AMA and AHDRA Announce 2023 Partnership
American Motorcyclist Association returns to drag racing with the All Harley Drag Race Association’s AMA Featured series
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (February 23, 2023) — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the All Harley Drag Race Association (AHDRA) are proud to announce their partnership for 2023. The AMA will return to drag racing on a national scale after a long hiatus, sanctioning the national drag racing series as one of its AMA Featured series. The series will kick off at Fountain’s North Florida Motorplex on March 17-19.
“It’s great for the AMA to be back in the drag racing business with this Featured series,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “It’s been a pleasure working with Bill Rowe at the AHDRA, and we’re looking forward to getting reinvolved in all the excitement of motorcycle drag racing.”
The AMA AHDRA Drag Racing Series will hold races across the country, with each event celebrating American motorcycle and drag-racing cultures. The three nitromethane-burning “fuel” classes — featuring lightning-fast motorcycles with quarter-mile records of 6.21 seconds at over 233 mph — include: Top Fuel, Nitro Funnybike and Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel. Gas classes include heads-up, out the back door pro classes, index and bracket classes, including baggers, streetbikes and wheelie-bar bikes. Every event will also feature a chance for first-time racers to hit the track and hone their drag-racing skills.
“I think it’s going to be great exposure for the riders and our organization, and will help grow our sport and get worldwide recognition,” said AHDRA President Bill Rowe. “The AMA is known all over the world for what they do. I’d like to thank Joe Bromley, Mike Scott, and AMA’s Ken Saillant for helping push this through.”
2022 AHDRA series champions included:
- Tracy Kile in Top Fuel
- Nitro Funnybike’s Michael Balch
- Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel’s Sam White
- GMS Xtreme Outlaw’s Charley Douglass
- Horsepower Inc. Pro Outlaw Bagger’s Reggie “Hamma” Elliott
- MTC Pro Comp Outlaw’s Khole Sellers
- Scott Tomsu in T-Man Performance Super Stock and V-Twin Powersports Hot Rod Bagger Zipper’s Performance Pro Modified’s George Futch
- Pingel Modified’s Kimberly “K-Charm” Deshields
- Gary DeGrange in 9.30 index
- Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson Super Gas 9.90’s John Terry
- Cody Hayworth in 10.30 and Universal Fleet & Tire 10.90
- Bradley Croneberger in Daryl Coffin Motorsports 11.50
- Chris Ussery in Eliminator
- Junior Dragbike’s Michael Hines Jr. and Jaden Hines.
The complete 2023 schedule includes:
- Fountain’s North Florida Motorplex – March 17-19
- North Carolina’s Rockingham Dragway – April 28-30
- Ohio’s Kuhnle Motorsports Park – June 9-11
- Michigan’s Milan Dragway – July 28-30
- South Dakota’s Sturgis Dragway – Aug. 6-8
- Maryland’s Cecil County Dragway – Sept. 8-10
- North Carolina’s Rockingham Dragway – Oct. 27-29
For more information on the AMA AHDRA Drag Racing Series, visit http://raceahdra.com/.
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About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. Besides offering members money-saving discounts on products and services, the AMA also publishes American Motorcyclist, a recently revitalized and monthly full-color magazine (and digital version of same) that covers current events and motorcycle history with brilliant photography and compelling writing. American Motorcyclist is also North America’s largest-circulation magazine. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit americanmotorcyclist.com.
About the All Harley Drag Race Association The AHDRA began as a club racing organization in the late ’70s and continued over the years under many different names. All Harley Drag Racing Association/AHDRA became the official licensed name in 1991. The AHDRA is owned by RaceAHDRA LLC, based out of Rockingham, N.C., and run by veteran drag racer Bill Rowe and his family. For more information, visit http://raceahdra.com/ or email the AHDRA’s Bill Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.