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TEAM MANCUSO SCORES ANOTHER WIN AND CHIP ELLIS MAKES HISTORY ON THE G-SQUARE RIDE AT THE S & S CYCLE THUNDER IN THE VALLEY NATIONALS PRESENTED BY SMITH BROTHERS HARLEY-DAVIDSON

WINSTON-SALEM, NC, August 17, 2004 With over 10,000 fans and 300 competitors on hand, AHDRA billed the event at Bristol Dragway on August 14th and 15th as the biggest of the 2004 season.

The healthy-sized crowd witnessed plenty of six-second, 200 mph horsepower in the Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley field. While points leader Steve Stordeur nailed the #1 qualifying position with a 6.497 at 211.06 mph, it was his boss/teammate, Johnny Mancuso, who came out on top in Sunday's finals.

Stordeur (of Goshen, OH) led off eliminations with a 6.657 at 205.07 mph bye run. Paired with Tracy Kile of Hatfield, PA, in the second round, he advanced with a 6.516 at 205.01, but in the third session he slowed to a 7.733 while Mark Conner of Canyon Lake, TX, got out with a .008 reaction and charged past Stordeur with a 6.785 at 197.74 mph.

Conner had advanced to the semi after a huge holeshot win over Mark Cox of Yadkinville, NC, in the second round. Cox ran a 6.928 at 204.08 mph over Conner's 6.932 at 170.79 mph, but it was the .080 reaction from Conner that counted to Cox's .062 light.

Meanwhile, Houston's Mancuso opened up with a 6.538 at 211.49 mph against Jack Romine (Casa Grande, AZ), who struggled with an 8.820/103.50 lap. Mancuso then easily advanced with a 6.544 at 207.62 mph over Jay Turner's (Whitsett, NC) 7.882 at 119.38 mph to pair him with reigning champ Doug Vancil of Albuquerque, NM, in the semis.

Mancuso got out first with a .082 reaction and remained consistent with a 6.596 at 203.52 to advance over Vancil's .091, 6.603 at 202.36 mph for a final round meet with Mark Conner.

Conner was quicker at the tree again with a .047, but Mancuso's 50's remained intact, and he was first to the traps with a .121, 6.547 at 204.76 mph over Conner's 6.724 at 201.64 mph.

Mike Romine of Sturgis, MI, scored the top speed numbers of the weekend at 212.96 mph before his RMC ride went away on his round two matchup with Vancil.

The record books were rewritten in Rivera-Primo Street Pro competition when the G-Square entry piloted by Salisbury, NC's Chip Ellis laid down first ever 8-second numbers at Bristol Dragway.

Ellis was the #1 qualifier leading in to eliminations, with a 9.158 at 145.03 mph, while reigning champion Travis Lummus of Asheville, NC, followed closely with a 9.178 at 146.21 mph.

The competition heated up in Sunday's semis when Ellis landed the 8.995 at 148.99 mph over York, PA's Derek Poff, while Joe Sternotti took out Lummus.

Sternotti (of Blackwood, NJ) got out with a .109 reaction to a .169 from Lummus and was first to the stripe with a 9.464 at 146.26 mph pass over the 9.564 at 132.80 from Lummus.

Sternotti, the current national points leader, would face Ellis in the final, with Ellis needing a 9.08 to back up the earlier record pass.

With the G-Square team (made up of George Smith of S & S Cycle and George Bryce of Star Racing) on the line with Ellis in the final, Ellis handed them enough for the books and the win with a better 8.963 at 146.43 for national records, including the 8.963 in the quarter-mile and a 5.707 for a new eighth mile mark.

Ellis also made his way through nearly 100 Syn3ET bike entries on an '04 Road King (described as "bad to the bone and for sale") for a final-round match with Jack Wagner of Escondido, CA. Ellis jumped early for the red-light foul and Wagner went on to take the top prize.

In Screamin' Eagle V-Rod action, #1 qualifier Tripp Nobles of Statesville, NC, is on his way to another national championship on his Tilley Harley-Davidson ride with another win in Bristol but it was his debut in the Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley field that put him in the spotlight.

Nobles is the new hired gun for the Ray Price Harley-Davidson top fueler, and he passed the test this weekend, laying down a 6.976 at 199.85 mph in qualifying with only a handful of passes under his belt. He drew a matchup with champion Doug Vancil in round one and chopped the throttle early when he felt it drift towards the retaining wall.

When asked how it felt to go from 9-second passes on the V-Rod to a 6-second blast on a Nitro Harley, Nobles responded with a grin and said it was hard to describe. "I guess 'distorted' would best describe it," he explained. "I made a seven flat pass while testing in Rockingham, and the six didn't feel a whole lot different. I'm real excited about it, though, and ready to go again."

In other Pro category quarter-mile action, Jack Romine was the winner on his JIMS Pro Fuel entry over Washingtonville, OH's Bill Bertolette; meanwhile, Rick Maney of Phoenix was the S & S Pro Gas winner over Dale Raudenbush of Old Zionsville, PA.

David Delullo Jr., of St. Mary's, PA, beat Ray Phipps of Loveland, OH, for the S & S Cycle Pro Gas prize while Scott Truett of Wichita, KS, marched closer to the Kresto Pro Drag title with a win in Bristol over Michael Mulderink of Tinley Park, IL.

Junior Pippin of Conyers, GA, has all but sewed up a championship in Joker Machine Pro Mod competition. Pippin took another win on the Gene Lummus Harley-Davidson ride over Shaun Reno of Gloucester, VA.

In Sportsman categories, John Burdynski of Houston made double final-round appearances in Bristol and scored wins in DragMasters Hot Street over Joe Perry of Kingsport, TN. Burdynski also racked up a second win in the Screamin' Eagle Performance 11.50 index class over Julian Seaman of Emporia, KS.

Julia Holliday of North Springfield, PA, nailed a perfect 10.900 score in Performance Corner Super Eliminator competition against Ronnie Fensick of Seaford, DE, for her second win of the season. Fensick and Holliday were running the top numbers all weekend and were qualified one and two heading into Sunday's eliminations.

Dale Tyson of Haymarket, VA, is leading the points chase in the Red Line Oil Super Gas series and improved his standings with a win in the 9.70 index class with a 9.72 finish over Dale Miller's (of Liberty Center, OH) 9.792.

David Hope of Nevada, MO, was closest to the 10.30 mark in the S & S Super Sport class with a 10.340 over a 10.404 from Dave Brill of Vancouver, WA.

Thanks to the support from S & S Cycle and Smith Brothers Harley-Davidson who marked record ticket sales this year, the event ranked tops with fans and competitors alike.

Next up for the 2004 Screamin' Eagle Performance Parts Championship series is the Team Latus Harley-Davidson Northwest Nationals, August 28th and 29th, at Woodburn Dragstrip in Woodburn, OR.

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Great crowd


Number one qualifiers


Top Fuel final


Street Pro Ellis


Street Pro Ellis


VRod Nobles