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Gainesville Pro Stock Motorcycle Saturday results: Q4

No 200, but Hines blasts to new E.T. record to claim Gainesville pole; Smith vs. Smith highlights round one pairings.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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Andrew Hines went to extraordinary lengths to earn a spot in the Denso 200-mph Pro Stock Motorcycle club but was forced to settle for a new elapsed time record of 6.720 seconds and the pole position for the 43rd time in his career. Hines shut off early during Friday’s second qualifying run so that he’d be the first rider out on Saturday morning, when conditions were at a premium. That plan almost worked when he recorded a 199.94 mph top speed, just missing the 200-mph mark. A few hours later, Hines reset his own record, which has stood since the 2012 season.

 Qualifying ended with Harley riders Hines and Eddie Krawiec in the top two spots and reigning world champ Matt Smith is third with a 6.751 run. The bad news for Smith is that his wife and teammate, Angie, finished qualifying in the No. 14 spot which means they will meet in round one. The Smith’s last raced at the season-ending Auto Club Finals a year ago.

Of the eight female riders that attempted to qualify in Gainesville, five of them made the competitive field including three-time champion Angelle Sampey, who impressed in her debut with the Vance & Hines Harley team. Sampey is joined in the field by Angie Smith, Kelly Clontz, Karen Stoffer, and Melissa Surber.

First round pairings (lane choice first): Andrew Hines vs. Cory Reed; Eddie Krawiec vs. Scotty Pollacheck; Matt Smith vs. Angie Smith; Hector Arana Jr. vs. Kelly Clontz; Ryan Oehler vs. Karen Stoffer; Angelle Sampey vs. Joey Gladstone; Jimmy Underdahl vs. Melissa Surber; Jerry Savoie vs. Hector Arana Sr.

Qualifying order after Q4:

1Andrew Hines6.720
2Eddie Krawiec6.747
3Matt Smith6.753
4Hector Arana Jr6.784
5Ryan Oehler6.803
6Angelle Sampey6.814
7Jimmy Underdahl6.821
8Jerry Savoie6.844
9Hector Arana6.847
10Melissa Surber6.850
11Joey Gladstone6.855
12Karen Stoffer6.869
13Kelly Clontz6.874
14Angie Smith6.888
15Scott Pollacheck6.893
16Cory Reed6.918
17Steve Johnson6.938
18John Hall6.949
19Katie Sullivan6.959
20Marc Ingerwersen6.960
21Jianna Salinas7.092
22Lance Bonham7.101
23Andie Rawlings7.256


[Q3 recap]