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Scott Wildgust and the Smokies Garage Race Team to compete at Empire Dragway’s Mid-Summer Mayhem

Large Pro Modified contingent from NEOPMA and PMRA return for round two of eighth-mile action August 5-6

CAYUGA, ON – The Pro Modified entry list continues to grow as this popular class of drag racing returns to Empire Dragway in Leicester NY August 5-6 for North East Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge III with cars from the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) and the Pro  Modified Racing Association (PMRA).

Running in conjunction with the NEOPMA will be PMRA teams which have competed in the Southern Ontario-based series and are making a return.

Southwestern Ontario native Scott Wildgust will be competing in this weekend’s event in the Smokies Garage Race Team entry, the 1967 Mustang Pro Modified owned by Mike Clark. Wildgust, along with Melanie Salemi of Buffalo, NY, and Spencer Hyde of Stratford, ON are former Top Dragster and Top Sportsman drivers who now compete in Pro Modified. Salemi and Hyde competed in the PMRA-associated Quick 32 Sportsman Series and Wildgust was a regular competitor in the PMRA.

Wildgust and his team have attacked the PDRA ranks with gusto, currently sitting eighth. The team also won the NMCA season opener in Bradenton, Florida, and qualified fifth at the Snowbirds event last December.

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Empire Dragway’s Mid-Summer Mayhem to feature North East Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge III

Cars from NOPMA and PMRA return for round two of eighth-mile action August 5-6

CAYUGA, ON – Pro Modified racing returns to Empire Dragway in Leicester NY August 5-6 for round two with cars from the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) and the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA).

Running in conjunction with the NEOPMA will be PMRA teams which have competed in the Southern Ontario-based series and are making a return.

Two prominent drivers who competed in the PMRA-sanctioned Quick 32 Sportsman Series are Melanie Salemi and Spencer Hyde.

Based in Buffalo, NY, Salemi drives the Eddie Whelan-owned, Jim and Jon Salemi-prepared Camaro with Melanie Salemi Motorsports.

A former Top Dragster driver, Salemi has become a prominent Pro Modified driver. Melanie currently sits as the PDRA Pro Boost record holder 3.568, 207 mph which she clinched at GALOT Motorsports Park earlier this season. She has held the Pro Boost record three separate times in her career. Not only was Melanie the first female to win in Pro Boost at Rockingham Dragway in 2015 but she comes into this race as the champion of the PDRA  Summer Shootout at Virginia Motorsports park earlier this month and has also recorded notable wins at the last 1/4 mile Shakedown at The Summit In 2018 and at the 50th anniversary of the infamous Snowbird Outlaws race for $50,000.00 which was contested this past winter.

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NEOPMA Returns to Empire Dragway for Empire Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge III

LEICESTER, NY – Just over a month after racing at New York’s Empire Dragway, the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) returns to the historic IHRA-sanctioned track this weekend for the Empire Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge III on August 5-6. It’s the fifth points race of the NEOPMA’s 30th anniversary season, and a full field of Pro Mod competitors are on tap to put on a show for the fans.

“The stands were packed when we raced at Empire in mid-June, and our racers are thrilled to return this weekend to give the fans another exciting show,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “Jerry Scaccia, Patrick Budd, and the whole Empire Dragway team provide a fantastic track and treat us really well. The fans in the area are passionate about Pro Modified racing, which makes for a great atmosphere for our members.”

At the Empire Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge II in June, 21 cars attempted to qualify for the 16-car field. Seven of those qualifiers dipped into the 3.60-second range, while Saturday eliminations also featured side-by-side, 3.60-second racing thanks to cool conditions and tight track prep.

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Mike Decker Jr. Takes Second NEOPMA Win of 2022 at Empire Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge II

LEICESTER, NY – Defending Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) champion Mike Decker Jr. picked up his second win of the season Saturday night at the Empire Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge II at Empire Dragway. Decker and past NEOPMA champion Steve King put on a side-by-side 3.60-second show in the final round, with Decker’s 3.629 at 211.47 MPH defeating King’s 3.641 at 207.56.

“We have an awesome team,” Decker said. “As always, I’m going to thank the Lord first. We take it one round at a time. It’s going to fall where it falls, but we have a good group of guys behind me and we have good support. I have good support from the Tutterows as well. The end result is we’re getting our [winner’s circle] picture taken.”

It was a meaningful Father’s Day weekend win for Decker, who races with his family-based team at every race. His son, Mike “Hollywood” Decker III, is both his teammate and his tuner, though he got some help from Wyo Motorsports’ Todd Tutterow.

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Chuck Ulsch Picks Up NEOPMA Win at Cecil County Dragway

RISING SUN, MD – Maryland native Chuck Ulsch bounced back from an upset first-round loss at the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) season opener by winning the third race of the season Saturday night at Cecil County Dragway’s June Strange Engineering Outlaw Street Car Shootout. Ulsch in his screw-blown ’68 Camaro beat defending NEOPMA champion Mike Decker Jr. in the final round.

It was far from the first time Ulsch and Decker lined up, as the two Maryland-based racers previously raced together in Outlaw 10.5. Ulsch left the starting line first and recorded a 3.618-second pass at 208.46 MPH to beat Decker and his 3.739 at 171.42.

“It was really good to beat Mike and that whole program because they have a serious program going on over there,” Ulsch said. “It’s just nice to get a win in general. They’re hard to come by with this level of competition. Pro Mod’s a real tough deal. The Northeast has some real competitive cars.”

