2013 Season Recap
2013 certainly was a whirlwind of a year. I set out at the beginning of the year with intentions of running the full MIROCK Superbike Series & NHDRO Series. I would be racing Street & Pro ET in MIROCK in addition to chasing points in 5.60 and Crazy 8s. In the NHDRO series I would be focusing on Street ET, Crazy 8’s, and Street Fighter.
The first three races of the year couldn’t have gone any better; it was seriously stuff you dream of. In two MIROCK races and one NHDRO race I managed to make it to 5 finals (winning two) and a semi-final! I was certainly off to a hot start and already racking up valuable points in both series. As most drag racers will acknowledge, this sport we so dearly love can bring you the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. With all of the good fortune happening at the first 3 races, bad luck struck at the third MIROCK race as I blew the engine on my brothers ZX-14 that I was piloting in Crazy 8s and 5.60.
To spare everyone a complete recap of the middle of my season I will give you the cliff notes version. I continued to try to chase Crazy 8s & 5.60 points, graciously being loaned 4 different bikes throughout the year. Mean while, my black hayabusa was consistent and reliable as ever (and with 42,000 miles she clicked off pass after pass) as we found the winners circle quite often, including a rare double up win at the July NHDRO race (Street ET & Street Fighter). I dealt with additional frustration as I worked out the “new bike bugs” on my GSXR-1000 that I fielded in some Crazy 8s/5.60 events. By the time September had rolled around, I was honestly tired and frustrated with all the issues I’d encountered while trying to stay relevant in Crazy 8s & 5.60, so I made the difficult decision to forgo the Atco MIROCK event and get ready for a final season ending push.
At the NHDRO Season Finale I had qualified for the Street ET Tournament of Champions to decide the season champ based off my strength of three Street ET wins throughout the year. Unfortunately I lost in the semi-finals of that race and was unable to claim the championship. Even more unfortunate, Mother Nature wasn’t going to cooperate with us for that weekend and Sunday racing was cancelled due to the weather, which left the 2013 Street Fighter Championship undecided. I currently hold a 50 point lead over Dave Page as we will finish the race at the first race of 2014 to determine the championship.
For the MIROCK World Finals I was qualified for both the Street & Pro ET tournament of champions. However, after not having raced for four weeks I have to admit I was a little ‘rusty’ and managed to lose first round in both championship races… but that’s how racing goes. I was ready to shut it down and call it a season after the MIROCK race, but with a lot of persuasion from my race buddies (and with their help in hauling/driving) I decided last minute to attend the Drag Bike Nationals at SGMP. It turned out to be the right decision as I finished the year off with a win and runner-up, with the win being my first in Crazy 8s!
The 2013 season was a ‘trying’ season for sure. I had probably the most successful year to date as I raced in two major series and captured multiple wins & runner-ups. However it wasn’t without its downside, battling bike issues for most of the year, blowing up an engine, and spending late nights in the garage.
I finished the year having qualified for the NHDRO Street ET Tournament of Champions and also currently lead the Street Fighter points as we will finish the final race in 2014. I also qualified for both the Street ET & Pro ET Tournament of Champions in the MIROCK series. Despite riding a total of 5 different bikes throughout the year and missing two races, I managed to finish 9th in Crazy 8s and 6th in 5.60 in the MIROCK Superbike Series. I finished the year with a 7-5 record in 12 final round appearances.
Overall it was an outstanding year and although it was tough at times, I learned a lot and will be a better racer in 2014 from it all. I’m excited to get to work as I prepare for the 2014 race season and it’s sure to be a year to remember… as I have some special announcements to come in the following weeks! Stay tuned.
Thanks to all my family, friends, supporters and sponsors. Thanks especially to:
- Brock’s Performance
- FoxFire Coatings
- Hays Machine Works
- Montgomery Motorsports
- Knight Communications Inc.
- The FBR Shop
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