Hawaya Racing headed to Bowling Green, KY this past weekend for the AMRA National Finals. 12 Pro Fuel carburetored Nitro Harleys showed up and qualified for the field.
After 3 rounds of qualifying, Vickers qualified on the pole with the HRP #1 school bike, after running a 7.325 ET. Dales Niles on another HRP built and tuned machine was second with a 7.413 ET. Walter Halonski qualified #6 in only his second race on the HRP #2 school bike. During the first round of eliminations on Sunday, Vickers again ran strong with another 7.32 second pass to take out last years champ, Rocky Jackson. In round two of eliminations, Vickers faced off against Pete Stimeling who was a recent graduate of the HRP Nitro Bike School. Vickers got the win running a very consistent time of 7.35 seconds. In round #3, Vickers had a bye run due to the 12 bike field. But not being shy about going quick and fast, Vickers laid down the quickest pass of the entire meet with a 7.27 second ET which would serve as a back up run for both the 1/8 mile and ¼ mile ET records. In the final, Vickers faced long time builder and racer Dale Nungesser on his Magnum powered machine. So the stage is set for a show down between the two long time racers and engine builders. In the end, when all the smoked cleared, Nungesser and his Magnum were blown away by Vickers and his tried and true Hawaya Racing built Derringer. In the process, Johnny set a new AMRA national 1/8 mile and 1/4 mile ET record by running 4.542 seconds in the 1/8 mile and 7.210 seconds in the 1/4 mile against Dales 8.451 ET.
“I went into the AMRA race in Bowling Green with 2 goals, says Johnny, and that was to take the win and set a new ET record for the AMRA. I had been watching the weather and the conditions looked favorable, so I tuned the #1 school bike up and went for it. During qualifying, I really had a hard time getting a hold of the track, smoking the tire in both the first and second round. I just had to back it down to get a solid pass and that worked for the #1 qualifying spot in the final round. On race day, the track looked a little better, but I just kept my same tune for the first and second round of eliminations just to be safe. In the third round, I had a bye run, so I knew that this was my chance to get after it to see what the track would hold. That is when I ran the numbers good enough to back up the national record. The bike felt good and solid under me so I figured it would take a little more, so I decided to go for the record. In the final against Dale it all went according to plan, as the 7.210 pass was just perfect to take both records. Dale and I have raced each other for over 20 years, and it was great to meet him in the finals once again.”
The Hawaya Racing bunch now changes directions and prepares for the fall Nitro Bike School at Rockingham Dragway this week and the AHDRA national fall race immediately afterwards. Team Hawaya would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support and commitment to the sport of Motorcycle Drag racing:
Team Hawaya would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support and commitment to the sport of Motorcycle Drag racing:
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