The Ray Price Akea Drag Racing Team set a new track record at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, and took first place in the weekend of drag bike racing. Rider Tommy Grimes now holds the track record with a time of 6.249 running at 219.61 MPH.
Grimes’ first run in first round qualifying was 6.309 seconds at 224.02 MPH. Slowing down slightly for the second round, he ran a 6.391 at 223.5 MPH. His third run secured the number two qualifier position, running 6.276 at 220.01 MPH, right behind Douglas Horne’s number one qualifier time of 6.26.
Grimes made his record-breaking run of 6.249 seconds in the first round of eliminations. That run put him up against Chris Streeter, where Grimes was able to pull out another leading time of 6.320 at 201.28 MPH, placing him against Horne in the final run. Grimes kept up his drive and beat Horne with a run of 6.256 seconds at 223.1 MPH.
“I’m very proud of our team,” Ray Price said. “They worked very hard throughout the race. We were able to tune the bike to match the track, repair it and keep it maintained through the weekend and it performed very well on each pass, running very consistent. Tommy rode the bike superbly, kept it in the groove and had a good reaction time on every pass.”
Ray Price Akea Drag Racing Team’s next race will be at the Atlanta Dragway the weekend of May 25-26 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.