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Man Cup : Spring Cup Coverage from SGMP

Man Cup presented by Vance & Hines
Spring Cup presented by Roaring Toyz & Exoticycle

South Georgia Motorsports Park
April 7-9, 2017

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Weekend Coverage by JT Norton, Tom McCarthy, Chrissy Perry, and Brandi Neithamer

Exoticycle/Roaring Toyz Spring Cup Wrap Up: Professional Classes

by Tom McCarthy

On Sunday, April 09, 2017, the Man Cup’s Exoticycle/Roaring Toyz event finished up racing in the evening hours, on time, with many a happy face generated by the weekend’s events.  Three straight days of motorcycle drag racing featuring Top Fuel motorcycles, little to no downtime, solid smooth flowing organization and bright sunshine equal happy racers and happy campers.

Due to a storm front that blew through earlier in the week; windy conditions kept racers on their toes a bit during Friday qualifying, but for the remainder of the weekend, weather was not a concern.  The lack of downtime and well-run staging lanes gave the race an excellent tempo, start to finish.  Every day’s racing wrapped up on time, well ahead of curfew.  On Sunday, the race was done before dinner time and Larry McBride was a happy man.


In the Pingel Top Fuel class, there was a ton of anticipation with the playing of the National Anthem as the first pair out was Ian King of the UK Vs Dave Vantine of NY, USA.  As the notes of the Star-Spangled Banner faded off, Ian King fired up first and he was set for battle as both Dave and Ian are both official members of the MTC 5 Second club.  The crowd was ready and the stage was set for some good drag racing of the highest order.

As the racers staged, when the lights flickered from amber to double green, Dave Vantine was away first with a .078 RT to Ian’s .093 and they had a heck of drag race in progress at the start, till the Gulf Oil team’s motorcycle broke traction in the left lane.  Ian had a solid launch from the start, but about a bike length out of gate, his rear tire just went up in smoke and so did his teams racing efforts for the weekend.  Dave Vantine was off on a 6.07 elapsed time at 232 MPH and this sent Dave on to round two.

Sam Wills then matched up with Mitch Brown driving Dennis Bradley’s new T/F bike and their match up was brief.  Mitch’s bike developed a problem and Sam ended up with a competition single that launched him into the semi-finals.

Larry McBride, as low qualifier, had a bye run and Larry unleashed a 5.91 @ 238 to let the rest of the T/F bike field know he was not playing this weekend.

In E-2, Sam had the bye run and he laid down a fine 6.02 @ 225 MPH, putting on a great show for the fans in the process.

Larry and Dave Vantine then upped the showmanship quotient by running side by side 6.0’s for the fuel bike faithful.  Larry’s .050 RT to Dave’s .058 had them leaving the line together and they stayed wheel to wheel down the track with Larry winning the round 6.044 to Dave’s 6.069: What a drag race!

In the final round, Larry and Sam matched up, same as they did to start off the 2016 season, just one year ago – again – the two old friends met in the final round to start off a new year of racing.  But this time the outcome of their racing was different from last year.

Twelve months ago Sam won the drag race, this time Sam lost the drag race.  He went red by .001 of a second and that was it, game over.  Yet the two stayed side by side for 1320 feet of race track.  Larry’s 6.23 was very close to Sam’s 6.13 elapsed time and in the end, it was handshakes, hugs and back slaps that mattered most.  Larry and Sam have been fuel racing each other since the 1970’s and they’re still two of the best to zip up leather suits.


In Hawaya Pro Fuel class eliminations, with a three-bike entry field, Michel Ray lead things off with a solo pass of 7.061 @ 174.93 mph.  He’s been running 7-Oh’s now since last November at the Man Cup World Finals when he and Kirby Apathy both traded punches over who was going to either set the new world record – and/or be the first to run a 6 second elapsed time with a Pro Fuel bike.

While it was painful for Kirby to not be racing this weekend, it was even more so for him to have to watch the Terminator bike skirting the edge of the six-second zone while his own P/F bike awaits custom parts.  Hopefully by the June Man Cup event in Memphis, Kirby will be able to give Michael Ray and Johnny Vickers some company.

