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AHDRA 9/14-15


RAIN SPOILS ELIMINATION DAY AT THE
SCREAMIN' EAGLE PERFORMANCE PARTS DELAWARE NITRO NATIONALS
Presented By HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF SEAFORD

Winston-Salem, 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 incomplete.

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.

Chris Streeter 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 miles-per-hour.

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 Delaware qualifying.

Rivera-Primo Super 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.

Willie Herschberger 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.

David Doremus 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.


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