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XDA Champions Win Battle with Mother Nature

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The 30th annual DME Racing Fall Nationals concluded the 2022 motorcycle drag racing season at Maryland International Raceway. XDA’s fifth season crowned thirteen champions as the MIROCK-IDBL-XDA legacy continues to evolve and grow.

This season featured the best showing of motorcycle drag racing action in fifteen different classes, with over $500,000 paid out in cash purse and $131,000 in contingency offerings.

Despite another season finale having rain forecasted for the weekend, the XDA staff did the job they are known for as they hustled to complete the race. “It’s never a great feeling when you see the chance of rain on top of your event, but it never deters the race because we have learned how to quickly adapt and push harder to get the job done,” said Jason Miller. “When you come to XDA we are always going to do what’s best for the racers and the event.”

XDA has released its 2023 motorcycle drag racing schedule featuring five events. XDA continues to adapt to the changing markets by reducing the season by one event and spreading them out, giving racers five weeks between events to recharge, rebuild, spend time with their families, and attend other events. Get these dates on your calendar now because 2023 will be bigger and better.

April 21-23 / Platinum General Services Spring Nationals / MIR

June 2-4 / MTC Summer Nationals / VMP

July 14-16 / WPGC Bike Fest / MIR

August 25-27 / FuelTech Bike Bash / VMP

Sept 29 – Oct 1 / DME Racing Fall Nationals / MIR

Orient Express Racing Pro Street

Winner – Rodney Williford

Runner-up – Greg Wallace

Champion – Rodney Williford

For the first time this season Rodney Williford was not the number one qualifier of the Orient Express Racing Pro Street class. Jason Dunigan came out of the shadows and blasted a 6.395 at 233.40 in the last round of qualifying, taking the number one qualifying spot. Jamie Lopes improved on his personal best in qualifying with a 6.491 and Ricky Wood with a 6.657. Kenny Brewer returned to racing action after taking a few races off to attend to family matters. Unfortunately, his return was dashed by mechanical failures that took him out of competition on Friday night.

In round one, Rudy Sanzottera, Jamie Lopes, Jason Dunigan, Greg Wallace, Rodney Williford, Darion Payne, Jordan Haase, and Curtis Brown all took wins. Since Williford already clinched the championship before the season finale, racers focused on making the top ten to qualify for the 26th annual Haltech World Cup Finals presented by Wiseco on November 2-6, 2022.

In round two Dunigan, Wallace, Williford, and Lopes all turned on win lights. Lopes ran a personal best of 6.455 at 228 mph, however, when Lopes rolled over the scales in tech, he was too light, and his run was DQ’d to reinstate Sanzottera back into the race.

In the semi-final, Wallace took out Dunigan while Williford took out Sanzottera. Wallace is no stranger to a final round, and he was looking for his first win of the season. Williford cut a .032 reaction time and blasted straight down the track; Wallace cut a slower .067 and was unable to catch Williford as they approached the finish line. Williford took his fifth win this season and the 2022 championship.

With the season complete, the top ten racers will look towards the November Pro Street Shootout sponsored by Platinum General Services where they will compete for $5,000 in cash purse at the 26th annual Haltech World Cup Finals presented by Wiseco on November 2-6, 2022. Racer qualified are: Rodney Williford, Jason Dunigan, Greg Wallace, Justin Shakir, Darion Payne, Gaige Herrera, James Waugh, Curtis Brown, Jordan Haase, and Ricky Wood.

DME Racing Real Street

Winner – David Stewart

Runner-up – Ralphie Navarro

Champion – David Stewart

The DME Racing Real Street class delivered the drama this past weekend as we watched all top three championship contenders struggle at some point. Rickey Gadson started out the weekend breaking the beams in qualifying because his motor was hurt, and he didn’t want to take the chance of not getting on the ladder if rain ended qualifying early. They worked all night and into Saturday to get ready for eliminations on Saturday night. Stewart also had mechanical struggles working through Friday night until the early hours of Saturday to get his bike ready for Saturday qualifying. Class champion Mark Hylton who sat third in points took the number one qualifying position with a 7.496 giving him the best footing going into eliminations.

Gadson, Stewart, and Hylton all took wins in round one and continued to battle in round two. Unfortunately for Gadson, he cut a -.005 red light against Drae Taylor, ending his season. Stewart took a win over Caleb Holt and Hylton took a win over Brittany Bohne. But at this point it was mathematically impossible for Hylton to take the championship and Stewart locked up the 2022 DME Racing Real Street championship before heading to the semi-final.

In the semi-final Hylton had mechanical troubles giving an easy win to Ralphie Navarro. On the other side of the ladder Stewart faced Drae Taylor who he was able to defeat with a 7.551 to a 7.641.

In the final Stewart would get the starting line advantage cutting a .091 light to Navarro’s .116, as they raced to the finish Stewart pulled ahead of Navarro to win the final event of the XDA season with a 7.607 to his 7.713.

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MaxxECU Pro Xtreme

Winner – Ronald Procopio

Runner-up – Tommy Saxton

Champion – Ronald Procopio

Ronald Procopio’s reign in MaxxECU Pro Xtreme continued at the season finale, but the competition didn’t make it easy. Tommy Saxon took the number one qualifying spot with a 3.905 for the only three-second run of qualifying. In round one of eliminations, the crowd witnessed three 3 second passes for wins to Saxon 3.915, Procopio 3.898, and Collins a 3.988. Procopio came into the event with only a three-point lead over John Collins. Collins and Procopio met in the semi-final where the winner of the round would be crowned the champion. Collins cut a -.008 red light against Procopio who ran a 3.886 to solidify his championship. Chris Cutsinger also red-lit in the semi-final to Tommy Saxton. And then Procopio was announced as the 2022 Champion before heading to the final. Procopio’s win makes four different champions in the last four years that Pro Xtreme has been contested at XDA.

