Harper makes strong showing in Michigan. MARTIN, Mich. (July 29, 2002) - Billy Harper's hopes for a strong showing in this past weekend's International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) 21st Annual Carquest Auto Parts Northern Nationals were fulfilled...
Harper makes strong showing in Michigan.
MARTIN, Mich. (July 29, 2002) - Billy Harper's hopes for a strong showing in this past weekend's International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) 21st Annual Carquest Auto Parts Northern Nationals were fulfilled as the team made it to the final round of competition. The event, held at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan marks the team's second event of their limited 2002 racing season.
Harper and his team started their weekend events strong clocking the sixth fastest time in the first qualifying session with a time of 6.403 seconds. The quick pass on the quarter-mile dragstrip put Harper in the sixth position (out of 29 cars) heading into round two of qualifying.
With a strong pass already under their belts, Harper and the team headed to the strip for the second pass full of confidence. The second pass, clocked at 6.868 seconds at a speed of 141.15 miles per hour. After all the cars had cycled through with their second pass, Harper was on the board in the ninth position heading into the third round of qualifying.
Although the second set of qualifying runs didn't go as smoothly as the first, Harper was able to stand on his first qualifying run and advanced into the first round of eliminations on Sunday. Sitting 12th among the final group of 16 cars, Harper was ready for the challenge posed by competing driver Fred Hahn.
Hahn, an IHRA regular in victory lane proved to have just a little more power than Harper heading down the strip. Hahn's time of .440 seconds narrowly beat Harper's strong .464-second run. All in all, the weekend proved successful and gave Harper the chance to improve on his already impressive driving skills.
"It was a good weekend for the Billy Harper Motorsports team," stated Harper. "The new track is awesome and IHRA really put on a great show for the fans. We had a good car and made two really strong passes. This team deserves all the credit for getting us to the first round of elimination."
The Billy Harper Motorsports team makes its next stop on the racing circuit in the IHRA event to be held at Norwalk Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The weekend's activities begin on August 22 and will be broadcast on ESPN2 tape delayed.