Hines Wins 50th in all-V-Twin Final Quad

Andrew Hines is the first Pro Stock Motorcycle rider in NHRA history to win 50 races, hitting the milestone at the 10th annual NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals this past weekend at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.

Hines won with a run of 6.831 at 198.17 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Street Rod. His teammate Eddie Krawiec was the runner up, with Hector Arana Jr. and Ryan Oehler also in the final round.

“The day went pretty good. It got hotter and hotter which made it tougher and tougher,” said Hines, who also made some sort of gaff about all the “hot guys” around.

“Our crew is pretty good at persevering in different weather conditions and we had to do that all weekend long. Not one of those days was similar to the other.”

Andrew Hines

Oehler continues to show that the NHRA press got their Road to the Future voting wrong last year, and is now fifth in points.

In the second race following NHRA’s 15 pound addition to V-Twins, Karen Stoffer qualified #1 on the second White Alligator Racing Suzuki, but the final quad was all-V-Twins.

And none of them were MSR EBRs, as Matt Smith and Scotty Pollacheck lost in round 1, Angie Smith in 2.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Eddie Krawiec, Harley Street Rod, 6.886, 196.85 and Ryan Oehler, Buell, 6.889, 196.56 def. Joey Gladstone, EBR, 6.925, 194.83 and Steve Johnson, Suzuki TL, 6.933, 192.33; Andrew Hines, Street Rod, 6.849, 197.39 and Hector Arana, EBR, 6.876, 196.82 def. Jerry Savoie, TL, 6.877, 195.59 and Kelly Clontz, TL, 18.533, 34.79; Karen Stoffer, TL, 6.811, 197.57 and Cory Reed, EBR, 6.888,195.65 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki GS, 6.937, 195.03 and Angelle Sampey, Street Rod, 7.133, 151.58; Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.817, 198.12 and Angie Smith, EBR, 6.923, 197.16 def. Matt Smith, EBR, 6.908, 196.24 and Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.966, 193.49;

SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 6.859, 197.91 and Oehler, 6.890, 196.90 def. Reed, 6.914, 195.03 and Stoffer, 6.956, 177.60; Hines, 6.825, 198.06 and Arana Jr, 6.928, 196.27 def. Arana, 6.979, 196.42 and A. Smith, 7.019, 192.14;

FINAL — Hines, 6.831, 198.17 def. Krawiec, 6.858, 197.68, Arana Jr, 6.908, 198.82 and Oehler, 6.959, 196.27.

How many of these Harley 1-2 winners circle photos have we seen?

Pro Stock Motorcycle points

1. Andrew Hines, 319; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 281; 3. Hector Arana Jr, 278; 4. Matt Smith, 204; 5. Ryan Oehler, 158; 6. Karen Stoffer, 152; 7. Jerry Savoie, 139; 8. Joey Gladstone, 138; 9. (tie) Hector Arana, 137; Angie Smith, 137.

Mike Janis, the reigning world champion in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, nabbed his first victory of the season Sunday at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals where the series was presented by SMP Racing.

Janis landed in the winner’s circle at zMAX Dragway with his run of 5.799-seconds at 248.52 mph. He got the final win light of the day facing a fierce quadrant of Erica Enders, Rickie Smith and Steve Jackson. Smith came in second in this highly competitive category.

“This Four-Wide is so unpredictable and I knew we had a good chance of winning, but you never know at a race like this,” said Janis. “My son (Mike Janis Jr.) and my whole team worked real hard for this one and I’m really proud to be standing here in the winner circle.”

