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Man Cup : DME Racing Nationals Kicks off Summer at The Rock

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DME Racing Nationals
Rockingham Dragway
June 11-12, 2016

DME Racing Nationals Kicks off Summer at The Rock

The motorcycle drag racing sanction known as the MAN CUP advances to race #2 of their five race season, June 11th through the 12th. Some of the world’s fastest and quickest motorcycles will do battle at Rockingham Dragway during the DME Nationals to gain valuable points in their championship chase. The teams love racing at The Rock, it has one of the best shut down areas in drag racing and the track surface can take the horsepower the big 200 MPH machines can dish out.

DME Racing

Racers and fans should note there will be no early entry on Thursday. No one for this race is allowed in until Friday morning June 10th, when gates open at 9AM. The MANCUP testing session is set from 2PM to 8PM at a cost of $75.00 a bike. There will be Grudge racing from 8PM to 10PM, but no racing after 10:30 when the track will be secured for the day. Gates will re open Saturday morning promptly at 7AM.

Saturday racing will be very busy and racers need to be alert to PA broadcasting on 100.5-FM, Pro Qualifying is projected for: 12 Noon, 3:30PM and 8PM, EST. Sportsman racing will be ongoing throughout the day.



In the Pingel Top Fuel class, Sam Wills enters this race in the number one spot in championship points. With the Nitro Conspiracy Team of Sam Wills and Mike Dryden holding 107 points, and Larry “Spiderman” McBride at 68 points, America’s fastest arachnid has some catching up to do. In addition to Sam and Larry; Dave Vantine, Korry Hogan, Chris Hand, Mike Beland, are all expected to be racing in Pingel Top Fuel at the Rock.

Top Fuel Larry McBride Sam Wills



In the Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel Class, Rocky Jackson, the current #1 plate holder is ready to do Battle at Rockingham and defend his title. He finished last season as number one, he was number one at the Spring Cup opening race, and he’s ready for racing at the Rock. Hot on his tails in points is Kirby Apathy and you can bet these two will be duking it out all weekend. Kirby, with his new Gunfighter motor of his own creation, is finding the tune up to go low sevens as in seven-oh’s if conditions are just right. Keep a camera trained on the score boards when you see Kirby out on the race track.

Kirby Apathy



Falicon Pro Mod racing at the Rock should be excellent. Travis Davis was the man at the Spring Cup opener in this class. Travis was the #1 qualifier in P/M with an excellent 4.08 elapsed time and he went on to tear through the class. Travis finished outside the top ten in points at the end of 2015, but he goes into the Rockingham event as numero-uno There were over a dozen Pro Mod’s at the season opener and fully half of them or more can run 4.0 so really, Rockingham is anyone’s drag race going into the event.

Travis Davis



In the Nitrous Express Pro Open class, which is kind of the Wild Wild West of motorcycle drag racing right now, anything can happen. It’s an easy hit to say Mark Rendeluk, the current #1 gun in the class is on top, but the real question is who’s going to knock the king off this hill? DME Racing, the presenting sponsor of this event, will be bringing Tink Tink to the forefront soon. It’s both frightening and entertaining to think that the DME bike, more Grudge bike than anything, can actually qualify in Top Fuel bike and can take over in Pro Open anytime they want to. The gray painted no-bars bike is quite capable of sub 6.40’s and lower. How long they will hold back is anyone’s guess. If Rendeluk starts hearing tink-tink-tink in the staging lanes, he better turn it up a notch or two.

Mark Rendeluk



In the APE sponsored Pro Street class, Terence Angela was the #1 qualifier at the last race and with Pro Street as tight a class as it is, there is no telling in advance how this race will go. Joey Gladstone has the #1 plate three years in a row now with MANCUP, but he was neither low qualifier nor the winner of the last race.

Joey Gladstone
Joey Gladstone

Ehren Litten with Williford Racing earned the win at the Spring Cup opening race, so going into the Rockingham race, Ehren Litten is in the driver’s seat with 113 points and Joey has 98. These two teams will be counting points, race by race, at every event in 2016. Can Williford Racing put DME Racing in the back seat? That’s the important question to be answered at this coming event.

