On Saturday and Sunday, July 14/15, 2018, the Man Cup motorcycle drag racing sanction rolled into Dragway 42, in West Salem, Ohio for its first-ever event with the newly renovated facility. This was the third race of the season in a five race series that features Top Fuel motorcycle drag racing as its calling card. A new track record was expected and a strong sportsman turn-out was hopped for; in the end when the tire smoke cleared, both were clearly visible for all to see.
In the Pingel Top Fuel class, Larry “Spiderman” McBride set the pace with a blistering 5.88 @ 241 MPH in qualifying followed closely by a spectacular 6.03 performance by Dave Vantine.
Mitch Brown then delivered a solid 6.38 and Chris Hand a stout 6.42 elapsed time, for the inline-4-cylinder bikes. Jason Pridemore’s boisterous Top Fuel Twin showed the fans what LOUD is all about and entered the T/F field with a 7.94 as he began the debugging process of a new drivetrain and ignition system for his “Gunslinger” Top Fuel Harley.
On race day once again the Pingel Top Fuel Harleys delivered in Spades when Larry McBride established a new track record for Dragway 42 with a jaw-dropping5.80 pass at a thundering 252 MPH, much to the delight of the crowd on hand that braved high temperatures all weekend. Unfortunately, a heavy thundershower late in the day prevented points leader Dave Vantine from meeting up with Larry McBride in the final round.
The weather event prevented the finals with bikes in the lanes, but that’s racing sometimes. In Orangeburg Cycles Pro Fuel class, Sam White was the #1 qualifier and he defeated points leader Preston Bartlett, to gain valuable points in their championship race. They are looking forward to going head to head again at the next, the MTC Nationals, slated for September 15/16 at GALOT MSP, in N.C.
In the Falicon Pro Mod series, the #1 qualifier was Eric McKinney with a very quick 4.01 @ 177 MPH in the heat of the day and with a track temp of over 130/f, that’s quite a tribute to his performance tuning! Paul Gast, the title sponsor of the event was in the lanes to face Ashley Owens in the finals when the rains came.
Nitrous Express Pro Open racing saw Vince Testa, all the way from Arizona in the lead position with a 6.98 elapsed time. Vince and Mike Chongris were race-ready for the final round when the event was canceled due to rain.
In APE Pro Street action Jeremy Teasley and Burt Rossi from Canada were able to wrap up their racing, with Jeremy Teasley winning the Pro Street class. Jeremy had a 10 point lead over Chris Connelly going into the Dragway 42 event. By his no-show at D-42, this will give Mr. Teasley a significant lead in championship points as J.T. moves ahead towards another #1 plate in APE Pro Street.
The Shinko/WPS Real Street class at the Fast By Gast Nationals was a one man show with Spencer Claycomb taking the low qualifier, high-MPH spot and winning the event. Spencer literally cleaned the table this outing. This will go a long way in putting him ahead of Bud Harrod in Shinko/WPS, series points. Spencer entered the D-42 event, 45 points ahead and his winning performance will extend his lead substantially.
The Sportsman racing at the Fast By Gast Nationals was nothing short of spectacular! So many racers showed up from Ohio and the surrounding states that the lanes were busy with call-ups almost non-stop. On Saturday morning when the gates opened, Man Cup Tech was flooded and extra hands were added to reduce the line quickly and get racers into the staging lanes quick as possible. Man Cup staff and Dragway 42 staff worked very well together this race to serve the racers.
IN Grothus Ultra 4.60 class, the number one qualifier Broderick “Hollywood” Jackson turned in a 4.60 with a 1 to secure the top spot. On Sunday morning he gave a great live impromptu interview about his bike and racing career that was both interesting and informative. On Saturday night, Ed Grothus and family hosted a “Racer Appreciation” dinner for all the 4.60 class teams. No one went hungry that night! As the racing rounds unfolded throughout Sunday, 4.60 class wrapped up with Brody Grothus winning the event over Tony Mullen.
