DME Congratulates All-Star Shootout Winner Rodney Williford

event: DME Racing All-Star Pro Street Shootout
when: November 16-17, 2016
where: South Georgia Motorsports Park, Valdosta, USA

DME Congratulates All-Star Shootout Winner Rodney Williford

For the second straight year, motorcycle drag racing fabrication powerhouse DME Racing partnered with Dave and Jason Dunigan’s Dunigan Racing, and Chris Connelly and his Pro Stock Inc., to put on the DME Racing All-Star Pro Street Shootout. This $10,000-to-win event for the world’s quickest streetbikes was run on November 16-17, immediately preceding the 2017 Manufacturers Cup World Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta.

Mark Paquette didn’t win the first Shootout last year, but he did have the quickest bike—nearly the sport’s first 6.60 something pass with a 6.70. After parking the bike for a full year, Paquette was right back in the Georgia groove, qualifying number one this year and running another 6.70 to advance out of the first round.

After a round 2 bye, Paquette put a .000 light on Justin Shakir in round 3 and was beaming with confidence entering the semis. But that’s where it fell apart for Paquette and his teammate Bud Yoder. Yoder had a healthy staring line advantage over DME’s Jeremy Teasley, but number two qualifier Teasley’s DME power kicked in when he needed it and drove him around Yoder.

In the other semi, Paquette’s series of smooth passes came to an end and he lost to the man who did run the sport’s first 6.60something— Rodney Williford.

Williford has been the performance leader at Pro Street races around the country all year, and he entered the Shootout final round between 700 horsepower, street legal, turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusas with lane choice against Teasley. It was a great race, with Williford taking the tree by .014 and running 6.73 at 221.85 mph against Teasley’s 6.76 at 216.

Rodney capped off his dream season with the $3000 Man Cup race win and the $1000 bonus that goes with it, netting him a cool $14,000 for four days of racing. “It was an awesome event and I am just happy to be able to compete and run these crazy times and speeds we are running now,” said Williford. “I see the competition closing in so we have to try to find that next step in performance.”

Williford attributed his 2016 dominance to hard work and good choices. “We tested every chance we got in the offseason and found out would and would not work, so we just stayed focused on what did work with the chassis, clutch, and power management. We tried to stay in the window of what we knew worked and it kept us more consistent this year.

“Huge thanks to DME, the Dunigans and the Connellys for supporting our class the way they do and giving Pro Street racers some really exciting events to look forward to. As always I have to thank my wife Amber, Papa Jimmie and my whole race family and team who always pull together and make racing fun!”

Teasley was still excited despite the defeat. “What an awesome five days of racing,” said Jeremy. “It was a great shootout with 32 competitive Pro Street bikes at one race. Our bike was running great all weekend and gave Rodney a hell of a race but just came up a little short. I can’t thank the DME team enough for keeping it running fast for all five days of testing and racing.”

The Shootout also featured some of Europe’s best Super Street Bikes, invited to run under their own rules for the first time ever. Denmark’s Mogens Lund, Sweden’s Björn Friström, and multi-time British champion Steve Venables all packed up and made the trip. “It was absolutely fantastic!” said Venables. “Everyone made me so welcome that I didn’t want the week to end.”

“We were welcomed by everyone we met, and everyone said that they were happy that we made it,” said Lund, who coincidently raced frequent European opponent Venables in the first round of the Shootout. “I still can’t believe that I went there to the homeland of the sport we all love and made 13th in qualifying for the Shootout, only to race Ven, that I could have raced all year at home! What are the odds?

“I would like to thank everyone for making us feel welcome. This has been a dream coming true for me.”

“I was very pleased with the racing,” said sponsor and competitor Jason Dunigan. “It was some of the best racing and qualifying I’ve been a part of. Thanks to all the sponsors and competitors—I had a blast doing it!”

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support of the DME Shootout,” said DME’s Dimey Eddinger. “Thanks to the European competitors and fans, and special thanks to our team members and best friends. We had a great time and look forward to next year being bigger and better!”

As always, the event included a fabulous BBQ buffet and distribution of prizes sponsored by many of the sport’s greatest companies and individuals.

Watch this video of the Shootout dinner and prize giveaway:

 

DME Racing’s Jeremy Teasley Takes the NHDRO Top Gas Championship

Teasley’s Street Bike Charges by the Bar Bikes at NHDRO

Jeremy Teasley is hands down one of motorcycle drag racing’s most versatile and respected jockeys. Coming into the 2017 season Jeremy had 13 class championships, a Dragbike.com BAMF Title, and more event wins then we can keep track of. At the age of 26 Jeremy Teasley is someone that many racers admire and fear.

