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Friday, December 17, 2004 - 08:20:14 AM PST

Team Report: Mark Cox Racing

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.


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