XDA’s Drag Bikes, Slingshots, Baggers and Bikinis Invade VMP
XDA’s Drag Bikes, Slingshots, Baggers and Bikinis Invade VMP
The Xtreme Dragbike Association (XDA) takes Motorcycle Drag Racing back to Virginia Motorsports Park for the Inaugural Bike Bash on August 23-25, 2019. This is a must-attend event for any east coast drag racing enthusiast.
XDA offers guaranteed purses that bring out the best racers in the country with over 700 Professional, Sportsman, and Grudge motorcycle drag racers in competition. This season XDA will payout over $200,000 in purse money along with a $120,000 contingency fund that spans all classes. And this weekend the chase continues as racers compete for over $40,000 in cash purse with a shot at the 2019 championship titles which include $9,000 in cash bonuses plus additional hardware!
The event features the Orient Express Pro Street class that run speeds over 230 mph in only 6-seconds! And on Saturday Night, the HTP Performance Afterdark Underground Grudge Program will feature the “Running of the Bulls” Grudge Shootouts and all the Grudge Racing you can handle! Along with a quality race program, this event will also feature a Live DJ, Freestyle MX Show, Bikini Contest, Sound Competition, Custom Bike Show, Beer Garden and a vendor midway full of great deals on motorcycle parts, accessories, and apparel.
Team Money Cycles will also be hosting their “Speed and Sound” Tour at this event on Saturday & Sunday with a Sound Competition and Custom Bike Show. Plus, there will also be a “Baggers vs Slingshots” showdown on Saturday evening with Jimmie Da Plug’s SS Takeover Slingshots. These are the wildest custom bikes you have ever seen!
Orient Express Pro Street
Class Points Leader – Rodney Williford
The baddest street tire motorcycles in the world will assemble once again for the Orient Express Pro Street class. With a track smooth as glass, these 650+ horsepower motorcycles running at speeds over 230mph in the quarter-mile, in only 6-seconds will be setting records all weekend. You do not want to miss the thrilling racing action served up by these all-stars.
With only two races left in the season, and only ten spots available for the Haltech World Cup Finals presented by Wiseco Import vs. Domestic event, pro street racers will be turning up the performance dial. Racers will be fighting for a top ten finish in points to qualifying for the chance to compete in front of 40,000+ fans for the event on October 30th – November 3rd. But of the ten that qualify, only eight will compete in the $5,000 to win Pro Street Shootout sponsored by Platinum General Services.
Ehren Litten on the ‘Fastest Pro Street in the World’ sits in the number five spot for points. And after a disappointing first-round loss at the WPGC Bike Fest last month, he said, “I will not be losing any more rounds this year.” Teammate Rodney Williford currently holds the number one spot and needs to stay in front of DME Racing’s Jeremy Teasley. In the last two events, Teasley has made significant gains in the points chase, and his team is hungry for an XDA championship. And with only eighteen points separating these two titans, it will only take Teasley one round of advancement to take over the number one spot.
But when it comes to racing at Virginia Motorsports Park, the racer everyone will have their eye on is Jordan Haase on the John Gover tuned Hayabusa. Haase always puts down his best performance at VMP and won the last event earlier this year. For the last two years, the Williford team has been undefeated at VMP, and they will be looking to hold onto to that winning streak.
The racers with the most on the line at this event to qualify for the Haltech World Cup Finals presented by Wiseco (WCF), are Jason Dunigan, Ryan Schnitz, and Richard Gadson. Schnitz won the WCF race last year, and he currently sits on the outside of qualifying in the thirteenth spot. With a missed race earlier this year, he will need to gain ground as he sits forty-one points outside of the top ten. Jason Dunigan holds the number ten spot, but he needs to win rounds this weekend if he wants to stay there. And Richard Gadson who qualified for the WCF race last year was not able to make the event, and now sits in the number twelve spot, only twelve points outside of the top ten. Gadson on the Brad Mummert GS 1100 nitrous machine has every intention of making it to the WCF race this year, and his competition ahead of him will be looking to take him out early.
At our last event Canadian racer, Rob Aston made the long drive to his first XDA race and ran his quickest pass to date. Next weekend fellow Canadian Ethan Barkley will make his first XDA appearance looking to top Aston’s performance last month to take over the ‘Quickest Canadian Racer at XDA’ title.
