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Opening IDBL Round a Knockout


event: 18th Annual Pingel Spring Nationals
when: April 24-26, 2015
where: Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD, USA
This report was prepared by Tim Hailey.

Opening IDBL Round a Knockout

Moving with the skill and agility of a prizefighter (but without the $100 PPV charge), Jason Miller’s Maryland International Raceway crew bobbed and weaved around unexpected showers, covered up against the ropes during the forecast overnight rain, then delivered a knockout track when spotting an opening on Sunday. So despite huge bike counts, the Pingel Spring Nationals—opener of the 2015 Mickey Thompson International Drag Bike League season—went the distance and proved a great new hope for motorcycle drag racing

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But “hope” is something that most Orient Express Pro Street competitors will have to train a little harder for. Two-time champion Joey Gladstone set the Budds Creek quarter mile on fire with a well-below-the-record 6.76 at an incredible 221 mph during Friday test and tune, then made that ET official with another .76 during Saturday qualifying and a 221 mph lap on Sunday. He went two steps further during eliminations, clicking off a .74 and the new record of 6.720 on his way to meeting his DME Racing teammate Terence Angela in the final.

 DME Joey Gladstone

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Joey Gladstone of Townsend, DE reset the Orient Express Pro Street E.T. Record with a 6.720! Gladstone also reset the Orient Express Pro Street MPH Record with a 221.16 mph pass.

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 That’s where the wheels fell off the wagon for Gladstone, whose Vance & Hines turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa fell victim to a broken cam chain and wouldn’t start for the final. He and the DME team took the misfortune in stride and celebrated the win for Angela, who came into the weekend struggling mightily but made consistent gains in performance and confidence. Angela is now the fourth Pro Street racer to officially run a 6.80something, running 6.86 at 216 in the semis.

DME Terence Agela 

Angela’s semifinal winning round was still a huge victory for his losing opponent—Richard Gadson on Brad Mummert’s old school, air-cooled Suzuki GS. The pair pushed the crowd favorite bike to its first ever 6 second pass, a 6.98 at 190 mph.

 Richard Gadson

DME Racing Real Street was won by a familiar name in an unfamiliar situation. Multi-time champ Jeremy Teasley showed up without a ride in the class when bike owner Roger Starrette decided he was sitting out the Maryland commute this season. Starrette was home in South Carolina on his way to get barbecue for Saturday night dinner when he heard that the second round of qualifying had been postponed by rain until Sunday. One U-turn and an overnight drive later and Starrette was unloading his trailer in Maryland.

 Jeremy Teasley

And unloading in a big way. Riding teammate David Merks’ turbo ‘Busa, Starrette qualified number one with a 7.85. Teasley qualified third behind Rickey Gadson. But Starrette scattered Merks’ motor all over the track on an E1 bye pass and Gadson lost to “Super Dave” Stewart in E2. Teasley beat supercharged record holder Tom Federici in the semi to set up the final with Stewart, who was way late at the tree and came up short on the big end against the champ.

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Tom Federici of Wayne, NJ reset the DME Racing Real Street “Supercharged” E.T. Record with an 8.009! Federici also reset the DME Racing Real Street “Supercharged” MPH Record with a 180.14 mph pass.

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 Maryland racer Mac McAdams recently made the switch to a blower car but still likes to get his kicks on two wheels as well. He detuned his PDRA spec Pro Extreme Motorcycle to run Vance & Hines 4.60, the world’s quickest 2-wheeled index class and the IDBL’s fastest growing. McAdams faced off in the final against number one qualifier Curtis Griggs Jr, who redlit the win away to Mac.

Mac McAdams 

In contrast to all-out dragbikes like McAdams’ and Griggs’, FBR Shop 5.60 boiled down to Ben “Hardest Working Man in MC Drag Racing” Knight and Dustin Lee on streetbikes. Knight was at his wits’ end on Saturday with two ‘Busas that wouldn’t go down the track. But a Sunday morning epiphany and a quick throttlebody exchange (with Lee’s help) brought one of those ‘Busas back to life. Not enough life, though, to overcome Lee’s .007 Bond bulb in the final.

 Dustin Lee

Knight didn’t suffer defeat long, drilling defending Carpenter Racing Crazy 8s champion Teasley at the tree for the final round win in that class. Number one qualifier Bubba Driscoll went out in round 4 of IDBL’s largest index field.

Ben Knight 

West Virginia racer Brian Canoles makes a habit of winning Trac King Clutches Top Sportsman and did so again to start off 2015. Canoles rode his reliable turbo ‘Busa dragbike to the win over Delaware’s Preston Hopkins. Number one qualifier Doug Robinson went down swinging against George Shriver in round 2.

 Brian Canoles

Shriver fought his way through 142 Shinko Pro ET entries, only to lose to MDIR hero Shayne Proctor in a classic dragbike (Shriver) vs. streetbike (Proctor) final.

Shayne Proctor 

Brock’s Performance Street ET whittled down to Virginia’s Brian Guarino vs. Spencer Claycomb. Guarino took the tree by a small .033 to .041 margin, enough to push Claycomb to a breakout pass and Guarino to the latenight win.

Brian Guarino 

5.60 winner Lee redlit against Mike Schulz in Friday night’s gambler’s race.

The weekend’s biggest Eastside Performance Grudge race matched Teasley on Buck Burrough’s HTP Performance-tuned “Kingpin” vs the “Cold Water” ZX14, with the latter staging with the back tire. That was the last lead “Cold Water” saw as “Kingpin” delivered the knockout punch early.

 Jeremy Teasley

IDBL ties on the gloves again at MDIR with the 29th annual MTC Summer Nationals on May 29-31.

Full results:

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We had an amazing race last weekend! We lost one whole race of Shinko Tires Pro E.T. and Brock’s Performance Street E.T. due to the weather, but if we had not lost them to weather and got the second race in for E.T. bikes our bike count would have been 758 bikes! That would be the same bike count as the IDBL – WPGC Bike Fest, which is amazing! Last year at the Spring Nationals, we had 653 bikes with 2 days of racing. That means our count is up 100 bikes over last year, which is incredible. Thank you for everyone’s support as IDBL continues to keep growing and growing every year.

– Jason and Chris Miller


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