DME RACING NEWS
The DME Racing shop started 2019 season on overtime, and the workload hasn’t let up. In 2017 when Dimey Eddinger started advertising his headers and exhaust systems, he had not anticipated the market demand as orders rolled in throughout 2018. “At one point we stopped promoting our headers so we wouldn’t get behind on orders,” stated Eddinger. “We don’t like to make our customers wait for products. As a bike builder and racer, I know the importance of getting parts in quickly to finish builds.”
At the end of 2018 Race season, Jason Dunigan told Eddinger he wanted a turbo sidemount system on his Pro Street bike. And when Dungan wants something, there is no talking him out of it. Team tuner Andy Sawyer and Eddinger got to work on the new DME Racing SideMount after the Man Cup World Finals, and by the end of 2018, they had a completed prototype ready for testing. By February they had the new header and Owen GBT-69 Turbo installed, and the team was off to Orlando for testing.
For the February test session, they also debuted Chris Connelly’s GSXR-1000 Pro Street bike that they quietly built during the 2018 race season. With the Gold bike now parked in the corner, Jeremy Teasley hopped on the GSX-R1000 to see what she could. “I have ridden a lot of bikes, and I pride myself in being to handle whatever comes at me, but this one, I thought she was going to throw me off the first time down the track,” said team rider Jeremy Teasley. But with the maiden voyage out of the way, Teasley quickly tamed this beast and was producing numbers that would make Frankie Stotz cry.
Chris Connelly Jr. plans to stay on his same bike for 2019 as his bond is strong with ‘Turbo’ and his riding continues to improve every race. His testing yielded his fastest times, and his riding was consistent, which will be his proven strategy for 2019.
The team was excited and nervous to put Dunigan’s new SideMount to the test. “With any new products or changes to a bike, I am prepared for issues when we get to the track,” said team Tuner Andy Sawyer. “But we put an extraordinary amount of time into this new set-up, and we wanted to see results not just for us, but for the Duinigans.”
Fortunately for Sawyer he didn’t have much to worry about as the new system delivered the fastest run Dunigan had made to date with a 6.68 at 217mph. With success in testing Eddinger and Sawyer high tailed it back to the shop to get back to work that was stacking up while there were gone.
At the end of 2018 PDRA decided to ban turbos from their Pro Extreme class. And yes this was after Terry Schweigert entered the class on the DME Racing built Turbo/Header System tuned by Dan Wagner ran a 3.91. Ehren Litten on his newly built turbo also ran a 3.99. Those nitrous guys wanted no part of the turbo competition.
This decision opened a door which XDA decided to capitalize with their new Pro Extreme class that DME Racing is a presenting sponsor. XDA’s Pro Xtreme is an 1/8 mile heads-up class is modeled on Pro Mod featuring Turbocharged, Supercharged, and/or Nitrous Injected dragbikes on gasoline or methanol, along with Injected Nitro Methane bikes.
With our success on Schweigert’s bike and another turbo class on the schedule, orders for the DME Turbo/Header System rolled in. And even though this is all happening in a short period, they got the jobs done and now have five completed bikes that are now track proven.
Man Cup Season Opener
After successful testing in Orlando the team showed up SGMP ready to lay down some numbers with their new SideMount system. But instead, Dungian’s bike decided to disrupt the harmony under the tent as it struggled to break in a new Michelin tire, which is technically a ten year old tire not in production anymore.
Teasley on the GSXR qualified number one with a 6.649 at 219.40. But his weekend would be ended early in round two by teammate Chris Connelly. Connelly who is hands down is the most consistent racer on the team was unstoppable taking the win and running a 6.795 giving him the points lead in Man Cup Pro Street.
Jean Gosselin entered Pro Open with his newly built DME Turbo/Header System and quickly set the record and earned the #1 qualifying position with a 6.48 at 206 mph. Jean Gosselin then went on to win the event and take the points lead to start his season.
XDA Season Opener
The team then headed to the XDA Season Opener with Dungian’s bike ready for battle and looking to get the GSXR in the records books. But first, they were on a mission to find a solution to the tire issue the pro classes are facing. Eddinger spoke with Eddie Krawiec at Vance & Hines, and he set them up with Dunlop to do some testing. Dunlop’s Business Development Manager, Chad Geer showed up on Thursday with a van full of tires for DME and HTP to test. DME brought Connelly’s Gold Pro Street bike to do the testing to not disrupt event testing.
