Indianapolis Motor Speedway (September 9, 2012) – Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson rider Andrew Hines earned a huge first U.S. Nationals victory by beating Hector Arana Sr. in the final round of the rescheduled Indy event.
Hines rode his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.937 at 191.70 to drive around Hector Arana’s ailing Lucas Oil Buell for his 4th win of the 2012 season and his 29th of his young career. The win also marks Hines’ 11th win after qualifying #1 for the event.
“This is really satisfying,” Hines said. “Minus one year, I’ve raced every year on a Harley. And for us to struggle like we’ve done here, with inconsistency in tuning and riding, and every scenario possible going against us, like last year when my transmission locked up after the first round burnout, to finally get the Indy win and stand in the U.S. Nationals winner’s circle is something I can look back on years from now. I had found the winner’s circle four times here with the Pro Bike battle, and to actually stand there with the U.S. Nationals trophy means the world to me.”
The Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson team claimed victories in all 10 regular-season events, and teammate Eddie Krawiec locked up the top seed for the playoffs.
“We remained undefeated in the regular season, so Eddie (Krawiec) and I intend to extend our streak,” Hines said. “Charlotte and Dallas are two tracks that I’ve never won at, so those are the last two on my list there. It’s a whole new deal now with the Countdown. Luckily, I just made up a whole bunch of points on (first place) Eddie, but that doesn’t matter because they all get reset. He’s 30 in front of me, we’ve got six races to go, and luckily, my motorcycle finally turned the corner, and we could have fun with it and tune it.”
NHRA’s six-race playoffs, the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, opens Sept. 14-16 with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte.