2023 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Gaige Herrera will be paired with veteran racer Richard Gadson on the RevZilla/Mission/Vance & Hines Suzuki team in the 2024 Mission Foods Drag Racing Series. Four-time world champ and longtime V&H rider Eddie Krawiec is hanging up his leathers and will become Gadson’s full-time crew chief alongside Andrew Hines.
Herrera won a record-breaking 11 races in the 2023 NHRA Pro Stock series, earned his first World Championship while posting a win-loss record of 50-4 over the course of the season. Herrera’s title was the 14th overall NHRA championship for Vance & Hines as he joins Krawiec (four titles) and brothers Andrew (six titles) and Matt Hines (three titles) in earning championships on V&H machinery.
“Even though we had an exceptional year in 2023, I know that next season will be more difficult,” Herrera said. “The rest of the class will be gunning for me, and it definitely won’t be easy. But, with that being said, I also know I’ve got a team behind me that never stops working and it’s a team that has proven time and time again to be the best in the championship. We will show up ready to go and I’m looking forward to defending my title.”
Gadson, meanwhile, will be embarking on his first full season of NHRA Pro Stock racing after earning titles in XDA, NHDRO, SEMDRA and ManCup. The 37-year-old will benefit greatly by the fact that Krawiec is hanging up his leathers and will become his full-time crew chief alongside Andrew Hines.
“I am honored to join Vance & Hines, a team with a winning history and a commitment to pushing the limits,” Gadson said. “I believe that together we can be successful, and I am excited to contribute my skills and experience to the team. There were moments when reaching my goal of racing an NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle seemed impossible. My road was filled with twists, turns, and doubts, but knowing Eddie for many years and also finding ways to stay involved with the class made it possible.”
“We are thrilled about the next chapter for our NHRA racing program,” said Vance & Hines Motorsports owner Terry Vance. “With Andrew (Hines) and Eddie’s (Krawiec) expertise, Gaige’s (Herrera) recent dominance, and Richard’s (Gadson) move to Pro Stock, we have strengthened our position in the competitive world of NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle racing. We also have a new title sponsor in RevZilla and continued support from Mission and Suzuki for 2024. I can’t wait to see what Gaige and Richard can do on our RevZilla/Mission/Suzuki Hayabusas.”
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown and Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series. Twice a year, NHRA hosts a ‘race-within-a-race,’ during the JEGS Allstars and Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle specialty competitions. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. With over 120 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete at a variety of locations nationally and internationally. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing-related careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv, allows fans to view all NHRA national events as well as exclusive features of the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
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