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The Ray Price Race Team Qualifies Number One During the AHDRA Jim McClure Nitro Nationals

The Ray Price Race Team Qualifies Number One During the AHDRA Jim McClure Nitro Nationals

  • Rockingham, NC
  • 14 October 2012

With temperatures topping 75 or so degrees, the Top Fuel field was running fast and steady. In the competitive 16 bike field, the Akea Express, piloted by Tommy Grimes ran some solid passes that ultimately earned the team the number one qualifying spot. The team ran consistently fast on Saturday and continued the momentum into Sunday.

On Sunday, during round one eliminations, the 1,000 horsepower Top Fuel Nitro Harley drag bike had a bye advancing the team to the quarter finals. The pass was clean and powerful with the Akea Express running a 6.329 ET at 212.73 mph. The Ray Price Race Team takes the win during round two when Grimes, paired with R. Stewart, runs a 6.314 ET at 213.30 mph vs Stewarts 6.619 ET at 214.72 mph.

Advancing to the semi-finals, Grimes meets up with D. Brancaccio. Unable to finish the quarter mile under full power, due to a tire spin at the hit of the throttle, the team is unable to advance to the finals.

“Unfortunately when a Top Fuel machine spins a tire at the starting line, it usually happens so quick that it’s too difficult to recover”, said Ray Price, “It was a huge disappointment after running so well all weekend.”

The Ray Price Race Team will be busy the next three weekends with competition starting this weekend at the AHDRA Cajun Nitro Nationals held in Bell Rose, LA October 27 and 28. They will then head to Las Vegas NV for some racing at the NHRA Lucas Oil Series event and then return East, ending their season in Valdosta GA, competing in the Manufactures Cup Drag Racing Series, November 9, 10 and 11.

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, Royal Purple, Barnett Clutches & Cables, Autolite Sparkplugs, Mickey Thompson Tires, Gates Belts, Nationwide Insurance, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, JIMS USA, Industrial Machine Solutions and Wiley X. Additional thanks: Bill Hayes, Hargis Consulting, Ultra Pro Machining and Freddie Robbins.


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.

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