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.
BELLS, TN – After the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) made an extremely successful debut this April at the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion (OSCR), Speed Promotions, LLC has confirmed the Tulsa-based series will return for the sixth running of the event Apr. 10-13, 2019, at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.
After welcoming 34 MWPMS cars this year, Speed Promotions co-owner Tyler Crossnoe and the entire Outlaw Street Car Reunion team are proud to announce a $15,000-to-win payday for the MWPMS champion of the 2019 OSCR event, representing the largest MWPMS points race payout announced to date and $5,000 more than the series’ usual winner’s payout.
“After the debut of Pro Mod at the 2018 Outlaw Street Car Reunion, we are extremely excited to welcome back the Mid-West Pro Mod Series for the 2019 campaign. We as a team sat down and decided to put a special purse together for the MWPMS return to the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion, and that’s where the winner will now be enticed with $15,000 to win,” Crossnoe said.
TULSA, OK – The trouble started not long after Keith Haney’s team hauler headed out of Tulsa bound for St. Louis and the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) event at Gateway Motorsports Park. Rolling northeast on I-44, approaching the halfway point of their 400-mile trip, a tire suddenly let go on the trailer, forcing an emergency stop at the next available exit in tiny Mount Vernon, Missouri.
“We got so damn lucky, we get off the exit and boom, there’s a tire place right there,” recalled Haney, a veteran MWPMS racer, as well as owner and promoter of the series. “It would have taken us probably two or three hours to change that tire ourselves, but we go in, they tell us where to park, jack it up, change the tire, and in less than 30 minutes we’re back in business.
“So I ask, ‘How much do I owe you?’ and they answer with, ‘Nothing, you owe us nothing.’ It turns out the guys there follow me on Facebook and the manager’s friend races at Tulsa Raceway Park, the track I own with Todd Martin, so I’m just stunned,” Haney admitted. “It ended up we paid them with swag. We gave everyone in the place Keith Haney Racing hats. So, Southwest Fleet Service in Mount Vernon, thank you! And anyone ever in the area needing tire service, I can’t recommend them enough; they did a great job, too.”
TULSA, OK – Rising from a 12th-place start in the largest and quickest field in Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) history, Kevin Maddux scored his first series win Aug. 5, during the 5th annual PSCA Street Car Super Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, near St. Louis. Also celebrating victories with the all-eighth-mile drag racing series were Marty Stinnett in Radial vs. the World (RvW), Alan Felts in the X275 drag radial class.
“This particular race was something outstanding, special, a history-making event,” MWPMS owner and promoter Keith Haney declared. “We had the biggest Pro Mod field in our history, the quickest field ever, it gave us our sixth different Pro Mod winner in six races so far this year, and I can’t even count how many of our racers made career-best runs—even a lot who didn’t qualify—they still left St. Louis with big smiles on their faces. And that’s what this is really all about, letting these guys shine in a series that gives everyone a chance to compete.”
A record 37 of 38 entries on the grounds made qualifying attempts, with Jason Hamstra and his screw-blown ’69 Camaro leading the way for the third-straight race with a MWPMS record-setting 3.70-seconds pass at 206.23 mph. Just two-thousandths of a second behind was Brandon Pesz, with Jonas Aleshire a close third. Maddux clocked in with a then-career-best 3.76, and the 16th-and-final starting position was secured by Duane Rister at 3.78 seconds, marking the quickest bump spot for a 16-car combined Pro Mod field in eighth-mile history.