First, pass out the Dunlop Sportmax Q4 produced an impressive 6.88. Eddinger and Sawyer were pleased with this performance, and so were the other teams who were ready to throw their money at the Dunlop rep to get their hands on one. They made another pass, this time running a 6.68, again on a bike that had been sitting for months untouched! This tire is officially ‘DME APPROVED.’
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This event was a complete turn around for Dunigan from Man Cup. With his bike back on track he qualified with a 6.648 at 220.73 mph. This personal best ET also sent him to the #6 spot on the Pro Street GOAT List and the top ten list for MPH making him the quickest 200lb Pro Street rider.
During qualifying, he competed in the Penske Racing Pro Street Shootout taking out Chris Moore and Ehren Litten to race Rodney Williford in the final. Rodney just made a 6.57 pass the round before, so Dunigan made sure he got the starting line advantage with a better reaction time. But Dunigan’s 6.675 would be no match for Williford’s 6.572, and he’d have to settle for runner-up.
The heavy hitters in Pro Street were all trying to be the first rider to run a 6.50 pass officially, and Connelly’s GSX-R1000 was a contender with Teasley riding. During Friday testing Teasley and Williford but the first side-by-side 6.50 pass on the board. Teasley ran a 6.52 at 214 mph, and Williford a 6.55 at 226mph. But it wasn’t official. On Saturday while everyone was competing for the first fifty, Andy Sawyer was putting a tune in the bike that would skip the fifties, all Teasley had to do was keep the beast tame for 1320 feet. And on a day that was experiencing crosswind conditions, it would be a task.
One the first attempt Teasley had to abort the pass to avoid the wall. Frankie Stotz was up a few minutes later on his Honda equipped with a DME Turbo/Header System and swingarm. He left the tree like a bullet, the front wheel stayed down, the bike went straight, and the scoreboards flashed a 6.581 at 204 mph making him the first racer to officially enter the 6.50’s!
The 6.50’s celebration would be short lived when round two of qualifying came around. Teasley was determined to put Sawyer’s tune down the track and bypass all the fifty nonsense. And he did just that with a 6.492 at 193.79 while lifting to avoid hitting the cones! Everyone at the starting line went wild! We now have the quickest Pro Street bike in history. Did we mention he was lifting?
Despite having the quickest bike on the property, Teasley, Connelly, and Dunigan would all fall in rounds one and two of competition of Pro Street.
Over in the new Pro Extreme class presented by DME Racing, there were three bikes in competition outfitted with the DME Turbo/Header System. Rob Garcia, John Collins, and Kevin Clark were racing for the first time this year under the watchful of Tuner Dan Wagner.
All three riders made it to the semi-finals, but it would be Kevin Clarke and Rob Gacia to face off in the finals at a chance for the first win of the season. And with a .0195 margin of victory, Clarke took the first win of the season with a .052 light running a 3.974 to Garcia’s .070 light and 3.975 ET. Clarke carried the front wheel from the tree through the finish line, showing how much power is in that bike.
And now for the big news, Terence Angela is back!!! Angela who has been on a hiatus building his new house in Aruba will return to racing action for the XDA MTC Summer Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park on May 31- June 2. Come out and see us!
