XDA: Ready for Takeoff at MDIR

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Ready for Takeoff

The Xtreme Dragbike Association will launch its 2019 season next weekend with the 25th annual PFR Spring Nationals at Maryland International Raceway on April 26-28.

This XDA event will feature Orient Express Pro Street, DME Racing Real Street, Pro Xtreme, Boosted Bulls, APE Nitrous Bulls, Monster Bulls, Unit 5 Components Brahma Bulls, HTP Performance Grudge, Vance & Hines 4.60 Index, FBR Shop 5.60 Index, Shinko Tires Crazy 8’s, Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman, MPS Pro E.T., Brock’s Performance Street E.T., Streetbike Corral and a Vendor Midway.

The 2019 XDA season is going to be absolute fire with 6-second, 220+mph Pro Street Motorcycles, 7-second, 190mph Real Street bikes, the new 3-second 1/8 mile Pro Xtreme class, the “Running of the Bulls” Grudge Shootouts, and 700+ Sportsman motorcycle racers competing for over $200,000 in cash purse and $142,000 in contingency!

In only their second year, XDA owners Jason and Chris Miller are ready to continue expansion in all the right places. Last year saw strong bike counts from racers supporting the inaugural season, and this year XDA will build on that with new classes, more staff, and new equipment.

The featured racing class will again be Orient Express Pro Street where twenty-seven riders are already entered promising to make it the largest and quickest season-opener event ever for the class.

They will all be looking to make history and be the first to break the 6.50-second barrier. There are currently at least five riders that have the performance to execute this milestone. And we wouldn’t be shocked if Friday or Saturday night saw side-by-side 6.50s passes! But the real race will be to the staging lanes to have their first shot at the track and the milestone. The first to the 50’s can never be taken away, and every competitor will want to be the one to do it. We have no doubt that MDIR will hold the record for the first 6.5x pass.

Maryland International Raceway is the home of the first side-by-side 5 sec Top Fuel pass, the Quickest side-by-side Pro Street pass, and the first 6 sec Pro Street pass by Ryan Schnitz.

Returning for 2019 will be the Penske Racing Shocks Pro Street Shootout where eight competitors will compete during qualifying for a chance at a bonus $2K payout. But only eight riders can enter, so they have to be quick on the draw when the signup time comes around.

Orient Express Pro Street Entry List
Jordan Haase, Jake Dugan, Darion Payne, Jamie Lopes, Luis Hornedo, Mark Gargiulo, Richard Gadson, Keith Correia, Justin Shakir, Gaige Herrera, Chris Klassen, Rudy Sanzottera, Brad Christian, Brett Ware, Rodney Williford, Ehren Litten, Ryan Hable, Ryan Schnitz, Chris Moore, Doug Witt, Chris Connelly Jr., Jeremy Teasley, Jason Dunigan, Mike Kovacevich, Joel Olivo, Frankie Stotz, and Alex Moore.

Current Orient Express Racing Pro Street GOAT List 

Pro Xtreme has been added to the 2019 season. This new 1/8 mile heads-up class is modeled on Pro Mod and will feature Turbocharged, Supercharged, and/or Nitrous Injected dragbikes on gasoline or methanol, along with Injected Nitro Methane bikes. Pro Xtreme will be a points class and will compete at four XDA events in 2019: the PFR Spring Nationals in April, the June Superbike Showdown, the August Bike Bash, and the DME Racing Fall Nationals in September. Pro Xtreme is presented by DME Racing, Fast by Gast, Harley Haul, MaxxECU, McCoy Motorsports, MTC, Rob Bush Motorsports, Timblin Chassis, and Worldwide Bearings.

Nine racers have already pre-paid for the entire year of Pro Xtreme racing to bring the purse to a stout $5,300 per event. With the performance crushers locked in, a great show is guaranteed. And any additional racer entering the class will boost the competition as well as the payout.

Pro Xtreme Entry List
Kevin Clark, John Collins, Chris Cutsinger, Rob Garcia, Ehren Litten, Bobby Lovingood, Brad McCoy, Tony Steel, and Rodney Williford

The Saturday night HTP Performance Afterdark Underground Grudge Program is also expanding with four new Grudge Shootouts: Boosted Bulls (Turbo Bikes), APE Nitrous Bulls (Nitrous Bikes), Monster Bulls (Heavyweights) and Unit 5 Components Brahma Bulls (63” All Motor Bikes). There will also be points championships for the Nitrous Bulls, Monster Bulls, and the Brahma Bulls classes at the XDA for 2019.

“With the addition of the new classes, and adding the points for the ’Running of the Bulls’, we feel our grudge program is even better for 2019,” said Jason Miller. “We will keep evolving our program every year to give the racers what they want. Now is the time to lock in and show us what you can really do on our ‘no excuse’ prepped track.”

