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2014 NHRA: Pro Stock Motorcycle Standout Andrew Hines Treasures Time At Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals At Bandimere Speedway
Posted by: newsla on Jul 17, 2014 - 04:32 PM
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2014 NHRA: Pro Stock Motorcycle Standout Andrew Hines Treasures Time At Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals At Bandimere Speedway


Andrew Hines first professional race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series came at Bandimere Speedway in 2002. The track will always hold a special memory because of that despite its unique challenges of racing at an elevation of more than 5,800 feet.

 

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Of course, just debuting in Pro Stock Motorcycle in Denver isn’t the only reason Hines, the current points leader in PSM, is fond of racing in Denver. He has posted two wins and four final round appearances at Bandimere Speedway, something that certainly makes him one of the favorites at this weekend’s 35th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

But the success stretches much deeper than that. Hines’ older brother Matt, who is now the crew chief for the Screamin’ Eagle Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson team of Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec, won four times in Denver during his highly-successful career. Krawiec also has two victories at Bandimere Speedway, giving Andrew Hines plenty of reasons to believe more success is coming this weekend.

“I have a lot of great memories there and being able to go back to this track is always fun,” Hines said. “We’ve got a pretty good grip on what you need to run well on the mountain. We have good knowledge to draw from and hopefully that will help us. You have to change so much on the bike but we know what it takes to succeed here.”

Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Shawn Gann (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were winners of the 2013 event. The race will once again be televised on ESPN2 HD and marks the eighth of 16 during the 2014 PSM season.

The first eight events have brought out the best in Hines, who has rebounded from a thoroughly frustrating 2013 in resounding fashion. He won the most recent event in Norwalk and has posted three wins and four final round appearances this season.

Hines has maintained the points lead since the second race of the season and his teammate Krawiec is currently in second. But Hines feels as though he has unfinished business in Denver after a disappointing outing in 2013.

Those came often during a year when not much went right, including not qualifying in the Top 10 for the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. But an impressive amount of work in the off-season started the turnaround and that has continued throughout 2014, including getting ready for the rigors of Denver.

“It’s not a typical weekend and you have to put in a big effort to do well,” Hines said. “We want to get up there, get rolling and get that Wally up at Bandimere Speedway. We struggled all season a year ago and Denver was no different. We’ve been on a good roll and we want to keep that going.”

To keep his banner season going Hines will have to deal with the likes of reigning world champion Matt Smith, John Hall, Hector Arana Jr., Michael Ray, Angie Smith, Hector Arana Sr., Steve Johnson and Scotty Pollacheck.

Hines’ won’t have a problem advancing to the Countdown to the Championship this year, but he remains focused on the upcoming two-race stretch in Denver and Sonoma, Calif. The altitude at Bandimere Speedway poses numerous challenges but Hines is locked in on the task ahead.

“You need to have the total package together for this race,” Hines said. “Everything plays a part, including the tuning. You run a half-second longer up here and your bike is revving like crazy, so you have to really get your tuning down. It’s up to the rider after that. The riding aspect is a big deal at an event like this. Any mistake you make is going to get compounded in Denver, that’s for sure.”

In Top Fuel, Massey is after a second straight win at Bandimere Speedway and currently has two wins in 2014. He will be challenged by Antron Brown, who has two wins at the Denver event and won the most recent event in Norwalk, as well as points leader Doug Kalitta, reigning world champ Shawn Langdon, J.R. Todd, sophomore-sensation Brittany Force, Steve Torrence, Khalid alBalooshi and rookie Richie Crampton.

Pedregon will look to repeat in Funny Car, but will face multiple challenges from a star-studded field that includes current points leader Robert Hight, six-time Denver winner John Force, who won the most recent event in Norwalk, Courtney Force, two-time season winner Alexis DeJoria, Matt Hagan, Ron Capps, Del Worsham, Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Tim Wilkerson.

Team Mopar/Magneti Marelli Dodge Dart driver Allen Johnson took the Pro Stock win in Denver last year, giving him five career victories at Bandimere Speedway. His main threats include teammate and reigning champion Jeg Coughlin, points leader Erica Enders-Stevens, who is after her first win in Denver, Vincent Nobile, Greg Anderson, Jason Line, V Gaines, Dave Connolly, Shane Gray and Chris McGaha.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and enjoy some cherished face time and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
Fans will also want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

WHAT: 35th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, the 14th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn points leading to 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.

