Quality trumps quantity at Lee’s Performance World Finals

ROCKINGHAM — What the annual Lee’s Performance World Finals lacked in quantity it delivered in quality .

A Rockingham Dragway photo New Jersey man Rickey Gadson won DME Real Street.

A Rockingham Dragway photo
New Jersey man Rickey Gadson won DME Real Street.

Sunday at Rockingham Dragway where riders from seven states and Aruba reached the winners’ circle in the final event in the 2014 Mickey Thompson Performance MIRock Superbike Series.

Aruba’s Terence Angela got the biggest prize when he upset two-time and reigning series champion Joey Gladstone of Townsend, Del., in the final round of Orient Express Pro Street, but there was plenty of hardware to go around in the two-day bike-fest.

Veteran Rickey Gadson of Hammonton, N.J., not to be confused with veteran Richard Gadson of Louisburg, N.C., won DME Real Street.  Then, not to be outdone, the other Gadson won in Louis Concrete 4.60.

As usual, Jeremy Teasley of Columbus, Ohio, who has won more MIRock races at Rockingham than any other rider, managed to find his way to the winners’ circle – although it wasn’t easy.  It took a .018 of a second starting line advantage to make his 5.637 at 126.60 mph a winner in the FBR Shop 5.60 final over Daniel Joyce’s slightly quicker 5.620 at 121.43 mph.  Teasley subsequently had a chance to double-up, but he fell short in the Real Street final.

The weekend’s only double winner, in fact, was Brian Canoles of Berkeley Springs, W. Va., who won a Pro ET title Sunday and the Pro ET Tournament of Champions runoff. Additional ET winners were Derek Crawford of Charlottesville, Va., and MIRock mainstay Boo Brown of Potomac Falls, Va., won the Brocks Performance Street ET Tournament of Champions

Other winners were Ron Arnold of Bowling Green, Ky. (Trac King Top Sportsman), Dustin Lee of Morristown, Tenn. (9.50 Index) and Clay Davies of Petersburg, Va. (Cycle Connection Crazy 8s).

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Results from the Lee’s Performance MIRock Superbike Series World Finals at Rockingham Dragway:

ORIENT EXPRESS PRO STREET

Qualifying – 1. Joey Gladstone, Townsend, Del., 7.036, 192.97 mph; 2. Terence Angela, Aruba, 7.100, 182.18 mph; 3. Ehren Litten, Louisburg, N.C., 8.259, 124.52 mph; Rodney Williford, Rougemount, N.C., 8.624, 163.14 mph;

Round 1 – Joey Gladstone, Townsend, Del., bye; Terence Angela, Aruba, 7.102, 205.32 mph, def. Donnie Taylor, Smithfield, Va., no time; Ehren Litten, Louisburg, N.C., 7.382, 187.60 mph, def. Joseph, Grima, Malta, (as alternate for Rodney Williford), 7.795, 138.84 mph.

Semifinals – Gladstone, 7.015, 208.42 mph, def. Litten, 13.949, 56.87 mph; Angela, bye.

FINAL – Terence Angela, Aruba, 8.173, 199.94 mph, def. Joey Gladstone, Townsend, Del., 9.164, 140.49 mph.

DME REAL STREET

Qualifying – 1. Rickey Gadson, Hammonton, N.J., 7.810, 187.05 mph; 2. Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 7.822, 187.31 mph; 3. Roger Starrette, North August, S.C., 8.010, 182.67 mph; 4. David Merks, North Augusta, S.C., 8.024, 176.49 mph.

Round 1 – Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 7.823, 181.30 mph, def. Anibal Merced, Concord, N.C., 8.146, 168.02 mph; Rickey Gadson, Hammonton, N.J., 7.930, 181.06 mph, def. Unknown #75, 13.871, 53.07 mph; Roger Starrette, North Augusta, S.C., 9.088, 114.12 mph, def. David Merks, North Augusta, S.C., foul.

A Rockingham Dragway photo

A Rockingham Dragway photo

Semifinals – Gadson, bye; Teasley, 7.825, 177.09 mph, def. Starrette, 12.681, 82.32 mph.

