Team News 07-08
2008 - WHRA Finals
Las Vegas – November 7th, 8th & 9th
Pomona Exhibition - November 14th, 15th & 16th
We always have a great time in Las Vegas and this weekend was no acceptation. For this race it was Top Fuel bikes only. We experienced a few mechanical problems but still did OK. Over all we qualified 5th and then got put out in the first round. Our sponsor Marc Shiller with Bardahl spent the weekend with us in the pits and was a huge help. Marc also took the entire WFO gang out to a great dinner after the race, we really appreciated it. Bardahl ROCKS as a sponsor not only do they give us tons of products but they help out in the pits and feed us….can’t beat that!
It was awesome having our own cheering section a big thanks to Mom, Brenda, Dad, Marlene, Uncle Lynn and Julie for helping out in the pits and supporting WFO!!
We had one more stop in Pomona before heading back to Sultan. We made two runs down the track for the NHRA career day then, the WFO crew took a breather and stayed and watched the NHRA Winter Nationals. We really want to thank NGK for sponsoring us this year and providing our team with high quality spark plugs, after the two passes in Pomona we had one spark plug left.
A big THANKS to all our sponsors, overall we had a very successful year and with out your support it couldn’t get done. It was our inaugural year for the Top Fuel bike and we surpassed our expectation with the win in Woodburn and the 6.427 @ 206.32 mph pass in Rockingham NC. We also were AHDRA Western Division Pro Fuel Champs and 5th in the Top Fuel Western Division. Along with the CMDRA Pro Fuel Championship we were given the Nitro Cup for innovation and advanced technology and the Best Dressed Team at the CMDRA banquet. Hard to see the season end (we love that nitro) but will use this winter to evaluate our races, go through the bikes and get them tuned for next season.
AHDRA - Rockingham NC - October 10th, 11th & 12th
First round on Saturday with the top fuel bike was an exciting ride, the fitting on top of the fuel pump broke on the hit of the throttle which caused 13 gallons a minute of fuel to cover Johns face shield, the bike was running OK so John stayed in the throttle and ran a 6.883 @ 213.60. John said he could still see more than he could understand even with fuel covering his face shield.
The pro fueler on the first run out had a broken wire so the fuel system didn’t activate.
Second round the top fueler ran a 6.427 @ 206.32 Johns quickest career ET . The pro fueler torched a head so back to the pits to swap motors because we had yet to qualify.
Third round we ran a 6.449 @ 213.87 with the top fuel bike to make the 7th spot on the ladder top fuel had 24 bikes with a 6.646 bump for a 16 bike field. We had one last chance to make it in the field with the pro fuel bike which we did with a 6.858 to put us in the 7th spot.
Sunday the top fueler broke a cam on the hit of the throttle…BUMMER!
We won the first round with the pro fueler then lost in the semis to Streeter.
Even though we didn’t come away with a win it was a good weekend, the big bike is really coming around which should make the next race in
CMDRA - Edmonton Finals
September 13th & 14th
It was a good weekend at Edmonton. We qualified #1 with the Top Fueler with a 5.526 @ 213.37. So far this was the quickest and fastest pass with the Top Fueler. We qualified #1 with the Pro Fueler with a 6.952 @ 195.73. On Sunday we won the first round with both bikes. We lost in the semis with the top fueler; Mike Scott beat John with a hole shot, he won by .004. It was a good race side by side the entire ay down the track. This also clinched the Top Fuel Championship for Mike Scott. It was good to see Mike get the Championship he is a great competitor
With the Pro Fuel bike we won both the semis and final race which not only gave us the win but gave us the CMDRA championship for the second year in a row. At the awards banquet we were given the Nitro Cup for innovation and advanced technology it’s a trophy that gets passed on each year by the previous recipient. Ron Houniet gave it to us for running an inboard clutch high gear Top Fuel bike. Also we were awarded best appearing team and 4 plaques for new records. Over all it was a great year with CMDRA and were already looking forward to next year!
