“It’s a labor of love; it really is,” Biggs insists. “I consider it a privilege and an honor to tell the stories of the race teams and sponsors that make the Mid-West Pro Mod Series happen. And everybody has a cool story. With this whole industry it’s like that because everybody comes from different backgrounds and has different experiences. Plus, everyone knows 99.5-percent of all drag racers are great guys and my experience with the Mid-West Series absolutely confirms that.”
For the better part of two decades, Biggs, 62, has concentrated on providing drag racing coverage, working with the NMCA, Fun Ford, ADRL and PDRA before MWPMS owner, promoter and competitor Keith Haney came calling. Biggs estimates he posted between 150 and 200 MWPMS video clips to the MWPMS Facebook page this year.
“I can’t tell you how many drivers and crew guys come to me the next day to say they never expected to see things get posted so fast. They’re more used to seeing video from events go up a week or two, maybe more, after an event, but coming from a TV news background I work fast. I know how to shoot and edit for speed,” he says.
TULSA, OK – Randy Merick picked up the trophy and a $50,000 check for winning the inaugural Elite 16 event presented by Elite Motorsports and the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS), but MWPMS owner and Elite 16 promoter Keith Haney left the Texas Motorplex early this month feeling every bit as fulfilled and satisfied.
“The Elite 16 achieved exactly what we were hoping for in bringing together some of the absolute best Pro Mod racers from many different backgrounds and sanctioning bodies and putting them head-to-head on one of the fastest tracks in the country,” stated Haney, who also participated in the Elite 16 with “Notorious,” his nitrous-boosted 2014 Camaro Pro Mod.
Run before a limited-admission crowd of just 1,000 spectators, the $50K-to-win Elite 16 attracted 30 Pro Modified entries attempting to qualify for the 16-car field. After a practically unprecedented eight rounds of qualifying were in the books, MWPMS regular Brandon Pesz sat atop the Elite list with a 3.61-seconds pass at 208.75 mph over the Motorplex eighth mile, closely followed by Jonas Aleshire, Jason Hamstra, and eventual Elite 16 victor Randy Merick. A special second-chance race for Elite 16 non-qualifiers also paid out $10,000 to winner Ron Muenks.
TULSA, OK – With a brilliant come-from-behind drive, Jonas Aleshire scored his second Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) win of the year Nov. 2, while simultaneously wrapping up the MWPMS championship at the series’ 2018 World Finals in Ennis, TX.
“We just did what we had to do and kept going rounds and ended up with the championship win and ultimately won the race while doing so, which was a real big bonus,” Aleshire said. “It’s a really big deal for us, especially after finishing second last year. I really can’t thank everyone on our team enough for making this a reality.”
Before being pressed into service for the 2016 racing season, Aleshire’s bright blue Z06 Corvette spent nearly a decade in a customer’s showroom after being built by Chris Duncan Race Cars (CDRC) in 2006 at Chandlerville, IL. The car carries a 526 c.i. Brad Anderson Hemi prepared by Adam Flamholc at HRE (Hameetman Racing Engines) in Cape Coral, FL, and a CDRC-built Lenco CS2 transmission outfitted with a Neal Chance torque converter.
Heading into the MWPMS World Finals (postponed to the Texas Motorplex after being rained out a few weeks earlier in Tulsa, OK), Aleshire trailed Jim Sackuvich and Ron Muenks atop the Pro Mod points list, with fourth-place Aaron Wells also mathematically in contention for the series title. However, when Sackuvich’s 2017 Camaro lost ignition at the end of its burnout and the ’68 Camaro of Muenks fell to Rickie Smith in round one of racing, the door swung wide open for Aleshire and his screw-blown ’06 Corvette to step through.
ENNIS, TX — The biggest single-event paycheck in eighth-mile Pro Mod racing history was made out to Randy Merick Nov. 3, after the Missouri-based driver outlasted a star-studded field in the inaugural Elite 16 event presented by Elite Motorsports and the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS).
