Man Cup: Nationals is ON!

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Man Cup presented by Vance & Hines
38th annual Nationals
presented by Rob Bush Motorsports
Darlington Dragway – September 28-29, 2019 Nationals

It’s ON, are you ready?! The Man Cup motorcycle drag racing sanction is ready to deliver the Rob Bush Motorsports Nationals, September, 27-29, at the legendary Darlington Dragway, facility located in Hartsville, SC. All 14 classes of Man Cup motorcycle drag racing will be rocking the house this weekend, starting off with a Test & Tune, session on Friday, September 27 at 11AM.

Man Cup: Nationals will be an 1/8-mile Event

Gates will open at 9AM on Friday for racers and manufacturers to go in and set up for the weekend. On Sunday recognition of our #1 qualifiers in all classes will follow the morning racing session and opening ceremonies are set to present the first round of professional racing at 10:45AM beginning with Pingel Top Fuel. Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel, Falicon Pro Mod, APE Pro Street, NX-Pro Open, and Shinko/WPS Real Street will round out the first round of pros. JE Pistons Grudge racers will be worked into the program as appropriate.

Man Cup: Nationals Schedule of Events


Going into this event, in the Pingel Top Fuel racing series, Dave Vantine of NY is currently leading in points after the first two races with 196 championship points. Larry McBride is in second place with 158, Chris Hand with 130 and Mitch Brown with 112. At the last event Sam Wills of OK emerged from retirement and is now on the board with 67 points from his Dragway 42 outing and if Sam holds the throttle to the stops, he’ll be pushing for 1st place in short order. As of the coming 190 Hookup Nationals event, there are three races remaining –Darlington, Rockingham and SGMP.

Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel class at this event will be an important one for the stab and steer crowd. Preston Bartlett, who is out to defend his back-to-back Man Cup Pro Fuel championships: well Preston will be pressing hard at this race with Tyler Wilson intent on seating him. Tyler has 142 championship points, that’s 58 points behind the leader and Tyler knows he can catch Preston with three races remaining. Sam White with 126 points, and Rocky Jackson with 122 are also capable of catching up. The Darlington event will be pivotal in this points chase.

So far in 2019, after the first two events of the season, in Falicon Pro Mod: this class has developed in an interesting race with current national #1 Paul Gast leading the way (228) and Jeff House (122), Mike Chongris (117) and Brunson Grothus (102) in hot pursuit. If Paul can run flawlessly for next three events, he can certainly hang on to his commanding lead. However, this being drag racing were anything can happen, no-one should ever get comfortable with a points lead at mid-season. Falicon Pro Mod is a brutal quick class and right now it’s anyone’s race to win from now through November.
Nitrous Express Pro Open, Jean Gosselin of Canada, on the Canadian Express is having a banner year of success with the first two races in the books. His point lead will only continue to build unless Mark Rendeluk, Rob Giard or Niki Zak can suddenly find the right combination. There is no question any one of these three racers can suddenly snap the throttle open and run deep into the six’s, but can they do it with championships reliability is the question to be addressed. Jean has worked so hard for so many years with the help of Grothus Drag Bikes and their family of expertise, it’s no wonder he’s in the #1 spot, and he’s certainly earned it. Will the rest of the pack catch up or fold? We will find out at the Rob Bush Motorsports 190-Hookup Nationals.

APE Pro Street is currently led by Chris Connelly of Ann Arbor, Michigan, followed by Carlos Olivo, Jeremy Teasley, Frankie Stotz, and Luis Hornedo. Anyone even remotely familiar with motorcycle drag racing should know that Jeremey Teasley and Frankie Stotz are two of the baddest Pro Street drag bike racers on the planet. With three races remaining in the 2019 season, the question is: who wants that #1 plate badly enough to earn it? We will find out on race day soon enough.

