Hines Talks About Bikes And Being No. 1
Andrew Hines is proudly wearing the No. 1 plate on his Harley this season. (File photo courtesy of the NHRA)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Andrew Hines’ defense of his 2014 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship momentarily became an afterthought during the season-opener for the two-wheel class two weeks ago.
A four-time world champion, Hines and his Harley-Davidson V-Rod were ambushed by Shawn Gann and his Buell during the quarterfinals of the 46th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, Fla.
That upset opened the door for Karen Stoffer to score an unlikely victory aboard her Stoffer Enterprises Suzuki in the first of 16 events on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Stoffer trailered Eddie Krawiec, a three-time world champion and Hines’ Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines H-D teammate, in the final round for her first win since 2011.
Hines clearly is looking to rebound this weekend during the sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. Hines claimed the first of his six victories last year on the unique four-lane zMAX layout. Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Jimmy Alund (Pro Stock) also scored professional victories last spring in an event that will be televised on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN will provide live Read the full story »