Casey “the kid” Stemper makes Pro Extreme Motorcycle look easy – and that’s not an easy thing to do. In only the second race of the season for the ADRL 10 race tour, Casey and the family Stemper have already scored their second final round appearance. The youngster began the weekend by qualifying number two with an impressive 4.124 at 170 MPH.
From there it was a steady slaughter of the competition with his always-keen reaction times and consistently quick ETs. In round one Stemper put Mike Thyen on the trailer with a .018, 4.122 package. In round two, Stemper posted the quickest time of the round (4.098) to take out David Norris.
The semi finals saw Stemper slow slightly, but he still had more than enough as Eric McKinney encountered engine troubles.
No one could tell that the Stemper family had been battling their own mechanical issues throughout the day. Casey knew heading into the finals that his bike wasn’t at 100% and he would have to cut a stellar light to have a chance at his second Minute Man of the season. He did just that with a .011 reaction to Japel Heard’s .027. However, it wasn’t quite enough as Heard’s 4.160 bested Stemper’s 4.189 by a slight .013 margin of victory.
“We’re definitely excited to start the year off this way,” told Stemper. “We went to Bristol with only one motor and a new one at that. We had no data for it and expected at best to get in some good testing. We knew that the facility would be great and that the Traction Twins would provide the best track conditions possible, so we thought we could get some good info to build on for future races. Making it to the finals was a surprise for us. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome. Despite working with a brand new engine and having some mechanical issues along the way, the entire crew pulled together to make it happen. William and my dad, Terry’s, tuning expertise got our program in line quickly with the new motor. My mom, Karne, worked very hard to
get the bike serviced between rounds, and we had great turnaround times. Every race out is an awesome experience and I love to be out here doing this with my family.”
Casey’s own talents certainly played a major role in getting the team to the final round. It’s clear that the motorcycle world is taking note of Casey’s abilities. More than one person throughout the weekend was quick to mention Casey’s riding style- as if he’s painted onto the bike and the two become one. Casey is quick to give credit back to the family whose chassis business may also turn some heads.
“Innovative Performance Chassis always has me going straight as an arrow making it very easy to ride,” continued Stemper. “I know that I’m young gun out here, but there’s a lot of experience on this team. We all work together to make this a success. We are very pleased with the potential of this new motor. We really feel that our 1640 cc combination is a winner and hope to be in that winner circle again very soon. There’s no doubt we are looking forward to the next ADRL event in Pennsylvania. We will have our mechanical issues resolved which will give our new motor its full potential without having to baby it any.
“We’re thankful for the ADRL adjusting the weight limit to 625 pounds. This has leveled to playing field, making PXM truly a rider’s and tuner’s game. We’re seeing some super tight racing, which is good for everyone involved. I know the fans are loving it.
“I also want to give a shout out to MTC, not only for their clutches, but for all the top of the line products they offer. They keep us moving out here. They give us some great products to work with.”
After the first two events, Stemper has gained an early points lead and clearly hopes to retain that lead as the season continues.
“We want to keep our momentum going, shooting for our goal of becoming the 2012 ADRL World Champion. I know this team has the potential to do it, so we’re going after it hard. And, who knows, after looking at our data from Bristol, we may see a three second pass en route to that Championship.” photo credits Rodger Richards
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