Press Release: As if the record-breaking tarmac at Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) wasn’t good enough, IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE) has replaced the 16-year-old asphalt portions of the track since the Mickey Thompson International Drag Bike League (IDBL) ran there just this past April.
So when the world’s largest motorcycle drag racing series hits the Budd’s Creek quarter mile for the Inaugural Dragbike.com All-Star Shootout on May 20-22, the finest two-wheel racing surface will be that much better. Everything from the world’s quickest streetbikes of Orient Express Pro Street to the gnarliest big-tire dragbikes of Vance & Hines 4.60 and the tamest streetbikes of Brock’s Performance Street ET will get to enjoy that smooth, grippy, new pavement feel when they cross the transition.
That’s fresh asphalt for current and three-time Orient Express Pro Street champion Joey Gladstone, fellow three-time champ Rodney Williford, two-time Battle Royale winner Terence Angela, Pingel Spring Nationals runner-up Ehren Litten, supercharged Master-Blaster Tony Ficher and every other 650 horsepower Suzuki Hayabusa in the Pro Street field.
The April season opener produced the world’s first-ever all-6.80 Pro Street semifinal and a 6.74 international ET record for Gladstone and the DME Racing team. Can this event do even better?
Last place qualifier Justin Fernandez, competing in his first ever DME Racing Real Street race, went all the way to the final in April. This class is built on parity, as evidenced by big man Anibal “Cannibal” Merced’s championship aboard his nitrous-huffing Kawasaki ZX14. Big bore bikes and 1000s, nitrous, turbos and blowers, big men and small women are all welcome here.
Vance & Hines 4.60 is IDBL’s fastest growing and the world’s quickest two-wheel index class. Ronnie Procopio took the April win over number 1 qualifier Michael Ostrowski, but current champ Tyler Cammock and previous champ Eran Pielert …read more