Vance & Hines Named Primary Sponsor of American Flat Track Twins Class

Vance & Hines has stepped up to sponsor the AFT class for the 2017 American Flat Track season.

American Flat Track proudly announces a renewed, multi-year partnership with Vance & Hines as the Presenting Sponsor of the premier AFT Twins class. Beginning with the 2017 season, the class, which headlines the re-envisioned series and continues the legacy of the Grand National Championship, will now be known as AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines.

“Vance & Hines’ involvement in American Flat Track racing has been tremendous,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “Their continued support and willingness to help grow this high-intensity sport is greatly appreciated and we look forward to having them return for another season.”

A company born from racing, Vance & Hines grew to be a leader in aftermarket motorcycle parts, from its distinctive V-twin exhaust systems to a wide range of products across the powersports world. The American manufacturer has been involved in a variety of motorcycle racing disciplines, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle, AMA Superbikes, and more recently professional Flat Track racing. In 2014, Vance & Hines became the Presenting Sponsor for the former GNC1 class – now AFT Twins. The company was eager to offer their support of the new, golden era of American Flat Track and is excited to be a part of the sport’s expansion.

“There’s never been a better time to be involved in Flat Track racing,” said Terry Vance, Chairman of Vance & Hines. “The sport is growing rapidly, and more and more you see the youth in America buying all brands of 750cc twin-cylinder motorcycles. At Vance & Hines, we want to be out in front of that movement and, in my opinion, there’s no better place to do that than American Flat Track. We’re proud to return for the third year as the presenting sponsor of AFT’s premier class.”

For more information about Vance & Hines, please visit their website at http://www.vanceandhines.com/.

American Flat Track will kick off the 2017 season during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities on Thursday, March 16 with the all-new DAYTONA TT, built inside the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway. The DAYTONA TT will mark the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing, and the “World Center of Racing” will serve as the first battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN, while FansChoice.tv provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. FansChoice.tv also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About Vance & Hines:
Vance & Hines is an American manufacturer of aftermarket motorcycle performance parts with factories in Santa Fe Springs, California and Brownsburg, Indiana. While we are best known for our distinctive exhaust systems for big twin cruisers, you may be surprised to know that we also make a wide range of parts and accessories for nearly every form of vehicle in the powersports world. The company’s founders, Terry Vance and Byron Hines shared a passion for the quarter mile from the early days of motorcycle drag racing. But they also shared a vision of creating a company that would be a pillar of the motorcycle aftermarket, and they used their unrivaled achievements in racing to build a brand that would unmistakably stand for quality and performance. This same formula drives Vance & Hines today, from our continuing involvement in many disciplines of racing to our commitment to making the kinds of products that get people excited about motorcycling. From metal forming to smartphone-driven electronics, we believe pushing the envelope for design and technology is the way forward. At the end of the day, our goal is not just to make an American-made product, but to create products that inspire motorcyclists around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.vanceandhines.com/.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Harley Screamin’ Eagle NHRA Pro Stock Team Head to Finals Tied at Top

For Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines riders Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec, the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has come down to the wire in a dead heat. After 15 events and 60 furious elimination rounds of competition, the teammates are tied for the Pro Stock Motorcycle points lead as they prepare their Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle competition motorcycles for the final race left on the schedule. Qualifying for the at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, begins Nov. 11 with the title of World Champion on the line for Hines and Krawiec.

Hines and Krawiec have each raced a competition Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle to multiple NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championships; Krawiec is a three-time champion (2008, 2011-12) and Hines is a five-time (2004-06, 2014-15) and defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion.

Harley Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Team 2016

Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines racers Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec head to the 52nd Annual Auto Club NHRA Finals tied atop the points standings.

“Andrew and I will push each other to the very last win light,” said Krawiec. “We are going to try and make it tough on each other, because if it’s tough on us it’s even tougher on the competition. Whoever comes out champion this year is going to earn it.”

