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'Spiderman' races to 263 mph in Man Cup event at Rockingham Dragway

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ROCKINGHAM — Larry “Spiderman” McBride crushed the competition Sunday at Rockingham Dragway, stopping the quarter mile timers in a best-in-history 5.607 seconds at a jaw-dropping finish line speed of 263.10 miles per hour to win the Top Fuel title for the fourth time in five years in the track’s annual Man Cup Motorcycle Series event.

After tuning up with a qualifying time of 5.620 at an even 263 mph, the veteran from Newport News, Va., unloaded on defending race champion and erstwhile point leader David Vantine of Hamilton, N.Y., in the final round to move back to the top of the rider standings in his bid for an unprecedented 20th series title.

McBride, who fell behind Vantine in the points race after a rare first round defeat in the Man Cup opener, will move on to Valdosta, Ga., where he can win his sixth straight Man Cup title. Before Saturday, McBride’s 5.677 second run at 250.74 mph last year at Bowling Green, Ky., was the benchmark for drag racing motorcycle performance.  

Although McBride’s qualifying number gave him an immediate psychological edge, it was Vantine who earned the right to pick his lane in the final round after he beat former Ray Price Racing standout Tommy Grimes with a time of 5.808 in the semifinals.

Grimes, the veteran from Winston-Salem, was the No.2 qualifier ahead of Vantine astride “The Beast,” a bike owned by four-time European Top Fuel Motorcycle Champion Per Bengtsson of Klippan, Sweden.

Among the other Sunday winners was Sam White of Chapin, S.C., whose final round victory over two-time reigning series champion Preston Bartlett of St. Augustine, Fla., means that the Man Cup Pro Fuel title won’t be decided until the finale.

Veteran Mark Rendeluk of Oklahoma City, Okla., and 69-year-old Paul Gast of Grand Island, N.Y., won in Pro Open and Pro Mod, respectively, while Chris Edwards of Bessemer City prevailed in Pro Street.

Rendeluk beat 2017 Rockingham winner Niki “Niki Zak” Zakrzewski of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the fastest woman on two wheels, when she suffered an uncharacteristic loss of concentration at the start and gave up an enormous advantage that she simply could not overcome.

It was a good day for Puerto Rican riders Pablo Gonzales and Ricardo Marte.  Marte was beaten in the Super Comp final by Jason Herron of Lexington, S.C., while Gonzales won the Saturday Pro ET race, was a Saturday semifinalist in Street ET and was one of the three riders still in contention when rain halted racing in Pro ET on Sunday. 

Results from Sunday’s Man Cup Motorcycle Series presented by Vance and Hines and Rockingham Dragway. Hometowns are North Carolina unless otherwise indicated.  Results include reaction time, track time, target time (when applicable) and finish line speed:

TOP FUEL

Qualifying – 1. Larry “Spiderman” McBride, Newport News, Va., 5.620, 263.00 mph; 2. Tommy Grimes, Winston-Salem, 6.443, 209.69 mph; 3. David Vantine, Hamilton, N.Y., 6.555, 231.32 mph; 4. Larry Stanley, Laurinburg, 11.878, 107.81 mph.\

Semifinals – David Vantine, Hamilton, N.Y., .117, 5.808, 246.03 mph, def. Tommy Grimes, Winston-Salem, .128, 16.126, 62.63 mph; Larry McBride, .152, 6.878, 141.19 mph, def. Larry Stanley, Laurinburg, .162, 32.841, 21.44 mph.

FINAL – Larry “Spiderman” McBride, Newport News, Va., .054, 5.607, 263.10 mph, def. David Vantine, Hamilton, N.Y., .137, 6.797, 151.24 mph. 

PRO FUEL

Qualifying – 1. Sam White, Chapin, S.C., 7.234, 177.09 mph; 2. Preston Bartlett, St. Augustine, Fla., 7.349, 175.46 mph; 3. Jim Martin, Palestine, Ill., .7.517, 171.71 mph; 4. Jay Beasley, Winston-Salem, 7.701, 166.74 mph.

Semifinals – Sam White, Chapin, S.C., bye; Preston Bartlett, St. Augustine, Fla., .151, 7.402, 176.33 mph, def. Jim Martin, Palestine, Ill., .101, 13.443, 65.87 mph.

