Safety Named MWDRS Pro Mod Title Holder
TULSA, OK (Jan. 27, 2020) -- Stroud Safety, a marketing
partner with the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag
Racing Series (MWDRS) since its inception in 2017, has
been named title rights holder to the Tulsa-based series'
Pro Modified class.
"Stroud Safety has been there since day one with us, but
have now stepped up to naming rights sponsor, which is
very exciting," MWDRS founder, owner and promoter Keith
"Everything on my personal race car is Stroud Safety and
90 percent of the people that race with us run Stroud
equipment. I canít thank them enough; none of the racers
can thank them enough. And just like me, Stroud's owner,
Tommy Cunningham, also races in the Stroud Safety Pro Mod
division, so it's great to have his hands-on involvement
be a part of this, too."
Operating since 1985, Stroud Safety manufactures drag
racing safety equipment such as seatbelts, parachutes,
driver's suits and boots, fire suppression systems and
even custom-fitted catch nets at drag strips nationwide.
"We do all that and a lot more," said Cunningham, who
purchased Stroud Safety late in 2019. "We're pretty heavy
into the Bonneville land-speed stuff, we do some dirt
track and we've actually got a very strong presence in
monster trucks. And then we've got an industrial side that
most of the motorsports community never hears about, where
we do a lot of wind energy products and a lot of ballistic
blankets for the pulp and paper industry."
Cunningham said he decided to step up Stroud's involvement
with the MWDRS after recognizing that competing with some
of the best race teams in the country provides several
"After a year's worth of owning the company and seeing the
benefits of working with drivers and racers in the series
and the amount of people we'd see coming by to check out
our products, we'd see it on Monday after a race weekend
that we had been represented," he said.
"Being at the track also allows us to see Stroud products
being used in real racing conditions, where even if there
are critiques, after an event you can come back and say,
'Hey, you know, if we did it this way, maybe that would be
a little bit better.'
"So we tried a lot of times to use my car as an R&D
platform, so to speak. We tried maybe a different belt
combination in order to try to come up with something to
let somebody either get in or out of the car quicker, or
maybe make packing a parachute a little easier. You know,
just anything we can do to help a racer is what we're
always trying to accomplish."
With his father and mother, Larry and Susan, along with
wife Anita as his only crewmembers, Cunningham won the
MWDRS Pro Mod race at St. Louis last August with his
supercharged '68 Mustang GT 500. Then in October, he
hosted the entire Stroud Safety staff from manufacturing
facilities in Oklahoma and Kentucky at the final race of
the season in Tulsa for a team building and learning
"You know, sales, customer service, manufacturing,
everyone," Cunningham said. "The majority of those folks
had never even been to a race before, so for them to see
the products they make and how they were being used, it
was just great. And Keith and his team helped out a lot
just by making everyone feel so welcome.
"Everyone got a real good hands-on idea of how our
products--their hard work--are being applied and how they
affect what the drivers and team members are doing. I
think it just drives home how important our day-to-day
operations are to the safety and livelihood of the person
on the other end of the phone."
The 2021 Stroud Safety Pro Mod 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
ABOUT THE SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT MID-WEST PRO MOD SERIES:
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.