MWPMS Pro Mod World Champion
This weekend, a
season of struggles, ups and downs, and long-shots came to a head.
It was Jonas Aleshire in his blown Vette, along with the Chris
Duncan Race Cars team, who were sitting in third place on
Thursday, but just 36 hours later were World Champions.
It certainly isnít your average story about a team with funds that
arenít an issue, or unlimited resources. More about that later
though. Coming into this weekend at the Texas Motorplex, there
were almost too many things on tap to keep track of. It was going
to be a race within a race, when the Mid-West Pro Mod Series had
to contest their final race of the year within the highlight event
being held, that being the Elite 16.
On Thursday night, we were going to shoot for two rounds of
qualifying, with the rest being contested on Friday, along with
eliminations. There were four drivers that were mathematically
alive in the championship hunt though. Sitting in first was Ron
Muenks, and Jim Sackuvich barely behind him in second. After you
did the mandatory race drop, the positions swap between the two.
Behind Jim was Jonas Aleshire in three and Aaron Wells in four.
So, as you can see, there were going to be two nitrous cars and
two blower cars fighting to put that number 1 on for the 2019
We were cut short on qualifying Thursday night due to some track
cleanup from an oil down. It all came down to Friday at this
point. If you thought that this race couldnít get anymore
interesting, you would be so wrong. Once qualifying was completed
it was going to be Ron facing off against drag racing Icon Rickie
Smith and Jim was taking on Brandon Lewis. Jonas was going to
square off against Eddie Rogers, and Aaron Wells was matched up
with Mid-West Pro Mod founder Keith Haney.
By the end of the first round, Ron was out and so was Jim. Jonas
took a win as well as Aaron. This means that #1 and #2 in points
had been eliminated, with #3 and #4 still in. The wrench is that
MWPMS has a Slammers class that allow for accrual of points as
well though. When you are in the Slammers class, itís for those
that lost first round and still gives them an opportunity to keep
racing and get points. When round two was called to the lanes, the
next step in the championship chase was going to be decided. Jonas
was going to be pulling to the line with none other than Aaron
Wells in the lane next to him. Jonas took the win and Aaron had
issues and the car got squirrely. Jim, who was in the Slammers
class had a bye in his round.
The semi-final round was the round that everyoneís eyes were glued
to though. It was because there were three scenarios that could
happen, so follow along with me here. If Jonas wins his semi-final
match against Randy Merick, then Jonas would be the World
Champion. Second scenario was that if Jonas lost to Randy, and Jim
lost in the Slammer class, Jonas would be the World Champion.
Lastly, if Jonas were to lose to Randy, and Jim won his match-up,
Jim would take the championship by less points than you have
fingers on your hand holding the phone while reading this.
I was standing on the starting line behind Jonasí car while he
lined up to take the tree against Randy. It was a hell of a race,
but the scoreboard lit up with another new personal best for
Jonas, and so did the win light. This means that the 2018 Mid-West
Pro Mod Series World Champion was going to be Jonas Aleshire and
there was nothing anyone could do to catch up. Emotions were
flowing on the starting line, but there was still work to be done,
as Jonas, Chris, and the rest of the team would have to get the
car ready to face off against the 2018 NMCA Pro Mod World Champion
In the finals, Jonas was in the left lane, with Jason in the
right. We were about to see the 2018 NMCA World Champion face off
against the newly minted 2018 Mid-West Pro Mod Series World
Champion. These two were also two of the three quickest cars on
the property during the Elite 16 qualifying. The bulbs lite up the
dark night sky in Ennis, and it was Jonas off the line first.
Jason was dead late on the tree, and Jonas was pulling away. About
400í out there was a huge explosion in Jasonís lane, and right
after that the winner light came on in Jonasí lane. Jason was ok,
but not able to continue the rest of the weekend. The ground shook
as the entire CDRC team scream in excitement as they realized that
Jonas, who became the World Champion the round before, had now won
the MWPMS Finals race, and became the series World Champion.
The CDRC team is not one that has all the funds or assets that a
lot of other teams have. What they did have was a determination to
prove that they were the team to beat. They were going to take on
any competitor and make it happen. Another small tidbit for you is
that Chris actually sent two guys from home base in Illinois, all
the way to Florida last week to borrow a blower from Pro Mod Star
Adam Flamholc for the race. It was a compete team effort all
season for the CDRC Vette. Whether it was Jonas behind the wheel
and wrenches, or Chris behind the keyboard, or Jonasí much better
half Amber Sanders dealing with all the boys and being amazingly
supportive and helpful. Mikel Clifton, Ryan Hutchinson, Todd
Story, and so many more were all part of the team this season on
Jonasí journey to a Championship. Not too bad for a team that
started the season in Dallas blowing shit up and not sure what
would happen next.
The team at E3xtreme, whom are close with Jonas and the team,
would like to personally congratulate Jonas, Amber, Chris, Todd,
and everyone else that had a hand in making this Championship
amazing. It was a yearlong battle that culminated in being
something that very few ever accomplish, and that is being a World