It’s only fitting that the skies above Budd’s Creek burst open at the very start of Maryland International Raceway’s famous bikini contest. No sooner than the first contestant reached the end of the runway did the rains start pelting down sideways, drenching the track, pits, crowd, and ending Mickey Thompson MiRock Superbike Series racing for the day. Sportsman purses were split, and all pro classes will finish up back at MIR during July’s blockbuster WPGC Bike Fest.
This event was the first to offer the Target Teasley bounty, leveled on the head of runaway HTP Performance Real Street leader Jeremy Teasley and the Adams Performance Kawasaki ZX14’s tuned and owned by Roger Starrette, and it was nearly the last. Qualifying just behind number 1 Rickey Gadson on the other Adams/RS Motorsports ZX14, Teasley struggled with clutch issues and dodged scant near-misses every round.
D-Tech Racing’s Ashon Dickerson took the tree against Teasley in round 1, then caught a break when Teasley wheelied. With his Suzuki Hayabusa in the shop, Dickerson was just out to collect points on his bracket bike, though, and couldn’t run a competitive number. An easy Teasley win over Boo Brown in round 2 set up a semifinal battle with Darion “Nanu” Payne on the Mace Motorsports GSXR1000. Teasley took a slight .007 lead at the tree and a .002 ET advantage to squeak into the final with Ed Murphy, who beat newest 7-second club member John Hall in the other semi. That race will run in July.
Unstoppable Teasley will also race in the Orient Express Pro Street final when racing resumes, facing number 1 qualifier Rodney Williford, who will have lane choice. Teasley and his Adams Performance/RS Motorsports nitrous ZX14 beat Ehren Litten, Dimey Eddinger and Curtis McDougald on his way to the final, while Williford’s path (including the bye) was littered with Keith Thompson and May race winner Mike Slowe.
But we’re not done with Teasley yet. Although House of Speed Crazy 8s will not finish up in July, Teasley was still alive in the semis on his AMA Dragbike Supersport spec ZX14, along with Rickey Gadson, Clay Davies and Eddie “Who” Chapman.
Teasley’s Supersport ’14 got a real workout in Maryland, as the highly adaptable teen took the big bike to the Schnitz Racing Street ET win over Mike Herman Jr. Saturday night. George Shriver beat Michael Ostrowski in Fast by Gast Pro ET. FBR Shop Quick 32 stopped just short of running the semis, with Fearsome Andy Baumbach, Boo Brown, Leslie Thomas and Chris Clontz still alive.
And Afterdark Underground grudge racing? Oh yeah, Teasley took home some paper there too on HTP Troy’s “The Saint” Hayabusa.
The Mickey Thompson MiRock Superbike series races next at the Fast By Gast WPGC Bike Fest at Maryland International Raceway, Budd’s Creek, MD, USA, July 17-18, 2010
Find out more about the MiRock Superbike series at http://www.mirockracing.com
This report was prepared by Tim Hailey, Tim Hailey’s EatMyInk
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