story and photos by Tim Hailey
Proud bike owner John Drake hoisting the timeslip from the world’s first ever 6.80 pass on a motorcycle street tire
The weekend was already going to be big enough with race winners and crowned champions. Then NHDRO’s Fall Fury Finale got upsized by adding the conclusion of August’s rained out Summer Celebration. The Midwest’s last big motorcycle drag event of the year was definitely going to be huge, but no one could have guessed how big the news coming out of Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis on September 26-28 would be.
The news-making started right away on Friday evening. With the scoreboards off for Friday’s hand-clutch Shootout, Jeremy Teasley made a shakedown pass on the John Drake-owned, Rodney Williford-tuned, fluorescent “No Fear” turbocharged Pro Street Suzuki Hayabusa. It looked like a good 60 foot, but then the bike picked the wheel up and drifted left towards center. It seemed hopelessly out of the groove but Teasley kept the throttle twisted. No times on the boards, so everybody drifted away and bikes kept coming for test n’ tune.
A buzz started to spread through the crowd, and then online. Teasley and “No Fear” had run the sport’s first ever 6.80 pass on a street tire—and deep too, at 6.86.
Jeremy Teasley and “No Fear” ran even quicker in the heat of day, all the way to the championship
But that was testing in the cool of night and unofficial. How would the bike respond in the heat of day when it counted for McIntosh Machine & Fabrication Pro Street qualifying? Even better. Williford left the tune-up the same (expecting a .90) and the bike ran even quicker—a 6.843 that would get backed up and stand for the new record.
Bud Yoder ran a good-looking 7.04 in that round, good enough for second and stunningly 2/10ths off the pace. And that’s the way it would go through the rest of the weekend, with Teasley sweeping the rain-delayed August win, the Fall Finals win, and the Pro Street championship. Frankie Stotz made it interesting on Sunday, busting deep into the 6s with a .91 in the semis. But he and August runner-up Doug Gall would have to settle for second place. Friday was Teasley’s birthday and this was his weekend.
In an ironic twist, NHDRO tech director Joe Marasco thoroughly tore both Tealsey and Stotz’s bikes down at the end of the event. Known for his own creative interpretations of the rules of racing, Marasco laid a sharp eye on both machines and found them legit
John Chant out of the Quicktime Racing won Pro Street B, and Gabe Fredrick won the always-exciting Dunigan Racing Pro Street Shootout on Saturday night. 2013 champion Gall runner-upped in the Shootout as well.
Mark Paquette gettin’ it on his turbo/methanol, Kawasaki funnybike
Michigan medical tool sharpener Mark Paquette secured his second straight Schnitz Racing Pro Comp with his own tool of choice—a badass black, turbo/methanol, Kawasaki funnybike. Paquette qualified number 1 with a low ET 4.04 at 195 mph in the eighth mile, and like Teasley won both races. Keith Lynn runner-upped in the August final on Saturday aboard his classic Kawasaki funny, and Richard Gadson played that role on Sunday astride the Cooper Performance nitrous pro mod.
Greg Mallett won the August Top Gas race and the championship
Former Prostar champ Ronnie Woodall won Top Gas on Sunday
Greg Mallett came into the weekend as the August race Route 21 Top Gas number 1 qualifier and won that event on Saturday, securing the championship as he did so. “Chicken Head” Chad Otts qualified number 1 for the Finale, which was won by former Prostar stud Ronnie Woodall over fellow former AMAer Doug Fisher.
Teasley also won Satuday’s August Catalyst Racing Composites Crazy 8s race and championship
Ben Knight won all kinds of shit this weekend, including Sunday’s Catalyst Racing Composites Crazy 8s race and the Street ET championship
Teasley also picked up Satuday’s Catalyst Racing Composites Crazy 8s win over Jason Rearick. Ben Knight won Sunday’s race with a better light over a breaking out Gall, who tied Teasley in points but lost the championship on a tie-breaker. With two championships under his belt, Teasley’s weekend was getting even better. Clark Proctor qualified number 1 for the Finale.
Clark Proctor won Sunday’s Super Comp final
Brian Selner won Super Comp on Saturday and the championship
Proctor won Sunday’s Millennium Trailers 8.90 Super Comp final over Arnold despite Ron’s razor-sharp .012 light. Ohio’s Jeremy Himes was number 1 qualifier. Brian Selner won one for the wheelie-bar guys on Saturday, and in fact took the championship, protecting it from Crazy 8s invaders.
