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The Pro Fuel bike is hard to ride because you can't take it easy - it's either full throttle or no throttle; there is no in-between. Because I'd been over 210 in Pro Fuel, this [Pro Stock] bike didn't feel that fast, but it still takes a lot of concentration to hit all the shift points on time and keep your body tucked in.
A Lasting First Impression by Kevin McKenna With two final rounds in four races, Doug Horne (above left) has emerged as a leading contender for the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award. After spending three seasons competing in the All Harley Drag Racing Association Series, Horne jumped to NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle class this year with his S&S-powered Buell. oug Horne’s ascent to the top of the Pro candidates for the Automobile Club of Southern best pass possible every time I got on the bike. I D Stock Motorcycle class has been so sudden and so unexpected that it’s easy to forget that he is just 21 years old and that his NHRA California Road to the Future Award, but at this point, Horne may well be the favorite for the prestigious award, which recognizes NHRA’s top never really thought about doing interviews or being on television or anything like that. It’s also a major surprise to be doing so well so soon. I just don’t career currently consists of only four events. Horne Professional rookie. He certainly didn’t hurt his think any of us expected this.” has reached the final round in two of those four cause by scoring back-to-back runner-ups in Houston Horne’s father, Steve, also admits to being a bit starts and is currently just 50 points out of the lead and Atlanta and posting a respectable semifinal overwhelmed by the sudden interest in his son and in the standings, so while it may be a bit premature effort in Madison. His Buell has also been solidly in the team’s early success. to anoint him as the second coming of John Myers the six-second zone at the last three events, and in “We were excited the first time we went on or Dave Schultz, he is quickly earning a reputation 12 rounds of competition, he has yet to deliver NHRA.com and saw Doug’s name on the entry list as someone fellow riders don’t want to see on their anything that doesn’t resemble a competitive for Gainesville,” said Steve. “Now, we turn on side of the ladder. reaction time. ESPN2 and hear Mike Dunn and Paul Page talking Two months ago, Horne’s name was never Horne’s early season success has bolstered the about him. It’s kind of amazing how much has mentioned in the same sentence as Spencer Massey, ranks of his fan club, which includes ESPN happened in the last two months.” Shawn Langdon, and Matt Hagan, the prime commentator Mike Dunn, who in his Final Take column in National DRAGSTER following the Houston race wrote that if born on a full five Horne wasafter SteveDec. 20, 1987, grow up Stock months Johnson made his Pro Motorcycle debut. He didn’t initially he had to vote now for the wanting to be a motorcycle racer, but when he got winner of the Road to the an opportunity to ride in the All Harley Drag Racing Future award, Horne would Association’s V-Rod Destroyer class, it sounded like be his pick. Despite all of fun. With former Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Gary the attention he has Tonglet and his sons, GT and LE, helping out, Horne received, Horne remains quickly got the hang of riding the low-nine-second about as quiet and Harley-Davidson. He won his first event in 2006 and unassuming as a 21-year-old finished seventh in a competitive class that also rising star can be. included current Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Junior “This is my first year Pippin, Valerie Thompson, David Hope, and James here, and I’m just treating it Surber. A year later, Horne posted a second-place as a learning experience,” finish behind LE. Horne said. “I guess my With a distant eye cast toward NHRA’s Pro Stock goal coming into this deal Motorcycle class, Steve believed his son needed was just to ask a lot of additional experience on a faster bike, so they After a first-round loss in Gainesville, Horne reached the final round at the next event questions, get some seat jumped into the Pro Fuel class, where nitro-burning at Houston Raceway Park before losing to Craig Treble. time, and try to make the V-Twins routinely run in the mid-sixes at more than 22 ✦ National DRAGSTER 210 mph. Riding a bike of a pair of fresh built by veteran Harley engines, he improved racer Mike Romine, dramatically at the Doug Horne did double next event in Houston, duty in 2007, finishing riding the Horne second in the V-Rod Concrete/Chesapeake Destroyer and Pro Fuel Harley-Davidson- classes. backed entry to a 6.93 Dave & Dianne Himes – Owners Riding both the in qualifying. nitro-burning Harley, a “Going into ride which Horne only Houston, I we knew jegs SUPER QUICK ELIMINATOR QUICK 16 - 8 Fastest half-jokingly described we had more power, Winner .......................................................................................... $2,000 Dragsters & 8 Fastest Runner-up ......................................................................................... $500 Door Cars as “just a matter of so I thought we’d do Semifinalist ...................................................................................... $200 hanging on for dear
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