Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines lead the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings. Hines has won all but two of the six races contested in 2019. Krawiec, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock World champion, recently got the new chassis that played a major part in Hines' success through the first third of the two-wheel season and, well, so far so good.
The pair rode side-by-side to the top of the Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying sheet at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, and while it's still early, it's a great sign. The Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team have won six of the 12 ice cream scoops (and, you know, Wallys and money that accompany them) handed out in Norwalk -- making that first clean hit off the trailer certainly can't hurt.
Angelle Sampey, the newest Harley-Davidson rider, was first to hit the track of the trio and ran the quarter-mile in 7.002-seconds. That's off the pace but still qualified her ninth with a headwind. Krawiec said in his top-end interview with Lewis Bloom that he wasn't overly enthused with the results, though again, the team will have nine more shots at the race track before race day between the three motorcycles.
Scotty Pollacheck came closest to the Vance & Himes team with a 6.902, a step in the right direction for the Matt Smith Racing rider after a trying start to his season. That will earn him a bonus point, but at this point the Oregon native needs to find a tune-up that allows him to use his riding power to get down the race track consistently on Sunday.
Hines is still hunting down his first 200-mph run on his Harley-Davidson and Norwalk's phenomenal track surface makes it a great place to do so -- if the weather cooperates. That includes the wind, which was not playing nicely during the first qualifying session. The second session is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Eastern; you can catch all the action live on NHRA.tv and check back on NHRA.com for more highlights and analysis.