AMA Dragbike Report
Hot off a trio of wins at AMA Dragbike’s season opener, the Brock’s Performance Elite Dragracing Team comes into this weekend’s second round–the Elmer Trett Nationals, at Atlanta Dragway–geared up for more success.
Rickey Gadson, a nine-time national champ who won the 2009 SuperSport title, heads up this uniquely experienced four-man team. He’s competing this year in the Real Street – Presented by BST class for 2010 on a Brock’s Performance-sponsored Kawasaki ZX-14. With this show-quality machine, equipped with Brock’s patented TiWinder exhaust and BST carbon-fiber-wheels, Gadson qualified second at the season-opener before scoring a victory over Mark Billiter with an 8.104 sec., 177.42 mph run through the quarter.
In SuperSport, Joey Gladstone, who won three of eight races in the 2009 title chase and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by his peers, picked up where Gadson left off last year-with a win. Racing a Brock’s Performance-sponsored Suzuki GSX-R1000 with an stainless-steel ShortMeg pipe, Gladstone qualified in the number-two position, took two holeshot-fueled victories in the eliminations and dropped Jeremy Teasley in the final round with an 8.994 sec., 158.17 mph pass.
Gadson’s protégé and nephew, Richard, took a resounding win in Sunday’s Street ET – Presented by Brock’s Performance class on his uncle’s Gadson Racing/Brock’s Performance-sponsored ZX-14 and its green-anodized, CT Megaphone exhaust, with his near-perfect 8.954 sec. pass at 158.19 mph. He also qualified fourth in SuperSport, but was outrun by teammate Gladstone in second-round action.
Anchoring the Brock’s Performance Elite Dragracing Team this year is Mike "Anything But" Slowe, the 2009 Pro Street champion. In his first title defense appearance, Slowe struggled to ninth-fastest in the March event’s qualifying on a BST-shod, Playthings Racing Suzuki GSX-R, then laid down quicker and faster numbers than his opponent in the first round of eliminations. Unfortunately, Slowe’s sluggish reaction time (due to clutch problems) negated his strong 7.306 sec., 201.34 mph run. For Atlanta, the bike was stripped, modified and rebuilt to cure its ills. In Atlanta, Slowe is set to display the form that made him a champion.
Brock’s Performance president and former AMA/Prostar Superbike Champion Brock Davidson is thrilled with his elite team of pavement pounders. "We enlist the most talented, consistent riders and dedicated tuners with a team mentality," he says. "Their consistent feedback and stunning race results allow us to continue bringing 25 years of sportbike racing knowledge to everyday riders. I look forward to seeing all of our riders in the winner’s circle throughout the 2010 season."
Supporting the sport in 2010, Brock’s Performance has posted $66,020 in contingency dollars-more than any aftermarket company in AMA dragracing history and a 79 percent increase over its 2008 commitment. This doubles the size of the 2009 program for competitors using Brock’s Performance exhaust systems and BST carbon-fiber wheels. The record-shattering contingency program is highlighted by $300-per-class win bonuses for Pro Mod and Pro Street racers and an average of $8253 per event for all classes.
For more information on Brock’s Performance exhaust systems, BST wheels, other sportbike performance parts and Brock’s contingency programs, please visit BrocksPerformance.com.