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Stotz Still Confident Despite Setback
July 02, 2004
Photos: Matt Polito, www.dragbikephotos.com

Kent Stotz and the Stotz Street Xtreme/Honda Riders Club of America Streetbike Shootout team felt confident going into the AMA/Prostar Norris Motorsports Cycle at Norwalk Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Coming off his sensational 7.32 elapsed time on his turbocharged Honda CBR1100XX in St Louis, Stotz had every reason to be confident.

“We took home what we learned on the 7.32 pass in St. Louis and tested with the new data,” said Stotz. “We knew we could get back in the 7.30's if the track could hold it.”

After a strong test session prior to the event, Stotz was able to qualify in the number two position with a 7.59 second elapsed time, less then two hundredths of a second behind Barry Henson. After a first round victory on Sunday, Stotz faced mechanical problems which took him out of competition early.

“The first round was good and we stepped it up for the second round only to have the boost controller malfunction and went from 7.50's to an 8.54,” explained Stotz. “The boost controller has never malfunctioned in this way before but rest assured we will find the problem and be eager to show what we can do in Indy.”

The Pingel Thunder Nationals in Indy is always a big race in Streetbike Shootout and it was one of the original tracks added to the schedule when the class ran just a few dates on the AMA/Prostar tour. Stotz has won there twice before. It is also the event where the Shootout bikes are required to run a 12 mile road course to prove their street worthiness.



“The road coarse is a great way of showing the fans that these bikes really do live on the street,” said Stotz. “Every competitor has that fear of something little going wrong, like a fuse blowing or the bike not restarting after the ride, but you can’t get caught up in that. We know our bike can easily handle a 12 mile ride. I have fans come up to me all the time and say they can't believe I can run 7 second passes and still drive it on the street. That’s how far these bikes have come.”

Kent will be at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Honda Homecoming in Marysville, Ohio, on July 29-31 and will be signing autographs and running the Reaction Time Challenge. Following that event Kent will be at the 2 Wheel Tuner magazine kick-off party presented by Joe Rocket in August. The premier issue of 2 Wheel Tuner features a profile of Kent and the Honda race team and is on newsstands now.

 

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