ROCKINGHAM — Reigning MIRock Mickey Thompson Performance Tires Champion Joey Gladstone shook off a final round loss to DME teammate Terence Angela in Saturday’s completion of the Adams Performance Spring Open and crushed his Orient Express Pro Street rivals Sunday in the 18th annual FBR Shop Summer Sizzler at Rockingham Dragway.
After fumbling his opportunity for a double-victory weekend, Gladstone blistered the Rockingham Dragway quarter mile in 6.925 seconds at 211.96 miles per hour Sunday. Those are MIRock bests for time and speed and they got the Townsend, Delaware, rider to the final where he got a free pass when Jason Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, was guilty of a foul start.
Other Summer Sizzler winners were Rickey Gadson of Hammonton, New Jersey, in DME Real Street; Richard Gadson of Louisburg, in the Louis Concrete 4.60 class; Michael Ostrowski of Bay Shore, New York, in FBR Shop 5.60; Michael Hinson of Ellerbe, in Cycle Connection Crazy 8s; and many time Rockingham winner Jeremy Teasley of Columbus, Ohio in Trac King Top Sportsman.
Nevertheless, the most competitive event of the week was the battle for the record $5,000 top prize in Saturday’s Nitrous Express Pro ET class. A total of 110 riders representing 16 different states took their shots but the only one still standing at day’s end was Brian Guarino of Kenbridge, Virginia.
Guarino used his starting line skills to get the best of Dale Hamilton of Mt. Airy, Maryland, in the final round. Guarino’s .018 reaction time made his 9.276 on a 9.230 dial-in a winner even though Hamilton ran closer to his number (9.674 on a 9.660 target). It was a disappointing outcome for Hamilton, who took two bikes to the semifinals.
The $5,000 winner’s award was sponsored by The FBR Shop, Nitrous Express, MTC Engineering, Schnitz Racing, Shinko/WPS and Shutt Electronics.
Other big winners were Dale Nilles of Wilkesboro, who rode his Harley-Davidson to a Louis Concrete 4.60 victory in the Adams Performance race on Saturday and David Merks of North Augusta, South Carolina, who, after winning Real Street on Saturday, lost his chance to double up by .044 of a second in Sunday’s final.
While Guarino got away with the big money, other ET winners were Scottie Keller of Mooresville, Dustin Lee of Morristown, Tennessee. and Barry Pryer Sr. of Chesapeake, Virginia.