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October 08, 2018
For Immediate Release
Turner Debuts New Bike; AMRA Series Championships on the Line at Rockingham
          ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Julian’s Jay “Bulldog” Turner, a Top Fuel motorcycle champion in NHRA, IHRA and AMRA competition, ups the ante in two-wheel racing this week with the debut of his much-anticipated supercharged nitro bike during the 27th annual Jim McClure Memorial All-Harley World Finals at Rockingham Dragway.
          While the focus will be on the new supercharged motorcycle that has been in development for more than a year, Turner will hedge his bets by placing the venerable fuel-injected but un-supercharged Harley on which he won two World Championships in reserve just in case he experiences unexpected problems with the blown bike.
          Meanwhile, teammate Tii Tharpe of West End will stick with the bike on which he just won the 2018 NHRA championship with victories in four of the eight events including Gainesville, Fla., Bristol, Tenn., and, significantly, the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Ind.
          While Tharpe and Turner will bring the star power, Mike Beland, the native of Massachusetts who now makes his home in the Carolinas, is the man everyone else will be chasing for the AMRA Top Fuel points championship. 
The current resident of Maiden is on the cusp of winning the title for the second time in three years despite the fact that Ashland’s Tracy Kile won the most recent series event at Beech Bend, Ky.  Kile again will pose a challenge along with defending World Finals winner Armon Furr of Orangeville, S.C., veteran Jake Stordeur of Goshen, Ohio and perhaps even Takeshi Shigematsu of Ehime, Japan.
In addition to the race win and the championship, that field of Top Fuel riders also will take aim at the AMRA records for elapsed time and speed, both set by Tommy Grimes of Winston-Salem and both set at The Rock, the ET record in 2013 (6.197 seconds) and the speed record in 2015 (231.60 miles per hour).
Championships also will be on the line in Nitro Funny Bike, where Harley dealer Rich Vreeland of Bloomsburg, Pa., holds a narrow lead over fellow Keystone Stater Bill “Billy Jack” Jackson of Honeybrooke; Pro Fuel, where Rocky Jackson of Youngsville, La., will target for a field likely to include reigning series champ Janette Thornley of Statesville, Tyler Wilson of Walnut Grove and Gary Stroud of Valparaiso, Ind.
The three-day event also will crown champions in Pro Modified, a category in which NHRA Pro Stock regular “Flyin’ Ryan” Oehler is among the favorites, Pro Gas, Open Gas and a host of sportsman categories including Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Pro and Street.
Adult admission is $20 per day although two, three and four-day passes are available at discount rates.  Moreover, tickets purchased in advance at www.rockinghamdragway.com are $5 off.  Children six and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult and parking is free in Rockingham’s main lot.