Ehren Litten



In the Shinko/WPS Real Street class, there is an excellent battle brewing with Joey Gladstone current #1 in points (119) and Ricky Gadson (98 points) ready to duke it out, round by round. Their match ups at Rockingham will be great to watch. Joey was the number one qualifier at the Spring Cup and Ricky number two. They met in the final round and Joey’s 7.74 was too much for Ricky Gadson’s 7.90. No one should get comfortable in this class in points or on track. With no bars and close racing, it’s anyone’s race at Rockingham.

Rickey Gadson



In the Grothus Dragbike Ultra 4.60 class, the quickest and fastest sportsman bikes are primed for Rockingham’s excellent racing surface. 1.0 short times, no less than teen’s, are necessary to be competitive in this eighth-mile motorcycle drag racing class. Keith Dennis won the season opening event over Ronnie Procopio and they are at 102 and 87 points respectively going into race number two of the season. They will have to be at the top of their game if they are to hold off the likes of Les Stimac, Joey Gladstone, Bobby Lovingood, Chase Morris and Roderick Sanders Jr.

Keith Dennis



In the Star Racing Top Gas class, Ron Morris who defeated Harvey Hubbard in the final round of the Spring Cup opener lead in points, 115 to 107 respectively. Top Gas is a heavily contested class with dozens of racers in attendance at every race. It’s not enough to be good and consistent to win in Top Gas. A racer needs an element of luck coupled with high skills to win a championship in a class with so many entries. With this event being held in Rockingham, right in the heart of southern sportsman racing country, the points leaders will be heavily challenged at this event.

Ron Morris



In MTC Super Comp racing, going into the event, Matt Smith, with 115 points, and Gary Russell with 100 points will have their work cut out for them in trying to gain ground on the hoard of racers that encompass S/C. There were over forty entries at the season-opening race and at least that number are expected to enter the race at Rockingham. Jeremy Teasley carries the #1 plate in this class from 2015, he’s currently 17th points. Don’t expect him to stay in this position for long.

Matt Smith



The World Wide Bearings Crazy 8’s class, run on an 8.88 index at the Rock should have a great showing. Danny Miller, who won the season-opening race holds the points lead with 107 championship points. It’s a slim lead with Eddie Chapman at 102 points hot on his tail piece. Both of these racers finished the 2015 season so far down the points column they couldn’t see daylight. But they can sure see the light now while up front in the points chase. Both of these racers will be working hard at Rockingham to add to their points totals.



In Wiseco Street Fighter racing, Duane Schmidt with 108 points leads all racers with Chris Roelse at 94 points. Duane scored a Hat Trick of sorts at the Spring Cup, he was a three class winner. His win in Street Fighter was buttressed with wins in V-Twin class on Saturday and  on Sunday. His slim points lead will be on the line in Rockingham and with a few dozen racers in the class, he will have his work cut out for him with the next race being #2 of a five-race season. November is a long way, away yet.



In the MPS sponsored Pro ET class, things are about to get very interesting in the points chase. Going into the Rockingham race, John “Spooky” Markham is in the points lead after the first race of the season with 148 points, followed by Gary Russell with 118 points, Mike Konopacki 105 points and Craig Adams carrying 95 championship points. These are some serious headhunters and watching them duke it out over the five race season will be interesting to say the least. John Markham’s bike proudly has the #1 plate on it from the 2015 season for the class, but can he hold off the likes of Mike Konopacki, one of the greatest sportsman racers of all time? There were close to sixty racers in the class at the Spring Cup race. With a half a dozen rounds of racing needed for a final round match up, anything can happen.



In the Garwood / C&S Custom, Street ET class, Rodney McFarlin with 128 points leads the pack. Next in line is Clint Riley with 125, Roy Johnson with 118, and Robert Meeks with 105. 80 racers accrued points in Street ET during the opening race of the season. It’s the most heavily contested class in motorcycle drag racing. It will take the first four races of the five race season to even begin to look at a potential championship contender in this class where reliability and toughness rule the day.



In D&G V-Twin, Duane Schmidt dominated both the Saturday and Sunday events in Georgia. Two wins in one weekend awarded him with 144 points, giving him a large lead over the rest of the class.  With Barry Pryer Sr. and Rick Smoot the closest rivals trailing by 69 points, the rest of the class will need to take some wins in Rockingham to keep Schmidt from getting too far ahead in the points lead.


At the DME Racing Nationals in Rockingham, the whole season in each class will come one step closer into focus.


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Tom McCarthy

Article by Tom McCarthy

Until Next time…


– Tom McCarthy

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