MIROCK : GLADSTONE WINS BIG; GUARINO CLAIMS $5,000 PRIZE IN PRO E.T.

Anthony Buckson

MIROCK

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires MIRock Superbike Series

18th annual FBR Shop Summer Sizzler
Rockingham Dragway
August 15-17, 2014





Reigning MIRock Mickey Thompson Performance Tires Champion Joey Gladstone shook off a final round loss to DME teammate Terence Angela in Saturday’s completion of the Adams Performance Spring Open and crushed his Orient Express Pro Street rivals Sunday in the 18th annual FBR Shop Summer Sizzler at Rockingham Dragway.

After fumbling his opportunity for a double victory weekend, Gladstone blistered the Rockingham Dragway quarter mile in 6.925 seconds at 211.96 miles per hour Sunday. Those are MIRock bests for time and speed and they got the Townsend, Del., rider to the final where he got a free pass when Jason Dunigan of Jackson, Mich., was guilty of a foul start.

Other Summer Sizzler winners were Rickey Gadson of Hammonton, N.J., in DME Real Street; Richard Gadson of Louisburg, N.C., in the Louis Concrete 4.60 class; Michael Ostrowski of Bay Shore, N.Y., in FBR Shop 5.60; Michael Hinson of Ellerbe, N.C., in Cycle Connection Crazy 8s; and many time Rockingham winner Jeremy Teasley of Columbus, Ohio in Trac King Top Sportsman.

Nevertheless, the most competitive event of the week was the battle for the record $5,000 top prize in Saturday’s Nitrous Express Pro ET class. A total of 110 riders representing 16 different states took their shots but the only one still standing at day’s end was Brian Guarino of Kenbridge, Va.

Guarino used his starting line skills to get the best of Dale Hamilton of Mt. Airy, Md., in the final round. Guarino’s .018 reaction time made his 9.276 on a 9.230 dial-in a winner even though Hamilton ran closer to his number (9.674 on a 9.660 target). It was a disappointing outcome for Hamilton, who took two bikes to the semifinals.

The $5,000 winner’s award was sponsored by The FBR Shop, Nitrous Express, MTC Engineering, Schnitz Racing, Shinko/WPS and Shutt Electronics.

Other big winners were Dale Nilles of Wilkesboro, who rode his Harley-Davidson to a Louis Concrete 4.60 victory in the Adams Performance race on Saturday and David Merks of North Augusta, S.C., who, after winning Real Street on Saturday, lost his chance to double up by .044 of a second in Sunday’s final.

While Guarino got away with the big money, other ET winners were Scottie Keller of Mooresville, Dustin Lee of Morristown, Tenn. and Barry Pryer Sr. of Chesapeake, Va.


Results from Sunday’s 18th annual MIRock Superbike Series FBR Shop Summer Sizzler at Rockingham Dragway:

DME REAL STREET

Qualifying – 1. David Merks, North Augusta, S.C., 7.822, 186.51 mph; 2. Rickey Gadson, Hammonton, N.J., 7.866, 184.67 mph; 3. Roger Starrette, North Augusta, S.C., 7.918, 181.23 mph; 4. Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 7.925, 186.82 mph; 5. James Teasley, Orient, Ohio, 7.958, 184.45 mph; 6. Anibal Merced, Concord, N.C., 8.099, 175.27 mph; 7. Mike Mace, Baltimore, Md., 8.167, 177.21 mph; 8. Eddie Chapman, Pokomoke, Md., 8.487, 184.52 mph.

Round 1 – 1. David Merks, North Augusta, S.C., 7.859, 183.79 mph, def. 8. Eddie Chapman, Pokomoke, Md., 8.125, 185.38 mph; 2. Rickey Gadson, Hammonton, N.J., 7.849, 181.79 mph, def. 7. Mike Mace, Baltimore, Md., 8.348, 177.63 mph; 3. Roger Starrette, North Augusta, S.C., 7.975, 180.79 mph, def. 6. Anibal Merced, Concord, N.C., foul; 4. Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 7.935, 183.59 mph, def. 5. James Teasley, Orient, Ohio, 8.044, 183.39 mph.

