weekend for Barkley
The CMDRA series landed at Eagle Motorplex July 20th
and 21st for the High Desert Nitro Nationals. Racing conditions
were less than optimal as the temperature pushed into the low 40's.
Even though the staff at the Eagle Motorplex did their best, the
extreme heat and blasting sun made the racing surface greasy. Ethan
Barkley came into this event with high hopes since he had posted
a 7.7 pass only a couple of weeks ago in Edmonton. Saturday qualifying
started out poorly as the best he could a tire spinning 8.7 at
a mere 175 mph. It was obvious that it would be a race against
the track against much as it was a race against the competitor
in the other lane. Tuning would prove to be critical and challenging
as the weekend wore on. By the end of qualifying on Saturday, Ethan
was in second place with a 8.31 @ 173.
It was obvious if Barkley wanted to win, he needed to come up
with a plan. Shortening the wheelbase of the bike would help distribute
more weight over the back tire and a tire change was also in order
for Sunday's elimination rounds. On Sunday morning he had a chance
to see if the multiple changes were working. On his second test
pass things were looking up as 8.04 @ 179 mph flashed on the scoreboards.
It was obvious things were on the right track, but he was still
over a full tenth of a second behind # 1 qualifier Rob Aston. IN
the semi-finals Ethan was lined up against the turbocharged Kawasaki
ZX14 of Ken Morrison. Barkley took an early lead as the two left
the start line and stretched out a lead throughout the quarter
mile and took the win with an 8.28 @ 175. It was a good run, but
still off the pace of what would be needed to take the win. Ethan
reached into his bag of tricks and put in a bit more powerful tune
up in the bike for the final run. "It will either spin or
win" Ethan said as he worked tirelessly on his laptop tuning
the bikes computers. After the burnouts Ethan lined up against
Rob. As the two left the line, Ethan pulled ahead quickly and had
a great run going until the rear tire lost grip and went up in
smoke. Rob would go on to take the win.
Barkley put up a good fight but the new lighter chassis just didn't
work on the slippery track. He's now second place in championship
standings and still waiting for his first win of the 2013 season.
The CMDRA's next stop is at the Badland's Nationals in Medicine
Hat August 3rd – 4th.
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