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.
TULSA, OK – Next month, during the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex, the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) will stage an unprecedented 16-car, eighth-mile exhibition race presented by Atomizer Racing Injectors as part of a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) national event.
“This is a dream come true for me. Everyone in drag racing knows the NHRA is the big show–period,” MWPMS owner and competitor Keith Haney states. “I want to personally thank NHRA, (Motorplex owner) Billy Meyer and (track general manager) Andy Carter for creating this tremendous opportunity for our racers.
“They can’t believe they get to be a part of the first-ever NHRA eighth-mile race, the first 16-car exhibition class field, the first-ever race featuring all Pro Mod engine combos running side by side, and most of all the chance to win the first-ever trophy for eighth-mile racing in NHRA history. Each of these Mid-West Series guys will go down in NHRA history–which alone is amazing–but whoever wins that trophy will really have lifelong bragging rights,” he continues.
October 2019 Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park Throw Down In T-Town & Mid-West Pro Mod & Radial Series!
Throw Down of 2019 will be held at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park on Oct 11th-12th and will feature some of the top racers in the United States competing in 10 classes.
“The Throw Down in T-Town has become one of the largest races in the country,” track co-owner Keith Haney said. “We had over 160 race cars in May. It’s a FREE event for the customer, and we had 25,000 fans in the stands for the weekend in May 2019. It’s just become a huge event.”
What is even bigger is the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series WORLD FINALS! The MWPMS points chase is so close the action is going to be off the hook!