TULSA, OK – The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) is proud to announce that Menscer Motorsports will be back on board for the 2019 season. Menscer Motorsports is an industry leader in race car and street car suspension.
“Mark is someone that provides an amazing amount of support to our industry and the racers within our industry. For years he has been on the forefront of performance technology with his shock setups, and I should know since we run them on my nitrous powered RvW car” stated series found Keith Haney.
Menscer Motorsports is located in Hope Mills, North Carolina. They have been on the forefront to performance shock absorbers in the small tire world for quite some time. Menscer Motorsports has also been racking up race wins, record times, and World Championships that would be the envy of any manufacture.
TULSA, OK – The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) welcomes Strange Engineering back for the 2019 season. This will be their third season with MWPMS, as they have been a supporter of MWPMS since its inception. Strange Engineering has been a household name in drag racing since 1964 and is an important component vital to many racers throughout all levels in drag racing.
“I am honored to have a company like Strange Engineering back in 2019 as they have supported the Mid-West Pro Mod Series and both my radial and pro mod cars. Strange has a long, rich history in drag racing and their partnership is very important to both myself and my MWPMS racers”, states series found Keith Haney.
Strange Engineering is headquartered in a 120,000-square-foot facility located in Northern Illinois and has been a leading manufacture of high-performance driveline and suspension components since 1964.
“Jerry Bickel has supported Mid-West Pro Mods since our inception in 2017 and I am excited that JBRC is continuing to support our racers in 2019”, stated series found Keith Haney.
The world-renowned chassis builder Jerry Bickel Race Cars is located in Moscow Mills, Missouri and features an extensive in-house parts department of new and used components as well as race cars for sale. The facility and equipment represent the commitment to customer satisfaction to meet or exceed customers’ expectations and maintain the “One Stop Chassis Shop” moto.
“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.