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Atlanta Prostar Reports

6:50pm Winners: TF-McBride, FB-Nickelberry, PM-Farrar, PS-Doege, SS-Slowe, HR-Underwood, 600-Ellis, 1000-Schnitz, TG-Procopio, SC-Baumbach, SG-Superdad, PET-Carroll, SET-Rocky Ward

3:10pm Good afternoon from Atlanta Dragway

Lot’s happening here at the track. The headwind has turned brisk, hard and steady. But the sun is still shining and bikes are going down the track.

Larry McBride ran a 6.01 on his first round bye, and had another one in the semi after the two Tommy’s, Smith and Sloan, both left before the tree and were DQ’d. Chris Hand and Ron Webb both peddled their way to the finishline, with Hand reaching there first in a 10+ second win. Chris had to let off at half track on his own semifinal bye run when his bike cocked over on the right edge of the tire.









Perry Hollie upset Tom Perry in round 1 of Funnybike and Travis Davis advanced past Robert Giard. OK City’s Champ Wagoner also advanced, while Korry Hogan ran low ET with a 6.768. Davis rolled through the beam in round 2, causing opponent Hollie to also blow the tree. Both were DQ’d. Hogan beat Wagoner and Nickelberry took the tree. He’ll have Hogan in the defacto final to be run in the semi. 

Charlie Farrar ran low ET in round 1 of Fast By Gast Pro Mod with a 6.984. Mimmo Marciano and T.T. Jones both made good as alternates and faced each other in the second round. Mimmo advanced to face Farrar in the semi, with Dustin Janzen and Bernard Johnson in the other semi.

Keith Dennis was DQ’d in round 1 of Accel Pro Stock when a 5 pound weight fell of the MSP bike at launch and rolled under the tire, and another 3 pounds fell off and under the tire at 1000 feet. Shine survived the hairy ride only to get the bad news on the scales at the top end. Ryan Schnitz scored a close first round win on the Muzzy Kawsaki ZX12 over Paul Gast, and Todd Doege had low ET of the round with a 7.235. Todd beat Schnitz to advance to the semi, with Dean Frantz and Shane Estes meeting in the other semi.

Barry Henson continues to tune from his hospital bed as Mike Slowe advanced with a 7.63 in round 1 and a 7.72 in the second. Rickey Gadson’s 7.78 took out Chuck Cunningham in round 1, but Gadson’s early season bogs off the line continued in the second round and he went down to Chad Trahan. Chad will face Kent Stotz in the semi while Slowe races the brothers Sanzoterra.

Tripp Nobles on the Tilley Harley-Davidson V-Rod will face Mark Underwood on the Patrick Racing Warrior in the Yamaha Hot Rod Cruiser final.

Atlanta Prostar 04

Good morning from Atlanta Dragway. It’s and sunny warming up quick, with not a cloud in the sky. A light headwind has the flags fluttering towards the tower. That’s a marked contrast to yesterday’s cold, gray overcast and strong headwind.

Test and tune was busy yesterday, if not spectacular. The conditions kept performances down, but not the line under the tower. “These boys sure are having fun on these streetbikes,” noted R&S Powersports’ Sonny Fishpaw. He was watching as Chip Ellis staged a new ZX10-R that he plans on running in the Lee’s Performance Center 1000 Supersport class.

Top Fuel pits were saddened when the word spread that multi-time Top Fuel Harley champion Jim McClure had passed away. McClure had been sidelined the few couple of years awaiting a heart transplant. That transplant didn’t work out as hoped, and everyone involved in motorcycle drag racing feels a tremendous loss.

9:50am Good morning again from Atlanta Dragway.

It’s cool, crisp and sunny this morning. The headwind has picked up, but is not out of control. The second round of Pro ET is finished already, Street ET is underway.

Last night’s Streetbike Chaos was packed with fans in the stands and around the starting line. Lots of new grudge bikes tested, but none matched up in anger. Pass after pass for two hours with no oildowns, no timing blocks hit, no crashes.

Check back soon for eliminations updates.

6:30pm Good evening from Atlanta Dragway.

“That was our 10 second tune-up,” Roland Stuart said after the bike he crews on for Larry and Steve McBride ran a 5.97 in Q1. But Larry moved out of the groove in Q2 and had to settle for a 6.04.

“I decided that if I could keep it between the wall and the cones I was going to keep it going and I was going to qualify for this race!” Chris Hand said back at his trailer. Oil was spraying all over his Redneck Express and back tire at the top end of his Q2 pass. Chris did make the race with a 6.523. “Getting it stopped was pretty exciting.”

Glen Nickelberry ran a 6.876 to move his Tommy Bolton tuned Funnybike into second place behind #1 Korry Hogan.

Charlie Farrar held on to #1 in Fast By Gast Pro Mod despite not getting a Q2 pass. Charlie was one of three Pro Modders who were timed out by the tree in Q2. Worst hit was Mimmo Marciano, who failed to make the field after a bad round 1 pass.