Riding Big Joe Holt’s ‘Busa, Teasley also won Sunday’s Streetfighter race
John “Spooky” Markham (near lane) won the August Streetfighter race
Fun For All’s racer Ron Arnold scored the Streetfighter championship and won Sunday’s Street ET
Teasley wasn’t through winning. Riding Big Joe Holt’s ‘Busa, Jeremy won Sunday’s tight Tsukigi Racing Streetfighter final over Chris Claudel. Dante Hardy qualified number 1. The August race was won by John “Spooky” Markham over Cory Craig. Fun For All Motorsports racer Ron Arnold scored the Streetfighter championship.
Chris Claudel (near lane) won August’s Street ET final
Claudel did get a win against Teasley though, in the August Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET final. Arnold beat Ben Knight in a .005 to .007 reaction time battle on Sunday, and Ted Thompson beat Knight in Saturday’s final. Still, Knight—the hardest working man in motorcycle drag racing—won the Street ET championship.
Brett Engel won Sunday’s Pro ET final
Shannon Clem won Pro ET on Saturday
No, the fix wasn’t in . . . Scott Kauffman—Mr. G&G himself—actually earned the G&G Metal Spinners Pro ET championship. But Kauffman didn’t score a win this particular weekend. Brett Engel’s .008 light wasted Mark Musselman on Sunday. Shannon Clem beat Michael Maday on Saturday, and “Exciting” Rod Bland took the August win over Larry Hunter.
Riding CJ400’s ZX14, Teasley also won Friday night’s Hand Clutch Shootout final over Gall, then lost to OSR’s Money Mike on Saturday night
Was it possible for Teasley to win anything else? Indeed it was, as he took the Friday Night Fights win over Gall. NHDRO’s first hand-clutch, street-tire, heads-up, eighth-mile, no-time shootout off an instant-green-light event was a winner.
So everything was going Teasley’s way on his birthday weekend . . . until it wasn’t. Riding CJ400’s Kawasaki ZX14 that he won Friday’s Shootout with, Teasley lost a Port-Tech Grudge race to OSR’s Money Mike Studebaker. The red hot OSR combo also took a win over Gadson on Bud Light Lime.
Everything was going Teasley’s way on his birthday weekend, until it didn’t….Richard Gadson on “Lawd Have Mercy” out-60s Teasley (on “Texas”) after .067 (Gadson) to .061 lights. Both bikes came up at about 100 feet, with Texas laying over on the pipe and sparking on the big end. Gadson won the “James at 15” stack race.
But the big race of the night was a “James at 15” stack match-up between Gadson on “Lawd Have Mercy” vs. Teasley on the MSP-built “Texas”—two long wheelbase, small slick, nitrous ‘Busas. Reaction times were similar (Gadson’s .067 to Teasley’s .061). Gadson’s bike out-60ed Teasley’s, then both front wheels came up at about 100 feet. Teasley fought “Texas” away from the centerline, laying over on the pipe and showering the big end with sparks while Gadson lit the winlight.
NHDRO’s Big Bikini Throwdown is back! Check all the photos HERE
NHDRO’s notorious Big Bikini Throwdown lived up to the hype, with models of every wheelbase and displacement laying it all on the line for the win. In the end it was NHDRO regular Juicy who earned the crowd’s raucous approval.
Even the ladies love the NHDRO bikini contest, as these front row beauties atest
The 2014 season went by quick, but the Fall Fury Finale’s family reunion atmosphere and good times ended the year with bang. Perfect weather and the hard-working Lucas Oil Raceway staff made for an amazing weekend of world records and close racing. NHDRO promoters Brian and Niki Welch will reconvene the Midwest’s largest motorcycle drag racing series beneath KD Kanopies in 2015, and the winter cannot go by quickly enough.
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: Great Turnout, Great Time(s) at NHDRO
EARLIER: Teasley goes 6.86 testing at NHDRO
It happened in testing so, you know, it’s unofficial, but Jeremy Teasley ran 6.86 on John Drake’s “No Fear” Pro Street bike Friday night. This is the bike that Rodney Williford built as the “Purple Nitrous Bike Eater” and ran with the old bodywork at Atco recently. Rocney is at Indy this weekend turning the knobs on both Drake bikes and riding “Ambition.”
It was a helluva birthday for Teasley, shown here on the MSP-built “Texas” that he’ll be grudge racing Saturday night
EARLIER: NHDRO Finals to Double Up on Action
The silver lining to a rained out event is the promise of two races in one weekend, and the pot of gold at the end of NHDRO’s Summer Celebration rainbow is 2XL action at the Fall Fury Finale. All classes will finish the August event then race the season finals when the Midwest’s largest motorcycle drag racing series returns to Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis on September 26-28.
