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XDA Ready for Showdown at Virginia Motorsports Park

Only two events are left in the 2018 XDA season and racers are tuning up for a showdown.
The Xtreme Dragbike Association (XDA) takes Motorcycle Drag Racing back to Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP) for the Inaugural Superbike Showdown on August 24-26, 2018.
XDA offers a quality show with over 700 professional, sportsman, and grudge motorcycle drag racers in competition. This season XDA will payout over $200,000 in purse money along with a $120,000 contingency fund that spans all classes. Our guaranteed purses bring out the big dogs that are ready to put on a show. These are must-attend events for any east coast drag racing enthusiast.
In June we told you VMP would serve up the smoothest racing surface in your career, and we kept that promise with the best-prepped surface of the year. Now with only two events left in the season, and temperatures starting to drop, these are the events you will see records crushed and ET’s that will blow your mind.
Next weekend the best of the best will put it all on the line as they chase points for a championship finish. There may be 700 entries, but only nine eight competitors will be able to call themselves a champion at the end of the season.
Orient Express Pro Street
Class Points Leader – Chris Connelly
If you want to see six-second Pro Street passes, come to VMP because XDA has them! Our last event featured half the field in the sixes, and we are sure that will be exceeded as several of our six-second racers struggled with technical problems at the last event.
But the six-second passes aren’t the only things to be watching for. With the top four in points only separated by one round of points, this event is going to set the tone for the championship as we go into the final event in September that will feature a 32-bike field for the first time in XDA history.
Chris Connelly Jr has a real chance a of capturing his first professional championship before he turns twenty-one as he has taken out the toughest racers in the series this year and leads with twenty points. But Rodney Williford who is perched at the top of the Orient Express G.O.A.T list with a 6.61 can easily pick off anyone in the class with a twist of the throttle. Jeremy Teasley and Mark Gargiulo will have to compete against their teammates if they want a shot at the 2018 championship.
Jason Dunigan missed the season opener and needs to do well at the last two events for a chance to qualify for the bonus race in November. At the WPGC Bike Fest, he struggled with some mechanical problems that took him out of the running in the first round of eliminations. And now at the time of this report, DME Racing has his methanol bike stripped down to the frame. His team will be at the track early next week testing before the event to get Dunigan back on track.  
The Penske Pro Street Shootout will run for a second time this year at VMP and feature eight riders competing for $2K during Saturday qualifying. At the last event, it made for a thrilling qualifying round watching Williford and Teasley battle for a win on Saturday running 6.70’s.
Based on the pre-race ‘Roll Call’ seventeen riders will qualify next weekend for the ten spots available to compete in front of 30,000 fans at the Haltech World Cup Finals Import vs. Domestic event in November on Oct 31st – Nov 4th at MDIR in the exclusive $5,000 to win Pro Street Shootout sponsored by Platinum General Services.
DME Racing Real Street
Class Points Leader – Spencer Claycomb
Eddie Who? Are you going to let this championship slip away? Next weekend Eddie Chapman needs to show up with kryptonite in the DME Racing Real Street class. His rival Spencer Claycomb has an eighty-two point lead on him, and if he’s not put down early, Claycomb will clinch his first professional championship.
Real Street promises to put on a show once again at VMP with the class growing and the record dropping each event. At the last event, we were on the edge our seat to watch rookie racer Alisha Malone on the cusp of her first seven-second pass. We hope she’s ready to put her feet on the pegs and give us that number because the Teasleys are coming to steal the show away. Jeremy Teasley entered RST at the June event, then in July he showed up with brother Cameron, and now next weekend Real Street will feature brother Brandon as well. Surely there should be a rule for a Teasley Triple Threat in any class!
Garrett Burger has been steadily improving on his ET’s with each event, and he looks to get into the 7.80’s. Anibal Merced will be looking for his first event win of the year while working with Chapman to take out Claycomb in an early round. Don’t miss this class as they are sure to break more records.
HTP Performance Grudge
The HTP Performance Grudge class continues to grow with every event. There may not be any times on the board, but it’s easy to spot who is fast and who is just faking.
