The 7th Annual Throttle Nation Street Bike Shootout was held September 29-30, 2012 at The Wilmington Mile. A All Animal Control Racing entered its Street Legal Nitrous Powered 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa into the Unlimited Nitrous Category to battle it out with the fastest street bikes in the nation.
The weather was picture perfect for this event. The temps were cool and winds light and variable. Our first pass out of the box was early Saturday morning and we nailed a solid 216 mph pass. This took us straight to the top of the leader board. Another nitrous bike ran after us and clicked off the same number but beat our mph by thousandths. Between runs, the bike needed the plugs pulled, nitrous serviced and inspected. We completed that and waited for our next pass. The bike was lined up, rolled the throttle and going down the track it didn’t seem to pull hard. Coming through the traps was too slow and we knew this was not a good pass. The time slip showed 197mph. Now we were going backwards. We were done for the day and ran out of time.
Sunday morning’s cool air arrived and we made another attempt. 199mph... Now, we knew we were in trouble.
Back to the pits and a quick check under the tank revealed the issue. The nitrous line had come loose and all our spray was venting to Mother Nature. This fixed and the bike turned around, we headed back to the lanes.
We launched the bike like Rickey Gadson doing his best 60 foot and clicked off a solid 220mph pass! We spun in first and second but back on the leader board we went!
Since we spun, we knew the bike had more in it. Since my crew had gone home Saturday evening, I grabbed a few people around and asked them to jump in for another quick turnaround. Talk about an instant crew! Back to the lanes we went. Since we were sitting on the top of the board, it was tempting to just wait it out and see if anyone else was going to run the number. If they did, then we would make a pass. But, instead of taking that chance and the time running out at 4:00 pm, I pushed the bike through the lanes, waited my turn and made another pass. I managed the throttle to slow down the spinning and pinned it hard in the middle of 2nd gear. The bike took off like a rocket and every shift point was hit perfectly (and on nitrous they come up very quick). The bike was screaming towards the traps and we knew this was going to be a good number.
As I was pulling up to the time slip area, there were some racer friends there jumping up and down and that was all the confirmation needed to know I ran even better. 223.8mph!
It was 3:30 and another bike ran after ours but only hit 222 and change. We had sealed the 2012 7th Annual Throttle Nation Street Bike Shootout Nitrous Unlimited Category, were the fastest bike of the event and collected 2 more Land Speed Records.
We want to express our gratitude and appreciation for these wonderful sponsors and suppliers that help us attain this big mile per hour and assist in the promotion of our racing activities.
Casto Motorcycle Sales,
Cycle Motion Powersports,
McIntosh Machine and Fabrication,
Two Wheel Werkz.
Mark E. Dotson – A All Animal Control Racing