On any given weekend Jeremy will be running Pro classes like Pro Street and Real Street, then switching over to a street bike for index classes, while also jumping on a grudge bike or two. He has even had his hand in NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle class. In one weekend we have seen him ride 7 different motorcycles! His talent and skills are hard to match.

With all the classes that Jeremy runs, the Top Gas class is one he had his eye on this year for a championship.

Top Gas is a 8.20 Index class that was originally designed for wheelie bar bikes. In 2006 AMA Prostar amended the Top Gas rules to allow bikes without wheelie bars to enter the class. This rule change came into effect to accommodate Jason Miller’s MIROCK Outlaw class. This rule change gave those bikes a class to run in at the Prostar events. That rule originally required that non-wheelie bar bikes have a minimum of 74” of wheelbase. Since 2006 the class has evolved and the minimum wheelbase rule has disappeared. Thus, allowing production motorcycles to flood the class.

Even with the allowance of street bikes, wheelie bar bikes continued to dominate the winner’s circle for years. In 2015 we saw a shift in the Top Gas landscape. Alex Hughes took the Top Gas championship with the SDBA series with a win and a #1 qualifier at every event that year.

And in that same year NHDRO saw its first all street bike Top Gas final between Jeremy Teasley and Ben Knight at their Gateway International Raceway event. Both riders wanted that first Top Gas win, but when it came down to the wire Jeremy took the stripe on Ben running a 8.282 to Knight’s 8.293.

Jeremy took that win and from that moment on we knew a Top Gas championship was on the horizon. In 2016 Jeremy missed half of the NHDRO season but still managed to finish 7th in points with a win and runner-up that season.

 

With the 2016 season finally behind him, Teasley started the 2017 season on top with the announcement that he would be riding for the DME Racing/Pro-Stock Inc Pro Street team.

Even with the team responsibilities Jeremy has continued to run sportsman and grudge events and can typically be found at the race track on any given weekend and in the winner circle. Jeremy took a win in Super Comp, the 8.90 bar bike class, at Rockingham Dragway last month for the Man Cup event showing his diversity.

After that event Teasley headed back to Indianapolis for the final NHDRO race of the season. Jeremy had a battle ahead of him against Bradley Shellhaas and his bar bike. Shellhaas had a 65 point lead on Teasley going into the final event, and there were still two events to complete. On Saturday, the Summer Celebration race was contested and gave Jeremy his first chance to gain points. Jeremy met Shellhaas in round 3 and took the much-needed win over him to give himself the fighting chance he needed at the championship. With Bradley out, Jeremy was determined for a win that night. Despite making it to the final, Jeremy would not be able to declare a victory over competitor Jeremy England. Teasley cut his worst light of the day allowing England to squeeze by him for the victory.

England .059 / 8.215 / 155.40
Teasley .092 / 8.216 / 181.11

Despite the loss, Teasley and his team were unshaken. Shellhaas now only carried an 11 point lead over Teasley going into Sunday. Jeremy just needed to stay one round ahead of him if he wanted to win the championship. In round one Kevin Adams on his 2008 Hayabusa street bike took out Bradley Shellhaas while Teasley took a first-round win. Jeremy knew he had the championship wrapped at this point, but stayed focused on an event win. Jeremy took two more round wins before falling to Kevin Adams in the semi-final. Adams went on to win the event and put another notch on the board for the street bikes.

It was an exciting moment at Indy when we knew Jeremy had taken the first NHDRO Top Gas championship on his 2015 Suzuki Hayabusa street bike. Jeremy has a slew of championships and records to his name, but being the first to get there, is always an accomplishment that can’t be outdone.

Jeremy now gets to add this Championship to his list of ‘Firsts’:

First to run 212 mph on a Turbo Hayabusa (2012)
First Pro Street Bike in the 6.80’s (2014)
First Dragbike.com BAMF Title (2014)
– First street bike to win NHDRO Top Gas (2015)
– First street bike to take NHDRO Top Gas Championship (2017)

The landscape of racing has been changing since the speed of production bikes can now rival most purpose-built motorcycles at the race track. And with a good clutch hand, anything is possible.

Congratulations to Jeremy on his Top Gas Championship!

Jeremy would like to thank his family and sponsors for their continued support: HTP Performance, Brock’s Performance, DME Racing,Pro-Stock Inc, APE, Motec, Worldwide Bearings, Penske Shocks, MTC and 1 Stop Speed.

 

Originally posted on Dragbike.com
Written by Brandi Neithamer

Photos by Hot Rod Chrissy, Bland Bridenstine and Aries Xecutioner

Man Cup Adds Funds for Pro Street FIM Racers

The 41st annual Mann Hill Garage World Finals this November at South Georgia Motorsports Park will once again play host to the biggest Pro Street turnout of the year. Last year the DME Racing All-Star Pro Street Shootout was added to event featuring a 32 bike laddered field. The racing was exciting and the event was a huge success with Ehren Litten winning $10,000 in cash!