After Michael’s 7-0n show, Preston Bartlett and Rocky Jackson stepped up to the plate to swing for the fence, and see who would face “The Terminator” in the final round.  Rocky got out first on Preston, .098 to .139 and Rocky looked for a moment like he was going to run away with it, but his motor did not sound right by half-track and Preston leapt ahead.  At the stripe, Preston Bartlett’s 7.30 to Rocky’s 7.53 was a win for Preston, his first of 2017.

In the final round match up, Preston got out on Michael first with a .125 RT to Mr. Ray’s .159, and then Johnny Vickers Terminator bike just came on like a freight train.  Ray pulled away at half-track and just kept truck’n.  The scoreboards showed 7.55 for Preston Bartlett and a 7.011 for Michael ‘7-0’ Ray.


In the Falicon Pro Mod racing class eliminations, it was the Travis Davis show featuring Jeff House as they tore through the 12 bike field to meet up in the final round.  Travis eliminated Charlie Prophit, Paul Gast, and soloed into the last round.

Jeff House eliminated Rick Perry, Brad McCoy and Brunson Grothus to earn his first final round match-up of 2017.

Together they put on a hell of a drag race for the final round.  Travis was out first with a .038 RT, but Jeff House was not far off with his .041 light.  They tore through the 1/8 mile course with elapsed times of 4.11 for House and 4.05 for Travis Davis who won his first Falicon Pro Mod event of the year.


In Nitrous Express Pro Open class action, Mr. Paint, AKA Mark Rendeluk continued his winning ways by once again laying low the entire field with Chris Wedman horsepower (and great consistency).

Travis Davis, who qualified #1 in Pro Open AND Pro Mod, met up with Mr. Paint in the finals but there were no bones about who won this drag racing class.  Mark posted a fine 6.70 elapsed time in the final round but Travis Davis suffered mechanical problems and coasted through the traps with a 9.75 to end his day.  Hopefully a stronger field of Pro Open bikes will show for the next race in June at Memphis.  This class allows any motor/bike/combination and is “all run.”

Why fuel Harleys that need to test and tune don’t run in this class is beyond me.  They can’t rent a race track and test on one for the price it would cost them to run in P/O.   There are a TON of old Nitro Harleys out there that once ran in AHDRA P/F class that can run and do well in this class. I hope to see some one day.


APE Pro Street class racing featured 15 entries that led to low qualifier Rodney Williford leading things off with a bye run that produced a 6.74 elapsed time at 211 MPH.  Rodney was

Rodney was low qualifier for the event and looked like a win waiting to happen till he got a little too close to the razors edge in round E-3.  There he was matched up with Jeremey Teasley, who’s now the top gun for DME/Pro Stock Inc. Team, and Rodney went red by .003, sending Teasley to the final round. Despite the loss, a big 226 mph number came up on the board on that 6.80 pass, giving the Williford lane something to celebrate. CLICK HERE TO WATCH RUN.

Ehren Litten, Rodney’s teammate, went through the field just as Rodney did and in E-3, Ehren was eliminated by Justin Doucet, 6.80 to 6.81 – it was the .063 reaction time of Justin Doucet to Ehren’s .066, that earned Doucet his shot at the big time…and he made good on it!

Justin’s final round 6.85 @ 210 MPH was his ticket to the winner’s circle as Jeremy Teasley slowed well before the finish line, handing Justin his first hard earned win of the season.  Just two weeks prior Justin had a great outing at another race and this may be his year, he’s off to a great start!


Shinko/WPS Real Street racing, with eight bikes entered, was led by Joey Gladstone who qualified #1 with a 7.76 elapsed time.  He was matched up with Troy Jackson for E-1, but Troy broke and could not make the call. In E-2, Joey faced off with Louis Hornedo.  Joey’s 7.79 was too much for Luis who posted an 8.0 number on the scoreboard that sent Joey on to the finals.

There he met Johnny Dobrin who gave Joey a driving lesson he won’t soon forget.  Johnny’s .031 RT to Joey’s .089 was way too big a margin of error to give up early in the race.  Dobrin then stormed on to a 7.75 win over Joey Gladstone’s 7.84 for Johnny’s first W of the season in Real Street.

The Next Race for the Man Cup Series in June, 2-4 in Memphis, TN, for the Summer Nationals.  Sportsman Series coverage by Dragbike.com will be up later this week.

A big thank you to all from us at Dragbike.com for helping us cover this race.  While SGMP is still recovering from the tornado that hit the facility this past winter, reporters from Dragbike.com had no workstations to work out of for this race.  The racers took up the slack, with help from the leaders of Man Cup, and we all got the job done: THANK YOU!!

