Racing a Top Fuel Motorcycle certainly requires a unique rider given the extreme behavior of a nitro-burning internal combustion powerplant. The raw power has pushed the top racers into the 5-second zone with speeds around 250 mph. But there is one rider who has certainly garnered his fair share of attention around the world—Larry “Spiderman” McBride, and he’s raced professionally since 1977. He is credited with the first 5-second Top Fuel Motorcycle run many years ago and McBride is at it again, lowering the quickest all-time record down to an astonishing 5.611 during the Man Cup! He also holds the top speed record at 258.27 mph, accomplished earlier in competition.
The Manufacturers Cup, dubbed the Man Cup, is a National Motorcycle Drag Racing Series competition and its World Finals are held at South Georgia Motorsports Park. McBride had been locked into a fierce battle with Sam Wills as he held a 24-point lead heading into the final race of the season. McBride took his 18th championship in style with record-setting runs. Earlier in the year, McBride took the top speed honors with a 255 mph performance at Rockingham Dragway, but that was quickly forgotten once the Man Cup World Finals got underway and McBride bested it with the 258.27 mph blast. That run was linked to a 5.677 elapsed time.
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