MadMan, Heckel, Hickl,
Folse, & Hudgins Crowned Mid-West Pro Mod Series Season Opener
Ennis, TX - (March
12, 2019) The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS)
kicked off the season in stellar fashion over the weekend. The
event was highlighted by Pro Mod Icon Frankie “MadMan” Taylor
taking the victory over the “Young Gun” Justin Jones.
“It isn’t often that you have such an extraordinary season opener
anywhere in drag racing, but I feel like that is exactly what we
managed to have in Ennis. Frankie snagged the Pro Mod class win,
along with Shane Heckel in X275, Wynette Hudgins in Top Dragster,
& Earl Folse in Top Sportsman. The effort that the drivers, crew,
MWPMS staff, and the fans put in to the event was all top notch,”
stated series Founder Keith Haney.
The season opener in Ennis was set to contest four of the five
MWPMS classes, and the action in all four was outstanding. This
was also the first time during the regular season that both Top
Sportsman and Top Dragster were going to be contested at a
Mid-West Pro Mod Series event. Both of those classes showed up in
full force, even though it is only March. In Pro Mod, some of the
best drivers in the world came through the gates, with 17 cars on
the property. And in X275 it was going to be two World Champions
fighting it out in the final like a heavyweight boxing match.
With 17 cars on the property for pro mod, there was certain to be
a bump spot, and wouldn’t you know, it came down to the final
qualifier to set the field. There were a lot of interesting
matchups, but there were also some amazing accomplishments. Series
Founder Keith Haney was one of the most consistent drivers all
weekend and made it to the semifinals before getting bounced by
Frankie Taylor, who if you are a pro mod fan, you know is an
absolute legend in the sport of drag racing, managed to take his
Larry Jeffers (LJRC) built Vette to the Winner Circle, but not
before having to get through some seriously tough competition.
Taylor had to get past Travis Brandt, Eddie Rogers, and number one
qualifier Aaron Wells before getting a chance to square up on
Justin Jones. Justin would defeat Cunningham, Sackuvich, and Haney
on his way to the finals in the Imperial Construction back
Corvette. Frankie was not going to be denied though as he took the
victory over Justin in the finals running a stout 3.709 at 202.55
to Justin’s 4.297 at only 140.09.
“Today was a huge victory for us. Not only because of the win
itself, but because of the special meaning the day has to us. This
victory was for Paul Jr.” stated Frankie.
In the world of small tire racing, it was X275 that took the main
stage at Ennis. Names like Heckel, Hubbard, Kato, and Campbell
were just some of those in attendance. Everyone seemed to be
running personal bests and big numbers. Kenny Hubbard, who is the
two-time MWPMS X275 World Champion sat at #1 with a 4.36 and a
whopping 167 mph. So, it was no surprise to see him make his way
to the finals. In the finals it was another Texas based
heavyweight Shane Heckel. Shane is the reigning John Sears X275
World Champion. What we had was an Ali vs. Frazier final round. It
was Shane that grabbed the victory with a 4.379 at 155.38 to
Kenny’s uncharacteristically late 4.384 at 167. This was a great
session for both drivers as they get ready to make an assault on
the MWPMS X275 Championship.
Our two newest classes are Top Sportsman and Top Dragster. Both
are littered with some of the biggest sportsman names in drag
racing today. When it comes to the Race Star Wheels Top Dragster
Class, there were thirteen rails on the property, vying to become
the first ever Mid-West Pro Mod Series Top Dragster class winner.
When everything was said and done though it was Wynette Hudgins
that took the victory over a hard charging David Johns. Wynette
went a 3.885 on a 3.85 with a .008 light, while David went dead on
4.137 on a 4.13, but had a .074 light.
Top Sportsman was headed up by the Texas transplant Mick Snyder
and his beautiful Camaro. Mick, who was short some crew over the
weekend, relied solely on his much better half Lindsey Snyder to
take care of all the crew duties. Mick was eliminated in the
second round to Lance Abbott and left the door wide open for the
rest of the field. In the semifinals it was Earl Folse and Lance
Abbott squaring off, while Top Sportsman Legend Bob Gulitti had a
bye to the finals. Earl defeated Lance when Lance went red. In the
finals Earl laid down a 4.170 on a 4.11 (.016 tree) to Bob’s 4.073
on a 4.00 (.020 tree) and took the victory over Bob.
Wrapping everything up was Ej Hickl and ’41 Willys. This car was
so beautiful it could have taken home first place in most any car
show. They were getting their first passes on the car and managed
to go to the finals in the Slammers Class. Even though earlier in
the week the team destroyed a driveshaft, they managed to get it
together and take the win when Jon Stouffer was unable to make it
back for the finals due to a huge top-end blower explosion during
his semifinal round.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the next stop on the Summit
Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series tour. Next up is Bowling
Green, KY as part of the Outlaw Street Car Reunion, where we are
expecting one of the biggest MWPMS turnouts in the history of the
series. Come see the excitement April 11th-13th at Beech Bend
Raceway Park in beautiful Bowling Green Kentucky.
www.midwestpromodseries.com for rules and details.
About the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series
Mid-West Pro Mod series was founded in 2017 by Pro Mod and Radial
class racer Keith Haney. Keith is also the co-owner of Tulsa
Raceway Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A series created for the racers
by a racer to fill a void in the midwest region when it came to
pro mod and radial racing. The continued mission of the MWPMS is
to put on a superior family show for the fans and racers, along
with providing a great place for people to come and race. Mid-West
Pro Mod Series started as three classes: Pro Mod, RvW, and X275.
Due to Keith’s strong roots in Top Sportsman, MWPMS will expand to
five classes in 2019 with the addition of Top Sportsman and Top
Dragster. The series is contested eight times a year throughout
the midwest, as well as a one-off end of the year blowout called
the Elite 16.
Founder Mid-West Pro Mod Series