By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Andrew Hines has been the most difficult rider to beat in Pro Stock Motorcycle this season. In fact, he has only been eliminated twice this season.
Hines captured his seventh win of the season on Sunday at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, California. He defeated Matt Smith to win at Sonoma Raceway.
“It’s absolutely mind-boggling what we’ve been able to achieve this year,” said Hines, a three-time winner in Sonoma. “The confidence with my motorcycle and my team, and the level of performance and professionalism the guys bring to the starting line every single time, it’s unsurpassed right now. I can sit on that starting line with confidence and it’s just unreal. I feel I’m probably riding the best in my career and I just want it that much more.”
With this win, he was able to double up. Besides winning the Wally, Hines also win the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle on Saturday.
This is the first-time he was able to accomplish this feat in Napa Valley in his career. He has previously won a Wally at Sonoma and the Pro Bike Battle; however, just not during the same weekend until now.
Before this final round appearance, Hines held a 33-12 advantage over Smith in prior events. Hines also had a 5-0 record against Smith in previous final rounds.
In addition, this was the first-time in Pro Stock Motorcycle history at this facility that the No. 1 qualifier and the No. 6 qualifier faced off against each other in the final round.
Smith had an advantage over Hines off the green light. However, Hines was able to take the lead shortly thereafter — and was able to build his lead from there. The Harley-Davidson rider won by six feet.
Hines now has 55 wins in his career.