The final round in Pro Stock Motorcycle pitted two riders whose last win came in Atlanta; for Hines that was earlier this year, for Karen Stoffer three long years ago in 2007. Hines kept her winless streak alive with a convincing 7.34 to 7.40 victory, the 21st of his career and his second in Denver. With the win, Hines pulled to within 60 points of leader Hector Arana.
“Today I was playing with fire all day long with .00 lights [.006, .004, and .007] in the first three rounds,” said Hines, who was runner-up here last year. “We backed it off for the final to make sure that we wouldn’t red-light. We wanted to have a .030 and got a .029. We know that Karen [Stoffer] is a very tough competitor, and we didn’t want to make any mistakes.
“I grew up three hours south of here in Trinidad, Colorado, so it’s good to win here on The Mountain. This place is my home. We didn’t have the best motorcycle this weekend, just like we didn’t have the best motorcycle [when we won] at Sonoma, but we were able to get the job done. That says a lot about our team. I’ve also been stressing out all weekend because we’ve got a baby coming. I was waiting for a phone call all weekend, but we never got one.”
Hines, a winner earlier this season also in Houston, reached his 35th career final round by defeating a trio of Suzukis, setting down rookie of the year hopeful LE Tonglet, Jim Underdahl, and low qualifier Michael Phillips to reach the final. In a rematch of their final round in Sonoma last weekend, Phillips red-lighted to Hines’ Harley. Prior to that race, Hines had beaten Phillips nine straight times.
– SUMMIT FastNews – Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 31st annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals:
(W) Andrew Hines (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines 0.029 7.342 178.02
(L) Karen Stoffer (Geico Suzuki) 0.033 7.402 175.94
3:30 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 87 degrees, relative humidity 30 percent, barometer 24.27 inches, adjusted altitude 9,495 feet, track temperature 106 degrees.
Hines is 11 – 7 against Stoffer in prior events and Hines is 1 – 0 against Stoffer in prior final rounds. Hines has 20 wins in 34 final rounds and Stoffer has 5 wins in 11 final rounds.
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