Coolbeth And Factory Harley Place Sixth At Springfield. Mees Stretches His Grand National Series Lead to 12 Points
Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Factory Team rider Kenny Coolbeth finished sixth in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship race on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The race was won by Bryan Smith on the Crosley Radio Kawasaki. South East Harley-Davidson rider Sammy Halbert rode a Harley-Davidson® XR750 motorcycle to finish second, and Rogers Racing/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees was third, also on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle
“Everybody was racing really well today, and the Factory Harley was right in there but we just didn’t quite have enough power to pass on the straights,” said Coolbeth. “There was just one line in the corners, and if I went high I lost traction. It was one of those races where you needed to be patient and wait for the rider in front to make a mistake, but that just didn’t happen today.”
Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer`s Harley-Davison rider Jake Johnson took the lead at the start of the 25-lap main, heading a pack that included Mees, Coolbeth, USC Kawasaki rider JD Beach, Halbert, and Smith. That group shuffled positions at the front for the duration of the race. Smith took the lead on lap six but could not shake Halbert, Mees and Johnson, who were never more than a tenth of a second back. Beach and Coolbeth fell just off the pace but remained within striking distance of the lead, less than a second from the front. At the finish, Smith nipped Halbert by 0.041 seconds, with Mees 0.263 seconds behind. Beach moved up to fourth on the last lap, followed by Johnson in fifth place and then Coolbeth, just 0.826 seconds back from first place.
Earlier in the day, Smith also won the four-lap Dash for Cash sprint bonus race. Coolbeth was fourth in the Dash.
After 13 of 16 AMA Grand National events, Mees leads the series with 243 points, followed by Johnson with 231 points, Halbert with 220 points and Smith with 172 points. Coolbeth is ninth with 113 points.
The Grand National Twins will next race on September 30 on the Santa Rosa Mile at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines scored a holeshot win over his teammate, Ed Krawiec, in the final round of the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway to earn his fifth event win of the season and keep the Harley-Davidson team undefeated in 11 events during 2012.
Facing each other in the final for the fourth time this season, Hines and Krawiec came to the line on Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® motorcycles finished in brilliant Hard Candy paint – purple for Krawiec and green for Hines – a throwback to the classic metal flake finish of the 1970s. They then staged a classic drag race. Krawiec had the faster Elapsed Time at 6.858 seconds, but Hines left the line 0.008-second sooner and won with a 6.862 ET, winning by 0.0042 second, or about a foot at the finish line.
“I’ve lost to Ed three times in the finals this season, so I guess I’m due,” said Hines, who earned his 30th National event win, tying him with crew chief, older brother, and fellow three-time PSM World Champion, Matt, for class wins. “Both Harley V-Rods were really evenly matched all weekend, so I knew it would take a good start to win the final, and it was a great race. Now that we are into the Countdown events, we came in here feeling like we had to defend our undefeated record in the regular season. Everything has reset and we need the points, so this was a great start for the team.”
Krawiec was the top seed when the points were reset among the top ten riders for the six-race Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoffs. But it was Hines who set the pace in qualifying, with a 6.851 ET that just nipped Krawiec’s 6.853-second run. That consistency would work for the team all weekend, despite a rain delay that postponed the start of Sunday eliminations for several hours.
“The track got cooler and tighter after the rain, which works for us,” said Krawiec. “We were putting down some excellent 60-foot times, which is essential for us to win. The V-Rods really loved the track conditions.”
Krawiec powered through eliminations with a win over ZLOOP Suzuki rider LE Tonglet in round one and automatic advancement in rounds two and three when both Sovereign/Star Buell rider Scott Pollacheck and Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. fouled at the start. Krawiec’s 6.831-second ET in the third round was the quickest pass of the event.
Hines had a bye in the first round and a win in round two over Pirana Z Buell rider Shawn Gann. Hines advanced to the final after the Lucas Oil Buell of Hector Arana Sr. broke at the start.
Hines tightened the points race with his victory. Krawiec is still leading with 2215 points, but Hines is just 10 behind at 2205. Arana Jr. is in third place with 2151 points, followed by Arana Sr. with 2139 and Pollacheck with 2092 points.
The Pro Stock Motorcycles will be back in action Sept. 20-23 at the 27th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas, Texas.
Motorsports Liquidator, the purchaser of Excess Aftermarket Inventory now sells Repairable Motorcycles.
Starting September 1st Motorsports Liquidator purchases and sells repairable motorcycles. These motorcycles presently have salvage titles. To ease the process Motorsports Liquidator places the motorcycles into one of four categories, provides a complete written description and photos of the bike with close-up shots of all damage:
- Tier 1: Cosmetic Damage ONLY – Runs and Rides, will pass safety inspection, has some dents and scratches
- Tier 2: Structural Damage / Limited – Runs and Moves under its own power, NOT able to be ridden due to damage
- Tier 3: Structural Damage – Runs, does NOT move under its own power due to damage
- Tier 4: Structural Damage – Does NOT Run or Move under its own power
“This is a great opportunity for dealers to offer their customers a true entry level priced motorcycle and significantly increase their profit margin. Once repaired, it’s a simple matter of having the bike safety inspected by the proper authorities to get a registerable title. If you’re not interested in taking on the inspection process we can do it for you,” Simms said. “Now if a business needs to sell excess inventory or is interested in repairable motorcycles, they only need to make one call!”
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Three new Sidewinder layering items and new gloves expand the women’s Rider Comfort System (RCS) from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® line for more options in rider comfort. RCS is a three-layer system that begins with a moisture-wicking base layer topped by a mid-layer option that absorbs moisture and helps insulate the body. The outer layer helps maintain consistent body temperature by protecting the rider from the elements.
Made from 100 percent polyester Coolon™ moisture-wicking fabric for optimal breathability, the new Sidewinder RCS Layering Top (P/N 97311-13VW, starting at $75) is a comfortable base layer that fits snug to the body. The Sidewinder RCS Soft Shell Jacket (P/N 97310-13VW, starting at $165) is a great mid-layer, offering 100 percent polyester soft-shell construction and fleece backing for maximum wicking, plus a mock neck, removable hood and thumbhole-equipped cuff for cold weather versatility.
As an outer layer, the new Sidewinder RCS Functional Jacket (P/N 97309-13VW, starting at $195) offers waterproof nylon construction, front and back venting, body armor pockets and Cordura® side stretch panels for optimal comfort, venting control and protection. All Sidewinder items are available in XS – 3W sizes.
The new Sidewinder RCS 2-in-1 Textile Gloves (P/N 97314-13VW, $95) feature an outer glove made from ribbed Lycra with a sheepskin leather palm. Its lightweight fleece liner adds extra warmth and can be worn separately. Available in XS – XL sizes.
The Sidewinder RCS items are available now at most Harley-Davidson dealerships.