NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle
Joey Gladstone/San Marino Excavating team report

Thrash and Thrill for Gladstone and San Marino

story, video and photos by Tim Hailey


Joey Gladstone gettin' it on Joe Riccardi's Suzuki at the Gators

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Joey Gladstone and bike owner/tuner Joe Riccardi planned on shaking out the bugs and getting in some competitive testing before the 2017 season kicked off in Gainesville. What happened instead is that Gladstone himself was nearly shook off the bike when the San Marino Excavating Suzuki went into a 1000 foot long, slow but violent wobble that broke and shed parts along South Georgia Motorsports Park’s quarter mile.

An overnight drive-and-thrash to Georgia chassis-master Walt Timblin’s shop put the bike back together again, but after three days of testing (one rained out, one nearly crashed out, and the other too cold to be productive), the team arrived in Florida with no new knowledge to show for their efforts.

So it was shocking even to them when they finished qualifying third in the order of a very competitive field, then absolutely mid-blowing when Gladstone raced the bike into the semifinals.

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Joey Gladstone and Joe Riccardi thank Eddie Krawiec and everyone at Vance & Hines , San Marino Excavating , Suzuki Extended Protection , Underdahl/Stoffer Racing, Kustom Machine , Eight Mile Signs , Northeast Ohio Dyno, Pingel Enterprise , Manitoulin Chrysler , Dave Vantine and Vantine Imaging , Mike Androwick of Mike’s Racing Heads ,  Walt Timblin and Timblin Chassis, and their families.