2019 Wins this year by DME Racing equipped bikes are:
Kings of Grudge – The Jump Off
- Big Boy Heavyweights – Money Train / Swingarm
- BIG 8 Outlaws (NOS) – Side Bitch / Swingarm
- Hand Clutch Killaz – Quavo / Swingarm and Exhaust
Man Cup Season Opener
- Pro Open – Jean Gosselin / Turbo/Header System
- Real Street – Jeremy Teasley / Exhaust
NHDRO Season Opener
- Street ET – Dustin Lee / Everything we sell
XDA Spring Nationals
- Pro Street – First Racer to hit the 6.50’s – Frankie Stotz / Turbo/Header System and Swingarm
- DME Racing Real Street – ET Record 7.628 Jeremy Teasley / Exhaust
- DME Racing Real Street – Mark Hylton / Swingarm and Exhaust
- DME Racing Real Street B – Brad Stinnett / Swingarm and Exhaust
- Real Street Shootout – Mark Hylton / Swingarm and Exhaust
- Pro Extreme – Kevin Clark / Turbo/Header System
- Nitrous Bulls – Lavar Delee on High Roller / Swingarm
- Monster Bulls – Rendolf Torbed on Kastigala / Swingarm
- Pro ET – Jimmie Miller / Swingarm
PMRA Season Opener
- Ultra Street – Elyse McKinnon / Swingarm
- Ultra Street – Chad Townsend / Swingarm
- Pro Open – Scott Sober / Swingarm
Thanks to our Sponsors for their Continued Support
- Beringer Brakes
- Cometic Gaskets
- Dunigan Racing
- MAxxECU – Special thanks to Steve Nichols
- Owen Developments
- Penske Shocks
- RK Exel
- Robinson Industries
- Vance & Hines
- Vanson Leathers
- VP Racing Fuel
- Web Cams
- Worldwide Bearings
Quickest Pro Street bike in History
DME Racing continues their support as the Title Sponsor of the DME Racing Fall Nationals at Maryland International Raceway on September 20-22!
DME Racing also continues their support as the class sponsor of the DME Racing Real Street class. The DME Racing Real Street class has grown in the last year and is now seeing full fields. There are many new bikes coming out for 2019 and for this year we are starting a $5,000 to win DME Racing Real Street Royal Rumble 32-bike field to the Bike Bash event at VMP on August 23-25.
DME Racing is also a sponsor in the 2019 XDA contingency program. DME has posted a total contingency this year of $14,850 for their DME swingarms and oil pans with the DME logo.
DME Racing is also one of the sponsors of the $10,000 to win Orient Express Pro Street Battle Royale 32-bike field on Sept 20-22 at MDIR.
Support those that support your sport!
For more info on DME Racing, visit their website at www.dmeracing.com
2019 XDA Schedule 👇
Apr 26-28: MDIR
May 31-Jun 2: VMP
Jun 21-23: MDIR
Jul 26-28: MDIR
Aug 23-25: VMP
Sept 20-22: MDIR
DME Racing is best known for their sparkly painted Pro Street Team bikes, but if that’s all you know about DME Racing, you’re only scratching the surface.
At the beginning of the 2018 season, DME Racing owner Dimey Eddinger, and Tuning Specialist Andy Sawyer knew they would be in for a roller coaster of a year, but they planned for it. Last year Eddinger expanded his shop to accommodate more machinery, more bike lifts, and more staff. This year, you name it, and they have their hands in it, Turbos, Nitrous, Methanol, Pro Mods, Grudge, bracket bikes, even a Honda or two.
And while growing a business and a running a race team can create sleepless nights, Eddinger is winning in the risk department. And he has no plans of slowing down.
If you check out their social media pages, you will see they are always telling you to go out and support an event they are at. Very few companies in this industry rival the number of events that DME Racing sponsors, attends, or supports. “The growth of DME Racing is a direct result of the racers that trust us for their performance products,” said Eddinger, “I think it’s essential in our industry to give back and support the sport. If we are growing, the sport is growing, and our customers reap those rewards.”
Everyone is racing to win. But DME Racing knows that the secret sauce is the lesson in those wins. With every victory they consume, that’s a minimum of eight passes of data they just obtained, and that’s money in the bank. If they are winning, they are learning, and their customers are gaining on their competition.
“Every race season is a challenge,” said Sawyer. “We love what we are doing, and even when we struggle, we know it’s going to lead us right to where we need to be. Sometimes the path getting there is longer, but if this were easy, everyone would be doing it.”
So while the season is winding down for many racers, the build sheets are going up on the boards at the shop as Eddinger and his staff prepare for another hectic off-season. “We are busy, and I’m sure many people think the off-season is a time to wind down, but not for us. We are grateful to our customers and fortunate to have so many great sponsors and companies that work with us. We wouldn’t be where we are without them,” said Eddinger.