WHERE: Bandimere Speedway, Morrison, Colo. The track is 10 miles west of Denver, just north of the historic town of Morrison. From Denver, take Interstate 70 west to C-470 and travel south to the Morrison Road exit. Take Morrison Road west to Rooney Road and go north to the track.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, July 18-20.

SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, July 18 - LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 4:45 and 7:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, July 19 - LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 3:15 and 5:45 p.m.

SUNDAY, July 20 - Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, July 19, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 11 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, July 20, ESPN will televise three hours and 30 minutes of elimination coverage starting at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

SATELLITE (Digital HD feed):
Saturday, July 19, Midnight - 12:30 a.m. (ET), AMC 2 / Transponder 18C
Saturday, July 19, 10:30 - 11 p.m. (ET), AMC 2 / Transponder 18C
Sunday, July 20, 7 - 7:30 p.m. (ET), AMC 2 / Transponder 18C
(4060 MHz, vertical; Data Rate: 40.46147055 Mbp; Symbol Rate: 29.27 Ms; FEC: ¾; Bandwidth: 36 Mhz)
Video news release contains race action highlights each day and winners’ interviews on Sunday.

2013 EVENT WINNERS: Spencer Massey, Top Fuel; Cruz Pedregon, Funny Car; Allen Johnson, Pro Stock; Shawn Gann, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

MOST VICTORIES: Bob Glidden, 7, PS; Joe Amato, 6, TF; John Force, 6, FC; Allen Johnson, 5, PS; Warren Johnson, 5, PS; Matt Hines, 4, PSM

TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel - 3.862 seconds by Antron Brown, July ’09; 319.60 mph by Steve Torrence, July ’13.
Funny Car - 4.073 seconds by Cruz Pedregon, July ’13; 309.91 mph by Jack Beckman, July ’13.
Pro Stock - 6.916 seconds by Allen Johnson, July ’12; 198.70 mph by Johnson, July ’12.
PS Motorcycle - 7.237 seconds by Hector Arana Jr., July ’12; 186.54 mph by Ryan Schnitz, July ’05.

NATIONAL RECORDS:
Top Fuel - 3.701 sec. by Antron Brown, Oct. ‘12, Reading, Pa.; 332.18 mph by Spencer Massey, April ’12, Charlotte, N.C.
Funny Car - 3.965 sec. and 324.12 mph by John Force, Feb. ’14, Pomona, Calif.
Pro Stock - 6.464 sec. and 215.55 mph by Erica Enders-Stevens, May ‘14, Englishtown N.J.
PS Motorcycle - 6.728 sec. by Andrew Hines, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.; 199.26 mph by Eddie Krawiec, March ’11, Gainesville, Fla.

TICKETS: Order tickets by phone at (800) 664-UWIN (8946). Tickets also are available online at www.bandimere.com.

NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS

GLENDORA, Calif. -- Point standings (top 10) following the 13th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel: 1. Doug Kalitta, 1,130; 2. Antron Brown, 1,082; 3. Shawn Langdon, 938; 4. Tony Schumacher, 785; 5. Spencer Massey, 780; 6. Steve Torrence, 747; 7. Brittany Force, 690; 8. Khalid alBalooshi, 652; 9. Richie Crampton, 626; 10. J.R. Todd, 593.

Funny Car: 1. Robert Hight, 1,067; 2. John Force, 889; 3. Ron Capps, 846; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr., 845; 5. Alexis DeJoria, 779; 6. Courtney Force, 764; 7. Del Worsham, 748; 8. Matt Hagan, 739; 9. Cruz Pedregon, 726; 10. Jack Beckman, 655.

Pro Stock: 1. Erica Enders-Stevens, 1,166; 2. Allen Johnson, 925; 3. Jeg Coughlin, 900; 4. Dave Connolly, 875; 5. Jason Line, 863; 6. Vincent Nobile, 840; 7. Shane Gray, 833; 8. Chris McGaha, 600; 9. V. Gaines, 562; 10. Jonathan Gray, 484.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1. Andrew Hines, 650; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 581; 3. Hector Arana Jr, 515; 4. Hector Arana, 416; 5. John Hall, 407; 6. Matt Smith, 394; 7. Scotty Pollacheck, 375; 8. Angie Smith, 352; 9. Michael Ray, 333; 10. Steve Johnson, 320.

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