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Prostar: Nickelberry/Bolton Racing Atlanta summary

Nickelberry and Bolton Take Atlanta Broken parts fail to slow Oklahoma duo "We broke the transmission on the first pass, so we were behind the 8 ball a little bit," Tommy Bolton said about qualifying at the AMA/Prostar MTC Elmer Trett Nationals...

Nickelberry and Bolton Take Atlanta
Broken parts fail to slow Oklahoma duo

"We broke the transmission on the first pass, so we were behind the 8 ball a little bit," Tommy Bolton said about qualifying at the AMA/Prostar MTC Elmer Trett Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Despite the broken tranny, the Kawasaki Funnybike that Bolton built and tunes for rider Glen Nickelberry still qualified third that pass and moved up to second in round 2.

Atlanta Qualifying
round 1 3rd Glen Nickelberry 7.297 et 142.34 mph
round 2 2nd Glen Nickelberry 6.876 et 193.38 mph

Nitrous bottle pressure on Nickelberry's screaming yellow and pink Kawasaki was low on his raceday round 1 pass, breaking a piston on the run. Glen then eased the bike down the track on his round 2 bye run.

Strangely, Nickelberry was placed on the same side of the ladder as #1 qualifier Korry Hogan. When Travis Davis and Perry Hollie both blew the tree (and were subsequently DQ'd) in the quarterfinals on the other side of the ladder, Nickelberry and Hogan basically faced each other for the win in the semi. "I thought that was a little awkward," said Glen. "I'd never heard of anything like that."

Hogan had the apparent performance advantage, running a 6.717 in round 2 that turned out to be low ET of the meet. But while Nickelberry and Bolton coolly staged their repaired mount, Hogan struggled to keep his Suzuki running and had to restart. Nickelberry was out quick once the tree came down, while the out-of-synch Hogan gave up two bike lengths immediately. "Pressure," Glen smiled later. After his slow launch, Hogan either broke or let out as Nickelberry streaked away. "I beat him at the NMRA race at Vegas in 2002 also," Nickelberry remembered. Glen needed only to break the beam under power in the final to take the win.

Atlanta Eliminations

round 1
Glen Nickelberry .583 6.855 et 190.22 mph (w)
Mark Chisholm .619 7.765 et 165.11 mph

round 2
Glen Nickelberry 1.254 9.696 et (w)
Bye

round 3
Glen Nickelberry .563 6.741 et 195.11 mph (w)
Kory Hogan .705 13.794 et 53.96 mph

Final
Glen Nickelberry 1.798 (w)
Bye

Bolton and Nickelberry will continue to pick and choose which races to attend from their Oklahoma City base. In addition to the PMRA circuit, their next Prostar race will be the PR Factory Store St. Louis Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois June 5th and 6th. "My business keeps me busy and it comes first," said Nickelberry, a master jeweler. "Racing is my hobby."

"Racing helps my business and hurts my business," chimed in Bolton, whose business is high performance motorcycles. Of course, the more he's on the road, the less he's in the shop. But winning national events promotes his business back at the shop, also. "A lot of guys don't understand they can get the same thing Glen's got if they've got the money." As they say, to win money you have to spend money. Bolton's shop in Oklahoma City offers specialty services, complete turbo set-ups and motor packages for both race bikes and streetbikes and, of course, TomBo and Nickelberry racing apparel.

And speaking of money, Glen and Tommy thanked sponsors Wattie Wolfe Engineering, Majestic Turbo, Vance & Hines Motorsports, Bill Robinson Transmissions, Dynatek, TomBo Racing Engines, Rod & Todd Auto Paint, Dorian "Mr. B." Barnett, the Nickelberry family and the entire Nickelberry race team.

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