And this team has proof to show for their hard work, check out the list below of some of the winners so far this season. This is just a sampling of wins from their team and customer bikes. Team racers, Chris Connelly Jr. and Jeremy Teasley are both leading Pro Street Points at XDA and Man Cup respectively. Jeremy Teasley also leads the Dragbike.com BAMF points chase for the baddest sportsman racers in the country.
The whole team will be testing today as they prepare for another weekend of racing. See the team this weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park for the XDA Superbike Showdown.
When You’re Ready, stop by and talk to Dimey or Andy about your next bike build.
2018 Wins at a Glance
DME Racing equipped motorcycles
Kings of Grudge – March
Big 8 – Bad News
XDA – April
Pro Street – Jeremy Teasley #1 Qualifier 6.639 at 220.30
Real Street – Spencer Claycomb – Leading Points Chase / Record Holder
5.60 Index – Jeremy Teasley
Crazy 8’s – Dustin Lee
Man Cup – April
Pro Street – Jeremy Teasley – Leading Points Chase
Super Comp – Jeremy Teasley
NHDRO – April
Last Man Standing – Cash Is King
Pro Street – Frankie Stotz
Crazy 8’s – Dustin Lee
OSCR – April
Pro Street – Frankie Stotz
NHDRO – May
Pro Street – Luis Hornedo
Top Gas – Jeremy Teasley
Crazy 8’s – Tylan Beckelheimer
Street Fighter – Cameron Teasley
Kings of Grudge – May
Big 8 – Cash Is King
Big Boy Heavyweights – Pickin’ Pockets
Handclutch Killaz – Bando
Pro Extreme Kool-Aid
Pro Nitrous – Under the Influence
Pro Street – Jeremy Teasley
Real Street – Eddie Chapman – Record Holder
Top Sportsman – Wilson Burkhead
Street ET – Dana Mack
Kings of Grudge – June
Big 8 – Cash is King
Super Street Tire – Gas Monkey
Handclutch Killaz – Bando
Big Boy Heavyweights – Hit ‘Em Up
Man Cup – June
Pro Street – Chris Connelly Jr.
Super Comp – Spencer Claycomb
NHDRO – June
Pro Street – Gaige Herrera
Top Gas – Jeremy Teasley
Street ET – Jeremy Teasley
Pro Street – Chris Connelly – Leading Points Chase
Pro Street Shootout – Jeremy Teasley
5.60 – Jeremy Teasley
Crazy 8’s – Duane Jackson
Street ET – Dustin Lee
Pro Street – Frankie Stotz – Leading Points Chase
Top Gas – Jeremy Teasley
Street ET – Dustin Lee
DME Racing thanks their sponsors for continued support: Penske Shocks, NLR, Vanson Leathers, Lucas Oil, CP/Carillo, Web Cams, Worldwide Bearings, Cometic Gaskets, Robinson Industries, VP Racing Fuel, Dunigan Racing, DCE, MTC, APE, Vance & Hines, Beringer Brakes, and Owen Developments.
written by Dragbike.com editors, Tom McCarthy and Brandi Neithamer
Michael Daddio of Chicago is a very lucky man. Everyone gets a birthday, but few people can say they have two birthdays – and he’s one of them. It’s true, judge for yourself if you like. He was born on March 6, 1969, one of eight children. Then he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told he may not survive the emergency surgery needed to save his life, and when he awoke on August 30, 2011, he was born again into a new life, thanks to modern medicine.
You can argue this point if you like, but the tattoo on Michael’s arm has that second date inked into his flesh will not change, nor will his opinion that he’s been blessed with a second chance and given a second life. I don’t know if he plays the Lottery or not but in the lottery of life: Michael Daddio hit the big time.
If you further consider that Daddio, yes that’s actually his real last name, is a motorcycle drag racer and enjoys high-speed adventure 1320 feet at a time, you can understand why he may just be the luckiest man in the world. To up the ante here, he has a beautiful wife, Allison, four sons, Justin (30), Julian (29), Michael (29), Joshua (27) and two Grandsons, Justin (13) and Caleb (6) who love drag racing. That’s a lucky and rich man in anyone’s book right there.
Now add to this Michael Daddio has a great job. He is an underground cable splicer for Com Ed in Chi-Town, hard work and long hours yes. Earn his pay – you betcha; 16 hour days, 5-6 days a week, that’s what it takes. And with that money his bills are paid and with the help of his friends, his drag bikes are fast and furious.
