CONCORD, N.C. (April 24, 2016) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines scorched the Pro Stock Motorcycle final to win the 2016 NHRA Nationals Charlotte, NC Four-Wide presented by Lowes Foods at zMAX Dragway. Hines eliminated all comers in a unique four-wide format aboard a Harley-Davidson V-Rod® motorcycle. Hines won the event for the 3rd consecutive year while claiming his first win of the 2016 season.
Hines qualified 4th for the event with a best run of 6.837 seconds. He won the final with an outstanding reaction time of 0.002 seconds to launch his motorcycle on a 6.844-second run and a top speed of 195.42 miles per hour. The win this weekend was the 43rd career final-round victory for Hines and the 5th in his last six races at zMax Dragway.
Hines seems to be continuing his outstanding results from 2015 as he secured his 5th world championship during the season-ending event in Pomona. Last year he raced to four wins, posted one runner-up finish and earned a No. 1 qualifying position at Brainerd, MN.
“I think the Four-Wide is the only event where you can lose a round and still win,” said Hines, the defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. “We put a fresh motor in my V-Rod on Saturday, and I had a strong-running motorcycle today. The Screamin’ Eagle team won the first two races this year, so we are off to a great start. We are really happy with our performance and the way the bikes are responding to tuning.”
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec, the Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader, also advanced to the Four-Wide final and finished second to Hines.
Until the final, Krawiec was dominating the event, riding his Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle to the top spot in qualifying with a 6.818-second elapsed time on Friday, winning his first two elimination heats on Sunday and setting the quickest time of the weekend with a 6.810-second blast in the second round of eliminations. Krawiec has been the runner-up at the last four Charlotte Four-Wide events.
Hines and Krawiec race on competition motorcycles inspired by the unrelenting performance and sleek street style of the Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special®, a motorcycle powered by a liquid-cooled 60° V-twin engine ready to breathe a little fire onto the street and available now at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships.
After two of 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Krawiec leads the class with 232 points and Hines is in second place with 197 points.
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The Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team is sponsored by Dunlop.
The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team returns to action May 13-15 at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
Pro Stock Motorcycle Standings
- Secured his 5th world championship during the season ending event in Pomona
- Secured his fourth world championship during the season ending event in Pomona
- Raced to six wins
- Posted two runner-up finishes during the year
- Won the inaugural MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle in Sonoma
- Raced to only victory of the season at Charlotte 2
- Posted a semifinal finish at Denver
- Qualified a season-best third at Houston
- Finished outside top 10 points standings for only second time in his career
- Had career-best season with six wins in 11 final round appearances
- finished second in championship points standings
- Set his career-best E.T. and speed
- Won the Indianapolis and Pomona 2 rounds
- Finished third in the championship points standings
- Won five races, tying his career best wins in a season
- Raced to seven consecutive final-round appearances with three wins and four runner-up finishes
- Made the Playoffs for the fourth consecutive season
- Set a career-best for elapsed time at Indianapolis
- Won multiple races for the seventh consecutive season
- Was the No. 1 qualifier four times during the season
- Made the Playoffs for the third consecutive season
- Posted career best elapsed time at St. Louis
- Won multiple races for the sixth consecutive season
- Went to the final round at three of the first four races with wins at Atlanta and St. Louis
- Led the point standings from Race 3 through Race 10
- Matched his second-best round-win total of 31
- Competed in his 100th career race
- Earned an appearance in the inaugural Countdown to 4 and Countdown to 1
- Won a career best five of seven final round appearances
- Set his career best elapsed time
- Earned his third world championship title
- Won three of five final round appearances
- Set career best elapsed time
- Won Ringer's Pro Bike Battle
- Earned second consecutive world championship title
- Became first rider to run sub six seconds; Set national records for elapsed time (6.968 seconds) and speed (197.45 mph)
- Won two of five final round appearances
- Topped the qualifying fields at nine of 15 events
- Won first career powerade world championship and first for Harley Davidson
- Led the point standings for the entire season
- Earned a category-best eight No. 1 qualifying positions
- Won three of four final-round appearances
- Was the runner-up at Sonoma, the first final round appearance of his career
- Made professional debut at Denver
- Qualified for every event he entered
- Advanced to the semifinals at Reading, his fifth career race
- Finalist for the Auto Club Road to the Future award honoring the NHRA's Rookie of the Year