Onto the final Procopio cut a .043 light on Saxon’s .054, but the starting line advantage would not come into play as Procopio’s rocket lit the board up with a 3.875 for a record run in the class! Procopio end the year with a record and championship to take into the off-season.

MaxxECU Pro Xtreme is presented by Billy Vose Racing, Fast by Gast, Dunigan Racing, DME Racing, Grothus Dragbikes, Harley Haul, Rob Bush Motorsports, Robinson Industries, Schnitz Racing, Timblin Chassis, and Worldwide Bearings.

HTP Performance Super Stock

Winner – Richard Gadson

Runner-up – Marquise Blake

Champion – Curtis McDougald

Curtis McDougald is your new 2022 HTP Performance Super Stock Championship. McDougald was leading the points coming into the event and officially clinched the championship when Darion Payne, who was right behind him in points, lost in round two. McDougald qualified number one with an 8.818 and looked to be on the path to another win, that was until he met Richard Gadson in round three. On a holeshot, Gadson took the win over McDougald, and then went on to win against Caleb Holt in the semi-final before going to the final. Gadson would meet Marquise Blake in the final, and it was both riders first final round appearance of the year in HTP Performance Super Stock. With close reaction times, both riders left side-by-side, but Gadson’s ZX-14 would pull away from Blake to take the stripe first and win with an 8.872 to Blake’s slower 9.027.

Boosted Bulls

Winner – Craig Elliot / Cotton Mouth

Runner-up – Geoff Godfrey / Minion

Champion – Frankie Stotz / Reddi-Wip

Malcolm Phillips came into the DME Racing Fall Nationals leading the Boosted Bulls class with a two point lead over Frankie Stotz. When Phillips failed to enter the class, he handed the championship to Reddi-Wip’s pilot.

In event eliminations Geoff Godfrey on ‘Minion’ drew a first-round bye that would put him in the final against Craig Elliot on ‘Cotton Mouth’. They both had a good start to the round, but there wasn’t enough minion power to keep up with Elliot as his win light lit up the boards.

APE Nitrous Bulls

Winner – Malcolm Phillips / Striptease

Runner-up – Lavar Delee / High Roller

Champion – Desmond Spalding

Desmond Spalding started the 2022 XDA season with a win in APE Nitrous Bulls and continued to win enough rounds to clinch the championship before the season finale. Spalding aboard ‘Show Nuff’ took a loss in round two to Lavar Delee on ‘High Roller’. Delee went on to win in the semi-final over Ken Grate on ‘In Too Deep’ to earn a spot in the finals against Malcolm Phillips.

Phillips aboard ‘Strip Tease’ knocked out Antonio Patton/FTW, Caleb Holt/Apocalypse, and Garnell Claudle/Mama Lia on his way to Saturday’s final round under the lights. Delee was blowing on the dice off the starting line, but his numbers would not hold as Phillips took it all off to turn that win light on for the win of the night.

3 Sixty 5 Monster Bulls

Winner – Josh Eubanks / Belmont

Runner-up – Antonio Williams / Flawless Victory

Champion – Spencer Claycomb

Spencer Claycomb held a twenty-four-point lead over Antonio Williams coming into the final event for the 3 Sixty 5 Monster Bulls class. Williams aboard ‘Flawless Victory’ was on a mission to take the championship from Claycomb as he won every round on his way to the finals, including taking out Claycomb in the semi-finals. Josh Eubanks on ‘Belmont’ was doing his job on the other side of the ladder, taking wins over Howard Gerken/Son of Sam and John James/Dope Sick to meet Williams in the final.

If Williams could win the final round he would also win the championship. But we aren’t writing fairy tale endings, and ‘Belmont’ blasted down the eighth-mile taking the win and crushing Williams hopes for a championship. Claycomb on ‘Under the influence’ held the points lead by eleven points for his first 3 Sixty 5 Monster Bulls championship.

Tommie’s Motorsports DMV Bulls

Winner – Malcolm Phillips / No Cap

Runner-up – Brysen Bender / Dime Piece

Champion – Malcolm Phillips / No Cap

Malcolm Phillips may have lost the championship in Boosted Bulls, but he took a win in APE Nitrous Bulls and then snatched the DMV Bulls championship for himself Saturday night. Going into the DME Racing Fall Nationals Aubrey Valentine led the points with John Carter and Malcom Phillips right behind him.

While Valentine was focused on staying in front of Carter, and Carter was focused on beating Valentine, Phillips Tip-Toe-Burglared his way to the championship. Valentine and Carter took losses in rounds one and two while Phillips on ‘No Cap’ kept winning to a fourth-round final. There Phillips faced Brycen Bender on ‘Dime Piece.’ Phillips was tucked and rolling and there was no way for Bender to overtake his performance as Phillips made a straight hard pull pass to the finish line for the event win and the championship.

Tommie’s Motorsports All Motor Bulls

Winner – David Fondon / Bad Bitch

Runner-up – Deshaun Jones / Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde

The Friday night Tommie’s Motorsports All Motor Bulls class was once again dominated by David Fondon on ‘Bad Bitch.’ Edward Thomas on ‘Da Setup’ won the first two events of the season, and Fondon has won the last four. Deshaun Jones on ‘Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde’ was Fondon’s latest victim as he easily turned the win light on for his fourth straight win this season.

Vance & Hines 4.60

Winner – Wes Hawkins

Runner-up – Ron Bonitatis

Champion – Ronald Procopio

Going into the final event of the 2022 season, Ronald Procopio clinched the Vance & Hines 4.60 championship and could not be dethroned. So, when Procopio lost in round four, while disappointing, he was still smiling as the class champion three years running. We have a feeling we will see bounties placed on him next season.

