event: ADRL Dragstock VIII
when: September 9-10, 2011
where: Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, North Carolina, USA
Vose/Jones combo ends Owens/FBG streak
He doesn't look so evil...Billy Vose flashes a confident smile before the morning qualifying session
story and photos by Tim Hailey
ADRL Pro Extreme Motorcycle has gone wild! After winning almost every race for the last two years, Ashley Owens suddenly got pushed at Virginia. He responded up with the first 3 second eighth mile passes ever by a rider on anything other than a Top Fuel bike. But the pressure stayed on at the ADRL’s Dragstock VIII at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina. Owens stepped up again, dropping the record to 3.96. But the combination of rider/tuner Billy Vose and owner/tuner TT Jones is proving to be a potent one, running frequent 4.0s and taking the holeshot final round victory over Ashley Owens. With the exception of his oil-leak-spin loss at last year's Battle for the Belts, Owens hadn't lost a round in the last two seasons.
T.T. Jones, surrounded by ladies as ususal
Multi-time AMA/Dragbike and MIRock Superbike Series champion Jeremy Teasley made quite an impression at his first ADRL race, qualifying number 1 and going to the semis where his race was ended by world record holder Owens. That it was his first time ever on a Pro Extreme Motorcycle makes Teasley’s performance at all the more remarkable.
Riding Robbie Hunnicutt’s “Superman” Suzuki, Teasley had the luxury of skipping the final qualifying session and retaining the top spot with a 4.04. Jeremy gave up the tree to Paul Gast in round 1 of eliminations but nicked him by .004 at the stripe. He then ran a 4.05 to put Dave Norris on the trailer, setting up the anticipated semifinal match-up with Owens. Jeremy did his job, nailing a .006 light on Ashley. But Teasley’s bike spun and ran a 4.059 with only a 1.04 60 foot time, well short of the tune-up that was in the bike, while Owens posted the new record 3.964 to take the win. “It was a little aggressive,” Teasley said about the tune-up, noting that they had no choice but to go aggressive against a 3 second motorcycle.
“I think lane choice cost us,” said Teasley backer Roger Starrette.
Hunnicutt agreed. “It turned into a one lane race track, I think that’s why Ashley pushed it when he had a bye run. We came to race Ashley, he’s the best guy out here, we just had to run him a little early. Jeremy did his job. If Ashley ran a .99 we win.” Which is exactly what happened in the final when Owens lost on a holeshot to Vose.
It was a spectacular start to what looks like a steady gig for Teasley. Starrette intends to buy the bike from Hunnicutt and will definitely make the next race in Jeremy’s home state, Ohio. “We’ll have the spare motor there,” Teasley said with a smile. “We didn’t have a spare motor at this race.”
“This is a different ball game for sure, it’s a blast,” said Starrette.
Teasley now has eight passes on the bike. Some Pro Extreme Motorcycle riders have raced years and never run quicker than a 4.20. Jeremy’s never run slower than the 4.16 he ran his very first pass and there’s no going back. The same is true for everyone in the class that's now running 4.0s and gaining on Owens' Fast By Gast Suzuki.
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First Time PXM’er Teasley is your #1 Qualifier!
Silver Surfer on the Superman Suzuki—Jeremy Teasley prepares to subdue the field
Jeremy Teasley, with 5 total passes of Pro Extreme Motorcycle under his belt, retained his #1 qualifier spot in today's final round without firing a shot. Neither Teasley nor perennial dominator Ashley Owens made runs in the session, nor did #2 Ronnie Procopio as a warmer, slicker track all but eliminated the possibility of improvement over last night's relatively cool conditions.
Steady Ronnie Procopio is quietly lurking in second
When Matt Smith's car broke on Friday, he brought his bike in on Saturday and put it in the field with one shot. Then the car got fixed and he did the same with that too.
Dave Norris qualified 9th on his DNR Suzuki and will face Terry Schweigert in round 1
Neither of these studs made the field: Richard Gadson with loads of trouble on the new Cooper Performance bike, Keith Dennis still trying to get up to speed on the J-Squared Plumbing bike, and McArthur with new rider Lamond Payne
Though few have actually seen the elusive MavTV, our cameras caught this young lady in captivity at The Rock. Please note the leering Al Lash over her shoulder.
First Time PXM’er Teasley Leads Qualifying at The Rock
Crow Teasley and Robbie Hunnicutt react to Jeremy's #1 qualifying 4.04
Jeremy Teasley’s uncanny ability to master any motorcycle he throws a leg over holds true at the ADRL as well. Last week, multi-time AMA/Dragbike and MIRock Superbike Series champion Teasley had never ridden a Pro Extreme Motorcycle before. Today he goes into the final round of qualifying for ADRL’s Dragstock VIII at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina at the top of the order.
