Jeff Downer Last year I was flim flammed into becoming associated with a drag racing motorcycle effort called RockaTrain Racing. We are half way through the 2013 season and I thought an update was in order.
Not much has changed since the end of last season. Team owner and local musician Preacher (aka James Compton) is still off his meds and the bike is still prepped and ridden by Chris Chiesi (“He’s a baaaaad man”). The big news is somehow Chris has convinced Preacher to the juice bike with the nitrous. There will be more about that later.
The Jeff Downer Bail Bonds sponsored ride is a 1992 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 based and uprated with a 1340cc motor, modified frame and all kinds of go fast goodies. It’s old school but all the more fun for it. It competes in NHDRO sanctioned street classes.
The team’s first outing was at Lucas Oil Raceway Park (Home of the NHRA nationals) on May17th-19th and thanks to a starter clutch issue was unable to compete in the Street Classes.
All was not entirely lost as the the team was able to compete in the Grudge Racing action on Saturday night. That’s a pretty outrageous time Straight up match racing with no rules as far as the bikes go and there can be some serious cash being wagered ($10,000 on one race) not to mention the trash talk. The RockaTrain bike was able to make several runs all of them sub 10 second even with the new nitrous system not yet online.
The next round was again at Raceway Park the weekend of July 12th -14th. This time around the results were much improved. Chris was able to dial in at 9.7 seconds for the 1/4 mile and reach the quarterfinals despite the nitrous system still experiencing issues remaining offline. Then of course there was the Grudge racing which for me is the most fun.
Next up is the NHDRO Summer Celebration at Lucas Oil Raceway Park the weekend of August 16th-19th. RockaTrain’s second GSX-R is still waiting for the completion of an engine rebuild but hopefully Preacher will still be competing on his Suzuki SV650 alongside Chris.