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In Falicon Performance Pro Mod Ashley Owens qualified second behind Eric McKinney, 4.04 to 3.99 respectively, but that was the last second place achievement Ashley had for the weekend on his way to winning the race in P/M. In three rounds of eliminations he took out Terry Wynn, Chris Garner-Jones, Paul Gast and Ronnie Procopio.
In the Nitrous Express Pro Open class of racing, it was the continuation of the Mark Rendeluk show. Mark decisively won all five of ManCup’s events in 2016, and did so here handily with his Chris Wedman-tuned, big nitrous huffing monster. During the ManCup World Finals, he met with Jean Gosselin of Canada, who qualified fifth with a 6.70. Mark cut a .004 light on Jean, then delivered a 6.60 to Jean’s 6.87 for win #5 in as many races for the ManCup Nitrous Express Pro Open champion.
APE-sponsored Pro Street racing was a marathon dog fight at the World Finals due to the DME sponsored $10,000 All Star Shoot Out preceding the actual Pro Street racing in class during the race. Racers had seven competition passes between Thursday and Friday, then qualifying for the ManCup Friday night, Q-1, followed by two more qualifiers on Saturday, just to get to Sunday’s race. More than one team was stealing parts from motor A to build motor B, while motor C was in the frame rails.
During the DME, $10,000 All Star Shootout, the final round was Ehren Litton Vs Rodney Williford with Ehren prevailing. Then into qualifying for the ManCup race it was Rodney Williford 6.782 for low qualifier and Ehren Litton with 218.83 as the high MPH man. Williford racing is a threat to be respected in Pro Street, but when it came down racing for all the marbles, it was Joey Gladstone on his Vance & Hines sponsored, DME tuned P/ST bike that stood above all comers. Gladstone locked up his fourth consecutive ManCup P/St. title by going five rounds on Sunday, eliminating, Tony Ficher, Justin Doucet, Terence Angela, and Jeremy Teasley along the way.
Shinko/WPS Real Street class racing saw 15 teams enter the race, with the number 1 qualifier, Joey Gladstone (shown) standing above the rest after three rounds of qualifying with his 7.76 elapsed time. The 190.75 MPH high speed mark by Johnny Dobrin was also a stand out during the qualifying sessions.
On Sunday, Joey Gladstone on his DME prepared Real Street bike cut through the field like a hot knife through butter for the win. He eliminated Tony Jackson, Anibal Merced, and Johnny Dobrin to not only win the race in class, but clinch the title in Shinko/WPS Real Street competition.
This season was a great year for ManCup racing. In 2017, the ManCup season will kick off on April 7-9 at SGMP once again with five events slated for the season. This will include a first ever 1/8th mile race set for GALOT Motorsports Park on July 15-16 that racers are really looking forward to.