SCREAMIN' EAGLE TEAM EARNS TOP QUALIFYING AWARD, FULL THROTTLE CHALLENGE HONORS
Tonglet maintains points lead
JOLIET, Ill. (June 12, 2005) – For the 11th time in his young career, Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines earned the No. 1 qualifying position. Teammate GT Tonglet maintained his lead in the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings and many Harley-Davidson employees were on hand to watch all the action this weekend at Route 66 Raceway.
"We got to meet a lot of Harley-Davidson employees this weekend because the headquarters in Milwaukee is so close," team owner and crew chief Byron Hines said. "It was great to have so much support for the team and I just wish we could have put on a better show this time."
Hines earned the top qualifying position at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals with a 7.123 at 188.36 to lead the 16-bike field into Sunday's elimination rounds. The team also earned the Full Throttle Challenge honors for producing the most consistent performance numbers in qualifying.
Hines beat Michael Phillips in the first round before falling to Steve Johnson in the second round. Hines turned in a 7.549-second pass at 139.83-mph after Phillips fouled at the starting line. Hines went 7.256 at 192.93, falling to Johnson's 7.226 at 184.75 in the second round.
"I'm happy with the overall performance of the bikes because we qualified well and we gained points," Hines said. "We don't know why my bike bogged in the second round. We didn't change a single thing from first round but we still got beat.
"We are going to have our heads held high going into the next race because being the No. 1 qualifier and earning the Full Throttle Challenge award are still nice accomplishments and we can take the data from this weekend and learn how to become more competitive next time. We wanted to win four rounds (Sunday), but that didn't happen. Thankfully, the next race is right around the corner."
Tonglet fouled on the starting line, giving the first round victory to Geno Scali. Chip Ellis went on to defeat Scali in the final to become the fifth winner in as many Pro Stock Bike events so far this season.
Tonglet, the current points leader, said he learned a lot this weekend too. The 22-year-old from New Orleans qualified in the No. 5 position with a 7.173 at 190.65 mph before posting the first round loss.
"I'm disappointed in myself for allowing that rain delay (after the burnout that stalled the race) to get to me," Tonglet said. "The guys on the team told me the clutch got too hot in the delay and was tight and that caused the bike to react more quickly than it normally would. Still, a red light is all on the rider and that's something that I want to avoid always because we work so hard to get the right to race on Sundays.
"We had a good weekend before that. We learned a lot about the bikes that will help us be competitive in this three-race swing and throughout the summer."
Harley-Davidson Racing Manager Anne Paluso said the team has the highest expectations for every national event.
"This team works so hard and anytime they don't meet their expectations they are a little disappointed," Paluso said. "We're trying to defend the 2004 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship and the team wants to be competitive every weekend.
"We didn't go rounds this time, but they made strides toward improving their setup for hot and humid conditions. That will be a real advantage considering we race in Englishtown (N.J.) and St. Louis in the next two weeks."
Byron Hines said the Pro Stock Motorcycle category is one of the toughest categories in racing right now.
"The parity between the four cylinder entries and the V-Rods is amazing and it's going to continue to make for some real exciting racing," Hines said. "We stubbed our toes this weekend, but we learned a lot about the bikes and that's important."
The next NHRA POWERade event that features the Pro Stock Motorcycle category is the K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., June 16-19.
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