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Cycle News 2013 Issue 09 Mar 5

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PREVIEW DRAG RACING P74 NHRA PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE PREVIEW FREE FOR ALL BY KEVIN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BT MAT POLITO A fter nearly a decade of near domination by the Screamin��� Eagle Vance & Hines Harley V-Rods, the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship is once again on the open market. Following a season in which Harley-Davidson teammates Ed- die Krawiec and Andrew Hines combined to win 15 of 16 events and finished first and second, respectively, in the point standings, the hammer came down this winter. In a stunning announcement, NHRA rules makers not only took away the four-valve cylinder heads that had helped to make the Vance & Hines V-Rods so dominant, but they also threw in a bonus clause that required that all V-twin entries have a standardized pushrod length of no less than eight-inches. That essentially sent the V&H squad back to the drawing board as they could not even revive the two-valve engine program they last ran in 2008. ���We had to start from scratch on our engine program and that has made for a long winter,��� said

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