Oksas and Bill Bernard Lead Winners at Summit Racing
Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series U.S. 131 Nationals
MARTIN, Mich. (Sept. 15, 2021) — For the second
consecutive race, Joey Oksas drove his way to the winner’s
circle, picking up the Pro Mod victory at the Summit
Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by
J&A Service U.S. 131 Nationals.
Oksas picked up his second straight win, one of many
highlights of the MWDRS’ second-ever race at the U.S. 131
Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. Racing in front of a
huge crowd, the MWDRS put on a stellar show, with Bill
Bernard (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Glenn Butcher (Pat Musi
Racing Engines Top Sportsman), Christa Schneider (Race
Star Wheels Top Dragster), Ron Muenks (Pro Mod Slammers),
Conner Jensen (Summit Racing Pro Jr.) and Josie Wanamaker
(Zimmerman Properties Construction Sportsman Jr.) all
picking up victories.
For the second race, Oksas also met Keith Haney in the Pro
Mod final round, with Oksas securing the victory and
taking over the points lead in the process. Oksas had a
reaction time of .021 in the final round, as his run of
3.713-seconds at 214.69 mph in his turbocharged ’67
Mustang held up against Haney’s quicker 3.68 at 206.23.
“The place was packed and it was awesome, and this win was
almost as sweet as the first one,” said Oksas, who picked
up his first career Pro Mod last month at the Mid-West
Drag Racing Series’ Great Bend Nationals. “The field was
so tight and there were so many incredible cars, it almost
felt like a Pro Stock race. Anyone in the field could have
made it happen.
“We just tried to look at it one round at a time. (Tuner)
Jeff Pierce knows what he needs to do against our
competition and I just had to do my job. When we both do
our job, we’ve had a pretty good outcome so far.”
Oksas wasn’t at the top of qualifying, but he made two
solid runs, including a 3.705 before going 3.698 at 214.90
in the opening round of eliminations. He followed with a
3.719 to advance to the semifinals, earning the victory
there to set up another marquee matchup with Haney.
Oksas was stellar on the starting line all weekend and
delivered when it counted, putting him in a great position
heading into the final stretch of the MWDRS Pro Mod
“We knew Keith had a good hot rod and we knew it was going
to be a damn good race,” Oksas said. “That’s how it is in
this class. It really makes it so drivers have to keep up
on the wheel. There’s so many good drivers and you have to
be on as a driver and you’ve got to have a good hot rod to
In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Bernard continues to enjoy a
terrific 2021 campaign, picking up his second victory this
season. In Martin, Bernard and Annie Whiteley had a
thrilling side-by-side run in the final round, with
Bernard’s 3.670 at 204.17 holding off Whiteley’s 3.679 at
“The team really persevered this weekend,” Bernard said.
“After Q2, we were up until 3 a.m. We were down on boost
and we had to figure out what was going on. We got that
fixed and other than that, we had a consistent car all
“It’s really exciting for us. It’s going to come down to
the last race with the top four in this class. We’re all
right there and it’s really anybody’s championship.”
Bernard and defending world champ Sean Bellemeur are
neck-and-neck at the top in the class at the moment, but
it was Bernard who shined last weekend.
He went as quick as 3.666 at 213.27 in qualifying, going
3.671 at 206.71 to slip past Chris Marshall on a holeshot.
Bernard was the better .032 on the starting line there and
then added an impressive .017 reaction time in the final
round, enjoying every bit of performing in front of a huge
crowd in Martin.
“For me, that was the greatest thing seeing all the packed
stands. As you start going rounds and that crowd starts
congregating behind your trailer, I just feed off that. It
seems like the bigger the crowd, the bigger burnout I
In Top Dragster, Schneider provided the most inspiring
moment of the weekend. Battling breast cancer, Schneider
went through chemo and radiation treatments earlier in the
week before picking up the victory at the U.S. Nationals,
beating Bill Swain in the final round.
Butcher went 4.051 with a 4.01 dial-in in the Top
Sportsman final round, beating Bob Mandell, who broke out
with a 4.177 on a dial in of 4.18. Muenks beat Tim Heiges
in the championship round of Pro Mod Slammers. Jensen went
8.028 to win in Pro Jr., while Wanamaker’s 12.02 gave her
the win in Sportsman Jr.
In all, the MWDRS drew rave reviews at U.S. 131
Motorsports Park and series owner Keith Haney praised
everyone for delivering on a memorable weekend. In
addition to huge crowd, the jet car team of Elaine Larsen
set up a school for children at the track. They were
bussed to the track to learn about the cars, with nearly
125 children enjoying the show.
“The staff at the Mid-West Drag Racing Series and the
track both did a phenomenal job,” Haney said. “It was
packed and just an unbelievable experience.”
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series
presented by J&A Service returns to action Sept. 30-Oct. 2
at the MWDRS Throwdown at T-Town at Tulsa Raceway Park.
The series will conduct a pair of races during the
weekend. For more information on the Mid-West Drag Racing
Series, visit www.midwestdragracingseries.com.
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,