AMRA : Furr Gets Upset in Ray Price Top Fuel Challenge

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AMRA

American Motorcycle Racing Association
26th annual Jim McClure All-Harley World Finals
Rockingham Dragway
October 14-15, 2017

Furr Gets Upset in Ray Price Top Fuel Challenge

Thornley Loses in the Final but Wins AMRA Championship in Pro Fuel Class

Rockingham Dragway

In a field that included reigning NHRA Top Fuel Harley champion Jay “Bulldog” Turner of Julian, newly-crowned American Motorcycle Racing Association champ Jake Stordeur of Goshen, Ohio, and international standout Takeshi Shigematsu of Iyo, Ehime, Japan, Armon Furr wasn’t even a blip on the radar entering Sunday’s Ray Price Top Fuel Challenge at Rockingham Dragway, the featured event in the 26th annual AMRA Jim McClure All-Harley World Finals.

Nevertheless, at the end of the day, it was the second generation rider from Orangeburg, S.C., the eighth and final qualifier, who hoisted the hardware. Although he has a solid racing pedigree as the son of Nitro Harley legend Bill Furr, the younger Furr has raced only infrequently the past several years which made Sunday’s success all the more gratifying.

Other race winners included Dennis Fisher of Dayton, Ohio, in Nitro Funny Bike, Johnny Vickers of Millers Creek, N.C., in Pro Fuel and Billy Doherty of Lake Charles, La., in Pro Mod. Vickers won Pro Fuel for the third straight year, beating former protégé Janette Thornley of Statesville in the final, which took just a little of the luster off Thornley’s series championship.

She was one of eight riders who secured championships on Sunday joining Stordeur and Fisher, Shane Pendergrast of Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Pro Mod), Andy Horn of St. Louis, Mo. (Super Gas), Kevin Winters of Richmond, Ill. (Street Eliminator and Pro Eliminator), David Doremus of Loveland, Ohio (Super Pro and Top Eliminator) and Bill Rowe Jr. of Hellertown, Pa. (Class Eliminator).

With 10 riders vying for eight starting spots in the Ray Price challenge, Furr just barely made the show with an almost pedestrian 7.209 second quarter mile. However, in the first round, he stunned No. 1 qualifier Tii Tharpe with a much improved 6.891 at 200.16 mph. That sent him against Stordeur in the semifinals where his 6.745 was good enough to hold off Stordeur’s troubled 10.33.

It should have been no contest in the final round against Turner, the five-time former IHRA Nitro Harley champ and multi-time Rockingham winner, but races aren’t run on paper and when Turner had mechanical problems, Furr singled for the win.

2017 SERIES CHAMPIONS

Top Fuel – Jake Stordeur, Goshen, Ohio.
Nitro Funny Bike – Dennis Fisher, Dayton, Ohio.
Pro Fuel – Janette Thornley, Statesville, N.C.
Pro Mod – Shane Pendergrast, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Super Gas – Andy Horn, St. Louis, Mo.
Pro Eliminator – Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill.
Street Eliminator – Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill.
Super Pro – David Doremus, Loveland, Ohio
Top Eliminator – David Doremus, Loveland, Ohio
Eliminator – Bill Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa.

RESULTS

RAY PRICE TOP FUEL CHALLENGE

Qualifying – 1. Tii Tharpe, East Bend, N.C., 6.336, 222.36 mph; 2. Jay Turner, Julian, N.C., 6.381, 217.28 mph; 2. Takeshi Shigematsu, Iyo, Ehime, Japan, 6.417, 214.76 mph; 4. Jake Stordeur, Goshen, Ohio, 6.613, 208.49 mph; 5. Ricky “Sharkey” House, Humble, Texas, 6.636, 218.37 mph; 6. Bill “Billy Jack” Jackson, Honeybrooke, Pa., 6.655, 210.54 mph; 7. Tracy Kile, Ashville, N.C., 6.990, 197.59 mph; 8. Armon Furr, Orangeburg, S.C., 7.209, 201.16 mph.

Round 1 – Jake Stordeur, Goshen, Ohio, 6.612, 207.56 mph, def. Ricky “Sharkey” House, Humble, Texas, foul; Takeshi Shigematsu, Iyo, Ehime, Japan, 6.602, 211.16 mph, def. Bill “Billy Jack” Jackson, Honeybrooke, Pa., 9.364, 120.25 mph; Jay Turner, Julian, N.C., 6.434, 209.88 mph, def. Tracy Kile, Ashville, N.C., 6.995, 157.10 mph; Armon Furr, Orangeburg, S.C., 6.891, 200.16 mph, def. Tii Tharpe, East Bend, N.C., 6.957, 174.62 mph.

