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10/5/2016

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Mickey Thompson Performance Tires International Drag Bike League

Event: DME Fall Nationals and Orient Express Pro Street Battle Royale

When: October 7-9, 2016

Where: Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD, USA

 

Orient Express ProStreet Battle Royale Time at IDBL

 

The Mickey Thompson Performance Tires International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL) polishes off its 2016 season with the DME Fall Nationals at Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) on October 7-9, 2016.

 

In addition to deciding champions in all classes, the Fall Nationals feature the $10K-to-win Orient Express Pro Street Battle Royale, Brock’s Performance Street ET and Shinko Pro ET Tournament of Champions, and the return of Top Fuel match racing.

 

The Orient Express Pro Street Battle Royale is the first and still the best Big Money Pro Street race. DME Racing has owned the winners circle all three years of the event’s existence—twice with Aruban superstar Terence Angela and once with three-time Orient Express Pro Street champion Joey Gladstone.

 

But Michigan racer Mark Paquette has evolved into a consistent 6.70-6.80 racer and is expected to mount a significant challenge. He and Gladstone have both expanded their racing resumes with recent NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle gigs, and both are anxious to prove who is the best.

 

These three riders will have to fight their way through a huge field including Jason Dunigan, recent first-time winner Chris Connelly Jr., Darion Payne of Mace Motorsports, nitrous die-hard Doug Witt, D.D. Boulware of John Drake’s “No Fear” team, Richard Gadson on Brad Mummert’s crowd favorite GS, Jeremy St. Julien, Jamie Lopes, Eric Hart, Rocky Tinker, Keith Correia, three-time MIRock champion Rodney Williford, Jordan Haase, Mark Gargiulo, Ronnie Mitchell Racing’s Mike Bayes and Jeremy Teasley, Andy Leslie and his Kawasaki ZX14, Curtis Ellerbe, Tony Ficher and the “Master-Blaster” ‘Busa, Justin Shakir, Justin Doucet, Kenny Brewer, Jake Dugan, James Herbert, Donnie Taylor, Al Mart, Caleb Holt, Chris Klassen, Rudy Sanzottera and his Quicktime Motorsports crew, Ryan Hable, Del Flores, Ehren Litten and more as turbocharged, supercharged and nitrous no-bar bikes scorch the Budd’s Creek quarter mile.

 

Pro Street racers at this event will come from all over the US and abroad, including Delaware, Michigan, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Missouri, Aruba, Statia, and Canada.

 

Gladstone need only pay for a tech card to sew up his fourth straight Pro Street championship, but he’s got some chasing to do if he’s going to pass defending champion Anibal “Cannibal” Merced and his nitrous-huffing Kawasaki ZX14 in DME Real Street. Merced brings a 40-point lead over Gladstone as the two have separated themselves from the rest of the field. Can Gladstone win both pro championships?

 

If only two racers are left in the Real Street title fight, it seems like the whole field still has a chance for the Vance & Hines 4.60 championship. Long time racing superstar Ronnie Procopio has a 29-point lead over 2014 champ Eran Pielert, who leads “Long Island Mike” Ostrowski by only four. Behind them lay several other hungry racers who still have a chance.

 

Ostrowski need not worry about who will be the FBR Shop 5.60 champion, though, because it will be him. After runner-upping at the season opener, 2014 MIRock 5.60 champ Ostrowski has won every race since.

 

Crazy 8s is even tighter than 4.60. Dustin “Biscuits” Lee leads Spencer Claycomb by 11 points, with Coutlan Whiting another nine back. Racers as deep as seventh place still have a chance at this one.

 

Maryland homeboy Chris Clontz has a healthy but not-insurmountable lead of 91 points over Jay Windsor in Top Sportsman. Can he seal the deal, or go out early like he did in July?

 

All of this season’s Brock’s Performance Street ET and Shinko Pro ET winners will face off in what might be the most heated competition of the weekend—the Tournament of Champions. Bracket racing studs will be chopping down the tree and playing the finishline for gold cards and bragging rights.

 

And Top Fuel legends Larry “Spiderman” McBride and David Vantine will face off in a series of ear-splitting, eye-tearing, nostril-stinging Top Fuel match races as nitro madness descends again upon MDIR. Will they run the sport’s next side-by-side five second pass?

 

Big bikes, big speeds, big egos, big money—you will not want to miss the DME Fall Nationals this weekend at MDIR! Check out these videos:

 

Larry McBride invites you to the Fall Nationals -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EM-nnNNCDQ

Royce Miller Invites you, Talks Track Conditions - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaU0ibtnlB8

Dimey Eddinger of DME  Pro Street Invite - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJg446r_Xcg

Past Champion Joey Gladstone invites you - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmDyzg28exE

 

Find out more about the Mickey Thompson Performance Tires International Drag Bike League at http://www.RaceIDBL.com

 

Find out more about Maryland International Raceway at http://www.RaceMDIR.com

  

This report was prepared by Tim Hailey with videos by Jack Korpela. Enjoy everything there is to read, see and watch about motorcycle drag racing and more at http://www.eatmyink.com




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