Motorcycle drag racing veteran Rickey Gadson enjoyed a successful NHDRO debut at the DME / Pro Stock Inc. World Finals from Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. Sept 29 – Oct. 1. Gadson, an accomplished pro racer, threw his Kawasaki ZX-14 in the back of his truck and returned to his roots, entering the M2 Shocks Crazy 8s class.
“A lot of people look at me as just a pro racer and not a bracket racer,” Gadson said. “I love bracket racing. I came up as bracket racer.”
Gadson qualified atop the 35-bike field with a perfect 8.800 at 149 mph.
Gadson chopped his way through the first three rounds of competition before suffering a -.003 red light in the fourth round. Gadson’s winning e.t.s were 8.88, 8.92 and 8.90.
Gadson, the 11-time champion was very pleased with his first NHDRO outing.
“There are a lot of tough racers and heavy hitters over there,” Gadson said. “I was very satisfied with the weekend. It was really good to race with my sportsman family.”
It has the experienced racer excited for what will be a gigantic race, the DME Fall Nationals, Oct. 6-8 at Maryland International Raceway. Gadson will enter Vance and Hines 4.60, FBR Shop 5.60 and World Wide Bearings Crazy 8’s.
“It’s going to be huge. Everyone in Indy talked about going home for a couple days and then heading to Maryland,” Gadson said. “4.60 will be very competitive. That class has some of the closest racing there is.”
Gadson is also excited about his show, Caffeine and Octane moving to Thursday nights at 8:00 and 8:30 on NBCSN. On Friday Gadson will attend a special premier before heading to the IDBL race.
“I’m very excited the show is moving to prime time. Doing more TV is the direction I want to head,” Gadson said. “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend Maryland.”