KOG at XRP was HOT

My Dallas NHRA weekend roommate John Hall and I were fortunate to be able to take in some Saturday night Kings of Grudge action at Xtreme Raceway Park, only 25 minutes from where John was racing Pro Stock Motorcycle at the Texas Motorplex. From the moment we cruised onto the impressively all-concrete pit pad, it was like a trip back in time. Old friends were in their trailers, the staging lanes, and the starting line crowd. Here’s a few quick snaps from our brief visit.

First up was the Bitter/Sweet Motorsports trailer of Trevor Altman and Lee and Chuck Cunningham. I hadn’t seen these guys since their Prostar Pro Street days! Check out that sweet Montgomery Motorsports tail section!
Bitter/Sweet mascot Reggie!

Louis Brown Jr. flanked by his dad Louis “Potato Salad” Sr. on the right and Lionel Booker on the left. That’s Louis doing a burnout on “Unknown Legend” in the featured photo at the head of this article.
Mantez Thompson Jr.! Mantez rode “Chucky” to the 5.60 win on his birthday.

“The Real Super Dave” Gebhardt—when was the last time I saw this guy!? He’s with “Pocket Change” owner Rodrick Ford, who’s wearing “Super Dave” swag.
“Pocket Change” picked up a win with Gebhardt’s nephew Skip Cladwell Jr. in the seat.
Gebhardt’s kid Chance on “Impact,” originally built by—check it out—Del’s Performance! “Impact” broke in the water box for the final with Pocket Change. “Fuel pump blew a fuse,” explained Super Dave. “I’ve put both bikes together and do the tuning, setups and training for both of my riders. Extremely special for us to not have drawn each other during the chip pulling, and ending up in the finals together.” Also special to see my Big E stickers put on both bikes for the winners circle pics. Thanks guys!

A very sleepy looking Richard Gadson. Between tuning at KOG, on Chris Bostick’s and Maloolm Phillips, and his own James Johnson Pro Stock Motorcycles, and typical Richard luck, it was a very busy week. Here he is with “Game Over.”
Mika Wheeler heating Game Over’s bottle the safe way.

John Hall and Deshawn Wheeler
Deshawn’s beautiful 4.60 bikes glowing in the Texas night.

When you see a ZX14 grudge bike of a certain style, you know it’s a Cycle Shop of Manhattan, KS piece. This is “Nuisance,” ridden by Charlie Gaither to the Heavyweight runner-up.
And sure enough, there is The Cycle Shop’s Wil Marquardt, caught in a quick candid snap.

Great seeing “Lil’ Charlie” for the first time in, how long? Here he is with Detric Spellman.
Louisville legend Terry Hoke with Ronnie Fuller.

Another guy I haven’t seen in a while—Anibal Merced! Here he is with Johnny Balls.
Badass tuners Brad McCoy and William Garner-Jones.

Ryan Oehler making John Hall look tiny
Who this girl riding this “Silvergrand” bike?


story and photos by Tim Hailey

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