TULSA, OK – The outrageous eighth-mile warriors of the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) are ready to take on Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS, June 29-30, as part of the track’s 30th anniversary celebration that also features diesel and bracket racing, plus a big Saturday-night fireworks show.
With four of eight scheduled MWPMS events already in the books, Ron Muenks, winner of the most recent MWPMS race at St. Louis late last month, holds the 2018 Pro Mod points lead. Not far behind is Jonas Aleshire, who won at Tulsa early in May, with Jim Sackuvich, Todd Martin and Aaron Wells rounding out the top five. Defending class champion Keith Haney fell out of the top-10 after business demands forced him to miss the prior two events, but as MWPMS owner and promoter he remains excited about the coming Topeka tilt.
“This is a big race for everyone,” Haney says. “We’re heading into the second half of the season, so the end will be in sight sooner than you think. This race in Topeka represents a chance for the guys up front to put some distance on the competition, but it’s still not too late for someone further back-like me-to put a big come-from-behind charge together. Topeka better be ready for some fireworks-and not just on Saturday night!”
The U.S. Army Racing trio of Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher, Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett are second, fifth and ninth on the provisional ladder, respectively, after the opening round of qualifying Friday for this weekend’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series 12th Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Friday’s second qualifying session was canceled due to inclement weather.
Schumacher and his U.S. Army Dragster team for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) carried the momentum of last weekend’s triumph at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway into the event and made a very “comfortable” run. “The Sarge” ran an impressive lap of 3.792 seconds and posted Friday’s top speed at 330.63 mph. The 2007 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals winner will look to improve his position by one during a pair of qualifying sessions Saturday and earn his first No. 1 qualifier at the track.
“You really can’t ask for more than that,” said Schumacher. “It was a really good run. It was safe. There’s more room in there, but the U.S. Army car was really smooth. There are 19 cars in the field here. And looking at the weather, tonight might have been our only shot. Maybe we get another one tomorrow. We are lucky that we got one run in. The U.S. Army guys will get everything ready to go for us to make another run at it tomorrow. We’re in a good position and that’s the way we wanted to start the weekend.”
NORWALK, OH — Brittany and Courtney Force secured the preliminary No. 1 qualifiers in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, Friday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. The start of the day was delayed due to rain and was cut short after one pro qualifying session due to inclement weather at Summit Racing Motorsports Park outside of Cleveland. After the one session, John Force landed in the No. 4 spot and Robert Hight is just behind him in fifth.
Courtney Force powered her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro to a 3.935-second pass at 327.66 mph to take the top spot during the final pass of Funny Car qualifying on Friday evening.
“To be honest, I thought we were going to have a safe run, get it from A to B knowing about the weather and the rain coming but I knew that (Crew chiefs) Brian Corradi and Dan Hood were going to shoot for a good run, especially after seeing Capps and Hagan run .96 and .98. That was a fantastic run. We had a chance to see what everyone else was doing and Corradi and Hood, they were shooting for the moon. It was a handful down there (at the finish line) but we were able to gather it up and get the No. 1 spot.”
DSR Norwalk Friday Qualifying Highlights:
Tony Schumacher makes the second quickest pass of the day and earns two bonus points
Ron Capps and Matt Hagan end Friday inside of the provisional Funny Car ‘top three’ and earn bonus points
Schumacher runs top speed of the day (330.63-mph)
In the Factory Stock Showdown series, Mark Pawuk and Leah Pritchett sit in the provisional No. 2 and No. 3 spots
Driver of the Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
TULSA, OK – Rylie Trumble (age 12), Braden Bettis (14), and LJ Grissom (16-17) joined the list of multi-time champions when they outlasted the field in their respective age groups at the 2018 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals presented by Fairlife YUP!, one of two national events in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. Abigail Wilson (6-9), Emmy Shepherd (10), Kennedy Hale (11), Kade Guidry (13), and Dylan Hough (14) were also victorious. Texas Motorplex Team 1 took home the team championship.
After watching brother Gage win the 10-year-old title last year, Wilson joined him as Western Conference Finals champ, defeating Brody Tigue in the 6-9 class final round. Wilson, a Thunder Valley Raceway Park runner who hails from Moore, Okla., got the lead on the starting line and carried the advantage to a 12.032 (11.90 dial) to 12.041 (11.90) victory over Euless, Texas’ Tigue, a member of Texas Motorplex’s team.
The mobile app, which follows the recent redesign of the park’s website, was developed by William J. Thomas Consulting and features the same content found on the website.
Additionally, mobile app users will receive push-notifications for breaking news, event updates, promotions, contests and more.
The app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play, the official app store for Android smartphones and tablets.
“This app was more than a year in the making, and I’m excited to be able to finally take it to market,” said Bill Bader Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president.
Among the many events coming up at Summit Motorsports Park — and highlighted on the park’s mobile app and website — are the 17th Annual Lingenfelter Performance Blue Suede Cruise, July 13-15, 41st Annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire, which is set to be another capacity-crowd spectacle with more than fifty performers, fireworks and special effects, Aug. 11, 17th Annual NMCA All-American Muscle Nationals, Aug. 24-26 and the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, home to some of the quickest and fastest door cars in the country, Sept. 13-16.
NORWALK, OH – Shane Conway has never driven a racecar down Summit Motorsports Park so he’s looking at this weekend’s NHRA National event as the perfect place for a fresh start in his Magic Dry/CatSpot Organic Cat Litter Top Alcohol Dragster.
“I like Norwalk, I just haven’t raced a car there myself,” said Conway, who hails from Spring, Texas. “I’ve been there as a crew chief and I’ve been there as a crewman, just not as a driver. I was crew chief on Mike Manner’s team when he won Norwalk in 2010 and now he’s a sponsor on our car with his company, Anglia Homes, so that’s kind of cool.
“My dad (vaunted drag racer Tom Conway) had a huge win in Norwalk in 2008. He actually hadn’t driven a car in like 11 years and had the urge to drive again so he returned at Norwalk and won the race. Funny thing is, he won’t be here this weekend. He’s actually going to the drag boat race in San Angelo (Texas).”
Just like his young career — he won his first-ever Top Alcohol Dragster race in Noble, Okla., last year — Conway’s season started off great with a No. 1 qualifying effort at the Dallas regionals. But in his four races to date, he’s only won a single round of eliminations.