First time Pro Street champion Joey Gladstone of Townsend, Del., and perennial Real Street champ Jeremy Teasley of Columbus, Ohio, are among the favorites this week when competition in the 2014 Mickey Thompson Performance Tires MIRock Superbike Series begins with the annual Adams Performance Spring Bike Open at Rockingham Dragway.
After spending the winter racing in Qatar, Gladstone will begin defense of his MIRock title astride a new turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa on which he will battle with Arubian teammate Terrence Angela, three-time series champion Rodney Williford of Rougemont, Tony Ficher of Dracut, Mass., and race sponsor Coby Adams Of Mooresville, among others.
In addition to the Orient Express Pro Street and DME Real Street titles, the three-day event also will crown champions in the Cycle Connection Crazy 8s, FBR Shop 5.60, Louis Concrete 4.60, Trac King/APE Top Sportsman, Nitrous Express Pro ET and Brock’s Performance Street ET classes.
The opener also will feature the wildly-popular Afterdark Underground grudge racing series on Saturday night after MIRock qualifying.
Adult admission is $45 for all three days, $35 for two days or $20 per day. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Parking is free in Rockingham’s main lot although special VIP parking inside the track is available Saturday for $10.
The event will begin Friday with private testing available to MIRock entrants for a $75 fee from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The track will remain open for its regular Friday test-and-tune from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Pro qualifying sessions will start at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday with eliminations at 12 noon Sunday.
While Gladstone duels with Williford, a four-time MIRock Series champion, and others, Teasley is expected to renew his rivalry with Sarasota, Florida’s Johnny “Turbo” Dobrin in Real Street, a category the two have dominated, especially over the last two seasons. Teasley has claimed a remarkable nine MIRock victories at the Rock in Real Street alone while Dobrin won two times at the North Carolina track en route to the 2012 championship.
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