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Spotless weather and an incredibly tight Lucas Oil Raceway paved the way for record setting runs, big money payouts and well-earned championships at NHDRO’s World Finals in Indianapolis on September 23-25.
Michigan racer Mark Paquette (shown) already had the McIntosh Machine & Fabrication Pro Street championship in the bag before a wheel ever turned this past weekend. After skipping the Huntsville opener, Paquette won every single round in a dominant performance on his McIntosh/MPR Suzuki Hayabusa.
Paquette qualified number one with a record-setting 6.75, then sweetened his season by winning $5000 in Saturday’s Big Money Pro Street Shootout. Twenty-eight of the world’s quickest streetbikes showed up for the Shootout, with Paquette beating three-time MIRock champion Rodney Williford—riding John Drake/No Fear Racing’s “The Truth”—in the final of the biggest Pro Street race so far this year.
The final of Sunday’s points-paying eliminations was deja vu all over again as Paquette once again beat Williford with a 6.807 at 215.79 mph to Rodney’s 6.97. Both riders raced through an incredibly strong field to get there, as all eight bikes in round two ran 6 second passes at over 200 mph.