KIRKSVILLE, MO – Drag Illustrated announced today that it is now accepting nominations for its 2018 ’30 Under 30’ list. Made up of some of drag racing’s most impressive young ambassadors, the popular ’30 Under 30,’ which is now in its fourth year, will be the main subject of Drag Illustrated’s 2018 December issue, the annual Tomorrow issue. The ’30 Under 30’ Nomination Period presented by ididit will run through Friday, Oct. 12.
The honorees will again be recognized during a press conference at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show, which takes place Dec. 6-8 in Indianapolis.
“Our annual ’30 Under 30’ list is something we look forward to releasing each year, and it always amazes me in regards to the number of nominations we receive,” Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck said. “The thousands nominations we get for the young, rising stars in the sport is so thrilling, and just reinforces the fact so we have many young, talented people doing incredible things. It’s just tremendously exciting to see the effort and hard work they’re putting in and also putting a priority on being at the drag strip.”
MORRISON, CO – The date is set for the 2019 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service. Race officials announced today that the third annual World Series of Pro Mod will take place Aug. 9-10, 2019 at Bandimere Speedway.
Continuing to build on the momentum of the $100,000-to-win race, having a date secured for the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe was important for race founder Wes Buck.
“We are extremely excited to announce that the date for the 2019 World Series of Pro Mod has already been set and we will be returning to Bandimere Speedway,” Buck said. “It was important to make an announcement immediately to show just how fired up we are, not only about how this year turned out but what we are expecting in 2019 and beyond. We were just so happy about this year and we wanted to lock in the date for next season.”
A successful debut race took place in 2017 and it continued to grow to a wildly popular level in 2018, as Carl Stevens Jr. claimed the six-figure payday with a thrilling final-round victory over Danny Rowe on Thunder Mountain. In the days following the highly successful race that saw fans traveling from all over the world to take in the must-see action, Buck and race officials worked with Bandimere Speedway general manager John “Sporty” Bandimere III to quickly get the date locked in for 2019.
MORRISON, CO – On the strength of one incredible performance after another on Saturday, Carl Stevens Jr. came up victorious at the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service at Bandimere Speedway, knocking off Danny Rowe in a thrilling final round to be crowned champion and earn the $100,000 payday.
Stevens went a blistering 5.856 at 246.26 mph in his turbocharged ’69 Camaro to best Rowe’s 5.949 at 242.54, claiming the quickest run in the two-year history of the World Series of Pro Mod in the process. It set off a memorable celebration for the North Haledon, N.J., native and his team, soaking in what it meant to win the biggest and richest Pro Mod drag race in the history of the known universe.
“This is easily the biggest event win we’ve ever had,” Stevens Jr. said. “Being on the biggest stage for Pro Mod and getting the win, it’s just incredible. That’s really what it’s all about. The money certainly doesn’t hurt, obviously, but on this grand stage that we’ve been given, in my opinion there’s nothing bigger.”
MORRISON, CO – Defending World Series of Pro Mod event champion Mike Bowman led a list of 26 Pro Mod drivers who randomly drew their first-round pairings Friday night at the second annual Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod benefiting One Cure and presented by J&A Service.
Bowman and the rest of the Pro Mod competitors took turns pulling numbered Coors Light cans out of a cooler. The number on the bottom of the can represented their spot on the 26-car ladder.
As the defending champion, Bowman was given the opportunity to draw his spot first. He drew the No. 5 spot, then the second spot in the pairing was drawn by Derek Menholt, lining up a rematch of the two turbocharged drivers’ first-round race at last year’s event.
“It’s a tough draw,” Bowman said. “I feel like they’re fast, but I’m fast, too. Derek’s a really good driver and he’s just incredible on the tree.”
Stevie “Fast” Jackson Wins $5,000 Drag 965/Nitrous Outlet Burnout Contest at Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod
MORRISON, CO – After powering through an epic burnout that ended up pulling the chutes, Stevie “Fast” Jackson was named the winner of the Drag 965/Nitrous Outlet burnout contest on Friday at the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod at Bandimere Speedway.
The highly entertaining burnout contest took place at the end of the second Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown runs, with Jackson winning the $5,000 prize against a talented field that included Todd Tutterow, Marc Caruso, who was deemed “The People’s Champ” by WSOPM officials, Clint Satterfield and Brandon Pesz. Jackson blasted through his burnout to nearly the 1,000-foot mark in his Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro before the chutes came out, eliciting a wild round of applause from the fans who enjoyed every minute of the contest.
“This is awesome. This is just as good as the race,” Jackson said. “The reason it’s so awesome is because all them people up there (in the stands) were excited they came to watch drag racing. That’s what it’s about. It was crazy. It was all over the track. It was fun. The burnout is the most fun thing I do out here.”
MORRISON, CO – World Series of Pro Mod race officials announced today that Al-Anabi Performance has been named an event sponsor for this weekend’s DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod at Bandimere Speedway.
Celebrating a decade in drag racing, Al-Anabi Performance will have a strong presence at this weekend’s $100,000-to-win, as longtime Pro Mod standout Todd Tutterow, who is sponsored by Al-Anabi Performance, will also be competing in the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe. The partnership is also another sign of Al-Anabi Performance’s passion and excitement for Pro Mod racing.
“The 2018 season marks 10 years that Al-Anabi Performance has been involved in drag racing, and Pro Mod has always been at the center of that,” said Jason Sharp, Al-Anabi Performance. “We are extremely proud to be involved with a great event like the World Series of Pro Mod and to do our part to support this event as it continues to grow in its second year.”
MORRISON, CO – The race coverage for the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod, which takes place Friday and Saturday at Bandimere Speedway, will get even better as race officials announced today that Aeromotive, Inc. has been named the sponsor of the World Series of Pro Mod’s “Embedded” vlog-style video series.
World Series of Pro Mod Embedded presented by Aeromotive will give fans unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access in the days leading up to the $100,000 winner-take-all event. The video series will include six comprehensive, high-quality videos in a vlog-style format starting Monday and continuing each night through the conclusion of Saturday’s final eliminations.
A team of videographers will be following Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck, race officials, and WSOPM participants and their teams to provide the vlog-style videos, offering the most in-depth access possible for the event. The videos will be available each evening on YouTube and Facebook, giving fans the ultimate VIP video pass to the highly anticipated race.