Pro Street's first champion Ken Stotz is still at it and made it to the finals against Slowe.
Mike Slowe set low ET of every round on the Velocity Racing Hayabusa, including an incredible 7.26 at 201 mph in the final.
John Hall bought a GSX-R1000 from Darren Burnett at the track. Hall qualified it sixth and took his first event win on the bike.
Rickey Gadson was the quickest qualifier of the nitrous bikes in Super Street, taking the second spot at 8.19 seconds.
Victory Gotay added fuel to the "nitrous vs turbo" fire in Super Street with a first-in-the-sevens 7.97 and taking the event win.
Angelle Sampey set the new ET national record with a 6.911.
Finalist Matt Smith left the G2 camp and is running his own team with Torco Sponsorship.
Peggy Llewellyn made the field on Karl Klement's G2 Buell.
Geno Scali won "Best Engineered" for his Performance Machine Suzuki-the first EFI Suzuki to qualify for a NHRA national event.
Powdercoat and paint make for a nice change.
Notice the bullets haven't been fired.
Lamont Coatton's rolling artwork.
FMS Cycles' single-sided swingarm 'Busa.
Sixty 61's smooth R1.
Timmy Brewer's 'Busa with a Suzuki M109 taillight.
Mike Archibald's 'Busa with a hand-fabricated tail.
Paul Boyden's golden Suzuki.
You're not a baller without juice.
Joe Dryden jumps off the stage.
Rick's Motorcycles had all its bikes on display.
Diablo Choppers' new sportbike swingarm.
Orlando's Loco's Kreations.
Second Image from Orlando.
Ray Ray's Customs 'Busa.
Even dirtbikes have fat tires in Daytona.
A Viper-themed ZX-14 from Voodoo Moto.
Bill Dixon hits the eject button on Josh Conyway.
The bikini lineup...more like stand-up comedy.
Eddie McCoy from Eye Candy Cycle Designs took home 1st Place in Super Radical Sportbike...he doesn't look too pleased with the trophy girl, though.
Bob Fisher judged with a fine-tooth comb.
Vertical Joe Dryden took first in the Seat Stander race.
Gerrad Bagent jumps to high-chair.
Josh Clem backflips into smoke.
Prostar's co-creator and previous owner, Keith Kizer, accepted the job of roadrace director with the AMA and sold the motorcycle drag-racing sanction to Scott Valetti, Brandi Neithamer and Scott McKinney-less than a month before the opening 2007 event in Valdosta, Georgia.
During the first day, a problem arose. Victor Gotay, riding the Exoticycle Hayabusa of Johnny "Turbo" Dobrin, qualified with a 7.97 at 187 mph-not only the first seven-second run for the class, but two-tenths quicker and 10 mph faster than the next qualifier, Rickey Gadson on the Coby Adams-prepared nitrous ZX-14.
In the end it wasn't as bad as all that. Gotay went on to take the win, but it wasn't a runaway. He was outperformed in round two by the nitrous bike of Joe Franco Jr., and the final against Rickey Gadson was a nail-biter. Gadson got the holeshot and made a game of it as Gotay turned on the win light, 8.20 to Gadson's 8.26. With the holeshot, the margin of victory was four-hundredths of a second.
This prompted Valetti to make an immediate rule change to the Super Street class following the event. Nitrous bikes would be allowed to add up to 30 pounds of ballast to their bikes-where a turbo would otherwise be. If Valetti is successful in keeping parity, Super Street will be the class to watch in 2007.
Other winners at the event were Larry McBride in Top Fuel (of course -Ed.), Keith Lynn in Funnybike, Billy Vose in Pro Mod, Paul Gast in Pro Stock, Mike Slowe in Pro Street, John Hall in Super Sport, Ron Procopio in Top Gas, Mike Konopacki in Super Comp, Bob Lohr in Sunday Pro ET, Matt Smith in Saturday Pro ET and Brandon Teasley in Street ET.
2007 NHRA Gator Nationals
The new buzz for the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle series in 2007 is "If you make the show, you can win the race." The class is now so competitive and the racing so close that even the smallest mistake can cost a round of racing-and a starting-line holeshot can win one. No longer is it a forgone conclusion that the 16th qualifier is on the trailer after the first round.
At the Gator Nationals in Gainesville, Florida, Geico racer Karen Stoffer came from the 16th position to win the event with three holeshot elimination rounds, including a final-round win over the Torco machine of Matt Smith.
