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McBride Does It Again!

For the second time this season Larry McBride eclipsed the world record for the quickest drag bike run of-all-time. The feat was accomplished in the final round of the Brainerd International Raceway Big Race where McBride defeated nemesis Ron Webb with an astounding 5.883 at 242 mph.

"We had no idea it was going to run so well," McBride said of his supercharged Kawasaki. "We had never run in high altitude like this so we were learning as we went. We just kept tuning away and felt like we had the bike set-up to run a 6-0 in the final. That's why I always say, never try to run the big numbers, just do your job, and if it's going to happen it will happen."

Amazingly McBride had no idea he recorded his career best elapsed-time when he crossed the finish line.

"I missed the first turn-off, so I knew that I went over 240 mph, but I didn't know we broke the record," McBride said. "It wasn't until I waited for several moments at the far end of the track for my crew that I realized that I just made a heck of a run and they were up on the line celebrating."

The most impressive part of the weekend for McBride was how the team managed to put together an astoundingly strong series of runs in such unfamiliar conditions.

"The barometer was much lower than what we were used to working with," McBride said. "I was impressed at how we were able to lay down four solid runs at 5.97, 6.06, 6.06, and 5.88. That's pretty consistent for a Top Fuel bike."

McBride's victory kept his 2003 unbeaten streak intact and scored him the richest purse of his career at a hefty $18,000 and an extra $700 for breaking his own record.

"Do I think we can go quicker than this?" McBride said about his second career 5.88 pass. "Most definitely."

McBride stated how important of a role his sponsors and supports have played in his success. McBride thanked:

  • Pingel Enterprise
  • Trim-Tex Drywall Product
  • Drag Specialties-Parts Unlimited
  • RedLine Synthetic Oil Corporatio
  • Muzzys Performance
  • Web-Cam
  • Kibblewhite Precision Machine
  • Vanson Leathers
  • Performance Machine
  • Kawasaki USA
  • Belt Drives Ltd
  • Triton Corp (Kool-Bak)
  • Street & Competition
  • Trac Dynamics
  • Simpson Race Products
  • Nitrous Express
  • APE
  • EK Chain
  • Arias Pistons
  • R&D Spring
  • Autolite
  • MSD
  • Protect ALL
  • Whipple Industries
  • Cometic Gaskets
  • B&J Transmission
  • Carolina Cycle
  • L.A. Sleeve
  • PJ1 Nology Engineering
  • Mickey Thompson Tires
  • Corbin Seats
  • Stark Masonry
  • and Vance & Hines Motorsports

Support the companies and manufactures that support the quickest and fastest bike on the planet.

Next up for McBride is the biggest northern race of the year, the Pingel Thunder Nationals from Indianapolis Raceway Park, August 9th-10th. McBride has been as quick as 5.97 at Indianapolis, which is one of his favorite tracks with plenty of shutdown. Make your plans to be there!


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