Team Lummus Making Big Power in '04 Even high elevation can't get the Gene Lummus Harley-Davidson Team down. At the AHDRA Screamin' Eagle Championship Series race at Phoenix (the second race of the season), four-time Rivera/Primo Street Pro...
Team Lummus Making Big Power in '04
Even high elevation can't get the Gene Lummus Harley-Davidson Team down. At the AHDRA Screamin' Eagle Championship Series race at Phoenix (the second race of the season), four-time Rivera/Primo Street Pro champ Travis Lummus ran sea level numbers in the high desert on his Gene Lummus H-D bike. "We ran 152.10 mph there, and that's in Phoenix. That's unheard of!" Lummus said. Travis wasn't able to back up the MPH record, but that didn't temper his enthusiasm. "We ran a 9.13 there, and that's unheard of."
<pre> Phoenix Street Pro qualifying round 1 1st Travis Lummus 9.235 et 147.67 mph round 2 1st Travis Lummus 9.228 et 147.42 mph round 3 1st Travis Lummus 9.189 et 152.07 mph
</pre> Almost as unheard of was the fact that Lummus didn't actually have to race anybody on Sunday. After running that .13 on a round 1 bye, Travis watched Gainesville runner-up Jordan Cruz blow the tree completely in round 2 and Steve Stute redlight in the final. "I guess they were gonna try to tree me but they both redlit," said Travis. "You can't win if you do that."
<pre> Phoenix Street Pro eliminations
round 1 Travis Lummus .033 9.137 et 148.32 (w) bye
round 2 semi Travis Lummus .300 9.155 et 148.30 (w) Jordan Cruz left before the tree was activated
final round Travis Lummus .167 9.356 et 146.96 (w) Steve Stute redlight
</pre> "We just had a spectacular weekend. We went quicker every pass except the last two and we kept riding wheelies. I had to come out of the gas early or shift early every pass, otherwise we would have run 9.0s for sure."
Travis started the 2004 season at Gainesville, Florida as you might expect, qualifying #1 with a 9.123 and taking the final round win over Cruz. Travis went through no-showing Rodney Poindexter Jr. and Bruce Cronenberger before taking on the Buell of Ft. Lauderdale's Cruz.
<pre> Gainesville Street Pro qualifying round 1 1st Travis Lummus 9.294 et 146.86 mph round 2 1st Travis Lummus 9.195 et 148.02 mph round 3 1st Travis Lummus 9.123 et 149.10 mph
Gainesville Street Pro eliminations
round 1 Travis Lummus .031 9.135 et 148.46 (w) P.R.Poindexter broke
round 2 semi Travis Lummus .069 9.110 et 148.73 (w) Bruce Cronenberger .061 9.989 et 132.97
final round Travis Lummus .238 9.161 et 147.90 (w) Jordan Cruz .145 9.843 et 143.83
</pre> The Gene Lummus H-D team is comfortable enough with their Street Pro program that they did absolutely nothing to the bike in the off-season. "We topped it of with gas," said Travis. "Otherwise, it's exactly the same."
"That motor was fresh in Rockingham," said Travis's dad Gene, referring to the second to last race in '03. "We tuned it up but didn't put rings or anything in it. We sent the transmission to R&D and installed a Racepak computer for clutch management."
A rule aimed at ensuring streetability also failed to topple the Lummus's dominance. "We have to ride the bike everywhere we go now," said Travis.
The Lummus team's familiarity with their package showed in Travis's numbers at Gainesville: a 9.29, a .19, a .12 and an .11 along with a new 149.10 mph record. And Travis's riding was quicker and smoother than ever.
The team finally hit a kink in the final round of the most recent AHDRA event at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas.
<pre> Dallas Street Pro qualifying round 1 1st Travis Lummus 9.354 et 149.17 mph round 2 1st Travis Lummus 9.263 et 148.07 mph round 3 1st Travis Lummus 9.225 et 147.58 mph
Dallas Street Pro eliminations
round 1 Travis Lummus .175 9.166 et 148.34 (w) Ray Devine .177 broke
final round Travis Lummus .221 9.916 et 145.63 Jordan Cruz .089 9.801 et 145.60 (w)
</pre> "We didn't get outrun, we got beat," Travis said about the final round in Big D. "We had a malfunction in the bike. We did a .35, a .26, a .22, a .16, and in the last round we did a 9.91. That's not getting outperformed, that's getting beat."
True enough, Travis upped his own national speed record with a 149.17 right off the trailer. But the bike backfired when he cranked it for the final against Gainesville runner-up Cruz. "That bent the butterfly valves and it was idling wrong," reported Travis. "It tried to pull me through the lights. But I do want to congratulate Jordan on his first Street Pro win.
"I'm really excited about Junior winning," continued Travis, talking about teammate Junior Pippin's Joker Machine Pro Modified win over champion Cliff Dwy at Dallas. "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometime," laughed Pippin. "When it's your day, it's your day."
It was actually Pippin's weekend, as he was fast out of the box and qualified #1 with a new track record. "I think I set track records at the last seven Pro Modified races," said Pippin, who knew for sure that it was at least the last six.
