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Hines Earns Bike Bonus; Eliminations Set At Sonoma

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 27 2014

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Andrew Hines drove to victory in the inaugural MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle, a race within a race at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday.

Hines, the current points leader in Pro Stock Motorcycle, beat Scotty Pollacheck in the finals of the specialty bonus event final with a 6.835-second run at 196.02 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.

Hines beat beat John Hall and Hector Arana en route to the final. His reward was $25,000.

“It’s a big deal for Vance & Hines and Harley Davidson,” Hines said. “It’s been awhile since we’ve had a specialty event in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. The crew has done a great job giving us motorcycles that can go rounds.”

Pollacheck, driving his Petrolhead Buell, defeated Eddie Krawiec and Matt Smith to reach the final.H

In qualifying on Sautrday, Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) earned pole positions and will lead their categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Northern California.

In Top Fuel, Brittany Force claimed her third No. 1 qualifier of the season and third of her career with a 3.762 at 325.53 in her Castrol EDGE dragster. Force, who started in the top spot at Topeka and Bristol, will open eliminations against Clay Millican.

“I’m definitely excited,” Force said. “To be number one, that’s where we want to be. I’m proud of my entire team, they’ve worked hard.”

Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta qualified in the No. 2 position in his Mac Tools dragster and will race Steve Chrisman. Seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher drove his U.S. Army dragster to the No. 3 qualifier with his 3.793 at 323.43, good enough to earn him a first round matchup with Terry McMillen.

Courtney Force topped Funny Car qualifying with her Friday run of 4.045 at 319.22 in her Traxxas Ford Mustang. It is her third No. 1 qualifying position of the season and sixth of her career. Force will race Peter Russo in the first round of eliminations.

“For my Traxxas team, I’m just excited,” Force said of her Friday night pass that held through the final two sessions. “We had a good run Q2. Obviously it cooled off and it was a good track for anyone to make a good run on.”

Two-time Funny Car world champion Cruz Pedregon is the No. 2 qualifier after his Snap-On Tools Toyota Camry ran a 4.051 at 311.92, setting up a matchup with Gary Densham in round one. 16-time world champ John Force will start in the No. 3 spot following a 4.070 at 313.73 in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang. Force, who will face Paul Lee in the opening round, will make his 650th national event start, breaking a tie with Pro Stock legend Warren Johnson for most all-time.

Sunday will mark the second time two sisters have started No. 1 at an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Brittany Force and Courtney Force also achieved that feat earlier this season at Topeka.

Gray clinched his third Pro Stock No. 1 qualifying position of his career with a 6.539 at 212.13 in his Gray Manufacturing Chevy Camaro. Gray, who also was top qualifier earlier this season at Bristol and Epping, will have a bye in the opening round.

“I didn’t realize we could speed up like that,” said Gray following his improvement from Friday’s runs. “The guys did a great job. What was so neat about this deal was my guys back at the shop built an engine the day before yesterday.”

Jason Line, the No. 1 qualifier last weekend at Denver, will start No. 2 in his Summit Racing Chevy Camaro following a 6.541 at 211.79. He will open eliminations against Joey Grose. Denver winner Allen Johnson was third quickest in qualifying, driving his Magneti-Marelli Dodge Dart to a 6.547 at 212.16. He will face Tommy Lee.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Savoie ran a 6.810 at 197.86 on his Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki to secure his first career No. 1 qualifier. He faces Chaz Kennedy in the first round.

“We ran good over here last year,” Savoie said. “It’s a really fast track but for a Suzuki to go an .81 is really really strong.”

Eddie Krawiec followed up his first round appearance in the MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle with a 6.814 at 195.59, good enough for the No. 2 starting spot in Sunday’s field. His Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson will open with Freddie Camarena. MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle winner Andrew Hines qualified third, with a 6.818 at 195.79 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. He will race Katie Sullivan to start eliminations.

Saturday’s final results from the Inagural MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals:

Pro Bike Battle — Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.835, 196.02 def. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.866, 194.74.

