Pro Stock Motorcycle Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., and Hines successfully defended his NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle title and secured his fifth career world championship in the class.
Andrew Hines wins 2015 NHRA Pro Stock Bike Championship – Andrew Hines tied the late Dave Schultz by winning his fifth NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle world title. Sitting in the burnout area, Hines had a ringside seat for the deciding match, in which his Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson teammate, Eddie Krawiec, defeated challenger Jerry Savoie, who broke just off the starting line. Hines celebrated briefly, then quickly composed himself and defeated Hector Arana Jr. to reach the semifinals of the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals.
“I’ve just been trying to keep my head level,” said Hines, who at 32 is the youngest NHRA Pro to win five world championships. “My outstanding Harley-Davidson team did a great job of keeping me focused and keeping the pressure off of me. It was awesome that my wife [Tanya] got to give me a kiss right before I ran, and thanks to my teammate for helping to get the job done. I guess he put the fear of Harley into them. Five championships is pretty awesome.”
Hines, the son of Hall of Famer Byron Hines and younger brother of three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champ Matt Hines, struggled at times during the regular season, winning just one of the first 10 events. Entering the Countdown to the Championship as the No. 3 seed, Hines caught fire, winning in Charlotte, Reading, and Las Vegas. He came into the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona leading Savoie by just 46 points. That lead shrunk to 32 after Savoie qualified atop the quick 16-bike field.
Hines’ most recent win in Las Vegas was the 42nd of his career, which moved him past Angelle Sampey into sole possession of second place on the all-time wins list in Pro Stock Motorcycle behind Schultz, who tallied 45 victories during his career.
With Hines and Krawiec at the controls of the team’s Harley V-Rod bikes, the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines riders finished 1-2 in the standings for the second consecutive year, and have collected eight of the past 12 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championships.