IDBL : WPGC Bike Fest Weekend Coverage
Event: WPGC Bike Fest
When: July 29-31, 2016
Where: Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD, USA
WPGC Bike Fest Ready to Rock MDIR
The nation’s biggest motorcycle drag racing and culture event has one-upped its game. The always mega-huge WPGC Bike Fest will feature ear-splitting, eye-burning nitro bikes in a match race. It’s the Mickey Thompson International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL)’s first Top Fuel Import and Harley Shootout, and its dedicated to the nitro legend that mastered them all—Elmer Trett.
Larry “Spiderman” McBride’s blown Trim-Tex/Pingel bike and the Screamin’ Yellow Zonker of David Vantine once again gave the crowd a show.
This morning we rolled into the track with blue skies and a warm breeze. While we have a chance for showers later this afternoon, we are very optimistic that we will finish racing today. The ET classes were promptly on the track and the track staff is on point with the program today. Besides racing today the event will feature a bikini contest, stunt show, and several bands.
First on the agenda today was to complete the Paint the 1/4 Pink event. Due to rain yesterday we were unable to complete the event. Ten ladies showed up to compete this year for the event. Prior to this event Kelly Clontz dominated both on the track and with donations brought in for the event. Kelly once again dug in and pulled out another win in donations and on the track. In the fourth and final round of competition Kelly took the win over Robin Procopio awarding Kelly the accolade of having won the last 3 out of 4 events. Congrats to Kelly and thank you to all the ladies that participated in raising money for Breast Cancer awareness again this year. You ladies Rock!!!
The IDBL President, Jack Korpela, took opening ceremonies to another level today when he showed up on the starting line in a Tuxedo to announce #1 qualifiers and to thank the Top Fuel racers for coming out for the event. Everyone was introduced WWF style, it was a show to see! In Top Fuel Larry McBride, Dave Vantine and Billy Hendren are here to race this weekend to support the Top Fuel Shootout. Big thanks to them fro coming out, and of course we miss the Hogan/Alwine team that couldn’t make it due an accident on the way to the track.
For the first Pro Session Top Fuel will sit out. In the Vance & Hines 4.60 class we saw six single passes as many of the competitor were broke and not bale to make first round. Darryl Hollins had the best reaction time of the round with a .014 to take the win over Cameron Shelton. After this round we are down to 16 bikes and #1 qualifier Tyler Cammock will face off against Rickey Gadson. In Orient Express Pro Street Joey Gladstone had some problems on his bye run while teammate Dunigan also had some problems allowing Tony Ficher to take an easy first round win with his 6.93 run. Terence Angela ran a 6.961 to take the win over James Herbert. In DME Racing Real Street Richard Diggs, Marcus Hylton, Anibal Merced and Joey Gladstone all took wins.
The next pro session will be up at 2pm and the Bikini contest will be at 4pm. There is an ongoing stunt show on the property and we even have Tattoo artist here if you feel like getting some ink today.
During Top Sportsman Shayne Proctor suffered a high speed crash on the track when his bike caught on fire from Nitrous explosion. He has been airlifted to the Washington Hospital Center ICU and he was alert when he left the track. Shayne is suffering from 3rd degree burns on his back and legs. He will have a long road of recovery ahead of him, but he is a fighter and he will be back to racing before you know it. #PrayingForShayne
Round two of pros went down under the thumping of DJ Flex. The sky was clear and the there was no wind in sight. a 81 degree day has turned into a 92 degree sweatfest. The Vance & Hines 460 class was first up. The first pair out of Rickey Gadson and Tyler Cammock came to a short hold while Rickey’s team had some problems getting the bike to fire. Cammock shut off his bike and patiently waited for Rickey to get started. Unfortunately for Cammock, his good deed did not yield him a win. In a very close race Gadson took the win with 4.60 to Cammock’s 4.629. Honeycutt, Rawlings, Brown, Thyen, Jordan, Hollins, and Pielert will all be back for next round.
In the Orient Express Pro Street class Gladstone and Ficher battled it out form the tree to the stripe trying to get a win. It was Gladstone who prevailed in the end with a 6.85 to Ficher’s 6.976. Terence Angela had a bye and will once again this year meet his teammate in the final round for another all DME Racing final.
In DME Racing Real Street Anibal Merced ran the fastest pass of the session with a 7.88 taking the win over Marcus Hylton. Joey Gladstone who had to race back from his Pro Street pass jumped on his bike and was ready to take on Richard Diggs. They both cut identical .066 lights but Diggs couldn’t get around the stock motor bike of Gladstone as he took the win with a 7.91 over Diggs 8.073.
In the Finals of Orient Express Pro Street Joey Gladstone took the win over Terence Angela. And Joey came right back around ready to take the win over Anibal Merced in Real Street. But it wasn’t Joeys’s day to double up. Anibal took the win for the final at the tree! Anibal ran a 7.92 to his 7.8.
We will now go into round-robin mode as we try and complete the event before the rain comes in.
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Racing started promptly at 9am this morning, however at about 9:30 the top end of the track started getting some sprinkles which halted racing for about an hour. And then at 10:30 a heavy rain cell moved in for about an 90 minutes. The track staff did a great job getting the surface dried and prepped to get us back on the track at 2:45 pm. We continued on with the remainer of Pro ET racing, then the Pros would follow with 460, Pro Street and Real Street. IDBL President, Jack Korpela, opted to skip Top Fuel for the first session and hold them off until 4pm. We will post videos from the first session below in our Playlist shortly after the each session runs today. Conditions for the first session at 89 degrees with a head wind.