AHDRA - McClure Nationals
Richmond Virginia - September 20th & 21st
We qualified number 6 with the Top Fuel bike with a 6.499@ 207.82 another personal best, first time in the 40's. It was a tight field, 22 bikes with a 6.8bump.The Pro Fueler qualified 4th with a 6.719 @ 200.77.
Sunday we won the first round on the Top Fueler with a 6.573 @191.54. We broke a wrist pin in the front cylinder and really had to thrash to get it fixed for the second round. Doug Vancil came over and gave us a hand which was much appreciated. Second round we won with a 6.571 @ 205.57. In the semis the bike put a hole out at 2.5 seconds and we lost. The Top fuel bike is really coming around, 5 passes in a row straight down the groove all with in a 10th of a second. We won the first round in Pro fuel and it shut off in the second round. Unfortunately we ran out of our normal pistons and had to run a different style which changed the whole tune. It was a good weekend and we have come a long way on the top fueler.
It’s off to Bowlingreen Kentucky with the AMRA next weekend which should be fun.
AHDRA - Woodburn OR. - August 23rd & 24th
We struggled all weekend with the pro fueler but the Top Fuel bike is coming around. Saturday the Top Fuel bike qualified 4th with a 6.717 @ 210.03. Sunday we beat Sternotti in the first round. We had Phil Schmidt the number 1 qualifier in the semis; and we put him on the trailer with a 6.717 @ 208.23 mph. In the finals we were up against Joe Timmins and took him out with a 6.870 @ 181.08 mph, for our very first AHDRA top fuel win on the new bike. We had couple of our sponsors in the pit for the weekend, Alyson Powers (Powers Concrete, Chelan, WA.) and Jeff Manoske and his daughter Marissa (Pacific West RV, Sultan WA.) A big thanks to Jeff and Marissa who helped out by driving the golf cart all weekend for the team.
We really appreciate the support from the fans that made the trip this weekend, the group from Larry’s Auto & Sky Valley out of Sultan WA., Lawrence Pickens from Lapine OR., and all the Ironworkers out of local 29 who stopped by the pit. We definitely heard your cheers from the stands.
The team is heading to Billings Montana the 5th & 6th to make some exhibition runs should be a fun weekend and were looking forward to seeing a couple of our sponsors Wally Hall (Ed’s Hydraulic Jack Repair) and Tim Hert (Global Bolting Technologies, Inc.) who both live in Billings Montana.
Check out the web site www.wfodragracing.com we have a photo of the new Awning that our sponsor Bardahl had made for the WFO Race Team and some photo’s from the Woodburn race.
CMDRA - Mission Raceway August 9th & 10th
On Saturday we did a 7.30 @201 with the Top Fuel bike John got a little sideways and had to get out of the throttle. With the Pro Fueler we did a 6.54 @ 203. We broke the eighth mile ET and MPH and the 1/4 mile ET r ecordswith that run and backed up both ET records in the next round of qualifying. Then the rain started and everything came to halt.
They tried to get the third round in Sunday morning but it rained again so we went into eliminations. We were qualified eighth with the top fueler so we were up against the number 1 qualifier Ron Honiet. We took him out with the best pass we've done with the Top fueler 6.54 @ 206. In the second round the big bike was on a good run but it went toward the center and John took out a cone. Wow…we are starting to get things sorted out with the big bike.
We won the first round with the Pro fuel bike. In the finals we beat Andy with a 6.60. It was a great weekend with both bikes being the quickest bikes on the property. It was nice meeting Groffe Braihwaite and his father. They came by the pit and hung out for a while. Groffe is the Vancouver Island distributer for our sponsor Bardahl Oil.
We are looking forward to Woodburn Oregon in 2 weeks and hope to see you there!
If you have noticed on the schedule the WFO team races in different sanctions throughout the race season. Below are the web sites to each sanction so you can check them out.
