The Ray Price Akea Drag Racing Team made history at Seattle’s Pacific Raceways track by setting a new track record for Nitro Harley. Rider Tommy Grimes beat the number one qualifier in the finals with the record-setting pass of 6.193 seconds at 242.54 MPH.
Grimes’ first pass of the weekend in qualifiers was 6.510 seconds at 218.19 MPH. With each one, Grimes continued to shave off time. His second pass was 6.372 seconds at 215.41 MPH, then positioned himself into the number two qualifier position with another quick run of 6.317 seconds at 221.34 MPH to Steve Dorn, the number one qualifier with a time of 6.289 seconds at 220.04 MPH.
The first elimination round placed Grimes racing against Dana Meeks. Grimes came out on top with a run of 6.308 seconds at 229.86 MPH. He beat Mike Pelrine next with a time of 6.248 seconds at 231.68 MPH, bringing him to the final round against Steve Dorn. This was Grimes’ best run of the season, running 6.193 seconds at 242.54 MPH.
“It was a great weekend,” Ray Price said. “. The track personnel did a great job preparing the track and made it a fun weekend of racing. Our team did a fantastic job of reading the track and dialing the bike to maximize the performance of each pass and Tommy did a superb job of riding the bike and making each pass count.”
The Ray Price Akea Drag Racing Team will head to Bristol, Tennessee for the weekend of September 6 to race at the Bristol Dragway.
The Ray Price Motorsports team sends sincere thanks to all their sponsors for their support. They include our Primary Sponsors: Akea, Ray Price Harley-Davidson, with special thanks to our Associate Sponsor Raleigh H.O.G. and our Support Sponsors: Vanson Leathers, PJ1 Products, RC Components, CP Pistons, Barnett Clutches & Cables, Autolite Sparkplugs, Mickey Thompson Tires, Gates Belts, Nationwide Insurance, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, JIMS USA, Industrial Machine Solutions, Wiley X, LAT Racing Oils and Nitrolube. Additional thanks: Bill Hayes, Hargis Consulting, Ultra Pro Machining and Freddie Robbins.