The Summer Shootout Nationals in Beech Bend Raceway Park Bowling Green KY proved to be a scorcher! Once again, the threat of thunder storms was in the area all weekend but heat and humidity is what the racers had to deal with while leaving conditions less than desirable.
Despite the weather, some good times were still put in over the weekend. Tim Grindle ran 160.31 mph in testing Friday with his new 144 inch Pro Stock S&S engine from GMS Racing Engines but as the conditions grew worse, and clutch issues started, he was unable to back the numbers up. Gregg Dahl would put in some good numbers as well with a qualifying pass of 5.530 in the 8th, 8.580 in the quarter, but again heat and humidity kept him from backing up the numbers.
In eliminations Gregg Dahl managed to squeak by after standing his bike up on the rear wheel and throwing the chain at about the 330 and drifted through the finish line at 56.85 mph over Greg Baugh,s sputtering machine that got to the stripe running 81.77 mph, but Dahl's reaction time gave him the win.
On the other side of the ladder Charlie Douglass put Ken Miller on the trailer with a 8.787 to a slower 9.109 putting himself into the semi finals. Tim Grindle's .142 at 157.85 mph did not stand up to Nick Gonatas's .053 reaction time at 149.28 mph matching up two riders that have been running consistent numbers all weekend. As the tree dropped, Douglass's -.038 red advanced Gonatas into the finals setting the stage for a rematch or would it be a repeat of Rockingham?
The weekend would end just like Rockingham as Nick Gonatas of Youngstown Ohio would put his Warren Harley-Davidson V-Rod in the winner's circle with a whole shot win of 8.782 over Gregg Dahl's 8.813 GMS Racing Engine's FXR.
Story by: Michael Davis Moto Lenz Photos
Despite some spirited competition from riders Scotty Pollacheck and Jerry Savoie, the Harley-Davidson team took a double win at the Mello Yello NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in California. Eddie Krawiec took the event win while teammate Andrew Hines won the MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle special eliminator.
The MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle is an event modeled after the historic Wax Shop Dash. An elite field of eight riders is seeded based on points earned during qualifying throughout the season. Eliminations for the Bike Battle are held on Saturday with a total purse of $61,000 - $25,000 of which goes to the winner.
It has been five years since the Pro Stock Motorcycle class has had a specialty event. The last Bike Battle, held in 2009, was sponsored by Ringers Gloves.
The contestants for the 2014 MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle:
|1. Eddie Krawiec
|| Screamin’ Eagle H-D
|2. Hector Arana Jr.
|| Lucas Oil S&S Buell
|3. Andrew Hines
|| Screamin’ Eagle H-D
|4. Matt Smith
|| NitroFish S&S Buell
|5. Michael Ray
|| Gottspeed/Star Racing S&S Buell
|6. John Hall
|| DrinkHard S&S Buell
|7. Hector Arana
|| Lucas Oil S&S Buell
|8. Scotty Pollacheck
|| Petrolhead S&S Buell
The surprise of the Bike Battle eliminations came in round one when Scotty Pollacheck cut a .008 reaction time to score a holeshot win over top-seeded rider Krawiec, 6.841 to Krawiec’s quicker 6.814. Pollacheck went on to beat his team owner, Matt Smith, to make the final.
Hines took out John Hall and Hector Arana to face Pollacheck in the money round.
Pollacheck got the holeshot in the final with a .016 light but could not hold off Hines. The Harley had a four foot lead over the finish line, 6.835 to Pollacheck’s 6.866.
While the Bike Battle was being contested, Suzuki rider Jerry Savoie claimed his first-ever #1 qualifying performance with a run of 6.810 seconds at 197.86 mph on his White Alligator Racing entry.
It was Savoie’s first number one qualifying performance in his four years of Pro Stock racing and the first time a Suzuki qualified number one since Steve Johnson took the pole at Englishtown in 2013.
Following Savoie in qualifying were Krawiec and Hines both with 6.81 timeslips. The top S&S Buell was Pollacheck, placing fourth at 6.841. Buells held five of the top eight positions.
The likable Savoie, an alligator farmer from Louisiana, is popular among the other racers. They cheered him on as he advanced with some of the quickest laps of eliminations to make his third career final. He ran 6.819 in the first round and 6.819 in the semis against John Hall to earn lane choice over Krawiec in the final.
With seemingly the entire field of Pro Stock Motorcycle racers standing behind him as he staged for the final, Savoie broke hearts, turning on a -.014 redlight to give Krawiec his second win of the season.