Round 2 – Merks, 7.845, 182.18 mph, def. Jeremy Teasley, foul; Gadson, 7.836, 189.78 mph, def. Starrette, 7.939, 184.50 mph.

FINAL – Rickey Gadson, Hammonton, N.J., .075, 7.789, 184.85 mph, def. David Merks, North Augusta, S.C., .168, 7.740, 185.95 mph.


ORIENT EXPRESS PRO STREET

Qualifying – 1. Joey Gladstone, Townsend, Del., 7.029, 210.01 mph; 2. Terence Angela, Aruba, 7.107, 200.41 mph; 3. Jason Dunigan, Jackson, Mich., 7.146, 200.29 mph; 4. Doug Gall, Loveland, Ohio, 7.377, 191.27 mph; 5. Rodney Williford, Rougemont, N.C., 7.386, 195.82 mph; 6. John Gover Jr., New Florence, Pa., 7.440, 182.08 mph; 7. Darion Payne, Fredericksburg, Va., 7.818, 191.70 mph.

Round 1 – 1. Joey Gladstone, Townsend, Del., 7.068, 203.43 mph, bye; 4. Doug Gall, Loveland, Ohio, 7.278, 197.97 mph, def. 5. Rodney Williford, Rougemont, N.C., 7.365, 163.57 mph; 2. Terence Angela, Aruba, 7.207, 192.49 mph, def. 7. Darion Payne, Fredericksburg, Va., 7.655, 194.72 mph; 3. Jason Dunigan, Jackson, Mich., 8.450, 175.78 mph, def. 6. John Gover Jr., New Florence, Pa., 8.854, 158.32 mph.

Round 2 – Gladstone, 6.925, 211.96 mph, def. Gall, 7.260, 200.00 mph; Dunigan, 7.182, 201.07 mph, def. Angela, 7.372, 192.00 mph.

FINAL – Joey Gladstone, Townsend, Del., .123, 7.356, 205.94 mph, def. Jason Dunigan, Jackson, Mich., foul.


LOUIS CONCRETE 4.60

Qualifying – 1. Darryl Hollins, Salem, Va., 4.600; 2. Dale Niles, Wilkesboro, N.C., 4.606; 3. Kenny Cornell, Manassas, Va., 4.624; 4. Ronnie Smith, Pasadena, Md., 4.622; 5. Bobby Lovingood, Leland, N.C., 4.645; 6. Richard Gadson, Louisburg, N.C., 4.650; 7. Barry Harvey, Winston-Salem, N.C., 4.659; 8. Eran Pielert, Halethorn, Md., 4.659; 9. BayBay Yarbrough, Eatonton, Ga., 4.665; 10. Cameron Shelton, Hardy, Val; 11. Kevin C. White, Newport News, Va.,

Round 1 – 1. Darryl Hollins, Salem, Va., 4.613, 144.63 mph, bye; 2. Dale Niles, Wilkesboro, N.C., 4.690, 150.85 mph, def. 11. Kevin C. White, Newport News, Va., 4.747, 142.00 mph; 10. Cameron Shelton, Hardy, Va.; 4.658 147.86 mph, def. 3. Kenny Cornell, Manassas, Va., 4.669, 148.46 mph; 4. Ronnie Smith, Pasadena, Md., 4.628, 148.07 mph, def. 9. BayBay Yarbrough, Eatonton, Ga., 4.662, 150.72 mph; 8. Eran Pielert, Halethorn, Md., 4.647, 151.43 mph, def. 5. Bobby Lovingood, Leland, N.C., foul; 6. Richard Gadson, Louisburg, N.C., 4.670, 134.56 mph, def. 7. Barry Harvey, Winston-Salem, N.C., 10.444, 39.61 mph.

