The Midwest’s largest all-motorcycle drag racing series brings it biggest purse as NHDRO returns to Lucas Oil Raceway’s storied quarter mile near Indianapolis with their biggest money event ever—the APE Summer Celebration and Big Money Shootout on August 2-4.
Two brackets—one with and one without delay boxes—will race to send winners to one $16,000 final round. Riders have already locked in their spots in these 32-bike fields, but there will be plenty of MPS Pro ET and Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET bracket racing for everyone to be a part of.
Bracket studs Joe “Big” Deck, Craig and Kevin Adams, Ronnie Woodall Jr. and Sr., Steve, Tom and Joe Klemme, Bruce Damewood, Scott Sheppeard, Jim “put it on the Underhill tab’ Underhill, Mike Hall, Ron Arnold, Richard Gadson, Tylan Beckelheimer, Deadly Dustin Lee, John “Spooky” Markham, Jeremy England, Chad Isley, Jeremy Teasley and more will all be aiming for this biggest-ever NHDRO payday.
Most of these racers will also be competing in NHDRO’s index classes, including Hardcore Cycles Top Gas 8.20 index Louisville winner Deck, M2.Shocks Crazy Comp 8.89 Louisville winner Joe Klemme, and Penske Racing Shocks Street Fighter 9.50 Louisville winner Kevin Dennis.
Pro Ultra 4.60 racers also have Big Money to race for, with a $5000 NHDRO Big Check going to the winner of the world’s quickest motorcycle index class. Ohio Valley winner “Smokin’ Joe” Rodney, runner-up Keith Nichols, Morocco winner Bob Foster, Johnny Bond, Joey Burgess, Broderick Jackson, Terry Hoke, Deshaun Wheeler, Chase Morris, Dan McCarten, Jeff Dalton, Jeff Lindeman and more will be fighting to take NHDRO’s money.
Millenium Trailers Pro Street return to the Indy quarter mile with the 700 horsepower, turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusas of Rudy Sanzottera, Brad Christian, Brett Ware, a Canadian invasion, and more, all applying all that power through a street legal tire.
QO Bikes Real Street take that horsepower down a notch but still work with street legal rubber and race out the back door. Expect racers like Clark Proctor, Wes Brown, Spencer Claycomb and more to shoot for the win.
The Midwest’s hottest VooDoo Grudge bikes and racers will take over as darkness descends, trash-talking their way into mano-y-mano match-ups in the classic grudge style.
Qualifying starts Friday night, with more qualifying and eliminations on Saturday and Sunday. The track will be available for testing on Thursday night, contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Golf cart rentals are $115, contact Niki at email@example.com. Need VP Race Fuel? Call Tina with CC Powersports at 502-817-8181. Ice cold water for NHDRO racers on the line provided by BB Racing.
This is one event that sportsman racers will NOT want to miss!
NHDRO thanks M2.Shocks, Millennium Trailers, Kevin Dennis Insurance, MPS, Penske Racing Shocks, Hardcore Cycles, Liguori Drag Racing, Kenneth R. Schwartz, attorney at law, CC Powersports, Schnitz Racing, Voodoo Custom Motorcycle Components, Vanson Leathers, BB Racing, Quinn O’s Bike Sales, and APE
story and photos by Tim Hailey