Spencer Hyde Earns $100,000 Payday at World Series of Pro Mod
BRADENTON, FL – Racing out of the No. 32 spot, Canadian Pro Mod standout Spencer Hyde made history Sunday night when he became the fourth winner of the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service. With $100,000 on the line at Bradenton Motorsports Park, Hyde defeated PDRA Pro Boost star Kurt Steding in a winner-take-all final round decided by just thousandths of a second.
Hyde wasn’t the only driver leaving with a stack of cash. Event victories also went to John Montecalvo in the $25,000-to-win $hameless Racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational presented by Seminole Paving, David Ngo in the $20,000-to-win Xtreme Front-Wheel Drive Challenge, and Lenny Lottig in the $15,000-to-win D H Davies Racing Factory Stock Classic. Sportsman event wins went to McKenna Kitterman in $10,000-to-win Top Dragster and Brooks McMath in $5,000-to-win Super Pro.
All heads-up classes qualified on Friday and Saturday, then random chip drawings determined the pairings for all rounds of Sunday eliminations.
Johnny Camp Claims $10,000 Low Qualifier Bonus, Leads World Series of Pro Mod 32-Car Field Into $100,000-to-Win Eliminations
BRADENTON, FL – Despite a series of passes well into the 3.60-second zone Saturday night, no one topped Johnny Camp’s 3.626 at 205.91 MPH effort at the top of the qualifying order for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Just .056 seconds separate Camp and the No. 32 qualifier, Spencer Hyde, with his 3.682 at 204.51. Sixty-one cars attempted to qualify for the 32-car field, and 44 of them dipped into the 3.60-second range.
No. 1 qualifiers in the other WSOPM classes are Richard Freeman in the $hameless Racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational presented by Seminole Paving, Nichole Elff in the Xtreme Front-Wheel Drive Challenge, AJ Berge in the D H Davies Racing Factory Stock Classic, and Pete Maduri in Top Dragster.
Pro Mod and all other heads-up classes had a random chip draw to set the first-round pairings for Sunday eliminations. The random chip draws will continue throughout eliminations.
Johnny Camp Leads 61-Car Pro Mod Order Friday Night at World Series of Pro Mod
BRADENTON, FL – PDRA Pro Boost standout Johnny Camp rocketed to the No. 1 spot in Pro Mod Friday night at the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service at Bradenton Motorsports Park. With his 3.626-second blast at 205.91 MPH in the “Hells Bells” ’69 Camaro, Camp leads a Pro Mod qualifying order that includes 60 other drivers fighting for 32 spots on race day Sunday.
The first day of qualifying at the World Series of Pro Mod also included one session in the $hameless Racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational presented by Seminole Paving, the XFWD Challenge, the D H Davies Racing Factory Stock Classic, and Top Dragster. The provisional low qualifiers in those classes are Richard Freeman (MMPSI), Rafa Famania (XFWD), Lenny Lottig (FSC), and Pete Maduri (TD).
Johnny Camp, who regularly qualifies at the top in PDRA Pro Boost, ruled day one of qualifying in Pro Mod with his Brandon Stroud-tuned, ProCharged “Hells Bells” ’69 Camaro. He opened qualifying with a 3.647 at 204.82 to hold the No. 1 spot after the first session. The former Pro Nitrous driver then improved to a 3.626 at 205.91 in the night session to hang on to the top spot going into Saturday’s two sessions.
World Series of Pro Mod to Crown Next $100,000 Winner at Bradenton Motorsports Park
BRADENTON, FL – The stars of Pro Modified will converge on Bradenton Motorsports Park this weekend for the fourth Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, March 3-5. Over 50 drivers were invited to fight for the 32 qualifying spots and a shot at the $100,000 winner-take-all prize.
The three-day event will also include the $25,000-to-win $hameless Racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational presented by Seminole Paving, the $20,000-to-win Xtreme Front-Wheel Drive Challenge, and the $15,000-to-win D H Davies Racing Factory Stock Classic. Sportsman racers in Top Dragster and Super Pro will race for $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.
“I’m genuinely excited for this weekend,” said Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated founder and WSOPM promoter. “I can feel the stars and moon aligning. Something special is about to happen in the sport of drag racing. I feel strongly this sport needed disrupting. Drag racing is blessed to have such a rich history and so many longstanding traditions, but it’s time for something new. It’s time for something different.”
KB Titan Racing Named Major Sponsor of WSOPM
BRADENTON, FL – KB Titan Racing, a powerhouse engine shop specializing in NHRA Pro Stock, is the latest brand to sign on as a major sponsor of the upcoming Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service. KB Titan Racing sees it as an opportunity to support its customers while spreading the word about their expanding capabilities geared towards racers of all kinds.
KB Titan Racing was formed late in 2022 when Titan Racing Engines merged with KB Racing after team founder and owner Ken Black retired and sold the business. KB Titan Racing is now owned and operated by a group that includes Pro Mod drivers Jim Whiteley and Eric Latino. Chris Clark and Dave Rochau, who are partners in Titan Racing, have also joined in on the KB Titan Racing operation along with five-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson and longtime crew chief Rob Downing.