The next event on the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle tour is the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals at Indy over Labor Day weekend. It is the last event that riders can earn points to get into the playoff “Countdown” that will determine the Mello Yello championship.
The top 10 riders advance to the countdown. Angie Smith and Steve Johnson sitting in the ninth and tenth spots are most vulnerable but Adam Arana, Savoie and Chaz Kennedy have an uphill battle, being at least three elimination rounds behind.
story by Matt Polito
Hector Arana Jr. set both ends of the track record in the tricky, high-mountain air as Andrew Hines took his fourth win of the season at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Raceway in Denver, CO.
Hines, riding for Harley-Davidson, scored his second-straight win in the Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship with a final round victory over the S&S-powered Star Racing Buell of Michael Ray.
It was Hines’ fifth final round appearance in the last seven races. He now has four wins on the season – no other racer has more than one. He also has a commanding lead in the Mello Yello points and was the first in the class to lock into a spot in the championship playoff “Countdown”.
The win was his third at the facility he once called his home track having lived in Trinidad, CO, for ten years.
“Coming back to this track is very special,” said Hines. “I made my first career passes here back in 2002. Bandimere Speedway holds a very special place in my heart.”
The Mile-High Nationals is an outlier on the NHRA tour. The thin, high-altitude air starves race motors and crew chiefs have to throw out their tried-and-true tuning combinations. Elapsed times are typically off by three tenths of a second.
The Arana family and their S&S power has had the best hold of the track in recent times. In the three previous years each member of the racing family, Hector, Hector Jr. and Adam, has been a number one qualifier.
At the 2014 edition it was Hector Jr.’s time again. His S&S powered Lucas Oil Buell made the quickest lap in the field for the first three qualifying sessions. He took the pole and set both ends of the track record at 7.178 seconds and 186.72 mph with his runs recorded on Friday, the first day of qualifying.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” said Arana. “It’s nice to know you have a good setup on the mountain. It’s a big deal, even though it’s a one-off race, but it’s pretty awesome to be good at this race.”
Arana Jr.’s performance snapped the five-race streak of number one qualifiers by Harley’s Eddie Krawiec. Arana Jr. was the number two qualifier at four of those events.
Hines ending up in the second spot at 7.198 seconds as Krawiec was third at 7.208.
Arana Jr. set low elapsed time of eliminations on Sunday at 7.201 seconds with a first round win over the Suzuki of Charlie Sullivan.
The big surprise of the race came a round later when both Arana Jr. and Krawiec lost to slower opponents on holeshots. Arana Jr. lost to his father as Krawiec lost to the Power Sports Institute Suzuki of Steve Johnson.
Hines took out Johnson in the semifinals while Ray, who placed second in the Mello Yello standings last season, advanced to his first final since his victory in Chicago last year by getting around the elder Arana.
It is the first time in three races that Arana Sr. has not made the final.
In the Denver final Ray got the holeshot with a telepathic .005 reaction time but his Buell would not shift into second gear allowing Hines to cruise to the win with a 7.246 elapsed time.
In the end, Hines was able to best survive “The Mountain”.
“Every single move you make on the motorcycle is compounded up here because the motorcycle doesn’t have the horsepower to recover from it,” he said. “The straighter a run you can make up here the better. Your shift points are all timed differently on the race track the motor is revving at a totally different rate than at any other race track.”
The next event on the NHRA Mello Yello tour is the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in California, July 25-27. The event will host the MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle, a special event featuring the elite eight racers in the series, which will be held on Saturday during the event.
story by Matt Polito
After a two-race slump, Mello Yello points leader and Harley-Davidson factory rider Andrew Hines found the winner’s circle at the NHRA Summit Racing Nationals in Norwalk, OH. The win came at the expense of Hector Arana, who, after making his second straight final on his S&S-powered Lucas Oil Buell, saw his winless streak extend to 75 races.
While Hines has led the points since early in the season and has more wins than any other rider in the Pro Stock Motorcycle series, for the past few races his bike has been not as fast as the one ridden by teammate Eddie Krawiec.
Following early-round losses a week earlier in Chicago, the team decided a new V-Rod was in order for Hines.
“We’ve been working on the new chassis for a while just to have a spare bike,” said Hines. “After the struggles we have had, we figured it was time to put it in service.”