Round 2 – Smith, 4.647, 145.39 mph, def. Shelton, foul; Gadson, 4.652, 149.46 mph, def. Hollins, 4.572 breakout, 150.46 mph; Pielert, 4.674, 142.84 mph, def. Nilles, 4.719, 150.03 mph.

Semifinals – Gadson, 4.623, 143.05 mph, def. Smith, 4.640, 147.39 mph; Pielert, bye.

FINAL – Richard Gadson, Louisburg, N.C., .035, 4.768, 125.38 mph, def. Eran Pielert, Halethorn, Md., .022, 5.059, 136.77 mph.


FBR SHOP 5.60

Qualifying – 1. John Loney, Dalzell, S.C., 5.603; 2. Thomas Cobb, Davenport, Iowa, 5.604; 3. Chase Sandefur, Mooresville, N.C., 5.606; 4. Rodney Gantt, Augusta, Ga., 5.608; 5. Tyler Hall, Albemarle, N.C., 5.620; 6. Daniel Joyce, Pfafftown, N.C., 5.628; 7. Ron Arnold, Bowling Green, Ky., 5.631; 8. Michael Ostrowski, Bay Shore, N.Y., 5.631. 9. Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio; 10. Robert Parker, Sanford, N.C., 11. Richard Gadson, Philadelphia, Pa; 12. Ben Knight, Beavercreek, Ohio; 13. George Jones, Hephzibah, Ga.; 14. Dave Cornell, Jessup, Md.; 15. Ronnie Reese Jr., Jessup, Md.; 16. Tony Guy, Statesville, N.C.; 17. Brandon Bachmeier, Manassas Park, Va.; 18. Barry Pryer Sr., Chesapeake, Va.

Round 3 – Michael Ostrowski, Bay Shore, N.Y., 5.596, 116.82 mph, def. Rodney Gantt, Augusta, Ga., 5.592 breakout, 115.81 mph; Ron Arnold, Bowling Green, Ky., 5.662, 127.67 mph, def. Brandon Bachmeier, Manassas Park, Va., 5.653, 125.88 mph; Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, bye.

Semifinals – Teasley, 5.634, 117.18 mph, def. Arnold, 5.641, 130.95 mph; Ostrowski, bye.

FINAL – Michael Ostrowski, Bay Shore, N.Y., .009, 5.624, 118.70 mph, def. Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, .025, 5.599 breakout, 126.47 mph.


CYCLE CONNECTION CRAZY 8S

Qualifying – 1. Robert Parker, Sanford, N.C., 8.880; 2. Ron Arnold, Bowling Green, Ky., 8.885; 3. Boo Brown, Potomac Falls, Va., 8.893; 4. Chad Milford, Florence, S.C., 8.893; 5. Shayne Proctor, Indian Head, Md., 8.896.

Round 3 – Michael Hinson, Ellerbe, N.C., 8.921, 150.92 mph, def. Doug Gall, Loveland, Ohio, 8.917, 151.54 mph; 1. Robert Parker, Sanford, N.C., 8.895, 148.61 mph, def. 3. Boo Brown, Potomac Falls, Va., 8.894, 149.17 mph; Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 8.914, 146.97 mph, def. 2. Ron Arnold, Bowling Green, Ky., 8.843 breakout, 155.56 mph.

Semifinals – Hinson, 8.908, 145.27 mph, def. Parker, 8.938, 152.97 mph; Teasley, bye.

FINAL – Michael Hinson, Ellerbe, N.C., .063, 8.910, 148.04 mph, def. Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, .098, 8.939, 131.77 mph.


TRAC KING TOP SPORTSMAN

Qualifying – 1. Andy Dempsey, Narvon, Pa., 8.014, 160.61 mph; 2. Kevin Sharpe, Statesville, N.C., 8.028, 15752 mph; 3. Leslie Thomas, Frederick, Md., 8.287, 152.97 mph; 4. Bill Blair, Mechanicsburg, Pa., 8.317, 15.615 mph; 5. Jim Shifflett, Waynesboro, Va., 8.318, 152.38 mph.

