Five weeks ago, Ray Price Racing headed back to North Carolina to contemplate how to prepare for the AHDRA Thunder-in-the-Valley Nationals at Bristol, TN. The team was still brooding over their first round knockout due to a hot slick 1//8 track at Kansas International Raceway, and the team was determined the Ray Price 1,000 horsepower nitro Harley drag bike was going to make some spectacular thunder in the valley.
Track problems again caused havoc on race day and qualifying was delayed until Saturday night due to water percolating up through the track. First round under the lights saw the Ray Price Nitro Harley Race Team run 6.556 ET at 219.79 mph. Approaching the witching hour in round three the team ran a equally impressive 6.578 ET at 213.12 mph to finish off a long, grueling day.
At the start of Sunday's eliminations, the team had one goal, to gain as many points as they could by moving up the ladder to the finals. Coming into the event Sternotti and the team were tied for first place with 518 points. First round action saw the team run a respectable 6.552 ET at 220.26 mph to move into second round. Having to get off the throttle early prevented the team from moving into the finals but still provided the necessary points to move into first place alone.
With only a 21 points difference separating Sternotti and second place competitor Jay Turner the team needs to make up as much ground as possible heading into the final three races of the 2010 AHDRA season. "Our focus going into Woodburn will be to qualify number one and to go as many rounds to get Joey into winners circle", says Price.
The team heads cross country to Woodburn Dragstrip for the Northwest Nitro Nationals August 28th - 29th. With the Screamin Eagle Championship in their sights, you know the Ray Price Nitro Harley Race Team will be looking to win the west.
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.