MECHANICSVILLE, Md. - The inaugural International Drag Bike League (IDBL) Pro Mod championship chase will come to an end with a major celebration at the IDBL World Finals.
Coming off a highly successful and competitive event at the WPGC Bike Fest at Maryland International Raceway, July 28-30, the IDBL Pro Mod championship chase is racing towards the crisp November air of Rockingham (N.C.) Dragway at the IDBL World Finals, Nov. 3-5, in what will be known as the World Series of Pro Mod Motorcycle.
"It will be a fun and exciting end-of the year celebration," IDBL President Jack Korpela said. "Every Pro Mod and Pro Extreme team is invited."
Longtime Rockingham Dragway owner and motorcycle admirer Steve Earwood is very excited to host the World Series of Pro Mod Motorcycle and says his track will be prepped to perfection.
"This is a perfect fit for Rockingham," Earwood said. "We have had an outstanding year and the track has been great. Not only have Jason Line, Greg Anderson, Shane and Tanner Gray, Vincent Nobile, Allen Johnson, Alex Laughlin, and Kenny Delco tested with us this season, we hold six NHRA national records and numerous AMRA records."
Earwood says his facility fully expects to see some three-second runs and has promised racers a fast, well-prepped drag strip.
Rockingham Dragway holds AMRA Top Fuel eighth-mile and quarter-mile records (4.099, 6.197 seconds), the Top Fuel Harley speed record at 231.60 mph, plus the Pro Fuel ET record at 7.181 seconds, the Pro Gas ET and speed record at 7.696 and 170.00 mph, the Pro Mod eighth and quarter-mile records at 5.227 and 8.308 and V-Mod records at 5.417 and 8.631.
"Rockingham Dragway takes a lot of pride in those records," Earwood said. "We hold the quickest quarter-mile time ever for a Top Fuel Dragster, held by (six-time IHRA champion) Clay Millican, at 4.48. Last time the PDRA raced here, a Pro Extreme car turned a 3.498 at 222.66 mph. The track will be ready for the IDBL."
The Pro Mod / Pro Extreme Motorcycle Rockingham track record is a 4.018-second run at 175.84 mph.
The Nov. 3-5 event will feature one of the most competitive Pro Mod fields in history.
After a spectacular victory at the Bike Fest, Iowa-based Brunson Grothus is looking to lock up the first ever IDBL championship. Brad McCoy also had an impressive outing, outlasting some of the sport's best to finish in the runner-up position.
Niki Zak and Ronnie Procopio, on a borrowed bike from Terry Schweigert, fared well with the tuning expertise of Dan "The Man" Wagner. Ronnie Smith and George Whitaker also find themselves in the championship hunt after respectable outings.
The dominant McKinney Motorsports team is still in championship contention after a semifinal appearance by Ashley Owens. Multi-time champion Eric McKinney was upset in round No. 1, but will still be a threat in Rockingham due to an exciting championship race points bonus.
To add even more intrigue to the World Series of Pro Mod, much like countdown or playoff systems in other forms of motorsports, the season-ending race will carry more weight in the championship hunt. Points-for-round wins will be doubled, giving more racers the opportunity to become the IDBL's first ever Pro Mod Champion. A round win will be worth 20 points. Qualifying points will remain the same.
Special racer bonuses from sponsors, to be announced in coming weeks, will be also available.
Bikers Against Breast Cancer will be back at Maryland International Raceway at the DME Fall Nationals on Oct. 6-8.
Which IDBL racer will be holding this prestigious gold cup when the dust settles?
The move to Rockingham also helped resolve a race conflict for the class.
"With two big races on the same weekend, we never want racers to have to make a difficult choice. Many in the class asked for this move," Korpela said. "I called Pro Mod racer T.T. Jones and told him we support his race and in turn T.T. is coming to ours. It's a win-win for the class."
The IDBL Tournament of champions to decide Pro ET and Street ET champions, along with the huge $10,000-to win IDBL grand finale bracket race, are also scheduled for the IDBL World Finals.
"It's going to be a great weekend," Korpela said. "The IDBL has a lot of history in Rockingham and we are excited to go back. Longtime fans know Rockingham in November used to be one of the biggest racers of the year. Let's do it again."
IDBL Championship Points Standings:
1) Brunson Grothus 48
2) Brad McCoy
3) Ashley Owens
4) Ronnie Smith
5) Ronnie Procopio
6) Niki Zak
7) George Whitaker
8) Eric McKinney