XDA Ready to Grab the Bull by the Horns at VMP
Are you ready to run on the smoothest racing surface ever in your racing career? Because next weekend, XDA racers will think they are racing on glass!
Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP) was purchased by Tommy and Judy Franklin last October, and along with Allen Carpenter and they immediately started on facility improvements. They removed the entire racing surface and put in a brand-new state of the art concrete racing surface, wall to wall from the water box all the way past the 1/4 mile. The concrete surface was done in a single pour to give racers the best possible surface to race on. The water seepage that VMP was known for in the past has been solved with new drainage systems that run down both sides of the track. Beautification of the property has been made from everything to all new Musco lighting, new signage, tower upgrades and new landscaping to give VMP a prestigious feel that will make you excited to be there the moment you roll through the gate.
VMP is also well prepared for anything we throw at her with their famous rotating tire drag, a new track scrubber, and sprayer to lay down that sweet smell of VHT.
Last weekend VMP hosted the NHRA Nationals, and racers and tuners were ecstatic about the new race surface. Top Fuel racer Steve Torrence and Pro Stock driver said, “The track is smooth as glass.” And many crew chiefs were calling it the smoothest and flattest they’ve seen.
Jason Miller and Allen Carpenter will be working together all weekend to deliver the best track prep for every class from the time the first bulbs drop until the last pass of the weekend. So, the short of it is, traction will be unreal at VMP next weekend!
Orient Express Pro Street
Class Points Leader – Mark Gargiulo
The Gangsta from Massachusetts may be leading the points put he’s going to have his hands full keeping that lead as Orient Express Pro Street racers fight for a top ten spot for the chance to compete in front of 30,000 fans at the Haltech World Cup Finals Import vs. Domestic event in November at MDIR in a special $5,000 to win Pro Street Shootout sponsored by Platinum General Services. (Click here for complete information)
Brad Mummert’s Old School GS ridden by Richard Gadson will be making its season debut in Virginia with a new fuel injection system. Also making their first XDA appearance of the year will be Jason Dunigan, Gabe Frederick, Keith Correia, Jeremy St. Julien, and Darion Payne. Chris Connelly Jr. and Gaige Herrera have both taken recent wins at other events and will be heading into Virginia looking for a winning streak.
The rivalry between Justin Shakir and Mark Gargiulo will be front and center as these two have promised to line up against each other for every qualifying run of the weekend. Gargiulo has a new paint scheme to show off, and Shakira plans to show up with fresh motors to improve on his personal best ET of 6.749 at 214 mph that he ran at the last event.
Eighteen Pro Street riders are already confirmed for VMP, including Rodney Williford, Jordan Haase, James Herbert, Justin Shakir, Ryan Schnitz, Jeremy Teasley, Doug Witt, Jimmy Murphy, Ray Lee, and many more! The heat will be turned up to climb the GOAT list, grab those valuable XDA points, and take their shot at a guaranteed $3,000 to win purse.
DME Racing Real Street
Class Points Leader – Spencer Claycomb
We are expecting a full field of entries in DME Racing Real Street at VMP, as many teams finally have their bikes ready to take advantage of 2018 rule changes. This hand clutch class features a nice mix of newcomers and veteran racers that will keep fans excited with each pair that takes the tree. Current ET record in the class is held by points leader Spencer Claycomb with a 7.659, while Eddie Chapman holds the MPH record at 193.16. And the category may be dominated with Suzuki entries, but one racer is defying the odds, Shayne Proctor on his 2012 BMW S1000RR plans on giving the Suzuki and Kawasaki entries hell this year as he hunts for his first Real Street win.
HTP Performance Grudge
Get ready for some serious grudge action; the XDA has added the “Running of the Bulls” to Saturday night’s line-up. The HTP Performance Grudge event will feature three grudge shootouts: Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, and Pro Liter. Each class will be limited to eight entries and promises to be one of the best Grudge events you will witness this year. With track prep by the best in the business on the smoothest surface available, riders won’t be able to cry foul when they twist the throttle. Get your new excuses ready!
Numerous teams have already locked in, Koolaid, Grave Digger, Hannibal, Under The Influence, YellowJacket, Kingpin, Rocket Science, Jizzle, Airwolf, Soldier of Fortune, Dead Man and more are ready for their 8K payday. Limited spots are still available, sign up now and reserve yours now at www.xdaracing.com/bulls.
XDA has also added Tracy Robinson, aka Miss Budlight Lime, to the staff line up as the Grudge Announcer. Hands down Tracy is the most knowledgeable woman in grudge racing. She knows all the bikes and riders and will be able to dazzle the crowd with all her grudge knowledge and insight for Saturday night’s shootout events.