When you enter Grudge, not only do you run with every Pro session all weekend, you also get the best-prepped racing surface available to grudge racers in the country. Show up, put your best tune-up in the bike and show us your riding skills.
And with the Superbike Showdown, the “Running of the Bulls” returns to Saturday night’s line-up. Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous will run with a $10K payout for each class.
Get your money out and get entered or just start practicing your excuses to the mirror, because the internet mob has heard them all. Who is hungry for a race with a real payday?
Limited spots are available, sign up now and reserve yours at
Vance & Hines 4.60
Class Points Leader – Michael Thyen
XDA is proud to feature the largest 1/8 mile index classes, numbers grow with every event, as the Vance & Hines 4.60 class features the sharpest riders in eight-mile racing. The season may be winding down for XDA, but Michael Thyen, Richard Gadson, Boo Brown, Wes Hawkins, Mac McAdams and Eran Pielert are at the top of the pack and not showing any signs of surrender. 
This class offers a $3,000 payday to the winner along with another $4,000 paid out in qualifying to the 8 bikes that participate in the shootout. No racer has doubled up to take home a $7K payday, yet! Richard Gadson is only three points behind first place and will be looking to gain ground with ‘Crusher’ next weekend on the 660’ battleground.
The FBR Shop 5.60
Class Points Leader – Jeremy Teasley
Jeremy Teasley leads The FBR Shop 5.60 index class by a good margin. At the last Virginia event, Teasley came in with only a twenty-two point lead. He continues to gain on his opponents now holding a seventy-four point lead over number two Boo Brown.
But if Teasley can be taken out early and then Brown, Lee and Claycomb have a chance to gain points on him at this event. But with just an 1/8 mile to run down your competition, there is zero room for error. Cut a light, look over, and know when to roll off the throttle, all in less than six seconds.
Shinko Tires Crazy 8’s
Class Points Leader – Duane Jackson
This ultra-competitive category of Shinko Tires Crazy 8’s boasts the best of the best in the top ten of points. Duane Jackson leads the points by a thin margin that can quickly be overtaken with only two events left in the season.
And with sportsman heavy hitters on his tail, he would have to stay a round in front of Teasley, Claycomb, Brown, Lee, and Fair every race to hold onto the championship spot. That’s not an easy group to keep down. Don’t miss a moment of action as these guys roll into the water box at VMP already looking over at their opponent before the bulbs even drop. 
Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman
Class Points Leader – Wilson Burkhead
If your bike can run an 8.40 or faster, Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman is the class you’ll want to jump in. Not only will you compete against the quickest ET bikes at the track, but you also have a chance at taking home the biggest payout of the weekend.
The winner now takes home a $3,000 payout, but they also advance back into Pro ET for a chance at a second win for a potential $6,000 payout in one day. James Farmer made a big move in points at the last event with a runner-up finish and will be back with a real shot at the championship next weekend.
MPS Racing Pro ET
Class Points Leader – Dale Hamilton
The MPS Racing Pro ET points leader, Dale Hamilton has taken two wins this season and proves to be building momentum as the season goes on. He has a thirty-two point lead over number two, and wants this championship! Brian Guarino, Derrick Milbourne, and Mike Schulz have also led the points at some point this season, showing how quickly a bad day can send you down the leaderboard.
And don’t forget, with two races in one weekend, racers will take home $9,000 in payout. Jim Shifflett is coming to VMP with a win in his sights, he is in striking range of the championship, and this event could send him to the top of the points with a win!
Brock’s Performance Street ET
Class Points Leader – Dustin Lee
With every race comes a new points leader in the Brock’s Performance Street ET class.
Dustin Lee, Austin Bridge, Dana Mack, and Roy Johnson have all taken a win this year. However, Lee is the only one in the top five of points. 
Mike Schulz, Shayne Proctor, Bob Carlson and Derrick Milbourne who have not won events are in front of some of the winners because rounds won will get you the championship. Never raced? Come to VMP with your street bike and try your luck in this entry-level class. With round one re-entry available both days, anything can happen!
See you in one week at Virginia Motorsports Park, August 24-26, 2018 for an exciting weekend of motorcycle action on the smoothest surface on the XDA circuit!
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This story was originally published on August 17, 2018. Drag Illustrated

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