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NEOPMA Rumbles Into Empire Dragway for First of Two 2022 Appearances

LEICESTER, NY – After an acclaimed debut in 2021, the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) is returning to Empire Dragway this weekend, June 17-18, for the second annual Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge. Approximately 30 cars have pre-entered for the fourth race of the series’ 30th anniversary season.

“Our racers made the trip to Empire for the first time last year, and the enthusiastic fan support made it an obvious choice to come back not once, but twice this season,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “Jerry Scaccia and his team have made even more improvements to the facility since we were there last June. The fantastic facility and the cheering fans really make for an exciting atmosphere. We’re looking forward to racing at Empire this weekend and again August 5-6.”

The pre-entry list is made up of stars from across the Pro Mod racing world. The list includes NEOPMA standouts like defending champion Mike Decker Jr. and son Mike “Hollywood” Decker III, Steve King and the King/Pilot/Miller team, Fredy Scriba, Tyler Hard, Kevin McCurdy, Matt Deitsch, Dave Norris, Derek Ward, Andy Jensen, Tommy Gray, and recent winner Chuck Ulsch. They’ll be joined by home-track heroes Mike Janis and Melanie Salemi, as well as hitters like Kurt Steding, Ken Quartuccio, and Todd Moyer.

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NEOPMA Bringing 3.60-Second Pro Mods to Cecil County’s Outlaw Street Car Shootout

RISING SUN, MD – The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) is ready to bounce back from a rainout at its last event as the series continues its 30th anniversary season at the June edition of Cecil County Dragway’s Strange Engineering Outlaw Street Car Shootout, June 3-4. At least 20 Pro Mod entries are expected to race with the series at one of its longtime stops, the racer-centric Cecil County Dragway.

“The NEOPMA is always excited when we return to one of our original home tracks,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “Jim and Cathy Halsey always give us a fast, safe, well-prepped track. What’s great about racing at Cecil is that Jimmy is a racer and knows what Pro Mods need.”

A full field of competitors have signed on to take part in the event, no doubt enticed by the tight track prep provided by the Cecil County team. The track has hosted some of the quickest and fastest passes in NEOPMA history over the years.

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NEOPMA Atco Race Cancelled Due to Rainy Forecast

ATCO, NJ – The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association’s (NEOPMA) return to Atco Dragway after a two-year hiatus will have to wait a little while longer, as this weekend’s race has been cancelled due to a rainy forecast, NEOPMA and Atco officials announced Thursday afternoon.

“A combination of factors led the track to cancel the event, and I stand by their decision,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “We need a really well-prepped, dry track, and this weekend’s forecast would make that nearly impossible. We’re expecting on and off showers Friday, Saturday, and even Sunday. We want to make sure our guys are safe and racing on a dry surface. Secondly, we have guys traveling from all over, from as far south as Virginia and as far north as Pittsburgh and beyond. We didn’t want them to spend the time and money in fuel to get here just to get rained out. The third is because of the rain, we were likely to lose a few racers who’d understandably prefer to stay home.”

The Atco event was supposed to be the second of eight points races on the NEOPMA 30th anniversary tour. There are no immediate plans to make up the race.

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NEOPMA Returns to Atco Dragway for Pro Mod Warz

ATCO, NJ – The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) is continuing its 30th anniversary season with a return to New Jersey’s historic Atco Dragway this weekend, May 13-14, for the track’s Pro Mod Warz. It’s the second race on the 2022 NEOPMA schedule, which includes eight points races and an eight-car invitational race.

Since last racing at Atco in 2019, the series made the switch from quarter-mile competition to eighth-mile racing. The group has seen an uptick in racer participation since making the change. Weather dependent, at least 16 cars are expected to compete at Atco this weekend.

“I think we can expect a really great show,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “We’re not going to have as many cars, but we will have great racers like the Deckers, Fredy Scriba, the King/Pilot/Miller team, Chuck Ulsch, Dave Norris, and Rob Hunnicutt, as well as new NEOPMA racer Joe Newsham. We’ll have a lot of fast cars; we just won’t have the volume. Like many others in the industry, a lot of our racers are having trouble getting parts.”

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Mike Decker Jr. Wins Father-Son Final Round to Start 2022 NEOPMA Season

BUDDS CREEK, MD – Reigning Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) champion Mike Decker Jr. scored a season-opening win Sunday afternoon at Maryland International Raceway’s 14th annual Atomizer Racing Injectors Door Wars presented by ATI Performance Products. He defeated his son and tuner, Mike “Hollywood” Decker III, in the father-son duo’s first final round together.

“We’ve lined up against each other before [in Outlaw 10.5], but we’ve never beaten the whole field before we got there,” Decker Jr. said. “It’s very exciting and it just doesn’t happen.”

The younger Decker was making his NEOPMA debut as the driver of the team’s second car, the screw-blown Decker’s Salvage “Spare Change” ’20 Camaro. He qualified third with a 3.637-second pass at 209.04, while Decker Jr. struggled in qualifying and started eliminations from the No. 13 spot with his 3.958 at 143.70.

Decker Jr.’s performance improved for the first round of eliminations on Saturday night, using a 3.654 at 212.56 in his Decker’s Salvage “Big Change” ’20 Camaro to drive around Don Tolley’s 3.691 at 208.30 in the opening round. Decker III ran a 3.691 at 207.72 on a single, as first-round opponent Dave Norris couldn’t make the call.

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