TULSA, OK — Eddie Rogers laid down a pass of 3.863 seconds at 190.30 mph to earn the win Saturday night in the Midwest Pro Mod Series show at Tulsa Raceway Park. The Arkansas native earned the victory with a holeshot advantage of .052 seconds over runner-up Jonas Aleshire’s 3.82-second lap at 198.41 mph. The thrilling finale wrapped up an incredible weekend of racing that kicked off with Keith Haney earning top qualifier honors with a pass of 3.756 seconds at 201.64 mph.
“I thought it was great,” Rogers said after his victory. “We had a great turn out of good cars and a nice mix of power combinations. I think the fans enjoy seeing different kinds of cars racing each other. I think (the event) was run very well and if we can make sure one combination doesn’t run away with it, the turn out will be good and there will be some great racing.”
The Mid-West Pro Mod Series was founded by racers – Jeff Pierce, Billy Stocklin, Todd Martin, Jim Sakuvich, Keith Haney, Wes Buck and Dewayne Mills – as a way to promote Pro Mod racing in the center of the United States.
The series has many unique features that will be unveiled this weekend, namely the combining of all types of engines into one Pro Mod class.
“It’s a series that was put together by racers in the Midwest,” Haney said. “The east coast has a series out that way, and the PDRA is out that way. There’s really not a whole on this side of the country, although most of the racers on this side of the country go to the east coast to race.”
The rules are meant to balance the different types of engines – nitrous, turbo, screw, Roots, etc. – so the focus is on the racing and not on the numbers. Fans want to see good racing, Haney noted, and not big speeds.