Man Cup Ready for Dragway 42

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Man Cup presented by Vance & Hines
38th annual FBG Nationals
presented by Advanced Sleeve and Mickey Thompson Tires
Dragway 42 – July 12 – 14 2019

Man Cup Ready for Dragway 42

by Tom McCarthy 

On July 12, 2019, the Man Cup all motorcycle drag racing returns to Ohio for the 38th Annual Fast by Gast Nationals, presented by Advanced Sleeve and Mickey Thompson tires. All six professional classes will be running including the 250 MPH Pingel Top Fuel motorcycles and all eight sportsman classes, including the wild Super Eliminator drag bikes. JE Pistons Grudge series racing should be good at this race and they will be worked into the program running behind the professional sessions. This event is also another NHDRO earning points event, for more details click here.

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Pingel Top Fuel
When Pingel Top Fuel class drag racing takes to the track at Dragway 42, Dave Vantine, is currently leading in Top Fuel points and he’s off to a great start for the 2019 season. Chris Hand is in the #2 spot with 85 points and Mitch Brown with 66 points is close behind the Red Neck Express.

This is an unusual start of the season for the Cycle Specialist team of Larry McBride with him rolling into race #2 of the year in the number four points position. Clearly they have some catching up to do. So expect a strong performance from Larry “Spiderman” McBride as he and his team will ratchet things up a notch or two at Dragway-42.

Last year Larry “Spiderman” McBride set the pace with a blistering 5.88 @ 241 MPH in qualifying followed closely by a spectacular 6.03 performance by Dave Vantine.

Mitch Brown then delivered a solid 6.38 and Chris Hand a stout 6.42 elapsed time, for the inline-4-cylinder bikes. Look for improved numbers this year. Sam Wills and the Nitro Conspiracy team will be at this race!

Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel
Preston Bartlett has a 24 point lead over Tyler Wilson going into this event. After checking in with Tyler we have learned he is likely to make the trek to Ohio and give Preston a run for his money. Janette Thornley with the Pro Fuel bike will come to Ohio if they can get the bike freshened up in time after last week’s win with AMRA. Jim Martin is also a strong contender capable of giving LSR racing a go this weekend.

Falicon Performance
When Pro Mod class rolls into the staging lanes at Dragway 42, Paul Gast, Mister Stick with it, has a 119 points to Chris Garner Jones 98 points. Chris’s bike was delivering 4.0 performance throughout the first race of the season and if he and his team can do that again at Dragway 42, there is no doubt that Paul Gast, of “Fast By Gast” will need every ounce of performance he can muster, to hold off Jones again. Couple this with the likes of Shane Eperjesi, Brunson Grothus, Terry Schweigert, Spencer Allen and Jeff House, Pro Mod could be quite the big-dog fight at Dragway 42.

Nitrous Express Pro Open
Class racing will be very interesting at the Fast By Gast Nationals. Going into the event, Jean of Canada is leading in championship points with 109, followed by Niki Zak (88), Mark Rendeluk (67), Rob Giard (66) and Jason Geerman (46). Mark Rendeluck and his crew chief/engine builder Chris Wedman have been testing and refining Mark’s new bike and they are ready to turn things up at the Fast By Gast Nationals. Look for 6.50’s and better to win out at Dragway 42.

APE Pro Street
Chris Connelly is leading in championship points with (115), followed by Carlos Olivo (96), Frankie Stotz (78), Jeremy Teasley (59) and Louis Hornedo (57) to round out the top five. At Ohio, this being the second race of the season for Man Cup; now is the prime time for someone to step into the lead and prevent anyone from running away with a big points advantage. This is race #2 of 5 and one can either intercede the points race or lead from the front. The APE sponsored points championship is wide open for now.

Shinko/WPS Real Street
Competition is very close this year, going into the FBG Nationals, Jeremy Teasley is the front runner (119), Mark Hylton (98), Anibal Merced (73), Johnny Dobrin (55) and Jason Fernandez in the fifth spot with 55 championship points. Jeremy Teasley was #1 qualifier at the season opener with a 7.74 and improved to a 7.70 by his last pass of the weekend. The Shinko/WPS Real Street bikes are ever evolving in performance and there’s no telling who will come out on top at Dragway 42 this year.

