Denso Spark Plugs created the 200-mph Club at the beginning of the 2018 season with the expressed purpose of encouraging Pro Stock Motorcycle riders to break one of the last great barriers in NHRA Drag Racing. It worked almost immediately. Hector Arana Jr. became the first rider to get to 200 miles per hour, and he did so at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in 2018 -- earning him $10,000 in the process.
The fun didn't stop there. The following three riders to go 200 mph will earn $2,500 each. We've already handed out a pair of checks, one each to Matt Smith and Eddie Krawiec. Krawiec made his 200-mph burst on July 29 in Sonoma, while Smith made a flurry of 200-mph runs to close out the season at the Auto Club NHRA Finals to break what was the Pro Stock Motorcycle record at the time.
He has since broken his own record in Gainesville, at the historic 50th Gatornationals. There's no doubling up on your initial cash prize, but we nearly saw Andrew Hines get into the 200-mph Club at the same event. He came up short, as did Ryan Oehler. That leaves one spot available in the Club -- at least, for now. The riders and their initial bursts into the club are listed below.
|Hector Arana Jr||200.23||3/16/2018|