Semifinals – Furr, 6.745, 200.89 mph, def. Stordeur, 10.330, 81.99 mph; Turner, 6.441, 214.69 mph, def. Shigematsu, 6.625, 204.39 mph.
FINAL – Armon Furr, Orangeburg, S.C., 7.043, 199.40 mph, def. Jay Turner, Julian, no time.

 

NITRO FUNNY BIKE

Qualifying – 1. Ryan Perry, Milford, Ohio, 6.728, 200.80 mph; 2. Dennis Fisher, Dayton, Ohio, 6.793, 201.49 mph; 3. Randal Andras, Amelia, La., 6.829, 204.08 mph; 4. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 6.853, 189.23 mph; 5. Rich Vreeland, Bloomsburg, Pa., 6.867, 200.14 mph; 6. Kirby Apathy, Deland, Fla., 6.947, 203.80 mph; 7. Mark Ingwerson, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, 7.048, 190.65 mph; 8. Keith Browne, Semora, N.C., 7.159, 197.74 mph.

Round 1 – Rich Vreeland, Bloomsburg, Pa., 6.890, 200.32 mph, def. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 13.286, 61.70 mph; Kirby Apathy, Deland, Fla., 7.490, 183.44 mph, def. Jim Doyle, Chicopee, Mass., 6.789, 200.80 mph; Dennis Fisher, Dayton, Ohio, 6.789, 200.80 mph, def. Mark Ingwerson, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, 7.016, 190.11 mph; Keith Browne, Semora, N.C., 7.109, 189.58 mph, def. Ryan Perry, Milford, Ohio, 8.335, 133.04 mph.

Semifinals – Vreeland, 6.819, 199.85 mph, def. Brown, no time; Fisher, 6.759, 202.00 mph, def. Apathy, no time.4

FINAL – Dennis Fisher, Dayton, Ohio, 6.776, 202.39 mph, def. Rich Vreeland, Bloomsburg, Pa., 6.788, 202.48 mph.

PRO FUEL

Qualifying – 1. Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, N.C., 7.284, 172.76 mph; 2. Jim Martin, Palestine, Ill., 7.353, 169.08 mph; 3. Janette Thornley, Statesville, N.C., 7.409, 170.21 mph; 4. Keith Kelley, Dickson, Tenn., 7.564, 160.23 mph; 5. Jay Beasley, Winston-Salem, N.C., 7.599, 165.62 mph; 6. Tyler Wilson, Walnut Cove, 7.863, 165.64 mph; 7. John McConnell, Darlington, Md., 7.878, 145.34 mph; 8. Chaz Kennedy, High Springs, Fla., 7.928, 165.03 mph.

Round 1 – Jay Beasley, Winston-Salem, N.C., 7.626, 166.91 mph, def. Keith Kelley, Dickson, Tenn., no time; Jim Martin, Palestine, Ill., 7.465, 167.43 mph, def. John McConnell, Darlington, Md., no time; Janette Thornley, Statesville, N.C., 7.376, 170.47 mph, def. Tyler Wilson, Walnut Cove, 7.852, 164.99 mph; Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, N.C., 7.420, 173.32 mph, def. Chaz Kennedy, High Springs, Fla., 11.971, 66.43 mph.

Semifinals – Thornley, 7.318, 171.77 mph, def. Martin, 7.390, 167.45 mph; Vickers, 7.567, 170.97 mph, def. Beasley, 7.622, 167.41 mph.

FINAL – Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, N.C., 7.241, 173.49 mph, def. Janette Thornley, Statesville, N.C., 7.386, 171.86 mph.

PRO MOD

Semifinals – Billy Doherty, Lake Charles, La., 8.540, 154.25 mph, def. John Price, Emmittsburg, Md., 8.645, 151.66 mph; Shane Pendergrast, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 8.507, 154.60 mph, def. Loreto “Larry” Pesce, Newark, Del., 9.895, 114.90 mph.

FINAL – Billy Doherty, Lake Charles, La., 8.471, 155.08 mph, def. Shane Pendergrast, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 8.577 152.33 mph.

MODIFIED

Semifinals – Gary Douglass, Staunton, Va., 9.290, 139.67 mph, def. Heather Van Fleet, Toledo, Ohio, 9.766, 130.85 mph; Troy Young, Wirtz, Va., 9.540, 135.96 mph, def. Greg Gross, Proctorville, Ohio, 10.688, 105.22 mph.

FINAL – Troy Young, Wirtz, Va., 9.466, 137.61 mph, def. Gary Douglas, Staunton, Va., 10.982, 103.61 mph.

OUTLAW STREET

Semifinals – Tim Grindle, Uniontown, Pa., 8.464, 158.71 mph, def. Stephane Crete, Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada, 8.419, 162.51 mph; Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., 8.352, 162.51 mph, def. Stacey Bortz, Uniontown, Pa., 23.834, 39.13 mph.

