Andrew Hines is taking home a check for $25,000. He defeated teammate Eddie Krawiec in the final of the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle to score a big pay day at Sonoma Raceway, continuing his magical 2019 season in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
He started Saturday by beating Hector Arana Jr., following the draw during pre-race ceremonies. Hines went on to beat defending world champion (and 2018 Pro Bike Battle winner) Matt Smith in the semifinals. That set up an all-Harley Davidson matchup in the final, and Hines overpowered his teammate to get to the winner's circle. Hines left the starting line second, but made up for the holeshot by running a 6.912-second pass to turn on the win light.
Krawiec started his day by defeating Hector Arana Sr. He went on to beat Angie Smith, who was unable to fire her bike in the burnout box. That put him in the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle final for the second year in a row. He lost in the final for the second-straight year, this time despite getting off the starting line first as he ran a 7.016-second lap in the all Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson final.
Krawiec did finish the day in a better qualifying position than his teammate, as the semifinals of the Pro Bike Battle serve as the fourth qualifying session in Sonoma. He will start race day in the No. 2 position, while Hines will start Sunday in the No. 7 position. Krawiec will race Joey Gladstone while Hines will battle Scotty Pollacheck as they try to bring another Wally back to Brownsburg for Harley-Davidson in what has been an incredible year for the team.
Race day begins at 11 a.m. Pacific and can be watched live on NHRA.tv. You can also catch coverage at 2:30 p.m. on FOX.