Brock’s Performance Team Report-Norwalk

Joey Gladstone and Rickey Gadson – SuperSport

Brock’s Performance-supported riders continued to dominate the SuperSport class as the battle for the AMA Dragbike championship comes down to a standoff between points leader, Rickey Gadson, and upstart, Joey Gladstone.

Gadson has the fast track to the #1 plate with a 57-point advantage and only one event left on the season, but Gladstone isn’t going down easy. At the Track or Treat Nationals at Norwalk, the Delaware rider took out Gadson in the final for the second event in a row.

“It’s the Joey Gladstone show now,” said Brock. “The kid is no joke. He continually does what he is supposed to do. When the pressure is on, he excels. He is really good.”

Gladstone is certainly on a hot streak. He has won three of the last four races, and took top qualifier honors at two of those events.

“Joey went from an also-ran to a championship contender this season,” continued Brock. “Last year they were ecstatic to make a final. Now they win finals against the best.”

Both riders set records at Norwalk. Gadson set a new e.t. mark of 8.907 seconds while Gladstone upped the 1/8 mile speed record to 128.48 mph. Brock noted that the Norwalk event was the debut of his new ZX-14 CTMeg carbon-tipped megaphone series exhaust.

Gladstone was going rounds at Norwalk, going to finals in SuperSport and Street ET, and was looking good doing it. Even though Gadson set the record of 8.90 in Sunday’s eliminations, Gladstone ran an 8.86 in the Street ET semis. “I thought Rickey was going to have a heart attack after Joey ran that 8.86,” said Brock.

In the final Gladstone got a slight holeshot, but Gadson had him by nearly a tenth at the 330’ mark. Gadson got out of the groove and let out of it. Gladstone went on to win, 8.99 to 9.03.

“The front started washing out on Rickey, and he let out of it,” said Brock. “He’s a professional. He knows it is better to lose a round than go down. He crashed our SuperSport bike in 2005, and he is not going to let that happen again.”

“Joey shows fantastic poise against Rickey now,” continued Brock. “The bigger bikes get out on the 1000’s, but they don’t back half like the smaller bikes. It is very easy for a rider to get rattled and make a mistake when they see their opponent so far out on them… especially an opponent like Rickey. Joey just stays focused and rides his race, and has been extremely successful.”

Brock had fun with Gladstone’s dad Skip after the final, making him perform “Dancing Shiva” on the starting line after the final.

“Skip said that if Joey won, then he would do whatever I tell him,” said Brock. “So I had a little fun with him. One of my pet peeves is when racers want my help, but then don’t do what I tell them. If they want to do their own thing, they can do it on their own time. I tell Joey and Skip what to do, and they trust me enough to do exactly what I say. Now they have some wins to back up my words.”

“I don’t know if they will do ANYTHING I say, but I will see how far I can go,” he joked.

Curtis McDougald – Dunnigan Racing Pro Street Shootout

Curtis McDougald won the Pro Street Shootout on Saturday, taking out first time finalist, Nicky Mazeika, in the money round.

Riding Trae Heath’s Hayabusa, Lil’ Curtis ran a 7.28 in the final and scored the quick lap of the night with a 7.27. He ran a 7.22 in Sunday’s Pro Street eliminations but lost on a holeshot.

“Curtis and Trae had been struggling with their rear suspension so we added a Dragshock and started from our base settings,” said Brock. “We worked on trackside tuning and quickly got it pointed in the right direction. Now that their suspension is consistent, they can concentrate on adjusting other performance items and hopefully go out and win some races again.”

Keith Thompson – BST Real Street Series

Keith Thompson went to the semifinals in Real Street and holds a five-point lead over defending champ, Jeremy Teasley, going into the final.

Thompson has two wins this season and one number one qualifying effort. His consistent, late-round finishes gives him the edge over Teasley who has 3 wins in 4 final round appearances.

At Norwalk Thompson was again without the services of HTP Performance owner, Cecil Towner, who suffered severe burns when a fire broke out in his dyno room. Best wishes to Cecil, “Take it easy, and take care of yourself.”

 Rickey Gadson – BST Real Street Series

Rickey Gadson made the Real Street final at Norwalk, making it his second final round appearance in the last four races. He took out points leader, Keith Thompson, in the semifinals but was turned back in the final by Chip Ellis who ran the low e.t of the meet on the run at 8.04 seconds.

“Rickey is our Kawasaki-mounted Real Street poster child,” said Davidson. It is good to see him get to the final because that race bike is all HIS show,” said Brock. “It is not like the SuperSport bike where we tune it, and he picks it up at our pit and throws a leg over it. He tunes his Real Street bike. We simply help him by supplying go fast parts.”

 Stacy Smith – Help Me Ride Super Street

Stacey Smith broke into the Super Street winner’s circle for the first time at Norwalk. Smith started the year strong in Super Street, riding the bike Nick Mazeika took to the championship last season and opening the year with two-straight number one qualifying performances and a final round appearance.

Recently getting help from Bryan Snyder of the now relocated Quantum Motorsports (Quantum recently moved from Ohio to the Dallas-Ft Worth area) and testing new suspension components from Brock’s, Smith came to life in Norwalk after missing the Indy and Atco events.

Smith qualified in the middle of the pack in 5th position with an 8.11 but ran consistent 7.90s including a 7.96 in the final against fellow first-time Super Street finalist, Ed Murphy, Jr.

 Ashon Dickerson – BST Real Street Series

Ashon Dickerson rounds out the three-model Brock’s Performance Real Street triumvirate. Riding a TiWinder-equipped Hayabusa for D-Tech Racing, Dickerson represents Brock’s on the Busa, while Keith Thompson rides a GSX-R1000, and Rickey Gadson on a ZX-14. Dickerson also holds the MIROCK Real Street MPH record at 183.64 MPH

Cory Ballard – BST Real Street and Brock’s Performance Street ET Series

Cory Ballard typically uses Street ET runs as a tune-up for Real Street where he is ranked 8th nationally. At Norwalk he got in the Street ET groove, showing his chops at breakout racing and took his first event win of the year.

“Corey keeps at it,” said Brock. “He is very dedicated, he works very hard, and he is starting to get the attention he deserves.”

Riding the Fun For All Motorsports Hayabusa, Ballard dispatched of SuperSport standout Joey Gladstone in Saturday’s Street ET final.

 Dustin Burchett – Brock’s Performance Street ET Series, 2 Wheel Tuner Pro ET

Dustin Burchett was a bracket-racing madman at Norwalk, going to a total of three finals on his Kawasaki drag bike and his GSX-R1000 sportbike. His nemesis for the weekend was Ryan Robaugh who got the best of Burchett in Saturday’s Pro ET final and Sunday’s Street ET final.

 Rocky Ward – Schnitz Racing Street Fighter

Reigning Street Fighter champ, Rocky Ward, went to his second final round appearance of the year at Norwalk, sporting a Brock’s Performance CT Series exhaust.

Wayne Robertson – Schnitz Racing Street Fighter

Finally Brock’s Performance wants to give a shout out to Wayne Robertson who suffered severe injuries when he went down at the top end at Atco. Get well soon, Wayne!

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