TULSA, OK – Dan Phelps wasn’t even on the grounds at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park when he clinched the 2019 Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series Race Star Wheels Top Dragster championship.
“We had lost in the first round and it was cold and there was nothing more that I could do anyway, so my wife and I just decided to pack up and go home,” the Labadie, MO-based champ explains. “After qualifying I was 47 points ahead of Danny (Nelson), so at 20 points per round he had to at least win a semifinal to beat me.
“I was actually listening to the race on the Internet while we were getting fuel at a truck stop in Joplin, Missouri, and when Danny lost in the second round I knew no one else could catch me, so I hugged Melodie and congratulated her because she puts just as much into this as I do.”
Phelps missed attending the MWPMS season opener in Dallas, instead joining the seven-event tour in April at his home track, the Gateway facility near St. Louis, where in 2013 he suffered a serious blowover accident that led to the purchase of his current car, a 2014 Race Tech from Russ Farmer in North Carolina.
The ELITE license will be exclusive to drivers ages 16-17 with elapsed time restrictions between 7.50 and 7.90 seconds and speeds up to 90 mph. ELITE license holders that dial between 7.50 and 7.89 must have vehicles meeting all the requirements for Master’s level licensing in addition to the following safety measure:
- The chassis must be constructed of chromoly tubing and incorporate helmet bars with SFI 45.1 or 45.2 padding on the roll cage.
- All competitors must utilize an SFI 38.1 head and neck restraint system
- All ELITE license holders dialing quicker than 7.90 must have a rear wing.
- A driver MUST HAVE a valid state driver’s license in addition to making the required passes prior to being issued an ELITE license.
In the season opener in March at the Texas Motorplex, Folse beat eventual points runner-up Bob Gulitti in the Race Star Wheels Top Sportsman final. Hailing from the aptly named Raceland, LA, he repeated the feat the next month in St. Louis, where last-round opponent Mark MacDonald broke out at the eighth-mile stripe.
“You always go out there hoping to get the win everywhere you go, but we really didn’t expect to win two in a row,” Folse admitted. “That really got the ball rolling.
“So it started out really, really good. Had a good car and things were looking good, but man, right in the middle I just had little bitty silly things bite me. You know, a plug wire here, coil there, just small things that made it look like it wasn’t going to happen, but then right at the end we got the car right and the driver right and everything just came together.”
“We’ve won several races in different classes before, but this is our first big championship,” the Wentzville, MO-based driver said. “So it was especially gratifying to do it as father and son, a lot of fun.”
After scoring his lone Mid-West Series race win at Memphis in September, Matlock, 60, took over the points lead from Kenny Hubbard and his Procharger-equipped ’74 Nova, then followed up with a runner-up finish to seal the deal a month later at the MWPMS World Finals in Tulsa.
“To be quite honest we weren’t really chasing the championship this year,” Matlock admitted. “We even missed a couple of races, but the car was just running so well that when we did go we did pretty well.”
Marion, TX – With the end of the season just around the corner, Alamo City Motorplex held a pre-Thanksgiving Special, the Fall Turkey Shootout. The day started out with a bracket race for the Super Pro, Pro, Motorcycles and Jr. Dragsters.
Following the bracket race it was open test-n-tune giving some guys a chance to tune up for the last big race of the year, Winter Meltdown 4 no-prep event the beginning of December. Also slated was an index race for the 4.90, 5.80 and 7.00 classes.
The years NHRA points season was finished in October so it was open competition for the cash and bragging rights until next year. This years Alamo City Motorplex class champions were David Bills(Super Pro), Gene Herbold(Pro), Ronald Gordner(Sportsman), James Marlett(Motorcycle) and Reilly Garceau(Jr. Dragster.)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC — For the fifth straight year, the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame (CDRHF) recognized the significant contributions of a select group of Canadians considered by their peers to be legends in the world of competitive drag racing.
Among the 16 Canadian nominees from across Canada and the U.S. inducted this year are four world champions, and—for the first time since the CDRHF was founded—father and son nominees. To date, 116 Canadians have been inducted into the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame, 15 of them posthumously.
“As in previous years, each of the individuals nominated has had considerable input into the sport of drag racing. Their influence is felt to this day and it is thanks in part to their impressive legacy that the sport enjoys the popularity it does,” says John Scotti, founder of the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame. “It is indeed an honour to pay tribute to their outstanding accomplishments as we welcome these new legends into the Hall of Fame.”
Herbert Recognized For Establishment Of Lifesaving Teen Defensive Driving Program As Well As On-track Championships
WEYBRIDGE, SURREY, UK – Doug Herbert, the multi-time Top Fuel drag racing champion and founder of the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) national teen defensive driving program founder has received a special honor by the British Drag Racing Hall Of Fame (BRDHoF).
The presentation was made during the organization’s annual Gala at the historic Outlands Park Hotel in Weybridge.
“Doug Herbert is from a drag racing dynasty that began with his father, Chet Herbert, who introduced roller cams and zoomie headers to our sport in 1949,” explained BDRHoF Chairman Stuart Bradbury. “That lineage also includes Doug’s aunt, Doris Herbert, who published Drag News, the first great drag racing newspaper.
“Doug himself has won four IHRA Top Fuel championships at 10 NHRA national events,” Bradbury continued. “This award also recognizes and honors Doug’s his decision to establish the B.R.A.K.E.S. teen defensive driving program following the tragic deaths of his two sons is saving countless lives by training and educating teen drivers and their parents about the importance of safe, responsible driving.”