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No. 1 Qualifier Michael Ray and Star Racing set new

 

company and career best ET and speed


AMERICUS, Ga. – Michael Ray set new career best records for himself and new company records for Star Racing as he rocketed to the No. 1 qualifier position in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle going into tomorrow’s elimination rounds at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Fla.

Ray’s fourth round qualifying pass of 6.793 at 197.74 mph set new ET and top speed records for both Ray and Star Racing, surpassing all previous numbers set by the company during their 31-year career in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competition. This run that shot Ray to the No. 1 spot from the No. 7 position was also the top mile per hour of the event so far.

In the 80-degree, less than ideal conditions for this last qualifying round, the second best ET of the round was a 6.849/195 mph posted by Andrew Hines. Ray also posted the top incremental times and mile per hour at every marker except the 60-foot, which was the second best of the round.

“I think it’s every team’s goal to show up at the Gators to be Number One and be the fastest with low ET and top speed. Especially for us to come out of the pre-season sponsorship issues and run those numbers, that shows that we’re really here to focus on racing. I think for us to go low like we did just shows that we came out ready for battle,” Ray said.

As the No. 1 qualifier going into Sunday eliminations rounds, Ray will be racing No. 16 qualifier Fredrik Fredlund first round.

 “When I was asked how we went a 6.79 at 197 mph I said ‘It’s all thanks to lots of people – lots of people!’ The guys at the Star Racing shop that don’t get recognized – Derek, Ron, Greg, Derrell, Randal, Toby, Jacob – these guys are really just as important as the ones that we all see out here jumping around and acting stupid when the big numbers come up. We also have a lot of people helping us put the funding together so that we can afford to go this fast. There are about 10 people that just want to help us race NHRA because they love Star Racing, Michael Ray and Chaz Kennedy,” Star Racing co-owner and team crew chief George Bryce said.

Ray’s teammate, Rookie of the Year contender Chaz Kennedy, is also qualified at No. 13 for his first NHRA Gatornationals event. Kennedy will face Hines in round one eliminations tomorrow at a race that marks his fourth Pro Stock Motorcycle appearance ever.

The Star Racing team is confident that they can continue to post strong performance numbers during tomorrow’s competition.

“I was interviewed at the starting line after the .79 showed up, and I was so excited that I didn’t see the mile per hour. All guys that work on engines for a living will tell you that the mile per hour shows the horsepower. In the past, we’ve always been good as a team to have great short numbers – like the 60-foot, the 660 – but we haven’t shown many big horsepower numbers like that where we’ve gotten top speed of the meet. I must say that the meet isn’t over, so there may be some more top speeds, but as of right now we have top speed of the meet,” Bryce said.

Round one of final eliminations for the NHRA Pro Stock classes will begin at noon tomorrow Sunday, March 16, 2014.

The Star Racing Team would like to thank the following sponsors:
  • Star Racing
  • Georgia International Raceway Park
    (formerly the Americus Motorsports Complex)
  • HopUpYourHarley.com
  • Underground Professionals Inc. (UPI)
  • Uncle Hal Gottspeed Racing
  • Gainesville Harley-Davidson
  • Jay Warner
  • S&S Cycle
  • Daytona Sensors
  • Worldwide Bearings



Michael Ray Chaz Kennedy

 

Star Racing Fast Facts:

  • Based in Americus, Georgia
  • Six-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Championships
  • 80 NHRA national event wins with 10 different riders
  • Owned by George & Jackie Bryce

Michael Ray Fast Facts:

  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
  • Job: Harley-Davidson motorcycle salesman
  • Years in racing: 12

Chaz Kennedy Fast Facts:

  • Age: 19 years old
  • From: Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Job: Star Racing crew member
  • Years in drag racing: 4


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