On Saturday, Steven Shriver Sr secured the number one qualifying spot with the only perfect 4.600 pass over forty-six other competitors. Shriver didn’t make it past round three when he broke out, taking a loss to Rick Bunting. Wes Hawkins and Ron Bonitatis were both on their ‘A-Games’ as they rolled into the beams for the season’s final round. Hawkins cut a .007 reaction time that would give him a big advantage over Bonitatis’s slower .074. As they both raced to the eighth-mile finish, Bonitatis would be run a quicker 4.627 over Hawkins 4.631, however, Hawkins better reaction allowed him to get to the finish first and turned on his win light.

1 Stop Speed 5.60

Winner – Mike Sweeney

Runner-up – Dustin Lee

Champion – Dustin Lee

In 1 Stop Speed 5.60 Nick Noble held on to the points lead all season and went into the final with a thirty-one points over Dustin Lee. In round one of eliminations, Noble opened the door for Lee to overtake the lead when he lost to Mike Schulz. Lee didn’t let the opportunity pass him by as he went on to win all his rounds to make it to the final. And with a final round appearance, he sealed the championship despite what the final round would produce.

With the championship secured, Lee had looked to end the weekend with a winner circle finish, but first, he would have to take down Mike Sweeney. Unfortunately for Lee, Sweeney wasn’t prepared to let him have his way. Lee did cut the better light with a .054 to Sweeney’s .067. But when it came to passing that eighth-mile flag, Sweeney would get there quicker running a 5.637 to Lee’s slower 5.638 and taking the event win.

Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman

Winner – Kevin Adams

Runner-up – Boo Brown

Champion – Jimmie Miller

Jimmie Miller went into Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman with a nineteen point lead over Robin Procopio and George Shriver. Both Shriver and Procopio lost the first round making Miller’s only focus now on Dustin Lee, who was forty points behind him. Miller took a loss in round three, and lucky for him, so did Dustin Lee. With Lee losing the same round Miller’s championship status was announced over the PA for him to start celebrating.

Only thirty-two riders can qualify for the quickest bracket class in XDA. Ben Knight would take the top qualifying spot with a 7.532, while Delaware racer James Farmer would round out the field in the thirty-second position with an 8.167 ET. Farmer would take out Knight in round one when Knight went red on the tree. In round two Boo Brown would put Farmer on the trailer as he made his way to the final round to take on Kevin Adams. Brown would create his own demise as he went -.001 red to give Adams the event win at the starting line.

MPS Racing Pro ET

Winner – Louis Green

Runner-up – Derrick Milbourne

Champion – Dustin Lee

Going into the DME Racing Fall Nationals Dustin Lee had a forty-point lead in MPS Racing Pro ET, with Jimmie Miller hot on his trail. On Sunday Lee took a fourth-round loss, and luckily for Lee, Miller lost that same round and secured his position for another Pro ET championship.

Louis Green Jr and Derrick Milbourne made it past the fourth round and landed themselves in the eighth round final after defeating the other 118 competitors in the class. Green was running deadly close to his dial-in round after round, but he was going up against champion racer Derrick Milbourne and there could be no room for errors. Green dialed a 9.11, Milbourne a 8.82. Green with a slower dial-in left the tree first and cut a better light, .018 to Milbourne’s slower but still capable .032 reaction. When they got down to the finish line Milbourne gave up the stripe running an 8.875 while Green ran a closer 9.133 to take the win.

Brock’s Performance Street ET

Winner – Ashawn Hopkins

Runner-up – Donta Yates

Champion – Mark Blake

In Brock’s Performance Street ET, over 150 racers have entered the class this year making it another tough season. Mark Blake was winning many rounds this season, and with one event win he kept himself out in front of the competition to earn himself the 2022 Championship.

In weekend racing Ashawn Hopkins and Donta Yates didn’t let the weather affect their mindset as they stayed focused to turn on six-win lights before they met in the finals. Hopkins dialed a 9.41 and Yates a 9.14. They raced their Suzukis to the quarter-mile finish line with virtually identical reaction times. Hopkins turned on his win light with a closer 9.434 ET to Yates’s 9.178.

The 2023 will begin XDA season will begin on April 21-23 at MIR, mark your 2023 calendar now and don’t miss a weekend of racing with the quickest and fastest sanction in the country.

Visit xdaracing.com for event information, class rules, payouts, entry fees, schedule, and more.

About XDA Racing : The Xtreme Dragbike Association (XDA) is an east coast motorcycle drag racing series with 700+ motorcycle racers competing at each event. Every XDA event hosts professional classes, sportsman classes, grudge racing and a vendor midway. Lifestyle activities such as bike shows, bikini contests, DJ and live bands are also held at select events. For more information on the XDA, please visit xdaracing.com or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @xdaracing

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RevZilla Celebrates Grand Opening of its New Storefront

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RevZilla Celebrates Grand Opening of its New Storefront in Newport Beach
The leading online powersports brand launches its latest brick-and-mortar experience with a three-day event

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Sept. 26, 2022 —

RevZilla, the largest digital platform for moto-enthusiasts worldwide, is celebrating the grand opening of its new location in Southern California. This is RevZilla’s first California retail location and the brand’s fourth store nationwide. The new storefront has received an overwhelming “welcome” from the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa riding communities and RevZilla is throwing a grand opening MotoBash event on September 30 – October 2 to thank the community.

“Southern California has always had a strong riding culture and we’re honored to serve the community that’s embraced us since our inception,” said Stevan Popovich, Chief Business Develop ent Officer, Comoto Family of Brands. “This new location gives RevZilla access to one of the largest retail markets in the U.S. and offers our customers yet another in-store experience where they can engage with the RevZilla brand firsthand, along with other local riders.”

RevZilla will be hosting a grand opening event at the new store (1812 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, Calif., 92627) from Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. PT each day.

