Makes it Two-in-a-Row with MWPMS Win at St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO (June 24, 2020) -- Ron Muenks could not have
envisioned a better start to his 2020 Summit Racing
Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) schedule,
winning two of three events held so far in a Coronavirus-interrupted
"It does feel pretty good after waiting so long to go
racing," the Stafford, MO-based driver said upon beating
Tommy Cunningham in the MWPMS "Heads Up Hootenanny" Pro
Mod final June 20, to back up his second consecutive race
title since last month in Texas. "But there are a lot of
other good teams out here, too, so we've still got a big
job to do. We're already looking forward to the next one."
Also picking up Hootenanny wins at World Wide Technology
Raceway, directly across the Mississippi River from St.
Louis, were Jeff Rudolf in the unique MWPMS Slammers class
for Pro Mod non-qualifiers and first round runners-up,
Mark McDonald in Top Sportsman, Phillip Oakley in Top
Dragster, and Earl Stanley in X275, with both Brianna
Chancey and Tyler Wells doubling up in Friday and Saturday
night races for Pro Jr. Dragster and Sportsman Jr.
"On this Father's Day weekend it was great to see so many
dads with their families out enjoying Mid-West Series drag
racing, as competitors and fans alike," MWPMS Events
Director Ellen Eschenbacher said. "Almost all of our teams
are family owned and operated, with dads supporting sons
or daughters and sons and daughters supporting their dads.
It makes for a great, fun atmosphere at the track every
Muenks ran 3.74 at 200.83 mph in qualifying to open his
Hootenanny campaign from the number-five position, with
defending class champion Aaron Wells taking the number-one
spot over the 16-car field with a 3.69-seconds blast at
The opening round of racing saw Muenks and his nitrous-fed
'68 Camaro get past Wayne Roberts to set up a meeting with
Judd Coffman, himself coming off a 209.79-mph win over
Chad Green that set top speed for the meet. It turned out
to be a close contest, with a .011 holeshot by Muenks
making the difference as both drivers posted 3.69-second
elapsed times over the eighth-mile distance.
That sent Muenks and his Dave Pierce-owned "Purple
Gorilla" team to the semis against Wells, who suffered a
big engine explosion while Muenks motored to a career-best
3.67-seconds pass that set low ET for the weekend at an
also career-best 205.07 mph.
"It cost us though, because the motor expired at the end
of that run," Muenks said. "But Jeff (Pierce, crew chief)
is so prepared, he saw that happen on the top end and
already had a fresh motor ready to go in by the time I got
towed back to our pits. From the time we crossed the
finish line to the time we were ready for the finals, in
one hour he had a new bullet in and ready to go."
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the ladder Tommy
Cunningham of Murray, KY, was busy getting his blown '67
Mustang ready after rising from 11th-place with wins over
Rudolf, third-place starter Bubba Stanton and second-place
qualifier Hank Stubbs.
"I knew Tommy was running mid-.70s all day, so if I did my
job on the tree we should have him covered with a .70,
.71, something like that," Muenks said.
It turned out to be a valid assumption. With a .020 light,
Cunningham earned a .013 head start for the final, but a
3.70-seconds pass at 203.95 mph gave Muenks the event win
over a 3.74 at 199.35 in Cunningham's lane.
"I think up to about 60 foot I could see him, but I lost
him after that, he wasn't in my peripheral vision
anymore," the two-time 2020 winner added. "But it was a
great race, those guys did a great job."
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series will
next see action July 10-11, at Xtreme Raceway Park in
Ferris, TX, where for the first time the J&A Service
Alcohol Funny Cars will join the MWPMS as an official
Photos courtesy MWPMS/E3xtreme/Damon Steinke
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 (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.