Vance & Hines 4.60
Class Points Leader – Michael Thyen
2017 Champion Boo Brown is on a hot streak, and he will be ready to eradicate the rest of the Vance & Hines 4.60 class come Sunday morning. This past weekend he took three wins at the IDBL event to redeem the two runner-up finishes he had at the XDA season opener. With almost thirty wheelie-bar racers confirmed for next weekend, 4.60 promises to deliver the most action in the world’s quickest, 2-wheeled index category.
The FBR Shop 5.60
Class Points Leader – Jeremy Teasley
The FBR Shop points leader, Jeremy Teasley has been on fire this year in the sportsman ranks running multiple classes and events with hardly any weekends off. The ‘Teasley Show’ has earned a 9-point lead in the Dragbike.com BAMF points series that tallies points over several sanctions for sportsman racers. He will ride into Virginia with a 22-point lead over his competitors, but Ted Harvey, Spencer Claycomb, and Kevin Adams will be hoping for a first-round matchup to take him out and put a stop to his sportsman reign.
Shinko Tires Crazy 8’s
Class Points Leader – Dustin Lee
Shinko Tires Crazy 8’s is expecting 50+ racers for the inaugural event at VMP. With this much competition, point leaders Dustin Lee and Jeremy Teasley won’t be able to let their guard down, not even in qualifying. New for 2018, qualifying points can now make or break a championship when it comes down to the wire. The number one qualifier earns 8 points while the seventeen qualifiers and below earn zero. There is no easy pass when a championship quest is on the line.
Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman
Class Points Leader – Hank Lovett
Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman offers the potential of $9,000 of payout over two days. The bump spot in this class is typically around an 8.30, making the 32-bike field extremely competitive. Michael Daddio is coming from Chicago, Illinois with the sole purpose of qualifying for this class. Due to a motor carnage before the XDA season opener, this will be his first XDA event this year, and you won’t be able to miss his sparkly blue Hayabusa in the staging lanes. This year he has been going rounds at other events in Top Gas running 8.20’s, but rumor has it, he is sandbagging. Let’s see what he can do next weekend under the watchful eye of his tuners.
MPS Racing Pro ET
Class Points Leader – Brian Guarino
Our MPS Racing Pro ET points leaders, Brian Guarino and Mike Schulz, are both Virginia natives that are separated by only 1 point for the lead. Mike Schulz has a deadly consistent Hayabusa that any ET racer would want. Mike’s only maintenance is checking his tire pressure, so he can efficiently run three classes at every event without breaking a sweat. Mike runs Crazy 8’s and Street ET along with Pro ET, giving him a chance at a $9,000 payday every time he enters the track.
Brock’s Performance Street ET
Class Points Leader – Roy Johnson
With a good 40% of the ET field from Virginia, we are excited to bring them a national event to their backyard. Brock’s Performance Points leader Roy Johnson will have a home track advantage against the other 100+ entries that will fill the lanes for Street ET. But will his lead of eleven points be enough to hold on to the spot with that many challengers? With round one re-entry available both days, anything can happen in this class.
Chris and Jason Miller have also added two more permanent staff positions that will attend every event this year. Michael Kohut will be the official starter for every event to maintain consistent starting line procedures. And Timi Seamon has been added as the Winner’s Circle Coordinator. She will be greeting winners, bringing trophies to the circle, and helping riders fill out their contingency forms. “We are thrilled to have such a solid team at our events,” said Chris Miller. “Consistency will keep our events running smoother to benefit our racers.”
With over 700 Professional, Sportsman, and Grudge motorcycle drag racers in competition, they will be competing for $58,000 in cash purse at this event! The event will also feature a vendor midway full of great deals on motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel. Event sponsor, MTC Engineering will also have the world’s only V-8 Top Fuel Suzuki Drag bike on display, so make sure June 22-24 is on your schedule!
We will see you in one week at Virginia Motorsports Park for an exciting weekend of motorcycle action on the smoothest surface available!
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2018 XDA Schedule
21st annual Spring Nationals
April 27-29, 2018 / Maryland International Raceway
47th annual Platinum Fleet Repair Motorcycle U.S. Nationals
May 18-20, 2018 / Atco Dragway
32nd annual MTC Engineering Summer Nationals
June 22-24, 2018
Virginia Motorsports Park
18th annual WPGC Bike Fest
July 27-29, 2018 / Maryland International Raceway
Inaugural Superbike Showdown
August 24-26, 2018 / Virginia Motorsports Park
26th annual DME Racing Fall Nationals
September 21-23, 2018 / Maryland International Raceway
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.