FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 HINES KNOWS THAT CONSISTENCY BREEDS TITLES IN PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE DINWIDDIE, Va. -- He may be in only his second season of racing, but it hasn't taken long for Matt...
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HINES KNOWS THAT CONSISTENCY BREEDS TITLES IN PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
DINWIDDIE, Va. -- He may be in only his second season of racing, but it hasn't taken long for Matt Hines to learn the secret behind winning an NHRA Winston Pro Stock Motorcycle title. "I'm counting every round I can get," Hines said. "I was so upset after losing in the semis at Houston. I'm just glad to go rounds." That patient, consistent approach is surprising considering that Hines, 24, zoomed to elite status in Pro Stock Motorcycle racing in just one season. He won two races, finished third in the point standings and was NHRA Winston co-Rookie of the Year in 1996. But he refuses to get greedy, knowing that overlooking any opponent could ruin his chances to win a championship. "The second round is a little tighter this year than it was last year," Hines said. "The semis are a neck-breaker now. Just to make it past the semis at races is tough." Hines, from Whittier, Calif., will contend for a final-round spot at the third annual, $1,488,750 Pennzoil Nationals presented by Trak Auto, April 24-27 at Virginia Motorsports Park. The race is the sixth event of the 22-event, $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. Consistency has been Hines' trademark through three races this season on the Vance & Hines Suzuki GSXR. He was runner-up at the Mac Tools Gatornationals and the Fram Nationals, and lost in the semifinals at the Slick 50 Nationals. He is second in the NHRA Winston point standings, 39 points behind leader John Myers. That consistency also has been mated with strong performance. Hines recorded the quickest elapsed time in NHRA history, 7.300 seconds, at the non-points Winston Invitational, and he set the NHRA speed national record of 186.37 mph at the Mac Tools Gatornationals. "I'm only about one round from where I should be," Hines said.
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