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Tonglet snaps seven race winless streak in Richmond

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

North Dinwiddie, Va. — LE Tonglet, the Louisiana firefighter and Pro Stock Motorcycle rider, won the inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Tonglet defeated Andrew Hines in the final round.

Tonglet, who was riding the Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki, went 6.841 at 196.76 mph. Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Hines went 6.848 at 196.22 mph.

LE Tonglet racing on Sunday (Photo by the NHRA)

LE Tonglet racing on Sunday (Photo by the NHRA)

“Getting this win was huge, especially going against a Harley-Davidson bike because we know they are always going to be tough to beat,” Tonglet said. “Our bike is just flying and is fun to ride right now.”

He is 1-1 in final rounds this season. This was his first win since St. Louis in 2017.

This was the second straight weekend that he went to the final round. He lost to Matt Smith, who won for the first-time in over a year and a half in Chicago on June 3rd.

Tonglet, whose crew chief is his brother Gary Tonglet, picked up his 17th career NHRA win. He is 17-7 in 24 career NHRA final rounds.

He snapped a seven-race winless streak. This is his seventh win since partnering with Jerry Savoie.

Tonglet is also 6-1 against Hines in final rounds in his career.

Hines is 0-for-3 in final rounds this season. He has not won since November 2017 at the season-finale in Pomona.

He has won 48 of the 84 final rounds he has raced in. Like Tonglet, his brother Matt Hines is also his crew chief.

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