Partnership with Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagle Racing Puts Both Brands on Dirt Tracks and Drag Strips
Santa Fe Springs CA – March 11, 2020 –With over 40 years of racing success behind them, Vance & Hines launches into the 2020 racing season this weekend with a stable that includes the most talented motorcycle drag racers and flat-track riders ever. Amassing hundreds of wins and numerous championships during their careers, these riders are poised to add more hardware to the Harley-Davidson and Vance & Hines trophy case.
Vance & Hines operates Harley-Davidson’s NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle team and its American Flat Track (AFT) racing teams.
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle 2019 Champion Andrew Hines and veteran riders Eddie Krawiec and Angelle Sampey launch their season at the GatorNationals in Gainesville, FL from March 11 to March 14. The three riders have 145 race wins and nine championships to brag about, and Sampey’s 42 race wins are the most ever for a female NHRA rider or driver.
The team’s V-twin-powered, Pro Stock Harley-Davidson motorcycles have bodywork based on Harley’s successful FXDR model. The cosmetics of the trio of bikes are updated for 2020 and Sampey gets a new specification frame, built specifically for her.
“We used the offseason to make significant refinements to our whole racing package,” said Krawiec. “We expect to be much more consistent this year and are excited about bringing home another championship.”
American Flat Track
Team Harley-Davidson for SuperTwins, the premier class of American Flat Track (AFT) racing, is a mix of young guns and a seasoned veteran.
Bryan Smith, known for his skill on mile tracks, joins the team intending to take back the Number One plate he earned with his championship in 2016. He retains long-time crew chief Ricky Howarton who made the move to Harley-Davidson as well. Smith joins Jarod Vanderkoii, a former AFT singles champion, and Dalton Gauthier, the youngest member of the team. Gauthier is the first rider to put a Harley-Davidson XG750R on top of an AFT podium with his 2019 race win in the Production Twins class in Springfield IL.
“We’ve learned so much about the capabilities of the XG750R in the past three years and we know these are our fastest bikes ever.” said Terry Vance, co-founder of Vance & Hines.”We’ll be a contender in every race of the series.”
The AFT series includes 20 races featuring mile-long tracks, half miles, and short tracks. The season kicks off in Daytona Beach on March 14 and wraps up in New Jersey’s Meadowlands in late September.