Enumerated list of Covered Services in executive order allows 25% fan capacity
ENNIS, TX – This afternoon Governor Greg Abbott by virtue of executive order expanded the enumerated list of Covered Services in Executive Order GA-23. The order allows outdoor motorsports events to operate at up to 25 percent of the normal operating limits as determined by the venue owner and operate under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing. Pursuant to that order the Texas Motorplex will allow fans to attend the Keurig Dr Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection starting tomorrow. Fans will be charged $15 per car and can order tickets online now.
The event, previously a participant only race, will still be broadcast on PPV. Fans will be able to enjoy the racing action for the low price of $15 by purchasing the event Pay Per View livestream on TheFoat.com Ticketing with BangShift. The entire event from the first burnout to the last win light will be broadcast with wildly entertaining Al Tucci calling the action.
“We have been in regular communication with Governor Abbott’s office and we want to thank Governor Abbott for his leadership in allowing us to be the first motorsports venue with the chance to host fans. We will be following all the recommendations from the Governor’s office,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex General Manager. “We want to assure everyone that we are taking all necessary safety precautions to keep our employees, competitors and fans safe during this event. We know racers have been staying at home for over two months and we just want to give them one of the first opportunities to get back on the track.”
Tulsa, OK – After everything that we have seen happen to the industry over the previous two months, MWPMS is flying high after experiencing an amazing opening event of the season at Tulsa. This weekend is stop two on the tour in Ennis, Texas and has no intentions of slowing down.
“We made a lot of changes to the Tulsa event to keep the racers and spectators safe including an online registration process and time slip app as well as social distancing protocols. I am extremely proud of our people for adhering to these and making it a great kick off to our 2020 season”, states series founder Keith Haney.
“Ennis is a staple race for the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series and we could not be more excited to finally be back and show the great state of Texas what the MWPMS is all about. We were pleased to have 29 Pro Mods in Tulsa with competitors from all the other big race series including NHRA, PDRA and NMCA with us”, states MWPMS Event Director Ellen Eschenbacher.
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.”
TULSA, OK – Based on the strength of four number-one starts and two wins in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS), Aaron Wells secured his first national Pro Mod championship early this October.
Then, to punctuate the accomplishment, the new champ followed up one week later with another big victory in the inaugural Atomizer Racing Injectors MWPMS Invitational, held within the NHRA national event at the Texas Motorplex, near Dallas.
“The car’s consistency was great all year long,” Wells said of his Jerry Bickel-built, screw-blown ’67 Mustang GT 500. “We had basically a semi-final or better at every race, so I really couldn’t have dreamed of a better season. It’s been kind of like a fairy tale where nothing really went wrong.”
MWPMS owner, promoter and competitor Keith Haney, a past Mid-West Series Pro Mod champion himself, praised the job Wells and his family based team did all season long and expressed confidence in the series’ new top dog.
TULSA, OK – Fresh off wrapping up his first Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) championship, Aaron Wells followed up one week later by winning the inaugural Atomizer Racing Injectors MWPMS Invitational, held within the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Oct. 17-20, at the famed Texas Motorplex, near Dallas.
“Honestly, that was as exciting for myself and my team as winning the season championship,” Wells said. “And I don’t really know that I can explain why I’d feel that way except for it’s just such a unique opportunity and, you know, possibly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
MWPMS owner and promoter Keith Haney brokered the unique eighth-mile Mid-West Series race after several months of negotiations with NHRA and Motorplex officials. Held within the NHRA’s all-quarter-mile national event, it featured 22 invited MWPMS teams vying for a 16-car qualified field, with the semi-finals and finals staged on Sunday in front of a huge NHRA raceday crowd and an NHRA “Wally” (trophy) going to the winner.
ENNIS, TX – Keith Haney is more than excited about competing this weekend (Oct. 17-20), at the Texas Motorplex, south of Dallas. For months now, Haney has dedicated countless hours in arranging the unique Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) exhibition race presented by Atomizer Racing Injectors within the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
“Oh my goodness, this is gonna’ be big. I can’t say enough about how much we’re all looking forward to this,” states Haney, who not only competes in the Mid-West Series, but owns and promotes it, too. “First of all I want to thank NHRA for allowing us to do this, to run the first-ever, eighth-mile race for a Wally at one of their national events. It’s just so cool.
“And NHRA, we can’t thank them enough for allowing us to have 22 cars. It started out as 16 and then 20 and we got to 22 overall,” he continues. “And we’re going to do this special photo shoot before we start qualifying on Thursday by driving over to the big Summit Racing store and distribution facility in Arlington (TX), where we’re going to have all 22 drivers in their race suits with their helmets by their side and take a great photo for our major series sponsor. You know, give back to them because they give back so much to us.