best of 7.346 set at CMDRA Prairie Nationals
Coming off his recent win at Northern Lights
Raceway two weeks ago, Barkley had high hopes for even better
times at the Blackjack's Roadhouse Prairie Nationals held at
Castrol Raceway, Edmonton AB. The event started off on the right
foot as he cruised to a smooth opening pass of 7.64 @ 180 mph.
The next pass was equally as good and the data looked good so
it was decided to turn it up a bit for the next run. Unfortunately
the new clutch tune didn't appreciate the extra 100 HP and slipped
a fair bit and the times reflected it with a modest 7.62 @ 183.
The third qualifying pass provided excellent data but the run
wasn’t particularly noteworthy in regards to the scoreboards.
That evening there was an opportunity for one last test pass,
and the new clutch tune worked great with a very strong 7.47
@ 194 MPH! This would stand as the fastest speed ever posted
by a Pro Street motorcycle at a CMDRA event.
Barkley heats things up in the burnout box! Sunday morning was cold and overcast with the low lying clouds
on the verge of spitting rain at a moment’s notice. The opening
test pass wasn't particularly great, with a soft launch in order
to feel out the mere 19 C (67 F) temperature track. It was hit
and miss with a very narrow groove but it was decided to go for
broke in the opening round of eliminations since Barkley had a
bye run. The team was ready to make the pass but then mother nature
stepped in as the skies opened up and rain engulfed the track.
After a few hours the teams were back and ready to go make some
runs. In round one eliminations Ethan elected to leave the tune
up the same and see if the track would hold the power. It was a
great call; he leaped off the line and lofted the front tire though
second gear! The rear tire chirping soundly with every shift as
he ripped down the 1/4 mile as the scoreboards flashed 7.346 @
186; a new personal best and the quickest Pro Street pass in CMDRA
history! The entire EB Speed team was celebrating the
new benchmark just as the rain stepped in again, but this time
ending the event.
This cancellation of the event wasn't helpful for Ethan's championship
points hunt since no points would be awarded for the elimination
rounds. Not one to be discouraged, after the event Barkley stated: "Finally all
the pieces of the puzzle are starting to line up and this is just
the tip of the iceberg, we still have lots of power left
at our disposal. We can't afford to hold anything back for the
finals if I want a chance at the National Title". In
order to take the #1 plate, he will need to win and to set at least
of the two records available. Barkley shows no signs of slowing
down as he heads to the CMDRA Season Finals in Medicine Hat Sept
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