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Cycle News 2014 Issue 15 April 15 2014

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DRAG RACING BY KEVIN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT POLITO T hey may never achieve the level of domination they dis- played in 2012 when they combined for 15 wins in 16 races, but there is little doubt that the Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley team has returned to a po- sition of strength in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Racing at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals - a unique event that features four competitors racing side-by-side- by-side-by-side with both the win- ner and second-place finisher from each match advancing - Hines won the final round while team- mate Eddie Krawiec finished a strong second. Hines and Krawiec defeated Matt Smith Racing Buell teammates - Scotty Pollacheck and John Hall - who finished third and fourth, respectively. "Once Eddie and I got to the final we were focused on just seeing some sort of win lights on our side of the track," Hines said. "Obviously, each of us wanted to win but more importantly, we wanted to finish first and second. We didn't do a great job on the starting line. Scotty and John drilled us but we found some performance in our V-Rods over the last five weeks and we've got some good momentum going. "This does a lot for my confi- dence because I've never had a round win here [at the Four- Wide]," Hines said. "In fact, Char- lotte was bad to me. It took four races before I broke through for a win at the two-wide race in the fall. At this race there is so much going on that you never know what's going to happen. Some ROUND 2/APRIL 13, 2014 ZMAX DRAGWAY/CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA P106 Andrew Hines gets his 33 rd NHRA National event win at the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK THE VANCE & HINES HARLEYS DOMINATE THE NHRA FOUR-WIDE RACE WITH A 1-2 FINISH

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