The 10-time champion Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team will open its title defense when the NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing series opened its 2020 season March 12-15 at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. With defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Andrew Hines and past champions Ed Krawiec and Angelle Sampey aboard Harley-Davidson FXDR competition motorcycles, the team brings a winning tradition to the track.

“The Screamin’ Eagle team demonstrates a champion’s mindset every time they line up to the Tree,” said Jon Bekefy, GM of Brand Marketing for Harley-Davidson. “Hines, Krawiec and Sampey have won a combined 13 Pro Stock Motorcycle championships, and they are backed by a team with incredible technical expertise and experience. This is a very competitive class, but we again expect to be the team to beat in 2020.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team races competition drag bikes inspired by the Harley-Davidson® FXDR 114 motorcycle, a high-performance cruiser based on the Softail® model platform that combines the unrelenting power of the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine with the liberal use of new weight-saving aluminum and composite components to amplify every aspect of performance. For 2020 the Screamin’ Eagle™ drag bikes will be painted Jet Fire Orange, the historic color of Harley-Davidson® competition motorcycles.

Hines will be racing in 2020 for his milestone seventh Pro Stock Motorcycle championship. His six titles (2004-06, 2014-15, and 2019) match the record set by the late Hall of Fame racer Dave Schultz. In 17 seasons racing for the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team, the 36-year-old Hines has won 56 finals, also a record for Pro Stock Motorcycle racers. In 2019 Hines dominated the class aboard his Harley-Davidson FXDR drag bike, taking eight victories in 10 final-round appearances and earning the number-one seed for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

Krawiec will be racing for his fifth Pro Stock Motorcycle title in 2020. A cool and focused racer, the 43-year-old four-time champion (2008, 2011-12, 2017) has won 47 times in 85 final-round appearances since his Pro Stock Motorcycle debut in 2004. In 2019 Krawiec made four final-round appearances and was the number-one qualifier for three events. He set a new personal speed record of 200.59 mph at Gainesville, and finished fifth in season points.

Sampey, 49 years old and a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion ((2000-02), joined the Screamin’ Eagle team in 2019. Her 42 event wins are the most ever by a female racer in NHRA competition. In 2019 Sampey advanced to one final round, was the number-one qualifier at two events, and finished the season in seventh place.

“Andrew and Ed will certainly be in contention for the championship this season, and I think Angelle could be poised for a break-out year,” said Vance & Hines Motorsports owner Terry Vance. “She has a season on the Harley-Davidson bikes under her belt and she’s been working out and focused on winning races since last November.”

The 16-event 2020 Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule includes three new venues: the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals in Houston (April 17-19), the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. (June 19-21) and the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Wash. (July 31-August 2). The Pro Stock Motorcycle class will compete in five events in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. See the entire Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule at

Harley-Davidson and Vance & Hines Motorsports created the Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines team in 2002 to compete in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle division. In 2004 the team was the first to win the NHRA title with a V-Twin-powered motorcycle. The Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines team is led by Vance & Hines Motorsports owners Byron Hines and Terry Vance. Matt Hines, the older son of Byron and a three-time (1997- 99) NHRA champion rider, brings his competition experience to his role as crew chief of the Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines team. Byron Hines leads engineering and development efforts for the team.

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