Aleshire Aces MWPMS
Finals and Wins Pro Mod World Championship
TULSA, OK (November
13, 2018) -- With a brilliant come-from-behind drive, Jonas
Aleshire scored his second Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West
Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) win of the year Nov. 2, while
simultaneously wrapping up the MWPMS championship at the series'
2018 World Finals in Ennis, TX.
"We just did what we had to do and kept going rounds and ended up
with the championship win and ultimately won the race while doing
so, which was a real big bonus," Aleshire said. "It's a really big
deal for us, especially after finishing second last year. I really
can't thank everyone on our team enough for making this a
Before being pressed into service for the 2016 racing season,
Aleshire's bright blue Z06 Corvette spent nearly a decade in a
customer's showroom after being built by Chris Duncan Race Cars (CDRC)
in 2006 at Chandlerville, IL. The car carries a 526 c.i. Brad
Anderson Hemi prepared by Adam Flamholc at HRE (Hameetman Racing
Engines) in Cape Coral, FL, and a CDRC-built Lenco CS2
transmission outfitted with a Neal Chance torque converter.
Heading into the MWPMS World Finals (postponed to the Texas
Motorplex after being rained out a few weeks earlier in Tulsa,
OK), Aleshire trailed Jim Sackuvich and Ron Muenks atop the Pro
Mod points list, with fourth-place Aaron Wells also mathematically
in contention for the series title. However, when Sackuvich's 2017
Camaro lost ignition at the end of its burnout and the '68 Camaro
of Muenks fell to Rickie Smith in round one of racing, the door
swung wide open for Aleshire and his screw-blown '06 Corvette to
After qualifying 10th on the Motorplex eighth mile, crew chief
Duncan tuned Aleshire to a stout 3.68 at 207.30 to beat Eddie
Rogers and set low E.T. for the round before turning up the wick
to 3.66 and eliminating Wells from the championship scenario in
round two. Meanwhile, despite being unable to contest the opening
session against Brandon Lewis, Sackuvich remained in the
championship hunt thanks to the Mid-West Series' unique
second-chance "Slammers" race that continues to pay out a reduced
percentage of championship points.
It meant Aleshire's semi-final match against Randy Merick--who
would go on to win the $50,000 Elite 16 final the next day--would
determine the series champion based on three possible outcomes. A
win over Merick would secure the title for Aleshire regardless of
what Sackuvich managed on the Slammers ladder; a loss to Merick
and a loss by Sackuvich still would favor Aleshire; or a loss to
Merick and a win by Sackuvich would narrowly tip the championship
It was all over, then, after Aleshire posted a 3.64 to Merick's
3.66 to cement his first MWPMS championship with one round left in
the season-ending event. Official MWPMS results placed Sackuvich
as runner-up, Meunks third, and Wells fourth with Todd Martin
rounding out the top five in Pro Mod points.
"I couldn't be happier for Jonas and Chris and the entire Chris
Duncan Race Cars team for winning the Mid-West Series
championship," MWPMS owner, promoter, and 2017 Pro Mod champion
Keith Haney stated. "I know what it means to hold this title for a
year and I know Jonas is going to be a great representative as our
new, reigning Pro Mod world champion."
With the season title in the bag it didn't get any easier for the
CDRC team, however, as number-one qualifier Jason Hamstra was
waiting in the wings after outrunning Wayne Roberts, Martin and
Taylor Lastor to reach the final round.
"Jason Hamstra is extremely tough," Aleshire said. "When we go up
there against him and his guys we're not going to leave anything
on the table--and neither are they--but he's an extremely good
racer, a good sportsman, so I like racing them."
The final pairing was decided on the starting line as Aleshire
left with an impressive .029 reaction time before posting a
career-best 3.62 elapsed time at 208.84 mph to punctuate his
championship in winning fashion. Hamstra was late on the tree
before the blown Hemi in his '69 Camaro dropped a valve just past
halfway through the run, effectively ending his weekend.
"I could definitely tell it was truckin'" Aleshire exclaimed
later. "I was a little surprised at how fast we were running, but
only because we started the season at 2,650 pounds, then it moved
to 2,675 late in the (MWPMS) season, but it was moved again to
2,700 for the finals and Elite 16 race and the car actually
weighed 2,710 or 2,715 at the scales each time. So to run that
quick at that weight was pretty amazing.
"You know, I've been driving this car now for three years and this
was by far our biggest weekend together. I couldn't thank Chris
enough; he gave me one of the baddest, most consistent race cars
to drive, we didn't tear anything up, and it all added up to just
a great, consistent weekend. It was just absolutely wonderful."
Photos courtesy MWPMS/Damon
ABOUT THE MID-WEST PRO MOD SERIES
The Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) is an all-eighth-mile,
no-profit organization that typically competes during each host
track’s biggest event of the year. Its appearance is entirely
funded by sponsorships passed along to benefit the host tracks
(typically about $10,000). The Mid-West Pro Mod Series also
provides trackside sponsor banners to be displayed at each event,
on-site PA sponsor announcements, and links to each company on the
MWPMS website (www.MidWestProModSeries.com), plus an extensive
social-media presence, texts and e-mail blasts, and commercials
during all events.