Steve Dorn from Milwaukie, OR, riding for Team Latus Motors Harley-Davidson, captured the ultimate title of Screamin’ Eagle National Top Fuel Champion.
Dorn remarked, “well, it has been a long six years in top fuel; this is a very tough class if not the toughest. Any championship in most any class is tough. If you have 16 bikes qualify in top fuel even the number 16 guy has a chance of winning the race. It is very hard to win even one race in this class, let alone a championship. I think that everyone in top fuel will agree with this.”
“After my crash in 2006 i feel that this is the final step in the comeback. These last two years have been very close in points for the top five or six teams. Last year we went into the finals in second place, then ended up in first because Conner did not qualify. We got beat in the first round, though, and ended up in third place. This
year going into the season finals in second place, I felt it was going to be even more of a challenge. We did not qualify as well as we wanted to, but we were able to step it up on Sunday when it mattered the most. We did not need to win the race to get the championship-we had it by just going one more round than turner, who went out in the semis-but winning made for a very complete season and a great way to end the year.
“Being from Oregon we have had to travel a lot of miles these last few years. It has been tough on everyone. I have to thank my crew: Mike Slonaker, Mike Stegmann, Digger, and Sonny. Everyone gives 100% and donates a lot of personal time and effort. It takes a good team to be able to compete in this sport and I feel we have one of the best. I need to thank George Latus and Team Latus Harley-Davidson for the continued support. Team Latus Motors has made this all possible.”
When asked if he was going to retire from racing now that he has achieved a National Championship, Dorn stated, “I am not retiring from top fuel, and with a little help we plan to be back next year to defend our title.”
– AHDRA, “Steve Dorn Takes AHDRA National Championship in Screamin’ Eagle Top Fuel”