FINAL – Rickey Gadson, Hammonton, N.J., 7.889, 183.87 mph, def. Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 8.102, 172.19 mph.

LOUIS CONCRETE 4.60

Qualifying – 1. Bobby Lovingood, Leland, N.C., 4.610; 2. Eran Pielert, Halethore, Md., 4.632; 3. Baybay Yarbrough, Eatonton, Ga., 4.656; 4. Richard Gadson, Louisburg, N.C., 4.843.

Round 1 – Darryl Hollins, Salem, Va., 4.723, 140.02 mph, def. Bobby Lovingood, Leland, N.C., 4.741, 147.76 mph; Eran Pielert, Halethore, Md., 4.795, 131.73 mph, def. Barry Harvey, Winston-Salem, N.C., no time; Baybay Yarbrough, Eatonton, Ga., 4.679, 152.00 mph, def. Ronnie Smith, Pasadena, Md., 10.454, 42.44 mph; Richard Gadson, Louisburg, N.C., 4.713, 142.99 mph, def. Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., 8.674, 126.84 mph.

Semifinals – Gadson, 4.674, 138.19 mph, def. Hollins, 4.677, 147.31 mph; Yarbrough, 4.665, 152.95 mph, def. Pielert, 4.660, 137.19 mph.

FINAL – Richard Gadson, Louisburg, N.C., 4.619, 145.41 mph, def. Baybay Yarbrough, Eatonton, Ga., 4.626, 154.16 mph;

FBR SHOP 5.60

Round 3 – Daniel Joyce, Pfafftown, N.C., 5.832, 92.91 mph, def. Chris Dotey, Columbus, Ohio, 5.725, 128.54 mph; Ben Knight, Beavercreek, Ohio, 5.554, 115.10 mph, def. Kelvin Bradley, Portsmouth, Va., 5.532 breakout, 120.76 mph; Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 5.784, 104.37 mph, def. Robert Parker, Sanford, N.C., 6.415, 83.30 mph.

Semifinals – Teasley, 5.631, 126.78 mph, def. Knight, 5.537 breakout, 118.84 mph; Joyce, bye.

FINAL – Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 5.637, 126.60 mph, def. Daniel Joyce, 5.620, 121.43 mph.

CYCLE CONNECTION CRAZY 8S

Round 3 – Clay Davies, Petersburg, Va., 8.897, 139.82 mph, def. Barry Pryer Sr., Chesapeake, Va., foul; Russ Fair, Lexington, S.C., 8.913, 146.46 mph, def. Ron Arnold, Bowling Green, Ky., foul; Spencer Claycomb, Maryville, Tenn., 8.907, 147.71 mph, def. Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 8.877 breakout, 149.90 mph; Bob Carlson, Turrington, Conn., bye.

Semifinals – Davies, 9.189, 110.51 mph, def. Carlson, 9.372, 156.23 mph; Claycomb, 9.034, 136.52 mph, def. Fair, 10.100, 94.49 mph.

FINAL – Clay Davies Petersburg, Va., 8.855, 141.65 mph, def. Spencer Claycomb, Maryville, Tenn., 8.831 breakout, 144.10 mph.

TRAC KING TOP SPORTSMAN

Round 3 – Kelvin Bradley, Portsmouth, Va., 9.027 on an 8.800, 116.02 mph, def. Brian Canoles, Berkeley Springs, West Va., foul; Boo Brown, Potomoc Falls, Va., 9.013 on an 8.950, 136.22 mph, def. Jeremy Teasley, Columbus, Ohio, 8.741 on an 8.710, 150.72 mph; Kevin Clarke, Virginia Beach, Va., 8.175 on a 7.600, 117.86 mph, def. Joey Gladstone, Townsend, Del., 8.555 breakout on an 8.620, 152.04 mph; Ron Arnold, Bowling Green, Ky., 8.743 on an 8.770, 152.82 mph, def. Ben Knight, Beavercreek, Ohio, 8.797 breakout on an 8.830, 142.25 mph.

