Team Report: Velocity Wreaks Havoc in MIROCK

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Velocity Wreaks Havoc in MIROCK

Photo by Matt Polito, www.dragbikephotos.com

One week after annihilating the AMA/Prostar Street Bike Shootout Records, Velocity Racing resets three records and garners two event victories at the MIROCK Superbike Showdown from Maryland International Raceway, August 28th-29th.

“”It was another awesome weekend for Velocity,” team owner Barry Henson said. “We feel we did some damage.”





Throughout the weekend Henson became the first Outlaw Pro Street rider to eclipse the 200 mph mark, amazingly running as fast as 205 mph.

“It’s an awesome feeling. To come out of Indy and have another great weekend like this is amazing,” said Henson, who became the first Shootout rider to go over 200 mph just one week prior.

Aboard his Shootout-style Suzuki Hayabusa Henson qualified on the pole with a blazing 7.28 at 202 mph. This marked the first time a late model 68-Inch wheelbase bike led the usually GS and GSXR dominated 75-Inch wheelbase Outlaw Pro Street field.

“I knew it was going happen eventually but not this quickly,” Henson said. “I’ve always used this class as a testing ground for Street Bike Shootout, so we were always reluctant to change the tune-up that we knew worked for Shootout. This is the first weekend we really put a total effort to competing in Outlaw.”

In eliminations Henson defeated Costello Shedrick and Brian Rich while continuing to acclimate himself to his new seven-inch slick, instead of his usual street tire.

“The slick completely changes the tune-up,” Henson said. “I’ve never raced with one so we are still learning quite a bit.”

In the final Henson was edged out by Matt Smith who ran a 7.36 to Henson’s 7.43.

“I just overpowered the racetrack,” Henson said. “We spun hard all the way to the eighth-mile.”

Henson’s team members Mike Slowe and Shane Ratliff made the weekend even sweeter by collecting event victories in each of their respective categories.
Slowe reset both the 60-Inch Pro Sport Bike elapsed-time and speed record with astounding laps of 7.96 and 189 mph. On raceday Slowe showed remarkable consistency by keeping all of his ETs between 7.96 and 8.02.

Ratliff qualified four-tenths ahead of the rest of the Heavyweight Hitters field with an impressive 8.14 at 183 mph. Ratliff defeated Terence Spencer, John Kuleycki, and Ehren Litten en route to the winner’s circle.

“Everybody has been working hard for this and it showed,” Henson said. “Shane has been going to a lot of the Shootout races and really honed his skills. Mike and I have done a ton of testing too.”

“The two highlights of the weekend were going 205 mph in Outlaw and getting Mikey to go 7.96 in 60-Inch.”

Henson extended a special thanks to Frank, Ken, and his entire crew for all of their hard work throughout the weekend.

“It’s weird,” Henson said. “The last two weekends we came in with some hiccups, but right about race time these guys were able to work them out.”
Next up for Velocity Racing will be the MIROCK A&J Performance Autumn Nationals from Rockingham, NC, September 11th-12th.

Velocity Racing appreciates all of its sponsors and thanked them for supporting the quickest street bikes on the planet; Turbo by Garrett, Falicon, A.P.E, .J.E. pistons, Hyperpro, Adams performance, Trac Dynamics, Dragbike.com, Psychobike.com, Web Cams, Total Kaos Performance, Motul, and Vanson

You can join the Velocity Racing team by calling 1-866-41-SPEED or logging onto www.velocityracing.com.

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