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The Ray Price Race Team at The Rock during the Carolina Spring Nitro Nationals

The Ray Price Race Team at The Rock during the Carolina Spring Nitro Nationals

  • Raleigh, NC
  • 17 May 2012

In Rockingham NC and at the home track of the Ray Price Race team the Akea Express, piloted by Tommy Grimes, qualified in the number 1 position and found its way to the finals.

Saturday was a hot day at the track but that didn’t stop Grimes from pulling a solid number right out of the gate, 6.393 ET at 218.02 mph, and jumping into the number 1 qualifying spot.

On Sunday, during round 1 eliminations, the 1,000 horsepower Top Fuel Nitro Harley drag bike was paired with R. House and advanced to the semi-finals running a 6.384 ET at 218.94 mph. In the semi-finals, both riders, Grimes and Pelrine, were quick off the light (.045 vs .048) but the Akea Express pulled ahead and there was no catching him. Grimes heads to the finals after his 6.325 ET at 221.42 mph.

“I was pleased with the performance of Grimes on the Akea Express”, said Ray Price. “the team worked hard to get the right tune in the bike and we ran consistent all weekend”.

Advancing to the finals, Grimes meets up with D. Horne once again. This was a battle to the finish and although both bikes ran 6.306 ET, each at 219 mph, Grimes finishes runner-up. Final numbers are as follows: Grimes with .028 light, 6.306 ET at 219.47 mph vs Horne’s .016 light, 6.306 ET at 219.69 mph.

“This was probably the race of the year!”, said Ray Price, “Running an identical ET and mph is nearly unheard of.”

We are back on the track May 19th and 20th competing in Atco New Jersey at the Northeast Nitro Nationals.

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, Royal Purple, Barnett Clutches & Cables, Autolite Sparkplugs, Mickey Thompson Tires, Gates Belts, Nationwide Insurance, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, JIMS USA, Industrial Machine Solutions and Wiley X. Additional thanks: Bill Hayes, Hargis Consulting, Ultra Pro Machining and Freddie Robbins.

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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.

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