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Cycle News 2013 Issue 37 September 17

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COUNTDOWN: ROUND 1/SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY/CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA DRAG RACING P84 NHRA PRO STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP V-ROD REVIVAL ANDREW HINES REBOUNDS IN A BIG WAY WITH FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON BY KEVIN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT POLITO L ong before the start of the 2013 season, Andrew Hines and the rest of the Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson team knew they were facing an uphill battle. Forced to abandon their dominant four-valve engine combination due to an off-season rules revision, the team had just three months to design, build and test a new two-valve configuration. Following six more months of growing pains, Hines made a return to the winner's circle when he stopped Lucas Oil Buell's Hector Arana Sr. in the final round of the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte. Hines won the title after Arana Sr. red-lighted in the final. "This is definitely the most exciting win I've ever had given everything that transpired this winter," Hines said. "We debuted this engine in Gainesville, just three months after we got the rules, and we've just been plugging away ever since. It is a bit bittersweet because we didn't make the Countdown, but I plan to be a nightmare for everyone else the rest of the way. I said that one win during the Countdown would be sufficient for the year and now I'm going for more." Hines was only ninth quickest in qualifying, but he managed to make good runs when it counted in eliminations - a virtual necessity since he was paired with four of the toughest riders in the class on race day. Hines stopped recent Indy winner John Hall in round one and then scored a crucial round win when he upset low qualifier Matt

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