Billy Harper - Martin race preview

Harper will feel right at home at Michigan dragstrip. PADUCAH, Ky. (July 24, 2002) - Billy Harper spends most of his waking hours thinking about construction projects. Harper, President of Harper Industries, a holding company for several ...

Harper will feel right at home at Michigan dragstrip.

PADUCAH, Ky. (July 24, 2002) - Billy Harper spends most of his waking hours thinking about construction projects. Harper, President of Harper Industries, a holding company for several construction related firms, knows just what goes into building a new stretch of road. With his concrete, sand and asphalt knowledge, he will probably have a greater appreciation than most for the 14-million dollar price tag of this weekend's racing venue: US 131Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan. The track re-opened its gates last month to drag strip enthusiasts with a 1/4-mile of new racing surface, six staging lanes, new grandstands and a larger pit area for the teams.

This weekend's event, the International Hot Road Association (IHRA) 21st Annual Carquest Auto Parts Northern Nationals, will mark the highlight of the 2002 season for the track located between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Harper is hoping that it will be the highlight of his 2002 season as well. Competing in only one other race this season, Harper has had a tough time staying away from his favorite pastime.

"I can't wait to get to Michigan to check out the new surface," said Harper. I've never been to that track before, but I hear with the improvements that it's one of the best dragstrips in the nation. The team has prepared an awesome machine for me and my motor should run like a dream after we smoothed out the kinks out a few weeks ago at Gateway."

Late last month the Billy Harper Motorsports team made its 2002 racing debut at Gateway (Ill.) International Raceway clocking the third-fastest nitrous time of the weekend. Although the Pro Modified Viper didn't make it to the final round of competition in the event, Harper was still pleased with his team's performance.

This weekend's activities begin Friday with the first round of Pro Modified qualifying. The pro mods will hit the 1/4 dragstrip again on Saturday before the big show on Sunday afternoon. For more information on Harper's favorite sport, log on to www.ihra.com.

-bhm-

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