Raining Sixes in Indy
Of all the events going on during the weekend’s massive motorcycle festival in Indianapolis IN, nothing—not MotoGP, not AMA Flat Track, not the XDL stunt competition—attracted nearly as many competitive motorcycles as the 684 entries at the NHDRO/Manufacturers Cup Pingel Thunder Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. This wildly popular motorcycle drag racing event saw many milestone performances on the beautifully prepped racing surface at LOR. As the name implies, the Pingel Thunde Nationals featured the kings of the sport—PR Factory Store Top Fuel. A solid four bike field of 1500+ horsepower, supercharged, nitro methane burning Fuel bikes put on a fabulous show when perennial champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride ran 5.90s on Saturday. Last out on Saturday night, though, was veteran Alabama racer Chris Hand and his Redneck Express. Hand skipped right past the 5.90s to a 5.89 at 230 mph—good enough to beat McBride to number one qualifier in a fair fight. Right at the hit of the throttle, the bike threw a wall of header flame high into the sky and kept it lit high and 4 cylinders wide. “I’ve never seen a flame that high,” said McBride. Neither Hand nor McBride nailed the tune-up in the final, but McBride was able to stay in the throttle longer to score the win.
In our wildly popular McIntosh Machine & Fabrication/Orient Express Pro Street class, we saw the huge turnout miss the all-time quickest field mark by only .005 of a second. Everyone was trying to record the first Six Second Streetbike pass in the NHDRO series. People were spinning, 1/2 track wheelies (160mph!) setting new personal best ET and MPH passes all weekend trying to run The 6. After our recent win at the last NHDRO race we had our cbr1000rr set on kill for another national win. We qualified number three with a 7.02 @200 miles an hour, then 6s came raining down on LOR in eliminations, with Frankie Stotz recording NHDRO’s first ever 6 second street legal pass on his Honda CBR1000RR. During the weekend Frankie was cutting consistent reaction times from .020’s to an amazing .007. Heading into the semi finals, we were racing DME Racing's turbo Busa with Joey Gladstone riding. Frankie cut an .015 light to Joey's .025. For the first 1000 feet Frankie was ahead of DME’s bike. Unfortunately the bike spun as it shifted into 5th and by 1320 feet (1/4 mile), Joey just passed Frankie for the win. Our next race is the Finals for NHDRO September 27-29. We are number 2 going in and hoping to finish the season with another Championship.
Stotz Racing, home of the First 6 Second Turbo ProStreet Bike thanks American Honda, BST Wheels by Brock, Falicon Crankshaft Components, Star Racing, MicroBlue Racing, JE Pistons, Rock Solid Mfg, Air-Tech Streamlining, EPMPerf.com-HyperPro, Millennium Technologies, Mickey Thompson by PR Factory Store, Cycletek, WorldWide Bearings, Shorai Battery, Win Racing, ARP, Portable Shade, mobiledynamometer.com, Al Lamb's Dallas Honda, and back again is Joe Rocket thankfully protecting Frankies little body.
Words by EatmyInk.com