TULSA, OK – The Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) is proud to announce the ELITE 16 presented by Elite Motorsports, LLC. This premiere $50,000 winner-take-all purse will be held at the famed Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas November 1-3, 2018.
Series Founder Keith Haney is very excited about the Elite Motorsports, LLC partnership for this HUGE event showcasing these earth shaking, big-tire beasts.
Elite Motorsports, LLC Founder and Owner Richard Freeman says, “This is a different deal for me. We have a lot of great customers and supporters 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!”
Entry into the Elite 16 aims to give back to the racers who’ve invested their time into racing with the MWPMS this year.
TULSA, OK – Keith Haney enjoyed a good, solid start to his race weekend June 29-30 at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS, but a few broken bolts on race day cost him a likely final-round appearance and possible win in the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) event.
After 20 cars completed four rounds of qualifying, Haney and “Notorious,” his nitrous-boosted 2014 Camaro, placed fifth overall with a 3.89-seconds pass at 193.13 mph.
“That was the quickest run of all the nitrous entries on the grounds, so we were pretty proud of that,” said Haney, who also owns and promotes the all-eighth-mile MWPMS. “Brandon Switzer couldn’t be there in person but he made some great tuning calls over the phone from Virginia and my co-crew chief, Brandon Pesz, he handled everything at the track in addition to racing his own car to the semi finals.”
Haney opened eliminations with a 3.98 to 4.19 win over Chad Javers and his supercharged ’67 Mustang, and then made a 4.43 solo pass in the quarter finals after Tommy Cunningham was unable to make the call to stage with another blown ’67 Mustang. Unfortunately, Haney’s off-the-pace pass reflected his own mechanical woes as several bolts sheared off between the flywheel and torque converter.
TULSA, OK – On an oppressively hot weekend at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS, past Pro Mod world champion Jason Hamstra beat all comers June 30, to earn his first victory with the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS).
“We haven’t had a lot of racing luck this year, and it was so hot, the track was very hot and it really wasn’t like the normal prep we’re used to,” said Hamstra, who started his supercharged ’69 Camaro from second-place in the 16-car qualified field. “Conditions were definitely challenging, so it was good to finally have it all come together.”
After 20 entries completed four rounds of qualifying, Jonas Aleshire and his blown ’06 Corvette entered eliminations from the top spot thanks to a 3.82-seconds blast at 198.58 mph in the first session. Despite making a pass only in the opening round of qualifying, Hamstra’s 3.83 at a class-leading 205.69 mph held up for second overall, followed by Brandon Pesz, Eddie Rogers and MWPMS owner and promoter Keith Haney with the first of the nitrous entries at 3.89 seconds and 193.13 mph.
This weekend (June 29-30), he’ll be back at the Topeka, KS-based drag strip in a more familiar role as owner, promoter, and competitor with the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS), which will be participating in Heartland Motorsports Park’s 30th anniversary celebration. The two-day event also will feature diesel drags, bracket racing and a big, trackside fireworks show on Saturday night.
“You know, I was thrilled with my return to quarter-mile racing with the NHRA last month at Heartland Park, but now my sights are set firmly on tearing up the eighth mile there and winning the Mid-West Pro Mod Series race,” said Haney, who did not participate in the two most recent MWPMS events.
“For the race last month in Tulsa I loaned out my Pro Mod car to my good friend Jim Sackuvich after he had a very unfortunate accident during testing there. Then early this month some last-minute business obligations popped up and I had to miss our race in St. Louis, too, which really killed me because I love that track. But that little break also gave me a good outlook on rules committees and other things to make the Mid-West Pro Mod Series a little bit better organization wise.”
TULSA, OK – The outrageous eighth-mile warriors of the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) are ready to take on Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS, June 29-30, as part of the track’s 30th anniversary celebration that also features diesel and bracket racing, plus a big Saturday-night fireworks show.
With four of eight scheduled MWPMS events already in the books, Ron Muenks, winner of the most recent MWPMS race at St. Louis late last month, holds the 2018 Pro Mod points lead. Not far behind is Jonas Aleshire, who won at Tulsa early in May, with Jim Sackuvich, Todd Martin and Aaron Wells rounding out the top five. Defending class champion Keith Haney fell out of the top-10 after business demands forced him to miss the prior two events, but as MWPMS owner and promoter he remains excited about the coming Topeka tilt.
“This is a big race for everyone,” Haney says. “We’re heading into the second half of the season, so the end will be in sight sooner than you think. This race in Topeka represents a chance for the guys up front to put some distance on the competition, but it’s still not too late for someone further back-like me-to put a big come-from-behind charge together. Topeka better be ready for some fireworks-and not just on Saturday night!”
MADISON, IL – Despite arriving at Gateway Motorsports Park last Thursday with the points lead in hand for the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS), Ron Muenks had yet to visit victory lane this year. Muenks and his “Purple Gorilla” teammates remedied that May 26, however, by beating Jim Sackuvich for the Pro Mod title during the Premier Street Car Association’s (PSCA) 3rd annual Heads Up Hootenanny. Also going to the MWPMS winners’ circle at the track near St. Louis were Daniel Pharris with his second victory of the year in Radial vs. the World and Jimmy Plimpton with his first in X275 drag radial action.
“Unfortunately, last-minute business demands prevented me from attending the Mid-West Pro Mod Series race in St. Louis,” MWPMS owner, promoter and competitor Keith Haney said. “But I did follow it all weekend via our live online stream and I couldn’t be more proud of the job David Cook and the rest of my team did in running the race and taking care of our racers, fans and sponsors. Truthfully, I had no worries at all about it going well; I just hated having to miss a race for the first time in literally years.”
TULSA, OK – Jonas Aleshire saved his best for last as he secured the Pro Modified win for the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) May 12, during the Throw Down in T-Town at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park. Also visiting the MWPMS winners’ circle were Oklahoma’s own DeWayne Mills in Radial vs. the World and X275 victor Kenny Hubbard.
Over the course of two days, the all-eighth-mile Throw Down in T-Town attracted nearly 20,000 fans to the historic Tulsa drag strip, where they enjoyed several other drag racing and exhibition classes, too, MWPMS owner, promoter and competitor Keith Haney pointed out.
“The Throw Down in T-Town is one of the highlights of the year for us and this year’s event definitely lived up to expectations. And I want to commend the staff at Tulsa Raceway Park for putting in long hours with smiling faces and positive attitudes all throughout a pretty warm weekend,” said Haney, who co-owns the Tulsa facility with fellow MWPMS racer Todd Martin.