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle team has dominated the Pro Stock Motorcycle class in 2016, winning 10 of 15 final-round races to date. Hines and Krawiec each have five wins on the season. Krawiec led the series in points for most of the 2016 season until Hines won at the U.S Nationals at Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend and claimed the top seed for the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Hines started the Countdown with a 30-point lead over Krawiec. In the first five Countdown events, Hines and Krawiec have each made the finals twice. Hines lost in the finals at Charlotte and Las Vegas, while Krawiec scored wins at Reading and Dallas. The result is a tie atop the standings, with both riders bringing 2,509 points to Pomona for the NHRA Finals.

Hines and Krawiec race on competition motorcycles inspired by the unrelenting performance and sleek street style of the Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle, a motorcycle powered by a liquid-cooled 60° V-twin engine ready to breathe a little fire onto the street and available now at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships.

“This year has been phenomenal, and we are going to be battling all the way to the finish,” said Hines. “We’ve been racing each other all year and trading the points lead back and forth, but now it’s going to come down to the last four rounds of the season.”

With Hines and Krawiec tied atop the standings and just three points separating the top three riders, bonus points earned in qualifying will be critical at Pomona.

“Among the top bikes, nobody can gain an entire round (20 points) in qualifying,” said Hines. “But if one racer can gain a three- or four-point advantage in qualifying and we all lose in the same round of eliminations, those points would decide the championship. Every pass down the track is going to count at Pomona.”

Krawiec and Hines have raced each other 43 times, but they come to the track as a team.

“The ultimate goal is always to line up both Harley Screamin’ Eagle bikes in the final,” said Krawiec. “We each race for personal pride, but we bring home a championship for the team and Harley-Davidson.”

The sixth and final round of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, the 52nd Annual Auto Club NHRA Finals, is scheduled for Nov. 11-13 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Click here to check out how Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines are preparing for the 2016 championship race.

BREAKING CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE NEWS: CARB Fines Vance & Hines $500,000

News for the custom motorcycle industry. According to a recent article in motorcycle industry magazine Dealernews, CARB  (California Air Resource Board) has fined motorcycle aftermarket parts manufacturer Vance & Hines a half million dollars. Here is an excerpt from the Dealernews article:

Vance & Hines settled in January with the California Air Resource Board to pay a penalty of $500,000 for selling, prior to Jan. 1, 2013, emissions-related parts not approved by the board. The exhaust maker has taken actions to ensure no further enforcement related to the parts befalls dealers or customers.

According to the notice posted on the ARB website, the board applied the penalty to about 2,000 units at about $250 per unit.

“V&H promptly and fully cooperated with ARB during the investigation, and as a result, has already implemented a compliance plan to inform its distributors, dealers and customers about the types of motorcycle exhaust systems that are legal for sale in the state,” said the CARB notice. “In addition, V&H is actively working with ARB’s Aftermarket Parts Section to ensure that all of its aftermarket critical emission control parts that are sold, offered for sale, or advertised in California obtain the necessary exemptions from ARB.”

Vance & Hines has issued its own news release in which company president Paul Langley said: “We are pleased to have resolved this matter with ARB, and to have worked out an approach that should avoid future misunderstandings about the proper use of our exhaust systems and emissions-related parts. … We are committed to ensuring that our parts fully comply with applicable air quality standards in California, and that our customers and business partners understand the appropriate fitment and uses.”

Vance & Hines said the settlement protects its distributors, dealers and customers from further claims or liability with respect to covered part sales occurring prior to Jan. 1, 2013.

The history of CARB approval for emission-related aftermarket goes back about half a decade. In 2009, at the request of the motorcycle industry, ARB adopted a process for the exemption of aftermarket “critical emission control parts” on motorcycles ridden on streets. Manufacturers of such parts (like aftermarket catalytic exhausts and oxygen sensors) must apply for and receive ARB Executive Orders that exempt the parts from California’s anti-tampering laws.

Click here to read the entire article.

Vance & Hines 2-into-1 Motorcycle Exhaust Pro Pipe Chrome

Featuring a distinctive stepped megaphone, the Pro Pipe Chrome is the latest evolution in the Vance & Hines 2-into-1 legacy, improving performance over its predecessors and competitors by utilizing a stepped header and larger volume merge collector. Complete with header and collector heat shields, as well as a shield over the first step of the megaphone, the Pro Pipe Chrome is finished with an elegant CNC-machined end cap. Optional quiet and competition baffles are also available. $604.95. Info: Vance & Hines, 562/921-7461, VanceAndHines.com. AIM

Story as published in the September issue of American Iron Magazine.

