PSM Qualifying at Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals

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Karen Stoffer took the top qualifier spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday. Stoffer put her Geico Suzuki at the top of the field during the second qualifying round. Friday's second round qualifying had been postponed due to rain. Newly crowned PSM champ, Hector Arana, qualified his Lucas Oil Buell in the fourth spot during the third round of qualifying on Saturday.

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3/14 Qualifying 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET / (7:00 AM - 9:00 AM PT)
03/14/2010 Eliminations 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET / (3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT)
03/17/2010 Repeat Eliminations 3:00 AM - 5:00 AM ET/ (12:00 AM - 2:00 AM PT Airing on 3/16/2010)

Rider Sponsor /
E.T. M.P.H.
1 Karen Stoffer Geico Suzuki 6.855 194.77
2 Eddie
Screamin' Eagle/Vance &
Hines V-Rod
6.868 195.51
3 David Hope VRoom Racing Buell 6.874 193.29
4 Hector Arana Lucas Oil
6.881 195.39
5 Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance &
Hines V-Rod
6.883 195.08
6 Craig Treble Valvoline Motorcycle Oils Suzuki 6.888 194.41
7 Steve Johnson Steve Johnson Racing Suzuki 6.894 193.38
8 Junior Pippin Pirana Z Buell 6.894 192.19
9 Shawn Gann Rum Bum Racing Buell 6.907 193.21
10 Matt Smith  Al-Anabi Racing Buell 6.924 191.32
11 Michael Phillips MPR & DAM Sport Suzuki 6.943 194.27
12 Jim Underdahl Suzuki Extended Protection Suzuki 6.956 194.46
13 LE Tonglet Buell 6.962 192.33
14 Mike Berry MB Machining/ LAT Racing Oil
7.006 188.20
15 Angie Smith Coffman Tank Trucks Buell 7.025 185.38
16 Redell Harris Master P/No Limit Record Buell 7.032 186.48
Did Not Qualify
Darin McCurdy Darin
McCurdy Racing Suzuki
7.034 193.16
Douglas Horne Horne Racing
7.067 190.97
James Surber South County
Cycles Racing Buell
7.089 188.17
Family Racing Suzuki
7.105 188.52
Wesley Wells Kendall
7.110 190.38
Joe DeSantis Team Joey D
7.111 188.41
Rum Bum Buell 7.267 160.77

Hector Arana Wins PSM at Gatornationals in Gainesville

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Hector Arana and his Lucas Oil Buell, beat fast qualifier Matt Smith in the final round for the Pro Stock Motorcycle win at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 40th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals. From his very first run on Friday, Smith had been a dominant force in Gainesville this weekend, but Arana ran flawlessly Sunday.

Hector Arana qualified second with 6.957 E.T. at 191.40 MPH, which put him up against Junior Pippin on his Stone Mountain & Granite Mountain Harley Davidson Buell in the first round. Pippin had problems at half track and had little chance against Arana’s scorching 6.935 E.T. at 192.66 MPH.

Douglas Horne of Horne Racing made his NHRA PSM eliminations debut, but his 7.066 E.T. at 185.31 MPH with a 0.024 reaction time, was not enough to beat Angie McBride’s quick 6.994 E.T. at 188.10. McBride’s reaction time was 0.052.

In the second round of eliminations, Arana was up against PSM champion and seventh place qualifier Eddie Krawiec on his Screamin' Eagle / Vance & Hines Harley Davidson V-Rod. Arana ran 6.942 E.T. at 191.84 with a 0.036 react time, beating Krawiec’s 7.031 E.T. at 188.89 MPH with a 0.013 reaction time. Another rider with a round two upset was Angie McBride, who lost to Andrew Hines when her NitroFish /MSR /Redline Oil Buell broke at the line.

Shawn Gann was having a great weekend on his Mastercam Buell, until he had to face Arana in the third round. Gann beat Craig Treble in the first round of eliminations. He then went on to beat third place qualifier Karen Stoffer on her Geico Suzuki. Gann’s great day was no match for Arana’s flawless performance. Hector ran a 6.981 E.T. at 192.17 MPH with a 0.120 reaction time, beating Shawn’s respectable 7.052 at 188.25 MPH, despite his 0.050 reaction time.

Matt Smith first round win against Ryan Schnitz on his Team Muzzy Kawasaki came easily when Schnitz left 0.014 too early, triggering a redlight. Smith then ran a 7.021 E.T. at 186.82 MPH, defeating Steve Johnson’s Wyotech Suzuki which ran 7.083 E.T. at 188.33 MPH, with an impressive 0.020 reaction time. In the third round, Smith faced off against Andrew Hines. Smith’s dominance continued as he dispatched Hines. Hines ran a 7.119 E.T. at 185.08 MPH with a 0.019 reaction time, but Smith ran a better 7.039 E.T. at 187.86 MPH with a 0.048 reaction time.

