Screamin' V-Rod

Press Release from Harley-Davidson:

The Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team qualified for the NHRA Pro Stock opener at Gainesville, Fla. then made a strong run through the Sunday rounds into the semi-finals. Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines V-Rod rider Andrew Hines pulled the trigger on a 7.297 second/179.28 mph run in qualifying, the best performance by a V-Twin-powered motorcycle in the history of NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle racing.

Hines’s record-breaking run qualified the Screamin' Eagle V-Rod 10th, the first time the Screamin' Eagle team has earned a trip to the Sunday show and the quickest time ever recorded by an NHRA Harley Pro Stock Bike. GT Tonglet, aboard the second Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines V-Rod, experienced mechanical problems and did not make the cut for Sunday's show.

In Sunday's first round, 19-year-old Hines had a 7.368 second/175.26 mph run, upsetting seventh-ranked Fred Collis aboard a Suzuki. Hines cruised through the second round when another veteran opponent, Craig Treble, the second ranked qualifier, left early and red-lighted his Suzuki, handing the Screamin' Eagle V-Rod a trip to the semi-finals. In the semi-final run, Hines beat Geno Scali's third-ranked Suzuki off the line and was pulling away when he experienced a mechanical problem past half track, giving up the win and a spot in the final. Hines took fourth place in points for the event.

"We are so proud of the hard work and dedication of this team. We achieved the first of our goals, to qualify for the show and advance in the rounds. We know there's a lot of work ahead to get to where we want to be. But today we made NHRA history, and we're celebrating," said Mike Kennedy, director of marketing Parts and Accessories.
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