Brock’s Performance riders on BST Carbon Fiber wheels cleaned up at the XDA Season Opener from records to wins!
XDA Grand Slams Bike Count and Records on Opening Weekend
It was raining records at the Xtreme Dragbike Association’s 25th annual PFR Spring Nationals this past weekend at Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR). For those in attendance, it felt like we were hitting a milestone or dropping a record every round. XDA had the most impressive season opener in history, #ChangeMyMind
XDA racers tore down the gates and packed the pits to deliver the highest racer count for a season opener spanning all of MIROCK, IDBL and XDA events with 803 entries. This count also comes in as the second highest racer count, falling in behind the 2015 WPGC Bike Fest. “We are grateful to see the growing support of the series and expect to keep growing in a way that best supports our loyal racers,” said XDA Director of Operations Chris Miller.
Video Coverage of Event
Orient Express Racing Pro Street
Winner – Rodney Williford
Runner-up – Richard Gadson
#1 Qualifier – Jeremy Teasley 6.492
ET Record – Rodney Williford 6.515
MPH Record – Rodney Williford 230.37
Copious record performances have set the tone in Orient Express Pro Street class for the 2019 season. Last season Frankie Stotz ran four 6.60 passes heating up the race for the first to the fifty. Racers were rumored to have hit the 50’s during off-season testing, and then the first Pro Street race at SGMP came around, but no fifty. Then Rodney Williford loaded up and headed to Gainesville for a shot, again no fifty.
Thursday testing came and went and no fifty. But during Friday afternoon testing Rodney Williford and Jeremy Teasley decided to run together and put on a show for the afternoon crowd. These two titans put the first side-by-side 6.50 pass on the board. Teasley ran a 6.52 at 214 mph, and Williford a 6.55 at 226mph. But these numbers would not be official as it was a test run and no tech inspection would be performed. Then the rain came in Friday night and canceled the night qualifying session.
Saturday as teams prepared for round one of qualifying, you could feel the excitement in the air, along with a strong crosswind. The Penske Shootout competitors got the first hit at the track, Teasley was in the first pair out, while Williford was the third pair. Teasley took to the tree, everyone held their breath and off he went, but the GSX-R1000 wanted to wheelie, and it was pulling hard to the right making him get out of the throttle to run a 6.85, not what everyone was expecting. Then it was Rodney’s turn. He left fast and hard, and it looked like he was going to do it, but the bike drifted a bit to the right as he fought the wind and ran a 6.606 to get him almost there again. But forget about that 6.60 because the MPH on the board said 230.37 MPH and everyone was in shock! The top MPH before this pass was a 226 set by Williford in 2017. It was amazing to see this performance on the first qualifier.
Ryan Schnitz on the HTP Performance GSX-R1000 turbo, who was rumored to have run a fifty in off-season testing, came out next for his shot. He left hard and made a beautiful straight pass to give him a 6.65 ET. It did not better his ET as he went 6.62 last year when he won the Haltech World Cup Finals presented by Wiseco at MDIR.
Then several passes later Frankie Stotz, who was parked closest to the staging lanes but opted to stay in the back of the pack, rolled into the beams. None of the other heavy hitters did it, could the little Honda do it this round? The winds died down, the flags stopped flapping, and Stotz left the tree like a bullet, the front wheel stayed down, the bike went straight, and the scoreboards flashed a 6.581 at 204 mph making him the first racer to enter the 6.50’s! Everyone at the starting line went wild! It was an extraordinary moment for Kent Stotz and a well-deserved milestone for them as they had been sitting on that cliff for months. But the day was young and we weren’t done dropping records.
In round two of qualifying the same butterflies returned for the racers that thought they had a chance to break their own records. Dunigan ran his 6.64, and then Williford came out and finally broke the seal and ran a 6.56. The starting line went crazy!
Teasley came out next and destroyed the world with a 6.492 at 193.79 while lifting to avoid hitting the cones! LIFTING!! No one knew what to do anymore, it was record after record, and the fifties were now a thing of the past in a span of a few hours.
Here comes round three of qualifying, what could happen in the night air? Well Richard Gadson on the Brad Mummert Old School GS came out and got his piece of the fifty pie running a 6.58 at 209mph. And while everyone hoped to see another forty on the board, Teasley no-showed for the third round leaving us to see what Sunday had in store.
When qualifying finalized XDA had delivered the fastest Pro Street field to date with sixteen riders in the sixes ranging from Teasley’s 6.492 to Mike Kovacevich’s 6.999, and creating a twelve bike ‘B’ class.
