DME Racing team report
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires International Drag Bike League
event: MTC Engineering Summer Nationals
when: June 24-26, 2016
where: Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD, USA
DME Tames Tricky MDIR
story, photos and video by Tim Hailey
Lane choice was key for Joey Gladstone in the Pro Street final—well, the Real Street final also, but not to Gladstone's advantage
Winston-Salem’s DME Racing—and indeed everyone on track at the International Drag Bike League’s recent MTC Engineering Summer Nationals—were dealt a tricky racing surface to manage. A recent repaving from 330 feet on of Maryland International Raceway’s quarter mile caused the nearly 700 horsepower Orient Express Pro Street bikes to struggle in the heat of day.
Terence Angela was the weekend’s performance leader, until the semis, anyway
Two-time Battle Royale winner Terence Angela was the weekend’s performance leader, qualifying number 1 with a 6.87 and top speed of 219.15 mph.
But this weekend you needed the right lane to apply the power of a DME turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa, and Angela found himself in the left for the final against teammate Joey Gladstone. Angela wasn’t able to stay on the power in the final and watched from behind as three-time champ Gladstone won the all-DME final.
Jason Dunigan advanced to E2, where he lost to Angela
DME teammates Jason Dunigan and Chris Connell both advanced to the second round of Pro Street eliminations before falling to Angela and Gladstone, respectively.
First year Pro Street racer Chris Connell scored his first round win, then lost to Gladstone
Gladstone fell on the other side of the lane choice divide in the final of DME Racing Real Street. The first 60 feet is vitally important to Gladstone’s all-motor DME ‘Busa against power-adder bikes like that of fellow finalist Anibal Merced. Joey got a jump at the tree, but a left lane spin was costly as Merced applied the spray and took the stripe.
Gladstone got stuck in the left lane in the Real Street final, where Anibal Merced took the win
Dustin Lee won Saturday’s Shinko Pro ET final and Sunday’s Brock’s Performance Street ET.
Watch this video with interviews of Gladstone and Sawyer
Team boss Dimey Eddinger, tuner Andy Sawyer, engine builder Skip Gladstone, and the whole DME team look forward to racing next at Memphis International Raceway on July 23-24 with the Manufacturers Cup.
The whole DME team thanks 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 , Yoyodyne , and Blouch Performance Turbo