Clermont Matt Hines interview (Pro Bike)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 MYERS HOPES NEW POWER WILL NARROW GAP TO MIRROR-IMAGE RIVAL HINES CLERMONT, Ind. -- When defending U.S. Nationals champion John Myers looks at second-year Pro Stock ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 MYERS HOPES NEW POWER WILL NARROW GAP TO MIRROR-IMAGE RIVAL HINES CLERMONT, Ind. -- When defending U.S. Nationals champion John Myers looks at second-year Pro Stock Motorcycle phenom Matt Hines, he can't help but see himself. Myers dominated NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing in 1990, winning five races and the NHRA Winston championship in just his second year as a pro. Hines already has won four events and leads the NHRA Winston point standings this year, his second season. Hines has emerged after a promising rookie season in which he finished third. Myers finished second in his rookie year. Their second-year accomplishments are so similar that it's no surprise that Myers admires Hines' success this year -- to a point. "Even though he's beating me, I'm happy for him," Myers said. "I've been there. I know what it's like. But I'm only going to be happy for him for a little while. I'm getting tired of him beating me." Hines remains the No. 1 target for Myers entering the stretch of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series season. One of the most important races of that stretch is the 43rd annual, $2,458,000 U.S. Nationals, Aug. 27-Sept. 1 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The prestigious race is the 10th of 14 events for Pro Stock Motorcycles in the $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. Myers, from Birmingham, Ala., is second in the NHRA Winston standings, 152 points behind Hines, after eight races this season. He won twice in the spring, but hasn't appeared in a final since mid-June on the Close Call Phone Card Suzuki. But new horsepower discovered by the Star Racing team could help Myers pull closer to Hines. "If we can get enough power to really start dominating, we can catch him," Myers said. "We're not giving up. You can never get too comfortable in this sport."

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