MPS / Thyen Racing : PDRA Virginia / Rockingham Report
The weather in Virginia on Thursday was absolutely gorgeous. If only it could have stayed that way! Friday morning we woke to cloudy skies, cooler temperatures, and big chances of rain. Just after noon we made our first lap, a 4.10, good enough for 7th qualifier. The clutch was slipping on our run. Not wanting to take chances, we replaced the whole clutch with a known good assembly and were ready to go fast. Remember, the 2nd round of Virginia qualifying would also be our second round from the rain postponed Rockingham race. Then came the rain and the first of many track drying sessions ensued. Just as the track was close to dry the rain would come again. This kept up until Friday night when racing was called for the day.
Saturday the weather wasn’t any better. We were actually in the lanes paired up at one point when it rained. Saturday turns out to be a wash out also.
We woke up to a cold, dismal, and rainy Sunday. This was supposed to be a Friday/Saturday race. Now the extra day has our backs against the wall because Billy has to leave at 2:00 in the afternoon. He is flying out to Bahrain to race for Drag 965. It was still raining at noon so we all packed everything up and headed home. We would have to forfeit both races. The pretty pink MPS logo for breast cancer awareness would only go down the track once this weekend. Giant kudos to PDRA for their monumental effort to run this race. They brought in a jet dryer and vowed to finish both races! PDRA could not have done any more to get these races in. Mike said “I have never seen a racing organization stay two extra days to finish a race with that poor of a weather outlook! I know they said they would, but very unusual for them to take that chance. They were there till almost midnight Monday night to finish!”
We are looking ahead to the Manufacturers Cup World Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park on November 14-16, 2014. We are currently leading the Man Cup points chase and are prepared to throw the kitchen sink at it to win this championship! We will also have a bit of a celebrity crew member at the World Finals. Stop by and say hi to Flying Fil from Greece, the amazing Top Fuel racer that traded bikes at 170 MPH at Santa Pod Raceway.
About the bike: This bike is a totally unique combination for Pro Comp. It starts with a highly modified Suzuki Hayabusa powerplant with an MPS billet block, CP Pistons, Carrillo or Crower rods, Kibblewhite valves and springs, APE cylinder and case studs in an Innovative Performance Racing chassis. It features what we call “MPS Lethal Injection,” a combination of MPS Spyder Dry Nitrous system and the new Holley Dominator ECU. This custom EFI/nitrous system controls all motorcycle functions including data logging.
The MPS/Thyen Racing team would like to thank all of our parts suppliers and supporters without whom we could not race. Thanks to: Kevin at Lectron Fuel Systems for the awesome new “Injectrons”, Tim at Holley EFI, Mohammad Al Sabah at Drag 965, Ray at MSD Ignition, Jay at APE, Snake & RC at CP-Carrillo, Bill at Robinson Industries, Kerry at Crower, Lori, Debbie, and Melissa at Web Cam, Mike at Cometic, Go Go at Nitrous Express, Kurt at Millennium Technology, Will at Kibblewhite Precision Machining, Carl at ARC, Eric at MTC Engineering, Dave at Worldwide Bearings, Dawn at Bates Leathers, Hot Rod Chrissy and Tim Hailey for their awesome photos, and last but not least Brandi at Dragbike.com for the great coverage of our sport.
MPS 2014 “Private Label” Contingency Program
We are very pleased to announce our 2014 MPS “Private Label” contingency program. We will pay contingency for all events of Manufacturers Cup, MIROCK, ADRL, NHRA Summit ET Finals, 2 Wheel Speed, and CMDRA. The “Private Label” contingency program pays 10% of your year to date purchases from MPS. Purchases made from 11/1/2013 to the date of the event you win will be counted toward your 10%. All purchases must be made with a single customer number directly from MPS at racer net pricing. When you win an event, simply fill out a winners claim form. When we receive the winners claim form we will search that customer number in our database for qualifying purchases to determine your payment amount. We will pay a maximum of $200 per class, per event. All participants in the MPS “Private Label” contingency program must register online at our web site before winning an event. When you register online you will be sent a winners claim form and decals for your bike in the mail. The MPS “Private Label” contingency program requires you to run decals on both sides of your bike for the entire event.
Note: The MPS Private Label Contingency Program is not part of any of the listed organizations official contingency programs.
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