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MOPAR PARTS MILE-HIGH NATIONALS Bandimere Speedway, Morrison, Colo. July 19-21 Race 13 of the 23-event NHRA POWERade Series All NHRA races televised by ESPN/ESPN2 Pro Stock Motorcycle: Mile-High Is 'Home' for Hines Three-time Pro Stock ...

MOPAR PARTS MILE-HIGH NATIONALS
Bandimere Speedway, Morrison, Colo.
July 19-21
Race 13 of the 23-event NHRA POWERade Series
All NHRA races televised by ESPN/ESPN2

Pro Stock Motorcycle: Mile-High Is 'Home' for Hines

Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Hines is a resident of Trinadad, Colo., so the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, in Morrison, Colo., is his "home" event on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing tour. Hines is a three-time winner at Bandimere. He rode his Eagle One Suzuki to victory in 1996, 1997 and 1998 and was runner-up in 2000. He was the No. 1 qualifier in 1998 and 1999. He is currently fifth in Pro Stock Bike points.

Hines on his season: "It's been frustrating. We came out swinging at the beginning of last year. We were doing good, and then we started slowing down, slowing down. We know we have one of the quickest bikes out there and yet, half the season last year it wasn't performing. It makes it very tough to keep our focus. Teamwork is everything, so we get though the lows, and enjoy the highs as a team.

"We (Eagle One team) talk. If there are any rough emotions, we talk about it. We say, 'Hey, we know what we're here to do, we know what we can do, as long as we focus we can get the job done.' We haven't won a race in a while, but that doesn't mean we can't win a lot more."

Top Fuel: Russell Moves Into Top 5

Darrell Russell has moved into the top five in Top Fuel points in the Valvoline-backed Bilstein English Flush dragster. After an unproductive start to the season, team owner Joe Amato hired Wayne Dupuy as crew chief beginning at Las Vegas (fourth event) and the new combination has been making steady progress.

Continuing one of the most successful partnerships in modern motor racing, Valvoline returns in 2002 for the 19th season as a sponsor of Joe Amato's Top Fuel team. From 1984 through his retirement after the 2000 campaign, Valvoline's technical, product and financial support helped Amato to five Top Fuel championships and 52 victories, both NHRA records. Darrell Russell added to the record in 2001, with two wins, and NHRA Rookie of the Year honors in Amato's dragster. Bilstein Engine Flush is Amato Racing's new primary sponsor.

Pro Stock: Krisher a Semifinalist Last Year

Ron Krisher made the semifinals at Bandimere last year in his Eagle One Chevrolet Cavalier. He is currently sixth in Pro Stock points.

Krisher has now qualified for an impressive 59 consecutive Pro Stock events, going back to the year 2000 season-opener at Pomona. Pro Stock may well be the most competitive racing series in the world, with between 34-37 cars typically trying for the 16 qualifying positions. Krisher was one of only four drivers to qualify for all 24 NHRA events in 2001.

Krisher owns his own drag racing engine development company, KRJ, located in Newark, Ohio. His company supplies engines to Pro Stock competitors Tom Hammonds and V. Gaines. Before entering Pro Stock, Krisher raced sports cars on road courses and sprint cars on dirt, and he's a self-made entrepreneur.

NEXT EVENT: Lucas Northwest Nationals, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash., July 26-28.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Hines , Joe Amato , Ron Krisher , Tom Hammonds