AHDRA – All Harley Drag racing Association – www.ahdra.com
CMDRA – Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association – www.cmdra.com
WHRA – Western Harley Racing Association – www.whrainc.com
AMRA – American Motorcycle Racing Association – www.amraonline.com
The WFO team and family members spent the week in
Edmonton , Canada with back to back races. The weather was good all week everyone had a great time racing and exploring the territory.
CMDRA- June 28th & 29th
We qualified #1 with both the Pro Fuel and the Top Fuel on Saturday. Sunday the belt broke on the Top Fuel when John hit the throttle so we were eliminated. The Pro Fuel was a different story John took 1st with a 6.896 @ 190.71.
IHRA- July 4th, 5th & 6th
The team qualified #4 with the Pro Fuel bike against 14 top fuel bikes and then won three rounds which got us into the finals. Dean had to put some more power in the bike to beat Damion but we over powered the track a little and spun the tire at about 300’. We felt good getting runner up with the Pro Fuel bike racing in the Top Fuel division. It was a fun racing with the IHRA what a great organization. Thanks to Jeff with Pacific West RV one of our long time sponsors for coming up and watching the team race and bringing some very needed Bardahl Oil, NGK Spark Plugs & Barnett Clutches !
2008 Nitro News...
AHDRA Norwalk Ohio - June 14th & 15th
We qualified in the #1 for the third race in a row with the Pro Fueler and got the Top Fueler in the 11th spot with a 6.72 @ 209.98 . Sunday the Top Fueler went to the right on the hit of the throttle and took out a cone. We won the first 2 rounds with the Pro Fueler then in the semi's John was ahead to the 1/8th mile when the bike shut off and Tommy Sloan went by him. We are looking forward t o spending a full week for the back to back races in Edmonton, first one will be June 28th & 29th for CMDRA and then WHRA July 4th, 5th & 6th.
AHDRA Commerce, GA - May 24th & 25th
Saturday we went out first round with the Pro Fueler and smoked the tire, then took the Top Fueler out and did a 6.74 @203mph, WOW first 6 second 200 mph for Big Yellow! Second round with the Pro Fueler we did much better with a 6.79 @ 205 mph to get us in the #1 spot. We ended up in 10th with the Top Fueler. Sunday our luck changed a bit, we won the first round with the Top Fueler but blew the motor badly when we spun the tire. (Steve Heidner said he had never seen such carnage). The Pro Fueler broke the wire that activates the fuel system and the clutch management system so we went down the track with no fuel pressure and lost. It was great seeing all our goods friends at the race. We will be working feverishly on the bikes to get them ready for the Norwalk race, hope to see you there!
AHDRA Ennis, TX. - May 3rd & 4th
Due to the strong cross winds it was agreed to run 1/8 mile on Saturday. First round we ran a 4.29 @ 176 mph to qualify us in the # 1 spot in Pro Fuel. We struggled with the Top Fuel and were unable to make the field with it.Sunday the wind died down so we ran ¼ mile. First round we won with a 6.66 @ 198 mph. In the semi’s John had a .021 reaction time and was way ahead of Doug Horn until half track when the bike went fat and put a whole out as Doug drove by. We were all bummed out; we just left the fuel in a little too long.
Marc Schiller with Bardahl Oil was in the pits this weekend, setting up the new canopy that Bardahl had made for our rig, it looks incredible and will really be nice to have. WFO wants to thank Bardahl for their generosity as a sponsor; they not only bought us the canopy but have supplied us with oil, plus tee shirts, hats and calendars to give to the race fans. Next race is in Commerce, GA. hope to see you there!
AHDRA St. Louis, MO - April 19th & 20th
Saturday, we qualified 3rd on the Pro Fueler with a 6.891 @ 207.69 and qualified 12th with a 7.18 @ 187.34 with the top fueler.
Sunday our first round we won with a 6.567 @ 202.55 which was a new pro fuel ET record if backed up. In the semi's we ran a 6.604 @ 204.66 which backed up the record, but Tak Shigematsu got the record with a 6.525. We lost the round to Doug Horne who ran a 6.547@ 206.99.
