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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 MOPAR PARTS MILE-HIGH NATIONALS PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE NOTEBOOK *Quick rise: Matt Hines grew up around Pro Stock Motorcycle racing, as his father and crew chief, Byron...

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MOPAR PARTS MILE-HIGH NATIONALS PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE NOTEBOOK *Quick rise: Matt Hines grew up around Pro Stock Motorcycle racing, as his father and crew chief, Byron Hines, formerly raced on the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. His father's business partner, Terry Vance, was one of the best riders in NHRA history. Hines always has admired and respected the talents of perennial Pro Stock Motorcycle powers Dave Schultz and John Myers, the two winningest riders in NHRA history. So Hines still feels a bit odd to lead Schultz and Myers in the NHRA Winston point standings this season, his second as a professional rider. "I still feel like a rookie compared to John Myers or Dave Schultz because they have so many more runs than me, which is a big advantage in tricky conditions," Hines said. "It's definitely different. It's weird." *Mountain magic: This is only the second year that Matt Hines will race at the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals, but the event already holds a special spot in his mind. "I'll always remember it because it's where I got my first win," Hines said. Hines earned the first of his five career victories on the Vance & Hines Suzuki last July at Bandimere Speedway. This year's event also should be memorable for Hines for a different reason. He moved from Whittier, Calif., to Trinidad, Colo., in early May, and 20 to 30 friends and family members will come to Bandimere to watch him race. *On your marks: Star Performance team owner George Bryce had been scratching his head for the last few events at handling problems experienced by his rider Angelle Seeling aboard her Close Call Phone Card Suzuki. Videotape of her runs finally traced the problem to Seeling's awkward body position on the bike, slightly off to the left. With her weight of 105 pounds about 18 percent of the entire bike's 600 pounds, it was enough to throw it sideways. The cure: a permanent marker. Bryce placed marks in the center of the seat on the gas tank, the back edge of the seat, and on the back cowling at the Sears Craftsman Nationals in late June near St. Louis. He used that mark and the middle seam of her pants to get her lined straight. "That was the cheapest tuning job I've done in racing," Bryce said. "It was worth five qualifying spots. I wonder if I could put another mark someplace and find another tenth? I guess I better get looking." *By the numbers: It's easy to see that Matt Hines has dominated NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing this season -- just look at the point standings. Hines leads three-time NHRA Winston champion John Myers by 109 points after seven of 14 races. But the points' lead doesn't fully show Hines' superiority. A quick look at the statistics does. Hines became the only rider in NHRA history to break the 7.30-second barrier, with a pass of 7.295 seconds in May at Richmond, Va. One week later at Englishtown, N.J., he set an NHRA national record of 7.290. Hines also set the NHRA speed national record of 186.37 mph in March at Gainesville, Fla. Hines also leads every performance category. He has three victories, five final rounds, five No. 1 qualifying spots, has recorded low elapsed time at five events and top speed at three events. *Stiffen up: Matt Hines insists that one of the reasons he has dominated NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing this season is a new chassis, designed to convert more of his engine's horsepower into traction. "Last year's bike felt like riding a rubber band compared to this one," Hines said. "The frame on this one is a lot stiffer." *Success story: While Angelle Seeling has earned much attention with her rapid rise to prominence in Pro Stock Motorcycle, Stephanie Reaves also has quietly but consistently achieved success on two wheels. Reaves climbed to 10th in the NHRA Winston point standings after the Sears Craftsman Nationals last month at St. Louis, where she advanced to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive event on the Rapid Motorsports Suzuki GSXR. Her advance in the points has placed two women in the top 10 of the NHRA Winston standings for the first time in NHRA history. Seeling is sixth on the Close Call Phone Card Suzuki GSXR. "I hope people look at me the same way they do the other Pro Stock Bike racers," Reaves said. *Schedule: Pro qualifying starts at 4 p.m. July 18 and continues at 8 p.m. that evening. Qualifying ends with sessions at noon and 4 p.m. July 19. Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. July 20. Federal-Mogul competition starts at 2 p.m. July 17. *Tickets: Tickets are available for the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals. Call Bandimere Speedway at (303) 697-6001. Tickets also are available at Ticketmaster outlets. All seats are reserved. *On TV: ESPN2 will televise two hours of live, final-round competition from the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at 4:30 p.m. (MDT) July 20. ESPN2 also will show two hours of live, Friday-night qualifying at 8 p.m. (MDT) July 18. -30-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Hines , George Bryce