Ready to Race in NHRA National Event at Dallas
ENNIS, TX (Oct. 17,
2019) -- Keith Haney is more than excited about competing this
weekend (Oct. 17-20), at the Texas Motorplex, south of Dallas. For
months now, Haney has dedicated countless hours in arranging the
unique Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS)
exhibition race presented by Atomizer Racing Injectors within the
AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
"Oh my goodness, this is gonna' be big. I can't say enough about
how much we're all looking forward to this," states Haney, who not
only competes in the Mid-West Series, but owns and promotes it,
too. "First of all I want to thank NHRA for allowing us to do
this, to run the first-ever, eighth-mile race for a Wally at one
of their national events. It's just so cool.
"And NHRA, we can't thank them enough for allowing us to have 22
cars. It started out as 16 and then 20 and we got to 22 overall,"
he continues. "And we're going to do this special photo shoot
before we start qualifying on Thursday by driving over to the big
Summit Racing store and distribution facility in Arlington (TX),
where we're going to have all 22 drivers in their race suits with
their helmets by their side and take a great photo for our major
series sponsor. You know, give back to them because they give back
so much to us.
"But I also want to thank Jack French at Atomizer Racing Injectors
for stepping up as our presenting sponsor to help make this a
reality, as well as Summit Racing, Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Stroud
Safety and Imperial Construction. We couldn't make this happen
without any of them."
The Mid-West Pro Mod Series features all types of engine power
boosters, including screw-type superchargers, centrifugal
superchargers, turbochargers and nitrous-oxide injection, with all
competing side-by side in a wild, 3.6-second, 210-plus mph show.
"You know, the NHRA crowd at Dallas has never seen anything like
the Mid-West Series during the FallNationals before and I know
they're going to be thrilled and impressed by the show we put on,"
Haney says. "And I invite every one of them to come by our pits
over the weekend and say hi and see what a great group of guys we
have racing with us in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series."
Haney and his new, Bickel-built, nitrous-boosted "Black Mamba"
2019 Camaro, along with teammate Jim Sakuvich in his own new,
Bickel nitrous '69 Camaro, will be joined by 20 more invited
racers vying for a spot in the 16-car MWPMS qualified field.
Invitees include newly crowned series champion Aaron Wells with
his screw-blown '67 Shelby Mustang; Adam Flamholc, winner of the
most recent MWPMS event with his supercharged '63 Corvette last
week in Tulsa; championship runner-up Justin Jones, plus his
father Jeff Jones in a pair of blown C7 Corvettes; and Todd
Martin, Haney's partner in owning Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park,
with his supercharged '68 Mustang.
Also among the invited drivers are Michael Bradley, Travis Brandt,
Jeffrey Cummins, Tommy Cunningham, Ed Emerson, EJ Hickl, Dean
Marinis, Wayne Roberts, Clint Satterfield, Todd Moyer, Mick
Snyder, Jon Stouffer, Hank Stubbs, John Sullivan, and Tony
"We actually raced at the Motorplex last year and again this March
to open our 2019 season, so our racers are familiar with the track
and the facility, but most of them have never raced in an NHRA
national event before," Haney points out. "So I'm absolutely
thrilled that we were able to work with the people at NHRA and the
track to provide them with this experience. And to race for an
NHRA Wally, what could be better than that?"
After a semi-finals finish in Tulsa that capped off his first
MWPMS championship, Wells is looking to go that extra round in
Dallas to take the trophy home to Oklahoma City.
"You know, I joke that I have to win that Wally just to keep up
with my son, Tyler. He's 10 years old and he's already got a
couple of them in Jr. Dragster, so I need to catch up," he jokes.
"But seriously, what Keith has put together here is unreal. I
never thought I'd see the day we'd be racing our Pro Mods at an
NHRA event, and you know--and I hope this isn't necessarily
true--but this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the
chance of winning a Wally just sweetens the deal."
Meanwhile, like Haney, who entered three NHRA quarter-mile Pro Mod
races in 2018, Flamholc has some limited NHRA experience on his
side after entering NHRA Pro Mod events at Gainesville, FL.,
Charlotte and Atlanta early this year. He then flew home to his
native Sweden to work with SMP Racing RDRC over the summer on the
European drag racing circuit. His first race back was the Tulsa
MWPMS event, so Flamholc hopes to keep his perfect winning
percentage intact in Texas with his 5 Day Plantation Shutters and
"Personally I'm going to do my best to try and double up and
hopefully my experience from NHRA will give me an advantage,"
Flamholc says. "But you know, it's great to be a part of NHRA
history making and I want to thank Keith for all the work he's
done to make it all happen. And if we as a group put on a good
show, maybe this will open some doors in the future and we'll see
more of this kind of thing."
The planned schedule for the MWPMS at the AAA Texas NHRA
FallNationals calls for completing two rounds of qualifying on
Thursday (Oct. 17), with an additional round of qualifying on each
of the next two days, followed by two elimination rounds also on
Saturday. MWPMS semi-finals and the final round will be contested
in front of the NHRA raceday crowd on Sunday (Oct. 20), with the
standard MWPMS purse and a coveted NHRA "Wally" trophy on the
Photos courtesy MWPMS
ABOUT THE SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT MID-WEST PRO MOD SERIES:
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series is an
all-eighth-mile, no-profit organization funded entirely through
marketing partnerships and passed along to benefit MWPMS host
tracks. 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 live-streaming commercials during all events. Complete class
rules are posted on the MWPMS website.