DME Racing team report
Gladstone/DME set All-Motor Real Street Record
story by DME, photos by Tim Hailey
Orient Express Pro Street champion Joey Gladstone is known for riding the fastest no wheelie bar bikes on the planet. With a best of 6.50 at 227mph on two wheels, that’s less than a second away from the Top Fuel record. This year he started off the season with a record setting pass of 6.72 in Pro street on a turbo bike, then shortly after this DME Racing debuted their new nitrous grudge bike.
Joey Gladstone and his dad Skip set out last year looking for the perfect stock bike that they could turn into a record breaking, all-motor Real Street bike. And with the help of DME Racing, they did just that over the winter as they prepared for the 2015 race season.
Most people will think the team is at huge disadvantage running an all motor bike as these motors are naturally aspirated. When the heat and humidity of the day set in they don’t have nitrous to help them through the round. They have to tune the bike to adapt and they need a motor built ready for any condition.
So how is the DME Racing Real Street bike set up? Joey’s all motor bike is running at 69” wheelbase with stock plastics, stock tank and and stock wheel size. While they are required to keep the stock wheel size, they have swapped out their wheels for Dymag carbon fiber wheels from Orient Express. They are also gaining horsepower with the following products:
Vance & Hines Head, Webcam Camshafts, CP/Carrilo Pistons and Rods, Marine Crankshaft, Robinson Industries Transmission, Penske Shock, DCE Wiring Harness, MTC Gen 2 Clutch Set-up
Motec M400 stand alone ECU, APE Studs, Cam Tensioner and Cam Sprockets, Worldwide Bearings for efficiency, Lucas Oil, Cometic Gaskets, VP Racing Fuel, Catalyst Composites, and Long Hair Magic
So with the bike built and tuned by Skip and Andy Sawyer, they have been quietly testing and progressing with faster ET’s. Finally at the IDBL Bike Fest, their hard work paid off in the summer heat. Joey ran a 7.86 at 174.10 in qualifying to CRUSH the all motor record for ET and MPH in Real Street at IDBL. The record had been held by Del Flores at a 8.09 since April of 2014. And then in eliminations he ran consecutive 7.86’s until he was eliminated by a nitrous bike in the semifinals.
This was a huge victory for Skip, Joey and the DME Racing team. This bike had less than 15 passes on it before they set this new record and will give the team the momentum they need. With the cooler temperatures approaching, the DME Racing Real Street bike will give the nitrous and turbo bikes of Real Street a run for their money. DME Racing is in the engine business, and they have proved they can win and break records with nitrous, turbo and all motor combinations.
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