By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Andrew Hines is the provisional No. 1 qualifier of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class at the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. Hines took the top spot on the first qualifying pass on Friday afternoon.
Hines took the lead with a 6.802 at 196.19 mph. If his time holds up following Saturday’s two qualifying passes, he’ll be the No. 1 qualifier for the second-time this season.
It would also be the 40th No. 1 qualifier of his career.
“This sets the tone for the last three [races],” Hines said. “We need to come out of here strong and if we can maintain the No. 1 spot and get some more bonus points, that would be awesome. We just need to do some damage on Sunday. It’s always good for team morale when you come out of the box and go Q1 to low and hopefully, it will stick.”
Reigning world champion Jerry Savoie is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The White Alligator Racing founder went 6.817 at 197.28 mph on his Suzuki. Scotty Pollacheck, who was the No. 1 qualifier for the first-time ever at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., is the provisional No. 3 qualifier on his Suzuki Extended Protection following his 6.820 at 195.28 mph.
Polaris Victory Magnum rider Matt Smith is the provisional No. 4 qualifier following his 6.837 at 194.88 mph pass. LE Tonglet, who is also Savoie’s teammate, is the provisional No. 5 qualifier, as the Louisiana firefighter went 6.841 at 194.41 mph went on his Nitro Fish Suzuki.
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