The 2016 IDBL season kicked off this past weekend at Maryland International Raceway with some familiar results. Saturday ET eliminations got off to a late start when an afternoon April shower delayed the event, but once racing was able to start later on that night, Brock’s-equipped riders filled the staging lanes. The racers fought for wins late into the night until the curfew was reached at 1am, meaning eliminations would continue the next morning. For Brock’s equipped Jimmie Miller and Ben Knight, Sunday morning provided a springboard to their busy day as both earned runner-ups in Street & Pro ET respectively to start off the day.
Reigning Real Street Champion, Anibal Merced, wasted no time putting to rest any doubt about his 2015 Championship by winning the season opener event. His nitrous-huffing ZX-14 posted numerous 7-second runs on his way to the final round win over class newcomer, Justin Fernandez.
Known for his Pro accolades, Rickey Gadson got back to the roots of the sport by piloting one of the Rickey Gadson Drag Racing School bikes in the 5.60 Index class. Fully equipped with the Brock’s Performance Drag Race Package, Gadson slowly made his way through the field finding himself in the final round at the end of the night. Racing former class champion and wheelie bar equipped, Michael Ostrowski, the 11x time champ, Gadson, was able to pull off the win on a double-breakout final round.
The Crazy 8’s class saw a pair of familiar faces as Robert Parker and Dustin Lee brought their Brock’s Sidewinder-equipped bikes to the finals for a classic ‘Kawasaki vs. Suzuki’ battle. The all Brock’s final would wind down to the wire as another double-breakout race unfolded, and Parker took the narrow win over Lee.
Closing out the event on Sunday night was the second all Brock’s final as legendary ET racer, Bob Carlson, paired up with Wardell Pinkney. An uncharacteristically late reaction time for Carlson put him at a huge disadvantage on the starting line, but lady luck was on his side as Pinkney had some bike issues down the track. Carlson was able to squeeze by him to take the Brock’s Performance Street ET Sunday event win back to Connecticut.
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