Not too long ago, we told you about Vance & Hines’ (V&H) return to NHRA Drag Racing. After their long-term sponsorship with Harley-Davidson was dropped by the factory, there was concern about how the loss of funding would affect V&H’s NHRA Drag Racing team.
But now, with their new sponsor, Mission Foods, it seems that the V&H team is more than ready to return. No longer campaigning a Harley-Davidson, the V&H team returns to its roots with a new four-valve Suzuki Pro Stock bike.
In their first debut at this weekend’s NHRA Gatornationals, V&H Suzuki pilot Angelle Sampey and the new V&H engine put on quite a qualifying show. Ms. Sampey, aboard the V&H bike, posted the event’s pro-stock motorcycle low ET with a run of 6.764 seconds.
Sampey also recorded a personal best speed of 200 miles per hour flat on the new V&H bike. The run puts her in an exclusive club. Only six pro-stock motorcycle riders have reached the double ton, and Ms. Sampey is now one of them. And, she is the second of only two women who are pro-stock motorcycle members.
Sampey’s 6.764 first-round effort got her to the second round. But Scotty Pollacheck cut a .002 light to get a second-round holeshot win.
Although V&H did not advance beyond the Gator National’s second round, it’s clear they are ready to take on the full NHRA schedule.