HINES COLLECTS 20TH CAREER NO. 1 QUALIFIER; EARNS TRACK RECORD AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY Krawiec Qualified for First Race in Joliet JOLIET, Ill. (June 9, 2007) -- Andrew Hines rode his Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson V-Rod down the ...
HINES COLLECTS 20TH CAREER NO. 1 QUALIFIER; EARNS TRACK RECORD AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY
Krawiec Qualified for First Race in Joliet
JOLIET, Ill. (June 9, 2007) -- Andrew Hines rode his Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson V-Rod down the quarter-mile surface at Route 66 Raceway, setting the track record and earning the top qualifying position in one quick pass.
Hines, 24, recorded a 6.921-second pass at 193.65 mph for his first No. 1 qualifying award of the season and 20th career award Saturday at the Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals. It was also the third career qualifying effort at Route 66 Raceway (2004-'05).
"The V-Rod is so fun to ride right now," Hines said. "The team did so much testing in the past few weeks and we've worked so hard to get caught up with the top of the field. The team is so pumped up because that last pass of qualifying was the best run we've made all season."
Hines will face No. 16 Michael Phillips in the first round of Sunday's eliminations. Teammate Eddie Krawiec rode his Screamin' Eagle V-Rod to the No. 13 with a 7.037 pass at 190.46. Krawiec will face Angelle Sampey in the first round.
"I'm feeling good and comfortable and it's obvious we're learning a lot this weekend and we're bringing some great consistency to our program," Krawiec said. "I'm working on calming myself down and trying not to override the bike. I want to let the bike make its way down the track and make the run as smooth as possible."
This is the first time Hines has earned the No. 1 qualifier award since the season finale of the 2006 season -- the November event at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway.
"We're just happy for the team because they worked so hard during the past few weeks," Harley-Davidson Racing Manager Anne Paluso said. "Testing has paid off and it's especially nice to make those great passes in front of all of the employees from Harley-Davidson who have made the short drive from Milwaukee to see the team race."
Hines was the runner-up at Route 66 Raceway in 2004 and is looking to win four rounds this time.
"The bike is really responding to the changes we've made and it's deadly consistent," Hines said. "We've always struggled with getting the bike off the line and our 60-foot times have been improving this weekend. The 60-foot run can make or break a run and it's great that we've made some strides with that. It's especially fun riding this V-Rod right now."
Krawiec joined the team this season. It's his first time racing at Route 66 Raceway.
"I'm so glad we qualified and we get to race in the eliminations because it's a tough field," Krawiec said. "We have to be consistent and quick tomorrow but I'm looking forward to going rounds."