On the top fueler we won the first round, the bike backed fired when we started it and bent the butterfly so we couldn’t race.
All in all it was a good weekend and we did leave with a new 1/8th mile ET record of 4.243. Next weekend will be making the trip to Ennis Texas for the AHDRA race.
AMRA Reynolds, Georgia - April 12th & 13th
Sunday we won the first round with the Nitro Funny bike. The top fueler had some loose bolts on the front pulley when we fired it up first round so we had to shut it down. In the finals John won Nitro Funny Bike with a hole shot, Sam White ran a firstname.lastname@example.org to John email@example.com John had a .072 reaction time to Sam’s .103 which was enough to win the race.
Saturday we came out of the trailer with a 6.67 for number one Qualifier in Nitro Funny bike the next round we smoked the tire and torched a head. We changed motors and put it away until Sunday. We went three rounds with the top fueler and did better than we expected. At the end of the day we made the field with both bikes.
AHDRA Whittmann, AZ - March 20 & 30
The weather couldn’t have been better for a race weekend warm and sunny.
At the riders meeting it was suggested that Top Fuel and Pro Fuel go 1/8th mile instead of 1/4 mile because the track has some bad bumps toward the finish line and guard rail. We voted on it and went 1/8th mile. That was a bummer but better safe than sorry.
Saturday we qualified 2nd with a 4.44 @ 164.60 mph. We had a great run at 4.37 @ 167.22 mph on Sunday in the first round which was a bye due to Rick Casas’s wreck on Saturday. Rick got busted up pretty bad and was unable to race, WFO wants to wish him a speedy recovery and hopes to see him in the pits soon!
In the semi’s we went against Jay Turner, he red lit so we won the round. Then we went against Chris Streeter, I took him on the tree and had him until 2 seconds out when I smoked the tire. He went by and we got runner up.
It was great having Tim with Dateline NBC hang out with us on Saturday. Also our sponsor Paul Kittrell from Lyndall Brake( www.lyndallracingbikes.com ) was in our pit checking out WFO’s new Top Fuel bike, speaking of which we had an oil leak so we couldn’t fire it this weekend but we will try it out in Reynolds Georgia.
It was great having the family at the race Dad, Mom, Johnny, Brenda, Bob, Peg Lynne, Sue, and Travis. We would like to thank Derek for feeding all of us this weekend he makes an awesome feast. Check it out…we have a photo of the new top fuel bike on the WFO web site www.wfodragracing.com
AHDRA Gainesville, FL - February 29th, March 1st & 2nd
Great to be back at the track and smell that NITRO. We had terrific weather and the air was good for racing, on Saturday we qualified 3rd with a 6.69 @ 205.16 mph. Sunday we got put out in the first round. John didn’t quite get full throttle until about 1 second out. It was a bummer to go out first round, so we raced 2 rounds of outlaw and won. It felt good to make some nice runs. The weekend was fun and the fans were great, we handed out a ton of posters & sold a lot of WFO tee shirts to the fans who stopped by the pit. We were waiting for a few parts to complete the Top Fuel Bike which didn’t come in time for this race but it will be ready for the AHDRA Whittmann, AZ. race which is March 29th & 30th.
We welcome back all of our Loyal Sponsors for teaming up with us again for this exciting 2008 Season and welcome some new sponsors as well. Our Sponsors on board for the 2008 race season are Bardahl, NGK, Barnett Clutches, Seacomm Erectors, Inc., Ironworkers Local 86, Pacific West RV, Industrial Fabrications, Powers Concrete, Inc. Ed's Hydraulic Jack Repair,
Metzeler, Mickey Thompson, S & S Cycle, Retirement Solutions and Redline Motorcycles.