PRO MODIFIED

ROUND ONE — Rickie Smith, Ford Mustang, 5.771, 256.89 and Chad Green, Chevy Camaro, 8.272, 120.46 def. Steven Whiteley, Camaro, 10.198, 87.98 and Sidnei Frigo, Camaro, 13.953, 47.37; Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.842, 249.67 and Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.839, 248.02 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.825, 248.98 and Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 8.751, 125.37; Jeremy Ray, Chevy Corvette, 5.810, 247.57 and Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.905, 226.43 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.893, 243.19 and Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.390, 235.06; Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.809, 257.87 and Erica Enders, Camaro, 5.836, 259.96 def. Marc Caruso, Camaro, 5.866, 246.62 and Brandon Snider, Corvette, 6.109, 242.23;

SEMIFINALS — Janis, 5.813, 248.16 and Jackson, 5.827, 250.27 def. Tutterow, 5.825, 250.41 and Ray, 5.826, 248.16; Enders, 5.861, 258.22 and Smith, 5.820, 255.29 def. Gonzalez, 5.890, 227.31 and Green, 6.204, 245.99;

FINAL — Janis, 5.799, 248.52 def. Smith, 5.817, 257.63, Jackson, 6.235, 211.49 and Enders, 6.460, 173.45.

Pro Modified points

1. Steve Jackson, 296; 2. Todd Tutterow, 278; 3. Mike Janis, 227; 4. Jose Gonzalez, 183; 5.Jeremy Ray, 171; 6. Rickie Smith, 170; 7. Chad Green, 155; 8. Steven Whiteley, 146; 9. Erica Enders, 145; 10. Bob Rahaim, 129.

Shawn Langdon picked up his first Funny Car win to become only the 17th driver in history to win in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories. Langdon also secured his first Top Fuel victory at zMAX Dragway in 2012.

Langdon clinched his first Funny Car victory when he powered his Global Electronics Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car to an impressive run of 4.125-seconds at 305.08 mph. He faced a final quadrant of Robert Hight, John Force and Matt Hagan. Hight finished as the runner up in the category.

“There’s so many things that I’ve gone through to get to this point,” said Langdon. “The reason I’m here is because of the people I’ve been surrounded by. They’re the ones who picked me to drive the car and I’ve been so fortunate to get to drive for a legend like Connie Kalitta. Working with a guy like that, and then working with a guy like J.R. (Todd) who’s a teammate and champion, very talented. I bounce ideas off of him all the time. And then working with Nicky Boninfante who’s worked with some of the greatest drivers out here and to bring Del Worsham in, that has been a big key factor. Working with these guys has really elevated my game.”

FUNNY CAR

ROUND ONE — John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.920, 326.56 and Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.953, 325.14 def. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.671, 184.02 and Jonnie Lindberg, Ford Mustang, 4.786, 181.25; J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 3.966, 320.81 and Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.617, 267.22 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.687, 192.03 and Bob Gilbertson, Chevy Monte Carlo, broke; Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.925, 324.83 and Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.954, 317.27 def. Dave Richards, Mustang, 5.044, 175.32 and Ron Capps, Charger, 5.172, 152.95; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.978, 321.35 and Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.982, 321.19 def. Jeff Diehl, Camry, 4.492, 236.09 and Terry Haddock, Mustang, 11.602, 69.75;

SEMIFINALS — Hight, 3.977, 322.58 and Langdon, 4.311, 248.93 def. Johnson Jr., 4.363, 213.60 and Todd, 5.051, 252.14; Force, 4.046, 320.81 and Hagan, 3.997, 316.30 def. Wilkerson, 4.062, 290.07 and Beckman, 7.194, 99.31;

FINAL — Langdon, 4.125, 305.08 def. Hight, 4.159, 242.89, Force, 4.517, 200.59 and Hagan, 5.252, 172.89.

Funny Car points

1. Robert Hight, 582; 2. Matt Hagan, 440; 3. John Force, 417; 4. (tie) Jack Beckman, 394; J.R. Todd, 394; 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., 371; 7. Tim Wilkerson, 339; 8. Shawn Langdon, 338; 9. Ron Capps, 318; 10. Bob Tasca III, 282.

Reigning world champion Steve Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to the winner’s circle for the first time this season with his pass of 3.778 at 323.19 taking out Leah Pritchett, Clay Millican and Terry McMillen. Millican came in second. Torrence is the sixth different winner in Top Fuel this season.

