George Case, vice president and general manager at Maple Grove Raceway, has accepted the Pro Stock Motorcycle challenge issued by Infineon Raceway in Sonoma with open arms.
Maple Grove Raceway and Infineon Raceway are considered the two fastest quarter-mile dragstrips in the country for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
Following this past weekend’s record-setting event in Reading, Infineon Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page issued a challenge to Case for the 2007 season: The facility that is the site of the quickest elapsed time for a single run in Pro Stock Motorcycle takes bragging rights.
Case has accepted the challenge and is putting up shoofly pie for the entire Infineon Raceway staff. Shoofly pie is a traditional Pennsylvania-Dutch dessert that is renowned in the area around Maple Grove Raceway. Page is wagering a case of premier Sonoma Valley wine.
“We may be more traditional out here on the East Coast, but we’ve cultivated a strong following for the Pro Stock Motorcycles, and we certainly know how to go fast out here,” said Case. “We’re looking forward to a great challenge next year and enjoying our case of Sonoma wine.”
Maple Grove holds the current national record for elapsed time, set by Angelle Sampey at 6.939 seconds this past weekend at the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals, and also had the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle field in history. Infineon Raceway had owned those records prior to this past weekend. Of the 22 six-second runs in the history of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, 10 have been made at Maple Grove and eight at Infineon.
It’s a tailor-made grudge match, one that will be settled on the dragstrip during the 2007 NHRA POWERade Racing Series season. Infineon Raceway hosts the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals July 27-29, and Maple Grove hosts the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals Aug. 16-19.
“Everybody likes to sit around and bet on the game, and to have two of our super tracks issue a challenge is just fantastic,” said Steve Johnson, who rides the Snap-on Tools Suzuki. “This is great for the awareness of the Pro Stock Motorcycles, and I know it will make all the riders want to try that much harder at both Infineon Raceway and Maple Grove Raceway in 2007.”
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