Not only is the competition close, but exceedingly fast. Stoffer's 7.03-second qualifying run anchored the quickest field in history, and Angelle Sampey qualified on the pole with a new elapsed-time record of 6.911 seconds.
Rule changes have allowed V-twin engines to be competitive, while other rules allowed the old, standard, two-valve GS Suzuki's to keep up.
Over the past two years the Suzuki's have been allowed to increase motor size from 1500cc to 1655cc and, like the V-twins, run electronic fuel injection.
While all Suzuki teams jumped on the displacement increase, fuel injection has been slow in coming. In fact, the Gator Nationals marked the first time a fuel-injected Suzuki qualified for the field (Geno Scali on the Performance Machine Suzuki equipped with a Vance & Hines EFI system).
The NHRA also allowed inline four-cylinder "metric" bikes to have four valves and be purpose-built from scratch. No team has yet to take advantage of the new rules, but when they do it will be sure to change the face of the class. Again.
Daytona Bike Week
The Takeover Continues
Daytona Bike Week is the largest motorcycle event in the United States and serves as the official kick-off to the riding season. While known to be predominantly a cruiser and chopper event, the sportbike scene grows in popularity and numbers each year. Bike Week 2007 saw three new events for sportbike riders to take part in-besides getting harassed by the Harley crowd.
Hess Gas Station
Once darkness falls, there's no other place to be than the Hess gas station on International Speedway. For a few nights a week, the wildest creations fill the tiny parking lot where the impromptu bike and stunt show takes place. Hess has become the place to prove that all the polish and paint aren't just for the parking lot and trailer, but for riding as well.
Speedfreakinc.com is quickly becoming the online home for all things stunt- and streetbike-related. Organizers Jason "Tazz" Tassinari and Chris Colby decided early on to organize an "invitation-only" ride for some of the hottest bikes in the surrounding area.
The location was kept a secret to ensure that the public wouldn't hamper the ride with questions about the custom bikes. A total of 10 bikes showed up primped, polished and all gassed up-ready to hit the main street. After a quick photo shoot with all the riders and bikes, the sound of Japanese inline-fours filled the air as everyone headed for a stroll down Main Street.
There was plenty of rubbernecking as the group rode their works of art past the scores of American iron. Speedfreakinc.com hopes to make this an annual event to help different builders display their goods in their natural environment-the streets.
The Metric Revolution TV show has inspired some of the most outrageous creations by the best builders in the country. Metric Revolution hosted "The Metric Experience" during Daytona Bike Week to search for new talent as well as show off some crazy custom rides to the public.
Displayed over four days at the WyoTech campus-along with a bikini show and stunt exhibition-all the usual big-name builders were on hand, including McCoy Motorsports, Eye Candy Cycle Designs, Roaring Toyz, C&S; Customs, Rick's Motorcycles, Custom Sportbike Concepts, H2O Customs, Second Image Cycles and Loco's Kreations.
Stunt Fury 2007
Daytona Bike Week 2007 set the stage for the inaugural Stunt Fury event hosted by Warped Toys.
Finding a suitable location during the largest motorcycling week in America is an extreme challenge to say the least. As a result, Stunt Fury was held mid-week in nearby Smyrna, Florida.
The limited crowd was treated to 25 riders, who competed in six events including Individual Freestyle, Longest Stoppie, Most Circles, Longest Coaster and High-Chair and Seat Stander races. Drew Rawlins took home first when he rolled 447 feet in the Longest Coaster competition. He then followed that win with another first place in Most Circles (in one minute), beating out Aaron Colton with 22 circles to Colton's 21. Joe Dryden took the victory in the Seat Stander race.
One new competition was a High-Chair Race-riders had to complete five laps around the track in the high-chair position (seated on the tank with legs over the front). And as if that weren't enough, to make it more difficult and entertaining an S-turn was added to the back straightaway. Shane "Rookie" Calvini from Ohio took home the victory when he captured the lead on the first lap and held it the entire race.
Mitch Adams continued his winning streak in Longest Stoppie when he surpassed second-place rider Brian Bubash's 371 feet for a winning distance of 500 feet.
Individual Freestyle winner Joshua Clem put on a great show, while Aaron Colton gave a solid performance to capture second place and Brian Bubash from Pennsylvania rounded out the top three.