Mark Cox Racing Accomplishes Personal Best With
Quickest and Fastest Jackshaft Bike on the Planet
Mark Cox Racing had a very good weekend at
the IHRA race at Shreveport, Louisiana this past weekend, where they
accomplished a personal best of 6.55 ET at 218 mph.
"We're really pleased with what we're getting out of this program,"
said rider/team owner Mark Cox. "It was a great weekend. Everyone did
a great job. We're thrilled that we've got the quickest and fastest
jackshaft bike in the world!"
Conditions at Shreveport lead to
undoubtedly the quickest Nitro Harley field ever. A cool temperature,
good conditions and a well prepared track helped riders lock down some
very fast times.
Mark Cox Racing rolled out of their truck
Friday morning, facing Steve Stordeur in first round qualifying for
the 5th Annual K&N Filters Nationals presented by your local Dodge
Dealers at Red River Raceway in Shreveport. Cox posted a personal best
time of 6.55 ET at 218.5 mph.
"We were third fastest on Friday and two riders bettered their times
on Saturday, so we locked in fifth in the field in qualifying on a
very fast weekend. We felt very solid with the bike and we jumped
ahead of our goals for this year," added Cox.
Cox faced Mike Romine for the race, who
had posted a 6.54 ET, probably the closest match in the field with
Cox's 6.55 ET from qualifying. The run was a good one, but Romine took
the win with his personal best, a 6.46 ET at 212.49 mph against Cox's
6.58 ET at 205.19 mph.
"We showed good consistency this weekend," said Cox. Posting a 6.55,
followed up with a 6.58, shows we've achieved the consistency we
needed. We're really excited. People are taking notice of our
jackshaft bike and the progress we've made. Our next step is to
upgrade our clutch program. We're digging for another tenth of a
second. We know we've got more motor than clutch, so that's where we
plan to improve. Our bike is at Hawaya Racing this week and Johnny
Vickers is putting a lot of time and effort into stepping up that part
of our program. He's done a great job all year getting us to this
point where we can run in the 50's."
"We're really looking forward to returning to Virginia Motorsports
Park on June 1st for the rain date make-up race with our Bojangles
Harley," added Cox.
A special thank-you to Mark Cox Racing
2002 sponsors, including: Bojangles' Restaurants, Cross Roads
Harley-Davidson, Wilkesboro HOG Chapter, AlliedSignal/Autolite,
Barnett, Buell, Gates Rubber Company, Hawaya Racing, High Performance
Coating, LeBleu Bottled Water, Mac Brown Chevrolet, Performance
Machine, Red Line Oil, Renegade, S&S Cycle, Simpson, Trailers of the
East Coast, Tsubaki, Vanson Leathers and WTQR.