On to Sunday where the riders are more focused on making clean A to B passes, as opposed to blowing up their motors to run records like Stotz did on his 6.58 milestone. In round one of eliminations Teasley, Gadson, and Williford would run 6.56, 6.54 and 6.55 respectively. Ryan Schnitz would get taken out by Chris Moore, and Dunigan’s bike would have problems staying fired to give Shakir a free pass into round two.
In round two of eliminations, Williford would put teammate Ehren Litten on the trailer, Darion Payne would upset Teasley, Gadson takes out Shakira, and Frankie Stotz tells Chris Moore he’s done playing for the weekend.
In round three of eliminations, Darion Payne and Frankie Stotz were both broke sending Gadson and Williford on to the Finals. Williford won $2K on Saturday in the Penske Shootout and was looking to put another $3K in his pocket with another win. Both riders cut decent lights, Gadson gets out on Williford, but he catches him at the eighth mile and stays ahead of him for the win, and the first official side-by-side fifty passes with a 6.543 at 223mph and 6.594 at 208.20 gets logged into the record books.
So what’s next for Pro Street? Make plans now for the 33rd annual MTC Summer Nationals on May 31-June 2, at Virginia Motorsports Park to find out. The action is far from over.
Schnitz Racing Real Street Shootout
Winner – Mark Hylton 7.71
Runner-up – Spencer Claycomb 8.854
New for 2019 is the Schnitz Racing Real Street Shootout. The sign up to be one of the eight riders to participate was full in 60 seconds. With a total payout of $900 on Saturday, the bonus race added more excitement during qualifying. Mark Hylton who was an alternate on the list got in on the action when Mike Sweeney Jr. couldn’t get an electrical gremlin fixed in time to make the event. Bad news for Sweeney, but this chain of events sent Hylton to the final with class Champion Spencer Claycomb.
With near identical reaction times, both riders left the tree evenly matched. Claycomb struggled with a wheelie that allowed Hylton to get out in front of him and he couldn’t recover giving Hylton the win and the path to Real Street domination for the weekend.
DME Racing Real Street
Winner – Mark Hylton 7.72
Runner-up – Anibal Merced 7.750
#1 Qualifier – Jeremy Teasley 7.628
ET Record – Jeremy Teasley 7.628
The DME Racing Real Street class struggled in 2018 with an average attendance of twelve bikes. But with the Miller’s dedicating themselves to not letting the class die, rules were adjusted, and the XDA community came together to deliver the biggest Real Street turn out ever with twenty-four motorcycles on the property. Jeremy Teasley qualified number one and reset the ET record he already held with an improved 7.628 on his AM Performance built nitrous liter bike. Teasley now stands as the world’s quickest Real Street rider.
Class champion Anibal Merced of AM Performance would later take out Jeremy Teasley in the semi-final. Shootout winner Mark Hylton would take out Spencer Claycomb in the same round on a significant holeshot. Claycomb charged him and quickly gained ground on him. Spencer nearly grabbed him at the finish line, but he was few feet short of the recovery, and Hylton won running a 7.72 to Claycomb’s 7.75 giving Mark two Real Street wins in one weekend.
In the Real Street B class, newcomer Brad Stinnett took a win over Jason Herron running 8.206 to his 8.330 with tuning help from Pro Street legend Kent Stotz.
presented by DME Racing, Fast by Gast, Harley Haul, MaxxECU, McCoy Motorsports, MTC, Rob Bush Motorsports, Timblin Chassis, and Worldwide Bearings.
Winner – Kevin Clarke 3.974
Runner-up – Rob Garcia 3.975
#1 Qualifier – Rodney Williford 3.962
ET Record – Rodney Williford 3.962
MPH Record – Kevin Clarke 187.00
The newly added Pro Xtreme 1/8 mile heads-up class modeled on Pro Mod did not disappoint the fans as the action was hot and records were dropped. Rodney Williford who was already breaking Pro Street records broke the track ET record running a 3.962 to take the number one qualifying position and a $300 cash bonus from MTC Engineering.
Tony Steele who came back to racing after a two-year hiatus rounded out qualifying field running a 4.408 on the only Kawasaki in the class. Steele was 95lbs. over the minimum weight, so we expect he will be shaving some weight off the bike for the next XDA event that Pro Xtreme competes at.
