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Kent Stotz Takes AMA/ProStar Drag Racing National Championship Crown
Written by: Pete terHorst

Four-time motorcycle drag racing champion Kent Stotz stood atop a Finals podium for the second time in as many tries with a victory in the Pro Street Class at the AMA/Prostar Drag Racing National Championship in Gainesville, Fla., on Sunday, November 13, 2005.

Competing on the Honda Rider’s Club of America (HRCA) Stotz Racing-sponsored turbocharged CBR1100XX, Stotz ran a 7.358-second pass at 196.87 mph for the overall win. Even more remarkable, he clocked the year’s quickest ET and fastest top speed in the AMA/Prostar class during the third round of qualifying—a scorching 7.335 seconds at 200.08 mph.

“Even with four national championships, this is our first victory ever in an AMA/Prostar World Finals,” said an ebullient Stotz. “What is even more amazing is that we won the NOPI World Finals at Norwalk in Ohio just one month ago. I am so proud of our team and our sponsors, especially the Honda Rider’s Club of America. This victory gives us a lot of momentum going into our winter testing and the 2006 season.”

On October 16 at the NOPI World Finals, Stotz reeled off an even quicker ET during a testing session—7.26 seconds at 198 mph—on his way to victory in the HRCA-sponsored Pro Street Tire Bike class.

“We’ve had a very good year and showcased motorcycle drag racing to thousands of first-time fans,” said Stotz of his participation in the two sanctioned series. “Building and winning a street-tire motorcycle with 550 horsepower is no small feat. Now that we have worked out the bugs, we are ready for an all-out assault on the record books next year.”

Just one year ago at the Gainesville Finals, Stotz 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. For 2005, AMA/Prostar reworked the class rules—which effectively slowed the bikes down—and renamed the series Pro Street. Stotz countered with a lighter bike and major changes to the induction and electronic control systems of the Honda, netting 65 more horsepower (550-plus overall). The fact that this year’s CBR1100XX is nearly as quick and fast as last year’s machine is a testament to Stotz’s ingenuity and determination.

Stotz Racing salutes all of its sponsors for 2005: the Honda Rider’s Club of America, Velocity Racing Turbo Systems, Joe Rocket, Pingel Enterprise, Honda Pro Oils, Star Racing, JE Pistons, RC Components, AirTech, Falicon Crankshaft Components, Schaumburg Honda, and HyperPro Racing Suspension.


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