Grothus Ultra 4.60
Mike Lingo won the first race of 2019 over Ralph Medrano Jr. He currently leads the points chase (100) to Ralph’s (79) points. Broderick “Hollywood” Jackson (74), Mike Chongris (66) and Tony Mullen (65) make up the top 5 contenders. The dog fight in 4.60 will be tight. The Mullen brothers will need to qualify deep and go rounds to climb out of their points deficit if they are to defend that #1 plate. This will be more than difficult as all of the top five can run the number and chop the tree when needed. Grothus Ultra 4.60 racing will be mighty close.

Star Power Top Gas
The Top Gas class, one of the most competitive classes in motorsports, runs on the 8.20 index. While many can reach the elapsed time, the number of racers who can race both ends of the race track; well this separates the winners and the rest of the pack. Going into the FGB race, Jeremy Teasley leads in points (105), Ricardo Marte (87), Michael Daddio (76), Chris Chongris, and John Loney (60) round out the top five. Jeremy Teasley won the season opening race – but can he hold on to the points lead? On July 14th, race day, we will answer this question.

MTC Super Comp

Going into the FBG Nationals, Joe Klemme was the #1 qualifier at the first race of the year and he marched though the field to the semi-finals where he met Rafy Santos, who trailered him. Rafy now leads in points (115), David Fletcher (91), Joe Klemme (87), Brian Dale (73) and Luis Hornedo (72) make up the top five. This is a tight field and whoever can come out on top will be sitting pretty going into the half-way mark of the 2019 season.

Wiseco Street Fighter
Dusty Brazel is leading in points, but he won’t be after the event is over as he can’t make the event. So #2 in points, Robert Meeks has a golden opportunity to bust a move here to the front. Then again, Beau Burgess, Pieterrsz Fittipaldi and Pablo Gonzalez all have an equal chance to leap to the front in points. This will set the stage for a great points battle come fall. Wiseco Street Fighter, anything can happen in the points race!

Cycle X Super Eliminator
At the FBG Nationals, E/E will run the ever popular bikes from the past at this race. Entries will include Joe Molyneux, Rick Stienard, Scott Allen, David Derrick, David Boyd, Jim Chongris, Mike Chongris, Kevin Hutchinson, Thad and Allison Nelld, plus whoever shows up race-ready! Cycle X Super Eliminator will run select Man Cup events this season, including the upcoming Rockingham and World Final events.

Vance & Hines V-Twin
Going into the FBG Nationals, Freddy Barreiro is tied for points with Loren Potter, they have 98 points each for the two rounds of racing at the Spring Nationals. They are followed closely by Jon Ard (85), Vance Houdyshell (75) and Tom Lagasse (62). Expect changes in the points shuffle after this race. There is a ton of talent here and watch for that to come to the forefront as we swing through the summer months.

The MPS sponsored Pro ET class is a battleground currently led by Gary Russell of Vermont, who is a traveling man and he’s headed out to Dragway 42 in order to continue his winning ways after his points leading victory during the Spring Cup event in April. “Yes I’m going after the points championship this year,  damn right I am,” said former Top Bike and Motorcycle Eliminator champion from New England Dragway, Gary Russell. He cut his teeth motorcycle drag racing there as the 1980’s dawned on his beloved Kawasaki Z series and he’s been a terror on two wheels ever since. Currently Ralph Medrano Jr., David Fletcher, Max Nelson and James Hynson trail Gary in the points race, but rest assured they will be battling Russell for points.

Liska Racing Street ET
Pablo Gonzalez with 128 points is only slightly ahead of Fittipaldi with 125 championship points. Bob Burt is right behind him with 118 and Randy Parker with 115 is hot on the heels of Burt. These four racers are so close it’s just fantastic racing and anyone can win here. This will continue to be a great series to watch all season long – who’s got the right stuff?


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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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