Snyder, J.R. Todd, the reigning NHRA Funny Car world champ, and Aaron Glaser all went on a road-trip together with Snyder’s family to the Jr. Dragster championships in the late 1990s. They all pitted together at the end of the track, providing a last memory at Bandimere Speedway.
Bringing his wife and children with him this time, Snyder is after a new memory as he races in Top Sportsman as part of next week’s Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefiting One Cure in Denver.
The $10,000 prize for the winners of the MagnaFuel ProStar 16 and QuickStar 16 Shootouts presented by Menholt Auto Group in Top Dragster and Top Sportsman is a definite draw, but there was much more to Snyder’s decision to make the 11-hour trek to race his blown ’68 Camaro.
MORRISON, CO – It’s been two-plus decades since Doug Winters was last at Bandimere Speedway. While his
feelings about racing at Thunder Mountain haven’t changed, he needed a great reason to make the 1,600-mile trip from Kernersville, N.C. to Denver to return.
A $100,000 payday at the third annual Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefiting One Cure classifies as a great reason.
Winters will make his debut at the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe, bringing a blown Bandit Big Rig Series ’69 Chevelle running as well as it ever has.
“I wouldn’t be going if I didn’t think I had a chance to win,” Winters said. “The placed is carved out of the mountain and I loved it. I always marked it on the calendar and I looked forward to going there, and I can’t wait to get back.”
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But rather than chase a championship, the standout veteran is instead choosing the chance to race for $100,000.
Thornton and the turbocharged D Bar D Camaro owned by Derrol Hubbard will head to Bandimere Speedway for the first time, as Thornton makes his World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefitting One Cure debut at the third annual event, which takes place Aug. 9-10 on Thunder Mountain.
Thornton has been his typical remarkable self in the Camaro in 2019, winning the first two races of the Xtreme Pro Mods West season. But with the fourth race falling on the same weekend as the WSOPM, Thornton had a choice to make.
MORRISON, CO – The 2019 Pro Mod season hasn’t gone as planned for Rick Hord.
Four win lights on Thunder Mountain would change all of that. Hord will make his second trip to the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefitting One Cure on Aug. 9-10 at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, anxious to get back on track after ending his 2018 season on a great note.
That included a quarterfinal finish on Thunder Mountain, his first career NHRA Pro Mod win and a number of killer runs in his Xtreme Racing Engines Hemi-powered C7 Corvette.
That hasn’t carried over to the 2019 season yet, perplexing Hord and a team that includes defending WSOPM champion Carl Stevens Jr. in the process. But all of that could be wiped away with a memorable weekend in Denver.
MORRISON, CO – Scott Oksas got his first taste of the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod a year ago.
It’s not hard to figure out what is making him return to Bandimere Speedway on Aug. 9-10 for the third annual World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefitting One Cure.
“The $100,000 brings me back, buddy,” Oksas said. “Do you want to race for $10,000 or $100,000? The $100,000 brings you back.”
With that in mind, Oksas hopes to be the third straight dark horse candidate to win “the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe,” following in the footsteps of inaugural winner Mike Bowman and last season’s champ, Carl Stevens Jr.
While both talented drivers, not many had them tabbed as the favorites in either season. But through a series of consistent and impressive performances, both ended the weekend $100,000 richer.
Biehle will return to Thunder Mountain for the third year, as excited as ever to compete at Bandimere Speedway on Aug. 9-10 for the third annual World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefitting One Cure. The lure of $100,000 is a certain draw, but it may not actually be the top one.
“I look forward to all the races, but this race is by far my favorite one,” Biehle said. “It’s a great atmosphere, a great place, great competition and it’s run really well. You go there and have a good time, yet it’s serious competition. You feel like you’re the kings when you show up.”
Biehle has felt like royalty the past two years and almost got the ultimate crown last August when he advanced to the semifinals.
With the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod looming next month at Bandimere Speedway, Frigo and his team now have their incentive. A victory at the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe nets the winner $100,000.
Simply put, win the race, get a Peterbilt.
“He wants a Peterbilt. I tell him, ‘If we win the race, I buy the Peterbilt for you,’” Frigo said. “So we’re going there to win.”
Frigo will be a first-time attendee at the World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefitting One Cure, which takes place Aug. 9-10 on Thunder Mountain in Denver, but his track record makes him an immediate contender at the marquee race.