Todd Doege busted The Sheriff in Accel Pro Stock, running a 7.216 at a slow 175.25 that knocked Keith Dennis off of pole. Shine is second, Dean Frantz third.

Mike Slowe held on to #1 in Streetbike Shootout, while Rickey Gadson slipped into 2nd with a 7.720 at a slow 161.73.

Yamaha Hot Rod Cruiser #1 plateholder Mark Underwood improved on the Patrick Racing Yamaha Warrior, but not enough to take #1 from Jamie McNaughton and the Eagle H-D V-Rod. Tripp Nobles is just a tick behind Underwood on Don Tilley’s V-Rod, as a small but tight field heads into Sunday’s eliminations.

Keith Dennis took over the lead of Lee’s Performance 1000 Supersport with a 9.318 on the MSP GSX-R. Chip Ellis on a ZX10-R also passed round 1 leader Ryan Schnitz.

Ellis and Kawasaki teammate Chad Millholland are 1-2 in Zero Gravity 600 Supersport. Gainesville winner Vince Woska Jr. is third, .035 behind Millholland.

Former champion Kenny Dermanelian stole the Schnitz Racing Top Gas pole with an 8.210, edging past round 1 leader Ronald Procopio. Michael Hall slipped past Jeremy Farrar in MTC Super Comp to take #1 qualifier by .001. Hall has the bye in the 45 bike field. Mike Coulson’s 9.902 held up for #1 in RC Components Super Gas. Mike has the bye to start eliminations in the 37 bike field. And Lee Shierts will again have lane choice against Jeff Johnson in the final of the 2 bike 1000 Extreme exhibition class.

Pro ET round 1 is underway, Streetbike Chaos is coming up.

2:12pm Good afternoon from Atlanta Dragway.

As temperatures have risen, so have ET’s for many competitors. But not for Larry McBride. Before Larry’s Q1 pass, brother Steve walked away from the line shaking his head. After inspecting the track, Steve was sure he’d missed the clutch set-up. But a 1.03 60 foot time showed the clutch to be set up pretty darn good, and the 5.97 ET showed that the brothers McBride had finally solved the riddles of the Vance & Hines head. That was the first 5 second pass for the V&H head that the team has struggled with for the last year and a half. Perhaps Crow has earned his retirement at last.

Gainesville winner Korry Hogan still kas everyone’s number in Funnybike, leading with a 6.759. Travis and John Davis are working with a head from Doobs Nyberg, gaining on the set-up by degrees. They’re still in second, though, with a 7.021.

No surprises in Fast By Gast Pro Mod, as Charlie Farrar leads with a 6.831 on the C&W Cycleworks Kawasaki. Quasi-teammate Monte Campbell is second.

Keith Dennis is back on top in Accel Pro Stock. He throttled Joe Marasco’s MSP Suzuki to a 7.244. Todd Doege and Dean Frantz both ran 7.319s, but Doege is in second place with about 12 mph more than Frantz on the big end.

With injured Barry Henson tuning the Blackbird over the internet, Mike Slowe is currently qualified #1 in Streetbike Shootout with a 7.684 at 187.11. Kent Stotz is second with a new paint job and a 7.772 at 189.50. James “Duck” Lauer leads the nitrous contingent with a 7.913 at 188.38 on Craig Hansen’s GSX-R, sporting a larger motor this week.

Kawasaki’s Ryan Schnitz leads Lee’s Performance 1000 Supersport with a 9.37 on a ZX10-R, just ahead of Louisianan Tommy Porche on the Brad Mattei prepared Suzuki GSX-R.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company engineer Jamie McNaughton leads Yamaha Hot Rod Cruiser with a 9.585 at 139.39 on the V-Rod, Chip Ellis leads Zero Gravity 600 Supersport with a 9.93, Ronnie Procopio leads Schnitz Racing Top Gas with an 8.211, Jeremy Farrar leads MTC Super Comp with an 8.905, Mike Coulson leads RC Components Super Gas with a 9.902, and Lee Shierts leads the 1000 Extreme exhibition class with a 9.017.

Check back later for updates on the second round of qualifying here in Commerce.

10:00am

It’s sunny and warming up quick, with not a cloud in the sky. A light headwind has the flags fluttering towards the tower. That’s a marked contrast to yesterday’s cold, gray overcast and strong headwind.

Test and tune was busy yesterday, if not spectacular. The conditions kept performances down, but not the line under the tower. “These boys sure are having fun on these streetbikes,” noted R&S Powersports’ Sonny Fishpaw. He was watching as Chip Ellis staged a new ZX10-R that he plans on running in the Lee’s Performance Center 1000 Supersport class.

Top Fuel pits were saddened when the word spread that multi-time Top Fuel Harley champion Jim McClure had passed away. McClure had been sidelined the last few years awaiting a heart transplant. That transplant didn’t work out as hoped, and everyone involved in motorcycle drag racing feels a tremendous loss.

Check back later for updates on qualifying here in Commerce.

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