“Richard Hogan (crew chief) and Bobby Lagana (assistant crew chief) and every one of those Capco boys, they just instill confidence in you,” said Torrence. “I hadn’t been driving with the most confidence. Maybe I was driving on the defense instead of on the offense. I changed my mindset and just went out there and did what I know how to do instead of thinking about it. In Vegas at the Four-Wide I got up there and let my mind get in front of my foot. We’ve had a lot of success here at zMAX. I really like this place.”

TOP FUEL

ROUND ONE — Leah Pritchett, 3.775, 327.03 and Doug Kalitta, 3.779, 320.13 def. Richie Crampton, 4.851, 153.72 and Lex Joon, 6.231, 111.37; Steve Torrence, 3.743, 321.42 and Terry McMillen, 3.815, 322.96 def. Spencer Massey, 3.861, 317.57 and Audrey Worm, 4.589, 181.50; Scott Palmer, 3.782, 325.61 and Dom Lagana, 3.796, 320.51 def. Antron Brown, 4.161, 276.92 and Brittany Force, 5.495, 102.18; Clay Millican, 3.815, 321.27 and Mike Salinas, 3.768, 324.90 def. Austin Prock, 4.224, 250.13 and Cameron Ferre, broke;

SEMIFINALS — Millican, 3.877, 295.59 and Pritchett, 3.947, 271.30 def. Kalitta, 4.736, 163.65 and Salinas, 5.423, 149.81; Torrence, 3.777, 324.05 and McMillen, 3.828, 316.75 def. Palmer, 4.279, 217.53 and Lagana, 9.246, 81.51;

FINAL — Torrence, 3.778, 323.19 def. Millican, 4.035, 310.48, McMillen, 4.349, 219.08 and Pritchett, 4.435, 246.30.

Top Fuel points

1. Steve Torrence, 460; 2. Doug Kalitta, 426; 3. Clay Millican, 394; 4. Mike Salinas, 384; 5. Brittany Force, 382; 6. Leah Pritchett, 378; 7. Antron Brown, 317; 8. Terry McMillen, 309; 9. Richie Crampton, 296; 10. Billy Torrence, 265.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Julie Nataas, 5.268, 277.49 def. Duane Shields, 5.339, 277.20.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Tyler Scott, Chevy Camaro, 5.705, 252.28 def. Annie Whiteley, Camaro, 6.545, 227.00.

Competition Eliminator — Jim Kimbrough, Dragster, 6.781, 185.92 def. Randy Daniels, Pontiac Sunfire, 8.492, 159.32.

Super Stock — Monty Bogan, Chevy Camaro, 9.409, 121.28 def. Joe Santangelo, Pontiac Firebird, Foul – Red Light.

Stock Eliminator — Drew Skillman, Ford Mustang, 8.868, 148.38 def. Monty Bogan, Chevy Camaro, 10.832, 121.20.

Super Comp — Jonathan Anderson, Dragster, 8.904, 158.95 def. Ray Miller III, Dragster, 8.881, 169.72.

Super Gas — Joe Harper, Dodge Avenger, 9.913, 150.95 def. Shannon Brinkley, Chevy Corvette, 9.881, 158.39.

Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com — Jerry Albert, Chevy Camaro, 6.732, 205.19 def. Chuck Harris, Camaro, 7.707, 177.91.

Factory Stock Showdown — Bill Skillman, Ford Mustang, 7.940, 174.10 def. Bo Butner, Mustang, 7.953, 175.91.

Mountain Motor Pro Stock — Christopher Powers, Chevy Camaro, 6.417, 220.48 def. Todd Hoerner, Camaro, 6.373, 223.36 and Steven Boone, Chevy Cobalt, 6.643, 212.90 and Dwayne Rice, Camaro, broke;

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series travels to Atlanta next week for the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals May 3-5 for the seventh race of the 2019 season.

story by NHRA with additions by Tim Hailey, photos by Kenneth Charleton

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