NHDRO reaches its championship crescendo as the Midwest’s largest all-motorcycle drag racing series rolls into World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois—just across the river from downtown St. Louis—on October 19-20.
Pro Ultra 4.60 will see a big field putting their big tires to Gateway’s racing surface, including defending class champion Jeff Lindeman, former champ Les Stimac, Dan McCarten, Johnny Bond, Bob Foster, Jimmy Muntain, Sammy Gibbs, Jeff Dalton, Deshaun Wheeler, and Smokin’ Joe Rodney.
They’ll all be sending nitrous and turbo bikes hellbent to the eighth mile and—most importantly—chasing points leader Broderick Jackson for the championship. He leads Rodney by 20 and Muntain by 23.
The badass, turbocharged, Suzuki Hayabusa, Quicktime Racing stable of Rudy Sanzottera, Chris Klassen, Brad Christian, Jake Henderson, and Brett Ware should all be hitting the 1320 to contest Pro Street against Gabe Frederick, Dave Roisen, Josh Franklin, Jamie Hendricks and more.
Ron “Ju-Jitsu” Arnold has the Penske Racing Shocks Street Fighter field pinned with a 174 point lead over second place Kevin Adams.
Kentuckian John “Spooky” Markham and Buckeye David Beshara are tied for the M2.Shocks Crazy Comp points lead, with Tennessee’s Dustin Lee 30 points back.
Markham’s son Dalton Markham has a stout 120 point lead over Joe Klemme in MPS Pro ET, with spooky another 20 back.
Lee leads Hardcore Cycles Top Gas points by 40 over Dan Jewell, who has 27 on Mike Hall.
Lee also leads Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET by 60 points over Dalton, who has 80 on Michael Schmalle.
Sportsman racers such as Ohio’s Jeremy England, Tylan Beckelheimer, Jeremy Teasley, and Greg Mallett, Iowa racer Bruce Damewood, Wisconsin’s Shawn Books, Indiana’s Mitch Pennington, Illinois’ Eric Cooper and Chard Isley, Mike Krueger, and many, many should all be there testing their skills against local hitters Mike and Heather Wagner, Bobby Brown, and race sponsor Kenny Schwartz.
They’ll all be fighting for NHDRO Big Checks on ‘Busas, Kawasaki ZX14s, dragbikes, no-bar bikes—whatever tool it takes to get the win.
QO Bikes Real Street racers will all be working their no-bar magic.
And when darkness descends on Gateway, the St. Louis Chaos of NHDRO’s VooDoo Grudge takes over the quarter mile. Midwestern grudge racing has come into it’s own, full grown, bad-to-the-bone self and Gateway will be thumpin’!
NHDRO thanks M2.Shocks, 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