The Man Cup Shinko/WPS Real Street class racing is going to be mighty interesting at the Rob Bush Motorsports 190-Hookup Nationals. Mark Hylton is currently #1 in points, just ahead of Spencer Claycomb, who is just a bear of a competitor to have to deal with. Spencer will give you a big hug or high-five on Saturday, but come Sunday on race day – he’ll shred you to pieces if all goes according to his mechanical intentions. Mark and Spencer have two of the toughest Real Street machines out there and if Anibal Merced comes into this race, he can throw a wrench into both of their plans very quickly. Johnny Dobrin and Jeremy Teasley are also players who can run any of them to the stripe, so it’s anyone’s race to win at Darlington. Shinko/WPS is a tough – tough class to win and it’s all on the line at the 190-Hookup Nationals.

Grothus Ultra 4.60 class at the next event will feature a tight point’s fight between the brother’s Mullen, Hollywood Broderick Jackson, Mike Chongris and Ralph Medrano Jr. This class will remain a slug fest right through till the World Finals in November, as it is every year. The racing in 4.60 class is so close: every round of qualifying and every round of eliminations is a step to either success or failure for one of the top five racers. By the fall season every year anyone not in the top five has no chance of squeaking into the lead. Each of the leaders needs to be at every race from here in and cut tight lights each round. Good luck to all the racers!

Star Power Top Gas at the 190-Hookup Nationals will be fearsome. Point’s leaders Jeremey Teasley and Ricardo Marte are only separated by 3 slim points and in a class that regularly sees dozens of entries, the racing in T/G is going to be brutal from Q-1 through to the end of the race. This is a class where top performance and no mistakes separate the leaders from the pack trying to catch up. There are about a dozen racers who can step into the mix, no question about that, but who can run with the big dogs for three more races – that’s the big question. Answers will be forthcoming at the next race.
MTC Super Comp, the 8.90 index class, the heavy hitters fighting for supremacy are Dalton Markham, Brian Dale, Rafy Santos, Joe Klemme, Dustin Lee, and John “Spooky” Markham, just to name a few. This class is a slaughterhouse where the racer who makes the least mistakes will win the event. And it’s anyone’s race to win. Big dogs live here, enter at your own risk into MTC S/C.

Wiseco Street Fighter – the top ten currently in Street Fighter are: Ron Arnold, Pablo Gonzalez, Bob Burt, Vance Houdyshell, Dusty Brazel, Dennis Padilla, Dalton Markham, Robert Meeks, Jeremy Burt and Kevin Adams. Geographically, the next race is readily accessible to all the racers, so a full house is expected in Street Fighter. The index is so easily achieved by so many racers, the population of entries at the 190-Hookup Nationals is likely to be high. Watch for great racing on Sunday.

In the ET bracket ranks of Liska Racing Street ET, MPS Pro ET and the Vance & Hines V-Twin racers: Bob Burt is leading in Liska Street ET, Gary Russell is leading in MPS Pro ET and Vance Houdyshell is the man to beat in Vance & Hines V-Twin racing. A strong amount of sportsman racers is expected to show up for this event, so racers need to be prepared to go rounds and hot-lap when necessary this weekend. All racers will do well to be prepared to race in 80-90 degree heat, so please bring extra water and a white hand-towel to wet and wear around your neck to fight off the heat.

The action will be HOT this weekend at the Rob Bush Motorsports Nationals!

Tom McCarthy Until Next time…

– Tom McCarthy

About Man Cup Motorcycle Drag Racing : Headquartered in Safety Harbor, Florida, Man Cup motorcycle drag racing is North America’s largest professional motorcycle drag racing sanctioning body. Man Cup promotes motorcycle drag racing on a national event basis for professional, sportsman and ET bracket racers alike and is open to riders of all skill and experience levels. The Man Cup Series is the only national event style motorcycle drag racing series comprised of events throughout the eastern half of the United States. For marketing opportunities with the Man Cup as well as more information on Man Cup Motorcycle Drag Racing, please visit on the web or 727-742-5245 voice/text.

2019 Schedule

  • April 5-7 / SGMP Spring Cup
  • July 12-14 / Dragway 42
  • September 27-29 / Darlington Dragway
  • October 26-27 / Rockingham Dragway
  • November 21-24 / SGMP World Finals

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