The bike was fitted with all mechanical and electrical components in the turnaround between Chicago and Norwalk. Its first lap down the track came at the first qualifying session in Norwalk where Hines recorded a 6.94 second elapsed time to place third for the session. He ran 6.91 in the second session but slipped to fourth place – seven-hundredths behind teammate Krawiec who set the track record at 6.844 seconds.
Hines couldn’t improve on his number during Saturday’s qualifying session and most of the field got around him. He fell to the tenth qualifying position as Krawiec went on to claim his fifth-straight number one qualifier.
The Vance & Hines V-Rod Pro Stock chassis are comprised of two separate components to facilitate easy engine swaps. The rear section holds the rear wheel and most of the electronics and the front holds the motor and the front fork. The front half of both team bike chassis were replaced last year after the mandated engine configuration change. The rear halves were constructed in 2009.
Hines stated that the age of the rear half will affect the bike’s handling leading to a cascade of issues.
“The rear cradle takes all the stress of the launch,” he said. “Since is it so old the bike has become a little ‘darty’ – like it has a mind of it’s own. It makes it hard to ride and be consistent. When it is not consistent it is hard to tune.”
The new bike was so different he had to change his riding approach.
“This one is easier to ride,” he said. “It is way more drivable. I found myself overcorrecting it. I started to finess it a little more and responded well.”
It all came together on Sunday where Hines scored the low elapsed time of the first two rounds of eliminations with a pair of 6.89s. Krawiec’s bike deloped a bog and he went out in round two.
The team missed the tune-up on Hines’ bike in the semifinals but it was no matter as he still outran the Power Sports Institute Suzuki of Gainesville winner Steve Johnson to make his fourth final of the year.
On the other side of the ladder the elder Arana, who set the track speed record at 196.93 mph in qualifying, took out son Adam on the MAV TV Buell, 6.89 to 6.96.
Norwalk is a special place for Arana, Sr. He won his first NHRA National event at Summit Motorsports Park in 2008, which was the precursor to his championship season in 2009. Hines has his own strong memories of Norwalk, winning the race three times including the inaugural event in 2007.
Arana had not won an event since his championship season in 2009 and would have to wait at least another race as Hines got a slight jump off the line and won his third win of the year, 6.90 to 6.92.
“When the bike is running hard it is more consistent,” said Hines when asked how his performance picked up on Sunday. “When it is consistent we can tune it better. If it is going straight I can focus on my shift points. My confidence goes up and that has a big effect on how the bike runs.”
The 2014 season has been a dramatic turnaround for Hines. Last year at this point in the season he had only two elimination round wins. This year he has 19. Last year he was out of the top 10 for the first time since his rookie half-season in 2002. Now he’s leading the points.
The Harley team maintained their one-and-two spot in the points, followed by Hector Arana Jr. and Sr. and the MSR team of John Hall, Matt Smith, Scotty Pollacheck and Angie Smith.
“It’s nice to be in the number one spot again,” said Hines. “It’s even better with Eddie right behind me.”
The NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle series continues with the Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver, CO, July 18-20.
Story by Matt Polito
Just a week after the NHRA saw it’s first husband and wife Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle final, the sport had it’s first father-son PSM final when Hector Arana, Jr. took the win over his dad a the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, IL.
“We won this race together,” said Hector Jr. who brought his Lucas Oil S&S-powered Buell to the winner’s circle for the first time since Sonoma of last season. “We race as a team. It’s been a dream to race my dad in a final. We have been working toward it for four years.”
For the past few races, Arana Jr. has been just a bit behind the performance-leading Harley of Eddie Krawiec. Krawiec scored his fourth-straight, number-one qualifying performance at Joliet, running a 6.872 at 194.86 mph, and while he had the quickest lap of each qualifying session, Arana Jr. had the second best bike in three of the four sessions.
Arana Jr. has also qualified second to Krawiec for the third race in a row.
“It always seems like it’s me and Hector Jr. battling it out,” said Krawiec at the conclusion of qualifying in Joliet.
Over the last year Arana Jr. has consistently had one of the quickest bikes in the field but more times than not a small miscue or mechanical malfunction takes him out of competition.
At Joliet the tables turned when Krawiec’s V-Rod had a throttle position sensor go bad, forcing him to maintain a high idle when staging in round two against Epping winner Angie Smith.
Krawiec red-lit against Smith in round two as Arana Jr. took out Krawiec’s teammate, points leader Andrew Hines and Arana, Sr. got by defending series champ Matt Smith on the MSR Buell.
