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Stotz blasts records at AMA/Prostar World Finals
November 13, 2004
Photos: Matt Polito, www.dragbikephotos.com

Four-time AMA/Prostar Streetbike Shootout champ Kent Stotz had a steep hill to climb to garner an unprecedented fifth championship: At the season-ending Diamond Powersports World Finals at Gainesville, Stotz would either have to stay three elimination rounds ahead of rival Barry Henson or set a new national performance record and stay two rounds ahead – not an easy task when you consider Stotz and Henson have the two quickest and fastest Shootout bikes in the world.

Stotz pulled out of the gate hard on his 500+ horsepower Honda CBR1100XX, blasting both ends of the record in the first round of eliminations with a clean 7.256 elapsed time at 200.49 mph.

"My plan was to push this little Honda as hard as it would go and get the records right from the start," said Stotz. “You never know how the situation is going to change. We had decent air and a tight racetrack so we had to put the wood to it early.”

In the second round of eliminations the strategy nearly cost him as his over-taxed turbocharger failed, slowing Stotz to a 10.13 e.t. Fortunately Stotz’ opponent, Houston’s Robert Washington, had mechanical difficulties as well and Stotz was able to turn on the win light and advance.

After replacing the turbocharger between rounds, Stotz went up against fellow Chicago-area racer Phil Stoll. Stotz took the win over Stoll but also saw Henson steal the e.t. record away by two thousandths of a second with a 7.254 win over Chuck Cunningham.

Stotz’ championship hopes were dashed in the semifinals as Henson opened up the round with a win over Mike Slowe to seal the championship plate for 2004.
"I saw his win light come on and decided if I couldn't have the #1 plate I would do what I could to back up both ends of the records,” said Stotz. “I pre-staged, revving it a little higher than normal, and it pulled me too deep into the lights resulting in a red light." The miscue gave Rickey Gadson the win as well as the points needed to get around Stotz for second place in the championship.



“I was really disappointed at having a strong shot at the championship and ending up in the third position,” said Stotz, still the class’s only multi-time champion. “Still I am proud of job my team did. The fans were the real winners in this one. This was one of the most exciting championship battles I can remember and we were in the middle of it until the very end. We never stepped away from the challenge.”
The bright spot for Stotz was recording the event’s only 200 MPH pass and ending 2004 with the speed record and the official title of “World's Fastest Streetbike”.
In the exhibition V-Twin Extreme class Stotz rip off a 10.07 @136 MPH on his turbocharged VTX 1800 running a bone-stock motor with a Velocity Racing turbo kit, and MTC lock-up clutch.

Pre-race testing told Stotz he could safely turn up the wick in the bike. "We usually experience ring land failure around 15 lbs of boost with stock components,” said Stotz. “But with nothing failing we just kept turning up the boost until we got to 25 lbs, producing 271 horsepower and over 250 ft lbs of torque on the stock VTX."
Stotz's first pass saw nothing but wheelies out of that 895 pound bike. Turning the boost down to 18 lbs made it controllable enough to short shift and run a 10.07 at 136 MPH. "That wasn't very fast for me but it was a hell of a lot of fun,” he said.
Stotz is looking forward to next year with a lighter version of his 200 MPH Blackbird and an even racier Turbo VTX 1800.



“None of the records or championships would be possible without my sponsors,” said Stotz. “I want to mention Honda Rider's Club of America, Honda Pro Oils, Velocity Racing, Joe Rocket, JE Pistons, Star Racing, Pingel Enterprise, RC Components, Hyperpro Suspension, Airtech, Falicon, Schaumburg Honda, and our series sponsor Mickey Thompson. We work very hard, but would not have the success we have had if not for the product, and more so the service, that these companies provide to the racers. We really owe a debt of gratitude for their support. I want to tell them all; ‘Thanks for a great season’.”

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