Throughout the weekend, the public is invited to celebrate the opening with several fun—and free—activities at the store, including:

  • Meet RevZilla Media Hosts Ari Henning and Jen Dunstan
  • See the Yoshimura Racing R7 motorcycle that Ari Hemming raced in the MotoAmerica round at Laguna Seca this summer
  • Enjoy live music, food and refreshments
  • Participate in moto-giveaways* throughout the weekend. Winners will receive a variety of items from gloves to helmets and much more

RevZilla is the leading online destination for all things motorcycling with the largest selection of helmets, apparel and accessories, and the most in-depth content catalog of riding education and entertainment. The RevZilla in-store experience is an extension of the beloved online brand, bringing the Gear Expert level of motorcycle apparel to help riders find the best solution for their needs.

The Newport Beach location will regularly host community events and feature a full line-up of motorcycle gear including helmets, men’s and women’s apparel, race suits, parts and more. The retailer has been the go-to brand for riders across the globe for more than a decade and is excited to bring a new brick-and-mortar location to the ever-growing Southern California rider community.

Members of the media, community members and residents are invited to join the grand opening festivities. For more information on RevZilla and the new store, please visit https://www.revzilla.com/newport-beach.

*Interested parties must register onsite and be present to win

About Comoto Family of Brands : Comoto is America’s largest and fastest growing omni-channel platform in the powersports aftermarket-products industry, dedicated to advancing the experience of moto-enthusiasts across the globe. Comoto’s brands, RevZilla, Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles, and REVER deliver premium products, dedicated expertise, engaging media, and passionate customer support of the rider community through best-in-class eCommerce and retail
experiences.

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King of the Baggers Championship Season Recap

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TYLER O’HARA CAPTURES 2022 MOTOAMERICA MISSION KING OF THE BAGGERS CHAMPIONSHIP FOR INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RACING AND S&S CYCLE

Riding the Mission® Foods S&S® Indian Challenger, O’Hara’s Consistency Through the Seven-Round MotoAmerica Series Carries Indian Motorcycle Over Rival Harley-Davidson to Reclaim Coveted Crown

Minneapolis, MN. (September 14, 2022) – This past weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Tyler O’Hara battled through rain-soaked conditions to finish second in the Main Event, earning the necessary points to capture the 2022 Mission King of the Baggers (KOTB) Championship for Indian Motorcycle Racing and S&S® Cycle. This is the second KOTB Championship in three years for O’Hara and the Indian Motorcycle Racing-S&S team in the increasingly popular MotoAmerican bagger-racing class.

O’Hara’s 2022 Championship run was a picture of consistency throughout the seven-round series. The Petaluma, Calif. native captured five podium finishes over seven rounds; including a victory at the Daytona Speedway season opener, along with two fourth-place finishes aboard his ever-reliable Mission® Foods S&S® Indian Challenger. This year’s Championship came at the expense of Harley-Davidson Screaming Eagle rider Travis Wyman, who entered the series’ final round with a three-point lead in the Championship point race, only to see his hopes literally slip away when he crashed midway through the second lap while frantically chasing O’Hara through the rain soaked circuit in New Jersey.

It was an afternoon rainstorm that spoiled the best-laid plans for points leader Wyman and served up a golden opportunity for O’Hara and teammate Jeremy McWilliams, who both thrive in wet conditions. Starting from the fourth and fifth positions respectively, O’Hara and McWilliams jumped out to a fast start, overtaking Wyman and Vance-Hines Harley Davidson rider James Rispoli and moving into second and third position respectively coming out of turn one. This allowed McWilliams to slow the pace for the field behind him, including Wyman, and create breathing room for O’Hara who consistently maintained pace behind race leader Kyle Wyman.

With an added level of urgency thanks to McWilliams’ stifling efforts, the younger Wyman made an aggressive outside pass on McWilliams and immediately began aggressively pushing to close the gap with O‘Hara, ultimately low-siding and sliding into the infield late into the second lap. Although he was able to get back on his bike and continue the race, Wyman fell to the back of the pack, while O’Hara stayed close behind the older Wyman brother, holding his second-place position to the finish and capturing his second KOTB Championship.

“Even though it’s one rider that earns the Championship, this was a situation where the support from Jeremy and our ability to work together made all the difference, and I could not be more grateful for his support and the tireless work of my entire Indian Motorcycle-S&S team,” said O’Hara. “Every member of this team sacrificed so much of themselves over this past year and to stand on that podium and celebrate this Championship with them is a testament to our commitment and nothing short of a dream come true. I’m so proud to reclaim the crown and the number-one plate for such an incredible and talented group of guys who put their hearts and souls into this season.”

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McWilliams, a veteran road racer of Moto GP fame, joined the Indian Motorcycle-S&S factory team at the start of the 2022 season. Along with a virtually unmatched level of experience and skill that resulted in a Round Two victory at Daytona and fourth-place finish overall, McWilliams brought an invaluable wealth of knowledge to the team. His technical input and collaboration with Indian Motorcycle-S&S engineers and mechanics throughout the season allowed the team to continually evolve, refine and improve the Indian Challenger, optimizing set ups specific to track conditions at each and every round.

“Jeremy’s expertise and experience, combined with Tyler’s skill and competitive fire is something truly special,” said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Service and Technology for Indian Motorcycle. “When you back those two guys up with the expertise, commitment and heart of this entire Indian Motorcycle-S&S crew, you come away with a Championship. On behalf of everyone at Indian Motorcycle, I could not be prouder of our team and what we’ve accomplished this season.”

Ultimately, it’s the commitment of the entire team, including the engineers and mechanics behind the riders, that makes the difference between winning or losing a championship. This was no better evidenced then by the consistency of O’Hara and his Mission® Foods S&S® Indian Challenger throughout the entire season. Not only did O’Hara’s #29 bike finish every race during the season without fail, it never finished lower than fourth place.

“This Championship is the result of the sacrifices and commitment made by each and every member of our team – so many days on the road away from their families and sleepless nights working to ensure our bikes were dialed-in for Tyler and Jeremy,” said Jeff Bailey, S&S Cycle Crew Chief. “Every member of our crew played a critical role, making unique sacrifices and sharing in the highs and lows we experienced together throughout the season, and that’s truly what makes this Championship so gratifying. I could not be prouder of this group of incredible individuals.”

Sponsors for Indian Motorcycle Racing’s King of the Bagger efforts include Mission® Foods, S&S®, Medallia, Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited.

To learn more about each race team, visit SSCycle.com, RolandSands.com, Saddlemen.com and LloydzGarage.com.
For information about Indian Motorcycle, visit IndianMotorcycle.com, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® : Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

ABOUT S&S® CYCLE : S&S® Cycle was born from a passion for racing and has spent over six decades building performance for the powersports market. Their unwavering focus on quality, reliability and top shelf power has made S&S® Cycle the absolute leader in high performance on the street and track.

ABOUT MISSION® FOODS : MISSION®, owned by GRUMA, S.A.B. de C.V., is the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps. MISSION® is also globally renowned for flatbreads, dips, salsas and Mexican food products. With presence in over 112 countries MISSION® products are suited to the lifestyles and the local tastes of each country. With innovation and customer needs in mind, MISSION® focuses on the highest quality, authentic flavors, and providing healthy options that families and friends can enjoy together. For more information, please visit www.missionfoods.com

LiveWire becomes the first EV motorcycle company to list on the NYSE

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Harley-Davidson, LiveWire and AEA-Bridges Impact Corp Announce Closing of Business Combination

• LiveWire raises approximately $334m in gross proceeds
• LiveWire becomes the first EV motorcycle company to list on the NYSE
• Trading beings on September 27th under the new ticker “LVWR” on the New York Stock Exchange

MILWAUKEE, NEW YORK and LONDON (September 27, 2022)  —
Harley-Davidson, Inc. (“Harley-Davidson”) (NYSE: HOG), the world’s most desirable motorcycle company, and AEA-Bridges Impact Corp. (“ABIC”) (NYSE: IMPX), a special purpose acquisition company with a dedicated sustainability focus, sponsored by executives of AEA Investors and Bridges Fund Management, today announced the completion of their previously announced business combination under which LiveWire EV, LLC (the “Company”), Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle division, combined with ABIC, to create a new public company.

The business combination was officially approved at an extraordinary general meeting by ABIC stockholders on September 16, 2022. Upon completion of the business combination, the combined public company will operate as LiveWire Group, Inc. (“LiveWire”) and its common stock and warrants will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the symbols “LVWR” and “LVWR WS,” respectively today, September 27, 2022.

Through this combination, LiveWire will become the first and only EV motorcycle company in the U.S. to list on the NYSE.

“This transaction represents a proud and exciting milestone for LiveWire towards its ambition to become the most desirable electric motorcycle brand in the world,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, and Chairman and CEO of LiveWire. “We believe LiveWire is well positioned to define the two-wheel EV market, and we’re excited about the future – in celebration of our listing today, we’re pleased to open reservations for the production version of the S2 Del Mar for the U.S. market.”

LiveWire will be ringing the opening bell at the NYSE today, to celebrate LiveWire’s public listing

Soulful by design, LiveWire is transforming the everyday into urban adventure and beyond. Building a future for riders differentiated by look, sound, and feel. LiveWire is leading the electrification of motorcycling by means of design, software and experience. Backed by 119-years of engineering and manufacturing heritage but with the agility of a start-up, LiveWire is well positioned to define the future of two-wheel EV.

About LiveWire
LiveWire is the future in the making for the pursuit of urban adventure and beyond. Drawing on its DNA as an agile disruptor from the lineage of Harley-Davidson and capitalizing on a decade of learnings in the EV sector, LiveWire’s ambition is to be the most desirable electric motorcycle brand in the world. With a dedicated focus on EV, LiveWire plans to develop the technology of the future and to invest in the capabilities needed to lead the transformation of motorcycling. LiveWire benefits from Harley-Davidson’s engineering expertise, manufacturing footprint, supply chain infrastructure, and global logistics capabilities. Innovating by design and attracting industry-leading talent, LiveWire is headquartered virtually, with initial hubs in Silicon Valley, CA (LiveWire Labs) and Milwaukee, WI. www.livewire.com

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About Harley-Davidson : Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Our vision: Building our legend and leading our industry through innovation, evolution and emotion. Our mission: More than building machines, we stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul. Our ambition is to maintain our place as the most desirable motorcycle brand in the world. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has defined motorcycle culture by delivering a motorcycle lifestyle with distinctive and customizable motorcycles, experiences, motorcycle accessories, riding gear and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides financing, insurance and other programs to help get riders on the road. www.harley-davidson.com

Advisors : J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial advisor to Harley-Davidson, and Latham & Watkins LLP acted as legal counsel to Harley-Davidson. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC served as financial advisor and capital markets advisor to ABIC. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. served as capital markets advisor to ABIC. Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal counsel to ABIC.

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NHDRO Caps Season in Beautiful Racing Weather at Norwalk

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Beautiful Racing Weather at Norwalk

event: NHDRO’s Midwest Fall Nationals presented by Liguori Drag Racing
when: September 16-18, 2022
where: Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio, USA
NHDRO’s Midwest Fall Nationals presented by Liguori Drag Racing finished off the Midwest’s largest motorcycle drag racing series’ season in true NHDRO style—family, festive, high stakes fun at unquestionably one of the top-tier tracks in the world: Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Norwalk was the final event of a 2022 NHDRO season that saw three race days at each and every event, maximizing racer paybacks for their travel dollar in a time of high expenses for all travellers. Champions were determined in all classes following two full points races on Saturday and Sunday, plus the usual NHDRO Friday night shootouts.

