The IDBL Fall Nationals took place on a chilly fall weekend after it was postponed two weeks due to weather. However the competitors looked to heat things up with championships on the line and lots of racing left to do. After Friday testing was completed Dustin Lee started the weekend off on a high note as he put his Brock’s Performance sponsored Hayabusa in the winner’s circle with the Gambler’s Race win.
Saturday would pose a long day of racing but also feature the Street & Pro ET Race of Champions. These two popular ET classes take every event’s winner from the season and pits them against each other for a winner take all championship. Brock’s equipped customer Clay Davies put his beautiful ZX-10R in the winner’s circle to claim the Pro ET championship first. Next up would be two Brock’s sponsored racers in Bob Carlson and Shayne Proctor battling for the Street ET title. Both of these racers are veterans of the sport and have more race wins and championships than most can even dream of. The battle of two titans led to Shayne Proctor securing the season championship and bragging rights for the year.
In between the Tournament of Champions, Floridian Robert Parker was racing to stay warm and continually going round after round in the Saturday Street ET race. When it was all said and done he had secured the race win after seven grueling rounds. Parker’s ZX-14R is equipped with a multitude of Brock’s Performance products including his 4-2-1 Sidewinder. The late night win gave Parker great confidence for Sunday’s event as he would also be battling for the Crazy 8’s championship. In Pro ET Andre Jones was blasting through the competition on his street bike taking out a lot of wheelie bar bikes to find himself in yet another final round on his Stupid Fast Hayabusa. Jones relies on the ultra light TiWinder to help his bike achieve low 8 second time slips consistently and that consistency scored him the Saturday Pro ET win. This was also a big boost of confidence for Jones as he headed into Sunday’s competition with the Top Sportsman championship on the line.
Sunday action got underway and the Top Sportsman title was decided during second round as Jones advanced and the other three championship eligible contenders failed to move past second round. This was a huge accomplishment as the Top Sportsman class is traditionally dominated by wheelie bar equipped drag bikes.
Resident Brock’s employee Ben Knight held a five round lead over Robert Parker in Crazy 8’s competition prior to the event, but the rescheduled event conflicted with the AIMExpo in Orlando so Knight would patiently await the results from hundreds of miles away. Parker jumped out to a starting line advantage in the second round only to suffer tire spin immediately after, costing him the win and handing the championship to Knight. This would solidify the top three Crazy 8’s spots with Brock’s sponsored and equipped racers. Although Robert Parker did not win the Crazy 8’s championship, he once again found the winner’s circle Sunday night, sweeping Street ET for the weekend.
With four championships already locked up, the next two would come down to the wire. Dustin Lee would need to take the race win in 5.60 Index competition after the current point’s leader red-lit in round three. No stranger to pressure or the winner’s circle, this “winner take all” scenario motivated Lee all the more and he rode his TiWinder equipped Hayabusa straight to the event win and in doing so secured the 2015 championship.
Rickey Gadson had a stellar weekend as he not only rode one of his school bikes to the Crazy 8s win, but also wheeled his Real Street bike to winner’s circle as well, just narrowly missing that championship. However, a fellow Brock’s advocate in Anibal Merced relied on the strength of his season work to power him to his first ever Real Street championship. Merced is one of the heavier riders in the widely diverse Real Street class and uses the patented TiWinder exhaust to help him shed unnecessary weight off his championship ZX-14.
On top of the 6 championships and 7 race wins for Brock’s racers and customers we would like to take the time to also congratulate Dave Vantine. Vantine ran a career best 5.884 ET at 237.92 mph this past weekend aboard his nitro huffing Top Fuel motorcycle. The Vantine Racing team uses a BST carbon fiber front wheel on their 1000+hp machine and continues to push deeper into the 5 second zone.
Congratulations to all of the 2015 IDBL season champs and race winners.