Leads the Way in Indy
By: Jack Korpela
Green/Chevy Trucks Drag Race member, Rickey Gadson recorded
the quickest street bike pass off-all-time en route to winning
the AMA/Prostar Pingel Thunder Nationals from Indianapolis,
In a competitive
field of 27 motorcycles, Gadson chopped his way through the
elimination bracket, posting an unbelievable lap time of 7.56
at 190 mph in round three.
The run surpassed
the longstanding national record by almost a full tenth of
"It was just
a banzai perfect run to every single part of the track,"
Gadson said. "Rob Muzzy, Coby Adams, and myself found
a minor problem with the bike. I didn't think such a little
change would make a difference, but it ended up being the
difference all weekend."
In the final Gadson
defeated Suzuki-mounted rival Keith Dennis, with a 7.69 to
Dennis' 8.14. Gadson's fifth straight victory of the year
leaves him undefeated on the season and unbeaten in over a
is quite an achievement to have not lost in over a year,"
Gadson said. "We have won over 32 rounds in-a-row. I
give a lot of the credit to my team and sponsors"
For the 7.56 elapsed-time
record to be official Gadson would have had to back it up
within on percent by running 7.635 or better. When asked if
he was disappointed about not officially claiming the record
Gadson responded, "Absolutely not. I couldn't care less
about the record. It's good for bragging rights but after
coming up short the last three seasons, all I am concerned
with is the championship."
Teammate Chip Ellis,
set top-speed and low elapsed-time in the Formula Superbike
category with a blazing 8.08 at 165 mph, but fell just short
of the event victory when transmission problems hindered him
in the semi-finals.
"The bike just
wouldn't shift for me," Ellis said. "We have had
that transmission in there for two years so we have got a
ton of passes on it. We will take it home and tear it all
apart. It really is an awesome bike. It's just not performing
up to its potential right now." Despite the loss Ellis
still enjoys a commanding points lead.
Team Green 600 Super
Sport competitor Chip Hunter kept his championship hopes alive
by qualifying in the number-two spot and winning two rounds
before being upset in the quarter-finals.
all three members closing in on their respective championship,
Team Green/Chevy Trucks Drag Race Team now looks to the next
stop on the AMA/ Prostar tour in Atco, NJ, September 6th-7th.
Team Kawasaki expressed
its appreciation to all of its dedicated sponsors and hopes
to once again, win a few number-one plates for them;