Speaking about track prep, all racers know that it is one aspect of racing that the Millers are serious about. Jason Miller will do anything he needs to do to get the racing surface in the finest shape possible. This year the XDA expanded their equipment inventory with the purchase of their own sprayer, the #KillerMillerSpiller, to keep their prep consistent and up to the Miller standard. “Track prep isn’t just about spraying and dragging,” noted Miller. “There is more that needs to be examined, and it’s a science that has taken years to evolve and perfect. We will give our racers the best surface to race on at any event that has our name on it.”

This year the Millers have added Christel Leigh to the XDA team. Christel will now be working all XDA events (not just MDIR) calling up bike numbers, dial-ins and class changes. “Having someone that knows the racers and the classes will help minimize mistakes and move the program along even faster,” stated Chris Miller. “We now have twelve XDA officials at every event so we can continue to run a consistent program.”

In addition to the new classes, XDA is expecting the biggest turnouts for a season opener in all categories.

The DME Racing Real Street class has more than doubled in size from the 2018 season opener with a staggering 28 riders entered. Many new faces will try and make a name for themselves in this highly completive class. New for Real Street this year will be the addition of the Schnitz Racing Real Street Shootout with a $900 Cash payout! With the same format as Pro Street, this will also be limited to eight riders for Saturday action during qualifying.

DME Racing Real Entry List
David Stewart, Chad Sosnowski, Luis Hornedo, Jamie Lopes, Marcus Hylton, Jovi CP, Derek Sobiech, Alisha Malone, Spencer Claycomb, Chuck Vic, Mark Blake, Chris Moore, Ralphie Navarro, Johnn Martin, Michael Sancho, Ashley Cotnoir, Michael Wallace, Brandon Teasley, Jeremy Teasley, Cameron Teasley, Devin Doe, Anibal Merced, Sean Henson, Richard Gadson, Jason Herron, Brad Stinnett, Michael Sweeney Jr., and John Fernandez.

The Vance & Hines 4.60 class continues to grow with twenty-six riders locked in and ready to battle to the 1/8 mile next weekend. These racers have also locked in their own shootout during qualifying because let’s face it, they love the competition!

Vance & Hines 4.60 Entry List
Darion Payne, Steven Shriver, Wes Hawkins, Shayne Proctor, Big Kev, Dystany Spurlock, Brad Gleason, Boo Brown, Wilson Burkhead, Larry Leftwich, Richard Gadson, Terry Tompkins, Rob Hunnicutt, Jim Jordan, Jeff Lindeman, Troy Hausmann, Kenny Cornnell, Eran Pielert, Mac McAdams, Tyler Cammock, Durwood Rawlings, Ron Bonitatis, Mike Ostrowski, Douglas Robinson, Ronald JR Procopio, and Ed Murphy.

The XDA will also hold competition in FBR Shop 5.60 Index, Shinko Tires Crazy 8’s, Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman, MPS Pro E.T. and Brock’s Performance Street E.T. giving racers a place to compete in a professional environment. The beginning of the XDA season is a fresh start to grab valuable points towards the 2019 Sportsman Championships and pick up tons of cash at the same time.

The 2018 XDA Champions and Top 10 in each class will also be honored during the Awards Ceremony on the main stage on Saturday at 5pm. As a bonus, event sponsor Platinum Fleet Repair will be giving out $1,000 in cash prizes, and anyone in attendance during the ceremony has a chance to win!

With over 700 racers attending events from all across the world, a massive vendor midway, thousands of fans, legendary Miller track prep, excellent media coverage and a dedicated team of XDA officials at the helm, the XDA continues to be the place for motorcycle drag racers. Come grow with us!

Note to racers: Maryland International Raceway has switched from selling VP Fuels to now selling Sunoco Race Fuels. If you need VP Race Fuels contact Marion Ford at the FBR Shop at 410-374-1000 to place your order. FBR Shop is the only company permitted to sell VP Race Fuels at Maryland International Raceway, but you must purchase in advance.

Visit www.XDAracing.com/springnationals for event information, class rules, payouts, entry fees, schedule and more.

2019 XDA Schedule

  • Apr 26-28 / PFR Spring Nationals / MDIR
  • MTC Summer Nationals / May 31-June 2 / VMP
  • Superbike Showdown / Jun 21-23 / MDIR
  • WPGC Bike Fest / Jul 26-28 / MDIR
  • Bike Bash / Aug 23-25 / VMP
  • DME Racing Fall Nationals / Sept 20-22 / MDIR

About the XDA – The Xtreme Dragbike Association (XDA) is an east coast motorcycle drag racing series with 700+ motorcycle racers competing at each event. Every XDA event hosts professional classes, sportsman classes, grudge racing, and a vendor midway. Lifestyle activities such as bike shows, bikini contests, DJ and live bands are also held at select events. For more information on the XDA, please visit XDAracing.com or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.