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NHRA Route 66 Nationals – Pingel Top Fuel Motorcycle

NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals
presented by PEAK Performance
Route 66 Raceway
May 17-19, 2024

David Vantine
David Vantine

Pingel Top Fuel Motorcycle

David Vantine Secures First Win of the 2024 Season! In an electrifying start to the NHRA Pingel Top Fuel Motorcycle season, David Vantine clinched the first victory of 2024! During the final round, Elmeri Salakari was unfortunately sidelined after his burnout due to an oil or fuel leak. This left Vantine with a solo pass to seize the victory, and he did so in spectacular fashion, clocking an incredible 5.073 seconds at 231.00 mph!

David Vantine
David Vantine

*All runs are to the thousand-foot mark.


W – David Vantine / .325 / 1.060 / 2.725 / 4.009 / 196.04 / 5.073 / 231.00
RU – Elmeri Salakari

David Vantine
David Vantine


W – David Vantine / .129 / 1.038 / 2.652 / 3.888 / 201.79 / 4.931 / 234.45
L – Mitch Brown / .121 / 1.051 / 2.774 / 4.039 / 195.19 / 5.173 / 205.19

Mitch Brown and David Vantine in the Semi-Final
Mitch Brown and David Vantine in the Semi-Final

W – Elmeri Salakari / .115 / 1.028 / 2.802 / 4.803 / 108.12 / 7.100 / 96.27
L – Earned BYE

Elmeri Salakari
Elmeri Salakari

Saturday – Eliminations

First Round Eliminations

The first round of eliminations is complete, and Elmeri Salakari, Mitch Brown, and David Vantine are the standout winners.

Larry 'Spiderman' McBride
Larry ‘Spiderman’ McBride

W- Elmeri Salakari / 0.089 / 1.018 / 2.663 / 4.026 / 169.7 / 5.36 / 182.26
L- Larry McBride / 0.148 / 1.027 / 2.953 / 4.675 / 140.44 / 6.441 / 125.85

Elmeri Salakari clinched his victory when Larry McBride spun the tire on launch and couldn’t recover to catch Salakari. Salakari’s solid run was a 5.360 at 182.26 mph.

W- Mitch Brown / 0.121 / 1.035 / 2.681 / 3.931 / 196.67 / 5.104 / 194.77
L- Bob Malloy / 0.193 / 1.127 / 2.855 / 4.152 / 193.43 / 5.238 / 224.02

Mitch Brown kept the momentum going strong with a win, running a 5.104 against Bob Malloy’s 5.238. Consistency and speed paid off for Brown!

Bob Malloy
Bob Malloy

W- Dave Vantine / 0.202 / 1.075 / 2.755 / 4.047 / 194.3 / 5.128 / 223.17
L- Micah Fenwick – Wasn’t able to get the bike fired.

David Vantine seized the win after Micah Fenwick’s bike failed to fire. Vantine powered through with an impressive 5.128 at 223.17 mph!

Micah Fenwick
Micah Fenwick

Saturday – Qualifying

Qualifying Round 3
David Vantine / 4.963 / 232.43
Mitch Brown / 5.13 / 188.83
Bob Malloy / 5.132 / 225.33
Micah Fenwick / 5.314 / 187.99
Elmeri Salakari / 5.693 / 185.21
Larry McBride / 6.608 / 118.93

Elmeri Salakari
Elmeri Salakari

Final Qualifying Order and Pairings

Of the six Top Fuel motorcycles entered for this 8 bike competition ladder, McBride sits in the #1 spot with his 4.813, followed by Dave Vantine 4.963, Mitch Brown 5.130, Bob Malloy 5.132, Micah Fenwick 5.134 and Elmeri Salakari 5.334.

1. Larry McBride / 4.813
6. Elmeri Salakari / 5.334
2. David Vantine / 4.963
5. Micah Fenwick / 5.314
3. Mitch Brown / 5.130
4. Bob Malloy / 5.132

Mitch Brown
Mitch Brown

Friday – Qualifying

NHRA Pingel Top Fuel Motorcycle Update – Two rounds of qualifying were completed on Friday, and Larry McBride stole the show by securing the #1 qualifying spot with an incredible 4.813-second run at 236.59 mph!

Larry McBride
Larry McBride

Mitch Brown and the Brown/Bradley Top Fuel Motorcycle Team is back in action, clocking a solid 5.547 in round two after a rough start with a beam roll in round one.

The excitement continues today with one more qualifier scheduled for 1:30 PM, followed by the first round of eliminations at 4:30 PM. Don’t miss the action as these top fuel bikes tear up the track!

Qualifying Round 2
Larry “Spiderman” McBride / 4.813 / 236.59
Dave Vantine / 5.065 / 204.39
Bob Malloy / 5.262 / 221.56
Elmeri Salakari / 5.334 / 180.98
Mitch Brown / 5.547 / 183.19
Micah Fenwick / 5.908 / 147.04 (Q1 5.88)

David Vantine
David Vantine

Qualifying Round 1
Bob Malloy / 0.067 / 5.367 / 172.7
Elmeri Salakari / 0.114 / 5.369 / 173.27
Larry McBride / 0.13 / 5.41 / 224.43
Micah Fenwick / 0.401 / 5.88 / 140.96
David Vantine / 0.087 / 6.30 / 188.54
Mitch Brown / Rolled through beams


The NHRA Gerber Collision & Glass, Route 66 NHRA Nationals are set to unleash the professional class qualifying on Friday, May 17, 2024. The Friday session will begin at 2 PM Central Time with Pro Mod, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Funny Car, and Top Fuel. Following these classes, the new Pingel Top Fuel Motorcycle sponsored class will take to the track for Q-1 at approximately 4:30 PM Central Time. Q-2 for the Top Fuel Motorcycles is slated for approximately 7 PM Central Time.

As of Thursday evening, all six Top Fuel Motorcycle teams that indicated they would be attending the event are all set up in the pits and race-ready: Larry McBride, Mitch Brown, Bobby Malloy, Dave Vantine, Micah Fenwick, and Elmeri Salakari are prepared to do battle.

Mitch Brown
Mitch Brown

Mitch Brown commented via phone interview: “Some of the Pro Stock Motorcycle team members came by to welcome us and they are excited they get to go before us, so they can get back in time to see us run. There is a very positive vibe in the pits.”


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