The AMA/AHDRA All-American motorcycle drag racing series crowned its third year of champions in the Bill and Crissy Rowe era, despite battling some serious weather set-backs.
The season started with a Gainesville opener that was shortened by shutdown weepers on a beautiful sunny day. A rare Rockingham rain cancellation initiated the first-ever AHDRA/AMRA combined McClure Nationals. And finally, a Florida State of Emergency brought on by Hurricane Nicole canceled the Gainesville Finals. Sometimes, that’s the luck.
But champions persevere, and AHDRA recognizes their best, fourth in a series:
“I’ve been around motorcycles pretty much my whole life, but I just got started racing,” said Cody Hayworth. His inexperience on the strip didn’t prevent him from winning two 2022 AHDRA championships—10.30 and Universal Fleet & Tire 10.90.
Among Hayworth’s wins were 10.90 at the Rockingham McClure Nationals, on the eighth mile at North Florida (6.60 index), and 10.30 at Milan.
“My dad Todd has been racing his whole life, but he was racing my Sportster years ago when I asked him about making a bike for me to race,” continued Cody. “So that’s when he let me know he was already in the plans of making a new bike for him and that I could race this one. It was a dream come true!
“Last year I raced at some of the races between both sanctions (AMRA/AHDRA) and did pretty decent. So my plans this year were simple—get a win and a #1 qualifier. Needless to say, winning a championship—much less two—with AHDRA was way more than I expected. Raced hard all year and came up with two #1 plates. I had a good feeling coming into the year in 10.90, but the 10.30 championship was not at all expected. We made it to all of the races but Sturgis this year and it paid off with two championships.
“Working a full time job and racing is hard to make happen, but AZ Wire and Cable make it easier for me by giving me some sponsor money plus a couple extra days here and there for racing. Makes me a very blessed person.
“A big thanks to my mom and dad for making this a dream come true. Wire and Cable Your Way was a big help with sponsorship and made it possible to get to the races. My wife and kids are big supporters of mine and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
story and photos by Tim Hailey
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