By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines had a nerve-wrecking day. But at the end of the day, it all worked out.
Hines was eliminated in the first-round against Jianna Salinas. The Indiana native went red against the rookie.
His Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship hopes were nearly finished. However, as the day would progress, Salinas would eliminate Hines two candidates that were in his way of the Championship.
In the semifinal, Salinas defeated Matt Smith, the 2018 Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion. Then, in the final round, Salinas took out Jerry Savoie, who had problems after the burnout.
The win by Salinas give Hines the Championship that he prevouisly thought may have been out of his grasp. This is Hines’ sixth Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship.
With the Championship, he ties the late Dave Schultz with the Six Pro Stock Motorcycle Championships. In addition, Hines is just one of four men to have won six Championships.
Besides the two Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers, Kenny Bernstein had six Championships in Top Fuel and Funny Car. In addition, “The Professor” Warren Johnson had six Championships in Pro Stock.
“A day that will live in my mind in fear for … I don’t know how long,” Hines said after winning the Championship. “It was absolutely agonizing. That first round, I pulled a maneuver too many times in the past by pulling out of the beams, but my team supported me all day long. It was absolutely phenomenal to see. They were trying to lift me up all day long. It’s what they did best all season long.”