AHRDA: Race Results from Brainerd – Stordeur Strikes Back

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STORDEUR STRIKES BACK AT AHDRA’S BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY DEBUT JULY 30TH–AUGUST 1ST.

In a first for the All Harley Drag Racing Association and Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), a three-day, two-event combo was held at the 600-plus acreage facility in Brainerd, MN.

The AHDRA Can-Am Nationals presented by Donahue Harley-Davidson were held on July 30th and 31st with over 150 entries in the 14 classes of competition.

On Sunday, August 1st, the Harleys were back on the track with the addition of import bikes. The combination of the two was tagged as “Big Race II.”

While the grandstands reflected the newness of the event, there were no shortfalls in the ground-pounding action on the well-groomed quarter-mile strip.

New Mexico’s Doug Vancil came off the trailer with a 6.456 at 217 mph in the opening round of Screamin’ Eagle Nitro Harley qualifying. It was his quickest pass of the day and gave him the #1 spot in the 15-bike field, his ultimate best performance of the weekend after a round one upset to the #15 qualifier, Mark Turner of Roseville, CA, in Saturday’s eliminations.

In the Nitro Harley national points chase, Vancil came in to Brainerd with a slim 10-point advantage over Goshen, Ohio’s Steve Stordeur. Stordeur qualified in the third position with a 6.522 at 211.63 mph; he opened big on Saturday with a 6.428 at 220.66 mph over Richmond, CA’s California Joe. Stordeur’s blast was the quickest and fastest quarter-mile blast of the weekend, setting the pace for the Mancuso Harley-Davidson pilot who blew through the entire field for the eventual win at BIR.

Stordeur saddled up against rider Tracy Kile of Hatfield, Pennsylvania, the #9 qualifier. A relative newcomer to the Top Fuel ranks, Kile was impressive all weekend with consistent six-second marks that led him to an upset win over veteran rider Johnny Mancsuo of Houston in the semis before his final-round heat against Stordeur.

The pair launched with near identical reaction timesæKile with a .088 and Stordeur with the quicker .087æbut Stordeur’s horsepower prevailed and his 6.727 at 210.11 mph lap was the a winner over Kile’s 6.991 at 198.29 mph.

In JIMS Pro Fuel, Mike Lehman of Palm Beach, FL, made his best pass of the day in the opening round of qualifying with a 6.837 at 206.67 mph for the early lead. This was followed by Jack Romine’s 6.861 at 200.62 mph, also his best of the day, which left the pair qualified one and two and setting up an eventual match-up in the finals on Saturday.

Lehman had the early advantage with a .057 reaction time, but something went away on the 150-cubic-inch machine and Romine rode the quarter mile out sluggishly himself with an 8.866 at 100.35 mph for the win.

Scott Truett of Wichita, KS, continued on his championship course in the Kresto Pro Drag category with the top qualifying spot at 7.501 at 172.06 mph. He scored the top number on his opening pass and, apparently satisfied with the number, never made another qualifying pass. It was Phil Schmidt of Oklahoma City who made all three qualifying rounds, improving with every lap and landing him the #2 spot with a 7.569 at 170.08 mph best and sliding earlier #2 qualifier John Breckenridge (of Sultan, WA) to the third spot.

Breckenridge grabbed the spotlight back in eliminations with a round two win over Schmidt, advancing him to finals against Truett. Truett got the win with a 7.455 at 171.53 mph over the 7.659 at 170.79 mph pass from Breckenridge.

On the sportsman side of the action, Dan Norlin of Aurora, CA, came out on top in Dragmasters Hot Street competition. The heads-up class saw the leader board flip-flop following every round of qualifying.

Mike Roberts of Akron, OH, led after one with his 10.500 at 124.58 mph before Houston’s John Burdynski grabbed a quicker 10.488 at 126.19 mph in the second round. Burdynski leads the point chase and was the natural pick for #1 in Brainerd. Not so when Joe Perry of Kingsport, TN, shuffled the order again in the third round with a better 10.427 at 128 mph.

The whirlwind qualifying in the 98-cubic-inch limited field set up a fantastic day of competition in Saturday’s eliminations. Perry and Burdynski both advanced in the opening round while Mike Roberts was taken out by Dan Norlin, who went on to upset Burdynski for his bid in the final.

On the other side of the ladder, Perry advanced to the final on a bye before Norlin ended his day with a 10.327 at 130.78 mph over Perry’s 10.547 at 126.47 mph. Norlin’s 10.327 was the low e.t. of the meet, and his 132.62 mph pass over Burdynski was the top speed in the class.

Proof that AHDRA racing isn’t just for the boys came when Californian Karen Wagner and York, PA’s Wanda Poff went head to head in the S & S Cycle Super Sport category.

Wagner holds the championship title in the 10.90 index class, as well as the “first female champion” title for AHDRA. Poff has plenty of wins of her own and finished just shy of Wagner for the 2003 championship title. The ladies paired up for the final in Brainerd æand it was Poff taking the first-place honors with a 10.425 over Wagner’s 10.505.

More from the highlight zone in sportsman competition was a win for youngster Joey Talbott in the Syn3 ET class. Talbott, a 16-year-old from Forest, VA, took on the toughest and unquestionably the best riders in the class for his win. He beat multi-champion Dan Degood in the semis and took on reigning champ J.P. Hendrzak for the top prize in the final. Perhaps with the age advantage, Talbott was off with a .098 reaction time to Hendrzak’s .117 start. We expect to see more from this rising young star.

Complete results from all 14 classes of competition at the AHDRA Can-Am Nationals presented by Donahue Harley-Davidson are available at www.ahdra.com.

In Sunday’s Big Race II, Johnny Mancuso came away with the $7,000 top prize when he beat Mike Romine of Sturgis, MI, in the Top Fuel category that pitted the imports with the Harleys (although there were no entries on the import side in the Nitro field).

In another Big Race II category, it was Mike Lehman in the winner’s circle after defeating Chicago Joe.

Sunday’s Big Race II had no bearing on the AHDRA national points, but did offer a handsome purse for the winners.

Next up for AHDRA’s 2004 Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts Championship Series is a non-points meet at Sturgis Dragway on August 8th and 9th. AHDRA then returns to national points action on August 14th and 15th at the S & S Cycle Thunder in the Valley Nationals presented by Smith Brothers Harley-Davidson, Bristol, TN.

For more information, please contact 336-924-2095 or visit www.ahdra.com

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