Six-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Andrew Hines and four-time champion Eddie Krawiec will return to the track for the remainder of the 2021 season beginning at the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta after sitting out the first two Pro Stock Motorcycle events.
Both Hines and Krawiec will ride motorcycles equipped with Vance & Hines’ recently announced VH160VT engine and NHRA-approved Buell 1190RX bodywork. They join three-time champion Angelle Sampey as part of the winningest team in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle history.
“It was hard to sit out the beginning of the 2021 NHRA season,” said Hines. “Not having a helmet at the starting line was an odd feeling, but both Eddie and I had our hands full at the RDC [Vance & Hines Racing Development Center]. It was important for the business that we launch our two new racing engines and the components that our customers need. When we went to the NHRA events in Florida and Nevada, it was great to see our engines perform, but I really wanted to grab my gear and be on the track.”
“We both felt like fish out of water,” stated Krawiec. “As cool as it is to create two new motors for the racing community, it’s even more exciting to be on the track using the new V-Twin engine.”
“There’s no better example of how important racing is to the work we do,” said Vance & Hines President Mike Kennedy. “Andrew and Eddie help create and launch two of our most important new products, and now they will be at the track using them at the highest level of motorcycle drag racing. No other company has the talent and the experience that we have at Vance & Hines.”
In February, Vance & Hines announced a new Suzuki-based drag race engine, which made its debut at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville. Two weeks ago, the company announced its new V-Twin motor, which will be available to teams for NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing.