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.
TULSA, OK – The Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) is returning to Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park this weekend (May 11-12), for the Throw Down in T-Town, the third event in a nine-race schedule for the MWPMS this year.
Anchoring the all-eighth-mile MWPMS Throw Down will be the double-barreled assault of its Pro Modified and Radial vs. the World classes, with additional competition in MX235 and X275 drag radial, Pro Street, 6.0 Index and 7.99 Open, a special appearance by Outlaw Gassers, plus two Jr. Dragster classes piloted by kids aged 8 to 17 years.
“The Throw Down at T-Town has something for everyone, whether you love to see doorslammers going over 200 miles an hour in 3.7 seconds, old-school Gassers with their wheels-up launches, or all the kids and their families having fun and going head-to-head in Jr. Dragsters. It really is the complete drag racing show,” declares MWPMS owner, promoter and competitor Keith Haney, who also co-owns the Tulsa track with fellow MWPMS racer Todd Martin.
TULSA, OK – Shortly after taking a two-year break from competition, Jerry Hunt scored his career-first win with the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) as he secured the Pro Mod title Mar. 21, as part of the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion V (OSCR). Also notching MWPMS wins at historic Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY, were Daniel Pharris in Radial vs. the World (RvW) and Jimmy White in the X275 drag radial class.
“I’m proud to say we had tremendous representation for the Mid-West Pro Mod Series in our first trip to Bowling Green,” said Keith Haney, owner and promoter of the all-eighth-mile, Tulsa-based drag racing organization. “We had 33 cars entered in Pro Mod, 18 in Radial vs. the World and 40 in X275. I couldn’t be any happier with the turnout and want to thank each and every team for supporting our sponsors at such a great event.”
Originally scheduled to run Mar. 20-22, a long-range forecast for rain prompted OSCR organizer Tyler Crossnoe to step up the schedule and move eliminations from Sunday to Saturday. It proved to be the right choice, but made for a hectic weekend, he explained.
TULSA, OK – The Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) is proud to welcome Summit Racing Equipment as its official speed shop and parts supplier. Additionally, Summit Racing has been named the title sponsor for the MWPMS event Sept. 7-8, at Trumbull, TX.
“We’re very excited about Summit Racing Equipment joining us as both a full-season sponsor and the title rights holder for our race at the brand-new Xtreme Raceway Park,” stated Keith Haney, owner and promoter of the Tulsa-based drag racing organization. “Summit Racing is a huge company and very well-known in all forms of motorsports, so for them to come on board with the Mid-West Pro Mod Series is a great vote of confidence in the strength of our series. It shows they have faith in what we’re doing and what we say we’re going to do.”
In addition to the flagship store and mail-order headquarters in Tallmadge, OH, Summit Racing operates retail outlets in Sparks, NV, McDonough, GA, and Arlington, TX. Summit Racing Motorsports and Events Manager Jim Greenleaf explained a visit to the Arlington store this spring led to him attending the MWPMS season opener at the Texas Motorplex.