New to our team this year is Global Bolting Technologies, Inc. (Montana), and Lyndall Brakes (California)
AHDRA - Las Vegas
November 16th, 17th & 18th
We qualified 4th out of 14 bikes with a firstname.lastname@example.org . Sunday we beat Streeter in the first round then took out Beauchemin in the second round. We went against Horn in the semi's the take off was good and were ahead by a bike length when we torched both heads. It was an impressive fireball, but a bummer. We managed to get the Western Division Championship and 4th nationally.
It was great having Marc Schiller with Bardahl Oil at the track for our final race of the year. He was great help and we really appreciate all the food he bought for Derek to cook. Also it was nice having Paul Kittrell with Lyndall Brakes LLC stop by our pit we really appreciate their support. Kelly Borden with HiTEK int. LTD. stopped by and said he was interested on coming on board as a sponsor next year. Well that’s a wrap for the 2007 season, its now time to go home and rebuild for next year. We should take delivery of our new 200ci 60 degree motor for the top fueler in two weeks and Rex says we should receive our fuel system early January. We plan on testing the new bike at Vegas in February. Keep an eye on our web site www.wfodragracing.com we will be posting updates on the progress of the new Top Fueler over the winter.
The WFO team would like to thank all our 2007 sponsors your support is much appreciated! We hope you have enjoyed being a part of our team this year and look forward to teaming up with you again for the 2008 race season.
AHDRA - Pomona
November 9th & 10th
First round qualifying it was a repeat of Rockingham. Spun the tire, broke the chain and blew the motor. We changed motors and went out for second round and ran a email@example.com to qualified 5th.
Sunday we took out Chris Streeter first round with a firstname.lastname@example.org . Armon broke so we had a bye into the finals against Horn. We lost a close race and got runner up. We are headed to Vegas for the final race of the year.
AHDRA - Rockingham NC - October 13th 14th
Saturday first round we spun the tire, broke the chain and blew the motor. Heck of a way to start the day. So we put the spare motor in and went up for second round and ran a email@example.com , putting us in the number ten spot. Third round we ran a firstname.lastname@example.org which gave us the number one spot. On Sunday we won the first round with a email@example.com . In the second round John did a .007 light and was well in the lead when the bike put a hole out and Randal went around him for the win. We have 4 weeks to regroup and head to Pomona.
The Pomona CA race was added new this year and if you’re in the area this would be a great race to attend. It is a three day (Nov. 9th – 11th) premier motorcycle event, with AHDRA racing (Nov.9th & 10th), flat track racing and “Ball of Steel” freestyle stunt team performance. On Sunday the 11th, Jay Leno hosts the annual Love Ride. Check out the AHDRA web site at www.ahdra.com or www.calweek.com for further details.
AMRA -September 27th – 30th - Bowling Green, Kentucky
Saturday we qualified 2nd. Sunday we won the first round with a 6.76@202mph . Second round we had a buy and spun the tire at about 300', John pedaled it and ran a 7.28 @198mph. We backed way off on the tune to make it down the slippery track and won the race in the finals with a 7.02@186mph. It was a fun weekend with lots of race fans at the track. We got runner up nationally in the AMRA with Armon Furr winning the Championship.
AHDRA September 22nd - 23rd - Richmond, VA
We qualified 3rd with a 7.038. On Sunday we won the first round with a firstname.lastname@example.org then we went against Armon Furr in the semi's John did a killer reaction time .025 and a 1.109 60 foot time and was way out on Armon when the bike put a hole out. John pedaled it but lost the race. We are heading to Bowling Green Kentucky for the last race of the AMRA sanction and we should be able to lock in Runner up.
CMDRA Finals - Mission, BC - September 15th – 17th 2007
What a weekend…WFO Rocked!! Saturday we tried a new set up with our clutch and it worked great. We qualified #1 with a email@example.com which are both records. Sunday was pretty much a rain out CMDRA had to call it a day. Monday we did a firstname.lastname@example.org in the first round; in the finals we went up against Andy and won a good race with a email@example.com . Andy ran his personnel best firstname.lastname@example.org .
