The American Motorcycle Racing Association (AMRA)
started the first season with their new ownership team at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Beech Bend Raceway in April, and returned there this past weekend for the third time this year. This time around, though, the field was packed with Top Fuel—including Jay Turner and his U.S. Nationals winning teammate Randal Andras.
Qualifying didn’t go JTR’s way, and Billy Jack was #1 at only 6.78 at 204 mph.
Turner (featured photo above) was riding the bike that Mike Scott started the NHRA season on and finished with Tyler Wilson in the seat. “We’re trying some new parts on it,” Jay said as eliminations began. “It’s not liking it.”
But Turner, the bike, and it’s parts settled into a good working relationship on raceday, and Turner’s 6.39 at 217 beat Andras in an all-JTR final.
Randal Andras wasn’t able to repeat his U.S. Nationals win, but he did runner-up.
Armon Furr (shown with JTR team manager Dorothy Olson) came off his bike on the big end. Reportedly, the bike dropped a hole and Armon did the 1-2 count before twisting the throttle again. The tire spun and the bike chucked Armon off, leaving him with a broken hand, sprained ankle and some bruises.
Ryan Perry qualified #1 (6.70 at 205) and won Nitro Funnybike with a 6.89 in the final
Gary Stroud runner-upped in Nitro Funnybike
Funnybike champ Rich Vreeland qualified third and, well, you might say he finished third. His gal Patty cooks a mean burger.
Vreeland’s new Top Fuel teammate Janette Thornley won Pro Fuel with a 7.49 at 168
Dennis Walden qualified #1 with a 7.43 but could only muster an 8.21 in the final.
Donnie “All-World” Huffman won Pro Gas over Greg Frost and Super Comp over Dave “Paco” Cartwright.
Billy Doherty won Pro Modified at the April race and again this weekend, beating Shane Pendergrast in the final. Doherty also won Top Eliminator over David Doremus.
Gregg Gross won the Modified final with a 9.45 to Jeff Workman’s 9.65
Tim Grindle’s 8.07 beat Charley Douglass’ 8.38 in the Outlaw Street final
Michael Rutherford won Super Gas with an 9.89 over Joe Glaze’s 9.89 in a double breakout final
Lou Martin’s 10.29 beat Mike Hauser’s 10.27 in a double breakout Super Pro final
Joe Perry won Super Street with a 9.49 over Charley Douglass’ 9.57
Perry showing some Worldwide Bearings style
Assim Chaudhry (Dressers), Kevin Winters (Pro and Street Eliminator), John Toth (Hot Street) and Willie Paris (Eliminator) were also winners.
DJ the Nitro Santa says “See you at Christmas…..Christmas in Rockingham, that is”
Here’s my gallery of AMRA photos so far this year:
story and photos by Tim Hailey