CC Powersports Derby ’21 was a Derby Party

Few races on the motorcycle drag racing calendar are consistently hit with weather more often than the Derby at Ohio Valley Dragway, this year sponsored by CC Powersports and—as always—organized by Louisville’s own Deshawn Wheeler. And although there were a few light sprinkles on Sunday, the clubs, the crowd and the racers all turned out for what was an all-around, feel-good, racing event.

Thirty Fast Times Motorsports/I65 South 4.60 bikes qualified for a run-all field, with Courtney Wheeler number one with a 4.6008 on his small tire bike—seen in featured photo above.

Deshawn Wheeler debuted his brand new, classic ’90s Pro Mod-style bike. He qualified third in 4.60 with a 4.6072.

With sprinkles threatening finals, 4.60 finalists Smokin’ Joe Rodney (above) and Randy Butler chose to split the winnings and not make the pass.
Here’s Butler (right) sharing the winners circle with J-Squared Plumbing 5.10 Top Gas winner Joe “Big” Deck.

Charlie Farrar rode Broderick “Hollywood” Jackson’s 4.60 bike, but the combination struggled to stay in Ohio Valley’s groove.
Hollywood had no struggles steering his sweet gimbal.

Someone last week was telling me that they thought Chase Van Sant would make a great Pro Stock rider because he is so smooth. What I notice when I look at this photo is how completely he wraps himself around and into his short wheelbase, multi-championship, Trick-Tools 4.60 bike. “He’s never had a let-off pass—ever,” noted dad Bruce Van Sant.
Mika Wheeler tucks in damn good for a big man! He qualified 4th in 4.60

Kenny Schwartz qualified #1 in Top Gas on his familiar “Reasonable Doubt” turbo Suzuki.
John “Spooky” Markham won three trophies (2X Allstate Mechanical Street ET and 1 Wheeler Machine Pro ET) and his son Dalton won Saturday’s Pro ET. Sunday’s Street ET was an all-Markham final.
Lexington’s AJ Lewis beat Louisville’s Terry Hoke in the Quinn O’s Bike Sales 5.90 Super Street final.

Super Street runner-up Terry Hoke takes a look over at CC Powersports’ Jose Gonzalez, the #3 qualifier. “I see you, Zay!”
Greg “Magnet Master” Mallett won 1st Class Towing 5.60 Super Comp, beating Jaden Hall in the final.
Louis Brown Jr, son of the Oklahoma City Potato Salad King, put his some wheelie bar laps in on this beautiful machine.

Here’s the full slideshow of edited photos from the weekend, or go straight to the gallery. Just because you’re not pictured here doesn’t mean I didn’t get you, so if you want to buy photos, email me to be sure. I may also have more photos of you than what you see here.

story and photos by Tim Hailey


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