event: NHDRO Mid Season Sizzle
when: July 11-13, 2014
where: Lucas Oil Raceway Park, Clermont, Indiana USA

Teasley, Knight Double at NHDRO

story by Tim Hailey photos by MDRI

 

Jeremy Teasley takes off and takes the win.....two of them

Jeremy Teasley took two McIntosh Machine & Fabrication Pro Street wins as the NHDRO Mid Season Sizzle went off cleanly despite intermittent rain delays this past weekend, July 11-13, at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

With three-time MIRock champ Rodney Williford tuning online from afar in North Carolina, Teasley rode John Drake’s “No Fear” turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa for the rain delayed Columbus race win over Gabe Frederick in the final on Saturday and then won again on Sunday.

Teasley and John Drake's "No Fear" team

Frankie Stotz and his alcohol-burning, turbocharged Honda CBR1000RR provided a lot of excitement on the weekend, sprouting a fuel line and bursting into flames on the staring line for round 1 of qualifying. Stotz was burned about the neck, but put it all back together and went all the way to Sunday’s final against Teasley, where he redlit by -.006 and Teasley ran 6.96.

Number one qualifier Doug Gall lost to Stotz in the semis, but not before running his own 6 second pass in round 2.

198 in the 1/8th? What the what?? Mark Paquette's back in black and not lookin' back

Everybody knows that Schnitz Racing Pro Comp champion Mark Paquette’s turbo-methanol Kawasaki Funnybike is an absolute monster. When the tune-up is right, few can touch this machine, and Paquette had the tune right this weekend.

Paquette qualified number one with a 4.05 at 191 mph in the eighth mile class, but that was just getting started. Paquette nailed a 4.01 at a whopping 198.47 mph while winning the final over May winner Keith Lynn and his Roger Gordon-owned and tuned gas/turbo/nitrous Kawasaki. “I’m still freaking!” seasoned veteran announcer Radical Rich Tivitt said later. “What a run! Oh my God, it was one of the coolest passes I’ve seen.” And that’s a lot of passes.

Top Gas winner Mike "Wags" Wagner

Tivitt hails from the St. Louis area, as does Route 21 Top Gas 8.20 winner Mike Wagner. He took the final over Darrell Carichall, who redlit. Number one qualifier Greg Mallett lost to Doug Fisher in round 2.

Ben Knight launches!

Wagner’s daughter Rachel qualified number one in Millennium Trailers Super Comp, but it was Ben Knight who took the final round win over Columbus winner Bradley Shellhaas. Both riders had .052 reaction times but Knight stayed closer to the index with an 8.916.

Knight not only broke the curse of having his dad at the track, he broke it twice

Knight also won Sunday’s Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET race when Jeff “Not the Rainbow Warrior” Gordon redlit in the final. Saturday’s final was won by Denny Helms over Andy Frame, mostly by virtue of Helms’ killer .001 light.

Catalyst Racing Composites Crazy 8s winner Bill DeShong

The crazily popular—and crazily competitive—Catalyst Racing Composites Crazy 8s 8.88 index class went to Bill DeShong, who somehow put the fear into runner-up Doug Gall. Gall slammed an .013 light to DeShong’s .056, then broke out with an 8.85. Number one qualifier Ron Arnold went out in the quarterfinals.

It's the Adams Family! Kevin won Streetfighter

Norwalk veteran racer Kevin Adams made the trip to Indy pay with a Tsukigi Racing Streetfighter win over Chris Books, who failed to make his .014 light stick on the big end. Number one qualifier Chris Panko left the building in round 2.

Eric "The Viking" Cooper

Saturday’s G&G Metal Spinners Pro ET win went to Eric Cooper by virtue of his .007 light over Mallett in final. Rod Bland and Ronnie Woodall Jr ‘s lights were only .003 off each other in Sunday’s final, but Bland ran closer to his dial. The delayed Columbus final had Shellhaas winning over Jason Sergent.

Exciting Rod Bland (far lane) took Sunday's Pro ET final

Bradley Shellhaas (near lane) won the delayed Columbus Pro ET race

Friday’s bonus ET race was won by Ron Arnold, who conquered Teasley in the final. Saturday’s Port-Tech Grudge session saw the Orange Crush bike wuss out on its obligation to race The Fugitive—a highly touted match that had the web buzzing for weeks. Now the grudge is real, and we’ll see if the orange bike shows its face in August.

Throughout the rain-challenged weekend, KD Kanopies kept everyone dry. NHDRO promoters Brian and Niki Welch thank everyone in the NHDRO family of racers and sponsors for their help and patience in dealing with the weather, and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Indy’s Motorcycle Weekend for the Summer Celebration on August 8-10. NHDRO has BIG things planned for August—bigger payouts, live music, a supersized return of the bikini contest, and even a TV production crew laying down tracks for a 30 minute show. The Midwest’s largest motorcycle drag racing series continues to think BIG!

