Darlington Top Fuel Harleys

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (423) 764-1164 Sept. 19, 1997 Top Fuel Harleys to be part of Snap-on Finals race program DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The rumbling roar of...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (423) 764-1164

Sept. 19, 1997

Top Fuel Harleys to be part of Snap-on Finals race program

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The rumbling roar of 570-horsepower Top Fuel Harley Davidson motorcycles will echo throughout the Darlington International Dragway grounds Sept. 25-28, when a special 8-bike exhibition will be one of the featured attractions at the second annual Snap-on Finals. The race, where world champions will be crowned in 12 IHRA classes, is the ninth and final IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series event of 1997. Red Line Oil, a manufacturer of synthetic oil, has posted $2,000 for the winner of the 8-bike eliminator, to be contested Sunday during final eliminations. Featured Top Fuel Harley riders expected to attend include Johnny Mancuso, Jim McClure, Ray Price, Mike Romine, John Russell, Steve Stordeur, Bill Furr and Jay Turner. It is the second such Top Fuel Harley exhibition on the IHRA Snap-on Tools drag racing series this season. The bikes were also featured at the recent Prolong Super Lubricants / Ohio Lottery World Nationals presented by Ethanol Performs at the Norwalk (Ohio) Raceway Park. Mancuso, currently the points leader in one of two drag bike sanctions that feature Top Fuel Harleys as the headline attraction, says getting the opportunity to run with the IHRA is a win-win situation. "With the IHRA we can get much greater exposure and in turn, give IHRA fans a little sampling of what drag bike racing is all about," said Mancuso, current points leader in the American Drag Bike Association and also a member of the 200 mile per hour club. "For fans that haven't seen us run before, it's going to be a real treat. These 600-pound bikes leave the starting line real hard and carry the front wheels to about the 1/8-mile mark. Then they float on down track and cross the finish line around seven seconds at 190 miles per hour." The current sanctioned Top Fuel Harley world record is 6.78 seconds at 200.89 miles per hour. Mancuso feels similar numbers could be posted at Darlington if conditions are right. "With the way IHRA tracks are prepared, if the air is decent we'll all be trying for personal bests," Mancuso said. "Norwalk was a perfect example of that. The track was so good there that we were all pushing our equipment to the limit. I hear Darlington's track surface is very nice, too. I don't expect any of us to go there with a conservative setup." IHRA Snap-on Tools World Champions will be crowned in four professional categories at this event, including Top Fuel, Pro Stock, Pro Modified and Alcohol Funny Car. Drivers in eight sportsman divisions will also earn titles. In addition to the 12 regular IHRA divisions and Top Fuel Harley exhibition, there will also be special runs by two 300 mile per hour jet dragsters. Darlington International Dragway is located six miles west of Darlington on Hwy. 151.

GENERAL INFORMATION

*SCHEDULE -- First round of sportsman qualifying will be 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. There will also be one round of professional qualifying Thursday, starting at 3:30 p.m. Qualifying continues Friday, with one round of sportsman and professional qualifying. The first round of Top Fuel qualifying starts Friday at 5:30 p.m. Qualifying will conclude Saturday for all divisions with the Night of Fire program, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Final eliminations begin Sunday at 12 noon.

* TICKETS -- Tickets are available for the Snap-on Finals. All tickets include free pit pass. Ticket prices are Thursday $10; Friday $10; Saturday $30; and Sunday $30. A special two-day pass for Saturday and Sunday is available for $55. For additional ticket information call 800-622-0123 or 423-764-1164.

*ON TV -- The Snap-on Finals will be televised tape-delay by ESPN2. Professional race coverage will be shown Oct. 19 at 4:30 p.m., Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. and again on Oct. 25 at 3:30 a.m. Half-hour sportsman coverage will precede each professional show.

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Series Drag
Drivers Ray Price , Steve Stordeur , Johnny Mancuso