RAIN SPOILS ELIMINATION
DAY AT THE
SCREAMIN' EAGLE PERFORMANCE PARTS DELAWARE NITRO NATIONALS
Presented By HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF SEAFORD
NC, September 24, 2002-Mother Nature interrupted AHDRA's
inaugural appearance at Delaware's U.S. 13 Dragway, September
14th & 15th.
With final qualifying
complete in just one class of competition, the showers forced
AHDRA officials to end the session early with plans to complete
qualifying and elimination's on Sunday. Unfortunately, Sunday
morning brought more of the same and showers dominated the
forecast, forcing the AHDRA to leave Delaware's competition
The Delaware event
has been ruled terminated, and racers received 1st round
payout and points. Pro competitors will also receive qualifying
awards and points.
With two rounds
of qualifying complete in JIMS Top Fuel, Orangeburg Cycle's,
Bill Furr was the one to beat with his 6.893 (187.26mph)
pass. Marlowe Racing's, Sonny Michalowski was in the #2
spot with a 7.162 at 174.21 miles-per-hour. Tak Shigematsu
and the H-D of Seaford bike had yet to make the 8-bike field
with an 8.429 leaving them in the #9 spot.
and the FBM racing team held the #1 spot in HD Afterparts.com
Pro Fuel competition with a 7.298 at 189.95 miles-per-hour
while Mike Lehman (H-D of Palm Beach) was the #2 man with
a 7.482 at 168.72 miles-per-hour. Both Streeter and Lehman
are in the chase to catch point's leader, Tim Kerrigan who
sat out the Delaware event.
Scott Truett stayed
home from Delaware with a tight grip on the Kresto Pro Drag
Championship while Chuck Jones was competing to improve
his third place position. Jones was in the #1 qualifying
spot in Delaware with a 7.706 at 166.88 miles-per-hour.
Tom Bradford (Thunder
Eagle Racing) was back in the Pro Stock field attempting
to re-capture the Championship bid after John Hammock made
a move towards the top spot. Bradford held the #1 qualifying
spot with a 7.662 (167.84mph) with Old Glory Racing's, Dale
Raudenbush in the #2 spot with a 7.708 (165.83mph). John
Hammock was third with his 7.736 at 166.69 miles-per-hour.
Bradford’s #1 qualifying spot was enough to move him back
in the #1 points position by a narrow 18 marks over Tulsa,
OK's, John Hammock.
In Pro Gas, Maryland's,
Frank Dove was out to seal his Championship lead and held
the #1 qualifying spot with a 8.423 at 147.85 miles-per-hour.
Daron Jemison was in the #2 spot with at 8.241 at 160.48
In Joker Machine
Pro Modified, Mike Lozano showed up to improve his shot
at the Championship. After Lozano sold the Pro Mod that
drove him to the top spot in the points, it was fellow competitor,
John Hammock's ride that Lozano entered in the Delaware
competition and captured the #1 spot with a 8.524 at 150.52
miles-per-hour. Cliff Dwy traveled the distance from Portland,
Oregon and held the #2 spot with an 8.540 at 149.67 miles-per-hour.
Dwy also holds the #2 spot in the point's chase, trailing
Lozano by 151 points.
Doug Morrow and
the Carl's Speed Shop team made impressive passes in Saturday's
test and tune session, including a 9.310 pass that bested
his own record of 9.311 in Spyke Street Pro competition.
The pass would serve as self –satisfaction only for the
team, as test passes do not count for National records.
Morrow did grab the "official" #1 spot in qualifying
with a 9.371 at 141.82 miles-per-hour and it was Nick Gonatas
in the #2 position with a 9.467 at 142.94 miles-per-hour.
The SEP (11.50)
index riders were the only class to actually complete qualifying
prior to the rain moving in. John Martin was in the #1 spot
and H.W. Hargrove finished in the #2 qualifying spot. Donnie
Huffman of Lakeland, FL and reigning champion John Henderson
of Upper Marlboro, MD are tied for the championship after
Gas (9.90) index action was also left in a championship
tiebreaker situation with Shawn Vantucci of Frederick, MD
and Dale Miller's Sylvania H-D team headed to the upcoming
Rockingham event with 610 points each.
of Bradenton, FL was in the #1 seat after 2 Rounds in Performance
Corner Super Eliminator action, but it's John Burdynski
of Houston, TX, holding the Championship card with a 150
point advantage over 2nd place holder, Donnie Huffman. Burdynski
is competing for a back-to-back championship title.
was in the #1 spot in Nonpareil Super Sport (10.50) index
qualifying with G.W. Bass in the #2 position. Allen Nusbaum
is the current points leader with B.R. Nalley trailing by
90 points. Nusbaum was in the 5th position of qualifying
in Delaware and Nalley held the #3 spot.
The Junior Dragsters
were able to leave Delaware with trophies in hand, after
completing both qualifying and elimination's. Current champion,
Drew Proffitt (Team VIP) added another win in the Hayes
Jewelers 11-16 category. Proffitt defeated Zach Watts for
another step closer to the repeat championship. Clayton
Danford was the winner in the Blackfoot Racing Junior 8-10
ranks. Danford advanced for the win over Kaylee Raudenbush.
Danford holds a 100- point advantage over fellow competitor
and brother, Travis Danford.
The AHDRA extends
our sincere appreciation to Screamin' Eagle Performance
Parts and Harley-Davidson of Seaford for supporting this
year's Delaware event.
The next stop
on the AHDRA National Points Tour is the Screamin' Eagle
Performance Parts Nationals presented by the Carolina Harley-Davidson
Dealers Association, October 4th, 5th & 6th, Rockingham
Dragway. For more information on AHDRA upcoming events,
contact 336-924-2095 or visit www.ahdra.com.