to Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle / Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec for completing a clean sweep of the Pro Stock Motorcycle competition at the 2012 NHRA Gatornationals.
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec is the 2008 and 2011 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, riding a Harley-Davidson V-Rod to the title in both seasons.
Krawiec began his motorcycle drag-racing career in 1999. Competing in AMA Pro Star, he earned nine wins in that series and twice finished second in Pro Star points (2002-‘03). He made his NHRA debut in 2004, and was working as the manager of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., when he was invited to join the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team before the 2007 season. In his first full NHRA season, Krawiec qualified for the Countdown playoffs and finished seventh in season points. In 2008, he qualified seventh for the Countdown and won 14 of a possible 20 rounds during the five-race playoffs, and won the 2008 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship. Krawiec was only second driver and first since Rob Bruins (TF) in 1979 to win a championship without winning a race.
A measure of the consistency Krawiec brings to the drag strip is the fact that he did not commit a single red light foul (leaving the starting line early) during the 2009 season, while scoring five wins in 11 final-round appearances. Krawiec won two events in 2010, qualified for the Countdown playoffs, and finished the season in third place. He set a then-Pro Stock Motorcycle national ET record of 6.811 seconds at Pomona on November 14.
Eddie's 2012 helmet painted by Gunslinger Custom Paint.
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines is a three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion. Hines made his professional drag racing debut with the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle team in 2002 at Bandimere Speedway near Denver. In 2004, at age 21, he became the youngest world champion in NHRA history when he rode a Harley-Davidson V-Rod to the Pro Stock Motorcycle title.
In 2005, Hines opened the season at Gainesville with a 6.991-second run to become the first Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to make a pass under seven seconds. Hines won the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship again in 2005 and 2006. In 2010, Hines won five events, was the number-one qualifier for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, and finished the season in second place by just four points. In 2011, Hines won two races and finished third in season points.
Andrew is the son of Vance & Hines Motorsports co-founder Byron Hines, whose teams have earned 11 national drag racing championships. His older brother, Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines crew chief Matt Hines, also was a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion.
Andrew Hines works in the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines race shop and is an active participant in the assembly and testing of the team’s Harley-Davidson V-Rod Pro Stock motorcycles.
Andrew's new 2012 helmet painted by Gunslinger Custom Paint.
Gunslinger President Jeff Theisen holding "The Wally" NHRA drag racing's most prestigious trophy, after Eddie won it in 2010.
Eddie was kind enough to sign the helmet for us after winning the Wally and now it resides on display in our lobby.