After last year’s event Dave and Jason Dunigan were immediately on board for a 2017 Shootout. “Pro Street is the class we race in and motorcycle drag racing is a passion we want to continually support. My Dad and I for the last 10 years have done whatever we can to help the sport and it’s riders,” stated Jason Dunigan. “We are really excited about having another big purse this year, along with over 10K in prizes from our sponsors. We are so thankful for all the support we have seen from within the industry and we know the racers will show up and support this event because of their involvement.”

With the second year on approach, the decision was also made to scale up the event to include riders from around the world to participate. In May it was officially announced to expand the event to welcome the FIM riders from Europe. (Click here to read full press release and rules). “To make this a true World Finals event it was a no-brainer to welcome the European riders into the event, especially since many expressed the interest in coming over to race,” said Man Cup Director Jay Regan.  “We have international involvement in our Pingel Top Fuel class, and fortunately for that class, Pingel has posted funds to help those guys travel over here. That caused some confusion with a pro street rider, and after speaking to him this past weekend, Dave Schnitz and I decided to put up our own money up to help the European racers. So we hope our goodwill will help anyone on the fence to possibly crate up their bike and come on over and have some fun with us.”

Murdoch Racing (MRE) and Schnitz Racing jointly will help fund the European SuperStreet bike riders by paying for their Shootout/Finals Pro Street tech card ($500.00). This only applies to riders that fit the current rule standards for the event. The bike and rider must have competed in at least one round of the 2016 or 2017 FIM series. This will not apply to a rider coming over to ride an American bike.

“We appreciate the involvement and conversation we have had with the European riders, and the support we have received from the U.S. riders that want to see these guys come over and race with us. The second annual DME Racing All-Star Pro Street Shootout and Man Cup World Finals will be a motorcycle drag racing event of biblical proportion and we look forward to making history,” said  Jay Regan.

Thanks again to all our sponsors for their continued support. Use the links below to support our sponsors and spread the word about this event.


Stay up to date on everything related to the DME Racing All-Star Shootout at www.prostreetshootout.com

For Pro Street Shootout related questions, Jason Dunigan can be reached directly by phone on 517-812-3220 or at Prostock99@aol.com via e-mail. For Man Cup Pro Street questions contact Jay at mrerace@gmail.com

Dunigan Racing

 

DME Racing and Pro Stock Inc. Join NHDRO for World Finals

DME Racing / Pro Stock Inc. World Finals
Lucas Oil Raceway – Indianapolis, IN
September 29 – October 1, 2017

DME Racing and Pro Stock Inc. Join NHDRO for World Finals

The NHDRO World Finals have always been a favorite of both racers & fans alike.  With the late September date at historic Lucas Oil Raceway park, the temperatures have generally cooled down and conditions are perfect for personal bests.  Add in the intense competition of crowning series champions and the event is poised for the cream of the crop to rise.

This year’s event is slated to be the biggest one to date, and NHDRO would like to welcome DME Racing/Pro Stock Inc. as the title sponsor for the event.  Back again for 2017 is the popular Pro Street Shootout that annually takes place at the finals.  Saturday night after qualifying, the $5,000 to win Pro Street Shootout will commence once riders draw their initial pairs.  “I’ve attended several NHDRO races this year and have been impressed with the attention that the series places on making sure the racers are happy.  They are very particular in track prep for the professional classes and I’m excited to be able to sponsor the shootout this year with Pro Stock Inc.,” said Chris Connelly.

 Fans of Pro Street will have plenty of action to see throughout the weekend.  A rain postponed August race means the September finals will feature two complete Pro Street races in addition to the Shootout on Saturday night.  Your first chance to catch these 200+mph street bikes will be Friday night with the first qualifier taking place.  “We absolutely love our Pro Street racers and do our best to provide record setting conditions at every event.  I’d like to thank Dimey Eddinger of DME Racing & Chris Connelly of Pro Stock Inc. for offering up such tremendous support for our season finale.  It truly is shaping up to be the biggest one yet,” said NHDRO President/Promoter Brian Welch.

There will be plenty of action in all the NHDRO categories including the always intense sportsman classes.  Top Gas, Super Comp, Crazy 8s, & Street Fighter will all be finishing up the rain postponed August race as well on Saturday at the finals.  With the exception of Street Fighter (which John Markham has dominated all year), the other three classes have very tight championship battles going on as they will head into the double-header season finale.  DME Racing is often thought of when Pro Street comes to mind, but Dimey Eddinger had this to say, “we love supporting the sport that allows us to make a living racing motorcycles and although we may be known for Pro Street/Grudge bikes, the sportsman racers are an integral part of EVERY motorcycle race.  We’re proud to have some of the best racers from every category using our products and I’m excited to sponsor the NHDRO World Finals.”

