DME Racing team report
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires MIROCK Superbike Series
event: 22nd Annual Fast by Gast Fall Nationals
when: October 3-5, 2014
where: Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD, USA
DME Owns the Battle Royale
story and video by Tim Hailey, photos by Genie Muldoon
There have been two $10,000-to-win, Orient Express Pro Street Battle Royales and North Carolina-based DME Racing have won them both. When MIROCK Superbike Series promoter Jason Miller staged the first Battle at Maryland International Raceway last year, Terence Angela took the big check back to his Aruba home after riding his DME Racing turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa to the win. This year he met DME teammate Joey Gladstone in the final and it was champion Gladstone’s turn for Battle Royale glory.
The sport’s first-ever 6.80 street tire pass dropped the week before the big race in Budd’s Creek, and if Team DME was going to have a chance they’d have to get past the 6.90 barrier. It wasn’t easy. Gladstone had to bump his way back into the A field on his final qualifying pass, a dramatic 6.872 that shot him all the way to second. With the Battle Royale emptying the US and Caribbean islands of virtually every Pro Street bike in the Western Hemisphere, the competition was fierce. Many big timers struggled in qualifying and 7.0 bikes were sprinkled throughout Pro Street fields A, B and C.
DME’s Ehren Litten returned from his August top end crash at Rockingham on a brand new, stealth gray, DME Racing Hayabusa. Litten qualified number two in the B field with a 7.17 and went on to win Pro Street B. Teammate Jason Dunigan qualified 15th in the A field and had to face Gladstone in round 1.
Follow riders Gladstone, Angela, Dunigan, and Litten thoughout the weekend on their turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusas in this video, with interviews and insights from Gladstone, Angela, and DME owner Dimey Eddinger:
Pro Street results from MIRJoey Gladstone and the whole DME team thank DME Racing, Penske Shocks , Catalyst Racing Composites, NLR , Vanson Leathers, Lucas Oil , CP/Carillo , Web Cams , Worldwide Bearings , Cometic Gaskets , Robinson Industries , VP Racing Fuel , Dunigan Racing , DCE , MTC , APE , Vance & Hines, Beringer Brakes and Blouch Performance Turbo