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by Tom McCarthy

With excellent weather conditions for Saturday’s final qualifying rounds here’s how the day unfolded: In the Pingel Top Fuel motorcycle class, Larry McBride and his team pulled it together on the last qualifying run for the class, to go to the head of the class with an excellent, 5.92 @ 233.16 mph pass. Larry had two incomplete qualifying attempts previously, so it was do or die in his Q-3 offering and his team made the most of it.

Ian King ran his third consecutive six in qualifying, and his 6.19 best put him just behind Sam Wills who posted a 6.00 for the #2 spot. Dave Vantine did not get the handle on the track during qualifying, nor did Dennis Bradley’s new bike. So going into E-1 on Sunday, Larry McBride will have the bye run.

In the S&S/Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel class, Michael Ray stunned everyone with a phenomenal 7.038 @ 185.26 MPH to not only secure the #1 qualifying spot, but that’s one of the quickest runs in the history of Harley Davidson Pro Fuel racing! Rocky Jackson (7.59) and Preston Bartlett (7.49) are the only other P/F bikes, and they will duke it out in E-1.

Falicon Pro Mod racing, with 12 bikes in the filed were led by Travis Davis with a 4.068 @ 173.21 MPH run. Brunson Grothus (4.07), Jeff House (4.09), Brad McCoy (4.09) all ran the Oh’s to keep the people on their feet. Ladders will be posted at start of race on Sunday morning.

Nitrous Express Pro Open bikes were led by Travis Davis on his other Walt Timblin chassis bike, and his 6.45 @ 204 MPH was stretch better than Mr. Paint who carded a fine, 6.51 @ 201 MPH. They will put on a hell of a drag race tomorrow whenever they meet up. Six bikes were entered in P/O initially, but that can change overnight due to rules allowing Sunday entry to the class. Pro Open, always and interesting competition.

APE sponsored Pro Street has fifteen motorcycles entered into competition and #24 is #1, Mr. Rodney Williford. The head of Williford Racing put up a 6.713 @ 220.15 MPH for the top spot. This will earn him the bye run during E-1 on Sunday. Team mate Ehren Litten’s 6.727 was not far off Rodney’s mark and if or when these two meet up on Sunday, the sparks will fly and so will they!

In the Shinko/WPS Real Street class, ten bikes did battle in qualifying with Joey Gladstone on top, his 7.76 being the low qualifying number. Johnny Dobrin’s 7.78 is right there in step with Joey’s number and the rest of the field will have to chop the tree hard on Sunday to have any chance of beating these two tough guys.
In Grothus Ultra 4.60 class, Mike Chongris was closest to the index with a 4.621 elapsed time. Ten bikes are entered to race on Sunday. Ladders will be posted early on race day.

Star Racing Top Gas: Craig Adams 8.20 with a 6 edged out Sam Hurwitz’s number from Friday night, an 8.22, which Sam knew would not hold. He smiled and commented Saturday morning, I know it won’t hold, but its fun while it lasted.  Pro Street racer,  Brandon Mitchan, qualified number three with 8.22. This event is Mitchan’s first entry into Top Gas, and we think he will have a successful season with the consistency he has already shown. 30 bikes are ready to do battle in Top Gas, they begin early Sunday morning.

In the World Wide Bearings Crazy 8’s competition, Dustin Lee’s 8.881was just a tad better than Daniel Ingram’s 8.885 or Ben Knight’s identical 8.885 run. In fact, of the 40 entries in C/8’s, the first 13 bikes are all with in less than a tenth of the top qualifier! This is one of the most competitive and fun classes of motorcycle drag racing to watch and compete in.

In the MTC Engineering sponsored Super Comp class, an 8.90 index competition, Bill Orsino was closest to the number with an elapsed time of 8.902 for the number one qualifier spot. 21 bikes out of 43 entries were all within a tenth of the lead bike. Nearly ½ the entries are quicker than 9.0 in chasing an 8.90 index. Man Cup Supercomp is “A game” country, if ever there was one.