Both father and son made their first finals of the season when they advance in an all-S&S semifinal round with Arana Sr. beating Angie Smith and Arana Jr. taking out Shawn Gann.
The elder Arana got a .007 holeshot advantage off the line in the final but Hector Jr. powered by him and took the win light 6.925 to 6.946. It was his eighth event title in 14 final round appearances.
“We had two solid Buells out there,” said Hector Jr. “The Harleys are strong and that is what motivates us.”
His dad has not won an event since his championship in 2009 but he had no problem losing this one.
“ I wasn’t nervous for the final,” said Hector Sr. “I was calm. I felt like I already won.”
“It’s what we needed,” he continued. “This makes us want to work harder. We will polish and fine-tune these S&S motors so we can consistently beat the Harleys.”
With the win Hector Jr. maintained his third-place spot in the Mello Yello championship points and closed the gap on points leaders Hines and Krawiec.
The Route 66 Nationals is the second event in a three-race swing that concludes in Norwalk, Ohio next weekend at Summit Motorsports Park on July 3-6.
story by Matt Polito
S&S power returned to the winners circle in historic fashion in the NHRA Mello Yellow Pro Stock Motorcycle series when Angie Smith won over husband Matt Smith in the first-ever husband-wife pro final in NHRA history.
“When it’s your day, its your day,” said Angie following her victory at the Auto-Plus New England Nationals in Epping, NH. “I'm really tired of dusting all of [Matt's] Wallys. I at least want to dust one of mine at the house. Now I have one, and I'm good with that."
Angie was groomed for motorcycle drag racing when she competed in the wild and unpredictable Outlaw Pro Street class in southeastern racing series, eventually winning the SEMDRA class championship in 2003. Her first foray into NHRA Pro Stock Racing came in 2004 under the wing of George Bryce. It would be 2008 before she ran her first full NHRA season with future husband Matt Smith.
Since that time she had made nine semifinals but has never advanced to a final. Her breakthrough could not come at a better time as she just recently secured a sponsorship deal with Kandy Magazine.
Her win at New England marked the first time an S&S-powered bike has made an NHRA winner’s circle this year. The season started with Steve Johnson’s dramatic win on his Suzuki and was then followed by three straight wins by the Harley-Davidson® team of Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines.
For a time it looked like the Harley boys might make it four in a row. Krawiec took the #1 qualifying spot on Saturday with a 6.794 second elapsed time, just edging out Friday’s leader, Hector Arana Jr. on the S&S-powered Lucas Oil Buell.
Angie qualified 8th at 6.87/194, steadily improving as qualifying went on.
“I am making better laps on the bike,” she said. The last two races I’ve struggled with my riding. Now that sponsorship is secured, me and Matt have been focusing on my riding. We have been analyzing video and working on fixing all the little things. We have seen improvement on the track.”
She had a first round bye when Jimmy Underdahl withdrew his Suzuki after blowing up a motor in qualifying. It could not have come at a better time as her throttle position sensor broke on the run, slowing her to a 7.06 elapsed time.
“I was there for the taking,” she said. “They always say you need one break to win a race. That was mine.”
The next round was the breakthrough moment: beating 3-time champ Eddie Krawiec on a holeshot. Angie cut a .003 light and her 6.896 elapsed time was enough to beat Krawiec’s quicker 6.862.
“I owed Eddie,” she said. “I raced him a lot and he’s beaten me a lot. I actually feel like I contributed to his championship two years ago when I beat Hector [Arana] Jr. in Vegas and Eddie went on to win the championship. Eddie came to me after my win here and said I did a great job. That was really classy of him.”
Next she outran Hines, 6.90 to 6.92, to make her first-ever final round.
“After I won the semi, I was watching Matt’s race,” she said. “Hector Jr. had the bike to beat and when he had shifting problems I was so relieved.”
In the final, Matt got the jump off the line as Angie, who had been sharp on the tree all day – pulled a dismal .238 reaction time. Matt’s bike went lame at half-track and Angie was able to take the win.
“I was really afraid of redlighting in the final,” she said. “I was cutting double-0s which are very close to redlights and I was so pumped up for the final I knew I could easily go red. I grabbed the clutch lever as hard as I could.”
“I can’t thank my whole team enough,” she said. “I could not have done it without every single one of them.”
She also gave a shout out to sponsor Kandy Magazine and associate sponsor BarkAID.