Schnitz Racing Top Gas and Shootout
There are no bigger advocates for Summit Motorsports Park than Cleveland’s Adams family, so it is only fitting that Craig and Kevin Adams had so much success at the NHDRO race—including sweeping both Schnitz Racing Top Gas points races.

Craig and his wheelie bar dragbike faced tough competition in Saturday’s final against no-bar racer David Beshara—winner on both days of the recent Edgewater event.

But Craig’s .018 light vs. Beshara’s .047 laid a table that Beshara couldn’t clear, despite running dead-on 8.20 with a 9, and Adams was able to win with an 8.22 at 28 miles per hour less than Beshara.

“Faced some really tough racers, lucky to come out with the win,” said Craig. “Had to race my brother second round in a really tight race.

“Thanks to Dad, Gary Godwin, Kevin, Gavin, Niki and Brian Welch, the Short family, Ligouri Racing, my wife Jill, and Eatmyink for the great coverage as always.”

Mike Puglia was Saturday’s number one qualifier.

The roles were reversed in Sunday’s final, with Craig’s brother Kevin riding a no-bar Suzuki Hayabusa against dragbike racer Bradley Shellhaas—also a member of a racing family.

This time around, both racers had awesome lights, with Shellhaas’ .019 only .001 behind Adams. Bradley broke out by .002 while Kevin ran 8.203 on the 8.20 index—what a race!

“What an awesome weekend with family and friends!” said Kevin. “To be able to race at the best track in the country and what I consider the best motorcycle sanction out there, NHDRO!

“Friday started out slow, losing a tight race in Top Gas Shootout, but got to test our brand new bike on motor and was very successful.

“Saturday, again lost a tight race to my brother in Top Gas, but the good news was he went on and won and I ended up runner-up in Super Comp.

“And for Sunday, wow, what a day to be able to get to the finals of Super Comp and Top Gas and end up winning both against very tough competitors, and made it to the semifinals in Street ET and lost another close race.

“I want to thank Greg and Maria Kubach for being great friends and giving me such awesome bikes to race, Joe Marasco, my dad, my wife Brianna Adams, and my sons Connor and Gavin for all their help and support.”

Friday’s Schnitz Racing Top Gas Shootout winner was Doug Fisher, who bypassed a race at his home track 131 Motorsports Park in Michigan to come race with NHDRO at Norwalk.

Wheelie bar racer Fisher beat no-bar racer Michael D’Addio in the Shootout final. “The bike went 8.202 out of the trailer,” said Fisher, who also went to two semifinals.

“Thanks Richard Gadson for the tuning and pit help. David Beshara said ‘You hired a tuner.’ I replied ‘He’s fam.’

“Thanks also to Donna Fisher for going and Alexis Baker for the great food and support.

“The long rollout got us Saturday and Sunday.”

Defending and once again Schnitz Racing Top Gas champ Jeremy Teasley came up winless in the class on this particular weekend, but retains his championship regardless.

“My plan was to do better in Top Gas, but I ended up with the Super Comp win—just as good but not as many points as I wanted,” said Teasley. “I knew Jeremy England was right behind me in Top Gas, but still squeezed out the championship at the end.

“Want to thank Brian and Niki Welch for the awesome event, can’t wait till next year.”

Sunday Top Gas number one qualifier Ceslie Shellhaas ended up feeling fortunate that her progress through the field was stopped midday.

“I made my Top Gas bye run and lost the right wheelie bar panel,” said Ceslie. “Ran second round of Pro ET and won. Then came up for third round of Pro ET and the bike died twice after my burnout, so I backed out and went back.

“We made some adjustments and the bike started just fine. I went ahead and took the left panel off before heading up for Top Gas second round. I got a rag and started to wipe the bars down and when I got to the side I had just removed, the bottom bar was completely broken. And then after checking the other side again it was starting to crack along the same spot.”

So in retrospect, it was a good thing that the panel fell off, that her bike died in Pro ET, and that she took the other panel off and discovered the crack. Hitting those broken bars in Top Gas might have proven disastrous.

MTC Super Comp 8.90 index
As Kevin Adams has already mentioned, he won Sunday’s MTC Super Comp 8.90 index, beating Greg “Magnet” Mallett in the final. Kevin (also the number one qualifier) nailed a perfect .000 light that left Mallett dazed to an .084. Kevin ran .040 slower than Greg and still won.

Adams runner-upped on Saturday to Jeremy Teasley. Jeremy’s .010 light put .032 on Kevin at the get-go, and Teasley was able to take the win with an 8.96 at only 150 mph to Adams’ 8.95 at 155.

The Super Comp and Pro ET championships were won by Joe Klemme, who also won Saturday’s MPS Pro ET race. “This late in the season and in my career, I was still trying some new things at the starting line and on the track,” said Klemme. “Some of those things helped and some didn’t, but if you don’t try new things you will be just like everyone else.

“My win in Pro ET on Saturday and semifinal finishes in Super Comp on both days was, as always, a total team KPM Racing effort. I would like to thank my teammates Tom Klemme (also Joe’s brother), Tim Genung, and John Mealy for all their help at the shop and on the track. Also thanks to KPM and Ed and Bradley Grothus at Grothus Dragbikes for their continued support.

“Our team’s success this weekend secured the championships in Pro ET and Super Comp. I would like to dedicate these two championships to my late sister Judy Grothus and uncle Roger Klemme, who we lost recently.”

MPS Racing Pro ET
As mentioned above, Joe Klemme won the MPS Pro ET championship and Saturday’s race. Pete Chongris runner-upped, his .035 light no match for Klemme’s .009. Chongris ran closer to his 8.95 his dial-in, but Klemme was close enough to his own 9.28.