SONOMA, Calif. — Final round-by-round results from the Inagural MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals:

PRO BIKE BATTLE:

ROUND ONE — Matt Smith, Buell, 6.851, 196.33 def. Michael Ray, Buell, 6.852, 194.66; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.818, 195.79 def. John Hall, Buell, 6.852, 195.03; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.862, 196.73 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.871, 197.91; Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.841, 195.85 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.814, 195.28;

SEMIFINAL — Pollacheck, 6.881, 192.80 def. Smith, 6.906, 195.70; Hines, 6.853, 195.45 def. Arana, 6.920, 196.53;

FINAL — Hines, 6.835, 196.02 def. Pollacheck, 6.866, 194.74.

SONOMA, Calif. — Sunday’s first-round pairings for eliminations for the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, the 15th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

Top Fuel — 1. Brittany Force, 3.762 seconds, 325.53 mph vs. 16. Clay Millican, 4.293, 301.94; 2. Doug Kalitta, 3.791, 324.20 vs. 15. Steven Chrisman, 4.164, 260.81; 3. Tony Schumacher, 3.793, 323.43 vs. 14. Terry McMillen, 4.061, 301.60; 4. Antron Brown, 3.796, 319.60 vs. 13. Spencer Massey, 3.913, 306.19; 5. Richie Crampton, 3.799, 324.05 vs. 12. Mike Salinas, 3.905, 290.44; 6. Bob Vandergriff, 3.806, 319.60 vs. 11. Steve Torrence, 3.898, 314.39; 7. J.R. Todd, 3.818, 316.82 vs. 10. Shawn Langdon, 3.890, 313.37; 8. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.828, 316.52 vs. 9. Billy Torrence, 3.886, 314.31.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Troy Buff, 14.515, 304.80.

Funny Car — 1. Courtney Force, Ford Mustang, 4.045, 319.22 vs. 16. Peter Russo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 6.248, 99.36; 2. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.051, 311.92 vs. 15. Gary Densham, Chevy Impala, 4.321, 285.29; 3. John Force, Mustang, 4.070, 313.73 vs. 14. Paul Lee, Dodge Charger, 4.246, 283.01; 4. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.075, 314.83 vs. 13. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.214, 292.33; 5. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.075, 307.30 vs. 12. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.185, 298.01; 6. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.088, 310.48 vs. 11. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.147, 302.01; 7. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.093, 314.61 vs. 10. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.129, 307.37; 8. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.098, 312.57 vs. 9. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.125, 309.98.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Jeff Diehl, 6.416, 290.38; 18. John Hale, 6.459, 269.29.

Pro Stock — 1. Shane Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.539, 212.19 vs. Bye; 2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.541,211.79 vs. 15. Joey Grose, Camaro, 6.895, 199.64; 3. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.547, 212.16 vs. 14. Tommy Lee, Ford Mustang, 6.680, 208.01; 4. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.551, 211.93 vs. 13. Larry Morgan, Mustang, 6.660, 208.75; 5. Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.552, 212.03 vs. 12. Deric Kramer, Dodge Avenger, 6.613, 209.56; 6. Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.562, 211.76 vs. 11. Matt Hartford, Avenger, 6.613, 211.00; 7. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.567, 211.30 vs. 10. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.593, 210.54; 8. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.582, 210.97 vs. 9. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.583, 211.16.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.810, 197.86 vs. 16. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 7.053, 186.20; 2. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.814, 195.59 vs. 15. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 7.036, 195.99; 3. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.818, 195.79 vs. 14. Katie Sullivan, Suzuki, 6.990, 192.71; 4. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.841, 195.85 vs. 13. Adam Arana, Buell, 6.921, 194.07; 5. John Hall, Buell, 6.850, 196.13 vs. 12. Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.908, 192.38; 6. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.851, 196.33 vs. 11. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.895, 193.96; 7. Michael Ray, Buell, 6.852, 194.66 vs. 10. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.875, 193.99; 8. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.862, 196.73 vs. 9. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.871, 197.91.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 27 2014
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