BOISE, Idaho (August 14, 2001) - The Dodge Vipers of Billy Harper Motorsports (BHM) tasted victory this past weekend at the highly competitive 30th Annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals held at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho. The BHM duo of Dennis...
BOISE, Idaho (August 14, 2001) - The Dodge Vipers of Billy Harper Motorsports (BHM) tasted victory this past weekend at the highly competitive 30th Annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals held at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho. The BHM duo of Dennis Radford and Billy Harper finished first and second respectively in Sunday's Pro Modified division finals in front of a screaming crowd.
The weekend for the BHM teammates started strong on Friday, as Billy Harper blasted a 6.61-second (213.47 mile) run down the quarter-mile dragstrip of Firebird Raceway. Radford, who owned the track record going into the weekend's competition, completed a fast pass of 6.64 seconds with his nitrous Viper. After the night was through, Harper and Radford were sitting in second and third positions, respectively, heading into Saturday's competition.
On Saturday, in front of the largest crowd in Firebird Raceway's 34-year history, Billy Harper made a statement, clocking the third fastest pass in the track's existence. The only two passes that beat Harper's 6.49-second rumble were made in temperatures 30 degrees cooler than Sunday's steamy conditions. Radford, too, flew down the track during Saturday's competition putting a 6.61-second run on the board next to his name.
As both teammates headed into final competition, Harper sat in the top spot with his 6.49-second run captured in Saturday's competition. In the semi-final competition, Billy Harper claimed the fastest Pro Mod time of the weekend with a 6.486-second run, knocking off Trevor Lowe. Not to be outdone by his teammate, Dennis Radford would take his Viper to the next round after clocking in a 6.66-second pass. The teammates coasted through the second round of semi-finals, with Radford posting a 6.70-second time and Harper with a 6.53-second pass.
The final battle came down to the two Billy Harper Motorsports teammates. Harper would jump the start by a mere .001 seconds, forcing officials to disqualify the Viper. Despite the start, Harper would finish the pass in 6.53 seconds at a speed of 214 mph. Radford's experience at the Firebird facility would pay off, as he would edge out the win from his fiercest competitor and teammate, Billy Harper, with a 6.54-second rumble. The victory is Radford's second win of the season.
"It was a great weekend. I am not used to competing at such an elevation [6,000 feet], but it was awesome and we brought home two great finishes," stated Harper. "We will use this weekend to give us momentum heading into the fierce competition at Indianapolis Raceway Park."
Look for the venomous Viper duo of Billy Harper Motorsports at their next appearance at the National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA) 47th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals to be held in Clermont, Ind. at Indianapolis Raceway Park the weekend of August 29. The competition will be broadcast tape delayed on ESPN2.