Multi-time champ Mike Slowe will hold the number one plate again in 2009 but the competition is getting ever tighter.
NLR's Sebastian Domingo set a new national elapsed time record at 7.181 seconds and helped teammate Walter Sprout get to the finals (almost).
Nick Mazeika and crew chief Johnny "Turbo" Dobrin practically owned the Super Street class on the Playthings GSX-R1000, taking the number one plate and holding every national record available.
Richard Gadson, the nephew of Kawasaki Superstar Rickey Gadson, took his second Super Street win of the year on the Jones Performance turbo ZX-14.
Keith Dennis (with team owner Bryan Snyder) had his win streak snapped at five races but still won his first SuperSport championship in ten years.
Walter Sprout came within one round of winning the Pro Street championship on his NLR-equipped turbo 'Busa. He holds the national speed record for the class at 206.54 mph.
Roadracer Nick Ienatsch showed the drag racers a thing or two, hopping on Kent Stotz' CBR1000RR Pro Street bike and riding it right to the winners' circle.
Jeremy Teasley's dominance of Real Street has race officials re-writing the rulebook for 2009.
Mike Slowe and Walter Sprout were locked in an electrifying battle to determine the Pro Street championship in the most exciting down to the wire finishes of the season. The pair came from rival camps with contrasting stories: Slowe, the cool veteran, riding the flagship bike of Barry Henson's Velocity Racing team while Sprout, an upstart rookie with the nation speed record of 206 mph in his pocket, racing out of the NLR camp led by Sebastian Domingo.
Slowe, the reigning champ, held a tenuous lead over Sprout. Less than one elimination round separated them going into the last race of the season.
Throw into the mix the wildcard: former roadracer and motorcycle journalist Nick Ienatsch, who was brought in to race the lightweight CBR1000RR turbo for Kent Stotz.
If Slowe could do at least as well as Sprout he would win his third straight championship. He qualified in the top spot and when the elimination ladder came out he was clear of the NLR boys until possibly the final.
Slowe was shocked in the semifinal when he lost a holeshot decision to Ienatsch whose telepathic .003 light kept him in front of Slowe's 7.21 elapsed time.
In the other semifinal Sprout found a gift-he was facing teammate Domingo. Domingo gave Sprout a half-second holeshot but in a weird twist Sprout blew the motor as he turned on the win light.
Sprout, needing to win the final to win the championship, worked quickly to put a new bullet in the bike. Race officials gave Sprout extra between-round time to make the repairs as rival camps lobbied to have the Pro Street final run during the rest of the pro finals.
Eventually, event director Lewis Bloom made the call that Sprout was given enough time and called Ienatsch to the line for a single pass to take the event win, and the result gave Slowe the controversial championship.
"We were minutes away," said Sprout, "They told us we could have as much time as we wanted. We were plugging in some final stuff and we hear over the PA that they were running the final without me. After that I didn't want to talk to anyone for fear of going to jail."
Still, Sprout had an impressive year-he came in second to one of the most outstanding riders in Pro Street history and by only three points, he scored two event wins while going to the finals four times and he holds the title of World's Fastest Pro Street Rider with a 206 mph national record.
The twists of fate at Valdosta only added to the heat between the Velocity Racing and NLR camps. The 2009 season is going to be entertaining from race one.