Team Extreme/LW Rivalry Heating Up

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Team Extreme/L&W Rivalry Heating Up
By: Jack Korpela

The MIROCK Fast by Gast Summer Superbike Showdown from scenic Budds Creek, MD July 10th-11th, harbored a record-breaking crowd, sizzling hot weather, spirited fields of gung-ho sportsman and pro racers, and an escalating feud between Outlaw Pro Street engine builders Team Extreme of North Carolina and L&W Motorworks of South Florida.

In Schnitz Racing Outlaw Pro Street the hot sunshine created a slippery Maryland International Raceway launce pad that challenged both riders and crew chiefs throughout the weekend.

L&W Motorworks, tuned by head wrench Dan Wagner, scored first and took home the pole position in qualifying with Corey Myers’ 7.413 edging out Team Extreme’s Matt Smith-tuned Suzuki of Chris Moore by a mere two-thousandths of a second. Brian Rich was the top privateer and secured the number three-spot with a 7.44. The biggest surprise of qualifying came when defending class champion “Fast” Joe Long failed to make the field for the first time in his Outlaw Pro Street career.

“Joe is still on his old bike and we really haven’t put any time into it,” reported Wagner. “We’re focused on getting his new bike out. ”

In round-one of eliminations, amongst some feisty Team Extreme/L&W trash talking, former NHRA Pro Stock racer Tony Giardi of L&W scored a huge first round victory by taking out Team Extreme ringleader Matt Smith with a 7.60 to Smith’s 7.61.

In round-two Myers defeated teammate Giardi with a 7.54 to Giardi’s 7.70 before former Team Extreme member turned L&W rider Dave Norris bettered the tour’s most recent winner Rob “Superman” Hunnicutt of Team Extreme. Brain Rich defeated the Street Bike Shootout entry of Barry Henson with a sensational 7.36 to Henson’s 8.38 and Team Extreme’s Chris Moore laid down a 7.48 during his bye run.

Myers’ advanced to the final on a holeshot win over teammate Norris. Moore crossed the stripe ahead of Rich with a 7.44 to Rich’s 7.48, setting up a dramatic L&W/Team Extreme final between the two top qualifiers.

Surrounded in a sea of L&W and Team Extreme crewman the two 75-inch no wheelie-bar bikes blasted off the starting-line with Moore banking a slight starting line advantage with a .056 to Myers’ 0.72. As the bikes screamed through the screamed through the speed traps taped out in high gear, Moore’s win light came with a 7.44 to Myers’ 7.48, awarding Moore his first-ever Outlaw win and Team Extreme it’s second consecutive event victory.

Outlaw Pro Street Final

“It felt great to come out over L&W,” Moore said after the race. “Matt Smith did an awesome job of tuning.”

In Orient Express 60-Inch Pro Sport Bike Mike “Anything But” Slowe extended his MIROCK points lead and collected his second consecutive victory by taking out John Flood on a holeshot in the quickest side-by-side 60-Inch race ever. Slowe used a .058 and motored his Velocity Racing Hayabusa to an 8.06 to hold off’s Flood’s .174 and record-setting 8.05 at 181 mph.

“To win on a holeshot makes the win even more special,” Slowe said. “I learned last year that E.T. isn’t everything.”

Doug Witt also had a strong outing in the class, taking his “old school Gixxer” to the semis with several impressive runs in the low eights. The biggest upset occurred in round-one when son of MIR track owner and fourth-qualifier Jason Miller went out a to much improved from Saturday nineteenth-qualifier Steve Knecum with an 8.25 to Miller’s 8.40, thus continuing Miller’s plaguing phenomenon he calls “The MIR Jinx.”

Fifteen 240-pound plus big men showed up to do battle in the widely popular Heavy Weight Hitters class. In the end nobody had an answer for defending class champ John Vermeulen, who swept through the elimination bracket after qualifying in the number-four spot. Pole-sitter Robert Johnson was upset by Cedric Anthony in round-two when he fouled on the staring-line by 11-thousandths. Third-qualifier Ronnie Mitchell of Belleville, MI advanced to the final by upsetting number-two qualifier Ehren Litten in the semis with a 9.07 to Litten’s 9.38. In the final Mitchell fouled out with a -.235 and Vermeulen cruised to victory with an 8.82.

Heavyweight Hitter Final

AMA/Prostar Pro Stock-bound Mac McAdams of Edgewater, MD was Sunday’s big bracket winner, taking home $3,000 by winning The FBR Shop Quick 32 over Robin Procopio and the $1,500 Superbike runoff against Sunday’s Pro ET winner Randy Jamieson of Laplata, MD.

Thomas Haskell and Dean Rain both collected $250 checks from the FBR Shop with Haskell posting low-elapsed time of Quick 32 qualifying with a 7.60 and Rain recording top-speed at 170 mph.

Jamieson defeated Severn, MD’s Jim Miller to win Sunday’s Pro ET and John Snyder won Saturday’s Pro ET race after defeating Chris MacLaurin’s 96 Suzuki in the final.

Kevin Adams rode his 04 Suzuki Hayabusa to Sunday’s Streetbike win over Seymore, CT’s Abraham Martinez and Shawn Wade of Brandywine, MD defeated Richard Gadson in Saturday’s Streetbike final.

The enormous record-breaking crowd of spectators were also entertained by free style motocross, a wheelie/stunt show where Rickey Gadson recorded a 120 mph pass on one wheel, a bike show and shine, and of course the essential MIR bikini contest hosted by Sexy Anne Marie.

The Next MIR Fast by Gast Superbike Showdown will take place August 28th-29th.

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