MPS/Thyen Racing Wins PDRA Pro Extreme Motorcycle at Virginia
We were scheduled to run 5 PDRA events this year, with the Virginia event to be our third. I guess we aren’t going to win any attendance awards, but when we are present we do make them count! Winning the only PDRA race we have entered was a great win for our team!
We had a slow start to qualifying due to a new rear tire. These Mickey Thompson tires need multiple burnouts and a couple of runs to start working. In Q1 the bike spun really hard and only went a disappointing 4.21. For Q2 Mike made the appropriate changes to the tune up and the bike left better but shut off mysteriously in 2nd gear. Now we have a gremlin to worry about, along with being on the bump spot. With only one more qualifying run left Saturday morning it was crunch time. After much discussion, we were pretty confident we knew the origin of our electrical issue. In Q3 Billy ran straight and true and under power the whole track to a 4.153 @ 171.69, good enough for the #6 final qualifying spot.
Winning the first round, we ran a 4.162 @ 172.17 to the troubled 4.35 of Terry “Milk Man” Schweigert. For the semi final our opponent was Ronnie Procopio who had just ran a 4.12 and had lane choice. We were still struggling with the first part of the racetrack. We needed to straighten that out very quickly or our day could end in the semis. Mike decided to swing for the fence with the rationale that we had to get to the final to win it. Billy killed the tree with a .008 light and tore up the track with a 4.088 @172.94. Here we are going to our second final of the year against the McKinney team. This time the opponent would be Eric McKinney. We had lane choice with our .08 to his .09 in the semi. This was going to be an epic race. Billy left first by .018 and never looked back! Billy runs 4.11 @ 172.32 to McKinney’s 4.17 to take the win!
We have been to two finals, and been #1 qualifier once in our first three races of the year. We feel we are still getting better every race and team morale is high. Watch us next weekend at the Manufacturers Cup race at SGMP in Valdosta, GA. We will definitely be looking to double up there! Special thanks go to Paul Reynolds and Cliff Johnson for the extra help this weekend!
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, Crower rods, Cooper Performance cylinder head with Kibblewhite valves, APE springs and cylinder 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.
We would also like to thank all our other parts suppliers without whom we could not race. Thanks to Kevin at Lectron Fuel Systems for the awesome new “Injectrons”, Tim at Holley EFI, 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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