Wiseco Street Fighter racing, during qualifying, saw 39 bikes enter into competition. The number one qualifier, Stanley Russell posted a 9.500 number up to earn his place at the head of the pack. He was racing and bench racing till late on Saturday night. Come Sunday, he will have his work cut out for him when it comes time to thin the heard of three dozen plus motorcycles in his quest for first place. Come Sunday morning: Stanley knows what to do…

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by Tom McCarthy

At the Man Cup, Exoticycle, Roaring Toyz Spring Cup event, qualifying kicked off in the twilight of Friday night, April 7th, 2017. It was a cool day with winds ranging from breezy to hearty gusts as the professional class racers too to the lanes for Q-1.

In the Pingel Top Fuel class, Sam Wills was the #1 qualifier after the first qualifying round. His 6.40 @ 181.45 mph was tops ahead of Ian King’s 6.81, the only other full pass of the round. Dave Vantine and Larry McBride broke traction and aborted their runs early. Today during Q-2 and round three, all entrants numbers will improve dramatically.

Mitch Brown was also out for round Q-1 on board Dennis Bradley’s new T/F bike. Mitch, after a delayed flight out of KC, had to negotiate planes, trains & automobiles, to get to SGMP in time for Q-1. He was ready, but the bike was shut off after his burnout as it oiled the track, necessitating a clean up.

APE Pro Street racing was brisk with Ehren Litten leading the way. His 6.77 was quickest on Friday night and Rodney Williford’s 218.37 was high MPH. Rodney is in the #2 Q spot after Friday, which is impressive in noting he’s racing on a new build, still in the white.

In Falicon Pro Mod racing, Brad McCoy posted a 4.13 @ 170.92 for the top qualifying position after Q-1. Connell Smith, Tyrone Lemons, Jeff House, Rick Perry, Tommy Saxon, Charlie Prophit, Paul Gast, and Brunson Groths round out the rest of the entries on Friday.

In S&S/Hawaya Pro Fuel racing, Michael Ray brought his “A” game with Johnny Vickers turning the wrenches and unleashed a 7.14 @ 172 mph, right off the trailer. Preston Bartlett looked great on his pass, Walter Halonski is wrenching for Preston. Rocky Jackson had a clutch problem on his pass that had him pull the switch early, but he will be out with pipes blazing for today’s qualifying sessions.

Nitrous Express Pro Open racing, after Q-1, has Travis Davis leading the way with a 6.45 at 204 mph. Mark Rendeluk posted a fine 6.51 and these numbers, as well as class entries will change by the end of qualifying today.

In Shinko/WPS Real Street racing, Joey Gladstone with a 7.76 elapsed time leads the qualifying on Friday.  Johnny Dobrin took the high MPH spot with a 193.18 MPH posting during Q-1.

Pro qualifying Q-2 is set for 12 Noon on Saturday, and the evening session for Q-3 to wrap up qualifying is slated for 6:30 PM, all times are subject to change.


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Winner : Larry McBride
Runner-up : Sam Wills
#1 Qualifier : Larry McBride



Winner : Michael Ray
Runner-up : Preston Bartlett
#1 Qualifier : Michael Ray



Winner : Travis Davis
Runner-up : Jeff House
#1 Qualifier : Travis Davis



Winner : Mark Rendeluck
Runner-up : Travis Davis
#1 Qualifier : Travis Open



Winner : Justin Doucet
Runner-up : Jeremy Teasley
#1 Qualifier : Rodney Williford



Winner : Johnny Dobrin
Runner-up : Joey Gladstone
#1 Qualifier : Joey Gladstone



Winner : Brunson Grothus
Runner-up : George Babor
#1 Qualifier : Brunson Grothus



Winner : Craig Adams
Runner-up : Pete Chongris
#1 Qualifier : Craig Adams



Winner : Mike Konopacki
Runner-up : Ed Hughes
#1 Qualifier : Bill Orsino



Winner : Wade Smith
Runner-up : Clark Proctor
#1 Qualifier : Dustin Lee


Winner : Chris Roelse
Runner-up : Jerry Rios
#1 Qualifier : Stanley Russell




Winner : Dustin Lee
Runner-up : Gary Russell


Winner : Rick Eaton
Runner-up : Kelly McDaniel

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Winner : Pablo Gonzalez
Runner-up : Clark Proctor

Winner : William Cruz
Runner-up : Chad Aquino

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Winner : Vance Houdyshell
Runner-up : Duane Schmidt

Winner : Duane Schmidt
Runner-up : Barry Pryor SR

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Winner : Larry Zientek
Runner-up : Randall Meeks

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