Pro Stock Motorcycle to return to next summer’s NHRA race in Brainerd, Minn.


Drag racing fans of the two-wheel variety, namely Pro Stock Motorcycle, will be happy to know that the bikes will return next summer to Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway for the annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

Sanctioning body officials announced Friday that the bikes will be back at Brainerd after a two-year hiatus, ready to click off 190-plus mph speeds at under seven seconds.

Andrew Hines, who won his fourth NHRA PSM national championship last month, holds both ends of the PSM track record at Brainerd: 6.865 seconds (set in 2012) and a blistering 196.82 mph (set in 2005).

Hines also has the most individual event wins among PSM riders at Brainerd with two triumphs.

Other past Brainerd winners are Hector Arana Sr., Eddie Krawiec, Matt Smith and LE Tonglet.

PSM’s return to Brainerd will be part of a 16-race schedule for the two-wheelers, with 10 races during the regular season (which begins March 12-15 at Gainesville Raceway in Florida) and six races during the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

2015 NHRA Mello Yello Series Schedule (Pro Stock Motorcycle)

Regular Season

March 12-15, Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.

March 27-29, NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.

May 15-17, Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Commerce, Ga.

June 4-7, Toyota NHRA Summernationals, Englishtown, N.J.

July 2-5, Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio

July 9-12, NHRA Route 66 Nationals, Chicago

July 24-26, Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver

July 31-Aug. 2, NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif.

Aug. 20-23, Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.

Sept. 2-7, Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis


Countdown to the Championship

Sept. 18-20, NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.

Sept. 25-27, AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis

Oct. 1-4, NHRA Keystone Nationals, Reading, Pa.

Oct. 15-18, AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas

Oct. 29-Nov. 1, NHRA Toyota Nationals, Las Vegas

Nov. 12-15, Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif.

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