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Friday, December 17, 2004 - 08:19:37 AM EDT

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Sentimental Weekend Ends Well For Team Spiderman
By: Jack Korpela

It was a sentimental weekend at the first AMA/Prostar race dedicated solely to Larry "Spiderman" McBride's mentor, Elmer Trett, who died tragically at the 1996 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, IN. McBride, who holds the record for the quickest and fastest quarter-mile motorcycle run of all time, would have made his late-friend proud by posting low elapsed time of the meet with a dazzling 6.10 at 220 mph.

"I was really excited to be competing at a race in Elmer's name," McBride said. "I wanted to be the first one to run a five at his race."

MTC Performance and Elmer's widow, Jackie Trett had one of Elmer's legendary "Mountain Magic" bikes on display to tribute the Hall of Fame Drag Racer. This nostalgic piece had the "Spiderman" a bit choked up.


"I don't know if I can stand many more days seeing that motorcycle, it was pretty emotional," McBride said. "That bike has got seven years worth of putting me on the trailer in it. We beat him every now and then but that was about it. Elmer was the greatest."

McBride's first qualifying pass of the weekend was uncharacteristically off-pace with a mid-pack 6.49. "Nothing really went right on the first pass," McBride said. "We have been trying a lot of new stuff so we just needed to come back to the pits and regroup."

McBride's lap of the weekend came in qualifying session number two as the team appeared to have found the correct tuning combination. "We are running a new Vance & Hines head and it is giving up a lot of power," McBride said. "Just being able to run something that Byron Hines made is an honor to me. Him and Elmer were really good friends, so we really wanted to come out here and set a new record for both of them."

McBride's 6.10 pole position granted him a first round bye, where he lived up to his reputation as the "Spiderman" by crawling from side-to-side, to keep the bike in the groove, posting a 6.12 at 228 mph. "It was hard to keep it in the groove, the bike really wanted to go to the right," McBride said. "We call it O-D-H when that happens, out there hanging. It's really a lot of fun to ride when it does that."

Unfortunately, rain clouds hovered above Atlanta Dragway, in Commerce, GA, postponing second round of eliminations to the next race in Richmond, VA. For the second time in two races, McBride is once again forced to look to the future to finish the current race.

"It's really tough," McBride said. "We haven't been able to win any money at the last two races. I just thank god that we have good sponsors. If it were not for them, we would be really hurting."

McBride will get a chance to finish up the race his home track in VA, May 3rd-4th, where he will take on Tommy Smith in round two.

"We have got a lot of work to do before then, we will probably go to the track and test before the race," said McBride, who only lives 80 miles from Virginia Motorsports Park. "It should be a really good time. Just like last year, we rented a suite that we are going to cater it for all of our friends, family and sponsors. We gonna have a big old shindig up there."

McBride thanked his crew for all their hard work and support. "My brother, my wife, and Roland Stuart, are awesome, you can't get any better than the crew I have," McBride said. "We have also got Keith Adams, who worked on Team Winston, helping us out to give us some fresh ideas on our fuel system."

Likewise McBride thanked all of his sponsors and looks forward to seeing them in Virginia. McBride expressed gratitude toward; Pingel Enterprise, Trim-Tex Drywall Products, Drag Specialties-Parts Unlimited, RedLine Synthetic Oil Corporation as well as his other sponsors:

Muzzys Performance, Web-Cam, Kibblewhite Precision Machine, Vanson Leathers, Performance Machine, Kawasaki USA, Belt Drives Ltd, Triton Corp (Kool-Bak), Street & Competition, Trac Dynamics, Simpson Race Products, Nitrous Express, APE, EK Chain, Arias, R&D Spring, Autolite, MSD, Protect ALL, Whipple Industries, Cometic Gaskets, B&J Transmission, Carolina Cycle, L.A. Sleeve, PJ1 Nology Engineering, Mickey Thompson Tires, Corbin Seats, Stark Masonry, and Vance & Hines Motorsports.

On a personal note, McBride wanted to thank and bless all of the troops overseas, putting their lives on the line for America. "America is such a great country," said McBride. "People are over their dying for us, and we are out here racing."

Make your plans now to be in Richmond, VA, May 3rd-4th, to witness the quickest and fastest bike on the planet, at the same venue where McBride ran the world's quickest motorcycle pass at an astounding 5.89 seconds.

Jack Korpela can be reached at Lumberjack@dragbike.com


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