Michael races typically in the Crazy 8’s, Street Fighter, and ET classes, as he has for years. His first win was at the last AMA/Dragbike event in the year 2010. Since his recovery from his cancer, he’s been racing all the classes as mentioned with Man Cup, NHDRO, and other sanctions. He’s even been lucky enough to turn Pro in 2018 by stepping up to the Pro Street class with the help of his close friends in Dunigan Racing. Jason Dunigan is a very close friend of Michael Daddio and this, of course, helps bring Daddio’s racing program under the umbrella of DME racing. Any motorcycle drag racer lucky enough to receive the advice and services of Dimey Eddinger and Andy Sawyer is fortunate indeed.
Michael started out on two wheels in the late 1980’s when he was taught by his older brother Kris how to ride a motorcycle, a 650cc Yamaha. Later in life, Michael purchased a 600cc Suzuki Katana as his first motorcycle, but that was not enough bike for him. In a matter of months, he moved up to a Suzuki GSX-R1100 and has been twisting throttles on the ultra-fast stuff ever since.
In the mid 90’s Michael had a friend, a co-worker, who was into drag racing and he invited Michael to the track one weekend. Well, one thing leads to another and in 1995, Michael Daddio found himself at the AMA/Prostar national event that year at the Indianapolis Raceway Park. There he saw the greats like Elmer Trett, Tony Lang, Ron Webb, Chris Hand in Top Fuel, and the whole cast of the world’s fastest drag bikes. He was hooked for life after that.
So his drag bike racing odyssey began then with his racing in the sportsman ranks. Until in 2011 life and cancer changed his whole world. He recalls “I had neck surgery in 2010 and after months of PT I began having pains in my side. They were so bad they doubled me over, but I was determined to work.”
His story unfolded like this: “I was at work, and my Foreman sent me home because I was too sick and in too much pain to work. Between my Foreman and my then Fiancé’ whose sister was an ER nurse at the time, together they convinced me I needed to go to a hospital and get checked out.” So, he ended up in the Presence Resurrection Medical Center where a lower GI Series of tests were ordered, including a Colonoscopy.
As the Colonoscopy began, the technician performing the procedure stopped early on and called immediately for the doctor on duty who called in the Oncologist Dr. Phillip Theodoropoulos, as what they saw was severe in the gravest extreme. “I was still under the effects of anesthesia when the doctors began trying to explain to me I had cancer and was in imminent danger of dying right then and there. My wife was freaking out, I was shocked, I thought I might be in for Appendicitis, but I was only 42 at the time and the youngest of eight kids. No one in my family had cancer at the time, so I thought how could this be?”
Michael’s lower bowel was so cancer-ridden, it was becoming infected, and he was in great danger of systemic infection and the loss of his life if the bowel burst. The doctors told him at the time, they needed to operate right now and even in doing so they could not guarantee his safety or that he’d come out of the operation okay. But this needed to happen right now. He gave them consent, and within the hour, he was under the knife with an experienced team fighting for his life.
When he awoke from the procedure, which took a lot longer than expected, on August 30, 2011, he was fortunate to be alive, but not out of the woods by a long shot. His aggressive Chemotherapy began right away. “Chemo sucked, I can tell you, I got really sick. I was already weak from not being able to eat before the operation, but after the operation and the Chemo, I went from 214 pounds to down to 163 pounds in a dangerously short period of time. I endured close to seven months of Chemo to beat cancer, but we did it.”
Every year, Daddio’s friends support him at the local cancer walk.
Michel Daddio may just be the luckiest man in the world. He’s been through a lot, and he’s still standing with a wife and a family who love him, an extended drag racing family cheering him on, and as of 2018 – he has no plans to slow down.
In fact, he’s taking his racing program to the next level.
For 2018 Daddio has decided it’s time to go faster and set new personal records. When he started working on his bike at the beginning of February he had no idea just what was about to happen to his winter upgrades. After a few phone calls to his friends, he got a response he had not anticipated. And what started as winter upgrades turned into a new bike build. With the help of great companies and good friends, the only thing original on his bike from 2017 is the frame!