FINAL – Sam White, Chapin, S.C., .124, 7.382, 168.16 mph, def. Preston Bartlett, St. Augustine, Fla., .227, 7.309, 177.70 mph.

PRO OPEN

Semifinals – Mark Rendeluk, Oklahoma City, Okla., .160, 6.336, 216.13 mph, def. Bobby Lovingood, Leland, no time; Niki “Niki Zak” Zakrzewski of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, .120, 6.418, 207.15 mph, def. Bob Giard, Gainsboro, Tenn., .136,  7.039, 198.06 mph.

FINAL – Mark Rendeluk, Oklahoma City, Okla., .016, 6.353, 214.45 mph, def. Niki “Niki Zak” Zakrzewski of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, .506, 6.536, 206.39 mph.

PRO STREET

Semifinals – Chris Edwards, Bessemer City, bye; James Herbert, Suffolk, Va., .129, 7.998, 194.66 mph, def. Geoff Godfrey, Bealeton, Va., .180, 9.018, 173.05 mph.

FINAL – Chris Edwards, Bessemer City, .079, 7.159, 198.93 mph, def. James Herbert, Suffolk, Va., .104, 8.336, 196.79 mph.

PRO MOD

Semifinals – Paul Gast, Grand Island, N.Y., .046, 4.122, 155.26 mph, def. Tyron Lemons, Atlanta, Ga., .026, 4.371, 149.43 mph; Mike Chongris, Eastlake, Ohio, .025, 4.183, 167.49 mph, def. Terry Wynn, Jacksonville, Fla., .090, 18.500, 40.07 mph.

FINAL – Paul Gast, Grand Island, N.Y., .007, 4.042, 177.35 mph, def. Mike Chongris, Eastlake, Ohio, .007, 4.236, 148.33 mph.

REAL STREET

Semifinals – Spencer Claycomb, Rockford, Tenn., .096, 7.622, 185.05 mph, def. Jason Herron, Lexington, S.C., .058, 8.338, 168.96 mph; Mark Hylton, Eden, bye.

FINAL – Mark Hylton, Eden, .009, 7.771, 177.01 mph, def. Spencer Claycomb, Rockford, Tenn., .094, 7.700, 187.34 mph.

4.60 Index (4.60 target)

Semifinals – Mike Chongris, Eastlake, Ohio, .045, 4.675, 142.58 mph, def. Brodrick Jackson, Decatur, Ga., .040, 4.726, 149.65 mph; Tony Mullen, Brandenton, Fla., bye.

FINAL – Tony Mullen, Bradenton, Fla., .012, 4.621, 152.45 mph, def. Mike Chongris, Eastlake, Ohio, foul (-.004).

TOP GAS (8.20 target)

Semifinals – Alan Fields, Climax, .041, 8.243, 153.60 mph, def. Jim Chongris, Mentor, Ohio, .021, 8.264, 154.49 mph; Mike Lings, Cottonwood, Ala., bye.

FINAL – Alan Fields, Climax, .016, 8.189, 154.63 mph, def. Mike Lings, Cottonwood, Ala., .040, 8.160 breakout, 154.28 mph.

SUPER COMP (8.90 target)

Semifinals – Jason Herron, Lexington, S.C., .024, 8.883, 146.53 mph, def. Spencer Claycomb, Rockford, Tenn., foul; Ricardo Marte, San Juan, Puerto Rico, .166, 10.017, 111.17 mph, def. Berry Pryer, Chesapeake, Va., foul.

FINAL – Jason Herron, Lexington, S.C., .032, 8.881, 146.26 mph, def. Ricardo Marte, San Juan, Puerto Rico, .034, 8.849 breakout, 151.71 mph.

STREET FIGHTER (9.50 target)

Semifinals – Butch Million, Knoxville, Tenn., .080, 10.009, 138.97 mph, def. Michael Smith, Macon, Ga., .100, 9.999, 141.94 mph; Bob Burt, Valdosta, Ga., .096, 9.650, 133.86 mph, def. Vance Houdyshell, Vero Beach, Fla., .068, 9.696, 140.68 mph.

Final round purse split between Butch Million and Bob Burt after racing was suspended by rain.

SUPER ELIMINATOR

Semifinals – Kevin Hutchinson, Medina, Ohio, .074, 9.071 on a 9.010, 145.02 mph, def. Steve Chandler, Edgewater, Md., .050, 9.109 on a 9.020, 142.85 mph; Tim Ford, Knoxville, Tenn., .062, 9.073 on an 8.920, 148.67 mph, def. Scott Allen, Wheeling, West Va., .094, 9.347 on a 9.150, 139.98 mph.

