Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson riders Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec continued their methodic rampage through the Norwalk Pro Stock Motorcycle field with a pair of dominating wins in the quarterfinal round. Krawiec, the low qualifier, rode his Street Rod to a 6.866 to best John Hall's BRAKES Suzuki. Krawiec is headed to the semifinals for the fifth time in seven events this season although he's still in search of his first win of 2019.
Hines also won easily when he powered to a 6.852, the quickest run of the round, but all attention was on his opponent, teammate Angelle Sampey, who took out a finish line timing block when her Harley Street Rod drifted towards the centerline. With the exception of a freak early loss in Chicago earlier this month, Hines has been nearly unstoppable this year. The five-time champion has four wins on the young season and carries a 19-2 record in eliminations into his semifinal race against Matt Smith.
Smith is seeking his second win after wife, Angie, fouled in their quarterfinal race. After round one, Smith changed engines after his V-twin lost an oil pump belt. The swap did little to slow the reigning champ, who ran 6.905 for the win.
The final semifinalist is wild card, Scotty Pollacheck, who has now won his first two rounds of the year with a 6.944 in his victory against Joey Gladstone. Pollacheck will have the opportunity to race in his seventh-career final, but he's going to have to go through Krawiec to get there.
Semifinal pairings (lane choice first): Eddie Krawiec vs. Scotty Pollacheck; Andrew Hines vs. Matt Smith