MTC Super Comp, the 8.90 index class, saw Jeremy Teasley go to the head of the class during qualifying with a 8.9000 bid that sealed that one up solid! During eliminations, Jeremy gave it his best effort, but it was Mark Coulson who defeated Tylan Beckelheimer for the win in the final round. Both racers are from Ohio and while neither were in the Man Cup points race prior to the event, the Man Cup sanction is hopeful these two great racers will attend future Man Cup races and participate in the World Finals.
Wiseco Street Fighter at Dragway 42 for Man Cup was well attended. Tyler Fisher was the number one qualifier at this event, his 9.51 on the 9.50 index was good enough to get him a plaque and a hand shake from the title event sponsor Paul Gast on Sunday morning. As the race day went round and round, the final match up was two Ohio local drag racers: Kevin Adams, from Brunswick and Jeremy Teasley, from Columbus, Ohio. When they squared off, Kevin’s 9.50 ET over Jeremy’s 9.55 run was the winning time for the day in the class.
Star Power Top Gas action on the 8.20 index brought out the fast ones at Dragway 42. A full ladder on Saturday had Kevin Adams at the top of the qualifiers giving him lane choice on Sunday’s opening round. Unfortunately on Sunday when the rains came, Dave Page and Bradley Shellhass were in the lanes ready to run and they did not get the chance to wrap it up.
World Wide Bearings Crazy 8’s class at Man Cup’s Fast By Gast Nationals continued to show why it’s one of the best and best attended sportsman classes for the sanction. With a full ladder for Sunday racing, all of the entries were within less than a second of one another. Topping off the qualifying list was current 8.88 #1 plate holder Dusty Brazel of Whatagraphic. His 8.883 was the best of the lot on Saturday. During eliminations on Sunday, the class racing was halted by weather with Dusty Brazel, Brian Babiak, and Mike Barkley of Canada.
In the Cycle X Super Eliminator racing, the two strokers were STRONG at this race with bikes from the 1970’s to the more modern era, presenting drag racers and fans with the sights and sounds of yesteryear. During qualifying, Mike Molyneux with his 8.79 elapsed time led the qualifying field. On Sunday during eliminations, when the sky opened up, Jesse Baker, Jim Chongris, and David Boyd were all in the lanes ready to go, but Mother Nature said no.
In the Vance & Hines V-Twin class of racing, it was Rick McWaters taking out Vance Houdyshell on Saturday and on Sunday, they reversed rolls with the Vance Man whopping Rick McWaters! Coming into this race, Rick McWaters was not previously entered into Man Cup points, but Vance Houdyshell was in the #1 spot in championship points and he extended his points lead over Don Horta.
In the C&S Custom Street ET class, on Saturday Randy Parker gained points on Dusty Brazel who also did well. And on Sunday, local racers, brothers in fact, Bob Burt & Roger Burt of Columbus Ohio, on a pair of Hondas were ready to race when unfortunately, weather prevented this family final. But congratulations is in order for these two great racers who show that a family that races together, stays together!
MPS Pro ET racing at the Fast By Gast Nationals was off the hook! There were so many single digit and double digit reaction times the announcer was losing his voice. The racing was so close it was just brutal. On Saturday, Ralph Medrano Jr, won the day and on Sunday, the racing made it as far as the semi-final round with Tom Klemme, Rick McWaters and Jimmy Muntain still suited up, ready to race when weather halted the event.
The Man Cup motorcycle drag racing sanction would like to thank Geri and Gary Harper, of Dragway 42, and all their staff for the hospitality and hard work they rendered to make this event a successful one. It was a hot, humid race all weekend, the track was there and so were the racers. Larry McBride set the track record at 5.80 seconds at a speed in excess of over 252 MPH, the fans got their monies worth and the racers had fun!
The next Man Cup event will be MTC Nationals, September 14-16, 2018 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, North Carolina, we hope to see you then!
|Until Next time…
– Tom McCarthy