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19th Annual All Harley Drags at KCIR

Written by  June 30, 2004

On Sunday, June 13, American v-twins took over Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR) for Central Harley-Davidson’s 19th Annual All Harley Drags. About 3,000 race fans were on hand to witness the action on the track. Unfortunately, for several hours the strip was occupied only by the track maintenance crew working diligently to get the surface dry enough to permit racing. Like most other race tracks in the area, KCIR has been plagued by excess moisture this season. While waiting for the event to begin, spectators took advantage of the opportunity to visit the booths of various bike shops and other vendors set up in the pit area. There was also a bike show that helped to occupy the wait time.

At about 2:30 p.m., the track was proclaimed ready. A moment of silence in memory of President Reagan preceded the singing of the national anthem. Then, at long last, the drags commenced. Over 100 motorcycles were entered in five pro classes and nine street classes. The pro classes were Top Fuel, Super Pro Fuel, Pro Fuel, Top Gas, and Pro Stock. The street categories ranged from vintage through V-Rod with all American v-twins eligible to race. Once the races got underway, the action was competitive and continuous with only a few breaks for track maintenance prior to each pro round and for the bike show awards presentation. The Top Fuel bikes made passes with elapsed times just over 7-1/2 seconds at speeds in excess of 190 mph.

During the qualifying session, I met Kim Notestab who was shooting video of her husband’s runs down the quarter mile strip. Later in the pits she introduced me to Aaron, and I talked with him about his racing career.

CC: Where is your home?

Aaron: We live in Tecumseh, Kansas, near Topeka.

CC: How long have you been racing?

Aaron: I’ve been racing for about 20 years and have been in Pro Fuel since 1989.

CC: What is your best elapsed time (e.t.) and speed?

Aaron: My best e.t. is 8.20 seconds and my top speed is 161 mph.

CC: How many races do you enter during the season?

Aaron: We race at roughly six events each year in the Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa region. It depends on how much money is available from sponsors.

CC: If someone is interested in helping out as a sponsor, how can you be contacted?

Aaron: My e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CC: Tell me a little about your bike.

Aaron: My dad and I built it. It has a 114 cubic inch motor that puts out roughly 350 horsepower.

Aaron won his race in the quarter final round by a fraction of a second. However, there was bad news. The mounting bracket for the wheelie bar was broken. After an unsuccessful plea to the audience for assistance from anyone with a welder at the track, Aaron rolled his bike to the line for the semi-final. Under the circumstances he was unable to compete, and his day was over. Better luck next time, Aaron.

With the late start and the large number of racers, the event did not conclude until after 7:30 p.m. By that time much of the crowd had departed. Due to misplaced paperwork, results of the races and the bike show are not available for publication. If data is found within a reasonable amount of time, we can add it to this article immediately. For anyone who missed this event and would still like to compete or watch some drag racing, motorcycles race regularly at KCIR during the weekly Wednesday Night Grudge Races and Friday Night Fun Drags sponsored by Gail’s Harley-Davidson.

Story and photos by Stripe