The Ray Price Race Team Qualifies Number One at Numidia Raceway during the AHDRA Liberty Nitro Nationals in Numidia, Pennsylvania
September 8 and 9, the Ray Price Race team lands another number one qualifying spot and continues to show strong in the points standing in the AHDRA/Screamin' Eagle Championship Series.
With eleven Top Fuel Harleys competing for the eight qualifying spots, the 1,000 horsepower Top Fuel Nitro Harley drag bike (Akea Express), piloted by Tommy Grimes, runs two solid qualifying passes in the very tight field. On Saturday, Grimes ran his best pass of the weekend with a solid 6.293 ET at 227.11 mph. As a strong storm rolls into the area, qualifying rounds are held up and eventually the race day comes to an end because of the rain with plans to get another round of qualifying in Sunday morning.
Sundays weather was a huge improvement from Saturday but proved to be a bit challenging as the sun and clouds kept swapping spots. But this didn’t stop the Akea Express from running an impressive 6.420 ET at 218.34 mph to wrap up qualifying.
Headed immediately into elimination rounds, the Ray Price Race Team was paired with Dean Comunal. Running competitively, Grimes moves the team into the next round with the win running a 6.486 ET at 226.47 mph against Deans 6.637 ET at 200.38 mph.
Faced with a few track delays and the sun shining bright, track conditions changed after setting the tune in the pit and in the second round the Top Fuel Nitro Harley spins the tire at the 1000’ mark and is unable to move into the finals.
“That’s racing,” said Ray Price “all the top fuelers were faced with the same track conditions and we put too much in it. Our team is very competitive and we continue to push the limits at every race”.
Although a disappointing finish, the team plans to give a great performance as the Akea Express / Ray Price Racing team races at their home track October 13 and 14, 2012 in Rockingham North Carolina. Look for them as they compete in the Jim McClure Nitro Nationals presented by Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association. If you can’t wait until then and want to catch the Akea Express and the Ray Price Race Team, join them during the Capitol City Bike Fest in downtown Raleigh September 21 – 23, where they will have the bike on display and crank it for our spectators.
Photo by Matt Polito
The Ray Price Motorsports team sends sincere thanks to all their sponsors for their support. They include our Primary Sponsors: Akea, Ray Price Harley-Davidson, with special thanks to our Associate Sponsor Raleigh H. O. G. and our Support Sponsors: Vanson Leathers, PJ1 Products, RC Components, CP Pistons, Royal Purple, Barnett Clutches & Cables, Autolite Sparkplugs, Mickey Thompson Tires, Gates Belts, Nationwide Insurance, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, JIMS USA, Industrial Machine Solutions and Wiley X. Additional thanks: Bill Hayes, Hargis Consulting, Ultra Pro Machining and Freddie Robbins.
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