Merick qualified his supercharged, Larry Jeffers-built ’79 Corvette fourth before making it past three-time NHRA Pro Mod champ Rickie Smith, former ADRL Pro Extreme champion Frankie Taylor and NHRA Pro Mod winner Joe Baker. He then outran former U.S. Nationals winner Eric Dillard in the $50,000-to-win final at the famed Texas Motorplex, near Dallas.
“There were no easy ones, that’s for sure, but I felt pretty good about my car going into this, even though it was just the fifth race on it since we brought it out in May. I just really felt like we had a good chance of winning,” Merick said. “And this was the right one to win.
Mid-West Pro Mod Series & Elite Motorsports present the ELITE 16, the LARGEST Pro-Mod payout in the world! This race will be a $50k winner-take-all event that will take place in Ennis, Texas, at the storied Texas Motorplex November 1-3. With the entire purse payout a staggering $125,500 this event will be ACTION PACKED! Elite Motorsports, LLC Founder and Owner Richard Freeman says “This is a different deal for me. We have a lot of great customers and support in this region and I really wanted to give back and be involved in something like this. It’s a $50,000 to win race, so that in itself brings excitement. Whether you’re a racer or fan, this is going to be something to see!”
The ELITE 16’s goal is to give racers who have invested their time with MWPMS an opportunity to win a nice chunk of change.
Series Founder Keith Haney stated:
“We wanted to give the guys who’ve traveled and supported the Mid-West Pro Mod Series a bonus and that is the form of reduced entry into the Elite 16. If a racer has competed in three or more MWPMS events in 2018, their entry will be $1500. For all the guys (and gals) wanting to be a part of this HUGE payday and have competed in three or fewer MWPMS events or none at all, the entry is $2000. This means that the ELITE 16 is truly an event for everyone.”
TULSA, OK – Just qualifying for the inaugural $50,000-to-win Elite 16 event presented by Elite Motorsports and the Tulsa-based Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) is already guaranteed to be one very cool accomplishment. Thanks to Chilly Willys Engine Coolers, each of the 16 quickest Pro Mods at the famous Texas Motorplex Nov. 1-3, will be known as a Chilly Willys Qualifier. Additionally, Jim Phillips Collision Center of Evansville, Il., will be paying a bonus to the number-one starter.
“When Keith (Haney, Elite 16 organizer and promoter) came to me with the idea, I was all for it right from the start. I like to support guys who give back to the sport, who know what it takes to run these cars, and Keith is definitely someone who knows all about that,” Chilly Willys owner Brian Shaw said. “He’s paying a good purse, which is few and far between in Pro Mod racing, and I really appreciate that. So I’m glad to help out.”
Based in Moseley, Va., Chilly Willys builds a compact engine cooling unit that manufactures and recirculates its own cold water, to as low as 39 degrees Fahrenheit without any need for ice. It requires only water and a 110-volt power source to work between rounds, with a digital L.E.D. display making it easy to preset a desired water temperature. A single Chilly Willys unit works quickly enough to individually cool even a multi-car team between rounds.
“This is the second-last race in our official season and two races before the special $50,000-to-win Pro Mod race in November at the Texas Motorplex,” MWPMS owner, promoter and competitor Keith Haney said. “So all of our the points championships are still up for grabs and we’ve got a lot of newcomers showing up to run and size up the Mid-West Series competition before the big $50K race, the biggest, richest, eighth-mile Pro Mod race in the world.”
Currently, a pair of nitrous-boosted Camaros sit atop the MWPMS Pro Mod points list, with Ron Muenks, a winner at St. Louis in May, holding onto first place in his ‘69 version of Chevy’s classic pony car. Jim Sackuvich is yet to win this year with his 2014 Camaro, but runner-up finishes in four of the six MWPMS events held so far have him just seven points back in second place. Third belongs to Jonas Aleshire, another 17 points behind with his supercharged ’06 Corvette, while Aaron Wells and Todd Martin round out the top five, each with a realistic shot at the Pro Mod season title based on strong performances in the final two events.