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									Super Pro Motorcycle                        NHRA SUMMIT RACING SERIES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Klemme scores title in ideal final round




Tom Klemme, near lane, used a .021 to .041 reaction-time advantage to defeat good friend and travel companion Chad Isley to claim the
national championship.

by Candida Benson


E    ven if he had tried, Tom Klemme probably
     couldn’t have scripted the NHRA Summit Racing
Series National Championship any better. Klemme,
the Division 5 NHRA Summit Racing Series
champion, met and defeated Division 3’s Chad Isley,
who he traveled with from the Midwest to Pomona.                                                                                                                                          Klemme paired a .039 reaction time
   “It was the ideal situation,” said Klemme. “We                                                                                                                                         with an 8.899 (8.87 dial) to beat
only live a couple hundred miles apart, and we race                                                                                                                                       John Gidcumb in the semifinals.
together all the time. In fact, he was actually riding
my son’s bike in Pomona, and my son, Steven, was           fair amount of drama when Klemme experienced                  for; Standard Byke Company; RaceBargains.com;
crewing for both of us.”                                   trouble near the end of the run after jumping to an           Jacklyn Gebhardt; and “Dumpster Dan,” who
   Klemme began his march to the final with a victory      early .021 to .041 lead.                                      manages Cedar Falls.” ND
over Division 6 representative Jim Sibley, who had             “I was running down there, and it felt
some troubles on the starting line and was tardy.          good. I was about ready to drive the finish
   “I wasn’t taking him lightly, but I could tell he was   line, and the bike shut off at about 1,100                                        Super Pro Motorcycle Qualifying
struggling,” said Klemme, who ran an off-the-throttle      feet,” said Klemme. “I had accepted my loss       1. Roy Hagadorn, Venice, Fla. (’81 Suzuki). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 2
9.083 (8.85 dial) to beat Sibley’s 10.720 (10.67). “I      at that point. When it shut off, I’m like,        2. Chad Isley, Charleston, Ill. (’73 Kawasaki). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 3
know he doesn’t normally race with a delay box, and        ‘Oh geez, there it goes.’ Then, it probably       3. Dan Rollman, Okalahoma City, Okla. (’77 Kawasaki). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 4
he had put one on. I don’t know exactly what               turned back on at about 1,200 feet, and I         4. Bob Carlson, Torrington, Conn. (’06 Kawasaki) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 1
happened. He missed it, and it went my way.”               just held the throttle wide open, hoping he       5. Jim Sibley, Edmonds, Wash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 6
   Klemme was once again better at the Tree in             would make a mistake. Obviously, he just          6. Tom Klemme, Davenport, Iowa (’77 Kawasaki) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 5
round two, beating Division 7’s John Gidcumb out of        picked a little worse dial than me.”              7. John Gidcumb, Riverside, Calif. (’93 Suzuki) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 7
the gate, .039 to .169, and that gap pushed Gidcumb            Despite his troubles, things worked out
into an 8.429 (8.44) breakout. Klemme turned on the        for Klemme when Isley broke out with a                 9.248 (9.25)
win light with an 8.899 (8.87).                            9.616 (9.63). Klemme ran a clean 8.904             HAGADORN (.033)
                                                                                                                                                9.632 (9.67)
   On the other side of the ladder, Isley won a close      (8.85) for the win.       
								
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