The Ray Price Akea Drag Racing Team traveled to Georgia’s Atlanta Dragway and came back with the runner up title after a weekend of close runs.
Traction at Atlanta Dragway was marginal and was requiring everyone to adjust their tune up. The bike unfortunately spun the tire in the first qualifying round. In the second round the transmission broke on the starting line at the hit of the throttle. That put the team on the outside looking in with just one round of qualifying left and a transmission that needed to be repaired. The team jumped to the task, making the repairs and necessary maintenance in time for the last round. The bike performed great on the run and Tommy Grimes rode it to a run of 6.428 seconds at 223.36 MPH. That put the team qualifying in the number three spot for Sunday’s race.
Grimes won the first round of eliminations Sunday with a pass of 6.477 seconds at 219.47 MPH over Steve Dorn’s 6.595 seconds at 210.24 MPH. Keeping the momentum going, he then won the second round, running 6.444 seconds at 219.54 MPH against Joey Sternotti’s 6.463 seconds at 210.65 MPH, placing him in the finals against Douglas Horne.
On the final run Grimes had a reaction time of 0.036 and a pass of 6.528 seconds at 218.97 MPH to Horne’s reaction of .030 and a pass of 6.517 at 220.91 MPH.
“The final run was separated by 17 thousandths of a second,” Ray Price said. “We’re happy to have done so well, especially with the struggles in qualifying. I’m so very proud of our team. Jeremy, Justin, Mark and Tommy all jump right in and work their butts off to complete whatever tasks need to be done, to try and conquer the many obstacles that racing can throw at a team. Tommy continues to improve on his reaction times and is really riding and handling the bike very well. It all gives me time to oversee the operation and for Jeremy and I to strategize on our next move.”
The team will head to Denver, Colorado next to race to at Bandimere Speedway June 14-16.
The Ray Price Motorsports team sends sincere thanks to all their sponsors for their support. They include our Primary Sponsors: Akea, Ray Price Harley-Davidson, with special thanks to our Associate Sponsor Raleigh H.O.G. and our Support Sponsors: Vanson Leathers, PJ1 Products, RC Components, CP Pistons, Barnett Clutches & Cables, Autolite Sparkplugs, Mickey Thompson Tires, Gates Belts, Nationwide Insurance, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, JIMS USA, Industrial Machine Solutions, Wiley X, LAT Racing Oils and Nitrolube. Additional thanks: Bill Hayes, Hargis Consulting, Ultra Pro Machining and Freddie Robbins.