Harley Race News Rapp Wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Race at Miller

Milwaukee (May 31, 2011) – Veteran racer Steve Rapp charged from a fourth place start to take his first win in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series with victory at Miller Motorsports Park May 31 aboard his Parts Unlimited Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycle.

Following challenging conditions throughout the weekend that threw rain and temperatures in the 30s and 40s and even a brief hailstorm on the starting grid at the racers, Monday’s 8-lap race went off on a mostly dry race track with scattered rain drops. Polesitter Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties) took the early race lead, but Rapp and Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing’s Chris Fillmore each took turns at the front on Lap 2.

After dropping to eighth on the opening lap from his seventh place start, 2010 XR1200 Series champion Danny Eslick rallied back up to the lead pack, picking off multiple riders in each of the opening four laps until he reached the second position just a half-second behind leader Rapp. But strong pressure from Fillmore on the Oklahoman allowed Rapp to build a gap at
the front as the Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing teammates battled throughout the last third of the race. Eslick and Fillmore ran side by side across the start-finish line to begin the final lap, with Fillmore taking the initial lead into turn 1. The pair traded positions on the final lap until Eslick cut underneath Fillmore a few turns from the end and held on to the advantage.

At the checkered flag it was Rapp with the win, Eslick in second 0.974 second back, with Fillmore just 0.081 behind Eslick in third, to take his third podium of the season. Barnes, Michael Beck (J&P Cycles), and Tyler O’Hara (GPBikeParts.com) completed the top six in the running order with a spirited battle for fourth.

“I don’t know what was going on behind me, but it was an exciting race for me,” Rapp said. “I looked back a couple of laps from the end just to see what was going on. It doesn’t take much to get passed on one of these, so I was kind of worried.”

“It was a lot of fun to get back on the Harley,” said Eslick, who sat out the first two races of the season to focus on his Daytona SportBike effort. “[Fillmore’s] put the whupping on me in supermoto so I had to show him how road racing is done. I knew he couldn’t get by me before the line unless I really messed it up in the last corner. On these things you get a lot
of drafting but it’s done at the end of the straightaway, so I knew if I led him out of the last corner I’d get him at the line.”

Memorial Day weekend also saw XR1200 racing action in two other international racing classes, with the debut of the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Class as part of the Canadian Superbike Series at Circuit ICAR won by Cody Matechuk and the first round of the XR1200 Trophy class as part of the British Superbike Championship at Thruxton won by James Webb.

The AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series returns to action after a short turnaround this weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.

Miller Race Result:

1. Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited), 8 laps

2. Danny Eslick (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing),
+0.975 second

3. Chris Fillmore (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing),
+1.056

4. Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties), +5.389

5. Michael Beck (J&P Cycles), +5.502

6. Tyler O’Hara (GPBikeParts.com), +5.804

7. Chase McFarland (Latus Motors Racing), +9.944

8. Kyle Wyman (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing),
+13.221

9. Joe Kopp (Latus Motors Racing), +19.893

10. Michael Corbino (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing),
+47.514

11. Josh Chisum (Troy Lee Designs), +58.502

12. Michael Morgan (Python Exhaust), 1:07.406

13. Paul James (James Gang/Hoban Brothers/H-D of Appleton), +1:07.488

14. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), +1:25.934

15. Troy Siahaan (HOG Racing), +1:31.569

16. Matthew Heidel (Shar-Tuff), +2:01.615

XR1200 Series Points Standings

1. Chris Fillmore, 78

2. Steve Rapp, 71

3. Kyle Wyman, 51

4. Joe Kopp, 45

4. Michael Beck, 45

6. Michael Barnes, 44

7. Chase McFarland, 43

8. Michael Corbino, 38

9. Tyler O’Hara, 33

10. Paul James, 26