West Coast Pro Mod Standout Ed Thornton on WSOPM Debut: ‘Not Going There to Prove Anything, I’m Going There to Win’
But rather than chase a championship, the standout veteran is instead choosing the chance to race for $100,000.
Thornton and the turbocharged D Bar D Camaro owned by Derrol Hubbard will head to Bandimere Speedway for the first time, as Thornton makes his World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefitting One Cure debut at the third annual event, which takes place Aug. 9-10 on Thunder Mountain.
Thornton has been his typical remarkable self in the Camaro in 2019, winning the first two races of the Xtreme Pro Mods West season. But with the fourth race falling on the same weekend as the WSOPM, Thornton had a choice to make.
MORRISON, CO – Scott Oksas got his first taste of the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod a year ago.
It’s not hard to figure out what is making him return to Bandimere Speedway on Aug. 9-10 for the third annual World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefitting One Cure.
“The $100,000 brings me back, buddy,” Oksas said. “Do you want to race for $10,000 or $100,000? The $100,000 brings you back.”
With that in mind, Oksas hopes to be the third straight dark horse candidate to win “the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe,” following in the footsteps of inaugural winner Mike Bowman and last season’s champ, Carl Stevens Jr.
While both talented drivers, not many had them tabbed as the favorites in either season. But through a series of consistent and impressive performances, both ended the weekend $100,000 richer.
Biehle will return to Thunder Mountain for the third year, as excited as ever to compete at Bandimere Speedway on Aug. 9-10 for the third annual World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefitting One Cure. The lure of $100,000 is a certain draw, but it may not actually be the top one.
“I look forward to all the races, but this race is by far my favorite one,” Biehle said. “It’s a great atmosphere, a great place, great competition and it’s run really well. You go there and have a good time, yet it’s serious competition. You feel like you’re the kings when you show up.”
Biehle has felt like royalty the past two years and almost got the ultimate crown last August when he advanced to the semifinals.
With the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod looming next month at Bandimere Speedway, Frigo and his team now have their incentive. A victory at the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe nets the winner $100,000.
Simply put, win the race, get a Peterbilt.
“He wants a Peterbilt. I tell him, ‘If we win the race, I buy the Peterbilt for you,’” Frigo said. “So we’re going there to win.”
Frigo will be a first-time attendee at the World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefitting One Cure, which takes place Aug. 9-10 on Thunder Mountain in Denver, but his track record makes him an immediate contender at the marquee race.
MORRISON, CO – Racers in the increasingly popular Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes will have an added incentive to race on “Thunder Mountain” at the World Series of Pro Mod this year. Race officials announced today an increased $10,000 prize for the winners of the MagnaFuel ProStar 16 and QuickStar 16 Shootouts presented by Menholt Auto Group.
The 16-car shootouts are part of the third annual DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefitting One Cure, Aug. 9-10 at Bandimere Speedway near Denver.
“The MagnaFuel ProStar and QuickStar Shootouts have become a huge part of the World Series of Pro Mod,” said Wes Buck, founder and editorial director, Drag Illustrated. “MagnaFuel has continually stepped up their involvement with this event, and now with the added support from Menholt Auto Group, these fast bracket racers will have the opportunity to race for a huge chunk of change.”
MORRISON, CO – Three years into things and Clint Satterfield’s feelings on the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod haven’t changed. If anything, he’s only enjoyed it more each year – if that’s possible.
“We can’t wait for this race,” Satterfield said. “That race makes our year.”
Those are Satterfield’s sentiments heading into the third annual World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefitting One Cure, which takes place Aug. 9-10 at Bandimere Speedway in Denver.
Going into the race last year, Satterfield said he had been anxiously awaiting the $100,000 winner-take-all extravaganza all year, calling it the highlight of his racing season.
A year later, not much has changed. He’s still counting down the days to race on Thunder Mountain and it’s still a date he’s had circled on the calendar since the 2019 race announcement was made.
Thanks to some careful planning in 2019, Gonzalez will get both a vacation and a chance to win $100,000 in his turbocharged Q80 Racing Camaro.
The Pro Mod standout has locked in his spot for the first time at the World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tire and benefiting One Cure, which takes place Aug. 9-10 at Bandimere Speedway, and Gonzalez is eager to compete against the best of the best in Pro Mod – so much so that his vacation got a new date this year.
“We’re very much looking forward to this,” Gonzalez said. “(Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director) Wes (Buck) called me last year and I already had vacation time with the family, so I couldn’t change it. This year, he told me well beforehand so we were able to change everything so I could make it.”