Kyle Dolamore won an “all-Dolomite” final on Sunday against his cousin Steven Dolamore. Kyle put .033 on Steven at the tree to pretty well settle this one, as Steven broke out by more in the double breakout race.

“Me and my cousin both actually lost first round and didn’t wanna buy back ’cause we were both frustrated about us messing up the race, and my father talked us into buying back,” reported Kyle. “As I’m putting the body on the bike to head to the lanes, I remember looking at my brother and going ‘I’m about to wear some people and everybody is in trouble and better stay outta my way cause I’m winning this damn race now.’”

And true enough, he did. “This win was special to me because exactly six years ago I won my first race, and that was the Division 3 bracket finals, so winning again on that same day six years later and it being my second win ever was just something special! Along with it being my first ever win at my home track on a dragbike!

“One of the coolest things was finally winning with my grandparents Terry and Hedi Dolamore at the track. My grandfather is the one who got all of us into racing, so finally getting him in my winner circle photo has been a goal of mine since I started racing. And doing it in the fashion of it being an all-family final and the first time we ever did that just put the cherry on top!

“Just want to thank my family for everything they have done and always supporting me, especially my dad Tony for always making sure I have the best equipment possible and always wanting the best for me even if it means he gives up his bike for me to ride that weekend, and my mom Traci. Also like to thank my brother (Michael Maday) and my sister (Morgan Dolamore, recently married so Morgan Moore) and my cousin Steven for always reminding me that I’m a ‘Bad Dude,’ as they say.

“Also wanna give a shoutout to the Bader family for always giving us an amazing track to race at and just the best in the business facility-wise! Also thanks to the Adams family for always being there to lend a helping hand or advice or even a motorcycle at times!”

M2.Shocks 8.70 Quick Street
We’ve read about brothers and cousins winning races at Norwalk, but Marty White is a one-man wrecking ball. Already the defending M2.Shocks 8.70 Quick Street champion, White repeated that title along with the Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET championship.

White won Sunday’s Quick Street final at the expense of Eric Yost in a double breakout. White’s .031 advantage at the tree laid the table for his 8.696 to beat Yost’s 8.692.

“I couldn’t be more appreciative for my family and friends for supporting me and the whole AWR Cycles team,” said White. “Brian, Niki and the whole Welch family for giving us the opportunity to have so much dang fun, and Tim Hailey for capturing every precious moment! The racing action photos are awesome and the candids with family and friends melt my heart.

“The season was amazing for the whole team. Too many milestones to even mention. To win six races and back-to-back championships in two classes in a two season span is surreal to say the least!

“The old Katana rides like a Cadillac. I’m honored to be associated with AWR Cycles, NHDRO, Page Racing, JTR, the best photographer around, and many others. Keep safe, keep chasing your dreams, and make sure Eatmyink captures it all!”

Saturday winner Jaden Hall put .022 on runner-up Rashad Rowe at the tree, taking the win despite being nearly a hundredth slower on track.

Phil Tinsley and Tom Cooper were number one qualifiers.

Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET
As already mentioned, double championship winner Marty White also won the Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET title, sealing the deal with Saturday’s race win over Owen Burdick. Marty’s .029 starting line advantage proved impossible for Burdick to overcome on this particular day.

Burdick runner-upped again on Sunday, this time against Sean Neizmik. Sean didn’t post an impressive number at the starting line—a .127 to Burdick’s much better .038. But his ZX14 ran dead on his 8.97 with a 9, while Burdick’s 9.27 fell way short of his 9.11 dial-in.

“I really appreciate all the hard work Brian and his family put in to making the NHDRO venues a pleasure to race at,” said Neizmik. “I want to thank the Lord, thank my family, and really enjoy having the opportunity to compete against such a talented group of racers.”

Advanced Sleeve Dirty 30 9.30 and Friday’s Delay Box Shootout

Despite Tom Klemme’s two Advanced Sleeve Dirty 30 9.30 finals at Norwalk—winning one—it was Drew Nearhoof that won the championship.

“I’d like to thank a few people,” said Nearhoof. “My papa and uncle Fran looking down from above and keeping me safe. My uncle Dick and father who have let me store my dragbike, pitbikes, & streetbikes at the family automotive repair shop throughout the years. My uncle Kevin (Nasca) who always keeps things light at our pit spot.

“Blood runs thicker than water in our family and this championship would not have been possible without these men blazing the path for me.”

Klemme won on Saturday despite giving up the tree to runner-up Marshall Hutchinson .041 to 018. It was a double breakout, with Hutchinson’s 9.27 more offensive than Klemme’s 9.28.

“I can’t have success without a dedicated team and great pit help,” said Klemme, also Saturday’s number one qualifier. His brother Joe qualified number one on Sunday. “Zero mistakes made by my pit man John Mealy, but I made a few.”

Like going -.004 red against his brother Joe—who was trying to lose on purpose—in Street ET. Tom was trying for the bye the next round but lost the bye he already had.

“I’m still recovering from a sprained wrist and I don’t feel like I’m racing at 100%. I’m happy and fortunate to do as well as I did.”

Which included a win in Friday’s Delay Box Shootout. Tom beat David Beshara in the final.

Tom also did his job at the starting line in Sunday’s Dirty 30 final, posting an .027 to Justin Blackford’s .053. But Klemme was .005 quicker than Blackford when he didn’t want to be—at the finish of the double breakout race.

“This past weekend was an absolute blast at Summit Motorsports Park!” said Blackford. “This is my second year coming out to NHDRO events and it’s always something I look forward to.

“This season, my number one goal was to bring home a Big Check and get my first ever event win. Being able to make it happen on the last day of the last event in front of friends and family, and a lot of the people that helped me get to this point, was an awesome experience and something I’ll never forget!”