A deal came together quickly for Teasley to ride Robbie Hunnicutt’s “Superman” Suzuki, courtesy of Jeremy’s backer Roger Starrette. Teasley’s first pass last week in testing at Maryland International Raceway was a 4.16 in the eighth mile. Hunnicutt could hardly believe his eyes. He’d put a soft 4.30 tune-up in the bike for Teasley, who despite his many championships has little experience on a wheelie bar bike. So Hunnicutt kept the same tune-up in the bike but found an even better result—a 4.14. “Pack it up, we’re done!” said Hunnicutt.
Big man with a big truck, Roger Starrette
With that same tune-up, Teasley ran a 4.11 with a 1.01 60 foot the first pass off the trailer at Rockingham, good enough for second. But Starrette didn’t bring Teasley here to run second, and the stress level between him and Hunnicutt began to rise. After a 4.13 second round pass, the pot came to a boil and Hunnicutt turned it up, putting the same tune-up in it that he runs himself. “Roger wasn’t happy qualifying number 4 so he twisted my arm a little,” said Robbie. Teasley weighs some 60 pounds less and the result was a 4.04 at 174 mph, good enough for number 1 with one session to go.
But Teasley was apologizing when Hunnicutt met up with him at the end of the track. “Sorry, I short-shifted fourth gear,” said Jeremy.
“Sorry hell, you just ran a 4.04!” said Hunnicutt, who’s never run an .0 on his bike. He’s long wanted to prove to ADRL rulesmakers what a difference weight makes on these bikes and it looks like the difference between him and Teasley is about a tenth. “What he just ran there is the tune-up I ran in Virginia.”
And it’s not just that Teasley is a flyweight jockey. Although he’s raced and won on practically every type of streetbike, from nearly stock Supersports to 600 horsepower Pro Street and all-out grudge bikes, Jeremy’s experience on wheelie bar bikes has been limited mostly to a one-off NHRA Pro Stock deal at Charlotte last year. Anyone who’s been to an ADRL race or watched one of their broadcasts knows that the lightweight, big horsepower Pro Extreme Motorcycles are a handful. “They make Pro Stocks look like a moped,” says Paul Gast, whose decades of experience racing both make his words count.
Indeed, US Nationals winner Craig Treble has been to two ADRL races this year and failed to qualify. “Those bikes are a real kick in the pants,” says Treble.
And yet Teasley nonchalantly took up the challenge and in five passes does what some have spent hundreds of passes chasing—runs a 4.0. In those five passes his worst is a 4.16, he’s never been as slow as a 4.20! “I guess you can say I adapt to bikes pretty easy,” said Teasley. “My instincts take over. I really don’t feel the difference between a 1.09 60 foot and a 1.01. The Pro Mod’s fun to ride, something different. It’s smooth and straight.”
With last night’s air so perfect, Teasley doesn’t expect to go much quicker in today’s final session. “Since it happened so far down the track, the short shifting killed the mile-an-hour more than anything, but a 4.03 would be better.” True enough
Teasley and the team would like to express their deepest sympathies to the family and team of Extreme Pro Stock driver Bert Jackson, killed in an accident during the third round of qualifying at Rockingham.
Jeremy Teasley would like to thank Bates Leathers http://www.batesleathers.com and Simpson Race Products http://simpsonraceproducts.com
Not having such a great weekend was the MPS Hayabusa of Mike Thyen. The team was recovering from a serious fire while charging batteries in Thyen's garage. "With the fire damage finally repaired, we loaded up for much needed testing before," said Dan Rudd of MPS. "We headed to Carolina Dragway and made three 330 foot hits, resulting in our best 330s ever and one hurt motor. Changing engines made for a late start on our trip to Rockingham. US 1 between Columbia, SC and Cheraw, SC now gets my nomination for the one of the world’s bumpiest roads. We arrived at Rockingham at 3:30 AM with parts tossed all over the inside of the trailer. After a few hours sleep we prepped the bike for the first lap. Optimistic we had a good tune-up, we expected to run in the high 20s. The first pass netted a disappointing 4.40. We had softened the tune-up because we weren’t sure what hurt the first motor. We quickly took apart the first motor to see if the damage was tune-up related. We decided it was not tune-up related and got more aggressive with for the second qualifying lap. This resulted in hurting our last motor and ending our weekend. This weekend was definitely a disappointment and not what we had envisioned. In spite of the disappointing weekend we learned a lot and will continue to work hard at making the little 'Busa faster."
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