The 2010 NHRA Finals held mixed fortunes for the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team. Having run a phenomenal season, including five event wins, seven consecutive final round appearances and resetting the National ET record at the US Nationals, Andrew Hines held a narrow 34-point margin over LE Tonglet going into the weekend at Pomona. In Qualifying, Andrew was able to extend his lead to 36 points, which meant that Tonglet would have to go at least two rounds further in Eliminations to take the championship. Unfortunately, Andrew had been struggling with clutch set-up in Qualifying, and trying a revised set-up for the first round of Eliminations, his front wheel lifted, breaking the timing beam earlier and triggering the red light. Tonglet proceeded to win his first and second round matches in Eliminations, earning him the 40 points to overtake Andrew for the championship.
Meanwhile, Eddie Krawiec had his best weekend of the season racing a special military-themed V-Rod in honor of Harley-Davidson’s Second Annual Military Appreciation Month. Donning a traditional olive drab with machined rivets reminiscent of mi
litary fighting vehicles from the WWII era, Eddie’s V-Rod was also awarded the Best Appearing Vehicle for the Pomona Finals. Fast from the start, Eddie was Top Qualifier for Sunday’s Elimination rounds, and made one consistent pass after another, culminating not only with the event win, but also by resetting the National ET record with an amazing 6.811 second pass in the finalfor the 2010 season.