Pro Nitrous, Pro Open, & Pro Ultra will fill out the additional schedule of classes slated for the event.  The August event saw new faces in every category, including an east coast visit from Boo Brown in the Pro Ultra class.  Last but certainly not least, you’re guaranteed to see some action late Saturday night as grudge racing gets kicked up after the Shootout race.  NHDRO is looking forward to this historic World Finals and would like to thank DME Racing & Pro Stock Inc.

Current Pro Street Points Standing

Justin Doucet – 399
Doug Gall – 273
Rudy Sanzottera – 251
Gabe Frederick – 204
Bill Deshong – 150
Gaige Herren – 139
Jeremy Teasley – 134
Rodney Williford – 119
Ryan Hable – 119
Mike Kovacevich – 101
Frankie Stotz – 99
James Hendricks – 86
Brandon Mitchan – 84
Dave Roisen – 73
Al Mart – 63
Bud Yoder – 63
Brandon Coley – 56
Joey Jobbe – 55
Rob Aston – 45
Andrew Tolliv – 43
William Santana – 42
Ehren Litten – 42
Brandon Gosbell -35
Jake Henderson – 33
Mike Bayes – 32
Richard Gadson -32

Built to Win : Jeremy Rossi Wins with DME Racing

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Jeremy Rossi

Things Only A Mother Would Know – Kelly Rossi

 

If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be one of the Top Nitrous Grudge Bike Builders, Tuners and Riders in the South… Then look no further. If you ever wondered what it was like growing up Rossi, we have the inside scoop. If you ever wanted to know what drives a man to push harder than the next man to be the best and where the passion comes from… then you have to speak with his mother. The conversations with Kelly Rossi began about 2 years ago via social media where she shared stories with us. We were so amazed that we decided to write them down. Most mothers don’t like seeing there children join the sport of drag racing, but over the past 22 years she has been his biggest fan and she took the time to share these “Growing Up Rossi” childhood memories with the racing world.

By the way… He Builds Custom Baggers too

 

Born in 1982 in Reading, PA…. Jeremy Rossi was 1 of 5 kids. He was raised in Key West, FL and grew up learning to work on all types of engines (cars, boats, go-karts, etc…) with his father, Tony Rossi, who passed away from cancer in 1997 when Jeremy was only 15 years old. In 1992, when he was 10 years old, he was run over on his bicycle on the shoulder of the road in front of his house by a guy driving a US Navy van and was nearly killed.  The guy drove over his back and legs with the front and back tires of the van and then after noticing “a bump”, he backed up over him…running him over again.   

As a result, after spending over 6 months in the hospital in traction and a body cast & numerous surgeries at Miami’s Children Hospital to correct the damage done to his hip & legs, he had to go through extensive physical therapy to learn how to walk all over again. For many years after the accident, he was DEATHLY afraid to get on ANYTHING with wheels for fear of getting run over again. But he overcame that fear to go on to racing cars initially, then drag 4-Wheelers and now Motorcycles.   

 

Besides bikes, his pride and joy is his first car, his Dad’s 1967 Chevelle Convertible that he still owns.  Jeremy finished most of the work they had been doing on restoring it and he’s raced it at US19 Dragway in Albany, GA. Prior to his father passing away, Jeremy was a member of a Creative Customs Car Club in Key West. But because Jeremy was too young to drive, he and his Dad decided to work on Custom Model Cars. In that they invented a model car hydraulic system which they installed on their model cars and displayed at various Custom Car shows. As a result of that, Jeremy & his Dad’s “invention” were featured in an issue of Lowrider Magazine back in 1997.

 

His Dad taught him how to drive before he passed away and Jeremy got his license when he was 15.  He then bought a moped to get around Key West.  But of course, it wasn’t fast enough for him, so he began hopping up the engine to make it faster.  He was said to have the fastest moped in Key West, which also resulted in NUMEROUS speeding tickets at his young age.  He also raced it at US19 Dragway.   

#RossiPower

When he was 16, he got his 1st job at the “Fudge Cycle” in Key West working on bicycles of all things. Jeremy was 17 when we ended up relocating to Albany, GA in 1999 and he immediately began working at Albany Cycle Performance working on motorcycles, ATV’s etc.  He worked there for nearly 10 years before being urged by his boss (the owner of Albany Cycle Performance) and many others (after realizing his potential) to branch out on his own which is how he ended up opening his own shop, Rossi Performance and got into building and racing motorcycles professionally.

 

One last bit of information about Jeremy from his mother:  

Jeremy is color-blind which is probably why everything he owns is BLACK (from his car to his truck to his bikes) and he ONLY wears black at all times LOL – Kelly Rossi, “Words from a Mother”

 

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