MAN CUP FALL RACE 2014 AT SGMP:
Johnny Vickers officially became the quickest Pro Fuel Harley rider on the planet at the Manufacturers Cup finals held in Valdosta Georgia on November 15th -16th -17th, 2014. Fourteen riders entered the Hawaya Racing sponsored P/F class for their last chance to blast down the quarter mile in the 2014 season. Johnny Vickers, hot of his NHRA Championship and debut win in Las Vegas on the new Terminater bike, qualified in the #1 position running a 7.227 ET @ 172.21, collecting the $500.00 bonus money. The Derringer nation had a bounty on them going into the Cup race of $500.00 to anyone that could out qualify the Derringers and sit on the pole. Vickers first qualifying pass on Friday night of 7.254 seconds was quicker than any other Pro Fuel bike ran the entire weekend other than Janette’s 7.253 during eliminations and he just kept getting faster.
In the first round of eliminations, Vickers bested Tyler Wilson on the #2 school bike running a 7.191 ET @ 182.33 MPH. Due to 14 P/F bikes running a 16 bike ladder, Vickers had a bye in the second round of eliminations. Wanting to keep lane choice, Vickers legged it out to an improved 7.134 ET @ 181.40 MPH. By the second round of eliminations, only Derringers remained in competition. In the third round of eliminations Vickers faced off against NHRA teammate Janette Thornley. Janette’s bike has been fast all year long, and she has been working on her riding skills and reaction times and posted her fastest past to date with a 7.253 ET. Well, it is starting to pay off for her as she got the hole shot on Vickers .097 to .126 but at the stripe, it was Vickers with the win, 7.158 to Janette’s 7.512 ET. On the other side of the ladder, Dales Nilles, the #3 qualifier was marching through the field as well, securing the Man Cup Championship when Rocky Jackson made an early exit in round 1, handing the Championship to Dale. In the finals it would be the 2014 NHRA National champ against the 2014 Man Cup National champ. Vickers went into the finals with lane choice over Nilles. Both had favored the left lane in the previous rounds, but it was Vickers lane of choice. When the tree came down, Dale got the advantage over Johnny .063 to .115 giving Dale a .052 second advantage. By the 60-foot mark, 1.219 seconds for Dale to 1.162 seconds for Vickers, that advantage was gone and then some (.057). Vickers and the Terminater bike charged to the finish line running the quickest pass ever recorded for a Pro Fuel Harley and setting a new world record in the process.
We initially got in involved with the management of the Man Cup events after Prostar went under and worked with them to include the Pro Fuel Harleys in their program. I thought it was a great program and would be good exposure for the P/F class. Since then, HRP has provided sponsorship for this class in the Man Cup events. I always run well at the Cup events says Johnny. Especially at South Georgia Motorsports Park. I had set the previous world record at a 7.12 ET two years earlier, so I thought it would be the perfect time to give the new bike a ride. After the Las Vegas race, I was starting to get comfortable on it and knew that the track and conditions would be there. It is unfortunate that I lost my Racepak system Saturday afternoon. I tuned the bike all Sunday with no computer data, just seat of the pants. You can tell if you look at the data as I slowed down on Q3 when I went the wrong way on the tune-up. For the finals, I went the opposite direction on the tune and went 7.097 seconds, setting the new record. The new chassis is working as expected, so now I will move forward with the Gen 4 Derringer upgrades as planned. I will test the new engine components at the first NHRA race at No Problem Raceway in March.” It was a great race as over 660 entrants representing at least 7 countries, lined up to do battle at the final race of the year.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
As always, we are deeply thankful for our sponsors, which make our efforts and successes a reality. We could not do it with out their help.
Hawaya Racing Products would like to thank VP Racing Fuels, Mickey Thompson Tires, Vanson Leathers, Venom Group International, Pac Racing Springs, Projack, Vreeland’s Harley Davidson, Pingle Enterprises, CP Pistons and Lucas Oil for their continued support. Johnny would also like to thank the employees, friends and supporters of HRP for all of their efforts that help make Hawaya Racing a success. And last but not least, we would like to thank S&S Cycle for adding $200.00 to the #1 qualifier purse in the Pro Fuel class.