NHDRO thanks Schnitz Racing, McIntosh Machine and Fabrication, Route 21 Racing Apparel, Catalyst Racing Composites, Tsukigi Racing, Millennium Trailers , G&G Metal Spinners, Kevin Dennis Insurance, Port-Tech, and KD Kanopy.

EARLIER: NHDRO Back Home Again in Indy

story and photos by Tim Hailey

Indy bikini winner Carmen aims to regain her crown by any means necessary

Following its annual journey to legendary National Trail Raceway, the Midwest’s largest motorcycle drag racing series—NHDRO—returns home to Indianapolis and the Big Daddy track of them all. NHDRO’s Mid Season Sizzle will positively scorch Lucas Oil Raceway on the west side with an entire weekend of no-bar bikes, wheelie bar bikes, streetbikes, dragbikes, grudge bikes, index bikes—they’ll all be there, along with those hard working NHDRO bikini girls.

Frankie Stotz!

McIntosh Machine & Fabrication Pro Street features the world’s quickest street legal motorcycles and ballsiest riders—Frankie Stotz and his turbocharged Honda CBR1000RR, champion Doug Gall and Columbus Dunigan Pro Street Shootout winner Gabe Frederick with their side-mount turbo Suzuki Hayabusas, and the traditional turbo ‘Busas of Bud Yoder and Jeremy Teasley. Guys like Ryan Hable, Jason Angela, Rudy Sanzottera and John Chant are working overtime to catch the frontrunners.

Columbus Dunigan Pro Street Shootout winner Gabe Frederick

Frederick and Teasley were also still alive in the Columbus race, along with Gall and Wisconsin’s Joe Robbins, when rain halted the event after round 2. Frederick had low ET of the round and will face Robbins in the semi when the race resumes during qualifying on Saturday at Indy.

Mark Paquette boiling it

Ain’t nothing street legal about Schnitz Racing Pro Comp bikes. These big-tire behemoths belch flame on the starting line and push their slicks to the limits of adhesion lap after lap. Champion Mark Paquette and his turbo-methanol Kawasaki Funnybike struggled the first time out this year but came back to dominate in Columbus. Keith Lynn and his Roger Gordon-owned and tuned gas/turbo/nitrous Kawasaki was on the opposite schedule as Paquette—dominating the opener and faltering in Columbus. Expect both bikes to be on point this time around for an all-out battle, and Chris Cutsinger’s ‘Busa waiting in the wings should these big dogs falter.

Columbus Top Gas winner Greg Mallett

Bradley Shellhaas and Greg Mallett have split the two Route 21 Top Gas 8.20 index races so far this year, with both runner-upping to the other as well! Will anyone else in the class break through this time around?



Columbus Catalyst Racing Composites Crazy 8s winner Jeremy Teasley

Catalyst Racing Composites Crazy 8s class champion Ron Arnold will be fending off a large field in this wildly popular index class. Teasley won at home in Columbus, and his bother Cameron won at Indy in May. Odds-makers say it will be a third different winner in as many races this time around.



Streetfighter champion Ben Knight

Tsukigi Racing Streetfighter champion Ben Knight will have to deal with the likes of Nathan Hollingsworth, Shawn Books, May winner Ryan Schnitz, Bernard Varner, Columbus winner Gall, and more.

Bradley Shellhaas

Shellhaas also won Millennium Trailers Super Comp in Columbus, and will be dealing with the likes of opening round winner Eric Cooper, Brian Selner, Kyle Olson and more.

John “Spooky” Markham

G&G Metal Spinners Pro ET features all the big ballers like John “Spooky” Markham and his son Dalton, Jim “Put it on the Underhill tab” Underhill, Shannon Clem, Quinn Orand, Tim Ganey, and Kounselor Kenny Schwartz.

Spencer Claycomb

Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET will be night after night of head-to-head competition amongst Chris Doty, Spencer Claycomb, Dustin Burchett, Matt Ehora and scores of others, including Knight and Arnold.

Jeremy Teasley on Money Train

With online trash talking reaching a boiling point, Port-Tech Grudge is sure to be hotter than ever. The Joe Marasco-built NHDRO grudge bikes Thunder and Lightning, the Fugitive, Orange Crush and others will all be making wild, wheelieing passes as they chase the finishline for big bucks.

Eat that Twinkie!

And nothing—and I really do mean nothing—will be wilder that the wet thumping, Twinkie throating action of the bikini contest as the NHDRO girls spill all out from underneath the KD Kanopies in an all-out effort to please the crowd.

NHDRO promoters Brian and Niki Welch, and the whole NHDRO staff look forward to welcoming the NHDRO family of racers and sponsors back to Indy. Pack your trailer and come see what the buzz is all about!

NHDRO thanks Schnitz Racing, McIntosh Machine and Fabrication, Route 21 Racing Apparel, Catalyst Racing Composites, Tsukigi Racing, Millennium Trailers , G&G Metal Spinners, Kevin Dennis Insurance, Port-Tech, and KD Kanopy.

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