Eric McKinney took a commanding lead in the Pro Extreme Motorcycle points race with a brilliant showing at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park. McKinney made it three wins in 2012 after running a 4.073 at 170.15 mph against first-time ADRL finalist Dave Norris.
“It was unbelievable. We changed some stuff and really stepped it up. You’re only as good as the people surrounding you and they make my program easier,” McKinney said. “They keep everything routine and we just keep plugging away. This was an awesome weekend.”
McKinney was outstanding on the tree during eliminations, capped off with an .006 and .013 reaction times in the semifinals and finals, respectively. McKinney also finished as the No. 1 qualifier after going 4.10 in the final qualifying session to take momentum into eliminations.
“That was definitely a confidence-booster,” McKinney said. “There’s nobody easy out there, so everyone has to do their jobs. This bike is consistent and comfortable and that’s big.”
Eric McKinney, Suzuki, 4.108, 171.61 def. TT Jones, Suzuki, 4.279, 163.33
Grothus, Suzuki, 4.227, 165.80 def. Paul Gast, Suzuki, 4.218, 168.39
Dave Vantine, Suzuki, 4.194,
169.66 def. Casey Stemper, Suzuki Hayabusa, 4.483, 121.98
Dave Norris, 4.267, 167.87 def. Billy
McKinney, 4.119, 168.91 def. Grothus, 4.220, 166.49
Norris, 4.167, 169.47 def.
Vantine, 4.175, 167.15
McKinney, 4.073, 170.15 def. Norris, 4.133, 170.95.
Photo by ADRL/Richards
Dave Norris advanced to his first final in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, going 4.167 in an incredible side-by-side race with Dave Vantine. Eric McKinney, the PXM points leader, went 4.119 to advance to his third final in 2012.
Billy Vose’s 4.1566 gave him the top spot in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, as the two-time ADRL champion also went a round-best 169.75 mph. Casey Stemper, coming off a win in Virginia, is second with a 4.1586. Paul Gast is the only other rider in the 4.10s, putting together a 4.16.
Results courtesy of 1320go.com
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Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing, as well as the revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown. The 2012 ADRL Tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, www.ADRL.us.