DME Racing Real Street
Class Points Leader – Mark Hylton
In DME Racing Real Street we have a four-way battle for the 2019 championship. Mark Hylton who has two wins this year, Anibal Merced, Spencer Claycomb, and Jeremy Teasley all still have a chance to at the throne. Jeremy Teasley who is in the fourth spot, is only forty points behind Hylton, which is only a one round separator showing you how close these four guys are in this championship chase.
Of the four, Hylton is the only rider who has not held a championship win in Real Street, and he wants to bring that win home to North Carolina for the Xtreme Performance Team and plans to be at the top of his game next weekend.
Bud Harrod who finished top ten in points last year has missed the entire season but will be at VMP next weekend to get back into action on his seven second ‘Bad Influence’ Hayabusa.
Alisha Malone, who has also missed the entire season waiting for her bike to be finished, will also debut for the season next weekend at the Bike Bash. She has promised that her All Motor Suzuki GSX-R1000 will make a strong debut. “We’ll stop at nothing to get where we need to be, I have a powerful team behind me to get us there,” said Malone.
Teasley who ran the first fifty in Real Street competition with a 7.592 at the last race was unable to back it up as an official record, and he will be looking to secure that record at VMP.
The VMP race will feature another full field of Real Street racers with sixteen bikes already confirmed for battle!
Class Points Leader – Kevin Clarke
The newly added Pro Xtreme class has been running on a limited schedule for the 2019 season and will make its first appearance at VMP next weekend. Kevin Clarke is currently leading the points in this eighth-mile heads-up class featuring Turbocharged, Supercharged, Injected Nitro Methane, and Nitrous Injected drag bikes on gasoline or methanol.
However, Rodney Williford who has the quickest bike in the class, is only forty-five points behind Clarke and is ready to make a move next weekend. At the last event Williford qualified with a 3.99 and met Clarke in the final, was let down with a mechanical issue at the starting line. Knowing Williford, that will not happen again and he will be focused on a win and a chance to win the first Pro Xtreme championship.
The class will be supported with a full field already confirmed for the event along with newcomer to the series, Keith Browne who will be competing with his turbocharged Harley entry.
Pro Xtreme is presented by DME Racing, Fast by Gast, Harley Haul, MaxxECU, McCoy Motorsports, MTC, Rob Bush Motorsports, Timblin Chassis, and Worldwide Bearings.
HTP Performance Grudge
The Saturday night HTP Performance Afterdark Underground Grudge Program will feature the four Bulls classes. XDA’s “Running of the Bulls” features Boosted Bulls, APE Nitrous Bulls, Monster Bulls, and Unit 5 Components Brahma Bulls headlining Saturday night with a potential 54K payout for full fields.
HTP Performance Grudge will run on our ‘no excuse’ prepped track all three days behind the Pro classes as part of XDA’s world-class show. If you want to see your quickest time-slip to date, we can deliver that!
Dave Norris in APE Nitrous Bulls leads points on ‘Yellow Jacket’ which he will be selling at the end of the season. If you are looking to get in the grudge game, this bike will catapult you to the top in no time.
David Page on ‘Pickin Pockets’ leads points in Monster Bulls. Page and Rendolf Torbed on ‘Kastigala’ have two wins each this season. Josh Keller on ‘Nasty Nate’ took a runner-up at the last event. Keller is making changes to his bike and looking to close the gap next weekend. And if his bike isn’t ready, he already has another ride on standby.
In Unit 5 Brahma Bulls Nicholas Mazeika on ‘Clockwork’ has already clinched the championship for 2019. He has taken three wins this year, and even with two events left in the season, he cannot be beaten.
Spots are still available, sign up now and reserve yours today at www.xdaracing.com/bulls and earn extra points.
Vance and Hines 4.60
Class Points Leader – Michael Ostrowski
The Vance & Hines 4.60 class already has thirty-two riders locked in and ready to battle on the 1/8 mile next weekend. With only two events to go, the competition is so tight that it’s anyone’s guess who will take the championship. Michael Ostrowski who finished tied for third last year has his hands grasped on the top spot with a forty-six point lead. However, looking at points, the top thirteen riders all have a realistic chance to win the championship.
