Andrew Hines wins Pro Bike Battle at Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Andrew Hines raced to his second career Pro Bike Battle victory Saturday in the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
Hines earned $7,500 in the all-star bonus race featuring the top eight Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers. Hines beat Hector Arana, Jr., Matt Smith and teammate Eddie Krawiec, topping Krawiec in the final with a 6.755-second run at 197.31 mph.
''The guys did a great job giving me a V-Rod strong enough to go out there and give me a chance to win that final round,'' Hines said. ''I popped the clutch and saw Eddie's bulb go off first and I thought I was done because we can see a hundredths of a second on the tree.''
In regular NHRA qualifying, Steve Torrence took the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel, Del Worsham topped the Funny Car field, Bo Butner was the fastest in Pro Stock, and Krawiec was No. 1 in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Torrence broke the national time record Friday with a 3.671 at 325.69. Worsham had a 3.868 at 327.43, and Butner ran a 6.553 at 210.28, also both Friday. Krawiec had a track-record time of 6.751 at 197.65.