Ray Price Racing: Worlds Fastest Harley – Again!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Worlds Fastest Harley – Again!
Ray Price Racing caps stellar season in Funny Bike at AMA Dragbike National Finals
Some might argue that the Grandfather of Funny Bike is now becoming the Father of Showmanship with the way the Ray Price Nitro Harley Race Team has performed during the 2009 AMA Dragbike race season. Between the string of number one qualifiers, national records and wins captured this season the team showed just how to get it done at the South Georgia Motorsports Park, Valdosta, GA.
In the beginning the Ray Price Racing team struggled along with the other 16 Funny Bike teams during the first round of qualifying on Friday. In preparation for round two of qualifying the team found a leaking transmission seal thus causing the team to pass on the round in order to make the necessary repairs. The Ray Price Harley-Davidson/Buell sponsored race team bided their time and tuned the drag bike for when it counted. Then in the third and final round of qualifying Joey Sternotti of West Collinswood, NJ took to the quarter mile track and piloted the 1,000 horsepower Ray Price Nitro Harley Drag Bike to a record breaking 6.144 ET at a incredible 234.37 MPH!
This incredible run set the worlds quickest pass for a naturally aspirated drag bike! The 6.144 ET shatters the past AHDRA Top Fuel Nitro Harley record run held by Tak Shigematsuon who set it with a 6.150 ET back in October 2008. Then the 234.37 MPH run shatters the previous AMA Funny Bike mile per hour record of 232.35 held by yours truly, Ray Price Racing, set at the 20th Annual Pingel Thunder Nationals back in August 2009.
Going into eliminations on Sunday the team got the job done by winning the first and second rounds. In round three the team crossed the finish line first running a 6.497 ET at 199.14 MPH. While not their stellar runs the team always seems to leave the best to the last and the finals were no exception. Up against Travis Davis piloting a Suzuki, Sternotti “turned up the volume” and in true Ray Price Nitro Harley Race Team fashion ran a convincing 6.287 ET at 233.76 MPH to capture the win in the final round of eliminations.
The win was an exciting way to finish the 2009 AMA Dragbike Funny Bike Championship series for the team of Ray Price, Jeremy Hoy, Justin Heinle, Mark Morgan, Joey Sternotti and Rose Sternotti.
Through hard work and perseverance the team was able to capture 3 first place finishes in the 6 races and with the 2010 season not far off you know the team wants to show why Ray Price is the God Farther of Funny Bike.
The Ray Price Motorsports team sends sincere thanks to our Primary Sponsor Ray Price Harley-Davidson. Special thanks to our Associate Sponsor Raleigh H. O. G. and our Support Sponsors: Nationwide Insurance, CP Pistons, Icon Motorsports Apparel, Royal Purple, Barnett Clutches & Cables, Autolite Sparkplugs, Mickey Thompson Tires, RPR/MSD Ignitions, Gates Belts, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Metzeler Tires, Performance Machine, JIMS USA, Industrial Machine Solutions, Wiley X Eyewear and Bassani. Additional thanks: Bill Hayes, Hargis Consulting, Ultra Pro Machining and Freddie Robbins.