Wells Wins Again,
Pads MWPMS Points Lead at St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO (Aug.
6, 2019) -- Oklahoma City's Aaron Wells outlasted a stout Pro Mod
field Aug. 3, at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, taking
home his second Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS)
win of the year and tightening his grip on the season points lead.
Also picking up MWPMS event trophies at the historic drag strip
near St. Louis were Dan Phelps in Race Star Wheels Top Dragster,
Bob Gulitti in Top Sportsman, Alan Felts in X275 Drag Radial, and
Jon Stouffer in the unique MWPMS Slammers class for Pro Mod
non-qualifiers and first-round runners up.
Wells and his supercharged, Bickel-built '67 Mustang ran 3.712
seconds at 203.98 mph over the Gateway eighth mile to qualify
third for the 16-car Pro Mod field. Number-one starter Todd Martin
posted a 3.706 in his blown '68 Mustang, followed by Chad Green at
3.709 in a nitrous-huffing 2017 Corvette. Craig Sullivan held on
to the 16th-and-final spot with a 3.89 after 24 entries made
"I really believe there's a number-one qualifier curse, so I'm
good with not being number one, but number two or three is good.
I'm satisfied with that," Wells insisted. "All I care about is
being consistent. In this series that's a necessity, especially
with some of these cars as fast as they are."
Wells opened eliminations with another solid 3.73-seconds pass to
defeat Californian Mark Luton and his 2017 Mustang. In round two
he downed the screw-blown C7 Corvette of Randy Merick with a 3.72
before taking out a redlighting Chad Green with a 3.69 that stood
up as low E.T. for the meet.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the ladder, number-eight
starter Jason Hamstra drove his blown '69 Camaro down a fortunate
path to the final as he ran unopposed in round one when Mike
Recchia was unable to post a time, benefited from an early start
by Martin in round two while mustering only a five-second result,
and made another tire-smoking single in the semis when Justin
Jones wasn't able to fire up his supercharged 2018 Corvette.
That left only the final round, where Wells mounted a
come-from-behind charge in 3.96 seconds to beat Hamstra's
traction-challenged 4.18-seconds effort.
"Our car went well to about 60 feet and then tried to spin the
tires. It didn't really try to get out of control, but it was time
to pedal and get back on it," Wells recalled. "So he got out there
a little ways on me. I could see him the whole time, but I could
also hear his car having problems.
"So it turned into a real race to the finish by the time I was
able to get back on it, which was kind of exciting to see all that
happening out in front of me. Then to still to be able to drive
around him in the eighth mile was pretty unreal, pretty uncommon."
The win solidified Wells' position atop the MWPMS Pro Mod points
list, giving him nearly a full race's worth advantage over Jones
in second with just two events--at Memphis and a second visit to
Tulsa, OK--remaining on the 2019 schedule.
"The honest truth is that it doesn't matter what the points look
like; I just want to win every single race," Wells stressed.
"We've got what I would call the best all-around car in the
Mid-West Series. It might not be the fastest every single time we
go out, but it is right where we want to be as far as consistency
"And I am having a ball racing with my family. My mom and dad are
on my crew, my wife's on my crew, and my two kids help on the car.
Plus I have two good friends that work their rears off in the shop
with me. So, you know, it couldn't be going better for us.
"I also have to thank Keith Haney and everyone with the Mid-West
Series for putting forth the effort to not only create a place for
us to race, but to keep things going and trying their best to do
everything they can to be fair to my engine builder, Darren Mayer,
and all the people that are supporting us at Summit, Jerry Bickel
Race Cars, Marty Chance Converters, all these guys that we deal
with on a day-to-day basis with these cars."
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series will be back
in action Sep. 13-14, at Memphis International Raceway, followed
by the official MWPMS season ender Oct. 11-12, at Osage Casino
Tulsa Raceway Park. A 16-car, invitation-only MWPMS Pro Mod race
also will be held Oct. 18-20, in conjunction with the NHRA
national event at the Texas Motorplex, south of Dallas.
Photos courtesy MWPMS/E3xtreme/Damon Steinke
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