Adds Top Alcohol Funny Car Class and Championship
TULSA, OK (June 12, 2020) -- In a stunning development,
the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS)
will add Top Alcohol Funny Car (TA/FC) as an official
class beginning July 10-11, with its event at Xtreme
Raceway Park in Ferris, TX.
Significantly, each MWPMS event will pay $10,000 to the
TA/FC winner and a $1,000 bonus to the top qualifier, with
paybacks reaching all qualifiers for eight- or 16-car
fields, dependant on car count. Following a four-race
schedule in 2020, an MWPMS Top Alcohol Funny Car champion
will be crowned with appropriate compensation, but
starting in 2021, the full-season Mid-West Series TA/FC
champ will receive a $20,000 end-of-year bonus, with an
additional $10,000 going to the championship runner-up.
"This is all happening thanks to Jim and Annie Whiteley at
J&A Service," MWPMS founder and owner Keith Haney said.
"Annie, who is one of the very best NHRA Alcohol Funny Car
drivers in the country, came and raced alongside us last
month at the Texas Motorplex and that's where we got to
talking about the possibility of adding their class to our
Mid-West Series mix."
Jim Whiteley, who also drives in a two-car team with son
Steven in the NHRA Pro Mod series, said he was impressed
by the professionalism of the Mid-West Pro Mod Series in
Texas and by Haney's desire to constantly improve the
"Well, we sure had a good time there. It's a friendly
atmosphere, from the other racers to the event staff and
officials, to the announcers to the live feed. I mean, to
be honest it's quite a little gig," Whiteley said.
"And I sure don't want to take anything away from Lucas
Oil and NHRA and what they do, but I think that with a
little help and a little support and a little guaranteed
purses to get these cars over to try it and get their feet
wet, there's a lot of Alcohol Funny Car racers that would
enjoy running this series," he added.
"I'm thrilled to know Annie Whiteley will be racing in Top
Alcohol Funny Car with us and hopefully Jim and Steven are
going to come over and play in Pro Mod with us, too,"
Haney said. "This man will be promoting the sport and a
class that he loves and gets to race and do everything
alongside his wife and their son. I mean, what could be
Like all current classes within the MWPMS--Pro Modified,
Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Jr. Dragster and
Sportsman Jr. Dragster--the new Top Alcohol Funny Car
class will compete on the eighth mile, though both Haney
and Whiteley suggested that select quarter-mile races for
TA/FC may be an option for the future.
However, both also stressed the financial advantage of
running the Funny Cars only to the eighth mile, with Haney
also pointing out most Top Alcohol Funny Car teams are
family run, much like most current MWPMS entries.
"This is a working man's series. Our teams can come and
test on Thursday if they want to, but they really only
have to arrive on Friday, make a couple of qualifying runs
with another qualifier guaranteed on Saturday and then
they go straight into racing. So they finish by Saturday
night and can go home all day Sunday and be fresh for work
again on Monday. It's a real working man's series," Haney
"You know, most of these cars have no big corporate
sponsors paying the bills, those days are gone," Whiteley
confirmed. "But you still need to bring something that's
competitive and still have a chance to pay your bills, so
running the eighth mile side of it is a plus because
you're not tearing stuff up. That back half is what eats
these things up most of the time."
In addition to his team, Whiteley said he hopes to see Top
Alcohol Funny Car entries from top contenders at the
Ferris, TX, event such as Sean Bellemeur, Shane
Westerfield, Doug Gordon and Terry Ruckman, among others.
"This is exciting. To have such a great company as J&A
Service come on board and for a man like Jim Whiteley to
believe in not just the Mid-West Pro Mod Series, but to
believe in me and my staff and our vision for the future
is quite honestly, overwhelming," Haney declared.
"This is like a dream come true for this series to be
growing the way it is. But we may actually have to rename
it now, maybe the Mid-West Drag Racing Series? I don't
know yet, but yes, this is exciting."
The next scheduled stop on the 2020 MWPMS tour is June
19-20, at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, near
St. Louis. Top Alcohol Funny Car will join the MWPMS tour
as an official class July 10-11, at Xtreme Raceway Park in
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 (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. Complete class rules are
posted on the MWPMS website.
ABOUT J&A SERVICE
J&A Service–parent company of Precision Service
Equipment–is a privately owned firm in Grand Junction, CO,
with more than 25 years of oilfield experience. With
nearly 300 employees operating in 10 states, J&A is an
established leader in flowback and oilfield production.
Through strategic partnerships forged from years working
with top individuals and companies, J&A Service designs
and fields custom flowback equipment to solve the most
challenging problems for the most demanding clients.