Joey Oksas Leads Winners at First Race of Summit Racing
Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series Throwdown in T-Town
TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 2, 2021) —Joey Oksas continued his
impressive run in Pro Mod, picking up his third straight
win with his victory on Friday at the first race of the
Osage Hotel Casino Throwdown in T-Town for the Summit
Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by
It’s a perfect start to the double-race weekend at Tulsa
Raceway Park as Oksas knocked off Jim Whiteley in a
pivotal final round to extend his points lead in Pro Mod.
Oksas has won every race since the MWDRS returned to
action in August in his turbocharged ’67 Mustang, getting
the win on Friday when Whiteley went red.
Joining him in the winner’s circle for the first race at
the Throwdown in T-Town was Sean Bellemeur (Top Alcohol
Funny Car), Doug Wegner (Race Star Wheels Top Dragster),
Michael Chitty (Pat Musi Racing Engines Top Sportsman),
Mike Labbate (Pro Mod Slammer), Penn Long (Summit Racing
Pro Jr.) and Tyler Wells (Zimmerman Properties
Construction Sportsman Jr.).
The victory capped off a long day for Oksas, who made
three qualifying runs — including one for Saturday’s race
— and four runs through eliminations, but the victory made
it more than worth it.
“It was awesome and definitely a good day,” Oksas said.
“It’s so exciting to have so much success and it just
shows how well we’re working together. (Tuner) Jeff Pierce
is doing a great job giving us a consistent car and I’m
just trying to do the best I can because I know we’ve got
a really good hot rod right now. We made a good amount of
passes on Friday, but it was just keeping everything the
same, having the same rhythm every time I get in the car.”
After qualifying third, Oksas went 3.691-seconds at 216.45
mph to open eliminations. After a bye run in the second
round, Oksas dueled with Ed Thornton in the semifinals,
posting a killer reaction time of .008 to go with his
winning run of 3.698 at 215.93 to advance to the final
round on a holeshot.
There, he slowed to 4.145, but Whiteley left early by .003
to hand a third straight victory to Oksas. The young
standout then ended his night was a strong run of 3.693 at
215.68 to qualify second for Saturday’s race, putting him
in a great position to possibly sweep the weekend and put
a stronghold on the Pro Mod championship race.
“We had a great race surface in Tulsa and everyone at the
track has done a phenomenal job,” Oksas said. “Every time
we go to the starting line, we’ve got a good idea of what
we’re going into and that really helps. Jeff will look at
that, made a few adjustments and we’ll be good to go. He’s
very meticulous and I definitely think he makes the best
“We’re just trying to keep everything normal and keep
picking at it one round at a time. There’s great
competition in this class and it’s pretty cutthroat. We’re
just going to stay focused and looking forward to what
happens in eliminations today.”
In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Bellemeur picked up his second
straight win, getting the holeshot over Chris Marshall in
the final round with a run of 3.626 at 210.77. Bellemeur
wasn’t at the race in Martin, but won the previous event
and picked up right where he left off with another
impressive performance, jumping back into the points lead.
Bellemeur, the reigning world champ in the class,
qualified No. 1 and opened eliminations with a 3.658 a
210.70. He went 3.722 at 207.72 to advance to the final
round, where he was able to hold off Marshall’s quicker
3.609 thanks to a great reaction time of .021. Entering
the weekend trailing Bill Bernard by four points, the
victory put Bellemeur back in the lead heading into
After getting in a pair of qualifying sessions,
eliminations for Saturday’s race begin at 4 p.m. CT. Keith
Haney, who advanced to the semifinals on Friday, is the
No. 1 qualifier in Pro Mod after a standout run of 3.678
at 206.35. It’s a must-win situation for Haney, as well as
Whiteley, who qualified a spot behind Oksas for Saturday’s
race with a 3.695. Ron Muenks is right behind after going
3.697, with seven more drivers making runs in the 3.70s.
Marshall will take the No. 1 spot into eliminations in Top
Alcohol Funny Car after his impressive pass of 3.607 at
213.54. Bellemeur’s 3.626 has him second, while Annie
Whiteley went 3.668.
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,