RIDERS CONTINUE WIN STREAK IN ROCKINGHAM Results from AMA/Prostar - Rockingham, North Carolina Courtesy Marty Kane, DRAGBIKE.COM Rockingham, North Carolina (6/6/99) - Rickey Gadson and Marty Ladwig, continued Team Kawasaki's win streak in the...
RIDERS CONTINUE WIN STREAK IN ROCKINGHAM Results from AMA/Prostar - Rockingham, North Carolina Courtesy Marty Kane, DRAGBIKE.COM
Rockingham, North Carolina (6/6/99) - Rickey Gadson and Marty Ladwig, continued Team Kawasaki's win streak in the Pro Superbike and 600 SuperSport categories, at the AMA/Prostar Schnitz Racing Summer Nationals.
In a final round upset, Marty Ladwig (San Antonio, Texas) made it to the win stripe first, earning his career first AMA/Prostar national event victory. In the final round, two-time class champion Keith Dennis experienced tire spin just off of the starting line, and could not recover quickly enough to fight off Ladwig's 10.43-second trip to the winners circle.
During qualifying, Ladwig blasted a 10.16-second lap - recording the classes quickest pass ever in the class. That earned him the top qualifying position and confirmed a new national record for Team Green. As he continued through elimination's, Ladwig registered wins against Team Suzuki rider Brock Davidson, and fellow Kawasaki team member Chip Ellis in the semi-final round. Team Kawasaki now holds three SuperSport wins, and their riders recorded the quickest elapsed times throughout qualifying and elimination's at this event.
Continuing Team Green's win streak, factory rider Rickey Gadson (Sicklerville, NJ) took top honors - and his third straight win - by defeating Keith Podolan in the Superbike final round. Gadson qualified number one, with an 8.51-second run, and continued throughout elimination's in devastating fashion. He defeated David Mayo (Conyers, GA) in round one, with a 8.57-second elapsed time against Mayo's 9.25. In the semi final round, he reeled in Ben Koch's career best 8.78-second run with a 8.39-second shot.
"We have been running the bike soft on horsepower all season long" explained Gadson, "Muzzy's (Gadsons engine builder) told us that we were running the nitrous setup too soft on horsepower, and my crew chief (Will King) turned up the wick just a little."
Keith Podolan's final round appearance notably marked the first time a Honda powered entered the Superbike class.
Funnybike rider Bryan Bennett (Herrin, IL) made his second-straight appearance atop the winners podium, by completely dominating the class. Bennett qualified #1 with a 6.82-second, 213.82 MPH pass, and then went on to record the fastest run ever in the class, 214.59 MPH. In round one, Bennett continued by running even quicker 6.74-second run. In the final, he faced Keith Lynn (Wabash, IN) and took the win light by a .03-second margin of victory, with a 6.93-second elapsed time.
Tony Sabino (Washingtonville, New York), reigning Pro Modified champion, took the top qualifying spot aboard his Joe Franco prepared Suzuki, with a 6.86-second, 199 MPH blast. He shocked the fans in the first round of elimination's, when he blasted a 6.76-second, 200 MPH, run onto the scoreboards against Ed Osenkowski. That pass made his mark in the record books as the classes quickest ever run. Sabino continued through elimination's with consistent 6.8-second times, but eventually fell to Bill Vose in the final round, when engine failure prevented him from bettering Vose's 6.89-second run.
Multi-time Pro Stock champion Paul Gast collected his third season win by defeating Shawn Gann with a 7.40-second run, and a .001-second margin of victory, in the final. Earlier in the day, Gast stopped the number one qualifier, Fred Collis, and his Star Performance Parts-backed Suzuki with an even closer margin of victory.
In the sportsman ranks, Bruce Sauer collected wins in both Super Gas and Super Comp for the second straight event, marking his place in the record books as being the first rider to win back to back wins, in two categories, on two different motorcycles.
Andy Baumbach also made event notables by working his way into three final round appearances in Top Gas, Super Comp and Pro E.T.. Three wins were not in the cards for Baumbach however, as he fell to Bruce Sauer in Super Comp and Doug Emge in Pro E.T., claiming a single win over Jim Spardo. Winners in other categories included Team Honda rider Scott Grigaliunas in Street E.T., George Futch in Harley E.T. and Ryan Schnitz in Top Eliminator.
The next event (round 5) on the eight stop 1999 AMA/Prostar Motorcycle Drag Racing series national event tour, will happen July 9-11, at Route 66 Dragway, near Chicago.
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