His longtime friend Jason Dunigan gave him his digital dash, and then Chris Connelly donated a DME Racing swingarm, subframe and bodywork they were taking off one of his Pro street bikes. “It was like a dream, you don’t know what to say when people just offer to help you like that” said a grateful Daddio. “It’s an amazing feeling when your friends genuinely want to see you succeed.”
Daddio and Dave Dunigan began working on the bike and motor in Michigan, and before you know it, they were taking the bike over to North Carolina to DME Racing. The DME Shop during pre-season, as you could imagine, is wall to wall customer bikes, team bikes and everyone is working overtime. “I can’t thank Dimey and Andy enough” said Daddio. “I was grateful they were able to make time for bike, but then as you see them working and you look around the shop, you realize how much they have going on. I am not a Pro, I am just a sportsman racer, so that meant everything to me. We added a fairing stay, cut radiator and of course a DME Racing exhaust and lots of other DME components.
From there DME recommended the bike go to Ryan Schnitz at Schnitz Racing for wiring since he is close to my area. “Ryan exceeded my expectations. The wiring is beautiful, it was done fast and at a great price, I couldn’t be happier with my experience with him” said Daddio.
Then the bike heads back to Michigan to Dunigan’s to get ready for the first race of the season only a week away. Dave and Daddio but more time in getting the bike ready, but they were missing a few things, and after a call to DME, they decided they would have to finish it up at the track in Georgia. So off they go with an almost finished bike for one of the biggest season openers of motorcycle drag racing, Man Cup.
“By the time we made it to the track, I had hardly slept in days” said Daddio. “And not just because of getting the bike ready, I was so excited about this bike. I had never ran a 2-step before, the whole setup felt different, and it just came together so quickly. I hadn’t had time to process the countless hours that were spent traveling between North Carolina, Indy, Michigan, and Chicago in just two months.
“I still can’t believe how quickly DME can take an idea and turn it around to a complete bike build,” stated Daddio. “I can’t thank them enough for getting me race ready in such a short amount of time. The level of effort they put in on a sportsman bike is impressive.”
On the first day of testing at SGMP, it was all hands-on-deck to finish up the bike and get Daddio down the track. And it only took a few passes for him to break his personal record with a 7.86 on nitrous. You couldn’t get the smile off his face the rest of the weekend!
Since then Daddio has attended a few more races with plans to run Top Gas, Super Comp, Top Sportsman and Grudge this season. Last weekend at the NHDRO Motorcycle Madness event in St. Louis he made it to the semi-finals of Top Gas where he took a loss to teammate Jeremy Teasley. “I was still happy even after taking that loss to Jeremy” said Daddio. “It’s not always about winning. It was a good race, the bike ran well all weekend, and I had a lot of laughs with my race family. The Teasley’s helped me all weekend, Doug Gall gave me a place to stay at the track. I had fun!”
So with the bike tuned and going in the direction, Daddio now heads to Virginia Motorsports Park this weekend to make his debut in XDA’s Top Sportsman class. All his tuners and friends will be at this event and he is looking forward to a great event and possibly running another personal best ET.
Daddio would like to thank: First I thank God for all that he has given me, and the great people he has put into my life. Jason and Mr. Dunigan, they treat me like a real brother and son without hesitation. Chris and Chris Connelly Jr., for going out of their way to always help me, I am grateful. Dimey, Andy, and Terence Angela at DME Racing for all the long hours and hard work to build me an AWESOME bike in record time, and for the constant help and encouragement. Jeremy and Crow Teasley for never hesitating to stop and help me with my bike and pushing me from the pits to the starting line. Cecil Towner of HTP Performance for the countless hours helping with my Motec and more. Ryan Schnitz for his fantastic custom wiring harness on the new bike. Cole Seitzinger at Penske Shocks for always making sure my bikes are right. Brandi at Dragbike.com for being awesome and always checking on me. Dawn Grindle at Bates Leathers for my Sˆ2C [Stand up to Cancer] leathers. Phil Stoll for bringing me around Pro Street bikes when he rode for Ronnie Mitchell. Last BUT definitely not least my beautiful wife Allison and my family for always standing behind me and insisting I keep following my dreams.