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Stotz Shatters Shootout Record with Honda
May 06, 2004
By: Jack Korpela • Photos by:

Kent Stotz, riding his turbo Honda CBR 1100XX, lowered the AMA/Prostar Street Bike Shootout national elapsed-time record to an astonishing 7.423 seconds at the Lucas Oil Spring Nationals at Richmond, Virginia.

“This is what we worked all last year for,” said Stotz, who dedicated the 2003 season to research and development. “People are going to think that this came out of nowhere, but to us, the two year plan is just coming together.”

After qualifying in the third position in the Streetbike Shootout field, Stotz tore through Sunday’s eliminations with an impressive series of elapsed times including 7.487, 7.429, and 7.423, to defeat Lee Shierts, Alphonso Thompson, and current Shootout points leader Mike Slowe. Stotz also ran booming top speeds including a 194.24 mph charge which eclipsed the standing Prostar speed record for the class.

Stotz, a four-time champion in the class, noted that the slow road to this current level of performance gives him the benefit of consistency. “There’s no reason to believe we can’t do this at any racetrack this year that has good air and traction,” Stotz said. “The performance has been there for a while in potential. It’s all about getting traction. It takes more finesse to tune when it’s running like this but its not much harder to drive.”

Stotz gave much of the credit for strong performances and consistancy to his hardworking crew chief Mark Harrell.

“Mark has everything to do with it,” Stotz said. “People don’t realize how important a crew chief is. He was a major part of the quick runs. He has done his job perfectly the last few years. I’ve made mistakes that cost us a race, Mark never has.”
Due to inclement weather the final round of eliminations between Stotz and current Shootout champ, Kawasaki factory rider Rickey Gadson, has been postponed until the next stop on the tour, the PR Factory Store St Louis Nationals, at Gateway International Raceway in St Louis, Missouri on June 5-6. Stotz knows exactly what he needs to do to prepare for the next race.

“We’re tempted to leave it in the trailer the way it’s running,” he joked. “The standard operation procedure is to take it out and check every nut and bolt for the next event. We’re going to pay particular attention to the run data and make sure that we know exactly why everything happened this weekend, so we can do it again.”

Stotz wished his friend Barry Henson of Velocity Racing, who is recovering from a street bike accident, could have been there.

“We missed Barry,” Stotz said. “We’re looking forward to seeing him at the next race. Our performance would not be where it’s at without Barry’s turbo systems.”

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