Kevin White, who sits in the thirteenth spot and 172 points behind the leader, can still win the 2019 championship with two races left in the season. Last year’s champion, Richard Gadson, took the championship by only one point! This class will likely string us along down to the last round at the DME Racing Fall Nationals on September 20-22, 2019!
The FBR Shop 5.60
Class Points Leader – Bob Carlson
Will Courtlan Whiting be able to snag The FBR Shop 5.60 championship away from current points leader Bob Carlson? His performance at the last two events shows he’s putting the work in for championship contention. But with a slew of hungry eighth-mile racers at their feet, it will be no easy feat to stay on top.
Andrew Ritchey who sits almost 100 points behind the front runners could still shoot to the top with a final-round appearance. Next weekend’s event could shake up the order leaving many racers leaving VMP with expectations for a possible championship going into the final event.
Shinko Tires Crazy 8’s
Class Points Leader – Bobby Holland
Dustin Lee will come into the final with a stout lead over the competition, but he will have to continue going rounds in this class if he wants to hold onto it. Racers in the top half of the field will need to take out Lee in an early-round and advance to a final round appearance if they want to make gains on him at the Bike Bash.
Duane Jackson and Boo Brown are both in the closest striking distance to overtake the points lead, but they will need to make a final-round appearance next weekend to close the points gap.
Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman
Class Points Leader – Bobby Holland
Our Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman class is wide open as we go into the Bike Bash next weekend. Bobby Holland leads by only thirty points, which is not enough to secure his place at the top. Jimmy Shifflett who was leading the first three events of the season, is sitting back in fifth place, forty points behind Holland. The most points a racer can win in one event is seventy-one. Mathematically the top seventeen racers all have a shot at the 2019 championship.
Robin Procopio who is our only female who has qualified for Top Sportsman this year sits in the eighth spot, fifty-one points out of first. Last year Procopio finished points tied for eighth place, and we know she is going to want to move the needle this year for a better placement. Procopio typically has a reaction time that rivals the competition, and she can run 7.90’s on her 2010 Suzuki bar bike giving her a real shot at the championship this year.
MPS Racing Pro ET
Class Points Leader – Shayne Proctor
There are four chances left this year for the MPS Racing Pro ET racers to make a move in points. Our points leader Shayne Proctor is only leading by one round. Jimmie Miller, who opened the season as the points leader sits fifty points out of first and still has a chance to close the season back on top.
Ryan Bonitatis who took a runner-up finish this year in Pro ET and Top Sportsman is still in the hunt for the Winner’s Circle on his 1 Stop Speed Hayabusa. He currently sits sixty-one points out of the top spot in Pro ET and thirty-one points for Top Sportsman. Next weekend he will be putting his ‘Top Secret Gen 2 Clutch Tune’ to the test as he makes a play for the top spots.
Brock’s Performance Street ET
Class Points Leader – Dustin Lee
Brock’s Performance has seen 249 riders this year, but no one has been able to dethrone last year’s champion Dustin Lee. Lee leads the class by 122 points. But the competition can still overtake him with four races in two events left to earn points. All events offer a first-round re-entry for a second chance to earn a win both Saturday and Sunday.
Russell Dennison Jr has been on fire this year in the performance department, running multiple classes and winning rounds across the board, and currently sits second in points behind Lee. Dennison has a real shot to take out the veteran this weekend or close the gap before heading into the finals in September.
Load up and head out to Virginia Motorsports Park in one week for an exciting weekend of motorcycle drag racing action. This will be our last time at VMP, you don’t want to miss racing on the smoothest track in the country.
Gates open on Friday at 8 am, testing starts at 11 am, and qualifying begins at 8 pm for the Pros and Grudge. On Saturday the Baggers vs Slingshot competition goes down at 4pm, and on Sunday we have entertainment all day starting at 11am with the Bike Show, Sound Competition, Live DJ, Freestyle MX show, and Bikini Contest.
Visit www.xdaracing.com for event information, class rules, schedule, and more.
2019 XDA Schedule
- PFR Spring Nationals / April 26-28 / MDIR
- MTC Summer Nationals / May 31-June 2 / VMP
- Superbike Showdown / June 21-23 / MDIR
- WPGC Bike Fest / July 26-28 / MDIR
- Bike Bash / August 23-25 / VMP
- DME Racing Fall Nationals / September 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.