NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Heats Up in Las Vegas

Photos: Geiger Media


The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series is coming to an end, with only the finals to go at the Auto Club Speedway in Pomona, CA in a few weeks.

This past weekend in Las Vegas, Andrew Hines, who entered Las Vegas with a 25-point advantage over Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammate Eddie Krawiec, raced to the win with a 6.965 at 191.02, defeating reigning world champ Matt Smith. Hines, who claimed his class-leading sixth victory of the season and 38th of his career, holds a 92-point advantage over Krawiec in his bid for a fourth world championship.

“I don’t want to play defense,” Hines said of his preparation for the Auto Club NHRA Finals.  “I’m going to go on the offense.  I don’t want to give up any bonus points during qualifying.  I want to keep it over 80 points so we can roll into Sunday with the championship basically mathematically locked up.”

Hector Arana, Jr, drew a red light against Krawiec, ending his day early on Sunday. He heads to Pomona fourth in the standings.

Hector Arana, Sr, who has struggled this season, looked strong and despite being out of championship contention, the veteran rider was pleased with his Vegas performance. He raced his Lucas Oil Buell to the win on his first pass against Steve Johnson with a 6.979-second pass compared to Johnson’s 7.044, and repeated the time in round two against Matt Smith.





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