First round of Pro Qualifier barely finished when a few sprinkles came in. In Vance and Hines 4.60 we had 25 bikes in contention, and none of them were able to qualify with a 4.60. Eran Pielert and qualified #1 with a 4.610 and Darryl Hollins right behind with a 4.618. Orient Express Pro Street is light today with only five competitors in the field. Terence Angela was the only racer in the class to throw a second on the board with a 6.859 at 211.56. Following Terence in qualifying order are Jason Dunigan, Joey Gladstone, Tony Ficher and James Herbert.
In the DME Racing Real Street class Joey Gladstone on his stock motor Hayabusa took the #1 qualifying spot with a 7.799 at 175.07. Richard Diggs is #2 with a 8.16.
In a last minute schedule change Top Fuel was called up to follow the grudge class for their first qualifier of the day. Unfortunately rain came with 3 pairs of grudge bikes left and halted racing for about 30 minutes. Top Fuel waited patiently to make their run. Both bikes of Vantine and McBride had a successful test sessions on Friday and everyone was ready for a good side-by-side race. McBride left and had a problem about 60 feet out and shut off the bike. Vantine however was on a clean straight pass that yielded him a IDBL speed record with a 5.96 at 241.41 mph!
We are still in danger of more rain tonight so the program will try and move as quick as possible. Check out the videos in our Youtube playlist below.
With a few more sprinkles here and there we were able to bring the Pro classes back around for another qualifying session. In Pro Street Joey Gladstone overtook teammate Terence Angela for the #1 qualifying position with a 6.82. Terence did improve his qualifying number withe a 6.85 and Tony Ficher also moved into the six second zone with a 6.908 to take the #3 position. In Vance and Hines 4.60 Earn Pielert also lost his #1 qualifying position when Tyler Cammock ran a 4.608 to take the reigns of the 28 bike field.
DME racing Real Street #1 qualifier Joey Gladstone improved on his qualifying position with a 7.76 pass. Marcus Hylton is right behind Joey with a 8.085.
In FBR Shop 5.60 Michael Ostrowski leads the 37 bike field with a 5.600, however the qualifying was tight and had to go out to the fourth number that only the computer sees because Boo Brown also ran a 5.600 to take the #2 qualifying position. In Crazy 8’s Nick Hamlett leads the 47 bike filed with a 8.883 qualifier, followed by Robert Parker, Jeremy Brown and Jeffrey Kanagie.
Third round of qualifying was cancelled when racing was shut down early. Racing will start promptly at 9am if weather allows.
The turn out for a Friday is great. We are running two gamblers races tonight to accommodate the turnout. So we will have two winners tonight. We were hoping they would make the winners of both classes battle it out for the prize money, but no such luck! Racers are reporting that the small bump in the right lane is gone and the track feels smoother than ever. Both Larry McBride and David Vantine were making smooth test passes today as they prepared for Saturday’s qualifying runs. In unfortunate news, Korry Hogan and the Alwine Top Fuel team will not be in attendance this weekend. On the trip to the track the Alwine family was in an accident on the interstate that totaled their motorhome. They were only three hours from the track and six hours from home. Due to some damage to the bike the team opted to head back to Michigan. they will be missed from this weekends festivities.
Dustin Lee pulls out a win for the Gamblers Race 1 over Norman Teal. Normal was clearly trying to take out the BAMF with that reaction time. Fred Reid took the win in Race 2 over Duane Jackson!
#1 Qualifier :
Winner : Joey Gladstone
Runner-up : Terence Angela
#1 Qualifier : Joey Gladstone 6.82
Winner : Anibal Merced
Runner-up : Joey Gladstone
#1 Qualifier : Joey Gladstone 7.79
Winner : Rickey Gadson
Runner-up : Mike Thyen
#1 Qualifier : Eran Pielert 4.61
Winner : Michael Ostrowski
Runner-up : Jeremy Fox
#1 Qualifier : Michael Ostrowski 5.60
Winner : Spencer Claycomb
Runner-up : Bob Carlson
#1 Qualifier : Robert Parker 8.88
Winner : Richard Gadson
Runner-up : Melvin Armel
#1 Qualifier : David Ashton 7.482
Pro ET – Sunday
Winner : Kip Green
Runner-up : Dale Hamilton
Street ET – Sunday
Winner : Dustin Lee
Runner-up : Bob Carlson
Paint the 1/4 Pink
Winner : Kelly Clontz
Runner-up : Robin Procopio
Friday Night Gamblers Race
Race 1 Winner : Dustin Lee
Runner-up : Norman Teal
Race 2 Winner : Fred Reid
Runner-up : Duane Jackson
- Dragbike.com YouTube Playlist
- Weekend Time Sheets
- Orient Express GOAT List
- Dragbike.com BAMF Points Standings
- Dragbike.com on Facebook
- Tim Hailey’s Coverage on EatMyInk.com
About the International Drag Bike League™
The International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL) is the nation’s largest motorcycle drag racing series hosting 700+ racers at each event. The IDBL consists of nine different pro and sportsman classes and features a huge vendor midway. Lifestyle activities such as bike shows, bikini contests, stunt bike competitions, and live bands are also held at select events. IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) launched the IDBL with MIROCK Superbike Series founder Jason Miller in late 2014. For more information on IDBL, please visit www.RaceIDBL.com or connect on Facebook and Twitter @RaceIDBL.