To get the win in the final round, Arana ran a 6.977 second E.T, at 191.4 MPH with a 0.076 reaction time, besting Matt Smith’s 7.133 second run at 185.51 MPH on his Nitrofish Suzuki. The win earns Arana his second Wally and starts his Pro Stock Motorcycle season on a high note.

Matt Guidera wins Gatornationals

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Guidera, who scored his first career win last season in Maple Grove by becoming the first winning rider to run exclusively in the sixes on race day, did it again in Gainesville. Guidera rode his Rick Maney-tuned Mohegan Sun/Rocklin Motorsports Buell from his 6.92-second pole position to passes of 6.95 and a pair of 6.94s to race past Hector Arana, Chris Rivas, and Chip Ellis. Ellis was unable to contest the round after the engine on his new ride on Don Schumacher’s Suzuki soured after being started for the semifinals. He finished his run with yet another 6.94 to beat Andrew Hines, who also ran all sixes in defeat and lost with a 6.98...

Read more about the Gatornationals results at

Gatornationals Qualifying

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The Pro Stock Motorcycle field for the 39th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals was set on Saturday. Rain canceled Friday's qualifying sessions, leaving the teams with just two runs on Saturday to attempt to qualify for Sunday's eliminations.

Qualifying position / Rider / Bike / E.T. / MPH
1. Matt Guidera, Buell, 6.922, 192.85
2. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.972, 190.38
3. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.982, 190.51
4. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 7.001, 190.97
5. Chip Ellis, Suzuki, 7.016, 187.70
6. Angie McBride, Buell, 7.024, 188.31
7. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 7.030, 186.82
8. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.035, 188.70
9. Chris Rivas, Buell, 7.041, 190.27
10. Paul Gast, Suzuki, 7.080, 187.39
11. Wes Wells, Suzuki, 7.088, 186.87
12. Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.092, 187.76
13. Michael Ray, Buell, 7.135, 184.45
14. Junior Pippin, Buell, 7.136, 181.67
15. Edward Murphy, Suzuki, 7.138, 184.40
16. Hector Arana, Buell, 7.147, 186.54

Did Not Qualify (DNQ)
17. Steve Johnson, 7.181, 191.05
18. Mike Berry, 7.226, 185.03
19. Craig Treble, 7.265, 189.60
20. Redell Harris, 7.265, 183.42
21. Darin McCurdy, 7.346, 182.26
22. Ryan Schnitz, 7.471, 177.16

Ellis looking forward to Gatornationals

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The Gatornationals marks the beginning of Ellis' fourth full-season competing in Pro Stock Motorcycle. He qualified fourth at the 2007 event, but lost in the first round of eliminations. The Florida native is looking for a better start this weekend.

"I like the track at Gainesville. It's awesome," said Ellis, a graduate of the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School at Gainesville Raceway, "I've run there a lot with the Pro Star races in the past. I've always liked the track and it's usually pretty fast there and I like going fast, so we should be OK."

A lot of attention has been focused on the new DSR development program involving the new Suzuki Hayabusa engine...

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AHDRA Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts Nationals – Gainesville

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AHDRA has a great write-up on the final results for their season opener at Gainesville February 29 through March 2. The article has far more information than I can summarize, but it looks like they had a great turnout.

Screamin' Eagle Top Fuel category

In the final, he (Mark Conner) was paired with Joe Timmons, Salt Lake City Harley dealer and No. 10 qualifier. Timmons earned his way there after upsetting No. 2 qualifier Romine in the first round and the No. 3 qualifier, Steve Dorn, in the semi.

Conner was out first with a .030 and made his win look easy with a 6.68 at 189 mph over a troubled 8.82 at 108 mph from Timmons.

Go to AHDRA to read how the Pro Fuel and Pro Drag classes finished and the full race results.


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The countdown clock continues to draw closer to the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) season opener in Gainesville, FL on February 29th-March 2nd.

The anticipation is building for racers and fans alike as they prepare for the first burnout and the first quarter-mile pass at the Screamin' Eagle Performance Parts Bike Week Nationals presented by Gainesville Harley-Davidson.

With a huge contingent of competitors expected at the 2008 opening event, AHDRA as prepared a full schedule that will include...

Read the full story at AHDRA to get all the details of the season opener.