AHDRA Pro Fuel racers will have some extra financial security this year, and Nitro Funnybike racers will have a class sponsor—all courtesy of Johnny Vickers and Hawaya Racing.
Pro Fuel (formerly called Pro Dragster) racers will know before their trailers hit the road that they’ll be racing for a guaranteed purse regardless of how many competitors show up in the class.
“Something that I’m pretty adamant about, because I’ve raced all my life too, is to see that the Pro Fuel racers know what to expect,” said Vickers. “Hey, there might be only two here, only four there, but it costs the racers just as much money, just as much time off, and are going to have just as much stuff break as if there’s eight or twelve bikes. The racers that show up have done their part and I’m gonna do my part to see that they’re rewarded. So if two bikes show up, one of them’s gonna be the winner, and they’re gonna get the full $1200 winner’s purse.”
Runner-up is guaranteed $600, with $300 for semifinalists and $200 for quarterfinalists, based on five or more entries.
“When Bill Rowe announced he was buying AHDRA, I said ‘Well put Hawaya on the carburetor class.’ So that was a fast deal and a done deal and—boom, we’re off and running.
“It makes sense for us to go back now and offer more support for the AHDRA. We’re trying to help grow the sport and help the racers as well.”
That help will also extend to Nitro Funnybike, formerly called Pro Fuel. Vickers and Rowe both feel that until class participation develops, Nitro Funnybike is better off run with a purse scaled to the number of entries. But having a major sponsor like Hawaya shows that both are committed to building the class to a solid future.
Sam and April White are instrumental in helping HRP find sponsorship. Sam has been a long time Nitro Funnybike racer and remembers well how prosperous the class was in the past. “We’re going to try to grow that class and get it back to what it was previously in the glory days,” said Vickers.
So like 2020, if only one or two Nitro Funnybikes show up to an event, they will run in Top Fuel. “They’ll actually get a bigger payout in Top Fuel, and they will get points for Nitro Funnybike,” noted Vickers. “But if there are four bikes or more, they’ll run as their own class.”
The AHDRA All-American motorcycle drag racing series kicks off its second season under the stewardship of Rowe on April 17-18 at Atlanta Dragway, followed by May 22-23 at Cecil County Dragway, June 4-6 at Rockingham Dragway, June 19-20 at National Trail Raceway, August 8-10 at Sturgis, September 17-18 at South Carolina Motorsports Park (eighth mile), October 1-3 at Summit Motorsports Park (Norwalk), and November 6-7 at Gainesville Raceway, with a regional event April 30-May 1 at Darlington Dragway.
Classes are Top Fuel, Hawaya Racing Nitro Funnybike, Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel, GMS Racing Pro Open, Zippers Performance Pro Modified, Modified, Law Tigers Pro Bagger, Horsepower Inc. Hot Street, Outlaw Street, 9.30 index, Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson 9.90, 10:30 index, Universal Fleet & Tire 10.90, 11.50 index, T-Man Performance Bagger Eliminator, Mad Monkey Motorsports Eliminator, and Trophy.
AHDRA competitors are champion racers such as Rich Vreeland, Bob “Opie” Malloy, Tracy Kile, Sam White, Preston “President” Bartlett, Jim Martin, Rocky Jackson, Jeff Workman, John Price, Mike Motto, Rylan Mason, Branon White, Scott Schenkel, John Schotts, Brad Reiss Jr., Kevin Winters, Greg Quinn, Tom Krava, Donnie Huffman, and many, many more.
AHDRA’s Bill Rowe, his family and crew, can’t wait to welcome all the racers, fans and sponsors back at the track for an even better 2021!
AHDRA is owned by Pulse Marketing, the Hellertown, Pennsylvania-based motorsports promotion company run by veteran drag racer Rowe and his family.
AHDRA thanks Cox Double Eagle Harley-Davidson , Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson , Gainesville Harley-Davidson , MTC Engineering , Hawaya Racing , GMS Racing Engines , T-Man Performance , Zippers Performance , Horsepower Inc. , Mad Monkey Motorsports , Vanson Leathers , Law Tigers , Universal Fleet & Tire , and Racers For Christ
story and photos by Tim Hailey