Semifinals – Clarke, 9.140 on a 7.600, 87.98 mph, def. Bradley, foul; Arnold, 8.809 on an 8.710, 154.07 mph, def. Brown, foul.

FINAL – Ron Arnold, Bowling Green, Ky., 8.757, 155.51 mph, def. Kevin Clarke, Virginia Beach, Va., no show.

9.50 INDEX

Semifinals – Scottie Keller, Mooresville, N.C., 9.424, 134.14 mph, def. Stanley Russell, Gray, Ga., 9.422 breakout, 142.64 mph; Dustin Lee, Morristown, Tenn., 9.616, 117.96 mph, def. Russell Justus, Morristown, Tenn., 10.410, 107.98 mph.

FINAL – Dustin Lee, Morristown, Tenn., 9.531, 126.91 mph, def. Scottie Keller, Mooresville, N.C., foul.

NITROUS EXPRESS PRO ET

Round 6 – Shayne Proctor, Indian Head, Md., 8.697 on an 8.700, 151.34 mph, def. Steve Murray, Front Royal, Va., 10.662 breakout on a 10.670, 106.90 mph; Bob Carlston, Turrington, Conn., bye; Derek Crawford, Charlottsville, Va., 8.809 on an 8.860, 149.35 mph, def. Brandon Bachmeier, Manassas Park, Va., foul.

Semifinals – Crawford, bye; Carlson, 9.089 on a 9.060, 153.11 mph, def. Proctor, 8.786 on an 8.690, 151.04 mph.

FINAL – Derek Crawford, Charlottesville, Va., 8.922 on an 8.860, 141.34 mph, def. Bob Carlson, Turrington, Conn., 9.215 breakout on a 9.260, 150.08 mph.

BROCKS PERFORMANCE STREET ET

Round 5 – Bob Carlson, Turrington, Conn., 9.153 on a 9.060, 130.20 mph, def. Chris Dotey, Columbus, Ohio, 17.860 on an 8.900, 111.66 mph; Brandon Bachmeier, Manassas Park, Va., 9.059 on an 8.990, 141.95 mph, def. Ron Arnold, Bowling Green, Ky., 9.404 on a 9.290, 130.14 mph; Michael Herman Jr., Woodbridge, Va., 9.308 on a 9.190, 126.28 mph, def. Calvin Walton, Randallstown, Md., 9.572 on a 9.200, 129.43 mph; Spencer Claycomb, Maryville, Tenn., 10.392 on an 8.950, 87.54, mph, def. Randy Day, Anderson, S.C., foul.

Semifinals – Herman Jr., 9.243 on a 9.190, 141.88 mph, def. Carlson, 9.061 on a 9.060, 150.21 mph; Bachmeier, 8.979 on an 8.990, 144.33 mph, def. Claycomb, 8.835 breakout on an 8.900, 144.41 mph.

FINAL – Brandon Bachmeier, Manassas Park, Va., 8.996 on an 8.980, 140.44 mph, def. Michael Herman Jr., Woodbridge, Va., 9.244 on a 9.190, 138.32 mph.

PRO ET Tournament of Champions

Semifinals – Brian Canoles, Berkeley Springs, West Va., 8.100 on an 8.080, 158.97 mph, def. Ron Arnold, Bowling Green, Ky., 8.715 breakout on an 8.770, 147.49 mph; Dustin Lee, Morristown, Tenn., bye.

FINAL – Brian Canoles, Berkeley Springs, West Va., 8.032 on an 8.100, 165.56 mph, def. Dustin Lee, Morristown, Tenn., foul.

STREET ET Tournament of Champions

Semifinals – Boo Brown, Potomac Falls, Va., 8.944 on an 8.900, 150.13 mph, def. Spencer Claycomb, Maryville, Tenn., 8.949 on an 8.850, 136.11 mph; Bob Carlson, Turrington, Conn., bye.

FINAL – Boo Brown, Potomac Falls, Va., 8.879 on an 8.950, 149.50 mph, def. Bob Carlson, Turrington, Conn., 8.856 breakout on an 8.990, 156.41 mph.

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