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AMA Dragbike Cancels Pro Stock for the Season
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

AMA Dragbike Cancels Pro Stock

AMA Dragbike announces that they will not compete the Pro Stock class for the remainder of the season.  The decision affects the next race on the schedule, the Pingel Thunder Nationals at Indy.

“This was a difficult decision because we feel the class holds an important place in the sport,” said AMA Dragbike president Scott Valetti.  “The rising cost of racing in the class led to a lack of participation which led to this decision. It simply makes no sense to continue running the class when racers are choosing not to run it.”

Valetti noted that there were no Pro Stock entries at the last AMA Dragbike, the Summer Nationals at Bristol, Tennessee. The prior two events, Atlanta and Memphis, had 3 and 2 entries respectively.  Valetti also noted that the NHRA has seen a marked decrease in racer participation at their events.

“We knew from last year that participation would be light,” continued Valetti.  “We supported the class as best we could.  We put them on every race on the schedule and kept the purse structure in place.  We did what we could for the best interest of the class.”

The decision is timely, as the Pingel Thunder Nationals will see the debut of the new Factory Extreme class, which is being billed as Pro Stock for modern bikes.  The class, which features modern sportbikes outfitted with slicks and wheelie bars, will be run as an exhibition at the final four events of the season with the intention of running it as a full championship eliminator in 2009.

“Factory Extreme will be what Pro Stock was years ago,” continued Valetti.  “Which is production motorcycles outfitted for drag racing.  It is our vision that Factory Extreme will become the new modern Pro Stock and bring the class back to its roots.  We have had a lot of interest from race teams and OEM regarding Factory Extreme.  We feel the time is right for the transition.”

For more information on AMA Dragbike and the Factory Extreme class check out

AMA DRAGBIKE heads to O'Reilly Raceway Park for the Pingel thunder Nationals, the fifth stop in the eight-race motorcycle drag racing championship series. The top motorcycle drag racers in the country will battle it out for the coveted AMA Dragbike #1 plate. Competition will be held in five professional classes (Top Fuel, Funnybike, Pro Mod, Factory Extreme, Pro Street) three semi-pro classes (Super Street, SuperSport and Real Street) and six sportsman classes (Top Gas, Super Comp, Street Fighter Pro ET, Street ET). Saturday night will feature an all-motorcycle Grudge Racing session along with a PRO MOD Shootout with $5000.00 up for grabs! Sunday will also feature the UMDRA's motorcycle powered Funnycars and Dragsters.

$5,000 Pro Mod Shootout at Indy

AMA Dragbike will hold an 1/8 mile Pro Mod Shootout in conjunction with the Pingel Thunder Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, on Saturday, August 2nd. The shootout, sponsored by Fast by Gast, TT Jones and McKinney Motorsports will feature a winner-take-all $5,000 purse. And no Addtional Entry Fee!

The shootout has a unique format: Entries will be limited to the 16 bikes with the quickest 1/8 mile times recorded during the 1/4 mile qualifying during the Pingel event.

All 16 entries will be randomly drawn for seeding. The first entry randomly drawn will be placed in the first qualifying spot on the ladder, the second entry drawn will get the number two spot, etc.

The shootout will be run in completion on Saturday night following completion of qualifying.

To be eligible riders must enter the Pingel Thunder Nationals in Pro Mod and make at least one qualifying pass on Saturday.

For more information, check out

Weekend Schedule - Subject to Change!

No testing allowed at the track one week prior to the event for Pro and Semi-Pro Classes.

Gates 9:00am – 8:00pm
Tech & Registration 9:00am - 7:00pm
Test & Tune - TBD

Gates closed at 8:00pm. No re-entry without armband.

Gates Open 7:30am
Tech & Registration 7:30m - 9:00pm
1st Rd Sportsman Qualifying and PET/SET Time Runs 9:00am
Rider’s Meeting 11:45am
1st Rd Pro Qualifying 12:00pm
1st Rd Semi-Pro Sportsman Qualifying 1:15pm
2nd Rd Sportsman Qualifying and PET/SET Time Runs 1:30pm
2nd Rd Pro Qualifying 3:45pm
2nd Rd Semi-Pro Sportsman Qualifying 5:00pm
1st Rd Pro E.T. Eliminations (Race 1) 5:30pm
Race 1 will be run to completion, round robin.
PRO MOD SHOOTOUT - will run to completion.

Grudge Racing – Immediately following 3rd Round of Pro ET

Gates close at 9:00pm. No re-entry without armband.

Gates Open 7:30am
Chapel Service 8:15am
1st Rd Pro ET Eliminations (Race 2) 9:00am
1st Rd UMDRA Time Round
1st Rd Street ET 9:30am
1st Rd Sportsman Eliminations 10:00am
Opening Ceremony 11:15am
1st Rd Pro Eliminations 11:30am
1st Rd Semi-Pro Sportsman Eliminations 12:30pm
1st Rd UMDRA Eliminations 1:00 pm

PRE REGISTRATION for the Indianapolis event ends Friday July 25th

Track Information:
O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis
10267 East U.S. Hwy. 136 • Indianapolis, IN 46234

Track Elevation: 852 feet
Track PA 88.3 FM

AMA Dragbike is based inCincinnati, Ohio and is the Drag Racing division of the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association). AMA Dragbike has evolved over the past 17 years to become the largest motorcycle drag racing sanction in the world. The organization holds records and hosts riders for the fastest (245.36 mph) and quickest (5.799sec) motorcycles on asphalt. The 2008, eight-race tour will bring thousands of bikes in 13 different classes down the finest race tracks in the world all to compete for purses in excess of $450,000 with contingency postings of over $1.5M.

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