Hawaya Racing Team headed to Hebron, Ohio this past weekend for the NHRA Lucas Oil Screamin Eagle Series race presented by Harley Davidson Motor Company. Johnny Vickers in his fifth NHRA event this year, was riding the #2 school bike, Janette Thornley, Rich Vreeland and Dennis Fisher on Dale Nilles bike and Gary Stroud rounded out the 5 bike all Derringer field.
In qualifying, Janette Thornley who was just stupid fast all weekend, qualified in the #1 spot in the second round of qualifying running a 7.288 ET and Dennis Fisher qualified in the #2 spot with a 7.333 ET pass. Johnny Vickers was #3 with a 7.430 pass at 172.96 MPH (top MPH of the meet) on HRP #2 bike. Rich Vreeland, who was also running his Nitro Funny bike in the Top Fuel class, qualified in the #4 spot running a 7.659 pass and Gary Stroud on his machine wound up #5.
During the first round of eliminations on Sunday, Vickers ran quicker than on his qualifying time turning a 7.354 @ 172.06 MPH against Rich’s strong 7.512 pass. Janette had a bye, running another great pass with a 7.365 ET pass. This would pitch team mates Janette and Johnny against each other in the semi’s with only .011 seconds separating them. Gary Stroud upset the #2 qualifier Dennis Fisher, giving Gary a bye into the finals. In the second round it was Vickers, #1 in the points against Thornley, #2 in points. Vickers got the hole shot and win over Thornley running a 7.386 pass to Janette’s 7.438 in the best race of the weekend for the Pro Fuelers. In an all Derringer final Vickers would take on Stroud for the Wally. The final was a bit un-eventful, as Gary’s machine was wounded from the previous pass. But being a true racer, Gary made the call to keep Johnny honest. When the lights came down, Gary broke the beam and shut off while Vickers ran his best ET of the meet, 7.333 seconds @ 172.67 MPH to win the event.
“I had never run the Columbus track before and the weather conditions were all over the place all weekend with sun, cloud cover, rain, more sun. We only got in 2 rounds of qualifying due to the weather. The track personal did an excellent job of keeping up with the track all weekend. Sunday the weather did improve as far as the rain goes, but very hot and humid. When I ran the final pass, the water grains in the air was 117, that’s tough. Another new thing for me at this event was the fact that I was riding the #2 school bike. I have never ridden this bike before. Although I do the best I can to make them identical, I can tell you that there are some differences, so it took me a bit to get comfortable and a direction on the tune up says Johnny”
The next stop for the Hawaya Racing Team will be in August at the Man Cup event in Valdosta, Georgia.
Team Hawaya would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support and commitment to the sport of Motorcycle Drag racing as well as Walter Halonski & Janeane Diffin for their dedication to the Hawaya Racing Team.
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