MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – Fans were given quite a show for the opening day at Mayhem at the Creek on Friday at Maryland Int’l Raceway.
Mother Nature smiled on the creek and gave mild weather with a high in the low 80’s. All day, racers could be heard speculating on how fast the third round of qualifying might be under the lights.
“We are excited with this fantastic weather – combined with the altitude (sea level), we have a legitimate shot to run in the 50’s,” said Pro X-Treme points leader Brandon Pesz.
X-DRL Pro X-Treme record holder Frankie Taylor agreed and backed it up with a 3.61 pass right out of the box in the first round of qualifying. By the third round of qualifying, fans had 3.50’s on their mind and they cheered when Terry Leggett “Legbone” posted a career best 3.610 at 206.26 mph.
“MIR is my favorite spot to race. It’s close to home only five hours, and it’s as good a place as I know to race. I lost in the finals here in pro stock in 2001, I’m hoping to make it again with a better outcome,” said Leggett.
But there was more to come as the madman Frankie Taylor took center stage with a shot to break his X-DRL Pro X-Treme record in his final pass for the night. The crowd was rewarded with a 3.604 at 209.01 mph – Frankie didn’t disappoint with a new record for the Maryland fans.
“The track is great, nice people and an awesome facility. This is my first time to MIR and I really appreciate Royce and his group stepping up to host this event,” said the Madman, Frankie Taylor.
Not to be outdone, points leader Brandon Pesz burned up the track in the third round with a 3.609 at 208.78 mph to take the win for the X-Treme Gateway Showdown and the second qualifying position.