MORRISON, CO – Just a few weeks after the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service, race founder Wes Buck revealed to Pro Mod teams at the NHRA U.S. Nationals that the race will return in 2018. The second annual Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod will be held at Bandimere Speedway, Aug. 10-11, 2018.
“We wanted to waste no time in announcing our plans for the second annual Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod,” Buck said. “We will return to ‘The Mountain’, Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Colo., August 10th and 11th, 2018. We wish it was next week. We could not be more excited about this deal.”
After the successful first event, where California Pro Mod hitter Mike Bowman was awarded the $100,000 winner-take-all prize, Buck worked with John “Sporty” Bandimere III to lock in the date for the second running of the “biggest, richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe”. The event has been moved back one week to avoid conflicting race schedules. One aspect that has not changed and will not change is the location of the World Series of Pro Mod.
KIRKSVILLE, MO – Drag Illustrated magazine is now accepting nominations for their 2017 ’30 Under 30’ list. Made up of drag racing’s young ambassadors, the ’30 Under 30’ list will be the subject of Drag Illustrated’s December issue, the Tomorrow Issue. The nomination period begins today and runs through Sept. 18.
“The ’30 Under 30’ list quickly became one of the most challenging, yet rewarding projects we work on every year,” said Drag Illustrated Editor-in-Chief Wes Buck. “Thousands of parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers and supporters send in their nominations in hopes their favorite young drag racer will be recognized for their accomplishments. Young people have so many options when it comes to ways to spend their free time, and we want to reward those who choose to go to the drag strip.”
MORRISON, CO – Last-minute invitee Mike Bowman was crowned champion at the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod on Saturday night at Bandimere Speedway. The Californian driver was awarded a $100,000 check and a custom WSOPM championship belt in the invitational, clocks-off Main Event of the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service.
“This is right there at the top of my list of accomplishments,” said Bowman. “I’ve won NMCA championships, Pro Street races, and the Street Car Super Nationals last year. I won a race here in 1995 at a Super Chevy Show race. That was the last time I raced here on the mountain. This event is just awesome. This whole deal just went so fast. Sometimes things just go your way, and for me, this weekend went my way right out of the trailer.”
MORRISON, CO – Montana’s Derek Menholt earned the Aeromotive Wild Card Shootout win at the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service at Bandimere Speedway Friday night. Menholt was awarded a $10,000 check and one of the final spots in the invitation-only World Series of Pro Mod Main Event, which has a $100,000 winner-take-all payout and will be contested on Saturday.
Menholt’s day began with two shakedown runs as he and the other Wild Card Shootout participants prepared for eliminations. He received a bye run in the first round of eliminations, then pedaled his Steve Petty-tuned ’68 Camaro to drive around Tommy Johanns’ supercharged ’53 Corvette in the semifinals. In the final round, Menholt charged toward the finish line and reached the stripe ahead of Daniel McKune in his supercharged ’68 Firebird.
MORRISON, CO – As if the stakes weren’t already high enough for the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service, the list of prizes has grown to include a custom Stand 21 “IVOS Dragster” helmet, valued at $3,450. The winner of the World Series of Pro Mod, Aug. 4-5, at Bandimere Speedway, will also receive $100,000 and a championship ring designed and presented by Noonan Race Engineering.
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with such an elite brand that takes serious time and effort to create these incredible helmets,” said Drag Illustrated Editor-in-Chief and race founder Wes Buck. “Stand 21 has stepped up to provide the winner of the World Series with a completely custom, top-of-the-line helmet. Rather than painting it with a flashy WSOPM paintjob and turning it into something to put on the trophy shelf, we agreed it would be better to present it to the winner as something they can put to use.”
MORRISON, CO – Veteran drag racing voice Al Tucci has been named the official announcer of the world’s biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe, this weekend’s Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod at Bandimere Speedway.
Owning one of the most recognizable voices in the sport, Tucci is closing in on three decades of announcing some of the top Pro Mod races in drag racing history. With $100,000 going to the winner and an all-star list of Pro Mod drivers competing this weekend in Denver, the chance to be part of history was something Tucci didn’t want to miss.
“I’m flattered and humbled that Wes (Buck) and the people involved asked me to do it,” said Tucci, who has been the announcer for the likes of the PDRA, NMCA and ADRL. “It’s going to be a phenomenal race and this will be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Pro Mod race you’re ever going to see. People will be talking about this race forever.”
MORRISON, CO – MagnaFuel has stepped up to present a pair of $2,500-to-win shootout races for Top Sportsman and Top Dragster competitors at the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service, Aug. 4-5, at Bandimere Speedway. The MagnaFuel Quick Star 16 (door cars) and Pro Star 16 (dragsters) Shootouts will supplement the $10,000-to-win Aeromotive Wild Card Shootout and $100,000-to-win World Series of Pro Mod.
“Top Sportsman and Top Dragster are the perfect complement to the Pro Mod show we’ve put together,” said Drag Illustrated Editor-in-Chief and race founder Wes Buck. “When we were laying the groundwork and putting together the class structures for this event, adding Top Sportsman and Top Dragster just made perfect sense. These are world-class cars, world-class drivers and wonderful people; really, in our opinion, two of drag racing’s most exciting and fastest-growing categories. You hear me talking about our efforts to ‘Make Drag Racing Great Again’, and these are some of the guys who are out here doing just that. They’re racing week in and week out for all the right reasons. We share their passion, and we’re excited to have them racing with us at the World Series of Pro Mod.”