By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 6.812 at 196.42 mph at Virginia Motorsports Park at North Dinwiddie, Virginia.
Hines claimed his second No. 1 qualifier of the season after taking the top spot from Matt Smith, who had the provisional lead on Friday at the track. This is Hines’ 44th No. 1 qualifier of his career.
“Our team does a great job in the heat,” Hines said. “We are learning our setup in this hot weather. Typically, I don’t look forward to the middle of the season because that is typically when our struggles start to happen for our team. It seems like we are hitting our stride right now in this 90-degree weather. We will take it as it comes.”
Hines will face rookie Jianna Salinas in the first-round of eliminations. The San Jose, California native went 7.338 at 189.84 mph.
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammate Eddie Krawiec is the No. 2 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 6.822 at 197.51 mph.
Krawiec will face Kelly Clontz in the first-round of eliminations. The Hughesville, Maryland native went 7.020 at 191.62 mph.
Lucas Oil sponsored driver Hector Arana Jr. is the No. 3 qualifier. The East Northport, New York native went 6.826 at 197.36 mph.
Arana Jr. will face Cory Reed in the first-round of eliminations. The Lithia, Florida native went 6.962 at 193.99 mph.
Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith is the No. 4 qualifier. The King, North Carolina native went 6.840 at 198.32 mph.
Smith will face his teammate Scotty Pollacheck in the first-round of eliminations. The Central Point, Oregon native went 6.944 at 193.46 mph.
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Angelle Sampey is the No. 5 qualifier. The Mathews, Louisiana native went 6.854 at 195.22 mph.
Sampey will face John Hall in the first-round of eliminations. The New Haven, Connecticut driver — who is donating space on his PSM bike to B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) national teen defensive driving program that was started by former Top Fuel pilot Doug Herbert after the death of his two sons — went 6.914 at 195.59 mph.
The rest of the field panned out like this:
6. Hector Arana, EBR, 6.875, 195.93 mph vs. 11. Joey Gladstone, EBR, 6.899, 194.02 mph
7. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.879, 195.65 mph vs. 10. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.898, 193.82 mph
8. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.889, 196.07 mph vs. 9. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 6.893, 196.22 mph