<pre> Dallas Pro Modified qualifying round 1 2nd Junior Pippin 8.544 et 148.27 mph round 2 1st Junior Pippin 8.38 et 152.2 mph round 3 1st Junior Pippin sat out
</pre> "They had a thing at the track for my good friend Jim McClure," said Junior, referring to a special opening ceremony at Dallas for the Top Fuel legend who recently passed away. "So that #1 qualifying spot means more to me than any #1 qualifying spot ever."
On raceday, Junior worked his way through the field to face Dwy, a West Coast competitor whose Sasquatch Racing team took the championship in '03. Suddenly the underdog, Dwy redlit against Pippin. "I had to knock the Beast of the West down a notch or two," laughed Junior. "I like those guys, though, those guys are great."
<pre> Dallas Pro Modified eliminations
round 1 Junior Pippin .108 8.518 et 148.49 mph (w) Bruce Beltramini .080 8.745 et 145.96 mph
round 2 semi Junior Pippin .068 8.334 et 152.85 mph (w) Shaun Reno .033 8.613 et 152.77 mph
final round Junior Pippin .028 8.367 et 152.61 mph (w) Cliff Dwy red 8.643 et 152.74 mph
</pre> Even at Phoenix, Travis was almost as excited about the 8.302 that his teammate Junior Pippin ran in Joker Machine Pro Modified there as he was about his own winning performance. But #1 qualifier Pippin's 8.30 came in the first round of eliminations. After that, an 8.59 was enough for Junior to overcome Eddie Lee's .002 light in the semi, but defending champion Dwy's 8.528 secured the Phoenix win over Pippin in a close final round race.
<pre> Phoenix Pro Modified qualifying round 1 1st Junior Pippin 8.409 et 153.63 mph round 2 1st Junior Pippin 8.386 et 154.25 mph round 3 1st Junior Pippin 8.366 et 155.63 mph
Phoenix Pro Modified eliminations
round 1 Junior Pippin .151 8.302 et 156.90 mph (w) Bruce Beltramini .260 8.909 et 144.94 mph
round 2 semi Junior Pippin .119 8.591 et 155.81 mph (w) Eddie Lee .002 8.909 et 148.80 mph
final round Junior Pippin .043 8.583 et 153.06 mph Cliff Dwy .051 8.528 et 154.16 mph (w)
</pre> "We set the MPH record in the eighth mile (131.05), to my surprise," said Junior.
"I wanna thank an old friend of mine, Mr. Bob Taft. He owns a motorcycle shop in Decatur, Illinois--Rats Whole Place. He helped me with that lyin' computer."
The computers at Gainesville Raceway weren't lyin' when Pippin's winlight came on, proving that his strong finish in '03 had carried over into the opening event of '04. Getting quicker each round against the likes of George Walls and Eddie Lee, Junior ran a low ET of 8.369 in the final against Shaun Reno after Shaun ran afoul of the autostart system. Pippin also qualified #1 for the event and showed early that he would mount a strong challenge to Dwy's quest to repeat as champion.
<pre> Gainesville Pro Modified qualifying round 1 1st Junior Pippin 8.428 et 154.13 mph round 2 1st Junior Pippin 8.870 et 134.00 mph round 3 1st Junior Pippin 8.404 et 152.25 mph
Gainesville Pro Modified eliminations
round 1 Junior Pippin .137 8.609 et 147.10 mph (w) George Walls .888 broke
round 2 Junior Pippin .008 8.698 et 130.30 mph (w) Bye
round 3 semi Junior Pippin .026 8.376 et 154.93 mph (w) Eddie Lee .068 8.481 et 153.37 mph
final round Junior Pippin 1.402 8.369 et 153.55 mph Shaun Reno fouled at the tree
</pre> Now established as the Pro Mod team-to-beat in '04, Pippin and Gene Lummus fit together like sidekicks in a Western movie. "Ole Gene and I just pretty much hit it off right off the bat," said Junior. "He's a hard working old fella is what he is. Gene owns that Harley shop and makes pretty good money, but he works there in the shop. He does a lot for me.
"I was gonna go to Reynolds (Georgia) to the Fun Run, but I went to Dallas instead," continued Pippin, who owns a 19 dump truck trucking company in Conyers, Georgia. "They had 8200 people in Reynolds." That sounds like a good party that Junior missed, but the race for championships will likely keep Junior, Travis, and Gene crisscrossing the country with the AHDRA circuit all spring, summer and fall. "The Beast form the West is gonna have to deal with Junior!"
Junior and Travis thanked S&S Cycle, Red Line Oil, Rinehart Racing, Works Shocks, Spyke, G2 Motorsports, Pro Street Frameworks, Rivera Engineering and Screamin' Eagle, Reed Randall Properties, Tim Hunter and Associates, John McGee of Bandit clutch, engine builder Steve Allstadt and everyone at the Gene Lummus Harley-Davidson shop.
The next stop for the AHDRA and Gene Lummus Harley-Davidson Racing is the Southern Nationals at Junior Pippin's home track, Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, May 29-30. Although don't be surprised if you see Junior in Bakersfield before then...