Ruth Harris on the Track

This month has been a doozy. Between the rain and catastrophic part failures, it has been one thing after another.

Ruth Harris Motorcycle Drag RacerOn a good note, though! At the XDA, Xtreme Dragbike Association Superbike Showdown race held at Maryland International Raceway June 21-23, a few of my teammates did well; one actually set some records which is super exciting. Ehren Litten ran a 6.489 second elapsed time at a blazing 228.92 miles per hour landing him the number one spot in qualifying for the Orient Express Pro Street Class. Ehren also took home an MPH record with a 232.59 miler per hour in the quarter-mile at this event.

Another one of representatives, Kevin Clarke, came out swinging in the Pro Extreme class that we also are a part sponsor of this class. Kevin went to the finals with one of our toughest competitors and laid down a 4.02 Elapsed time carrying the front wheel the entire time down the track. Now we are talking a full-on drag bike, big slick in the back, wheelie bars, skinny front tire, Suzuki powered beast!

I was jumping out of my seat all weekend watching the live feed posted by They always deliver a great opportunity for fans and racers who can’t make the events a way to still watch and cheer our friends on.

I got to watch a fellow lady racer make her debut in the Real Street category, Ashley Cotnoir rolled out on her brand spanking new Suzuki GSXR 1000 and set the bar high to become the first woman to break into the 7-second category in the quarter-mile for Real Street class. This is huge. And to top it off, she put her fiancée on the trailer one round and ended up going all the way to the finals.

Unfortunately, her weekend was out to an end abruptly; she had a catastrophic parts failure and destroyed her engine. In an absolutely amazing display of sportsmanship, she passed going across the scales on the way back to her trailer automatically disqualifying her and giving the win to her opponent allowing him to be re-entered into the competition and get one more round of points under his belt.

Overall the XDA Superbike Showdown event put on a great event for the racers as well as the fans. I’m proud to know I help make these events happen by being a sponsor.

Hayabusa by SuzukiNow, back home. I am bummed but happy to say I sold one of my bikes to a racer out of South Georgia. So now we are in the works of building another Hayabusa to add to our already bulging stable of assorted colors and year model Hayabusas. I think I may have a slight addiction or come close to being considered a hoarder if there is such thing as being considered to have too many motorcycles. I am patiently awaiting the arrival of engine components and chassis components. This is going to be an epic build that I am going to be hands-on with the build! It’s time to get dirty!

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