Oksas and Sean Bellemeur Lead List of Champions for Summit
Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series at Xtreme
Texas World Finals
FERRIS, Texas (Oct. 26, 2021) - On the strength of a
final-round appearance, Joey Oksas clinched his first Pro
Mod world championship in the Summit Racing Equipment
Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service on
Oksas was one of several champions crowned at the final
race of the 2021 Mid-West Drag Racing Series season, the
MWDRS Xtreme Texas World Finals at Xtreme Raceway Park in
Ferris, Texas. Joining him in winning world titles were
Sean Bellemeur (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Anita Strasburg
(Top Dragster), Kelvin Brown (Top Sportsman), Jonathan
McClain (Pro Jr. Dragster) and Tyler Wells (Sportsman Jr.
With an impressive showing, Bellemeur also took the win in
TAFC in Texas, leading an event winner’s list that also
included Todd Moyer (Pro Mod), Brown (Top Sportsman),
Scooter Hamlin Jr. (Top Dragster), Emma Heidkamp (Pro
Junior Dragster), Makenzie Roberts (Sportsman Jr.
Dragster) and Dustin Nesloney (Pro Mod Slammers).
Oksas qualified second in Texas and then advanced to his
fourth final round over the final five races, clinching
the world championship after a storybook season. The young
standout drove to three victories in his turbocharged
Mustang, delivering a number of impressive performances en
route to the championship.
“It’s just awesome and I’m almost speechless about the
whole situation,” Oksas said. “I’m just on cloud nine
right now. It all came together perfectly and all the hard
work paid off. I never would have thought in my first full
year that something like this would be possible, but we’ve
got a bad hot rod and an awesome tuner in Jeff Pierce.”
Oksas showcased his talents throughout the season, winning
the first three races after the series returned to action
in August. That gave him a strong lead heading into Texas
and he officially clinched the championship when Jim
Whiteley, who qualified No. 1 with a 3.65, lost in the
first round to Moyer.
Oksas nearly closed out 2021 with a victory, running a
pair of 3.68s in eliminations, but Moyer grabbed the win
when Oksas left too early. Still, the young rising star
had nothing but great things to say about his first
“It was just an awesome weekend,” Oksas said. “Jeff gave
us everything the car was awesome and I did my job as a
driver. I was a little early in the finals, but I’m happy
with my performance and I’m already looking forward to the
beginning of the year.”
Bellemeur capped off his second straight world title in
thrilling fashion, knocking off Chris Marshall in the
final round. Bellemeur needed a big weekend to stay in the
points lead and he delivered, qualifying second with a
He knocked off Bill Bernard in the semifinals with a 3.625
and then cruised to the win in the final round, going
3.616 against Marshall. It gave Bellemeur two wins in the
last three races to secure the second world championship
over the likes of Marshall and Bernard.
Moyer enjoyed a memorable weekend in Pro Mod at Xtreme
Raceway Park, but only after some major adversity to start
A variety of transmission troubles led to him qualifying
16th, but with a new transmission, Moyer went to work in
eliminations in his ProCharger-powered Camaro, going 3.799
to beat Whiteley in the opening round. He went 3.754 at
202.98 to advance to the semifinals and then dipped into
the 3.60s to advance to the final, going 3.693.
While Oksas went red, Moyer did have a stellar 3.667,
giving the veteran his first career victory in the
Mid-West Drag Racing Series.
“This probably ranks as one of the best wins I’ve ever
had,” Moyer said. “To be able to do what we did and the
people that helped us, it was just incredible. From one
day having a broken torque converter and not being able to
fix it, to be able to win it all, it was just awesome. We
went 3.66 in the final round and it was just like a
Cinderella story. It was the wildest thing, but my team,
and Carl Stevens and his dad, they were just incredible.”
Brown took the Top Sportsman victory, which helped give
him his second straight world championship. He went 4.461
in the final round on a dial-in of 4.45. Hamlin won in Top
Dragster, going 4.489 in the finals with a 4.48 dial in.
In the final round of Pro Mod Slammers, Nesloney went
3.743 to beat Ed Thornton, who left too soon.
The event capped off a tremendous 2021 season in the
Mid-West Drag Racing Series, one that saw plenty of parity
and the series race five times in the final two months.
“We owe it all to the racers and all the staff of the
Mid-West Drag Racing Series, and all the great racetracks
we went to this year,” MWDRS owner Keith Haney said. “It
was pretty remarkable to have five races in two months. To
see a first-time winner in Pro Mod winner this weekend and
a lot of great side-by-side racing, it was great. All the
classes went down to the wire and that’s all you can ask
for. We had a lot of newcomers this year and we’re going
to have a lot of newcomers next year, too. We’ve got a lot
of great things coming in 2022.”
The Mid-West Drag Racing Series will announce its 2022
season in the coming weeks.
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series is
an all-eighth-mile drag racing organization with
headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The series is headlined
by Pro Modified and Top Alcohol Funny Car, with additional
classes including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, and two Jr.
Dragster categories. The 2021 MWDRS schedule consists of
eight national events. For more information on the MWDRS,