FINAL – Tim Ford, Knoxville, Tenn., .120, 9.038 on an 8.920, 149.90 mph, def. Kevin Hutchinson, Medina, Ohio, .076, 9.326 on a 9.010, 143.96 mph.

SATURDAY V-TWIN

Semifinals – Ken Strauss, Terrell, .038, 9.345 on a 9.320, 133.28 mph, def. Casey Smith, Musella, Ga., .303, 12.242 on a 12.200, 106.34 mph; Stacy Smith, Lizella, Ga., bye.

FINAL – Stacy Smith, Lizella, Ga., .082, 12.394 on a 12.350, 103.31 mph, def. Ken Strauss, Terrell, .085, 9.380 on a 9.300, 144.46 mph.

SUNDAY V-TWIN

Semifinals – Paul Watson, Greensboro, .116, 10.959 on a 10.680, 126.59 mph, def.  Freddy Barreiro, Miami, Fla., .015, 12.911 breakout on a 12.950, 103.60 mph; Vance Houdyshell, Vero Beach, Fla., .073, 10.147 on a 10.300, 125.18 mph, def. Barry Pryer, Chesapeake, Va., .108, 11.643 breakout on an 11.870, 114.40 mph.

FINAL – Vance Houdyshell, Vero Beach, Fla., .067, 10.663 on a 10.100, 118.57 mph, def. Paul Watson, Greensboro, .033, 11.559 on a 10.880, 127.43 mph.

SATURDAY STREET ET

Semifinals – Vance Houdyshell, Vero Beach, Fla., .120, 9.972 on a 10.000, 132.50 mph, def. Pablo Gonzales, Carolina, Puerto Rico, foul; Janrei Thompson, Jacksonville, .057, 9.007 on an 8.940, 147.81 mph, def. Lee Shierts, Charlotte, foul.

FINAL – Janrei Thompson, Jacksonville, .008, 9.056 on an 8.960, 149.50 mph, def. Vance Houdyshell, Vero Beach, Fla., .076, 10.078 on a 10.000, 123.06 mph.

SUNDAY STREET ET 

Round 4 – Michael McAllister, .070, 10.749 on a 10.790, 123.86 mph, def. Pablo Gonzales, Carolina, Puerto Rico, .063, 9.092 breakout on a 9.160, 141.39 mph; Pete Hiatt, Mt. Airy, 8.986 on an 8.990, 139.03 mph, def. Bob Burt, Valdosta, Ga., foul; Jeremy Burt, Valdosta, Ga., bye.

Semifinal and final round money split between Michael McAllister, Pete Hiatt and Jeremy Burt after racing was suspended by rain.   

SATURDAY PRO ET

Semifinals – Michael Persons, Franklinton, .243, 8.361 on an 8.350, 161.36 mph, def. Blair Field, Denver, .007, 9.116 breakout on a 9.120, 134.31 mph; Pablo Gonzales, Carolina, Puerto Rico, .006,  9.610 on a 9.610, 138.00 mph, def. Ronnie Procopio, Wake Forest, .029, 8.209 on an 8.170, 158.33 mph.

FINAL – Pablo Gonzales, Carolina, Puerto Rico, .000, 9.608 on a 9.590, 136.55 mph, def. Michael Persons, Franklinton, .082, 8.362 on an 8.350, 161.85 mph.

SUNDAY PRO ET 

Round 4 – Kendra Riley, Conway, S.C., .030, 10.437 on a 10.480, 122.87 mph, def. Barry Pryer, Chesapeake, Va., .298, 9.645 breakout on a 9.990, 122.59 mph; Gary Russell, Battleboro, Va., .064, 9.432 on a 9.400, 138.07 mph, def.  Nate Kaito, Franklinton, .031, 8.623 breakout on an 8.640, 156.39 mph; Pablo Gonzales, Carolina, Puerto Rico, .029, 9.682 on a 9.620, 131.39 mph, def. Patrick Farrow, .075, 8.773 on an 8.650, 152.30 mph.

 

Semifinal and final round money split between Kendra Riley, Gary Russell and Pablo Gonzales after racing was suspended by rain.

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