Virginia racer Kevin Clarke who has been racing for over forty years teamed up with legendary Pro Mod tuner Dan Wagner for the 2019 season. This pairing paid off with a MPH record for Clarke running 187 mph in the eighth-mile! But the dividends didn’t stop there as Clarke defeated Chris Cutsinger and Rodney Williford to land in the final against the number two qualifier, Rob Garcia.
With both bikes tuned by Dan Wagner, Garcia and Clarke delivered an all DTM Final. And with a .0195 margin of victory, Clarke took the first win of the season with a .052 light running a 3.974 to Garcia’s .070 light and 3.975 ET. It was a crowd-pleasing final watching Clarke carry the front wheel from the tree through the finish line!
Pro Extreme will return to XDA action for the Superbike Showdown June 21-23 at Maryland International Raceway.
HTP Performance Grudge
APE Nitrous Bulls
Winner – Lavar Delee on High Roller
Runner-up – Richard Gadson on Dead Man Walking
In APE Nitrous Bulls Lavar Delee who has ridden a plethora of grudge bikes, straight dominated on ‘High Roller’ for the Season opener. On his side of the ladder, Delee took out Kenneth Grate on ‘Hannibal’ to earn a bye before meeting Richard Gadson in the final. Dave Norris and ‘Yellow Jacket’ put Billy Ammons and his ‘Side Bitch’ on the curb first round. Gadson who had a bye first round went on to second round to send ‘Yellow Jacket’ out to the curb to give the ‘Side Bitch’ a ride home. And in the final, you could have bet on either rider, but Delee held his dominance and took home a $7K payday.
Winner – Rendolf Torbed on Kastigala
Runner-up – David Page on Pickin Pockets
The Monster Bulls class is for 200+ lbs. riders. With six heavy hitters showing up for XDA’s ‘no excuse’ track prep, the No-Time class saw these guys flying! Rendolf Torbed on ‘Kastigala’ and David Page on ‘Pickin Pockets’ both quickly took out their competition on their road to the final. Due to rain, these two would have to run their final during Sunday’s Pro Session. Torbed got the jump on Page off the line, but despite Page catching him at the eight-mile, he gets around him to give ‘Kastigala’ a $3,200 payout!
MPS – Motorcycle Pro ET
Winner – Jimmie Miller 8.812
Runner-up – Jim Shifflett 10.775
The MPS Racing Pro ET class has a new sheriff in town, and he’s intent on keeping this badge. Jimmie Miller who is known for happily splitting his winnings may see the light after he deposits his fat $3,000 winning check this week. Jimmy Shifflett and Miller both destroyed the competition for seven rounds before meeting in the final for one last fight. Shifflett who won Top Sportsman entered back into round six of Pro ET competition looking to double up his payday. Miller got the jump on Shifflett with holeshot advantage, but Shifflet would run into a problem and get off the gas at the eighth mile to let Miller take the stripe and the points lead.
Brock’s Performance Street ET
Winner – Derrick Milbourne 8.955
Runner-up – David Poague 8.665
One hundred and forty-five Brock’s Performance Street ET racers seeking the first win of the year had to make it through seven grueling rounds of competition to make it the final. Both David Poague and Derrick Milbourne fought hard to win those seven rounds of competition facing tough reaction times and judging when to lift at the stripe time and time again. Their dials-ins would not come into play for the final round, as Milbourne took home the second win of the weekend for the .00 Racing team on a holeshot. Milbourne now has the difficult job of keeping his points lead until September.
For full qualifying and round-by-round results of the event, visit www.xdaracing.com
The XDA action continues at Virginia Motorsports Park, located in Dinwiddie, Virginia for the 33rd annual MTC Summer Nationals on May 31-June 2. It’s a race you won’t want to miss.
2019 XDA Schedule
- Apr 26-28 / PFR Spring Nationals / MDIR
- MTC Summer Nationals / May 31-June 2 / VMP
- Superbike Showdown / Jun 21-23 / MDIR
- WPGC Bike Fest / Jul 26-28 / MDIR
- Bike Bash / Aug 23-25 / VMP
- DME Racing Fall Nationals / Sept 20-22 / MDIR
About the XDA – The Xtreme Dragbike Association (XDA) is an east coast motorcycle drag racing series with 700+ motorcycle racers competing at each event. Every XDA event hosts professional classes, sportsman classes, grudge racing, and a vendor midway. Lifestyle activities such as bike shows, bikini contests, DJ and live bands are also held at select events. For more information on the XDA, please visit XDAracing.com or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.