Type A Motorsports Signs On as WSOPM Major Sponsor
BRADENTON, FL – Event officials announced today that Type A Motorsports has been named a major sponsor of the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod (WSOPM) presented by J&A Service, taking place March 3-5 at Bradenton Motorsports Park. The company, owned by WSOPM invitee Marty Robertson, specializes in buying and selling race cars, racing components, and support vehicles like trucks, trailers, and rigs.
“My goal is to let the racing world know that Marty Robertson Racing and Type A Motorsports is coming in to be a big part of drag racing,” said Robertson. “And to help support the WSOPM going forward, not only to build our brand, but to help support those who support us. We’re so excited to have [Drag Illustrated Founder & Editorial Director] Wes Buck and the team putting together a series that gives such an incredible platform for the world to see.”
“To be part of the launch of Type A Motorsports is a real honor for everyone involved with the WSOPM,” added Buck. “Marty Robertson and his team came to us and said they wanted to be a big part of the event, support the racers on the property and establish their brand as the source for everything you need to go race. We’re genuinely thrilled to be a part of the future vision for Type A Motorsports and have their team not only on the grounds with us in Florida for the biggest, richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe, but also in competition.”
PDRA Lends Support to World Series of Pro Mod
BRADENTON, FL – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), celebrating its 10th season in 2023, has been named a major sponsor of the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod (WSOPM), event officials announced today. The series will provide support equipment, as well as offer perks for its drivers and teams competing in the Bradenton Motorsports Park event March 3-5.
“We really cherish our racers and enjoy them representing the PDRA and just want to give something back,” said Judy Franklin, co-owner, PDRA. “This is a prestigious race and we want it to be known when our racers are winning rounds.”
“It’s pretty incredible what the Franklin family and the whole PDRA team have done for doorslammer drag racing since the series inception in 2014,” said Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated founder and WSOPM promoter. “The PDRA has grown into one of the most respected organizations in the sport, and its racers are no doubt some of the fiercest out there. It means so much to everyone on our team that Judy, Tommy, and Team PDRA are getting so involved with what we’re doing with the World Series of Pro Mod.”
Elite Motorsports Named Official Truck & Trailer Source of World Series of Pro Mod
BRADENTON, FL – Elite Motorsports, known as the premier dealer for all motorsports transportation needs, has partnered with the 2023 World Series of Pro Mod as the official truck & trailer source of the event, officials announced.
“Richard Freeman and the team at Elite Motorsports are passionate about drag racing to a level that is, honestly, inspiring,” said Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck. “They’ve got 10 Pro Stock cars under the roof there in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, a new driver coming into NHRA Pro Mod, and a slew of championship- contending sportsman teams they’re involved with. Plus, they support a number of different sanctions, series, and events. It’s hard to imagine a bigger footprint.”
This partnership continues Elite Motorsports’s long history with Drag Illustrated and Buck.
“If he’s [Buck] doing something, my company and my people will support it,” said Elite Motorsports Owner Richard Freeman. “When he called and asked me [to get involved], it was an immediate yes. I support his magazine, and I support him as a person and his family, and we’re always going to support his race.”
Bill Miller Engineering Joins World Series of Pro Mod as Event Sponsor
BRADENTON, FL – Bill Miller Engineering (BME), an industry leader in forged aluminum pistons and connecting rods, has been named an event sponsor of the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, March 3-5, at Bradenton Motorsports Park. BME is the latest brand to lend its support to the $100,000 winner-take-all Pro Mod invitational.
“We’ve been involved with Pro Mod since the beginning, so it was a natural decision for us to support the World Series of Pro Mod,” said BME founder Bill Miller. “We’ve advertised in Drag Illustrated for many years, and we’ve always supported the big events that Wes [Buck] and his team put on. We’re happy to be a part of this race.”
J&A Service Named Presenting Sponsor of World Series of Pro Mod
BRADENTON, FL – J&A Service will be the presenting sponsor of the 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, event promoters announced. J&A Service has long been a supporter of the WSOPM and was thrilled to continue its partnership as a presenting sponsor of “the biggest and baddest Pro Mod race on the planet.”
“We’re naturally from a Pro Mod background,” said Jim Whiteley, co-owner of J&A Service. “They are the coolest, fastest cars in a quarter mile, and it’s a really exciting thing that we’re able to work with. Wes [Buck] has been able to generate a lot of good quality cars and a good group of people. This opportunity to go out and win $100,000 is huge, and we’re happy to help Wes be able to do that. Wes busts his ass to go out and do this, and I’m going to do what I can to help.”
“Jim Whiteley and the J&A Service team have been believers and supporters of the World Series of Pro Mod since the very beginning,” said Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated founder and WSOPM promoter. “The Whiteley family shares our vision for the future of Pro Modified drag racing. We want to take this class to the next level, treat these racers like rock stars, and put on an incredible show for the fans. We couldn’t do that without supporters like J&A Service in our corner.”