Saturday - 2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals - Top Fuel Harley - Hogs & Heifers Saloon
Let's be honest, Friday's qualifying run sucked for Michael Beland and crew. The Hogs & Heifers sponsored Top Fuel Harley was in need of adjustments for better runs on Saturday at the 2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals.
Since today's motorcycles are computers on wheels, you can immediately diagnose what went right or wrong from each qualifying round during race weekend. With confidence, we rolled out today's version of our Top Fuel Harley thinking team Hogs was ready to improve on the first run.
Instead of following the crew all the way to the starting line for the 2nd pass, I found a cozy bleacher spot that had a better photo angle to capture Michael flyin' down the track. With the perfect seat I was ready for some Harley action, how would we do this run?!
I'm beginning to learn some lessons on how hard drag racing is. Our 2nd run sucked as well, even worse than the first pass. Engine failure? Clutch burnout? I honestly don't know a fuckin' thing about engines or motorcycles. All I know is our pit crew had to do a ton of shit to have their Harley ready for the 3rd and final qualifying run. Could they do it? Fuck yeah they could!
In what was probably the fastest motor swap anyone we'll ever see, the Hogs bike appeared ready for its' 3rd and final crack at qualifying for the big dance on Sunday. With excitement the crew again rolled our Harley up to the starting line, we seemed ready for our best run of the weekend. Maybe with our backs against the wall is when team Hogs will shine?
Not this weekend, not this race day. After a powerful burnout, Michael was ready to grip and rip. But the bike sprung a gas line leak and we were waived off by an NHRA official at the starting line. No final run for us. This meant no qualifying for Sunday's elimination round.
Can we say fuck one more time?
To say that I was disappointed would be an understatement. I'm just the photo guy though, my heart especially hurt for our rider and crew. So much time and effort goes into getting your bike ready for race day, it sucks to go down without putting a clean run on the books.
That's racing though and we all know winning ain't easy. Just ask the New York Jets how hard it is to win.
Next stop - Hogs & Heifers during bike week in Las Vegas early October... Follow the madness \/ \/ \/ \/
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