It was a great weekend setting all 4 records:
1/4 mile ET 6.639 backed up with a 6.562.
1/4 mile MPH 210.57 backed up with a 214.79.
1/8 mile ET 4.333 backed up with a 4.290.
1/8 mile MPH 173.74 backed up by a 173.57.
The WFO team won the final race and also winning the Championship in Pro Fuel. It’s off to Richmond Virginia for the next AHDRA race.
AHDRA - August 25-26th Woodburn, OR
A disappointing weekend for the WFO team. We struggled on Saturday qualifying 4th, the bike smoked the tire every round. On Sunday first round we did the burn out rolled up to the line and the bike shut off. Got back to the pit to find the battery had shorted out. So we put a new battery in the bike left the same tune in and went out for the first round Barnett Outlaw, the bike ran a 6.81 @ 195 MPH. We just had some bad luck. WFO wants to thank the Ironworkers from Local 29 who stopped by the pits, it was good to see them enjoy the weekend of racing.
We are looking forward to the last CMDRA race in Mission on September 15-16
August 17-18 SEATTLE, WA Bucky Austin Nostalgia Drags
WFO got an invite to compete in the Bucky Austin Nostalgia Drags at Pacific Raceway. We wouldn't pass a chance to hear the roar of the bike and the smell of Nitro. We qualified 3rd out of 7 Top fuel bikes with a 6.588 at 209 MPH. We won the first round of eliminations with a 6.63 at 206 MPH. It felt great to run some good numbers. Things were going good until the rain began to fall which lead to another Seattle Rain out!
AHDRA August 11th & 12th BRISTOL, TN
We qualified 3rd out of 14 bikes with a 6.88 @ 196mph. On Sunday in the first round John treed Rocky and the bike left good but at 300' it went fat and put out the fire. John wicked the throttle and it picked the front wheel up and trucked. Then in the second round John beat Jay Turner on the tree but the bike was lazy and we lost. We learned a lot in the severe heat and high humidity in Bristol.
Next weekend (8/17- 8/19) we race an invitational race at Pacific International Raceway in Seattle, WA.
AHDRA follows the next weekend at Woodburn (August 25th & 26). John is featured on the poster for Woodburn, this race always proves to be an exciting one so don’t miss it. Woodburn is a short drive from Seattle so come support the WFO team and stop by the pits.
August 7th-8th STURGIS, SD AHDRA
This year the WFO team decided to go top fuel at Sturgis since it is a no point’s race. We struggled all day, overpowering the track every lap in qualifying. By the end of the day we managed to qualify 8th. Sunday we got put out first round by a Norwegian blower bike after working on their bike for 4 hours Saturday night. It was good to see a few of our sponsors who braved the trip down to Sturgis on their Harleys, Wally Hall from Ed’s Hydraulic Jack Repair out of Montana and Paul Powers from Powers Concrete out of Chelan WA. It’s off to Bristol for our next Pro Fuel race.
July 5th – 8th Edmonton, AB IHRA
We raced in top fuel this weekend and struggled qualifying because the track was too good. It was so sticky that we couldn’t haze the tire to get wheel speed, instead we just ran thru the clutch. We qualified 6th out of 12 Top Fuelers. Sunday first round eliminations we gave it a gallant effort with a 6.86 @ 206 but lost to a quicker 6.61. It was a fun weekend hanging out in the staging lanes with the top fuel cars and funny cars. We learned a lot about running on a well prepped track. We will have to back the tune way off for our next race in Ashcroft BC.
Next race for WFO is STURIGS!!!
If you make the road trip don’t forget to stop by our pit to say howdy.
June 30th – July 1 Edmonton, AB CMDRA
An outstanding weekend for the WFO Team. Saturday we qualified
number 1 and broke all 4 records in CMDRA Pro Fuel. On Sunday we ran a 6.79 at 201.52 to go into the finals, we beat Andy with a 6.75 @ 203.8 for the win and set 3 out of 4 records in the CMDRA. We race here again next weekend in the IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals.
