S & S Cycle Thunder In the Valley Nationals presented by
Smith Brothers Harley-Davidson
August 14th & 15th
S & S Cycle and Team celebrating a huge day for the G Squared bike piloted by Chip Ellis in Street Pro action.
Ellis made history here in Bristol with a 8.963 pass the fastest ever in Rivera-Primo Street Pro competition. First in the 8s for the S & S backed team. Stay tuned for all the highlights next week on www.ahdra.com.
A picture perfect weekend here at Bristol Dragway. All the results are posted and there will be plenty more to tell from this one.
Thanks to Bristol Dragway, S & S cycle and Smith Brothers Harley Davidson for supporting this weekends event.
MORE FROM G SQAURED CAMP ; THEY BREAK THE RECORD WITH A FASTER 8.963 IN RIVERA STREET PRO.
BREAKING NEWS; THE G-squared Street Pro entry piloted by Chip Ellis just made history with a 8.995 at 148.99mph. It sends them to the final with Joe Sternotti who beat Travis Lummus in the final. It will take a 9.07 to back up the first ever 8 in AHDRA Street Pro competition..
Semi Round Update:
Mark Conner got a big time holeshot over Steve Stordeur to advance to the Nitro Harley final with Johnny Mancuso who got by Doug Vancil in a side by side race to the finish. Conner nailed a near perfect .008 to get out on Stordeur and he ran a 6.785 at 197.74mph over Stordeurs 7.733 at 139.01. Vancil ran a 6.603 at 202.36mph, but not enough to get Mancusos 6.596 at 203.52. An exciting final ahead there.
Ray Phipps upset number one qualifyer Frank Dove in the Pro Gas semi. Phipps had the better reation and Dove did not make up the difference. Phipps will face Delullo in the final.
In Pro Fuel, it will be Jack Romine and Bill Bertolette in the final. Romine was paired with John Martin who crossed the center line and received no time.
Plenty of handle bar to handle bar action taking place here at Bristol Dragway. Holding true that this is truly a Must See Event.
More from Bristol:
Roun d One Update:
Turners rerun does not improve his position.
Round Two Pro qualifying underway. Chip Ellis riding aStreet Pro entry for
S & S is still on top of qualifying in, but Travis Lummus may be
making the move in the right direction with a 9.178 round two pass that moved him up the field to the 2nd spot.
A crowd pleasing opener in Screamin Eagle Ntiro Harley- Stordeur and Mancuso take the 1 and 2 spots. Stordeur opened with a 6.585 at 210.05mph and Mancuso ran a 6.635 at 207.69. Highlight of the round- newcomer Tripp Nobles runs a 6.976 at 199.85 with only a handful of passes under his belt in the nitro category. I hope to catch up with him a little later to get his reaction on his first six. Other news, Mark Cox landed a DQ after a center- line infraction at the big end on his opener. Cox ran a 6.802 at 202.39 on the DQD pass.
All the pro numbers from round one are being entered and coming your way shortly A huge crowd is on hand for this one and the weather is perfect.
Good morning from Bristol Dragway. We are set to begin qualifying today at 9:00am. At 8am, 249 bikes entered,and more in line at the tech trailer.
Conditions are partly cloudy with highs in the 60s so far. Temps are forecasted to reach 77 degrees.
Schedule of Events:
Friday: Competitor Gates open 2:00pm
Test and Tune 5:00-9:00pm
Saturday- Sportsman qualifying 9:00am
Test and Tune Update:
The Test and Tune session has concluded for the evening. Great trial runs taking place in the Street Pro class. Travis Lummus is back in action this weekend with his last test past improving to a 9.10. Andy Simmon ran a 9.15 and George Bryce and crew opened up with a 9.14. Looks like this will be a class with plenty of action throughout the weekend.
Tripp Nobles test pass on the Ray Price ride landed him a 7.78 on his license pass opener in the Top Fuel category.
Jay Turner is entered in the Top Fuel Category on Bill Furrís Big Red bike and Furr sonís Armon is here to pilot another Furr ride.
There will be lots to follow this weekend. Catch all the results right here on www.ahdra.com.
Good night from Bristol Dragway.
Friday-Parking and Test and Tune Day Update:
Good afternoon from Bristol Dragway. We are currently under mostly cloudy skies with no rain forecasted here for the weekend. Despite the tropical storms and hurricane wind and rain pounding the coastal areas and portions of the Carolinas, Tennessee does not show any signs of being affected.
The competitor gates opened up at 2pm sharp and the line up was plentiful. Over 100 racers pre registered for this one and at least 100 or more additional entries are expected.
The Nitro Harley pits stretch several rows deep meaning a gracious number of Top Fuel entries will compete this weekend.
Breaking news that many of you may have or have not heard through the grapevine. Ray Price Racing is here with a new pilot. Not new to racing, a current champion in fact. It is Tripp Nobles of Statesville, NC. That will take over the position for Price.
Nobles the reigning champion in the Screamin Eagle V-Rod category will continue his chase for consecutive titles for the Tilley Harley-Davidson team, but will add flare to his riding season with a Nitro Harley sampling.
I spoke with Ray Price earlier today, and he reports that testing with Nobles in Rockingham went very well. Price said that Nobles went from the 9-second riding he knows to a 7-second pass pretty darn quick.
I ask Price just how the heck you learn to ride a Top Fuel bike. Where do you start? He was all smiles and happy to tell me that it takes time but you just go do it. He explained the bike was tuned down as much as possible for Nobles riding lessons.
7- seconds-Tuned down? Not enough for some maybe, but Price said Nobles is doing just fine and is plenty pumped up for his new venture.
The V-Rod champ starts his fuel license testing this weekend here at Bristol Dragway Stay tuned for reports on Nobles and all 14- classes of competition right here on the AHDRA live race update page.