Saturday nights at NHDRO races are hard to beat
The world’s quickest streetbikes of McIntosh Machine & Fabrication Pro Street stalled after two rounds back in August, but many favorites didn’t make it out of E1. Unheralded John Chant out of the Quicktime Racing trailer will meet champion Doug Gall on one side of the August semifinal ladder. Indy homeboy Justin Doucet is another rider rarely seen in the semis, but he’ll face number 1 qualifier Jeremy Teasley in the other semi.
It’s about time we saw Bud Yoder put together a winning weekend, isn’t it?
Watching from the sidelines and awaiting their chance for eliminations glory will be studs like Rob Budgell, Frankie Stotz, Gabe Frederick, Tyler Fisher, Phil Stoll, Bud Yoder and others. All of these guys will also be racing deep into the night on Saturday for the Dunigan Racing Pro Street win, so expect those turbo flames to be popping loudly at NHDRO’s crowded starting line.
Keith Lynn hanging on for dear life!
Speaking of flame-belching turbos, Schnitz Racing Pro Comp will see rivals Mark Paquette and Keith Lynn pair up in the August final on their freaking unbelievable turbo Kawasaki Funnybikes. The rapidly improving, multi-combination (nitrous, nitro, turbo, old school, new school—whatcha got?) bikes around them will qualify on Saturday and get their chance at eliminations on Sunday.
Greg Mallett wrinkling his Hoosier
Greg Mallett qualified number 1 in Route 21 Top Gas with a perfect 8.200 back in August. He’ll face Carlos Guzman in the quarterfinals when racing resumes this weekend. Donnie Emerson faces K. Williams, and “Chicken Head” Chad Otts has a bye to the semis. Everyone else—like third-in-points Mike “Wags” Wagner, Doug Fisher, Darrell Charmichael and Dave Page—will take their shots on Sunday.
Multi-class racer Gall will face Dalton Markham in the August race semis of Millennium Trailers Super Comp, while Brian Selner has a bye to the final. Selner is second to Ben Knight in points with Bradley Shellhaas third in a very tight championship battle.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Doug Gall
Gall also qualified .001 off from perfect in Catalyst Racing Composites Crazy 8s 8.88 index back in August and is still alive, along with a whole bunch of other no-bar badasses—including Teasley, Knight, Ron Arnold, Chris Panko and more—when the race resumes this weekend. Gall leads the points, followed by Teasley, Joe Robbins, Jeremy’s brother Cameron Teasley, and Knight.
Paul Phillips was .004 away from the Tsukigi Racing Streetfighter 9.50 index for number 1 in that class and lives to race another day this weekend. Who leads Streetfighter points? Wait for it . . . Doug Gall. But Ron Arnold is only 2 points behind, followed by the Books Brothers Shawn and Chris, then Ryan Schnitz.
Jim “Put in on the Underhill tab” Underhill
Most of these ballers and many more will also be racing three G&G Metal Spinners Pro ET and Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET races. Jim “Put in on the Underhill tab” Underhill leads Pro ET points followed by Mr. G&G himself Scott Kauffman and Kenny “No-Show” Schwartz. Knight has nearly double the points of his closest Street ET competitor.
NHDRO promoter Brian Welch always has something up his fluorescent sleeve, and this time around it‘s Friday Night Fights—a hand-clutch, street-tire, heads-up, eighth-mile, no-time shootout off an instant green light. That rest-up for the weekend you were gonna get on Friday night? Fuggetabout it!
And if that’s not gangsta enough, Saturday night will see the usual Port-Tech Grudge good times along with the Dunigan Pro Street Shootout and—Brian promises it’s really gonna happen—the return of NHDRO’s notorious Big Bikini Throwdown. The big locked-in grudge match-up is Jeremy Teasley on MSP’s “Texas” vs Lil’ Richard Gadson on “Lawd Have Mercy.”
There’s also a competition for NHDRO’s littlest racers—a Big Wheel race for the 12 and under crowd Saturday evening. The youngest in your trailer might be the winningest in your trailer.
Don’t forget, NHDRO starts on time and runs late, barely keeping all the fun contained within curfew hours and beneath KD Kanopies.
This is the Midwest’s last big motorcycle drag racing blowout of 2014, so you, your bike, your friends, neighbors and every MC within 100 miles just has to be at Lucas Oil Raceway this weekend.