ESPN to Cover Huge IDBL Bike Fest at Maryland International Raceway, July 28-30

 
     
 


MECHANSVILLE, Md. — The largest all-motorcycle drag race in the world is about to go to the next level.

The International Drag Bike League’s (IDBL) popular WPGC Bike Fest from Maryland International Raceway will receive several hours of live-streaming coverage on ESPN3 on elimination Sunday, July 30. This historic, groundbreaking announcement marks the first time that motorcycle drag racing will receive this type of world-wide network coverage.

“This is monumental for the sport of dragbike racing,” IDBL President Jack Korpela said. “The WPGC Bike Fest boasts the largest turnout of dragbike racers and fans and showcases the world’s quickest motorcycles. Having the worldwide leader in sports involved is a perfect marriage and something motorcycle drag racers should take great pride in. The sport has waited a long time for an opportunity this special.”

 The WPGC Bike Fest will highlight 240-mph, five-second Top Fuel Motorcycles, ground-pounding, thundering Nitro Harleys, 200 mph, six-second Pro Street bikes, nitrous-oxide-powered Pro Mods, the return of factory stock 600 Supersport small-bore warriors and a whole lot more.

More than a dozen classes of competition are expected to see a total of more than 700 entries, ranging from sportsman racers to world-record-holding professionals.

Legendary racers Larry “Spiderman” McBride and Dave Vantine made history at this event in 2014 by recording the sport’s first and only side-by-side five-second run. The duo, among others, is poised for another attempt at glory, only this time on ESPN.

“With the help of ESPN3 this is our chance to show the world what the incredible excitement and speed of dragbike racing is all about,” Korpela said. “No matter what motorcycle you ride, race or root for, no matter where you live, please make your plans to be in attendance for this historic event.”

A limited number of advertising opportunities will also be available for the broadcast. Anyone interested should contact Jkorpela@RaceIDBL.com.

To accommodate the additional racers expected to participate in the event, IDBL is making a schedule change on Sunday. A full round of ET and Sportsman eliminations will start at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Time trails and testing will be available Thursday through Saturday.

Top bracket racers from around the country are expected to compete in IDBL WPGC Bike Fest

“We understand this announcement will make the biggest event even bigger,” Korpela said. “Getting a full round of eliminations in before we get into our pro show will help us complete the event earlier. We know many racers need to get back on the road before dark and get back to work. Testing starts on Thursday so it gives them a chance to get there early and get dialed in to race on Sunday.”

Also, any racer who suffers a first-round defeat in an ET or Sportsman class will be welcome to buy back into the Pro ET or Street ET re-entry round.



The carnival-like Bike Fest will also feature many additional activities and “lifestyle” events to keep most anyone entertained.  On Sunday, there will be a sound show on stage by WPGC, a bikini contest and a custom motorcycle show. Throughout the weekend, Bikers against Breast Cancer will be raising funds and there will be a special all-female “Paint the Quarter Pink” race. Great food and beverages, including a variety of ice cream flavors, will be available all weekend.

“ESPN is giving us an amazing opportunity,” Korpela said. “Let’s all please pull together and bring as many people out to this race as we can to make the best impression possible. If you have never been to an IDBL race, now is the time. Let’s make this biggest Bike Fest ever.”

Classes of racing competition include; APE Top Fuel, Pingel Nitro Harley, McKinney Motorsports - Grothus Dragbikes Pro Mod, Orient Express Pro Street, DME Real Street, Vance & Hines 4.60, FBR Shop 5.60, World Wide Bearings Crazy 8s, APE Top Sportsman, Shinko Pro ET, Lady Street ET, Paint the 1/4 Pink and Grudge.

Situated near the Chesapeake Bay, MDIR is about an hour south of Washington D.C. and is surrounded by many wonderful amenities for dining, lodging, shopping or vacationing.