With her win, Angie becomes the fourth female to win a NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle event (the others being Angelle Sampey, Karen Stoffer and Peggy Llewellyn) and the 14th woman to win in any pro class in NHRA competition.
The win moved Angie into the top 10, now in the 8th spot. Harley riders Hines and Krawiec remain one and two.
New Hampshire marks the beginning of three straight weeks of NHRA national events. The series continues with the O’Reilly Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, IL June 26-29.
It was the largest turn out so far this year for the AMRA as sportsman and pro racers alike packed into the gates at Rockingham Dragway Thursday night. Even mother nature's little trick of raining Saturday morning didn't stop the event as Rockingham track crew went to work drying at stellar pace.
With a awesome track for the riders, Gregg Dahl had his sights set on winning the S&S Outlaw Street class with his GMS Racing Engines backed machine as he set a world record with his low E.T. and fastest speed of the weekend with a 8.586 at 160.98 mph making him the first street legal Harley in the world to make a official 160 mph pass!
Gregg backed up world record in the semi finals when he matched up with Ken Miller. Ken rocketed off the line with a .077 reaction time but Gregg motored around him to take the stripe running 8.604 at 159.68 mph making his world record valid!
Greggs weekend would come to an end when his bike stumbled coming off the line to the hands of Nick Gonatas Jr. Nick's reaction time of .054 gave him the jump as he motored his way to the win running 8.648 at 154.16 mph.
Congratulations to both riders! Gregg with an amazing world record and Nick with the win in Rockingham NC!
By Matt Polito
For the third race in a row Harley-Davidson® teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec met in an NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle final. For the second time in those three races, Hines has come out on top of his teammate.
Hines claimed his 34th national event victory to extend his points lead in the Mello Yellow championship when he beat Krawiec at the final of the Toyota Summernationals at Raceway Park at Englishtown, NJ.
Englishtown has always been a place where records are set when the weather participates and the forecast, calling for mild, partly cloudy days, looked to set the stage for possibly the first 200 mph pass for a Pro Stock Motorcycle. Englishtown has seen such history before when Kurt Johnson eclipsed the six-second barrier in a Pro Stock car in 1994.
Englishtown is also a special place for Krawiec. He was the track manager at E-town for years as he was working his way up through the sportsman ranks in the motorcycle drag racing scene before being tapped to join Andrew Hines at the big show. Coming back to Englishtown adds a little extra pressure. He always wants to do well in front of family, friends and former employers.
Disappointingly, one of Friday’s late-day sessions was cancelled when strips of asphalt were coming up at mid-track. You know the traction is good when the race cars are pulling up the racing surface.
Krawiec led early qualifying at 6.801 seconds at 197.80 mph. In the second session he lowered the mark to a track record 6.747 seconds at 198.90 as Hines moved in behind him at 6.778 seconds at a barrier-tickling 199.23 mph – the second fastest speed ever recorded for the class.
Hector Arana Jr. on the S&S-powered Lucas Oil Buell was able to break up their strangle hold on the top spots, placing second 6.772/198.12 mph.
With Sunday forecast to warm up, the sports first 200 mph run would have to wait for another event.
Krawiec, Arana Jr. and Hines were the only racers to run 6.70s on raceday. They all made the semifinals along with reigning series champ Matt Smith on the Nitro Fish Buell.
The Harley riders advanced to the final and ran a spectacularly close race: .002 seconds apart at the start, .009 seconds apart in elapsed time and only .26 mph difference in speed.
Hines and Krawiec now lead the points battle followed by the Buells of John Hall, Arana Jr., Scotty Pollacheck, Michael Ray and Matt Smith.
The next event on the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle is Auto Plus New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, NH June 19-22.
Story by Matt Polito
Eddie Krawiec dominated the NHRA Summit Racing Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, coming from the pole to win his first event of the season. Krawiec faced his Harley-Davidson® teammate, number 2 qualifier Andrew Hines in the final that took place on Monday following persistent rain on Sunday.
The bikes were back in Atlanta after a one-year layoff. And while they were typically greeted with hot and muggy conditions, the 2014 edition saw cool, overcast skies with periods of rain. Although the rain postponed racing activities, the cool air made it fast, fast, fast. In fact, track records were set for both elapsed time and speed in all four professional categories.
Krawiec led the way. Off the trailer the three-time series champion set the track record with a run of 6.852 seconds at 195.17 mph. In the final session on a rain-delayed Saturday, he re-set the mark to a 6.796 at 196.62 mph.