June 23-24 Seattle, WA AHDRA
Saturday the weather was great it allowed a full day of racing. First round out we spun the tire at 300’ John pedaled it and ran a 7.398 and 200.23 miles per hour, putting us in first place. Second round we hit the mark with a great run at 6.739 and 205.38 miles per hour. We ended the day qualifying in first place. Sunday was most disappointing it started raining first thing in the morning and only let up a couple of times not enough to get the track dry so AHDRA had no choice but to call the race. WFO would like to thank TJ & the crew from Sound Harley of Marysville, Ironworkers Local 86, Ed’s Hydraulics (all the way from Montana), Powers Concrete LLC, Pacific West RV, and the large number of hometown fans who all came to watch John and the crew race this weekend. Next week starts a whole month of racing in Canada look at our schedule for location and dates. COME CHECK OUT OUR BIKE AT SOUND HARLEY IN MARYSVILLE!! if any one is in the Marysville, WA. area stop by the Sound Harley Store and see our bike it will be on display through June 15th. Sound Harley is a WFO 2007 sponsor and if you haven’t seen the new store it is worth checking out, lots of bikes and accessories.
They are at: 16212 Smokey Point Blvd. Marysville, WA 98271
You can go to their website and get directions at www.soundharley.com
May 26-27 Commerce, GA - AHDRA
The WFO team struggled Saturday with a greasy track but qualified 4th with a 6.933. First round in eliminations Sunday John hit a cone at 1000' which DQ' d him. WFO ran Outlaw with a 6.833 @ 204 then rolled out for second round Outlaw and got shut off at the line for a fuel leak.
Frustrating weekend for the WFO team but they are learning more each race.
May 19th – 20th ASHCROFT, BC - CMDRA
Ashcroft was the site of the CMDRA opener this year. Due to very high winds CMDRA made it an 8th mile race. The track conditions were extremely poor so Dean decided to lower the percentage back off the timing and only use the first stage of the clutch. It worked and we made the first round qualifying pass with a 4.58 @ 160mph for the number 1 spot. WFO made no other passes that day because no one could beat our time. We left a black mark all the way down the track with the tire hazing the whole way, the track wouldn’t have taken anymore!
Sunday morning we made a buy pass 4.479 @ 163mph which gave us lane choice in the finals. In the finals we won with a 4.453 @ 161mph which broke the 8th mile ET record but we missed backing it up by .002. If the 4.479 would have been a 4.477 or better we would have had it. It was a great way to start the CMDRA season.
It’s off to Commerce Georgia for the AHDRA Southern Nationals next weekend. Hope to see you there.
May 5 – 6, 2007 - DALLAS, TX - AHDRA Race
The weekend started off great. First time down the track we ran a 4.262 @173.72 for a new 1/8th mile record which qualified us 1st. Sunday we won first round, in the second round against Armon John did a .014 reaction time and killed Armon on the tree then did a 1.10 sixty foot time and by 300' was ahead by 2 bike length's when we drove thru the clutch. The rpm's went up 500 which raised the fuel pressure putting the fire out as Armon went by. It was a tuff loss but things are coming together and we are feeling very confident.
We want to thank all the racers and crew that came over to our pit Saturday night to have fajitas with us. Also we want to thank the Metzler guys for the tire and The Barnett folks for there continued support. It's off to Ashcroft, BC. for the season opener CMDRA race
April 28-29, 2007 - ST LOUIS, MO - AHDRA Race
A tuff weekend for the WFO Team. We did a test pass Friday night to get a new tire scrubbed in and did a 6.79 @ 204. Saturday first round we must of got in some oil on the track because at about 100' we smoked the tire. Second round went a little better and third round we did a 6.797 @ 209.10 to Qualify 5th. On Sunday we had Doug Horn first round. I got him on the tree and we were on a good pass when at about the eighth mile the bike went fat and shut off. Bummer! So we did 2 more passes in the Barnett Outlaw class to figure out what happened. We got some things sorted out and should be ready to Rock and Roll in Dallas next weekend. It was nice seeing Jim and Bummer from Outlaw Fuels at the race this weekend.