Friday Night Shootouts
Friday night is Shootout time at NHDRO, and Norwalk’s weather couldn’t have been more perfect—for all three days and nights, actually.

Buffalo, New York’s Owen Burdick may have come up short Saturday and Sunday in Street ET, but Friday was his as he won the No-Box Shootout, taking the final over Rylan Rowe.

“It was my first time at an NHDRO race and first time racing at Norwalk,” said Burdick. “This is my first full year on my new bike (‘08 Suzuki GSXR1000), so a lot of firsts. I had a great experience all weekend at the races. Great people and the event was run very well. Hats off to Brian and his family.

“As for the racing part, I felt great and the bike was deadly. Decent lights helped, and a little luck as well. The bike was very consistent for me, which made picking my dial-in time not hard at all. And a smooth, fast, and sticky track helped too. I was asked to split the money before the final round, but that won’t ever happen. Go big and fast or go home.”

The old man still has it. Crow Teasley won the Road Course Shootout, beating Chris Tucker in the final. “I just want to thank Joe Marasco for letting me ride the bike, and Brian and Niki for a great event. Had a blast.”

There was also a special Shop Wars Shootout, with speed shops competing against each other in various classes. Jeremy Teasley Racing (JTR) won Road Course and Top Gas Shootouts, while Joe Marasco’s Maximum Street Performance (MSP) won Heavyweight and Grudge. The tiebreaker was two runner-up finishes for JTR and only one for MSP, as the Testa Engines team runner-upped in Top Gas.

“It was a perfect weekend,” said Teasley. “Came in the race not knowing who to put where in the Shop Shootout, but we came together and figured it out to win by one point. MSP put up a great fight.”

VooDoo Grudge
Kevin Dennis isn’t just the Midwest’s greatest insurance agent, nor is he just the sponsor of Street ET. Kevin is also a hardcore racer, and made a big leap at Norwalk. Long time bracket racer Dennis showed up with a new VooDoo Grudge build and promptly won two big races against the most hallowed family in the Grudge biz—the Teasley’s.

Dennis and his “Full Coverage” shot out of the hole like a cannonball for the first race win against Crow Teasley on “Valhalla.” From there it was a race to get the bikes back around to run them again before the track went dark at midnight. But make it back they did, with Dennis sweating profusely from the hustle. It was all worth it, as he took the second one also.

“Really came to the race just to test it out and work on the tune-up, as the bike only had three passes in it prior,” said Dennis. “Once it ran a good number, I decided to let Brian find us a race. It’s always a little nerve racking when you see that you are racing anyone with the name Teasley on their leathers.

“First race was really close, actually. Had to ask Crow who won. When they wanted to rerun, I was pretty surprised since it was so late at night.

“The second race I knew he was going to try to put a light on me hard, but luckily he redlit and on that pass I made my fastest pass ever on any bike.

“It was a ton of fun and I’m sure Crow already has plans for his revenge! Was a great night of racing and the staff at Norwalk prepped the entire track for us at the end of the night. Overall great experience and a great payday.”

There were lots of great grudge races and bikes, including Jeremy Teasley stinging the nighttime air on “Bad Draw.” NHDRO’s Brian Welch picked up a win on “Big Greasy”

Shutdown Area
Friday’s Gamblers’ Race was won by Austin Poole with Rob Neizmik the final round runner-up.

Saturday’s Gamblers’ Race was won by Jeremy Himes over final round runner-up Tony “Toni! Toné!” Roberson.

Richard Gadson got some testing in on his James Johnson-owned, “Stop Soldier Suicide,” Monster 4 valve, George Babor motor, Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle.

The event was visited by the international meeting of the Gunfighters Motorcycle Club. Comprised entirely of law enforcement officers, members from all over the world were represented at the event and four of them took to the track on the bikes they rode in on.

Ashley Shellhaas beat Keith Joyce in Saturday’s scooter race, and Les Stimac’s HighRisk Motorsports along with Eric “Vansboy” Yost picked up the tab for every child on the property to get some of Norwalk’s famous pound of ice cream.

Brian and Niki Welch love taking their NHDRO family out for the most fun to be had at the best tracks in the Midwest. “Thanks to everyone for a great season,” said the Welch’s.

NHDRO thanks M2.Shocks , Kevin Dennis Insurance , MPS Racing , Liguori Drag Racing , Schnitz Racing , Voodoo Custom Motorcycle Components , Vanson Leathers , MTC Engineering , Advanced Sleeve , Rock Auto, High Risk Motorsports , Page Racing and APE .

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Little Red Chopper : Part 2

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All the Players Step Forward
By Kent Weeks and Tom Young with photos by RFR and Sil

EDITOR’S NOTE: This gets more bizarre by the week, or year, maybe decade. We published Part 1 not long ago, but perhaps this is part 1. Although, if you read the first episode, you will encounter the long back story behind a brother, a veteran who had a chopper dream through many stages and years. Then there’s the story behind the builders, models and photographers involved in this process. It’s all good, fun, and Chopper Nirvana. Enjoy.
–Bandit

Click here to read this delightful Photo Feature on Custom Build Chopper

Are you curious to know more about this bike and the successful builders involved?
Well here is a start….
You gotta see the first story for some of the details Tom mentioned in this story….
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Edwin X Berry on Climate Change

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By Edwin Berry, September 13, 2022
Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer, produced his climate truth. He references a prediction in the 2012 special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),

“A changing climate leads to changes in the frequency, intensity, spatial extent, duration, and timing of extreme weather and climate events, and can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events.”

Then, he presents the usual extensive list of weather-caused damages since 2012.
He says this IPCC report is the warning and forecast “by top United Nations climate scientists more than 10 years ago.”

He quotes Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University.

— Edwin X Berry, PhD, Theoretical Physics

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