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Stotz Racing tops the field at NOPI World Finals
October 16, 2005
by Pete terHorst

Honda Rider’s Club of America (HRCA)-sponsored drag racer Kent Stotz came to the NOPI World Finals at Norwalk Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio this past weekend, October 15-16, with one objective: consistency. It paid off as the four-time AMA/Prostar champ set the quickest ET of the two-day event on his turbocharged Honda CBR1100XX—7.26 seconds at 198 mph in a testing session—and then backed it up in four rounds of qualifying and eliminations with ETs of 7.32, 7.33, 7.31 and 7.34. In Sunday’s final when it counted most, Stotz laid down a near-perfect 7.31-second pass at 199.97 mph for the overall win in the HRCA-sponsored Pro Street Tire Bike class.

“I’m very pleased,” said Stotz. “All season long we have been posting the quickest ETs only to spin the tire later and lose a chance to win in the final. But we’ve been hard at work this fall fine-tuning our CBR1100XX and it paid off in Norwalk. The parts we developed to produce this consistency can be made for all of our bikes, which is good news for the 2006 season. I have to give a lot of credit to Star Racing for building a cylinder head that produces 200 mile-per-hour power and Velocity Racing for giving us a complete turbo package that produces consistent results.”

Street tire motorcycle drag racing is new this year to the NOPI (Number One Parts, Inc.) Drag Racing Association (NDRA) scene and the organization’s first foray into 500-plus horsepower motorcycle competition has proved to be a winning package for NOPI and Stotz Racing. “We have been showcasing our brand of motorcycle drag racing to tens of thousands of enthusiastic, high-tech fans and they really appreciate the performance of these machines,” said Stotz. NOPI is well-known for its popular sport-compact automobile drag racing series and added attractions such as car and bike shows and music and video entertainment. An estimated 100,000 people attended the NOPI Nationals Motorsports Supershow at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia on September 17-18. (Catch all the action on NOPI Tunervision on the Speed channel. Visit www.speedtv.com/programs for scheduling information.)

The performance of Stotz’s turbocharged Honda at Norwalk is tantalizingly close to his record-setting pace in 2004, when he became the first racer to set the 200 mph record in AMA/Prostar Street Bike Shootout competition with a 200.49 mph run in 7.256 seconds at the Gainesville, Florida finals. For 2005, AMA/Prostar reworked the class rules, including a one-inch increase in ground clearance and a two-inch increase in ride height, and renamed the series Pro Street. Stotz countered with major changes to the induction and electronic control systems of the Honda, netting 65 more horsepower (550-plus overall) while running the same 30 pounds of boost. Stotz also pared away 30 pounds in overall weight, allowing the bike to accelerate more rapidly.

Stotz’s unyielding search for power and consistency turned the month of October into a busy one. On October 1-2 at the AMA/Prostar event at Memphis Motorsports Park, he ran the quickest ET in his class, a 7.32-second pass during the second round of qualifying. One week later he was setting low ET again at Byron Dragway in Illinois, where he competed in front of 13,000 appreciative fans at the 11th Annual World Power Wheel Standing Championships.

Stotz’s achievements have attracted considerable attention. In the November 2005 issue of Cycle World magazine, contributing editor Nick Ienatsch gives readers a first-hand account of the immensely powerful Stotz-tuned Honda during an AMA/Prostar competition at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. To find out how the former AMA road racing champion performed, pick up a copy on newsstands—the seven-page feature begins on 106.

 

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