FINAL – Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., 8.349, 163.41 mph, def. Tim Gridle, Uniontown, Pa., foul.

DRESSER

Semifinals – Eric Henderson, Eric, Pa., 10.509, 136.93 mph, def. Bruce McFarland, Gray, La., 12.319, 106.14 mph; David Dennick, Eight-Four, Pa., bye.

FINAL – David Dennick, Eighty-Four, Pa., 10.262, 133.71 mph, def. Eric Henderson, Eric, Pa., 10.204, 136.93 mph.

TOP ELIMINATOR (9.30 target)

Semifinals – John Toth, Twilight, Pa., bye; David Doremus, Loveland, Ohio, 9.358, 117.60 mph, def. Bert Baker, NA, 9.259 breakout, 151.36 mph.

FINAL – David Doremus, Loveland, Ohio, 9.245, 132.63 mph, def. John Toth, Twilighht, Pa., 9.244 breakout, 124.33 mph.

HOT STREET

Semifinals – John Toth, Twilight, Pa., 9.412, 142.82 mph, def. Dan Dennis, Barron, Wis., 9.438, 141.83 mph; Dave “Paco” Cartwright, Evansville, Ind., bye.

FINAL – Dave “Paco” Cartwright, Evansville, Ind., 9.316, 142.60 mph, def. John Toth, Twilight, Pa., foul.

SUPER PRO (10.30 target)

Semifinals – David Doremus, Loveland, Ohio, 10.208, 128.62 mph, def. Butch Lowe, Rutledge, Ga., foul; David Higgs, Ormond Beach, Fla., 10.399, 127.10 mph, def. John Price, Emmitsburg, Md., 10.111 breakout, 126.01 mph.

FINAL – David Doremus, Loveland, Ohio, 10.268 on a 10.300, 119.86 mph, def. David Higgs, Ormond Beach, Fla., foul.

PRO (10.90 target)

Semifinals – David Higgs, Ormond Beach, Fla., 10.963, 115.46 mph, def. Bill Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., 10.811 breakout, 112.63 mph; Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill., 10.914, 114.86 mph, def. Scott Strauss, Wickliffe, Ohio, 10.866 breakout, 121.83 mph.

FINAL – Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill., 10.831, 117.34 mph, def. David Higgs, Ormond Beach, Fla., 10.771 breakout, 118.81 mph.

ELIMINATOR

Semifinals – Troy Phillips, Melbourne, Ky., 9.686 on a 9.900, 130.80 mph, def. Glenn Sutton, Moore, S.C., foul; Nate Carnahan, Powhattan, Va., bye.

FINAL – Troy Phillips, Melbourne, Ky., 9.928 on a 9.900, 127.87 mph, def. Nate Carnahan, Powhattan, Va., 10.462 on a 10.300, 116.50 mph.

OPEN GAS

Semifinals – Billy Doherty, Lake Charles, La., bye; Don Ratliff, Syracuse, N.Y., 8.904, 145.69 mph, def. Sharon Dubois, Lowell, Ind., 10.984, 128.33 mph.

FINAL – Don Ratliff, Syracuse, N.Y., 8.860, 146.56 mph, def. Billy Doherty, Lake Charles, La., 8.866, 149.96 mph.

SUPER COMP (8.90 target)

Semifinals – Freddy Frazier, Sanford, 9.156, 123.67 mph, def. Donnie Huffman, Lakeland, Fla., 10.926, 118.15 mph; Don Ratliff, Syracuse, N.Y., 9.174, 113.33 mph, def. Keith Richner, Moore, S.C., 16.885, 44.08 mph.

FINAL – Freddy Frazier, Sanford, 8.910, 151.92 mph, def. Don Ratliff, Syracuse, N.Y., 8.957, 133.14 mph.

SUPER GAS (9.90 target)

Semifinals – Joe Glaze, Wellington, Colo., 9.895, 129.85 mph, def. Nate Carnahan, Powhattan, Va., 9.885, 122.43 mph; Bill Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., 10.095, 123.75 mph, def. Kimberly DeShields, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 9.978, 129.37 mph.

FINAL – Bill Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., 9.933, 128.81 mph, def. Joe Glaze, Wellington, Colo., 9.876 breakout, 127.67 mph.

STREET ELIMINATOR (11.50 target)

Semifinals – Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill, 11.442, 98.83 mph, def. John Bradley, Ingalls, In., 11.399 breakout, 101.26 mph; Donnie Huffman, Lakeland, Fla., bye.

FINAL – Donnie Huffman, Lakeland, Fla., 11.510, 99.52 mph, def. Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill., foul.

 

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