"Hotter Than Hell" - AMRA Summer Shootout at Bowling Green
June 29, 2012
After the exciting trip back from Norwalk, Tom Caldwell freshened up his Pro Stock/Pro Gas bike, made arrangements for an "uncrunched" vehicle to use to get to AMRA Bowling Green. (Thanks to Garvin Wiawiaole for use of the truck!)
Jerry Cardwell at Trailer Specialist in Knoxville, repaired the trailer so it could be used at least until we acquire the components to make the repairs. Dana Eckhart of Knoxville signed up to be much needed crew at Bowling Green.
Early Friday morning Caldwell and Eckhart pulled out and arrived at Trammel Creek Cycle Works at 11 a.m., to do a "meet and greet" for Mike, Vikki and their customers. Trammel creek has signed up again for the September race at Bowling Green. Mike and Vicki had arranged for Matt Pedigo, from Citizen-Times newspaper in Scottsboro, KY, to take photos and do an interview for his article.
On the road again and after a quick trip Caldwell rolled in to Bowling Green about 1:30 and setup after visiting with AMRA staff and crew, "I walked the track and decided to save the runs for Saturday as the bike has been running like the wind! Saturday morning while prepping the bike Dana spotted an issue with my rear tire! It was chunked! It had 2 quarter size chunks missing! Wow, “OK”, I stepped back and decided to install my year old slick on it, as a replacement was not to be had. Thank goodness, I had it! I could not stand another tire explosion and destroy the bike and myself."
AMRA had a full field of 8 bikes in Pro Gas. Saturday, Caldwell qualified #1 at 8.27 the latter with a 8.24 @ 159.59 mph in 98 degree heat! "I was spinning all the way through low gear with 130 degree track temps."
"Sunday, the track came back to something manageable mostly because we ran immediately after the fuel bikes. The track temp was 140 then. I acquired a bog situation but, advanced to the second round, where we had a staging duel and I was not going to stage first. I was a little late but, I had a .6 advantage and the HORSE to “Git-R-Done”! The results were running a "8.299 @ 161 mph Sunday in 104 degree heat."
Caldwell went on to say, "We had a SHORT turn around for the finals and I was not able to re-tune my clutch for the bog but, Mark Colburn broke a chain; Steve Allstaedt spotted me on the line and I got the single with a slight bog and ran a 8.41 @ 159 mph again in the 104 degree heat. It was not pretty but, the last man standing is the winner!"
2012 Results to date:
4 #1 qualifiers
Not too shabby for the “Old Guys Do Rule Racing Team”
Thanks to:SA RACING (Best damn heads available)
RED LINE OILS
SOUTHERN BIKER MAGAZINE
MARY LOU BREWTON
WEST HAVEN SPEED EQUIPMENT
A special thanks to Trammel Creek Cycle Works for their support at this event!
Hope to see everyone at AHDRA Bristol RACE, I will be ready for the home crowd!