Second to Krawiec on the qualifying sheets was Hines at 6.833, John Hall on this MSR S&S-powered Buell at 6.860 and the Suzuki of Jimmy Underdahl at 6.861. In all, 10 of the 16 qualified bikes were running S&S power.
Rains became persistent on Sunday and delayed the start of eliminations by more than eight hours. Even then, with only five pairs of Top Fuel Dragsters making laps – and Bob Vandergriff Jr. getting out of control and putting his dragster on two wheels – the NHRA decided the track conditions were not up to their safety standards. They pulled the plug and decided to try again on Monday.
Krawiec’s dominance continued during Monday’s eliminations where he held the low elapsed time of every round of eliminations while bumping his track speed record to 197.54 mph.
The four Suzuki’s in the field went out in round one leaving the Harley team and a half-dozen Buells.
In the semifinals, Hines took out Hall on the MSR Buell and Krawiec beat Michael Ray on the Star Racing Buell.
In the final, Krawiec got the holeshot over Hines and pulled away, taking his 22nd overall win 6.806 to 6.860. It was a special win for Krawiec as his first-ever NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle win came at Atlanta Dragway in 2009.
After being shut out of the winner’s circle for the first 10 races of 2013, the Harley-Davidson team is back in the groove with Hines winning the previous event in Charlotte, NC and now Krawiec taking Atlanta.
"We're happy to be back and winning," said Krawiec.
Krawiec is 10 points behind Hines in the early-season championship standings. The Harleys are followed by the Buells of Hall, Scotty Pollacheck, Hector Arana Jr. and Michael Ray. Buells account for seven of the top 10 entries.
The next Pro Stock Motorcycle event is the Toyota Summernationals in Englishtown, NJ, May 29 – June 1.
by Gregg Dahl Outlaw
Despite challenging conditions and several new untested combinations, The S&S® Outlaw Street contingent put up a great show for all those attending the AMRA Spring Rally and Races at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Field consisted of no less that six different engine/chassis/cylinder head combinations with all but two eclipsing the 150 mph mark. Mike Roberts of Clinton, Ohio paced the group with a email@example.com on his Bob Pettit owned and tuned V-Rod entry. He was followed by myself with a firstname.lastname@example.org mph with my GMS Racing Engines / S&S 144 cu in 45˚ Pro Stock/big twin hybrid engine, Nick Gonatas (email@example.com) on the Warren Harley Davidson V-Rod, Greg Baugh on his Arch MFG. 143 cu in S&S B1 Evo Combo, Tim Grindle with a B2-S&S SA Sportster @ 143 cu in turning in a firstname.lastname@example.org, Ken Miller, (Ken Miller Customs) 136 S&S Special Application Pro Stock Headed Twin Cam, Charlie Douglass with his Douglass Racing/Energy one 136 S&S 45˚ Pro Stock sportster at email@example.com, and finally Robert Shuback piloting Grindle’s 140 cu in Evo/B1 machine. Despite valiant efforts by the Beech Bend staff, Mother Nature did her best to challenge the class. Pollen gave the track a yellow tint requiring frequent cleanings and dragging as well as a low pressure area and looming storm front harassing us on Sunday. More than half of the machines were being put down the 1/4 mile for the first time this season, thus keeping wrenches and tuning devices on call throughout the weekend.
The First round of eliminations saw Roberts, Baugh, Douglass, and Gonatas advance to the semifinal round. In the semis, Roberts defeated Baugh 8.89 to 9.15 and Gonatas finished ahead of Douglass 8.816 to 8.914. In the all V-rod final, Roberts took the stripe with a 8.849 to Nick Gonatas’ tire spinning 9.067. It may have been a good day for the overhead cam machines but it was the pushrod bikes that continue to set and hold the ET and speed records. Charlie Douglass reset his 1/4 mile MPH record to 157.17 and I was able to set the 1/8 mile mark to 130.04.
S&S Cycle Inc., Outlaw Street is shaping up to be highly competitive and continues to peak the interest of fans and other racers alike. The next event will be at Rockingham Dragway May 31 to June 1. Info is available at the Rockingham Dragway, AMRA, and S&S Cycle.
Anyone interested in racing in the S&S Outlaw Street, Hot Street, Dresser, or any of the other AMRA divisions can contact the AMRA at 989-561-2500 or call Gregg Dahl at 724-438-0738.