Performance New Associate Sponsor for MWDRS Funny Car
TULSA, OK (Feb. 9, 2021) -- Hussey Performance, a
made-to-order copper gasket manufacturing firm, has
officially been named associate sponsor of the Tulsa-based
Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS)
Top Alcohol Funny Car class presented by J&A Service.
"It's always exciting to add a new sponsor to our series,"
MWDRS founder and owner Keith Haney says. "And I feel like
seeing Hussey Performance wanting to support the Mid-West
Series Funny Car class really shows they understand what
we're focused on accomplishing, which is providing the
very best experience and benefits possible to our racers,
our fans, our member tracks, and of course to all the
great sponsors who make it all possible."
Second-generation owner and president of Hussey
Performance David Allen Jr. explains he's never stepped up
as a prominent series sponsor before, but he wanted to get
into the visual marketing side of things and believes the
Mid-West Drag Racing Series offers a perfect fit.
"We're really big into the NHRA stuff, but not so much
anywhere else, so we're really looking to just expand our
presence and reach out a little bit," Allen says.
"Especially to the Pro Mod teams, which are clearly
high-end, professional operations, but also to the extreme
performance, eighth-mile classes and stuff like that.
Hopefully we can expand to all of those customer bases."
Based just north of Pittsburgh in Ambridge, PA, Hussey
Performance creates custom-fitted gaskets for the
high-performance, close tolerance market. Utilizing a
water jet to precisely cut and fit copper gaskets to
customer-specified needs, including bore size and spacing,
gasket thickness and temper in the copper, Hussey creates
gaskets for racing applications across a wide spectrum,
including Top Fuel and Top Alcohol Funny Car.
"From the annealing to the cutting of the gaskets,
everything is done in house, which helps a lot to minimize
any tolerance issues and make sure everything is really
precise," Allen says. "We go by the thousandths from .030
up to .125, so we have copper in stock at all times to
make anything in between. And if people have a bigger bore
size than standard, there's no extra charges or anything
for that. We get them exactly what they need."
The Top Alcohol Funny Car class was added to the MWDRS mix
midway through last season. The Hussey Performance-backed
entry owned by class legend Tony Bartone and now driven by
Sean Bellemeur went on to win the inaugural series
"Tony has been a really good family friend for a long
time. He and my dad go way back, so I've known him my
whole life. So it's pretty exciting to be working with him
on this whole thing," Allen says. "I'm also really looking
forward to making it out to a few races with Tony's team
this year. I didn't get to see any Mid-West Series races
last year, but I heard a lot of good things about them."
Bartone also has nothing but good things to say about his
three-decades-long relationship with the Allen family.
"I wasn't just the first customer, my car was the test bed
for the very first Hussey gaskets," Bartone proudly
states. "We were there on day one. So Dave Senior and
Junior are like family to me and I want nothing more than
for that company to succeed and I'll do anything to try to
help them accomplish that.
"And we thoroughly enjoyed racing in the Mid-West Series
last year," he adds. "Haney and his people, they treated
the alcohol class very well, ran good events and it was
great to win the championship. I hope we can do it again."
The 2021 Hussey Performance Top Alcohol Funny Car schedule
within the Summit Racing Mid-West Drag Racing Series
presented by J&A Service opens Mar. 19-20, at Xtreme
Raceway Park in Ferris, TX. Additional stops at Belle
Rose, LA; Tulsa, OK (twice); Houston, TX; Great Bend, KS;
and Martin, MI, will follow, with a return to Ferris in
October for the 2021 season finale.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT MID-WEST DRAG RACING
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series is
an all-eighth-mile, no-profit organization funded entirely
through marketing partnerships and passed along to benefit
MWDRS host tracks (typically about $10,000). The Mid-West
Drag Racing Series also provides trackside sponsor banners
to be displayed at each event, on-site PA sponsor
announcements, and links to each company on the MWDRS
website (www.MidWestDragRacingSeries.com), plus an
extensive social-media presence, texts and e-mail blasts,
and commercials during all events. Complete class rules
are posted on the MWDRS website.