Hines vs. Krawiec at Mile-High Nationals
Andrew Hines (in the near lane) sets the track ET and speed records on this winning pass against teammate Eddie Krawiec.©Motorcyclist

Drag racer Andrew Hines became the winningest Pro Stock Motorcycle rider in history, capturing his 45th career win by outrunning teammate Eddie Krawiec in the final round.

Hines earned his first top qualifying effort of the 2016 season and 37th of his career in PSM by clocking a 7.161-second run at 185.36 mph on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. The qualifying pass was his third No. 1 in Denver, which lined him up against Scotty Pollacheck in the first eliminator.

37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals:
37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals victory celebration.©Motorcyclist

“I’ve had great success here,” Hines said. “My guys have given me a flawless motorcycle this weekend. Eddie [Krawiec, teammate] has been stealing all the No. 1s here lately, and it’s nice to get a No. 1 on my side of the pit. The motorcycle is running pretty well. We are looking good for tomorrow, and we tried some things today, so I think we have a good tune-up for the race.”

Hines took his third win of the season and fourth at this event by posting a track record time of 7.134 at 188.33 mph to hold off Krawiec’s Screamin’ Eagle Harley, which trailed with a 7.148 at 187.21.   It was the third consecutive final-round appearance for five-time and defending world champ Hines, who defeated Pollacheck, Cory Reed, and LE Tonglet to advance to the final.   “It doesn’t get much better racing up here in the mountain, with the thin air requires a different setup,” said Hines, who trimmed Krawiec’s points lead to 109. “Coming back to win on the mountain, it means a lot. My team has had my motorcycle really dialed in right now. It is our third final in a row, and I am just riding the wave. I don’t think I’ve ever put eight runs like that together in a weekend. The bike is such a joy to ride right now.”

NHRA Mello Yello Championship Points Standings
1. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson (742)
2. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson (633)
3. Angelle Sampey, Buell (534)
4. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki (500)
5. Chip Ellis, Buell (386)
6. Hector Arana Sr., Buell (375)
7. LE Tonglet, Suzuki (364)
8. Matt Smith, Victory (290)
9. Steve Johnson, Suzuki (268)
10. Michael Ray Jr., Buell (262)