Vipers to Slither into Gateway this Weekend PADUCAH, Ky. (June 20, 2001) - The Pro Modified Dodge Vipers of Billy Harper and Dennis Radford will slither their way into southern Illinois this weekend for the National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA)...
Vipers to Slither into Gateway this Weekend
PADUCAH, Ky. (June 20, 2001) - The Pro Modified Dodge Vipers of Billy Harper and Dennis Radford will slither their way into southern Illinois this weekend for the National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA) Fifth Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals. There will be plenty of racing action and dragster thunder at the Gateway International Raceway, located in Madison, Ill., when the track opens its doors to spectators and competition beginning tomorrow.
Harper and Radford hope to sneak up on their competition, as this will be the first time both drivers of the Billy Harper Motorsports team, Billy Harper and Dennis Radford, will be taking on the NHRA competition together. Radford, a Baker City, Ore.-native, made a spectacular run earlier in the NHRA's 25th Annual Fox Hunt held in Boise, Idaho. Harper has yet to compete with the NHRA this year and is making only his second start in Pro Mod competition in 2001. Billy Harper Motorsports hopes that the 1/4-mile asphalt dragstrip of Gateway International Raceway will be friendly to the team. "Gateway will have plenty of strong teams there. The NHRA, itself, is competitive and the best Pro Mod teams will be making runs, and I think that we have a fast machine," stated Harper.
The team doesn't just think they have competitive cars; they have actually tested their Pro Modified Vipers at the Gateway facility. Harper and his team visited the track earlier this month in preparation for the beginning of their 2001 competition season. The team made several fast and straight passes, giving them confidence that their car was "on the right track."
Harper's Dodge Viper has a 2,200 horsepower engine with a classic body style that has been dramatically modified to enhance the appearance and performance of the vehicle. The Pro Modified series offers drivers a choice when deciding how to enhance their engine. The teams can either add nitrous oxide to the engine or supercharge the engine. Harper has opted for nitrous oxide to give him enough power to charge down the drag strip at speeds of over 200 miles per hour.
Harper and his teammate, Radford, will make their way to Gateway for this weekend's events, with final competition taking place on Sunday, June 24. Be sure to watch for updates on the Vipers.