Round 3 – Alan Fields, Climax, N.C., 9.613 on an 8.800, 137.58 mph, def. Dex Llewellyn, NA, 16.810 on an 8.290, 39.40 mph; Jim Shifflett, Waynesboro, Va., 8.525 on an 8.330, 125.46 mph, def. Michael Ostrowski, Bay Shore, N.Y., foul; Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 8.778 on an 8.760, 143.34 mph, def. Brian Canoles, Berkeley Springs, West Va., 8.867 breakout on an 8.880, 142.10 mph; Bob Carlson, Turrington, Conn., 9.139 on a 9.110, 146.85 mph, def. Michael Herman Sr., Fredericksburg, Va., 8.893 on an 8.870, 151.07 mph.

Semifinals – Carlson, 9.106 on a 9.110, 150.85 mph, def. Fields, foul; Teasley, 8.779 on an 8.760, 148.07 mph, def. Shifflett, 8.346 on an 8.330, 146.11 mph.

FINAL – Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, .077, 8.739 on an 8.760, 151.60 mph, def. Bob Carlson, Turrington, Conn., .043, 9.081 breakout on a 9.110, 142.22 mph.


SATURDAY NITROUS EXPRESS PRO ET

Round 6 – Dale Hamilton, Mt. Airy, Md., 10.047 on a 10.070, 131.99 mph, def. Ben Knight, Beavercreek, Ohio, foul; Alan Fields, Climax, N.C., 8.757 on an 8.730, 146.50 mph, def. Bob Carlson, Turrington, Conn., 9.411 breakout on a 9.460, 131.32 mph; Brian Guarino, Kenbridge, Va., 9.245 on a 9.230, 143.02 mph, def. Richard Diggs, Frederick, Md., 9.238 breakout on a 9.250, 148.14 mph; Dale Hamilton #2, Mt. Airy, Md., 9.734 on a 9.720, 136.73 mph, def. Scottie Keller, Mooresville, N.C., 8.956 on an 8.930, 148.46 mph; Jerry Turner, Bluff City, Tenn., bye.

Round 7 – Hamilton, 10.040 on a 10.030, 132.36 mph, def. Turner, 9.158 on a 9.120, 142.19 mph; Guarino, 9.239 on a 9.230, 139.11 mph, def. Fields, 8.783 on an 8.740, 146.02 mph; Hamilton #2, bye.

Semifinals – Guarino, bye; Hamilton #2 def. Hamilton.

FINAL – Brian Guarino, Kenbridge, Va., .018, 9.276 on a 9.230, 144.46 mph, def. Dale Hamilton, Mt. Airy, Md., .050, 9.674 on a 9.660, 138.20 mph.


SUNDAY PRO ET Elimination Results

Round 6 – Scottie Keller, Mooresville, 9.008 on an 8.950, 140.28 mph, def. G. Clemons, Eatonton, Ga., 9.994 on a 9.940, 127.96 mph; Dale Hamilton, Mt. Airy, Md., 10.084 on a 10.090, 131.02 mph, def. Dale Hamilton #2, Mt. Airy, Md., no time; Shayne Proctor, Indian Head, Md., bye.

Semifinals – Proctor, 8.885 on an 8.860, 150.97 mph, def. Hamilton, 10.128 on a 10.080, 130.30 mph; Keller, bye.

FINAL – Scottie Keller, Mooresville, N.C., .052, 9.135 on an 8.950, 129.48 mph, def. Shayne Proctor, Indian Head, Md., .003, 22.870 on an 8.860, 53.42 mph.


SUNDAY STREET ET

Round 5 – Ron Arnold, Bowling Green, Ky., 9.462 on a 9.460, 140.93 mph, def. Shayne Proctor, Indian Head, Md., 9.105 on a 9.100, 146.07 mph; Dustin Lee, Morristown, Tenn., 9.493 on a 9.480, 135.22 mph, def. Michael Herman Jr., Woodbridge, Va., 9.246 on a 9.210, 146.42 mph; Boo Brown, Potomac Falls, Va., 8.984 on an 8.910, 134.89 mph, def. C.J. Fair, Irmo, S.C., 8.896 on an 8.850, 146.70 mph; Mike Schulz, Manassas Park, Va., 9.131 on a 9.090, 140.40 mph, def. Spencer Claycomb, Gates, N.C., 9.064 on a 9.060, 147.18 mph.

