Hines Won But Lost In Pro Bike Finals In Texas
Andrew Hines headed down the track slowly and alone in the Pro Stock Motorcycle finals at the Texas Motorplex. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
ENNIS, Texas – Andrew Hines exited Texas Motorplex Sunday fully aware his latest Pro Stock Motorcycle victory likely is being viewed as a classic no-win situation in the court of two-wheel opinion.
Hines won the final of the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals via a solo run when opponent Steve Johnson failed to get to the starting line in time following a major engine thrash. To fans lining the fences and in the grandstands on both sides of The Plex, it might have looked like Hines and the factory-backed Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team were beating up on owner/rider Johnson and his privateer 2003 Suzuki TL.
“It’s like the old saying, there’s no bad wins lights,” said Hines, a three-time PSM world champion. “But there’s no good way around this one. We’re going to look like the bad guys no matter what. I mean, us Harley guys…there’s a lot of pros, a lot of cons.”
Hines notched his first win on Billy Meyer’s famed all-concrete quarter-mile, class-leading fifth of the season and 37th of his career with a pass of 7.571-seconds at 186.54 mph aboard a 2014 V-Rod that blew its transmission during a gear change.
“Yeah, if Steve would have been there, more than likely you’d be talking to him (as event champion),” Hines said in the Motorplex’s press box, approximately 20 minutes after Johnson had delivered his version of the Read the full story »