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Capone Racing Moves Ahead in AHDRA PRO MOD with a Win and RENO Hits Top Five with R/U Ohio Bike Week Nationals, Norwalk, OH
|June 18, 2012 Norwalk, OH|
Capone Racing/HeadBlade Racing/Bammer Racing
Gainesville, FL: The sunny skies of Florida turned dark and chilly, a foreboding sign for the teams
from the North Eastern corridor. Frank Capone of Capone Racing, Sharn Reno of HeadBlade Racing,
and Larry "Drums" Branccacio of Bammer Racing made the long haul South, knowing that this was a biggest
and only shakedown opportunity they would have to start the AHDRA season. And a big shakedown it was.
The dreary weather predictions kept the fields light, but the after fairly nice weather on the test and tune session on Friday, the central Fl weather gave them everything it had. Saturday, rain, rain, rain and mist, a marked drop in the temperature as hail was reported close to the track, teams were scrambling to get equipment, and bikes in the trailers and awnings down and digging thru team uniforms for sweatshirts.
Then a brief respite, and while track management and the fearless AHDRA staff was able to get in most qualifying, the last 6 Screamin’ Eagle Top Fuel teams pushed back to the pits with another downpour and drizzle for the evening.
Tuners were pulling out their hair (of course, w the obvious exception of the HeadBlade smooth tops).
Sunday brought no cheer to the Harley Drag racers, though the rain was discouraging, no one left the track and by 3 o’clock, the mandatory riders meeting, Craig Tharpe announced the track was dry and indicated that riders should prepare to race.
But it was happy news for Frank Capone Racing. As the team brought the bike to 3 great rounds to advance and win the final round in the Pro Mod Class. Not record breaking but a good clean pass with a 8.503 ET and 154.25 mph so the team can start accumulating some much needed Championship points.
It was medium news for The HeadBlade team, with Shawn Reno twisting the throttle to decent passes, just not far enough to make it to the winner's circles, THIS time.
The news for Bammer Racing's, Drums Brancaccio's Screamin' Eagle Top Fuel team was kind of like the weather. Because of the rain on Saturday and an incomplete field of qualifying, Brancaccio watched his 7th spot on the race day ladder, slide to 9th and was only able to compete in the Nitro Outlaw class instead of the "for points" event late Sunday afternoon.
But it's racing folks, some days are amazing and quite frankly, some are not. BUT there's AHDRA Rockingham Carolina Spring Nationals presented by the Carolina Dealers Assoc. May 5-6 and all teams will be back down south and ready to race.
All teams appreciate their sponsors and fans and hope to see everyone at the Rock
Reno/HeadBlade joins Capone Racing & Brancaccio Top Fuel
There has always been a passion among racers and then you move it up a notch with an amazing heritage and attachment to Harley-Davidson Motor Company. When you combine the passion with heritage, it’s something some people just don’t get. But it has generated the slogan, "IF I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand". Luckily for Shaun Reno and Frank Capone there is an unspoken need for speed and a strength of dedication which pulled these two record holders together for the 2012 AHDRA Drag race season. This fast gas duo is joined by the Nitro powered, tightly wound, Hall of Famer, Drums Brancaccio. Frank Capone, owner of Capone Racing brings a string of records and awards to the table and Shaun Reno racing Team HeadBlade has more than his share of records and awards and is a 3 time AHDRA Pro Stock Champion. Will this combo be competitive? I think-- shockingly so. But it’s a long season and will take extra energy to keep group focus in an individual-one man –one bike sport. Diversity will probably be the glue that binds. The Nitro side of the pit will be held down by Bammer Racing's Drums Brancaccio, a NJ steel worker and Union man was recently inducted into the Nutley, NJ Hall of Fame. This National Champion has lots of seat time and bunches of knowledge about drag racing. Capone brings a string of fine sponsors to the game and for the first time is a contingency sponsor himself. Reno, a proud headshaver and natural diplomat for the decade old brand that has won numerous design awards, has been riding with and for the globally known "HeadBlade" logo and their black/yellow color scheme. Capone’s a landscaper, Reno’s a NASA employee and owns a performance motorcycle shop. Capone and Brancaccio, northern Italians, Reno, a soft spoken Virginian. It’ll be a Yin/Yang season, the loud, the quiet, but you can be assured you’ll be hearing them on the line at tracks throughout the US. Revving it up, smokin’ ‘em up, focusing on the lights and launching w the same precision that they’ve individually been bringing to the track for a while.
Frank Capone Jr. Captures Two World Records
The only All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) competitor from New England grew up in Stoneham, and he just broke two world records.
His name is Frank Capone, Jr., and he currently lives in Wakefield. He has been racing his motorcycles nationally for 10 years. This is his second year competing as a Pro in AHDRA. He owns Capone Landscape, Inc. and Capone Racing Enterprises in Wakefield.
On Oct. 8, 2011, Capone was competing in the Jim McClure Nationals presented by the Carolina-Harley-Davidson Dealers Association at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, N.C. He was sixth in the nation going into the event, but his goal this season was to place in the top five of the highly competitive Pro Modified class.
Coming into Rockingham, Capone knew he had to make a serious impact at the well-attended final event of the season. Capone and team (Mark Godin, Richard Murray, Lorne Buchanan and Mark Colburn) were up to the challenge; after earning additional points for qualifying number 1 in a full field of Pro Mod competitors, Capone went on to smash two world records: 5.264 seconds in the 1/8 mile at 134.8 mph (old record was 5.284 at 131.5 mph); and he shaved off 1/10 of a second from the old record of 8.43 seconds to bring the new record back to Boston with an 8.338 second in the 1/4 mile.
Capone did indeed take the top five spot at the AHDRA finals. He is getting lots of attention at the track as he also won Pro Rookie of the Year in 2010. In addition, he also fared well in the Rush Racing Products Pro Gas Class this season. Capone Racing Enterprises is hoping to carry this momentum through the winter for their sponsors and fans. His next race will be in Gainesville, Fla. in April, 2012. Sponsors and friends supporting Capone’s record breaking season include G&G Engineering in Pelham, N.H.; DAS Performance in Dracut; L. Buchanan Co. in Wakefield; Gannos Machine in Pelham, N.H.; Vanson Leathers in Fall River; and all the staff at Capone Landscape.
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Wakefield resident sets world records in drag racing association