Semifinals – Arnold, 9.445 on a 9.460, 143.66 mph, def. Schulz, foul; Lee, 9.486 on a 9.480, 138.27 mph, def. Brown, foul.

FINAL – Dustin Lee, Morristown, Tenn., .019, 9.490 on a 9.470, 136.46 mph, def. Ron Arnold, Bowling Green, Ky., .032, 9.470 on a 9.440, 143.54 mph.


SATURDAY BROCKS PERFORMANCE STREET ET

Round 6 – BayBay Yarbrough, Eatonton, Ga., 9.511 on a 9.500, 143.11 mph, def. Shayne Proctor, Indian Head, Md., 9.058 breakout on a 9.080, 146.50 mph; Barry Pryer Sr., Chesapeake, Va., 9.388 on a 9.250, 135.95 mph, def. Clay Davies, Petersburg, 9.862 on a 9.710, 132.93 mph; G. Clemons, Eatonton, Ga., bye.

Semifinals – Pryer, 9.156 on a 9.250, 147.97 mph, def. Clemons, foul; Yarbrough, bye.

FINAL – Barry Pryer Sr., Chesapeake, Va., .078, 9.431 on a 9.250, 129.37 mph, def. BayBay Yarbrough, Eatonton, Ga., .041, 9.783 on a 9.500, 138.13 mph.



Results from the completion of the rain-interrupted Adams Performance Spring Open MIRock event Saturday at Rockingham Dragway:

DME REAL STREET

Semifinals – Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 7.980, 188.33 mph, def. Eddie Chapman, Pocomoke, Md., 17.924, 96.18 mph; David Merks, North August, S.C., 7.822, 181.54 mph, def. Anibal Merced, Concord, N.C., 8.327, 169.64 mph.

FINAL – David Merks, North Augusta, S.C., .062, 7.886, 181.59 mph, def. Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, .031, 7.982, 186.30 mph.


ORIENT EXPRESS PRO STREET

Round 1 – Joey Gladstone, Townsend, Del., 7.036, 209.01 mph, def. Darion Payne, Fredericksburg, Va., no time, no speed; John Gover Jr., New Florence, Pa., 7.440, 182.08 mph, def. Ehren Litten, Louisburg, N.C., no time, no speed; Terence Angela, Aruba, 7.183, 197.83 mph, def. Doug Gall, Loveland, Ohio, 8.171, 191.27 mph; Jason Dunigan, Jackson, Mich., 7.185, 189.15 mph, def. Rendolph Torbed, Curacao, no time, no speed.

Semifinals – Gladstone, 7.562, 184.30 mph, def. Gover, 8.048, 181.47 mph; Angela, 7.107, 198.70 mph, def. Dunigan, 7.165, 201.91 mph.

FINAL – Terence Angela, Aruba, .076, 7.140, 198.26 mph, def. Joey Gladstone, Townsend, Del., .110, 15.059, 108.48 mph.


LOUIS CONCRETE 4.60 Elimination Results

Round 1 – Eran Pielert, Halethorn, Md., 4.684, 138.29 mph, def. BayBay Yarbrough, Eatonton, Ga., 5.322, 114.63 mph; Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., 4.704, 148.41 mph, def. Kevin C. White, Newport News, Va., 5.603, 135.91 mph; Ronnie Smith, Pasadena, Md., 4.736, 135.86 mph, def. Barry Harvey, Winston-Salem, N.C., no time, no speed.

Semifinals – Nilles, 4.642, 144.47 mph, def. Smith, 4.698, 146.43 mph; Pielert, bye.

FINAL – Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., .118, 4.692, 150.33 mph, def. Eran Pielert, Halethorn, Md., .015, 4.814, 128.24 mph.


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