April 21-22, 2007 - REYNOLDS, GA - AMRA Race
WFO didn't have the greatest weekend. We went to Georgia to run in the AMRA which is a no points race for us. This gives us a chance to work out any problems and try new Ideas, plus it's another weekend to RACE... Gotta have NITRO!!
We qualified number 2 on Saturday. We put on a 31" tire just to see if it would work better than the 29". It didn't work very well so Saturday night we put a 29" back on. Sunday morning we did a test pass and smoked the tire on the hit. We put more gear in it and backed the tune off a bit and went out for first round. Again we rattled the tire hard and it shut off both switch's and the fuel. The track was not as good as we are use to and we just over powered it. Then we went out for a test pass and did a 6.96. This made us feel much better about the weekend. We learned a lot and are heading to St. Louis for the next AHDRA points race April 28-29.
March 31st – April 1st, 2007 PHOENIX, AZ
Another great weekend. The WFO Team struggled a little on Saturday during qualifying and qualified 3rd with a 6.812. On Sunday we raced against Willie Hershberger in the first round taking him out with a 6.786 @ 204 miles per hour. In the Semi's we went up against Armon Furr, we out ran him with a 6.695 @ 201.13. In the finals we were up against Jay Turner again, it was a close race; we ran a 6.677@ 191.24 against his 6.773 @ 202.58. What a great race. Each round we ran a better 60’, with the final being our best at 1.086. Dean was walking around the pits with the time slip after the finals like a proud father.
We would like to thank our sponsors NGK Spark Plugs, Bardahl, Ironworkers Local 86, Sound Harley, Redline Motorcycles, Powers Concrete, Northwest Construction, and Ed’s Hydraulic Jack Repair. An extra thanks to the Metzler guys for a replacement of the front tire we ruined trying to stop in Bowling Green, also to Pat & Joe from Barnett for the clutch parts and stopping by the pits. We might be able to make the next AMRA race in Reynolds Georgia on April 21st and 22nd if everything works out and then on to St. Louis. We hope to keep this momentum going.
March 24 - 25, 2007 BOWLING GREEN, KT
The crew traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky this weekend to race in the AMRA. This is our first time racing in this sanction. We put in a new motor to test for this race since we are not chasing points. Higher compression and different cams so it's a whole new beast to tune. On Saturday we shook the tire so hard on the first round that it shut off the ignition switch before 60' and John coasted to the finish. Second round we ran a 6.88 @ 196. Third round the bike went hard left and John had to chop the throttle. Sunday we won the first round with a 6.79 @ 206.99 , in the second round we won with a 6.82 @ 198.89 in the finals we ran against Armon Furr We won with a 6.78 @ 203 . We broke several records but so did Armon. It will take a little while for them to sort it out and see who got what records. Dean was very happy with his new motor and we believe we will be able to get much more out of it. Great win for the WFO team. We are heading to Phoenix to race in the AHDRA next weekend with a full head of steam. Thanks to all our sponsors helping us make this possible.
MARCH 4 – 5, 2007 GAINESVILLE, FL
The WFO RACE TEAM was all fired up to start the 2007 Race season in Gainesville, FL. It rained Friaday and saturday so they used last years point standings for qualifying.
The sun came out for race day and in the first round John won with a 6.82. In the semis John ran a 6.69 @ 205 MPH to move him on to the finals. We raced Jay Turner in the finals, John and Jay had almost identical reaction times it was a close race until about 900’ when the rear tire broke loose causing the front end to come down hard, the frame hit the track and made lots of sparks. John got it back under control and finished runner up for the weekend. All in all this is a good start to the season.
Thanks to Larry from Barnett who came by and hung out for a while.
click here to view more our sponsors, view more.