CC Powersports NHDRO World Finals
October 19-21, 2018
Ohio Valley Dragway near Louisville, Kentucky, USA
The tree finally came down on NHDRO’s twice rain-delayed CC Powersports World Finals on October 19-21 at Ohio Valley Dragway near Louisville, Kentucky. Brock’s Performance riders take four championships for the 2018 season.
2018 Champions are equipped with quality performance products that get them to the winner’s circle race after race.
Pro Street – Frankie Stotz
Top Gas and Street ET – Jeremy Teasley
Super Comp – Ron Arnold
Indy Big Money winner Jeremy Teasley spirited away the Top Gas championship after a lively year on his deadly no-bar Suzuki Hayabusa.
Teasley is also the Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET champion. “My first Street ET championship,” multi-time, multi-class champ Teasley said proudly. “That bracket tree is not easy when I’m so used to the pro tree.”
Teasley lost to Scott Sheppeard in Saturday night’s Street ET final, while John “Spooky” Markham beat Gateway Big Money winner Ron “Ju-Jitsu” Arnold on Sunday.
Arnold may have lost the M2.Shocks Crazy 8s final to Lee, but he took the Millennium Trailers Super Comp win and championship in one thrilling final round against fellow multi-class stud Markham—avenging his Street ET loss.
Markham rebounded for the Penske Racing Shocks Street Fighter win over Tony Roberson. And although he lost to Spooky in the semis at Louisville, Jeremy England is the Street Fighter champion.
Frankie Stotz parlayed his Atlanta and August Indy wins on his Honda CBR1000RR into his first McIntosh/Grayson Machine & Fabrication Pro Street championship—the first ever for anything other than a turbo Hayabusa since Streetbike Shootout morphed into Pro Street.
Frankie joins his dad Kent as a no-bar champ. Kent has four Streetbike Shootout championships, his last coming on a Honda Blackbird in 2004. “It’s been a long 11 year road to finally be a champion like my dad, and now that dream has finally come true,” said Stotz. “Fighting an uphill battle, we fought nonstop and never let anything get in our way.”
Frankie’s lightweight combination is an eighth mile killer, and the Honda qualified number one with a 4.48 at 164.57 miles per hour. But that little 1000 works extra hard to make those kind of laps, and in round one of eliminations something gave way in the cylinder head in the back half and Quicktime Motorsports’ Brad Christian got around for the win.
Gateway winner Gaige Herrera nailed a .001 light on Quicktime boss Rudy Sanzottera in E1 and advanced to face Christian in the final. Christian’s chain broke in the waterbox and Herrera took an unopposed win—which was a lucky break since his nitrous-huffing ‘Busa spun at the hit.
Brian, Niki, and everyone with NHDRO wish all their racers, sponsors and fans a warm and healthy off-season and look forward to kicking off 2019 on April 12-14 at Atlanta Dragway.
This report was prepared by Tim Hailey.