Gateway: Billy Harper Motorsports impresses crowd

Billy Harper Motorsports Impresses Gateway Crowd Harper Makes it to First Round Elimination MADISON, Ill. (June 25, 2001) - Billy Harper and Dennis Radford slithered silently into this past weekend's National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)...

Billy Harper Motorsports Impresses Gateway Crowd
Harper Makes it to First Round Elimination

MADISON, Ill. (June 25, 2001) - Billy Harper and Dennis Radford slithered silently into this past weekend's National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) event, but left Sunday with the competition feeling the sting of their bite. The Billy Harper Motorsports teams made a strong statement as they competed in the Fifth Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals held at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., this past weekend. The deadly duo drove their Vipers to the finish line first in several qualifying rounds, with Harper putting his Dodge Viper into the final "big show" on Sunday.

Billy Harper started competition strong, flying down the drag strip at more than 217 miles per hour placing him fifth after the first round of competition with a time of 6.387 seconds. Radford wasn't far behind, with a run that would put him in the eighth spot going into Friday's second round of qualifications.

The action would heat up, and the Dodge Vipers would come up to the line for the second round, ready to improve on their already competitive times. Harper would beat his first attempt, wiping nearly a tenth of a second off his time with a 6.297 second run. Radford would also improve on his time with a 6.384, beating his prior run of 6.448 seconds.

After two rounds of competition complete, Billy Harper had the third fastest time, and was ready for his third pass. Harper beat his round competition in the next lane with another clean run, but didn't improve on his 6.297-second pass. Radford made a run of 6.701 seconds and was still off the bump time.

At the fourth and final round of qualifications, both Dodge Vipers performed, but didn't improve on earlier times. After all was said and done, Harper had put his 2000 Viper in the sixth spot for Sunday's finals, while Radford just missed making the feature show.

With only the best eight drivers in Pro Modified exhibition left, Billy Harper arrived at Gateway International Raceway on Sunday pumped and ready to steal the show. Matched against Thomas Patterson's 1963 Corvette, Harper's Dodge Viper dashed down the track at over 219 miles per hour, but was eliminated by the Chevrolet. Patterson would go on to finish third in final competition, proving Harper faced some of the toughest competition of the weekend.

"We had a pretty good weekend. The track was tough with the heat, but we did what we set out to do, and that was make it into the final competition," stated Billy Harper Motorsports General Manager, Bubba Kolb. "With this race under our belt, we will head to the next race prepared for victory."

Be sure to watch for more on the deadly Dodge Vipers of Billy Harper Motorsports.

-BHM-

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Drivers Thomas Patterson