To get you up to speed, here is a quick re-cap of last season. Chris Streeter came out of the gates strong in 2008, winning three of the first five AHDRA races. Young upstart Douglas Horne gradually closed the points gap over the course of the season, however, with strong and consistent racing while we struggled with mid-season tuning problems. We got things worked out, and Streeter finished strong with a runner-up to Tommy Sloan in Rockingham, but it was too late to catch Horne. Streeter and Lake Erie Racing wound up the season with the National Runner-Up title in the tough Rush Pro-Fuel class of the AHDRA.
The 2009 Lake Erie Racing season started out with a whimper and a bang as the St Louis race was rained out and Streeter advanced to the Semi-Finals in Atlanta. Because Good Year discontinued the rear tire we had used since building this bike, we had a little adjusting to do running a new Mickey Thompson. That resulted in handling problems that kept Chris off the pace for two qualifying rounds at St. Louis, and three qualifiers in Atlanta. Once we got the bike running straight again, Chris was back in the game running a 6.876 at 198.58 MPH to take out Rick Moore in the first round of Eliminations in Atlanta, and a 6.936 at 201.46 MPH in the Semi-Finals against Randal Andras. While not stellar times, they are a good starting point for our tune-up. Andras, who had been running consistent low 6.80’s all weekend went on to take Runner-Up to Douglas Horne’s stellar 6.574 at 215.58 MPH for the first full race of the AHDRA season. Congratulations to both Andras and Horne on a strong first race.