NHRA Southern Nationals Recap

NHRA Southern Nationals Recap

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The Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals, the final NHRA national event at Atlanta Dragway, provided some key clues about the season ahead.

The Vance & Hines Harleys were record-breaking machines and one had to wonder how the new bikes would fare. The team’s class-monopoly days seemed a bit behind them as between Andrew Hines, Eddie Krawiec, and Angelle Sampey, they had just two wins in 2020 (Krawiec in Houston that broke his two-year drought and Sampey at Indy) and Smith had won two of the last three championships.

The new Buells tested well, then quickly carried Hines to his first official 200-mph pass — something he perplexingly could never accomplish on the Harley — in Atlanta, then Krawiec made three of the seven fastest passes in class history, including Nos. 2 and 3, with a trio of 201-mph blasts. His best, a 201.70, was just six-hundredths of a mile per hour slower than the 201.76 best that Smith ran two years ago in Gainesville.

The Vance & Hines bikes didn’t win — it didn’t help that Hines and Krawiec had to run one another run round two — but there seems to be plenty of potential for them to regain the throne.

 

Vance & Hines Motorcycle Racing
Angelle Sampey Motorcycle Racing
Angelle Sampey Southern Nationals
Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec
Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec Southern Nationals
Eddie Krawiec Vance and Hines
Vance & Hines Motorcycle Race Team
NHRA Drag Racing Southern Nationals
Eddie Krawiec
Krawiec Motorcycle Racing
Eddie Krawiec, Byron Hines and Andrew Hines
Andrew Hines Motorcycle Racing
Andrew Hines 200 MPH Club
Vance and Hines Race Team
Terry Vance and Andrew Hines
Vance & Hines Race Team
Eddie Krawiec Racing
Krawiec hits 201.19 MPH
Angelle Sampey Motorcycle Racing

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