neighbor of mine had a drag bike and he offered to take me out so I could give
it a try. He showed me the ropes and then cut me lose. I immediately
got hooked on the sport. I looked forward to every weekend of racing.
I spent the remainder of that year running in the trophy class trying to figure
out what I was doing.
In 2001 I decided to enter points and I
started racing the bike class. I had five event wins and took third in the
points qualifying me for the Bracket team. The bracket team raced at
Norwalk Raceway park for IHRA division 3. It was a blast. I went
three rounds before getting knocked out of the race. The Thompson team
went on to win the event.
In 2002 I entered the points again and ended up
fourth. I qualified as an alternate for the bracket team.
In 2003 I signed up for the IHRA
superseries and points at Thompson. I was the Bike Class Champion
this year and took first place in the IHRA superseries for TDR. I finished
the year with four event wins.
It really was a banner year for me. I lost the track championship when the
dragbike just wouldn't run the number. I got it back together, but it just
In 2004 Thompson Dragraceway switched to NHRA. For
the second year in a row I was the Bike Class Champion.
I ended up ahead by 14 rounds. I have 7 event wins, 2 lightning round wins,
and 3 runner up finishes. I also won the king of the track wally. I
won the TRACK CHAMPION after beating the Top class champion in a very close
race. I took third place in The
Valvoline Cup National Points Championship!. It really made up for
losing the track championship last year.
In 2005 I ended up second in the points. Gave it my all,
but ended coming up short. Ran my best ever of 9.68 @134 on the Dragbike.
On the Hayabusa I managed a 10.09 @143. TRP is going to go along with nhra
and allow us to run delay boxes next year. Maybe it will help us to make a
better showing at indy in 06.
In 2006 I returned as the Bike Class Champion at
Thompson. I got the dragbike to run in the 9.50's at 136 mph. On the
Hayabusa I was able to run down to 10.07 @140. I found I really liked the
delay boxes. It added a whole new challenge to racing for me. I
really learned alot about how the bike reacts as the clutch starts to heat up.
It's made me really want to see about switching to a slider next year.
In 2007 I again returned as the Bike Class Champion
at Thompson. After beating the Top and street champion I also won the
TRACK CHAMPION for the second time. The first time was in 2004.
I had five event wins this year. I did switch the bike to a slider this
year and ran a new personal best of 9.315 @ 140.783. It ran a 5.812 @116 in the
1/8th mile. On the Hayabusa I managed a 10.04 @140. We continued with the delay boxes again this year.
At the NHRA bracket finals I won the Race of Champions in the super pro bike
class. This is my second wally. I also received a cash award and 30
gallons of VP racing as. This also put me as the runner up for the world
finals in Pomona for Div3.
Keep it at the track